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Lately, that’s been my favorite game and I haven’t even gotten to update 4 content yet (mainly because I don’t know if my preferred mods on Linux work).


The game won’t have naughty bits, but the fan art will. Rule 34 is always there.


Oh, I’d love if it GOG (and Itch) shipped AppImages in general. I’ve gotten really appreciative of them in the recent months and have a lot of fun with Satisfactory Mod Manager which ships those.

GOG’s installer story on Linux is a bit poor from my experience. Or at least it is on my laptop. I’ve been playing with Lutris a bit, but mostly, I just want a single system to run and install games because I have a general philosophy not to use the market leader (shop local, shop small) so I always get on Itch or GOG when possible.



There are a couple fantasy books that always pull me in and seem to resist the erosion of time. Recently I read, Villains by Necessity by Eve Forward after not touching it for about fifteen years and the story still sucked me in, mainly because it’s about balance in the world and how even so-called evil characters are fully capable of being heroes, just for different reasons. Simon Green’s Guards of Haven (and at least the first related book to that series, Blue Moon Rising) also have help up pretty well over the years.

A lot of what I think makes a book survive time are my favorite books deal with general beats of life (invasion, fear, the strive for perfection at the exclusion of all else) as opposed to gimmicks, twists, and reveals. You can only be surprised one time when Senator Palatine ends up being a Sith but it is easier to have an empathic feel for the fight against a sense of self or saving one’s love one.

Books can have both. In the above example, Villains by Necessity has a twist. I remember the twist, even after not reading it for fifteen years. Even as I went through the book, in the back of my head, I’m trying to anticipate it and that sense of wonder will never come back. As such, the book was grand because of the other foundations were solid that even though I knew what was happening, I came back for the struggle.

The other is perfection. I dislike when a novel is basically “we’re awesome, now we’re going over there to be more awesome, and then we’ll be awesome again”. I feel that about the protagonist in Pyromancer by Don Callander. (And the Exalted RPG, but that was the point.) I want to see failures, idiocy, and brain dead decisions in the reader’s eye that make sense in the character’s. Those stories pull me in a lot more and keep over time.