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  • The Escapist : Forums : The News Room : Quit Smoking With MC Frontalot's D&D Ruleset – MC Frontalot is rather awesome. I only have one friend who smokes, so here ya go: "Whenever you feel like smoking, that means the GM (you) is trying to poison your character (also you). Time for a saving throw! I decided the DC (Difficulty Class) for my save vs Poison is 15. Roll the d20. 15 and up: I am saved from that cigarette I wanted! Hooray? 14 and under: oh darn, I get to enjoy another satisfying and flavorful cancer treat."

Jack move, fool!

Courtesy of G, I bring you “Pondering Indie Spirit: Derek Yu Speaks“.

Skip the article and go to the comments. (That’s mean, I know, but I leave the indie game drooling to G. I’m sure Yu is at least a moderately cool guy.)

Read the first comment. No, really. Go read it now. Note that “Flytrap” is that man’s game… apparently. This is the beginning of one of the more hilariously-executed jack moves I’ve seen on a comment thread. I’ve seen smoother, certainly, but rarely funnier.

I can pretty much promise that reading that thread is worth the 30 minutes of your life that it’ll take. It takes a few comments to warm up, but by the time the following exchange happens, the giggles only get louder:

Raigen Burns: I understand your frustration concerning Flytrap, however there are almost 700 games on XBLIG! […]

The crazy man (Adam Coate): Correction, there are almost 700 games on XBLIG that aren’t Flytrap.

I wish I’d recorded myself as I read this, because my screams had to be funny as shit. Later in the thread, the crazy man brings in some “evolutionary psychology” to justify the idea that “What do women, on average, like to do the most? Shop and eat; aka consume.” That’s later followed with “Sorry; shop, talk, and eat.”

Yeah.

Yup.

There’s a special treat near the end where Coate is asked to return a game he borrowed… Comedic gold, folks.

I usually don’t want to feed the trolls, and I discouraged G from doing anything (him being a professional and all), but that is some “what in all the hell?!” shit right there. I’d feel really bad for Yu the interviewee if he didn’t already seem to be a famous, well-liked guy, because that mess got jacked by someone who thinks that all publicity is good publicity… which I’m not sure holds in indie game development.

I wish I were sneezing instead

So I was at work yesterday, and one of my colleagues mentioned being worried at the feeling of having a swollen/restricted throat. He was thinking it might be an allergy to something he ate, and mentioned changing his spinach brand recent.

…And then I realized that I’ve been having the same problem recently, and have been shrugging it off. For the last couple of months, after some meals, my throat would be tight and I’d have trouble swallowing. I’d chalked it up to my “assmar” initially, but my chest wasn’t tight and inhalers didn’t affect the symptoms. I’d also thought it could just be some rampant sinus thing, so I drank lots of water during the little attacks. No change.

Greg felt my neck last night during an episode, and it was definitely swollen.

It’s not life-threatening, apparently, but it’s far from comfortable and I’ve got very little idea on how to nail it down. I haven’t been tested for allergies since I was about 11 or 12, and I tested positive for all sorts of things that barely/don’t bother me: shellfish, wheat, corn, etc. My ears often itch and run after I eat — a reaction I inherited from my mother (thanks, mom!), but I don’t break out in hives or anything from foods.

So it looks like I may be starting a log. Eat something fairly isolated, log it, wait 20 minutes, and note if I have a throat reaction.

I hope it’s not wheat, corn, or soy, all of which I ingest decently regularly. It seems like if it were environmental, it would be more regular.

I also hope it doesn’t get worse. I don’t have an epi pen.