persnickety poet type

so-treu:

bbyboyy:

so-treu replied to your post: anonymous asked:you sound like yo…

wait, you stay in nashville? i just moved fromt here! isn’t it the worst?

i hate it the only place i like is green hills, but its just hella boring 

it’s hella boring and hella white. i dont believe those two things are unrelated.

I cannot argue with this assessment of Nashville on the whole.

gonna vent a l’il about d&d because I can

So. I FINALLY get to go back to playing D&D after years of not playing! Which is super exciting.

My old group was traditionalist and refused to upgrade past 2d Edition; this new group is using 3.5. So given that I came and sat in on a couple of sessions to familiarize myself with the new edition as well as the expansion that they’re using which I’ve never encountered.

My old group also didn’t allow multiclass characters for Reasons. This new group is doing gestalt multiclass for everyone, so that’s another big change, plus there’s the prestige class stuff I’ve never played with before, so I was having some trouble wrapping my head around all the options and figuring out what to do.

I like playing druids. It is My Thing. I’m comfortable with it because it’s not as much of a pain in the ass for me to keep my spells straight as with other magic users, plus it’s easier to keep yourself alive since you can wear some armor. The weapons restrictions kind of suck, but over the years I’ve gotten used to the druid class weapons. The tough part, for me, was figuring out what to cross a druid with.

Cleric? Too much overlap. Wizard or sorcerer? Ugh, I hate playing those classes. Ranger? Meh - again, a lot of overlap. Fighter, hmm, well ok, but not too enthusiastic about that. Monk? Lots of possibility there but making a consistent character backstory to explain a druid/monk is tough. I was thinking hard about monk or shaman, though, because with shaman, if you take the right disciplines, you’ve got the prerequisites for the Bear Warrior prestige class and I am super stoked about that prestige class.

So I’m getting my thoughts together and I go outside and smoke with one of the dudes I’m playing with, who I don’t really know. He tells me they need a healer. I ignore the red flag of “girls should play healers” in that statement because there are other girls in the game not playing healers, and because I want to play a druid and that’s a healer class. But then I tell him I’m thinking of crossing druid with shaman in order to take bear warrior as a prestige class and he shits all over that. “Why would you want to cross a druid and a shaman? They’re basically the same thing.” (They are not at all the same thing.) He suggests crossing with barbarian instead. I mention that I was thinking shaman because I want to do bear warrior as my prestige class and he shits all over that. “Why would you want to do that? The animal transformations for druid are better than the bear warrior ones and the bear warrior prestige class just duplicates that.”

I nodded and smiled politely and changed the subject, but inside I was seething. I had just gotten done reading the bear warrior prestige class stuff. The only duplication is that they can both change into bears at certain level. By stacking druid and bear warrior, you have a whole range of animal transformations. Bear warriors can only change shape when using rage, which is very limited per day. Druids don’t have that limitation of rage state only, which means they can change in non-combat situations, and they start with small/medium animal transformations, which means even at higher level you can be a bear when you need to rip shit apart and a hawk when you need to go spying and arrrrrrgh. The transformations stack, so you’re opening yourself up to having a range of animal forms, some good for combat, some for non-combat. Plus? The animal form of a bear warrior gets all kinds of bonuses that a druid in bear form doesn’t get, and once you level up some you become basically the megalodon of bears in your bear form. The specs for a bear warrior at 8th (? - might be 10th) level? Your bear form has a face that is fifty square feet big. You are MegaBear.  

It makes total sense from a character creation standpoint that a multiclass druid would eventually undertake the disciplines to become a bear warrior! “Being an animal is awesome; I’m going to learn to become an animal more often and in a more powerful form.”

So, fuck that dude, but, points to that dude for suggesting barbarian as my second class. Because barbarian druid is much easier to create a backstory for, means I start with 1d12 hit dice, and? With base attack bonuses, means I can take my prestige class two levels earlier. And kick ass. While exploring the world of being a HUGE GODDAMN BEAR. SO THERE.

tl;dr this gaming group is going to get a healer. a healer WHO IS A GODDAMN BEAR WITH A FACE THE SIZE OF A CLOSET FLOOR.

azurewhelp:

commanderbishoujo:

The problem with female healers isn’t that there’s even too many of them, it’s that women are rarely allowed any other kind of role in rpgs—that’s the thing people need to be mad about. The problem is too often healers are portrayed as passive, reactive characters who exist only as support (healing being a purely supportive role the way it generally is shown), and thus female healers are too often shown purely as helpmeets whose only role is to be nurturing of other characters (esp. men). And the ultimate problem with all of this stems from the fact that women are tokenized in these kinds of stories to begin with, so many times the female healer is one of few or the only female character, so she has the burden of carrying the weight of female representation.

Those are huge problems and need to get called out and pushed back against. But no, we get thinly veiled misogyny in the way of bashing the very idea of a female healer instead, because everyone knows the only way to make a Strong Female Character is by making her value coded-as-traditionally masculine attributes and shit on ones coded-as-traditionally feminine ones.

I mean, the prevalence of that kind of attitude even in ~progressive~ gaming circles is a huge reason why Gisele is the way that she is. I really did want to turn all of that stuff on its head. I wanted a protagonist who, while she can deal damage with the best of them, identifies as a healer. Someone who performs femininity in an OTT manner, who generally prefers guile to violence, and is nurturing while being completely take charge and refusing to be a passive observer to her own destiny. And she’s also someone who deliberately constructs her identity, knowing full well someone like her is not going to be taken seriously as a Grey Warden, and takes complete advantage of that to manipulate people when needed. She counts on people having fucked up assumptions about her and underestimating her because of them, it makes it easier for her to pull the rug out from under them, and it’s one of her strengths. That’s why no one expected her to duel Loghain at the Landsmeet, and why everyone shit their breeches when she did pull out a sword and proved that she knew how to use it.

Yeah, the positioning of women as ONLY ever healers because their default and static state of “nurturing” continually riles me up. Also the assumption that by the virtue of women being healers, that it is somehow not a valuable or difficult task.

UGH I’m starting with a new gaming group and was a little at sea about character creation because my old groups didn’t allow multiclass and this game everyone is multiclass. So I was talking to one of the dudes about character creation and his first response was “…well, we don’t have a healer.” I sloughed it off at first because there are other women in the game who aren’t playing healers, but then the same guy totally mansplained to me that a prestige class I was considering “duplicated” one of the base character classes I wanted to use when I had JUST READ THE DESCRIPTION and he was totally wrong. So now I’m wondering if the first comment was just more of the same, and a little irritated that because  of what I wanted to do before Mr. Mansplainer got started (which I’m not going to change, because suck it) I’m going to end up being healer girl anyway. ARGH.

trumpetnista:

Have a good one!

cumaeansibyl:

chronically-rebellious:

pyrrhicvictoria:

heroin addict? no, heroine addict. please give me more leading ladies i need them to survive

Don’t compare liking female characters to being an addict. Having an addiction is hard enough without people turning it into a cute joke so mentally healthy white feminists will like their text post.

seriously

I know we’re a little behind on this but addiction jokes need to be put into the category of “only people dealing with this thing get to joke about it”

n.b.: I went to pyrrhicvictoria’s blog and they acknowledged that this was a bad post so they’re cool in my book, lord only knows how many times I’ve fucked up thinking I was funny, so I’m not calling them out or anything

just want people to stop making addiction jokes unless they’ve been there, is all

this.

also stop rewriting the serenity prayer to talk about how alcohol helps you cope.

blue-author:

countingstarsandbrokenhearts:

calalamity:

the trans clothes finder is like a week old and cis people have already asked if they can take the clothes they like

It’s an honest question. They’re not requesting that they get first pick and they get to take all the clothes they want before the trans people get them. What you do is politely tell them no and if they fuss then you explain why or simply get rid of them. Cis people aren’t terrible scum that are always out to destroy and belittle people. If someone is a bad person it’s because they’re a bad person not because they’re cis het or white.

Hey, I just want to ask an honest question: what is broken inside your soul that allows you to think and say these things without cringing?

AE: better than your faves.

stereksextape:

  

I have no idea what this is from, so my brain was like “aw, Matilda grew up to be a cleaner after all.”

countingstarsandbrokenhearts:

calalamity:

the trans clothes finder is like a week old and cis people have already asked if they can take the clothes they like

It’s an honest question. They’re not requesting that they get first pick and they get to take all the clothes they want before the trans people get them. What you do is politely tell them no and if they fuss then you explain why or simply get rid of them. Cis people aren’t terrible scum that are always out to destroy and belittle people. If someone is a bad person it’s because they’re a bad person not because they’re cis het or white.

Just because something is an honest question doesn’t make it somehow appropriate or not rude or not cissexist. It is wildly inappropriate and rude for a cis person to try to muscle in on a resource specifically for trans people. It is cissexist and cissupremacist to assume that a cis person should have any access at any stage to resources earmarked for trans people. It is cissexist and cissupremacist to say that someone trying to run a trans resource owes cis people unfailing politeness when they make a rude and inappropriate request that wastes the admin’s time. Non-scummy cis people don’t try to take away from limited trans resources. Anyone doing so is cis scum AND a bad person and deserves nothing less but scorn and ridicule.

favorite character meme:
five six quotes

Boom bump? Really?

The joke doesn’t even make any sense when you eff it up like that.

trumpetnista:

Have a good one!