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Blog: Posts re MARDEK on Alora Fane!
coreyj
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It actually looks a lot better than I had expected. Based on the trailer, the game looks like it has lots of potential for excellent character development and some pretty good artistic statements. I personally want to see more of the "taming [of] mental monsters" bit.

Plus, while the theme is completely different, the writing and gameplay seem to hold up to the original. Which I guess shouldn't be a big surprise, seeing as it's still one of Pseudolonewolf's games and all.

Overall, I guess I'm looking forward to it.
Though I do wish it were possible to make an account on Alora Fane.
Forum: WHAT'D YOU DO OVER FIG BREAK, CLASS?
coreyj
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Let's see...

Well, the first thing I did was cry (internally, of course) when I realized that Fig was down for more than a week and might never be coming back. After that, I kind of forced myself to move on (or at least try to), because, well, life.

I completed the last month of my senior year of high school, with graduation coming up soon. Decided what university I'll be attending next year. Stressed a bit (okay, more like a lot) about all of the stuff I'll have to do and buy to prep for university, and so on.

Planned out lots of things to do over my ten-week summer vacation, and then had to face the truth that I won't have the opportunity to do most of them because I'll have to find a job and work or something. So I'm currently working on prioritizing things and trying to figure out how to find the time and focus to actually do what I prioritize.

Wasted a lot of my time browsing the Internet or doing other unproductive things. Beat myself up for not being as productive as I need to be. Didn't sleep enough, but simultaneously slept more than I "should". The norm.

Um... That's about it, for right now. Oh, and got mentally healthier (maybe?), though I'm not sure how long that will last. Or if it is even a thing. My memory isn't very reliable for this kind of stuff.

Finally,
YAYYYYYY!! FH IS BACK!!!
Forum: Marijuana
coreyj
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"It costs more to send someone to jail than to send them to Yale" could be a good slogan for a campaign trying to reform the American legal system.
Forum: Marijuana
coreyj
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(Note: I apologize for the somewhat tedious and obtuse writing found below. I blame school.)

Do unborn souls dread their conception the way the living dread the prospect of their death? What an interesting idea. I've never thought about it, which somewhat surprises me. (Also disappoints me, but that's another topic completely.)

  Spoiler for Tangent:


I suppose that the first thing to address is whether souls are even capable of experiencing emotions such as dread while suspended, unborn, in the ether. Personally, I'd like to believe that they are not, as I like the idea that oblivion greets the dead. However, that kind of kills (*rimshot*) the discussion before it starts; so, for the sake of speculation, let's assume that souls do exist, and that they do experience emotions.

In this situation, I think that yes, souls do dread their conception. The concept of conception for souls would be worse than the concept of death for the living. Granted, souls don't have to worry about the fear of the unknown, but they have something even worse: the known. Souls know that conception entails the dragging of them from the simple, painless world of limbo (or wherever they live) and thrusting them into the cycle of pain and suffering which we call life. I doubt many souls would be eager to experience that. "But life has positives! What about love, and all that idealized Hollywood stuff!" you say. Fair point. But, even if a soul looks beyond all of the negatives of life and eagerly anticipates the positives, I would argue that such a soul still has reason to fear conception. For, in order to join the world of the living, every soul must first experience one of the most horrible, excrutiating events in human life: birth.

Furthermore, if the fear of pain is not enough, life would be the essence of oblivion for a soul. All of a soul's identity, personality, and memories would be completely erased by conception. Obviously, we don't remember our previous existence as souls. Thus conception, for a soul, would be the equivalent of death. Except worse. The living, at least, can hope for a life after death (such as the Christian Heaven); souls, however, would know with certainty that conception would result in destruction. At the very least, most souls would dread their conception because it would mean the end of their existence.

(Most of this assumes that souls exist in a peaceful, neutral world, or a positive one. Things would be different, of course, if souls instead existed in a torturous place like the Christian Hell, or the Greek Tartarus.)

Also, here's an interesting side-idea which just occurred to me: what if we all are just souls in limbo, and our "death" is actually just our conception, removing us from the realm of souls? How do we know for sure that we are the ones who are the living?



...Oh, this thread was about drugs, you say? Marijuana and other mind-altering substances? Oops. Um... I'm in favor of the legalization of marijuana, for many of the reasons Kenji mentioned. I think the popularity of mind-altering substances across the world probably has two root : (1., some people genuinely enjoy the effects, and (2. mind-altering substances provide a significant escape from the suffering of reality. (It doesn't hurt that many such substances are addictive, either.) And I have never used any mind-altering drugs, nor intend to, primarily because I don't find the notion of losing control over myself appealing, but also increasingly because I fear I would become heavily addicted and spiral out of control. :D

I think that's about it...

Oh, and interestingly, one of the reasons alcohol might have become so popular worldwide is because, centuries ago, water was not necessarily plentiful or safe to drink, but alcohol, on the other hand, was. The more you know~
Forum: Mafia!
coreyj
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I'm interested. I think it would be fun.

I'd also like to point out that there used to be a ∞ Fig Hunter version ∞ of Mafia. I'm run several games of it and found it to be enjoyable, if that's worth anything.
Forum: Small Talk
coreyj
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I frequently hear about how people use small talk to start conversations. In the book I am currently reading, I read that introverts prefer "deep conversations" over "small talk."
What is small talk to you, and what is your opinion on it?

(Sorry for the lack of eloquence or introduction.)
Forum: Can we please stop being dead?
coreyj
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I probably should be responsible and reply to this.

It isn't so much that this is just "some dumb website"... This place used to mean a lot to people. It used to be a kind of home. (It still is, a little, to me.) The issue, as you mentioned, was the atmosphere. Things turned bad, and they turned bad fast.

It's like when you love something, and then that something hurts you repeatedly, over and over... Eventually, either you stop loving it, or you learn that it might be best for you to stay away from it, for your health. That's what happened here. And I don't know if the site can recover. Usually, a steady stream of new members would follow Pseudo's games. With Alora Fane as the main site now, however, I fear the worst..

But that's dejecting. As I said, I'm willing to give revival a shot. I've been in a "thinking of thread topics" slump lately, though, so I'm afraid I'm not of much help at the moment.
Forum: Gateway to Hell
coreyj
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Here's a new forum post! By me, of all people! Egads!

(I'm sorry, I don't really have any structure planned out for this...)

So, there's this game. An alternate reality game, actually. Seeing as a few of you all participated in RickyTheHedgehog's puzzles and such, I thought that some people might be interested in this game, too. Alternate reality games, or ARGs, tend to involve lots of puzzles and interaction. This one started only recently, so it is the perfect time to join! Here's a link to a thread with a brief synopsis of the game so far:

∞ LINK ∞

Currently, most of us are in a group of Slack.com, waiting for 12:00am Salem, MA, U.S.A. time, for the next part of the game.

EDIT: Darn. It's too late. Sorry, all. "The inner circle is now closed." Did anyone (besides deferentsheep) get through?

EDIT2: If you want to still try to get in, I would suggest sending an email to the address mentioned in the linked thread as soon as possible.
Forum: Can we please stop being dead?
coreyj
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I would absolutely love that!

Sadly, though, VaanHope is right. Many of the people who used to be most active have left. Part of it is because of a fracturing community, but part of it is because many people's lives became more time-consuming. People improved (or got worse), things changed, and suddenly Fig Hunter wasn't as much of a priority anymore.

I would absolutely love for the community to revive, and for some people to come back. I'll give it shot, jump on the boat. I'll try to post a few threads. But I fear that without new members joining and interacting, the community won't be able to get back onto its feet. Too many have left for things to go back without new people coming in. And with Alora Fane emerging as the new Pseudolonewolf gaming website... I don't know. But I'm in. I'll give it a shot, see how things go. Try to post a thread or two.
Forum: Hello again
coreyj
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Welcome! It's nice seeing you back again. While FH has changed a good bit, things are still going on! Also, Pseudo released the Miasmon prototype he made.
That's about all I can think to say.