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(FOSS "mon" simulation game)

most recent game demo:
=> codeberg.org/Valenoern/zenseka

[further links / info about the game inside thread]

full thread archive:
=> distributary.network/bop/valen

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the big problem is it's way too hard to mute things readers don't want to see at the readers' side

I've seen a bunch of Twitter and Tumblr users complain that they mute the title of a work of media or a particular phrase and keep seeing it, perhaps because it's unlabelled images etc.

so it seems like it might be more effective to nudge bloggers to sort their own feeds

because how else can you really sort every post into categories than ask the poster? machine learning will probably screw up

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The reasoning:

on mastodon or twitter you can follow one particular person who posts interesting things,
but they might also boost 30 uninteresting posts and totally clutter your dashboard to where you can never find the interesting things on it, which you then miss out on

however if I could take, say, an account that posts about six different aspects of Free Software, and select just one of them, I'd be more keen on following people or being on a mastodon-like thing regularly

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Each blogger that signs up gets the ability to create Categories, which kind of act like lightweight blogs, but are basically like their own atom/rss feed

then the platform has a constraint that you can only post so many posts per day in a given Category.

you can have as many Categories as you want, but followers can choose which Categories to listen to and only select 2/10 or something

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I think I have a vague idea for how we could create an Anti-Twitter where people only see a manageable amount of posts each day.

Now I finally understand what a distribution really is, I find the state things are in rather disappointing

It feels like by now we should have had a fully open AUR where you can submit pull requests to PKGBUILDs to fix problems, add a confirmed architecture, update a stable package, etc,
the AUR lets you compile deb and rpm packages with a few extra steps,
and then various distros look at these packages and choose release candidates

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I might now be a linux wizard of sorts flat-out trying to build my own distro ['archbuntu']

but when I was just getting started on , I had no idea how packages really worked and I assumed all you could do was file a bug or go compile the program from recent source code without contributing that work back

only extremely recently did I realise packages /were/ the distro, /were/ the community, /were/ the way to improve the distro for everyone.
and I hadn't been doing that.

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so here's my thinking:

- a lot of effort on applications is fragmented; developers basically build their particular program and forget about everyone else, possibly not even finishing their own program

- for "Mom and Dad" the average non-programmers, their computer is made of packages and they only get an update when it's released as a package

- linux distros will stagnate less if *everyone* works on packaging.

I can't believe my system has a program called "catman"

that just sounds like some kind of weird parody superhero

like maybe you amalgamated catwoman and batman to comment on gender roles in comics or something

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I now think "mount" would be this grand armoured battle horse,
and when you call it it runs over from somewhere with a folder floating on its back and sets it on the ground creating a shining bridge-line that zips you off to another location

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"Utils" was an idea i had in about 2017 to sort of reprise into an entirely new thing keeping basically only the sprite style
(because, whether they intended it as the 'real' appearance of the mons or not, it was absolutely fantastic)

so it was to have this monochrome, angular art style, but the 'cyber beings' were now specific GNU/linux programs.

when i first thought of the idea i imagined sort of this tumblr full of mock trading cards, but then asekai happened

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it makes me slightly tired for only one second that the only way to make my idea comprehensible to the masses is to ridiculously simplify it down to "there are card, you draw new monster, people collect card"

but overall I think I'm mostly just happy that that's possible.
that there *is* a way to get people to see how bad and incomplete the idea of collectible monsters has been up to now and how much better it could be.

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even if there weren't any evolutions/"Metas", I still feel like an set would be a great idea

this could actually be the first fully-playable "asekai game" I release, and I'd have to go to so much less effort to make a *card game* where anyone could design monsters than my full-on extensible computer simulation.

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I don't even care if I'd have to redesign the game a little to where it genuinely played a little bit more like a "digimon card game"

having an alternate game you could play with most of the exact same cards would be fun,
and I feel like the way the rules on the cards are deliberately simple really lends itself to that kind of thing

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What I'd really love to do is extend so cards can "evolve" in some way

first of all I think of the possibility of an " Sphere" for this game which brings in new "factions" for Nature, Culture, Spirit, and Physics sectors, and associated kai forms and such

but also,
I'm looking at the "Battle for Wesnoth" game a lot of this starter deck art was recycled from and I like the unit evolution trees mechanic in that game

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This week I tried to get people to learn along with me how to play

we couldn't quite get the simulator to work, but I did get to look through all the starter decks so I'm still stoked for this game

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*in a very out-of-the-blue way as if the universe has only just finished loading*
YOU'RE BACK, TARO! 🇦🇺

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i had to upgrade refracta today because my previous install broke,

and as I was setting my server back up and looking at my dump of what programs i previously had installed my mind very quickly came back to this Sphere again.

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I now think "mount" would be this grand armoured battle horse,
and when you call it it runs over from somewhere with a folder floating on its back and sets it on the ground creating a shining bridge-line that zips you off to another location

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I felt like there was a whole lot of opportunity to tell a story with this mechanic

like, imagine in the world of Utils that there are regular everyday ones like bzip, but then there's the mysterious super rare "firebird" that upgrades into "phoenix", and eventually into firefox

but perhaps just like in reality the future of firefox is not so bright and it will again become an ominous "Disused" Util in the future, which looks physically damaged and strangely unstable

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I can just imagine the let's plays now, where half the players are like "dammit, how do I remember all these?? I want bzgrep or bzdiff or...?"

while the other half have totally memorised all the basic linux commands from only this game and are a walking encyclopedia of all the bzips and their 'man pages' although they've hardly ever used a linux terminal

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