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- introduction thread -
(FOSS "mon" simulation game)

news on ongoing development
floss.social/@Valenoern/103616

current version of the game
codeberg.org/Valenoern/zenseka

[further links / info about the game inside thread]

thread unroll (http / gemini):
saucernexus.sandcats.io/burningtree/2020-06-06_asekai-basics.gmi

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self-doubt 

every time I give people some kind of big vision of where my work "could" eventually lead, serious or joking, I immediately feel like a stupid incompetent crackpot who can never pull anything off

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somewhere over in an alternate universe,

two different Not-PokΓ©mon chat groups have each created their own region complete with its own gimmick.

each group also continually agrees on rules for its own metagame(s).

one day, user Birdhammer wants to bring B region mons to an A event.
A members fetch their "porting & balance" guide, and after appropriate adjustments, add Birdhammer's party into the list of accepted mons.

the regions' wikis now show how to use Birdhammer's party in region A.

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later, Birdhammer pops into group C.

"wait, you're /the/ birdhammer?"
"well yeah."
"the one that speedran Birdventurer in five different platformers?"
"yeah. I didn't actually make the plugins though."
"we've put your favourite mon Amperegrine in the original Birdventurer and we need you to test it"
"sigh. if you insist,,"

"we have Birdventurer so many places.
anyone remember Samus. anyone remember back when it was a big deal just to see her also appear in Smash Bros.?"

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Birdhammer goes over to the semi-official Not-PokΓ©mon microblogging instance,
where the few different branches of the core engine announce notable updates.

it seems although the Sleetah branch working with regions K, M, & N has been dormant,
the Swahray branch with X/Y/Z has just gotten a pull request that corrects overworld flying animations including Amperegrine's.

"Nice," remarks Birdhammer.
"Wish Sleetah would just hand over the Hard Mode tasks to an active branch, but this isn't nothing."

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I think the real fun begins when not only is asekai alive and well, but there are also *other* 'libre mon game' or 'thousand player-characters game' engines.

once that happens, people can simply start porting their favourite libre 'player characters' to their favourite engines the exact moment they decide,

you know, I like Sphelaea but compared to asekai I would rather play it in Not- Smash Bros.

you know, I like Shrimpleton and Shrimpstiltskin but I'd rather play them in Not- Fire Emblem.

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I joke about impossible or improbable things enough,
but doing some kind of video/article series on why we /can't/ immediately go solve some seemingly simple everyday problem due to all the interconnected immovable systems and bigger problems behind it,

would really bring some points home to people in a way even things like the Gravel Institute can't quite achieve

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buy up 20-year-old videogame series copyrights and assign them to software freedom conservancy

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@spritelyproject Probably needs a whole blogpost explaining the gravity of this current moment, and what this means is now open to us.

But in short: secure, distributed object programming in mutually suspicious peer to peer networks? Open for business!

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I joke about impossible or improbable things enough,
but doing some kind of video/article series on why we /can't/ immediately go solve some seemingly simple everyday problem due to all the interconnected immovable systems and bigger problems behind it,

would really bring some points home to people in a way even things like the Gravel Institute can't quite achieve

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buy up 20-year-old videogame series copyrights and assign them to software freedom conservancy

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I like imagining a ridiculous alternate future where the totality of asekai + other libre engine projects together gets so popular their community eventually raises enough money to buy up some discontinued game series like telefang
and has intertwined elements of it like the cell phones with the way the series now represents a *community* you and your fan creations are an integral part of

and after decades all this gets enough momentum regular people buy up pokΓ©mon and the jig is finally up

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Trying to figure our how to make more OCs without being an artist

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The FOSS community should gather together all the different public domain universes(Lovecraft, Robin Hood, Dracula, all the pulp/noir characters, etc) and build some sort of dope expanded franchise/universe of free & open source games/movies/books/TV/other cool stuff.

Come on, you know you want this to happen :D

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sometimes I think about Project Wonderful and wonder if bringing back that idea could be a viable alternative to, say, the way #youtube subsidises running a video platform and paying small amounts to content creators

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there are of course deep problems with any model for advertising

the first one I can think of is that ad space is likely to be the most attractive to things that are already "profitable" and have spare money to spend to gain more money

but that said, youtube's system that siphons money from advertisers with money to google with even more is appalling,
and I have to wonder if a not-runaway ad ecosystem actually designed to signal boost more small/independent stuff could be as effective

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USPOL, extremely political expert voice 

"Georgia Senate runoffs" sounds kind of like there was an unfortunate plumbing incident in a state capitol building

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i shouldn't think it's funny they said the name kanto on a series set in real-life places

but man, if there's just one power plant we oughta be glad zapdos is protecting that thing.

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