Funkenflug aus flammenden Synapsen.

The Tw*tter experience

"We just sent you a verification mail." (No, you didn't.) Five minutes on… "Ohai, we've locked your account for violation of the ToS." (No, I haven't. Do you not like that I have an ad blocker? Tough.) "Please give us a phone number to call you to unlock the account." (Yeah, right. Ah well, I can redirect one of the pointless numbers at work…) "This phone number is not supported."

Yeah, I can start to see how the surrealDonald has a case of high blood pressure by the time he gets to type his 140 characters of invective.


The latest Chrome update seems to have shot the local cookie jar, yet again. Frankly, I'm appaleed by software makers' inability to manage things like prefs storage and session storing. (hello, all Linux desktop environments, why is it I still need to use —geometry and start things by script so my windows end upon the right screens?)

Bah. Also, Wordpress can go fuck itself with a spoon. We'll tell them it was rusty and jagged after the fact.

Branes are weird

The tail end of the night's dream gave me a game that was packaged in something that was somewhere between a padded envelope and a popcorn bag (dream-me thought it was an MRE bag), and where the bag itself was supposed to be torn apart into tokens. The components inside were reminiscent of Food Chain Magnate, down to the folded-menu player aid, but the whole thing must've been somewhat military-themed since the tokens on the packaging looked like wargame counters, -ish. Also it already was a localized version, which sucks for wargame designers, because we have words like Raketenartilleriefeuerleitoffizier. Anyway, I distinctly remember there being a typo on one of the counters, the kind of typo you'd make if you're not a native speaker, yet at the same time I was awake enough to be amused that my subconscious dragged up a weird military occupational term like that. (Also, a first-person view FCM that is military-themed, whaaaaaaaa? I should stop watching Rahdo to fall asleep, I guess.)

Also, I should get on with 18oz Burgers.

On a typical friday night, I am...

sending customers troubleshooting advice, apparently. #dienstleistungsheld #getalife

Tap tap tap

is this thing on? I'm adding disqus comments to the site. Please note that disqus probably does all the bad nasty things re tracking that you'd expect a company to do that tries to make money and doesn't charge me. (They comply with EU safe harbor/privacy shield, though. I know that's not worth a whole lot.)

"Bonnie & Glide" lube? Srsly?

Some days, I love myself.

I just found this left to me by myself in an internal workflow:

Mass update steps
Updating now, cross your fingers and hold on to your hats

/preptest cau201y.editors:default ... done cau201y.theme:default ... done

Unfortunately, I didn't tell myself how to hold the hat with crossed fingers.

Labyrinth – The War On Terror

So, I managed to finish my first game of L-TWOT today. (To be clear, I did not play the solo/robot rules, I played both sides. Since I don't know all the cards yet and have a poor memory, I felt that was kind of fair.)
So, to take the tension off: the game came down to the last roll of the die, and the Jihadists won by default. (I ran out the deck, at which point the US need to control twice as many resources than the jihadists to win, and both had 0, since I had not aimed for that victory condition. The last two rolls were trying to improve Indonesia's stance from neutral/fair to ally/good, and only one of them succeeded.)
As the jihadist player, I think I had a somewhat good chance to win: for the last third or so of the game, I sat at 15 poor-governance countries, so all I needed was to run down the US to 0 prestige, and they were sitting at 2 prestige for a turn or two, but I blew two roll-prestige events, one of which netted the US +4 prestige and the other one +1. I never got the WMDs, I never got any cells into Schengen (I did the "make two recruitment rolls for US" event, but failed both of them). I hardly ever made any jihad attempts (maybe two or three), so mostly I was playing events and setting plots, combined with a bit of travel to test as many islam countries as possible. For all but the last turn, my funding was in the top bracket, and I had a turn or two of unopposed plots.
As the US player, I failed to get any dominance on the game at all. I played the first scenario, where you are already deployed to Afghanistan, and I failed to get the country into good order again (until the jihadist player played something which removed the Besieged Regime status). I hardly moved any other troops anywhere, because i would have put me into overstretch, until I gave up towards the end and went after the jihadist who moved from A. to Pakistan in search of WMDs. Mid-game elections turned me into a soft stance, which was nice, because I figured at some point that I could war-of-idea in Europe to gain prestige with my low-ops cards. Seriously, I never felt like I could make a change in the middle east, because countries test as poor 2/3rds of the time, so they need 3ops to have war-of-ideas, and even then, that fails fairly often, so it might not be a good idea, but it's the only way to remove the poor governance status the jihadist was going for.
All in all, of course I did a fair bit of back-and-forth and the usual rules misremembering ("oh, can't deploy to neutrals", improving governance instead of alignment by mistake, disrupting without having +5 surplus troops, forgot US player can discard the final card instead of taking it to the next round), but that got better over time. And of course, this being my first or second game (I aborted the first one simply because I needed the table space back), the analysis paralysis is brutal. It's very very tempting to try and play everything for the event.
ETA: It occurs to me I didn't factor in the WoI penalty for soft world stance and hard US stance in those final rolls.
ETA2: BGG discussions suggest that Afghanistan is indeed a bit of a poisoned chalice (OTOH, if you don't get in there right quick, it's a source of jihadist cells that takes massive amount of troops to keep in check.)