[Media Meandry] Meditative, Competitive, Narrative

This entry in my playthrough of Pokémon LeafGreen will be less directly related to character building/discovery and more metaphorical, exploring what interests me about Pokémon and other media along with their relation to what I want to create. The way I see it, all media are tools to teach or entertain, but it’s a matter of finding that which teaches or entertains what is relevant to you. You can do that with defining and refining.

Novel Spoilers?: Minor [Interests directing novel’s path]
Game Spoilers? None

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[Applied Self-Confidence] 2020 Half-Year Review

How has my confidence improved since 2019? I would say my biggest step toward overall confidence has been disobeying the prime directive and interacting with people that I once saw from a distance. I would say that if you’re shy, the best way to overcoming shyness is to interact with others, even if through an alternate account or anonymously entirely. That can build one’s resolve in regards to talking to others without fear while handling criticisms.

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[Media Meandry] Generic Character List

While I haven’t done the degree of character design I had brainstormed out in “Incidents Build Characters,” during this play session of Pokémon LeafGreen, I realized that I was overthinking things. I can start simply then build out the characters that need building out. When I came across the need to name three new characters around a central theme, I decided to build out a Generic Character List for Novel 02 based on material from Novel 01.

Novel Spoilers?: Minor [Planning out new/old characters]
Game Spoilers? None

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[Media Meandry] Incidents Build Characters

As I continue along toward completing my playthrough of Pokémon LeafGreen, I’ve wondered about the benefits of playing this game from not just a relaxation/escapist perspective, but from a narrative perspective. In “Inconsequentially Building Characters,” I have wondered whether having the names alone would be enough to help me brainstorm character ideas? I decided no, overall. Organic, non-contrived storytelling is usually better, in my opinion.

Novel Spoilers?: Minor [Are characters created? Discovered?]
Game Spoilers? None

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[Tripping On…] Tripping On Methocarbamol

It’s 2:37pm and I just took my first Methocarbamol. I’m listening to the Endless War Kickstarter stream while I’m waiting the estimated 30 minutes for this muscle relaxant to kick in. I’ve got everything prepped for tomorrow, mainly prepped my coffee machine, in case I get knocked out from this, but considering how other similar medications have been, at most, I’ll be fine. Still, consider this a trip report for how things go as they go.

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[Media Meandry] ZP KILLED SOMEONE?

I don’t play ENDLESS WAR to kill other players without proper reason. My interests are primarily the Discord game’s culture and secondarily its meditative !mine mechanic. I had some easy opportunities and even some provocations. Still, it’s too aggravating for most killed players. You spend significant time building up your character, only to be killed and looted? As an absurdist, I can appreciate the effort toward nothing. Let’s talk about killing players, regrets, and conduct.

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[The Story] Playing Videogames Together

John and Trishna in “The Story” bond online over their shared interests in videogames, so once they have the opportunity to meet in person, videogames will be a hobby they share. I’ve imagined they primarily play long-form RPGs or other less competitive games, but what kinds specifically, and why? Would they be realistically based on real-world games or would they be imaginarily based on anything? Would they create their own small, amateur games as well?

Spoilers?: Minor [background character development]
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[Media Meandry] Different Lifestyle Playstyles

Although player-versus-player is the primary playstyle of ENDLESS WAR, a Discord MUD, there are more ways to play as reflected by the in-game leaderboard. I’m disinterested in provocating hatred toward me, even in something like a PVP MUD, because many people take being killed – the core gameplay mechanic and premise – surprisingly seriously. When I’m killed, whatever, right? Can we take that same mentality of life? That there are more ways to play and become successful?

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[Media Meandry] Ben’s Van Crew

The idea popped into my head with such force that it needed to exist. When writing, I usually explore enigmas or posit positions. When drawing, however, it’s usually because there’s an idea that took hold of my mind and won’t let go until I draw it to realization. During the ENDLESS WAR Kickstarter, some of us joked about how the Kickstarter was a fundraiser to repair a fictional van, so I took to drawing that.

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[Sober Living] Leveling Up Sobriety

How can I level up my sobriety? Let’s look at how I’ve done so since I started writing about sobriety over two years ago. My biggest positive change was learning to recognize when I’m experiencing stress. That’s my main trigger for moments that might encourage me to indulge in insobriety. If life is going well, and not just from some outward appearances but if I feel like my life is going well, why risk that?

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