Tomorrow is the Finnish Independence Day. I’ve never been very nationalistic, but the recent right-wing surgence in Finland has made the whole thing distasteful for me. Don’t get me wrong. I do love many aspects of this country, but there are certain powerful elements in our society, like probably most societies right now, which are trying to destroy those things, like our educational system.
With that in mind and remembering that I am a pretty strong introvert, I don’t really want to take part in any way in our Independence Day.
As those who follow our social media, its that time of the year again. What time? #ampvember time. Lauri tried to jumpstart the whole thing a month early, but here we are.
So, what is #mapvember. I guess I would relate it closely to NaNoWriMo or National Novel Writing Month, in which you try to write a whole novel in one month. Here we try to make a map every day of the month. Lauri has been doing his on the social media side, I’ll be doing mine a bit differently.
For work, I’ve been living in different city during weeks and another during the weekend. Understandably, the place I have for weekdays doesn’t have much stuff. I only have a bed, a desk, a chair and a beanbag chair as well as some books there. Not much. Not even lights for all the places I should have. Quite Spartan, in fact. The thing is, I don’t seem to miss all that stuff that much.
I’ve been discussing a project plan at work a lot lately. The idea for the project includes gamification component, so I’ve been reading a few books on the subject. One thing these books make a huge deal of in their introductory part is how many people actualy play games and how much time they spend on it.
Roleplaying communities in internet are a beautiful thing. Back in the day when we played Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay I was really active on Strike-to-Stun. I quickly learned that if I had a problem or wanted to change ideas an international community of likeminded players was a great place to start. Now we haven’t played WFRP in ages but I still visit the communities because I want to keep up with the people there.
There are a lot of rpg communities all around the web. There are dedicated forums, publisher’s forums, Facebook and (my personal favorite) Google+ for example. Combine them and you have almost unlimited resources of information and ideas. Ask help and you will get it.
If you ever went to Ropecon in Dipoli you know that the place is hard to forget, with its architecture of stone, glass, light wood, dark metal, and its hostility to straight angles. It offered a milieu for roleplaying (and other things) that felt home-made, welcoming, and original, but still professional enough. It wasn’t perfect and like everything that’s dear, you both loved and hated parts of it. The sucky bits were parts of the charm, so much so that I can’t even bear to write anything stronger than “sucky bits”.
A little over a year ago I got really excited while visiting my first actual Finnish cave. To be fair I must say that caves in Finland are not elaborate systems but usually formed by broken boulders or split bedrock. That doesn’t mean that they are boring – actually this makes them even more interesting.
Since the caves in Finland tend to be small and cramped we have our own definition of what counts as a cave. A cave has to be big enough for 2-3 adults to fit into or has geological or historical meaning. Due our history this usually means holes where someone has been hiding during Great Northern War or places where local shaman and/or witch lived.
I was watching the Magic Mics a while back. Its a podcast about Magic: the Gathering culture and since they were hitting their one-year anniversary, they decided to talk about something special: How Magic had affected their lives. Here, Erin Campbell, brought up “choosing your tribe”. She meant it as something positive, but it does sound to me like some high-schooler bullshit from an unimaginative movie.
Not only that, but for me it brings to mind two kind of negative connotations.