I'm not happy that Google Plus is ending, and that the RPG scene that meets there is going to be scattered across a dozen new diasporic footholds, but I have mostly made my peace with the inevitability of it.
Before the end, before Google decides to detonate the last orbital forest in the solar system in order to repurpose the servers to hold different data, or something, I decided to liberate a final few witticisms from obliviation.
First - Hold My Beer
This one comes to us from Daniel Davis of the Detect Magic blog, with a reply by me, for his game set in the fantasy Southern state of Alabamia.
Daniel Davis - inspiration: hold my beer
I'm thinking next session I'll award inspiration whenever you do something concerning which you might say hold my beer.
You get it when you initiate the action but before it's resolved; so you could spend it on the action itself.
Example: hold my beer while I crawl through this crack in the wall in the dark.
Anne - This is a mechanic that calls out for escalating consequences of failure. Not that the task itself gets any harder to accomplish, but that each person who fails at it gets something worse than the last.
GM: "Horatio, you fail to pick the lock."
Hamlet: "Hold my beer, Horatio!"
GM: "Hamlet, you fail to pick the lock, and your thieve's tools are ruined."
Polonius: "Hold my beer, Hamlet!"
GM: "Polonius, you fail to pick the lock, your hand gets caught in the locking mechanism, and the guards on the other side of the door hear you. They slam the door open (dealing 1d6 damage to you) and everyone else, roll for surprise!"
Polonius: "... that escalated quickly."
Second - The More Death Threats You Send, The More Freedomer It Is
Next, Richard G from Richard's Dystopian Pokeverse started a thread wondering about the meaning of the phrase "freedom of speech" in contemporary internet rhetoric. I don't know Jason Corely, but I liked his explanation of how the term is used today best. It's both accurate and quotable!
Jason Corley - Freedom of speech means sending a death threat to a lady with an opinion about video games, and the more death threats you send, the more freedomer it is.
Jason Corley - If a lady on Twitter says Jordan Peterson said something stupid, that's censorship and free speech has been destroyed. If a young man on Twitter says she should shut up if she doesn't want her face broken, that's freedom of speech and eliminating the dragon of chaos.
Third - RIP My Wallet
Finally, this was my first time assembling a shitty MS Paint meme image for my very own shitpost. I called it "The Truth About ZineQuest"
So there you have it, my final favorite bon mots from the final dying days of Google Plus, just before Google shutters a decade-long program in order to slightly increase its first-quarter share price earnings outlook, or whatever.