If I Were Mitch McConnell

Gonna veer off into political game theory, just because the Republicans have presented me with an unsolvable problem, and I love those.

Put yourself in Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s shoes. For 8 years you and your party have loudly opposed Obamacare. You’ve vowed to repeal it and replace it with something better, and when Trump got elected, you got your chance to accomplish your flagship promise. But you never actually wrote a replacement healthcare plan because nobody expected Trump to win. So now you go about drafting one, but it’s hard because Obamacare is already the most Republican healthcare plan conceivable, and that’s where Mitch’s replacement plan has been struggling. Everything he adds alienates either the hardcore Conservatives or the Moderate conservatives, and just yesterday two Republican senators came out and announced that they would oppose the bill. This puts Mitch’s support at 48/52 Republican senators, not enough to ram the bill through.

In a last desperate attempt, Mitch announced today that they would vote on repealing Obamacare and not replacing it with anything. They’ll just kill it and work out a replacement before the repeal goes into effect. Unfortunately, to nobody’s surprise Republican senators from all fronts are saying they’re not gonna go for that. Mitch has like two weeks to find a solution because he was abusing a loophole where he marketed the repeal as a “budget readjustment” (which requires only a majority of the senate to vote yes), since repealing Obamacare would lower federal costs. The time for voting on budget adjustments runs out in two weeks. After that, Mitch will have to work with his Obamacare repeal as a regular bill which will require 2/3ds of Congress, aka Democrat support (since Mitch only has 52 republicans in the Senate). My Democrat friends are crowing excitedly at the Republicans’ absolute failure to accomplish their goal, and my Republican friends are furious at their senators for failing to accomplish the one thing they’ve been adamant about doing for almost a decade. By all accounts, Mitch’s ship seems sunk. But I, safe in my knowledge that nobody reads this blog, think I’ve found a solution. Here’s what I would do in Mitch’s case:

I would ‘draft’ a healthcare bill that does X, call it “Republicare”, and urge my constituents to pass it. X is literally word-for-word what Obamacare currently does. They’d literally repeal and replace it with the exact same plan under their own name.

This would allow them to accomplish their primary goal: repealing ‘Obamacare’. After all, Obamacare is just a name, the healthcare bill itself is actually quite popular. My Republican friends are quite happy with the Affordable Care Act despite it being the exact same plan. Mitch’s base has proven that they almost entirely care about the optics of repealing Obamacare, so give them what they want. And you don’t even have to suffer the fallout of stealing healthcare from 22 million Americans. Now they can say “Ha! We repealed Obamacare! And now you can all enjoy healthcare courtesy of the Republican party!” Just ignore all the snickering Democrats, Mitch has never cared what they thought anyway.

New Darwin’s Soldiers Story!

And it’s not even from me! f-22 “raptor” ace was one of the original authors who stuck around through all three role-plays, and his two characters, Hans and Werner Donitz, are some of the most important in the entire canon. Well, I was pleasantly surprised when he messaged me a few days ago letting me know he’d recently read Chasing Seconds and wanted to write a tie-in story that focused on Werner during his time as leader of the desert settlement. The first part went live today, check it out here!

It’s exciting to get some new content for the Darwin’s Soldiers canon, but 2017 might not stop there; I’ve been periodically digging Gamer 2 out of the recesses of my hard drive, blowing the mothballs off and adding a bit more to what I’ve finished. At this moment I’ve only got to code the final boss fight, the secondary boss fight, and the final cutscene and then I’ll consider it complete enough to upload to itch.io. Stay tuned!

New Unity game!

Now that I’m going into a Master’s Program for game design, I better work on that Unity program again. I finished and wrapped up a new game, playable here, where you can challenge Hantan the Math Druid to a duel of numbers!

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It was really really hard to get this thing to work. I had three different versions of Unity and two versions of WebGL installed before I managed to get it to work correctly, but now that it’s successfuly published, it was all worth it. Also, I updated Find the Cure so it works with WebGL, no more browser problems where nothing supports Unity3D.

Hunger Games

In honor of Clickteam Fusion coming out with the amazing Firefly, I decided to put 48 characters from Darwin’s Soldiers and Into the Black against each other in a Hunger Games to the death. Why not?

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The Bloodbath

As the tributes stand on their podiums, the horn sounds.

Yuri Kerzach scares Micah Landon away from the cornucopia.

Ryu Kagetora convinces Howard Hicks to not kill him, only to kill him instead.

Marcus runs away from the Cornucopia.

Aydin runs away from the Cornucopia.

Rhaegson clutches a first aid kit and runs away.

Lily North runs away from the Cornucopia.

Werner Donitz rips a mace out of Rose‘s hands.

Rudyard Shelton runs away from the Cornucopia.

Hans Donitz runs away from the Cornucopia.

Trinity and Aimee fight for a bag. Trinity gives up and retreats.

Zachary Johnson and Axel Whent fight for a bag. Zachary Johnson gives up and retreats.

Aisha Tennes runs away from the Cornucopia.

Josephine Smithson runs away from the Cornucopia.

Agent Lupis runs away from the Cornucopia.

Emma runs away from the Cornucopia.

Snow runs away from the Cornucopia.

Neku grabs a backpack, not realizing it is empty.

Keegan O’Neill snatches a bottle of alcohol and a rag.

Kojurro and Tony Stracci fight for a bag. Kojurro gives up and retreats.

Anne runs away from the Cornucopia.

Marita Jones shoots an arrow at Emilena Echo, but misses and kills Vergil instead.

Nairda runs away from the Cornucopia.

James Zanasiu – Furtopia runs away from the Cornucopia.

Hailey clutches a first aid kit and runs away.

Roy Hawkeye runs away from the Cornucopia.

Foley runs away from the Cornucopia.

Johnson Zenarchis finds a bow, some arrows, and a quiver.

Marie and Flora fight for a bag. Flora gives up and retreats.

Yurei runs away from the Cornucopia.

Lester Montgomery severely slices Soren Almaya with a sword.

Siberys takes a spear from inside the cornucopia.

Frederick Clyco runs away from the Cornucopia.

Vic Summers grabs a shield leaning on the cornucopia.

James Zanasiu runs away from the Cornucopia.

Thomas Stern runs away from the Cornucopia.

Shakila Brennan takes a handful of throwing knives.

Aaron retrieves a trident from inside the cornucopia.

Kalis runs away with a lighter and some rope.

Day 1

Agent Lupis fishes.

Aaron runs away from Hailey.

Yuri Kerzach receives fresh food from an unknown sponsor.

Aydin travels to higher ground.

Tony Stracci goes hunting.

Hans Donitz tends to Aisha Tennes‘s wounds.

Micah Landon camouflages himself in the bushes.

Aimee diverts Emma‘s attention and runs away.

Lily North discovers a river.

Zachary Johnson sees smoke rising in the distance, but decides not to investigate.

Nairda tries to spear fish with a trident.

James Zanasiu – Furtopia searches for a water source.

Axel Whent discovers a river.

Rudyard Shelton and Ryu Kagetora work together for the day.

Frederick Clyco explores the arena.

Flora and Thomas Stern split up to search for resources.

Marita Jones receives clean water from an unknown sponsor.

Siberys constructs a shack.

Johnson Zenarchis stalks Keegan O’Neill.

Emilena Echo, Vic Summers, Lester Montgomery, and Rose hunt for other tributes.

Kalis steals from Marie while she isn’t looking.

Roy Hawkeye overhears Yurei and James Zanasiu talking in the distance.

Werner Donitz collects fruit from a tree.

Anne diverts Trinity‘s attention and runs away.

Neku explores the arena.

Rhaegson, Kojurro, Marcus, and Foley raid Josephine Smithson‘s camp while she is hunting.

Shakila Brennan tries to spear fish with a trident.

Snow hunts for other tributes.

Night 1

Lester Montgomery kills Nairda as he tries to run.

Agent Lupis tends to his wounds.

Kojurro tries to sing himself to sleep.

Marcus begs for Keegan O’Neill to kill him. He refuses, keeping Marcus alive.

Anne fends James Zanasiu – Furtopia, Emma, and Marie away from her fire.

Marita Jones begs for Rose to kill her. She refuses, keeping Marita Jones alive.

Siberys loses sight of where he is.

Ryu Kagetora goes to sleep.

Hailey cries herself to sleep.

Tony Stracci stays awake all night.

James Zanasiu dies of dysentery.

Frederick Clyco and Josephine Smithson run into each other and decide to truce for the night.

Flora lets Rhaegson into her shelter.

Hans Donitz shoots an arrow into Foley‘s head.

Yuri Kerzach receives fresh food from an unknown sponsor.

Aimee tends to her wounds.

Vic Summers lets Axel Whent into his shelter.

Aaron and Roy Hawkeye work together to drown Trinity.

Rudyard Shelton decapitates Neku with a sword.

Micah Landon, Lily North, Johnson Zenarchis, Shakila Brennan, and Aydin sleep in shifts.

Emilena Echo fends Werner Donitz, Aisha Tennes, and Kalis away from her fire.

Snow thinks about home.

Zachary Johnson receives an explosive from an unknown sponsor.

Thomas Stern passes out from exhaustion.

Yurei questions his sanity.

Day 2

Micah Landon receives an explosive from an unknown sponsor.

Tony Stracci searches for firewood.

Siberys camouflages himself in the bushes.

Rose discovers a cave.

Johnson Zenarchis overhears Lester Montgomery and Roy Hawkeye talking in the distance.

Shakila Brennan repeatedly stabs Flora to death with sais.

Emma tends to Agent Lupis‘s wounds.

Kalis explores the arena.

Hailey, Marita Jones, Aisha Tennes, Snow, and Aydin hunt for other tributes.

Marcus overhears Marie and Rudyard Shelton talking in the distance.

Kojurro discovers a cave.

Ryu Kagetora searches for a water source.

Aimee poisons Hans Donitz‘s drink. He drinks it and dies.

Lily North and James Zanasiu – Furtopia track down and kill Rhaegson.

Zachary Johnson spears Vic Summers in the abdomen.Yurei fishes.

Frederick Clyco diverts Anne‘s attention and runs away.

Thomas Stern goes hunting.

Yuri Kerzach, Werner Donitz, Aaron, and Emilena Echo raid Josephine Smithson‘s camp while she is hunting.

Axel Whent explores the arena.

Keegan O’Neill receives fresh food from an unknown sponsor.

Arena Event

A cloud of poisonous smoke starts to fill the arena.

Rose is engulfed in the cloud of poisonous smoke.

Werner Donitz and Aimee decide to run into the cloud together.

Aaron survives.

Emilena Echo and Ryu Kagetora decide to run into the cloud together.

Siberys survives.

James Zanasiu – Furtopia survives.

Johnson Zenarchis survives.

Rudyard Shelton slowly pushes Aisha Tennes closer into the cloud until she can’t resist any more.

Anne and Kalis decide to run into the cloud together.

Snow slowly pushes Frederick Clyco closer into the cloud until he can’t resist any more.

Roy Hawkeye survives.

Emma survives.

Thomas Stern sacrifices himself so Tony Stracci can get away.

Yuri Kerzach survives.

Axel Whent survives.

Agent Lupis survives.

Aydin survives.

Zachary Johnson survives.

Shakila Brennan is engulfed in the cloud of poisonous smoke.

Marita Jones and Keegan O’Neill decide to run into the cloud together.

Josephine Smithson slowly pushes Micah Landon closer into the cloud until he can’t resist any more.

Hailey sacrifices herself so Lester Montgomery can get away.

Kojurro survives.

Marie and Yurei agree to die in the cloud together, but Marie pushes Yurei in without warning.

Lily North slowly pushes Marcus closer into the cloud until he can’t resist any more.

Night 2

Yuri Kerzach and Zachary Johnson run into each other and decide to truce for the night.

Johnson Zenarchis, Snow, Agent Lupis, Aaron, and Josephine Smithson sleep in shifts.

Aydin tries to treat his infection.

Axel Whent loses sight of where he is.

Emma, Rudyard Shelton, and Kojurro cheerfully sing songs together.

Roy Hawkeye, Siberys, James Zanasiu – Furtopia, and Tony Stracci sleep in shifts.

Lester Montgomery receives medical supplies from an unknown sponsor.

Marie destroys Lily North‘s supplies while she is asleep.

Day 3

Lily North accidentally steps on a landmine.

Josephine Smithson, Siberys, Axel Whent, and Rudyard Shelton hunt for other tributes.

Kojurro strangles Aydin after engaging in a fist fight.

Johnson Zenarchis receives clean water from an unknown sponsor.

Yuri Kerzach steals from James Zanasiu – Furtopia while he isn’t looking.

Tony Stracci travels to higher ground.

Marie picks flowers.

Zachary Johnson steals from Emma while she isn’t looking.

Aaron scares Roy Hawkeye off.

Lester Montgomery stalks Snow.

Agent Lupis camouflauges himself in the bushes.

Night 3

James Zanasiu – Furtopia tries to sing himself to sleep.

Emma receives a hatchet from an unknown sponsor.

Siberys thinks about winning.

Agent Lupis quietly hums.

Yuri Kerzach questions his sanity.

Snow passes out from exhaustion.

Tony Stracci receives fresh food from an unknown sponsor.

Roy Hawkeye and Johnson Zenarchis huddle for warmth.

Josephine Smithson loses sight of where she is.

Kojurro looks at the night sky.

Lester Montgomery tries to treat his infection.

Zachary Johnson convinces Axel Whent to snuggle with him.

Aaron poisons Marie‘s drink, but mistakes it for his own and dies.

Rudyard Shelton screams for help.

Day 4

Rudyard Shelton camouflages himself in the bushes.

Yuri Kerzach fishes.

Agent Lupis sprains his ankle while running away from Kojurro.

Marie makes a slingshot.

James Zanasiu – Furtopia dies of dysentery.

Emma camouflages herself in the bushes.

Siberys sets an explosive off, killing Lester Montgomery, and Johnson Zenarchis.

Axel Whent picks flowers.

Josephine Smithson collects fruit from a tree.

Zachary Johnson and Snow work together for the day.

Tony Stracci hunts for other tributes.

Roy Hawkeye makes a slingshot.

Night 4

Snow bashes Tony Stracci‘s head in with a mace.

Roy Hawkeye dies from an infection.

Marie thinks about winning.

Rudyard Shelton sets up camp for the night.

Emma quietly hums.

Yuri Kerzach severely slices Josephine Smithson with a sword.

Agent Lupis and Siberys talk about the tributes still alive.

Kojurro tries to treat his infection.

Zachary Johnson receives medical supplies from an unknown sponsor.

Axel Whent is unable to start a fire and sleeps without warmth.

The Feast

Snow bashes Tony Stracci‘s head in with a mace.

Roy Hawkeye dies from an infection.

Marie thinks about winning.

Rudyard Shelton sets up camp for the night.

Emma quietly hums.

Yuri Kerzach severely slices Josephine Smithson with a sword.

Agent Lupis and Siberys talk about the tributes still alive.

Kojurro tries to treat his infection.

Zachary Johnson receives medical supplies from an unknown sponsor.

Axel Whent is unable to start a fire and sleeps without warmth.

Day 5

Rudyard Shelton sprains his ankle while running away from Emma.

Yuri Kerzach, Siberys, Snow, Agent Lupis, and Axel Whent hunt for other tributes.

Night 5

Emma bleeds out due to untreated injuries.

Rudyard Shelton screams for help.

Siberys and Axel Whent talk about the tributes still alive.

Yuri Kerzach loses sight of where he is.

Snow stays awake all night.

Agent Lupis accidently detonates a land mine while trying to arm it.

Day 6

Yuri Kerzach cannot handle the circumstances and commits suicide.

Snow kills Siberys with his own weapon.

Axel Whent attacks Rudyard Shelton, but he manages to escape.

Night 6

Snow severely injures Rudyard Shelton, but puts him out of his misery.

Axel Whent attempts to climb a tree, but falls to his death.

The winner is Snow from District 4!
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I love this generator! Special mentions to Axel for reaching silver without killing anybody, both James Zanasius dying of dysentery, and the whopping 21 characters who got killed on Day 2.

March Madness! Unity’s back on the menu!

I’ve decided that my break has gone on long enough. Time to restart that Unity program and make some real headway.

I haven’t decided whether to restart/restart or to just pick up where i left off, with unit 4. To that end i rewatched the intro video for the whole thing and Unit 4. back to one video a day, hoo rah!

(last time i used to cheat with multimedia fusion videos, this time my cheat class is Python or maybe Blender. Never hurts to be versatile!)

Darwin’s Soldiers Disruptive Selection and Into the Black RPs archived

A long-ass fucking time ago I saved all the Darwin’s Soldiers content for safekeeping, but I didn’t do Disruptive Selection because it was too large and I didn’t know how to get it off the site. Well I finally went ahead and asked for help and this dude on reddit has me covered. Using his program I can effortlessly save copies of any GoF roleplay for posterity, and so I’m now doing so for Into the Black, the other franchise I’ve invested considerable hours writing content for.

into-the-black, racing-the-storm, around-the-folf, blanking-the-slate-unfinished-2-16-2017, scorched-earth

Also here’s a link to Dead End Job, another Serris story that he’s never going to finish.