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Anyone fancy joining me at an up-coming sandpit?

The evenings I've been to have consisted of a couple of newly designed games they are trialing (sometimes involving running around outside), and a few perenial favourites like Wearwolf, and Dadist Trivial Pursuit to pass time while waiting for you slot on a big game.

Monday 22 February on the Spirit Level at Royal Festival Hall. All Free! I know a couple of people who are going to this, so anyone else fancy turning up?

Friday 26 March 2010 at the Victoria & Albert Museum for their monthly late-night opening. Almost certainly a free games, bigger ones may have a small charge. Don't know anyone who's turning up yet, but Echo Bazzar (Victoriana text adventure RPG, twitter login) are running something there!

Date: 2010-02-19 01:18 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Purvasive games?

That just sounds like "life".

Date: 2010-02-19 01:33 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Is Echo Bazaar the game which gives you an incentive for tweeting about it? I really wish it didn't, because it looks like a potentially interesting game but I am actively avoiding anything they are involved with because the tweets are so irritating (not from any one individual, but there are a lot of players on my follow list).

Date: 2010-02-19 01:47 pm (UTC)
ext_27570: Richard in tricorn hat (Default)
From: [identity profile]
One tweet from one person is fine; one tweet from ten people is probably still more or less fine, but any more than that then I think it would start to get irritating. Thankfully only a handful of people on my follow-list are playing it.

I'm certainly avoiding Echo Bazaar because it seems to involve tweeting about it and it doesn't seem to be possible to find out any more about it without starting on the game. I want more information before I start.

Date: 2010-02-19 02:55 pm (UTC)
ext_27570: Richard in tricorn hat (Default)
From: [identity profile]
Hmm, from your description I think I'll give it a miss. Thanks for the info.

Date: 2010-02-19 02:22 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Like the comment below, one tweet a day per person is fine, but as more and more of my twit-list start playing it gets a bit annoying. Really I should sort out some kind of hashtag-based filtering but it hasn't quite hit the level where it makes me get off my arse and do it.

I don't mind people carrying on with the tweets, I just think it's something the game shouldn't encourage you to do, even once a day.

Date: 2010-02-19 03:34 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
It's like my aversion to Farmville and similar - the spam it generates. It's noise. It might be just a tiny bit of noise, but it's still an irritant, and it has a tendency to increase rapidly. Facebook make it very easy to block content from being visible at the game level if you don't want to see it, but what it's powerless against is the people who then choose to update their status to request random things. I don't want to know if you want more pink fences or windmills or whatever the hell the game is suggesting you need, but without blocking you out altogether, I don't get to choose. Similarly with Twitter, there's no simple way to block a particular subject, and a daily tweet really is enough of an irritant that I'd like to. I don't care that the game designers haven't lost anything, I do care that they're inconveniencing me, and doing it in a way that can make people turn around and ask me what the big deal is when it's "just one tweet/status update". Each spam email is JUST one email, and I can "just press delete" but in both cases, I have to sift through the increasing noise to get to the actual content I do want to see. Games that make you broadcast,, especially if they do it regularly, are just creating noise and that's NOT a good thing.

Date: 2010-02-19 04:54 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Why not set up a separate Twitter account especially for spam type content? Then you fulfill the requirements and get the rewards, and I can totally ignore it by not following that account.

Date: 2010-02-19 05:42 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Ah, right, I hadn't realised that. I thought it was just a "spam twitter, get shinies!" sort of deal.

Date: 2010-02-19 03:36 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I didn't know that hashtag filtering was possible - is it with a particular client, am I behind the times, or have you not actually confirmed it's possible?

Date: 2010-02-19 04:44 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
No, I haven't checked, I am assuming that someone got more annoyed with it than me and made a client which can do this, but I haven't actually looked for one yet.


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