Redirecting to the homebrew instance itras.by for now! If I break everything and the server collapses, or I run out of hosting money, I'll be back. (I do appreciate that it's not difficult to change or undo one's migration setting...)

@InspectorCaracal I'm having trouble replying to the toot in question because toot.cat is on some decrepit version that doesn't display pinned toots, but you have something up about pinging you re: follow requests? I sent you a request from an instance I spun up I'm messing with, and it'd make me happy (and help me test a bit, haha) if I could follow you from there!

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OK, now that I understand slightly better how federation works, this endeavor is probably overkill? 😹 (on a microinstance, the federated timeline is exactly equivalent to my home timeline, if I understand correctly...) But this has been a fun exercise, and now that I know the basics, I can consider doing more with it.

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Ole Peder is cool with it. 😻

My temptation grows...

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omg, itras.by is available

I'd have to get permission from the creator of the game, but how cool would that be

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Aw, nope, somebody's squatting sabre.cat. I don't have an immediate thought on a second choice, so I'll have to ponder.

dice.camp is another worthy instance I could consider joining instead.

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Making my own could be the sort of pointless time-wasting hobby activity I could really get into and then casually drift away from, like most such endeavors!

...I could be sabrecat@sabre.cat or something 😹

Yeah, ok, that possibility is moving up the list

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toot.cat is a little barren overall, tbh. Maybe it's time to go instance shopping.

Some possibilities in rough order of appeal to me at this instant:

* tootplanet.space
* kitty.town (if they'll have me? need to look at their signup reqs)
* make my own microinstance!
* awoo.space

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Mastodon's post privacy options mystify me. Like, who looks at these and thinks, "Yes, these are valuable settings that fulfill my privacy needs"? I have to think this is one of those places where Masto built something to an abstract ideal of federation, or with an insistence that it must be Different from Other Social Media, and forgot that actual human beings would be using the thing.

@sabrecat Maybe I should jump to tootplanet.space, I'm already kinda crushing on the admin, heh

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Hmm, doesn't look like it. And the tech stuff on the "about this instance" page is either locked or outdated. Sigh. 😿

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I do miss when toot.cat had instance-specific customizations like the terms "boop" and "bap". Using the default Masto theme feels a little dull and sad. Does the instance have a GitHub I could help out on? ::goes to look::

Random thing I appreciate about Mastodon: if I unfollow someone, their posts *instantly* vanish from my home feed. Not only after a few refreshes (birbsite, Fakebork), not "sorry, they're burned in forever" (Steemit). A pleasant bit of freedom.

Tip for fellow broke folx: if you get by on a lot of three-minute ramen, try cracking an egg or two in there right after you start boiling the noodles. It makes perfect poached eggs by the end, and makes the bowl a lot more filling!

Think I'm not going to continue further on Masto-- (a) I've been overly wordy with the entries, and I get the impression self-threading is considered a bit gauche here; (b) there's that discourse about cross-posting going, and I've been posting these to ALL the social medias.

Perused and tidied up my follows list. It seems an awful lot of people stopped using Masto in May of last year o.O

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My unsolicited advice to you, but the little explodey dots going out around the star animated around the fediverse are really sad today and comforting each other and we should be sensitive to that.

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With some gentle encouragement from the Story Games forum, I created Blazing Rose, inspired by dating sims, JRPGs with romance subplots, and tabletop games like Emily Care Boss's Trilogy of the Heart.

I've had some project or other rattling around ever since! Nothing else has reached quite the stage of completion or polish as BR, but I'll make lightning strike a second time someday.

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In adolescence, I was content to play published RPGs as written, but by college I was spending as much time house ruling as playing. I wrote a FUDGE-based game as a final project for a gender studies class. (It had separatist communes of magical lesbians. Let us speak no more of it.) But I didn't get back into from-the-ground-up game design until after I moved to Madison in 2006.

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