GM Word of the Week: Obsidian

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Sometimes, we start off with nice, clear topics. But those quickly get opaque, dark, and confused. Sort of like how any discussion of glass in human history has to begin with obsidian.

The GM Word of the Week is written by Scott “The Angry GM” Rehm and produced and recorded by Brian “Fiddleback” Casey with new episodes available every Friday at GMWordOfTheWeek.com

4 thoughts on “GM Word of the Week: Obsidian

  1. Am I dense, or have we stopped exploring, “So how can you use this in your game?”

  2. The Angry GM’s words of almost every week: “F$&%” and “s$&%”.

    I’ve been reading through a lot of your articles, and most of them are interesting and have something worthwhile to say. Unfortunately, I find these bowdlerised words to be far more offensive and irritating than the actual words you’re pretending not to say. I’d be getting through your articles far quicker if this literary excrement wasn’t turning my stomach all the time.

    You should either swear or not swear, but swearing while pretending not to is juvenile and extremely irritating, like some obnoxious brat who thinks he’s being daring and clever and cute by saying something like “puck you”….or, worse, an adult whose shtick is to mimic such an obnoxious brat.

    so, please, either just fucking swear properly or find good, functional replacement words – e.g. say “stuff” instead of “shit” or the infinitely worse “s$&%”.

    • Really? This bulls$&% again? F$&% me.

      What I really don’t understand is that this feature, the GM Word of the Week, is the only place on my website where I absolutely don’t swear. And even if I did swear, it’s also the only feature that isn’t written down. So even if it did contain swears, they wouldn’t be replaced with grawlicks. Of all the places to put this inane piece of petty bitching and moaning, why here? What the actual f$&% is wrong with you?

      • 1. your bowdlerising shtick is tedious and annoying…it’s bad enough to see it only once in a while, but it becomes unbearable when seen on almost every article. Worse, it detracts from the content, which is otherwise quite good.

        2. commenting about your pseudo-words of every week seemed appropriate for a section called word of the week.

        3. nothing is wrong with me. i just find bowdlerising in general, and your over-used shtick in particular, to be repulsive.

        4. thank you. you’ve motivated me to install a word replacement extension for chromium and write the following rules for it, just to remove the constant irritation:

        {
        “version”: “2.0.10”,
        “replacements”: [
        {
        “repA”: “/s[!@#$%^&*]{3,}/ig”,
        “repB”: “shit”,
        “type”: “RegEx”,
        “case”: “Maintain”,
        “active”: true
        },
        {
        “repA”: “/f[!@#$%^&*]{3,}/ig”,
        “repB”: “fuck”,
        “type”: “RegEx”,
        “case”: “Maintain”,
        “active”: true
        },
        {
        “repA”: “/\\ba[!@#$%^&*]{2}/ig”,
        “repB”: “arse”,
        “type”: “RegEx”,
        “case”: “Maintain”,
        “active”: true
        }
        ]
        }

        I can now read your articles without feeling like I need to puke all the time.

        I’ll probably add more rules as needed, but those three are the most common so fixing them may be enough to reduce the vomitosity quotient to tolerable levels. I’ll also look for an equivalent plugin for firefox in case google sends me to your site in that browser.

        5. I’ve just now found, via google, your FB post about why you use “grawlicks”. I get why you do it, I already understood why you do it before I posted, it’s not exactly hard to figure out. It’s still irritating and repulsive. And, btw, if there’s one thing more sickening than having to explain a joke all the time, it’s making the same joke over and over again when it’s not in the least bit funny. Also BTW comic book authors used that shit not because they wanted to, but because they *had to* if they wanted to get published in puritanical america with the comic books code.

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