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Broken Toys 50

By TaralWayne
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I promised to finish the final issue of my personal zines in August ... and did.  But then I had the bright idea of colouring a new piece of art for the cover, and the effort became so involved that it took me close to a month.  But I think the delay was worth it.

Here we see Kiki Fraggle for the first time in her natural colour, a cause to celebrate in itself.

The final issue is 74 pages long, including over 30 of letters of comment.
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EmmetEarwax's avatar
Forgot to mention that the Candy Crush games are similar to Jewels of Rome in too many ways ,and even requirimg use of your real money ! They, too, got UNinstalled. 
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The following could have been posted in a journal., BUT ...
I am pessimistic about peop reading my journals, and I do want to get this across.

I had been playing an eG5 game titled "Jewels of Rome", also the Candy Crush games.
Had.
You are the new governor of a province that Cassius,the previous governor, literally ran into the ground. One villa is extant and you start there. You find artifacts,tools, etc., by playing tetris-type games in each site. You clear away sand, and look for artifacts,tools, etc.. At times, you must take kittens for walks ! (How THAT advances the game I've no idea)

The story gets more complicated tho,,than simply rebuilding. You seek what happened to your mother (went to Alexandra and the trail was lost there)and you find that your father was a prior governor, but was murdered by minions of Cassius. Also earlier this month the "game" went dark. No, it didn't crash. A demon woman arrives in her ship and kidnaps somebody. Also the color scheme of the landscape is darker, and the kittens are now black cats. I guess it's because Halloween is nigh.

I had eventually noticed that extras and power-ups are not acquired by the virtual gold the game generates for won subgames, but must be purchased with rubies. And you get 99% of those by actual money from your checking account ! Pay to play ! Also the tipping point was reached by increasing difficulty of game play (obstacles and such to block ) and then oil spillage covering the board and blocking access.I needed extras that had to be purchased with real money from your checking account ! The banks began to balk at these unexplained lay-outs and I even got a phone call from the bank !

I left off playing to take stock of my situation. I was also got going to resume until I heard from somebody about my prospects. One aspect of me wanted to go on, to win ! The other saw this situation as insane: buying a game at the computer store did not cost this much and I could play it over & over. Also WHAT gain was this game giving me in the real world ?

I had tried to play Grepolis, app. by the same company, BUT I couldn't get anywhere. The tipping point in the real world came when I got an email urging me to come back and help the people stand up to Cassius. This is just what I got with Grepolis after I gave up on that. I was not going to wait for anybody to help me. My mind was made up for me. The artwork was beautiful in both, but the unfair monetary demands....

I UNinstalled Jewels of Rome.
I had a valuable but expensive lesson and hope no more eMails about helping the people against Cassius, will come. There are many other eG5 games, BUT I will not try any. This whole insanity started with my playing computer Solitaire (many years ago, my grandfather taught me how to play Klondike solitaire, which he app. used for gambling when younger.). Sometimes ads would appear for RPMs and I tried Jewels of Rome out of curiousity. I gained nothing by that insanity. I now ignore any ads for RPGs, or even log off when they appear.

Oddly, ANGRY BIRDS later appeared to have been installed mysteriously. I UNinstalled it without any playing. I had never even watched the TV show. 
TaralWayne's avatar
It's called "incentive" -- a very capitalist idea.  When it's illegal it's called "drug pushing."
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I wrote to the G5 company - whose address (in SanFran) was included in -I forget where- and asked that they send me NO more eMails to get me to resume playing the "game". I had already Uninstalled the thing and loathed the idea that the game had infected the system. I was NOT going to lay out any more money. There should be a federal investigation of such "games". 
EmmetEarwax's avatar
I am certainly not Darl.
I am full of song. Some themes boil out of me more than others. I love orchestra music, Wagner, marches (esp. Sousa), some jazz. Beatles, 

But one violin piece , dragged on & antagonized me ! I guess I inherited my mother's dislike for violins. When the movement finally ended, a new ome began. I swore and turned off the radio !

Little bread & butterflies kiss the tulips,
and the sun is like a toy balloon,

...In the golden afternoon !
You can learn a lot of things from the flowers
especially in the month of June...
...In the golden afternoon !

Not all the words are in my memory, and I never saw a text for this song...

(Now the music boils out of me and I can write no more....)
TaralWayne's avatar
This is probably the hardest part for Fraggles to understand about Silly Creatures.  They are not all the same.  Some love sinking or making music, even if they do nothing but break glass and drive other living creatures away with the noise.  But many Silly Creatures cannot even sing to themselves in the shower, the fear of embarrassment being overwhelming.    Darl is one of those Silly Creatures who are terrified of immediate laughter should they ever try to sing.
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As I hoped, they never came back.  But I've been slowly cutting back on books, anyway.  I had five boxes set aside to take to a used bookstore when I could get a friend to lend a hand ... and a car.  I moved three of them a little while ago, and got a store credit of about $90.  Which is better than what I would have gotten from Good Will or the Salvation Army (zero).  The next two boxes may add $75 to that.  Then I can start filling boxes again -- I have scarcely touched the hardcovers.  It will be good to have the space.  Now if only I could find someone who was interested in collected 1/24 toy cars ... of which I have far more than want to keep.
Mauser712's avatar
Also, did you manage to placate the fire marshals without completely emptying all your shelves? I was concerned about how that episode was going to end.
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BTW, Bread freezes very well. (refrigeration, otoh, does nothing to preserve it). Just wrap or bag snugly, and allow to thaw and reabsorb any moisture in the bag before opening.
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My mom used to freeze store-bought bread, but I wasn't sure how well it would work with bread I just made.  Nor was there much need to mass-produce bread.  I generally make a loaf every three days or so.  More than that and it tends to grow a little stale -- you're right about the fridge being little or no use preserving bread.  Unfortunately, my apartment has become infested with some tiny sort of black bug that loves bread!  I haven't found a bread box yet that can keep them out!  So the bread has to go back in the fridge until, hopefully, the little pests die out.
Mauser712's avatar
Fungus Flies. Try the plate of vinegar trap (tiny bit of soap to break the surface tension).

I never understood bread boxes with holes in them. I use a Tupperware canister. I need to replace it, because the lid is cracking, but finding something the right size is proving difficult.
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I use something like a Tupperware box, but it was bought from a dollar store, and even though the lid is fairly tight, it apparently has gaps somewhere along the lid because the damned flies still get in!  I've tried putting a weight on the lid, but it doesn't seem to be enough to close the gap, wherever it is.

Plate of vinigar?  Do you leave it out on the kitchen counter or in the bread box near the bread?
Mauser712's avatar
Kitchen counter. (I have a little trap device that has a cover for a cup of vinegar and a lot of funnel-shaped holes to let them in and make it difficult to get out).
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Actually, without bread available, they seem to be going away.
Mauser712's avatar
They will come back (could be a slovenly neighbor, sometimes they breed in the dirt in a houseplant.) A saucer may do. Again, a tiny amount of soap to lower the surface tension too.
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I think you mean vinegar flies or fruit flies.  I had that notion, but the article on Wikipedia wasn't much help.  It said nothing about getting rid of them.  I'm also a bit puzzled because they fed mainly on decomposing vegetable matter, and I don't usually have much of that around the house.  What I do produce I usually tie up in a plastic bag before depositing in the trash bin.  Of course, insects are far more sensitive to odours than we are, and the 47 molecules that escape the knot may be more than enough to attract a blizzard of fruit flies.  It doesn't really matter if they can't get at the stuff and all starve.  

I have been confusing these with the real pest, however.  Which is a tinier insect that sometimes comes in flour or meal.  It doesn't fly, it's dark brown or black, very slim and only about 1 mm. long.  They just crawl, but that's good enough for them to get into any sort of bread box I've tried so far.  I've taken to keeping my flour in the freezer to keep them out, and have gone back to putting the breadbox back in the fridge.  My home-made bread should really be eaten within three days, anyway, so the cool environment doesn't affect the bread all that much unless I've let it sit longer than I should.  Still, if the damn beetles, whatever they are, ever disappear, I'll try bringing the bread out again.
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TaralWayne's avatar
Would a small saucer of vinegar do?  I presume they get stuck and drown?
patthecat's avatar
Fraggles, fiftieth, and (fortunatelynot) final.  It's a shame to see it go, but it's good to know it'll live on in another form.
3eggnogfatality's avatar
My goodness Taral! It's been so long since I got the first Broken Toys and now you're finished with it! Way to go man! Gosh, makes me wish I hadn't lost my FA account and Primary Email over the last two years. I really liked to read these. Congratulations on completing the circle! Good on you!
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You can download every issue, free of charge, at efanzines.com.
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And I love ya for that. Wish I had been there the whole while! You're great and I mean that :)
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