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Fox and Burger - Tue 21 May 2024 - 23:00

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S11E4 – Dealers Den Do’s and Don’ts - Going to a dealers den can be exciting and sometimes, a little overwhelming. There’s always lots of great art, suits, clothing, and other items to see and buy. But how does one be a good customer in the dealers den?

Fur What It's Worth - Tue 21 May 2024 - 20:21

Going to a dealers den can be exciting and sometimes, a little overwhelming. There’s always lots of great art, suits, clothing, and other items to see and buy. But how does one be a good customer in the dealers den? How should we interact with the artists and those on the other side of the table? What can we do to make it a good experience for ourselves and others?

Join the cast as they talk about their experiences and ideas on how to be a good dealers den patron.

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MUSIC
  • Intro: RetroSpecter – Cloud Fields (RetroSpecter Mix). USA: Unpublished, 2018. ©2011-2018 Fur What It’s Worth. Based on Fredrik Miller – Cloud Fields (Century Mix). USA: Bandcamp, 2011. ©2011 Fur What It’s Worth
  • First Break: Not The One – Dino Rano, Argofox, Creative Commons 2024
  • Second Break: Zenith – Aaron Kruk, Argofox, Creative Commons 2024
  • Third Break: Dream – Hash, Argofox, Creative Commons 2022
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  • Closing: Cloud Fields (RetroSpecterChill Remix), USA: Unpublished, 2018. ©2011-2018 Fur What It’s Worth. Based on Fredrik Miller – Cloud Fields (Chill Out Mix). USA: Bandcamp, 2011. ©2011 Fur What It’s Worth
S11E4 – Dealers Den Do’s and Don’ts - Going to a dealers den can be exciting and sometimes, a little overwhelming. There’s always lots of great art, suits, clothing, and other items to see and buy. But how does one be a good customer in the dealers den?
Categories: Podcasts

The WereCleaner - UWRP Video

Gaming Furever - Furry Game News - Tue 21 May 2024 - 19:54

This comedic video series from the Uncivil Gamers stream team for GamingFurever.com explores new released games on a weekly basis. Our streamers each select one game that was just released within the week and each play through their own game. We then edit together the best and funniest moments from the gameplay and deliver them to you every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 7 PM ET!

Description on Steam of "The WereCleaner": Kyle is a Janitor. He's also a Werewolf. And now he's got the night shift. Fight for your life - and your paycheck - in a stealth-comedy game with surprises around every corner.

Link to video (also embedded below:)  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Q1kg1B1Gus

Subscribe to Uncivil Gamers on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/@UncivilGamers

Categories: News

Little Kitty, Big City Review by DJ MetalWolf

Gaming Furever - Furry Game News - Tue 21 May 2024 - 18:53

Ever wanted to experience life as a cat that doesn’t involve VR? Well, ‘Little Kitty, Big City’ from developer Double Dagger Studio has got you covered with this charming, yet brief, game.

The main objective is as simple as it can be: You’re a cat and you need to get home. Not gonna win any Oscars for a deep narrative, but it gets the job done. There are some animal characters you can interact with, like a duck, a crow who you can give shines (which you can find scattered everywhere or by putting cans in recycling bins) to for hats, a tanuki, a gecko, and other cats, though these mostly just boil down to small little side-quests you can do. The tanuki is an interesting character as, once you talk to him, you’ll unlock a special fast-travel system. In exchange for feathers, which you get from pouncing birds, you can use the fast-travel to go from place to place. I will admit, I didn’t really use this system outside of the quest line as the map is pretty small and easy to navigate. I did find the camera to be just a bit of a pain to use, especially when navigating the tight spaces when climbing up to reach the cat’s home. The controls also felt just a bit slippery and finicky at times, especially when it came to jumping as sometimes it felt like I knew I could reach an area, but the cat would randomly jump off and not let me land properly.

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TigerTails Radio Season 15 Episode 28

TigerTails Radio - Tue 21 May 2024 - 04:27

TigerTails Radio Season 15 Episode 28. Join the Discord Chat: https://discord.gg/SQ5QuRf For a full preview of events and for previous episodes, please visit http://www.tigertailsradio.co.uk. See website for full breakdown of song credits, which is usually updated shortly after the show. If you like what we do and wish to throw some pennies our way to support us, please consider sending a little tip our way. https://streamlabs.com/tigertailsradio/tip * Please note, tips are made to support TigerTails Radio and are assumed as made with good faith, so are therefore non-refundable. Thank you for your support and understanding.
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Fur Sale! - Devolver Digital highlights the Week of May 20-26, 2024

Gaming Furever - Furry Game News - Mon 20 May 2024 - 23:50

On today's edition of Fur Sale, I bring you the latest deals on the greatest games! You can always find a good bargain if you know where to look. Presently on Steam, there are a few specials:

Devolver Digital is currently running a 15th Anniversary Sale featuring a number of games they’ve published! 

Notable titles include:

  • Inscryption, a roguelike deckbuilder where the player is treated to an rpg card game experience by a mysterious individual, currently 50% off ($9.99, normally $19.99)
  • Wizard with a Gun, an online sandbox survival game with some fun to look at cartoon visuals, also 50% off ($12.49 normally $24.99)
  • Enter the Gungeon, a dungeon crawling experience with multiple characters to play as, currently 70% off! ($4.49 normally $14.99)

Furry Games on sale from Devolver Digital:

Devolver has published a large number of games of varying genres and types. There’s sure to be something in their catalog for everyone. The sale ends 5/23 so act fast!

tinyBuild is having a sale from May 20-27. Notable titles on their list including the Hello Neighbor series! 

  • Hello Neighbor is a Stealth Horror game where players sneak around their neighbors as the Neighbors advanced AI learns from the players moves. $5.99($29.99) 
  • Another notable title is Potion Craft, an Alchemist Simulator. $8.99($19.99)

Furry games include: 

Another publisher, RawFury is also having a sale from May 20 to Jun 3. Some notable titles include:

And many more!

Categories: News

Moses & Plato - Last Train to Clawville Preview & Demo Playthrough

Gaming Furever - Furry Game News - Mon 20 May 2024 - 20:15

Moses & Plato - Last Train to Clawville immediately gained my attention from the premise: A murder mystery aboard a train? I love these types of things - Ace Attorney is one of my favorite franchises and this game definitely gave me those vibes. 

Moses and his partner Plato are police detectives whose task is to protect the ambassador from the fictional country Stowonia as he embarks on a train ride to some peace negotiations. The game starts with the two outside the train station waiting for the Clawville Express. As they wait, the various other passengers arrive and the player gets the chance to interact with them by clicking on them and striking up conversations. Players can also check out the environment and visit Moses’ mental Mind Garden, where they can review clues, characters and lore. I like the idea of being able to go back over notes at times and double checking what details might be important. An inventory also exists where players can examine items and even use them on other characters or the environment. The demo sadly doesn’t utilize this but I appreciate it being an option and something I could see being very useful down the line.

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Fur And Loathing podcast episode 3 names suspects in Midwest Furfest 2014 chemical attack

Dogpatch Press - Mon 20 May 2024 - 18:21

COMING SOON: Exclusive Q&A with show host Nicky Woolf. Message @patchofurr on Telegram to join.

May 20, 2024: The third episode of Fur and Loathing is HERE (six episodes are coming out weekly.)

This Furry True Crime podcast series is a lavishly produced investigation into the unsolved 2014 chemical attack on Midwest Furfest. Episodes 1 and 2 covered the crime and scene. It promised exclusive never-reported news. Here it is in episode 3. Names are named.

Changa listened to the new episode of Fur & Loathing podcast out today 😆 https://t.co/nSjMSHUBHV pic.twitter.com/w0UmIDU9QX

— Dogpatch Press (@DogpatchPress) May 20, 2024

A furry listener commented today:

The show is getting wide notice with high ratings and reviews:

The show launch announcement had an exclusive interview (and transcript) with Patch O’Furr and journalist Nicky Woolf. Coming soon: an after-show Q&A with Nicky just for furry listeners — message @patchofurr on Telegram to join the group.

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San Francisco Pride 2024 is coming, Northern California Furries need volunteers and funding

Dogpatch Press - Mon 20 May 2024 - 07:59

RSVP HERE to join the Norcal Furries in the 54th Annual San Francisco Pride Beacon of Love Parade.

On Sunday, June 30th, 2024, supporters for queer history and liberation will pack the city. It will be an amazing day for street fursuiting with a roaring crowd. Furries have over 20 years of fierceness in the parade, and last year we were runners-up for the Best Contingent award. This year we’re reaching even higher.

NEW private club party for furries!

For the first time, we have an entire club reserved for our own afterparty! The club can hold 400 and is walkable from the start and end of the parade.

Volunteers urgently needed, can you help? 

The NorCal Furries bring 100-200 members led by a small team of volunteers. We can’t do it without you. Volunteering is a good introduction for newcomers, and it’s low effort and just as fun in the parade. We need to keep asking until enough heroes raise their paws, and it has to happen early. Contacts below, PLEASE REACH OUT!

Can you help another way? DONATING IS LOVE.

Please be generous for the crowdfund. We make a great experience at low cost, with donations matched to go twice as far.

What this pays for: Party and more.

Our reserved club is 2 blocks from the Powell BART station. It’s a perfect location to meet and suit up before proceeding to the start of the parade, and a great place to meet afterward to desuit, eat, drink, relax and party. We’ll provide food, drinks, chill space and play space. We’ll need extra help to run it with doorkeepers, party monitors and DJ’s. Laws limit the club space to age 21+ with guests listed in advance, so reach out to get on the guest list or volunteer.

Stay tuned for more info, and look forward to being furry on TV!

Join the Telegram announcement channel and look for more directions here on the week of the parade. Also don’t forget to RSVP. All are welcome to march, under-21’s can join with alternate plans for starting. Main event info is at SFpride.org and the parade will be on TV and streaming with ABC-7 News Bayarea.

CONTACTS AND CHAT GROUP

Want to join our chat group of 370+ members? Message @patchofurr or @zorenmanray or email here with any other questions.

Why we do it

Many furries are queer, and we come out to show love and pride, and our wonderful diversity in orientations and gender identities. We come out in memory of those who can’t join us anymore such as furry founder Mark Merlino who passed away this year and is survived by his partner and friends. We come out in defiance of those who wish to oppress our individuality and self expression. (The US Government is advising caution about threats to Pride events that deserve support more than ever.) Organizers include Relay, Spottacus, Zoren, Super Jay, Zain, Groggy, Didge, and Patch at your service. See the Pride tag for news from years past.

Like the article? These take hard work. For more free furry news, follow on Twitter or support not-for-profit Dogpatch Press on Patreon.Want to get involved? Try these subreddits: r/furrydiscuss for news or r/waginheaven for the best of the community. Or send guest writing here. (Content Policy.)

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The 5 Best Furry Comics You Have To Check Out

Fursonafy - Mon 20 May 2024 - 04:41

  1. What Are Furry Comics?
    1. So, is “Furry” a Genre
    2. How Are They Rated?
  2. Housepets – Rick Griffin
  3. Tamberlane – Caytlin Vilbrandt
  4. Blades of Furry – Deya Muniz, Emily Erdos
  5. Lackadaisy – Tracy J. Butler
  6. Twokinds – Thomas Fishbach
  7. Where Can I Find Furry Webcomics
Article Content What Are Furry Comics?

Furry comics generally refer to webcomics created by and for furries, meaning they contain anthropomorphic animal characters, similar to manga like Beastars. Art, whether it be illustration or storytelling is so interwoven into the furry fandom that it’s not surprising that furry comics play such a big role in furry culture.

So, is “Furry” a genre?

While it’s classified as a genre, it doesn’t concede itself to any tropes apart from containing these aforementioned anthropomorphic characters. Furry comics can be dramas, comedies, romances; they can essentially be any genre of story just with furry characters instead of human ones.

How Are They Rated?

In this list, we’ll run you through some of our top picks for what we believe to be the best furry comics. This is across all genres and while it’s hard to come to an objective rating for these kinds of things, we will base it off of 3 factors:

Storytelling Mastery: Does the comic weave a tale that is compelling and richly layered? Are the themes explored both meaningful and thought-provoking?

 

Artistic Expression: How effectively do the visuals captivate and convey deeper emotions? Is the art style unique and fitting for the story?

 

Character Depth: Are the characters developed in a way that fosters a genuine connection with the reader? Do they grow and evolve?

 

Now, without further ado, in no particular order. let’s get into this list.

Housepets – Rick Griffin

We’ll kick things off with a household name in the furry comic world that is Rick Griffin. He is known mostly for his comedy webcomic series “Housepets” which follows the life of different animals in each installment. 

 

While his earlier comics I felt were a bit lacking in the illustration front, (most of them being black and white and slightly lacking in detail) his witty writing has always been there. However, he really stepped his game up in later releases of the Housepets series where, illustration and color-wise, where each panel is just bubbling with charm. 

 

Because each installment features new characters it’s hard to develop any amazing depth but I don’t think this holds it back very much considering it’s just supposed to be a fun light read.

    Cover of Housepets Book 7

    Image via Amazon

    Tamberlane – Caytlin Vilbrandt

    Now, this is a personal favorite of mine, and for good reason. When it comes to production quality it doesn’t really get much better than Tamberlane. This fantasy comic tells the story of the animal citizens of a town named Treehollow when they discover a strange creature like nothing they’ve ever seen before wandering around their home. In an almost Tarzan-like situation, the creature turns out to be a human and an extremely young one at that, which is where Belfry the bat steps in deciding she is far too young to fend for herself and takes on the task of raising her with the help of a whole range of colorful characters. 

     

    Every page is a work of art, and not a single character feels overplayed or one-noted they each feel like they bring something unique to the story. 

     

    Additionally, if you’re someone who isn’t a huge fan of webcomics and wants to be able to physically hold your comics they also offer gorgeously printed comics with heaps more content than the web-version, so if you do enjoy the comic and want to support them even more we strongly recommend picking up a physical copy for yourself.

      Tamberlane Cover Art

      Image via Tapas

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      I must admit, when I initially heard this title, I imagined an Enter The Dragon-style action adventure with furry characters fighting their way through hoards of enemies to reach the top, where they finally face some akimbo-katana-wielding final boss. It’s safe to say I was completely wrong and that’s not at all what this is about.

      Blades of Furry is actually a comic about Emile, an ice-skating deer who, due to some unfortunate circumstances has to face off with one of the best ice skaters in the world; Radu Basanko. I’m not entirely sure about the rule set of the ice skating they’re doing because they throw some crazy kicks at each other and it looks more like a fight than any sort of ice skating I’ve seen but don’t let this fool you as this is actually a romance comic. In an attempt to not spoil anything more about this comic, we recommend checking it out yourself if this piques your interest.

      Blades of Furry Character Art 

      Image via Reddit

      Lackadaisy – Tracy J. Butler

      If you’ve done any research at all into furry comics, chances are you have heard of Lackadaisy, and that’s with good reason as well. This comic, starting in 2008 is probably one of the most well-established, written, and illustrated comics you’re going to find out there. It is just amazingly polished, bubbling with character and uniqueness. It follows the story of several cats that run a 1927 jazz speakeasy (a speakeasy being an old-timey, retro bar). Given that it is set in the 1920s, things get a little wild, and we’ll refrain from saying any more as to not spoil anything.

      While the author, Tracy, does not consider herself a furry artist, it is impossible to deny that there is a clear appeal for the furry fandom. Also, the comic has since been adapted into an animated series and looks just as spectacular animated as it does static.

        Lackadaisy Promotional Art

        Image via Twitter

        Twokinds – Tom Fishbach

        Twokinds is yet another favorite in the fandom and celebrated its 20th birthday not too long ago but the origins of the comic stem even further back.

        Tom initially wrote the comic in his mid-teens as a book but decided that webcomics may be a better medium for his work as he wasn’t completely happy with the writing. However, its narrative devices and development really shine through in the comic, tackling themes of discrimination, self-discovery, heritage, and rejecting traditions it really has some powerful underlying themes.

        It follows the life of Trace Legacy who was once a leader of a group of powerful mages but has since lost all memory of that following an injury from a battle. He finds himself in the company of a girl named Flora and begins to recover his memories. He slowly begins to piece together that his people are enemies to Flora’s race and must overcome this conflict of interest. That is the foundation of the plot, we strongly recommend you go check it out for yourself.

        Also, you may know the creator’s younger brother Mark Fishbach better known by his channel name on YouTube Markiplier.

        Cover Art of Twokinds Book 1

        Image via Amazon

        Where Can I Find Furry Webcomics?

        If you’re kind of new to this whole furry comics thing, you’re probably wondering where you can even find these comics not to worry, we’ll catch you up to speed. 

        For one, we’ve attached links to all their respective webcomics above if you’re looking to check any of the aforementioned ones out, but if you’re looking for a place to browse, it can be quite daunting. Sites like Webtoons, Tapas and Comicfury are extremely popular and where you can find a lot of independent creators putting out their work. However, if you’re looking for creators who are taking their comic series super seriously, chances are they are going to have their own website where they publish it. Unfortunately, most big creators don’t want to upload to public libraries of comics as it takes away their control and their ability to promote their work. But, if you’re just dipping your toes in, the aforementioned 3 sites are great for finding some comics you may like.

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          Gas Girl

          In-Fur-Nation - Mon 20 May 2024 - 01:51

          We spent last weekend at our first Furry Weekend Atlanta, and had a great time meeting new artists seeing new creations. Such as… Wildlife Fuel is a full-color comic written and illustrated by Kelly Latham. It’s been an ongoing web-comic for a while, but now there’s the first issue out on paper! “During the summer between high school and college, Cent the Skunk works at Wildlife Fuel, a gas station that has crazy fun times, but even crazier customers. While trying to survive hectic and humorous retail situations, she must also navigate major life choices during this transitional time in her life.” Visit Kelly’s web site to find out more about this and other comics she’s created.

          image c. 2024 by Kelly Latham

           

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          Trepang2 Review by DJ MetalWolf

          Gaming Furever - Furry Game News - Sun 19 May 2024 - 13:30

          Fans of the gameplay of the F.E.A.R franchise have been eating well lately, with games like Severed Steel and Ultrakill taking heavy inspiration from the iconic game. Now, a new contender enters the arena in the form of Trepang2 (no, there is no Trepang1) and it’s a well-made disappointment.

          If you’re looking for a good story to keep you engaged, then prepare to be disappointed: Trepang2 story is, virtually, non-existent. Playing as Subject 106, you are rescued from a facility by a team calling themselves TaskForce 27 and you team up with them to take down the Horizon Corporation. While there are some hints at something bigger going on and a twist that I was able to call early on, I feel the story is this game’s weakest aspect as I never really felt engaged in anything that was going on. By the time the twist did happen, I was ready for the story to be over, which surprisingly came very quickly as, if you don’t do any of the six side missions, the game is over in less than four hours as there are only five main and short missions to complete and this was even playing on the standard difficulty. Again, there are hints to something bigger going on in Trepang2, like a moment in the second mission and one near the end that I won’t spoil, but those really don’t amount to anything substantial.

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          Teen Lacks Motivation and Direction

          Ask Papabear - Sun 19 May 2024 - 09:58
          ​Dear Moon,

          Thanks for your letter. Let me start right away by saying that there is no law demanding you have a hobby. Plenty of people are perfectly happy just working and spending time with family. That said, it DOES sound like you are interested in learning about the world as you watch PBS and the Discovery Channel. You could broaden that inquisitiveness for very little money by reading books. If you have a nearby library, even better because you can borrow books for free. I've heard said that reading is a very nice hobby that exercises the brain.

          Speaking of exercise, I suggest you get a bicycle. You don't need a licens to ride a bike, and not only will you get exercise but you can also get around to a lot of places miles away very nicely on a bike. This can help solve the #2 problem. As for #1, you don't need parents with "deep pockets" to have hobbies. Plenty of things are free. You live in Idaho, which is a beautiful state. You could go on nature hikes and--Mr. Inquisitive Mind--learn about local animals and plants. That's a free hobby! You don't say whether you are religious, but you could also volunteer at your church. If you're not into that, look for a local place to volunteer. Perhaps an animal shelter or food bank. Giving of your time to others is a very fulfilling hobby and will give you a sense of purpose.

          So, that's 1 and 2. As for #3, I'm betting that your "social activity" has been limited to online and maybe school. The key thing about social skills is it's hard to get them without live, in-person social interactions. You might feel awkward at first, but, given time, you will gradually, inevitably improve. Humans are naturally social animals (although if you have autism--you don't say--this can be a challenge, but it's possible even with people who are on the spectrum; I have seen people with ASD improve a lot with time and patience. Being a furry can help you there too. You might try a group like the East Idaho Furries (https://www.facebook.com/groups/EastIdahoFurries/).

          Number 4: You are pretty correct about that. Yes, the internet is increasingly becoming a cesspool of drama, politics, and hate. This is why I strong suggest trying to interact with people in the real world. Actually, I encourage you to help out at your father's store. Why? Because you'll be interacting with customers, which can be a very valuable experience in social interaction!

          There ARE some safe spaces for interacting online. For example, you might try out the furry app Barq, which also helps you locate local furries. Furry Aminos are also pretty good, in my experience. Social sites on Facebook, Discord, etc. are hit and miss. It all depends on the admins; some are good at moderating groups, some are not. Keep trying, though. Many of my current friends are people I met online. In fact, my late husband, Jim, was one of them. 

          Number 5: Oh, my, you're talking to the right bear LOL. I'm lazy, too. I really have to push myself to get stuff done and not just lie on the couch watching movies. But I do. (I think you meant you have an "intrinsic LACK of motivation," no?) So, you already know the solution: find something to get excited about. For example, for this bear it is writing this column. It gives me a sense of purpose as I write at my desk on a Sunday morning instead of watching YouTube videos. 

          Don't get a hobby because you feel people expect you to get a hobby. Wrong reason. Don't look at things as vocations or avocations. Instead, look at your life as an experience. All our lives are very short and precious, and in the few decades (if we're lucky) that we are given, it is our privilege and blessing to experience this amazing planet and universe and people. I'm hopeful for you because you sound like you have an inquisitive mind. You're not watching The Kardashians; you're watching The Discovery Channel. Thank the gods for that!

          Don't put pressure on yourself. Don't feel like "I have to do this or that" (despite the suggestions I wrote above; you don't have to listen to me). Instead, experience things as broadly and voraciously as possible. Of all the things you watch on TV, surely SOMETHING interests you or else you wouldn't be watching informative programming. Perhaps astronomy interests you or physics or archeology or paleontology or meteorology or any of a bunch of ologies. Find one or two or more of these things that excite you, and start reading about them. Find others who are interested in the same things and sign up for groups that are into that topic. Believe me, if you find a group that is, say, into astronomy and telescopes, they are much more likely to talk about those things than politics. Same with photography or art or animals etc. etc. etc.

          Be of good cheer, Moon. You're only 15. Your life is just beginning, and you have LOTS of time to discover the world and to discover yourself. Just remember: Don't live your life to satisfy other people's expectations of you. This is YOUR life. Don't apologize for it, just experience it and challenge yourself. You'll be fine.

          Bear Hugs,
          Papabear

          Chinese fursuiters parade down Ningbo Zoo amid mid-day heat

          Global Furry Television - Sun 19 May 2024 - 01:40

          中国兽装者顶着烈日游行宁波动物园
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          Feather Party - UWRP Video

          Gaming Furever - Furry Game News - Fri 17 May 2024 - 20:40

          This comedic video series from the Uncivil Gamers stream team for GamingFurever.com explores new released games on a weekly basis. Our streamers each select one game that was just released within the week and each play through their own game. We then edit together the best and funniest moments from the gameplay and deliver them to you every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 7 PM ET!

          Description on Steam of "Feather Party": Welcome to the fantastic party on the adorable planet of chicks! Feather Party is a multiplayer party game for up to 8 players. Engage in a diverse array of fun mini-games with friends or against rivals to be the winner of this party!

          Link to video (also embedded below:) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C0b-OEwqWco

          Subscribe to Uncivil Gamers on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/@UncivilGamers

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          Parents Blame Their 6-Year-Old for Their Divorce

          Ask Papabear - Wed 15 May 2024 - 13:04
          Dear Papabear,

          Recently, my parents have been fighting a lot and saying they wouldn't have divorced if it wasn't for me, and I'm also thinking of ending it all. What should I do? I have no one to talk to and I live with my aunt who's always at work and is neglective.

          Sincerely,
          Eli (age 6)

          Hope to hear from you soon.

          * * *

          Dear Eli,

          Are you really only 6? You write well for someone so young. I am sorry to hear your parents are fighting and making you feel bad. It is very wrong of them to say "they wouldn't have divorced if it wasn't for me." What an AWFUL thing to tell your child!! Horrible! I'm glad you can live with your aunt. I don't know what her job is, but perhaps it seems she "neglects" you simply because she works hard and is tired? At least she took you in. Don't judge her too quickly.

          None of this is YOUR fault. PLEASE do not blame yourself. How could it be your fault when you're just a child? Repeat after me: "This is not my fault. This is not my fault. This is NOT my fault."

          If you are serious when you say you feel suicidal, please call the hotline at 988. They will help you. There is no charge.

          If you wish to talk more, you know where to find me. You can email me directly.

          Please take care of yourself.

          Hugs,
          Papabear

          Fresh Fur: New Game Releases for May 13-19, 2024

          Gaming Furever - Furry Game News - Wed 15 May 2024 - 12:07

          Welcome to "Fresh Fur!" Our weekly installment going over the newest game releases, and which ones you can expect to find anthros/furries in!

          Check the list below for all the games we could find with animal/anthro influences and characters.

          New Releases for the week of May 13-19, 2024:
          • Baladins [PC] - May 15
          • BioMutant [Switch] - May 14
          • My Little Pony—A Zephyr Heights Mystery [PC PS5 PS4 XBX XB1 NS] - May 17
          • Morbid: The Lords of Ire [PC PS5 XBX XB1 NS] - May 17
          • Ghost of Tsushima: Director's Cut [PC]
          • Lorelei and the Laser Eyes [PC NS] - May 16
          • Read Only Memories: Neurodiver [PC PS5 XBX NS] - May 16
          • Neptunia Game Maker R:Evolution [PS5 PS4 NS] - May 14
          • Fabledom [PC] - May 13
          • Homeworld 3 [PC] - May 13
          • The Land Beneath Us [PC PS5 XBX NS] - May 13
          • Braid: Anniversary Edition [PS5 PS4 NS PC XBX] - May 14
          • Arcadia: Colony [Switch, PC] - May 16
          • Men of War 2 [PC] - May 15
          • Mullet MadJack [PC] - May 15
          • Touhou Genso Wanderer -Foresight- [PC] - May 15
          Furry & Animal Indie Steam Game Finds:

          These games were found in the New Releases section of Steam this week and will be updated as more come out throughout the week!

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          Stumbling into furries through Disneyland w/ @BioHusky13

          Fox and Burger - Tue 14 May 2024 - 23:00

          Social Media: Official FABP Twitter: https://twitter.com/foxandburger Michael: https://twitter.com/foxnakh https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCK9xoFQrxFTNPMjmXfUg2cg Burger: https://twitter.com/L1ghtningRunner
          Categories: Podcasts

          TigerTails Radio Season 15 Episode 27

          TigerTails Radio - Tue 14 May 2024 - 04:32

          TigerTails Radio Season 15 Episode 27. Join the Discord Chat: https://discord.gg/SQ5QuRf For a full preview of events and for previous episodes, please visit http://www.tigertailsradio.co.uk. See website for full breakdown of song credits, which is usually updated shortly after the show. If you like what we do and wish to throw some pennies our way to support us, please consider sending a little tip our way. https://streamlabs.com/tigertailsradio/tip * Please note, tips are made to support TigerTails Radio and are assumed as made with good faith, so are therefore non-refundable. Thank you for your support and understanding.
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          Midwest Furfest 2014 chemical attack: Fur And Loathing podcast Episode 2 at scene of the crime

          Dogpatch Press - Mon 13 May 2024 - 19:04

          May 13, 2024: The second episode of Fur and Loathing is HERE (six episodes are coming out weekly.)

          The 2014 chemical attack on Midwest Furfest was one of the largest in American history. 19 people were hospitalized. Nobody was charged and the case went cold. 10 years later, never-before-reported findings are here in this Furry True Crime podcast with journalist Nicky Woolf.

          In the new Episode 2, Nicky visits Midwest Furfest and traces events in the 2014 police report, gaining unexpected insight. He gets immersed in furry culture with an insider guide, then introduces a complication that stalled the case. Until now.

          Last week’s launch announcement had an exclusive interview for Dogpatch Press with Nicky and Patch O’Furr. A reader requested the transcript below. Come back for surprising developments in upcoming episodes.

          TRANSCRIPT: EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW – lightly edited for clarity from the video

          Nicky Woolf

          (Nicky): Patch O’Furr in full regalia, looking beautiful with the glasses and all!

          (Patch): Nicky, why don’t you tell the readers who you who you are and what the project is?

          I’m Nicky Woolf, and for the last 7 months intensively, and the last 10 years, I’ve been obsessed with investigating the chlorine gas incident at Midwest Furfest 2014.

          Before we get into it, let me ask you what’s your favorite thing about furries?

          You know honestly, you’re starting me off with a difficult one. Because this is going to sound super weird… it’s the earnestness. The level of no one is pretending, by definition it’s a space where you no longer have to pretend. Which is ironic, considering the level of artistry that goes in, that leads you to a place where you don’t have to pretend, and I think that’s beautiful.

          I love your vision.

          (Puts on sunglasses)

          What have you uncovered in the story that has never been reported before? You don’t have to give us spoilers, but some hints.

          The things that really surprised us, the more we dug into this story, is how much was going on behind the scenes in terms of police and FBI investigation. Now it’s known, and a lot of it’s known through through your fantastic reporting, that there were some colossal mistakes made. By the police department — by the FBI in the general investigation — and obviously there were no arrests made. They never got over the line.

          What we discovered, and we’ll get into this later in the series and what this means, but there was a lot of investigation going on as recently as 2019. Chasing down suspects, getting warrants, getting on planes, and going to find people for at least five years following… the word that’s used is controversial, we’ve been saying attack. Because I think it’s very clear that this was an attack. But the police and FBI were doing a lot more than has previously been known in the public domain.

          From the public point of view, take me through what kind of life have you seen for this story. When it came out, when it died down, what’s your sense?

          In the immediate aftermath — and I think anyone who’s familiar with this story who’s followed it either from within the community or outside of it as an interested viewer will know — the immediate reaction was the media did not cover itself with glory. The famous example of that is MSNBC where Mika Brzezinski cracks up laughing and is trying to get out words like, “19 people hospitalized” through laughter, which is a single piece of media that sums up the way the mainstream media has approached this community.

          I think that’s the perfect one, that’s where we’re at in terms of the way the media and… I’m not within the community, so maybe I throw it to you, do you blame Mika specifically for that, or do you think she didn’t know what the hell was was going on there? Because I think that’s an interesting question. What’s your read as someone in the community of what happened on that MSNBC set?

          I would say it was a brief human mistake. I can look at that from outside as a nonhuman, but I’m glad you’re here and doing the work you do, the amazing work that’s going to bring this story forward. Why should we listen, what are the good points of the story that really stand out?

          It’s funny, when we were scripting, one of the notes early on that I got was that there needs to be — and this is something you get in every narrative podcast, in every piece of journalism, you have to do the “why should you listen, why should you care” and I found myself thinking to myself, the story doesn’t need selling. This is a vibrant and fascinating community about which very little is known, who were attacked in a way that no one has.

          Shout out to the couple of places that have done good work investigating this before, specifically Vice and Robert Evans, and obviously you. I’m talking about mainstream media outlets here, but Vice and and Worst Year Ever deserve props having got the story to at least fighting the fight of having mainstream media pay attention to it. Not I think successfully, but the thing that really got me about this story is that it’s a sign of what was happening in the wider internet at the time, that’s only got more powerful since then.

          Of the two big previous shows I’ve done, one of them was on Qanon. So I’m familiar with the way in which the dynamics of an internet community, or a primarily digital community, can have huge repercussions and teach us an enormous amount about what’s going on in the world as a whole. I think what this attack represents is a microcosm, of lessons that we can learn about how we deal with — trying to find a way of saying this which which doesn’t end up with spoilers — but I think I can safely say with rising extremism. And the way that extremism isn’t something that’s… like there aren’t the Nazis and other people.  There is a rising alt-right tide, and even furry, even the community is not safe from these forces of global change that are taking place. It’s something that we all deal with, no matter what community we have.

          Let’s back up. Where do you think this fits into your previous work?

          I’ve been covering the internet for a very long time. I was just a general news reporter at The Guardian a long while, and when you’re a general news reporter you need to carve out a little niche for yourself. I was an internet kid, I grew up in the Livejournal era, early in an era where everything was earnest, and it was a level of earnestness that I otherwise came to miss when the next step of internet development became the anonymous boards, like 4Chan. Which then became the power centers, and furry to me ended up representing a kind of alternate counterweight to a power center like especially /Pol…

          Internet communities to me take on lives of their own, as life forms in their own, and I think that’s the same with any community historically, but the internet turbocharges the evolution of those kind of groups. I think the furry community has been a fascinating example of this, the way a culture develops and I think far right and trolling culture and something like Qanon is another example of that.

          I’ve come to consider myself over my career as almost like a anthropologist of this new kind of life form that is the digital community, and the power that a digital community can wield and represent, to be a good thing for the world and its participants, or a bad thing for the world and its participants. For covering Qanon, that was the first time I got to do a story in yearlong investigative detail. I was covering — and I think it’s not a controversial way of describing it — a fundamentally evil new life form.

          Whereas with this show it’s been joyous to be on the opposite side of that, and cover what I think is a fundamentally beautiful community, beautiful life form, even if I’m covering it from the perspective of… it came under attack and this is what happened after that. It’s a true crime show, so we’re looking a lot at the attack itself, but it’s been great to be able to do a little bit of that anthropology.

          What’s it like to enter furry spaces as a guest, as someone who hasn’t been intimately invited in before, and earn some trust and have the insider view?

          It’s been I think rightfully difficult, the mainstream media has not been great in terms of covering this community before, so we’ve really had to work very hard. As the show will keep going, I hope to work hard in terms of getting people in the community to trust us. We have to prove from the very first episode that we’re not looking to make a joke of the community the way a lot of people have. We’re not looking to paint the community as in some way deviant in the way that a lot of coverage has.

          More literally we’re not looking to — we address this in in the first episode — we’re not looking to out anyone who doesn’t want to be outed. We’re not using anybody’s name until we get to the actual suspects in the attack. The line I use in the show is, unless there’s a journalistic reason not to, we address and refer to everyone in the community we speak to, the way they choose.

          That gave us a kind of starting point, we made some contacts in the community we were able to say I’m coming into this with some experience. I’ve known furries, I’ve been aware and adjacent to the community while remaining a guest in these spaces, and I’m honored to have been invited into these spaces and these communications. It’s really a privilege to have been able to be at Midwest Furfest last year, to speak with members of the community, and it’s been a joy.

          I think you had some interesting experience visiting Midwest Furfest. I don’t think we need to get into parts that are already in the show, but was there anything you saw that wasn’t able to make it into the show?

          I’m so glad you asked that, because there is something that just didn’t make it into the show which I’ve been really pulling for, but couldn’t… I want to give a shout out to Atmos Deer, photographer Tommy Bruce, who has been a real helpful guiding light for me as I’m navigating this. We went to see on the Saturday afternoon, a review, an hour and a half long of lots and lots of little VR made films.

          It was truly one of the most beautiful — there were lots of them that were… apologies to any of the makers who I say this about — slightly janky, but in this kind of beautiful raw emotional way. Some of them were in-jokes, some of them were truly hilarious, some of them were unintentionally hilarious and neither me nor Atmos had any idea what was going on. Then some of them just blindsided you by being heart-rending goodbyes and tributes to somebody that had been lost, or tributes to someone who lives a long way away and you don’t get to see very often, and they’d be these beautiful little vignettes. I loved it, I’m almost emotional just describing it, I thought it was one of the most beautiful experiences I’ve ever had.

          This was obviously a story that was stalled, it was a cold case. What factors helped you to move this forward when nobody else was getting progress?

          It’s worth saying that we don’t actually know! We did a lot of the standard things you do when you start this kind of investigation. One of those things is a big Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA) request for output… which, it’s worth saying, that the Vice team had done. Previous journalists have sent out FOIA requests regarding this story. What we got back — and I hope when people listen to the show they’ll see this — was very different in terms of the sheer scale of the documents that we got back. We don’t know for sure exactly why that is.

          One of the things that — and we’ve spoken to legal experts — all we can do is an informed speculation that what had happened in 2019 was the five year standard statute of limitations had run out now. It was mind-blowing to me that something that was a terroristic offense, in reality, could have a statute of limitations. You can just not get found.

          I think if that is the case, at this point we don’t know for sure because a lot of this was kept secret within the FBI and within the local police department, so we’re not 100% sure that’s why we had a different document response to FOIA requests, but whatever the reason, we did.

          That gave us a starting foundational point of more information than has ever been made public before. There were just enough clues, like they heavily redacted lots of these documents, but there were just enough clues that could start us off on a investigation that could find something genuinely new.

          When I’ve been working on stories like this one, or maybe negative topics, I tend to encounter friction inside the community. For example in this story a lot of people would tend to dismiss the attack, or memory hole it, or excuse it as “oh that must have been an accident” when you know there was always evidence that it was deliberate from the start. The police said it was deliberate, but people still ran with the idea that it was just a “mistake.”

          Still to this day we had spoken to people who were fairly sure that that a latex chlorination accident was ultimately what had happened, and a lot more on top of that who were saying “oh it’s just a prank.”

          It’s very striking to me — I don’t want to project a kind of a psychology onto what’s going on — to me it seemed like there was an element of trauma response going on, so that it’s easier to say “it’s not a big deal”.

          I think there’s an element of an event like Midwest Furfest, a convention is such a sacred space, where you go to be free… that admitting that there’s a vulnerability there itself breaks some kind of spell. I’m hesitating to even say — because even thinking about that paradox some people are going to not love — in and of itself that’s looking this kind of spell directly on and undermining the magic.

          I think that’s got to be balanced against, this is the real world, and not just the real world / the internet world, which to me is this kind of hyper reality and there are dangers looking.

          I think it’s worth admitting, and investigating, and I’m just going to go ahead and say fighting, those forces that have emerged on the internet and represent real dangers for communities like furries and for the world in in general.

          Where the weapon was deployed at MFF 2014.

          I’m glad you used the term breaking the magic, that’s a meaningful term. We’re dealing with a subculture, to some people a very important one in their life, it’s the way that they express their identity. But a subculture can be marginal, isolated, it can be contained, and there’s a lot of alternative communities, sometimes I think they encounter problems that are wider scale than their reach. Do you have any ideas, thoughts or advice about how to solve problems that are wider than the scale of a small community like this?

          That’s a ginormous question. A lot smarter people than me have have tried and failed to to answer that. All I can say is that in my experience, a start is solving it within the community before saving the world. Let’s cross that bridge when we come to it.

          Let’s take journalism for example… that’s a terrible example because journalism’s work is to talk about other people’s problems.

          Journalists are the worst.

          Barely more than a loose confederation of warring tribes.

          Let’s take the local WhatsApp group around here to organize what day to take the trash out. If someone’s in there that’s been being an asshole, it is outside of the scope of this trash-collection WhatsApp group to solve whatever’s going on in this dude’s life that’s taken him there.

          What is within the scope of a community is to look at itself, and say what help are we offering to people who may be experiencing something in their lives that’s taking them down this route.

          How can we think of ourselves as a community while remaining open, while not breaking the magic, while also stop the Nazis… how do you deal with an asshole? Do you ostracize them, do you reach out to them? Those are the kind of questions that every community asks, and asking those questions is a good first step.

          I think it’s good to be aware that you don’t necessarily want to be a doormat, by handling things the nice way, or just letting them go. This story opens a lot of questions about how we handle crime and policing — it’s one of those stories that we’ll continue to feed questions about, and it’s a great dialogue to have. We’re working in the True Crime genre here, and we’ve actually worked together and made Furry True Crime. I don’t know if there are any other examples like this, and I’m pretty happy about that.

          This is a good point to really say thank you to everything you’ve done to make this happen with your reporting in the past.  You’ve been fighting a very lonely battle — I don’t know if it’s felt lonely to you — but as the voice doing the real solid journalistic work on this, none of this show would have happened without the hard work that you’ve put in, and without your incredible generosity in opening up to us and talking to us, and helping us on this journey. So thank you so much for that, we owe you basically everything of this show.

          Let’s remember the reason for this community, it’s a fandom, we love what we do, and a lot of us are fans of other movies, music, writing, whatever… do you have any other media that inspires you? Anything you might want to share?

          Are you getting at what fandoms, what inspires me… does Ska count? I’ve seen Reel Big Fish live 16 times, I’ve seen The Cat Empire live 18 times. I’m a ska kid by instinct. I was a Warhammer kid growing up, that was my first experience… the closest experience I’ve had to going to a con like MFF, and I’ve been to Comic-Con, I’ve been to the dumb commercial video game E3 which doesn’t even really count as a corporate thing. There was a Warhammer tournament that I entered and did all right in when I must have been 13-14, the time where a steam tank… It was fantastic, like that’s my finest work was the steam tank had a dragon head. Actually I think Warhammer is an interesting comparison to furries because it’s also a self-contained fandom.

          I knew you’re a nerd, that’s amazing, I didn’t know all that. One more thing before we close: do you have any good animal jokes?

          I have a terrible memory so anytime I ask to remember a joke my memory goes completely blank, I’ve never been able to successfully memorize a joke.

          Hold that thought and come back to me later with it but thank you Nicky.

          I’ll start messaging you animal jokes from now on.

          It’s your job, deal. I’m actually on the way out, I’m going to World Goth Day. I’m going to see some goth bands in my fursuit. It’s so exciting, it’s happening on a battleship.

          Where is this battleship?

          Alameda, California, a World War II battleship hosting a goth day.

          Send me some pictures, I’ll send you some animal jokes, you got to send me some pictures from this party.

          You got it, thank you we’ll talk later.

          With Charun, being a rat on ship at the @USSHornetMuseum in Alameda CA for #worldgothday 2024, seeing @Covenant_Sweden and https://t.co/nfnPCv5oSC. What a weekend! There was just 5 hours to sleep after the show, then I biked 100 miles with the #grizzlypeakcyclists century ride. pic.twitter.com/s03GzHhiSS

          — Dogpatch Press (@DogpatchPress) May 7, 2024

          I had so much fun at The Anual Goth Day Festival this past weekend 🖤

          Thank you so much @DogpatchPress for bringing me with pic.twitter.com/wCYrq6j9tD

          ✨🖤 Harper 🔜 BLFC’24 🖤✨🐀 (@2ManyStripes) May 9, 2024

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