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Tonight on GeekNights, we consider what it would take to make a haunted house to actually cause a fear response in the likes of us, while Rym recalls his experiences at The Terror on Church Street. But before that, Rym survived Brazil (a.k.a. New York State income tax), The GoPro3 Black exists, and we debate the ramifications of arresting people who attempt, but fail at, terrorism.Download MP3
I throw my hat into the ring.
Also that Dr. Mario video was awesome. The skills it takes to know how to build chains like that is most impressive.
You could stage a 'boo' where the employee goes after a plant in the crowd who 'reacts badly' and tragedy ensues. Or a choreography mishap between two employees. The details aren't important. What is important is as soon as it goes wrong just drop the pretence. Turn the lights on, kill the music, send for a first aider.
This is where you scare the crowd by acting very hard like you're trying not to scare them. Apologise to them, profusely. Usher them into a side room. Have some actors dressed as EMTs turn up. Even fake an ambulance if need-be. Hey, sports entertainment does it on a regular basis.
Meanwhile have a flustered employee try and keep the crowd distracted, but the EMTs go back and forth past the doorway (which doesn't have a door because decrepit haunted house). Offer to get people drinks. Get them drinks. Try and distract them from anything happening outside. Then apologise and send them out with people stood blocking the view of the EMTs dealing with the victim.
It changes the parameters and the trick is to not look like you're trying to show anyone anything. If you try and hide it, they'll want to know what it is.
That's just conjecture obviously, but I wonder about it, also relative to violent crimes.
I could be completely wrong in a court of law, but this is something I can't easily measure.
This could both explain "real" haunted houses and be an affective way of making the eponymous Real Haunted Houses.
They cite a couple dubious sources (like the Journal of Psychical Research) who, in turn, cite a few less dubious sources (like NASA), so who knows if it's legit, but it's at least interesting.
As for the rest of the episode, gaming at NYCC has gotten even worse. Scott mentioned WotC being there but they haven't had a presence in 2 years now. Last year they only had tournaments (no booth) and decided to fly their community guy out at the last minute. This year: zero involvement with NYCC. As far as I can tell, the only tabletop gaming was Luke Crane, and a booth shared by Steve Jackson Games and the Compleat Strategist. I also declined my pass, but probably would have gone for 1 day just to mingle if I wasn't so damn busy the past few weekends.
The whole story about the bomber sting operation is fascinating. You absolutely have to listen to this episode of This American Life where the FBI pays a guy to become a muslim convert and stir up trouble in an Orange County, CA community. Things just get crazier from there.
As for whether you should charge people for crimes if they attempt them but do not actually commit them, I recently had one of those moments where someone you look up to says something incredibly stupid and you realize that they are smart or good at one thing, but can be incredibly stupid outside of their area of expertise. The case in point here was Ben Kuchera from Penny Arcade, who I respect to the highest degree as a journalist. He veers off into politics and life on Twitter fairly often, and wound up saying something along the lines of not believing in attempted murder or manslaughter, and that everyone should just be charged with murder.
Edit: Oh and I forgot to mention, on the discussion of a possible 3D Dr. Mario: Tetrisphere for N64 was awesome.