Welcome to the Playpen, our space for ferrety banter and whimsical snippets of things that aren't quite long enough for articles (although they might be) but that caught your eye anyway.
So... Purisa? Umpush? Sawasdee? Who comes up with these names?
Plus the new font for the big titles at tops of pages looks dead classy.
The current font is called Cantarell and we thought it looked nice (but didn't check Chrome on Windows :-().
EDIT: Checking it looks like the above effects I mention vary where text appears - in general if text is normal size, like this comment on the main Playpen page, it's fine, whereas if it's a tad smaller like on the Playpen boxes on the front page it looks a bit worse. So perhaps the issue with this font is that it doesn't scale brilliantly?
What is the current font and why did you pick this one in particular?
I confess to not being wild about the new font.
I'm experimenting a bit with new fonts, etc -- please bear with me, just trying to make FB a little snazzier!
Vance slips in his typically sardonic social commentary, as the Sirenese society uses its vast wealth not to help one another but to establish a punishing social hierarchy that enslaves or excludes those at the lowest ranks, while idolizing self-sufficiency. Luck (and by extent, privilege) is an insulting concept, and everything good or bad is believed to be earned by the individual. There is the illusion of social mobility, in that any Sirenese (or even off-world) individual can wear any of their highly ritualized masks and thus appear as whatever social status they might want; however, pulling that off depends on their ability to express themselves using a large number of small, complicated musical instruments that are used to accompany conversation. A person perceived as playing above his station, especially an off-worlder, is quickly killed.
The protagonist is an off-world ambassador, who must navigate the Sirenese social complexities in order to catch a criminal, but the plot is more or less a frame for Vance's vibrant worldbuilding. I haven't read a lot of Vance's short stories outside of the Dying Earth anthology, but I think I'll have to track down a collection, if this is any indication of their quality.
Oh well, at least the gameplay is fun.