My boss claimed that the hive queen's solution was the one they'd been thinking of all along. If that's true, then I hate them for getting my hopes up. I wanted to be in a gestalt for real! Not just during work hours!
Er, yeah. Hive queen. I've been gestalting with Insectoids. I'm pretty sure they've thoroughly brainwashed me, but since I'm brainwashed I don't care. Just remember to lock me up if there's ever a swarm that gets as far as Earth! If it comes down to hive mind vs hive mind, I'll probably be on their side.
Breaking a gestalt link isn't as bad as they make it out, but it's pretty bad. Thursday, I tried using the daydream sim to break up the gestalt state, and it was... a bad idea. Not for me -- it worked *great* for me. I daydreamed away the 'dazed and confused' period in a second or two (objective time). The drones were seriously fucked up by it, though -- their hive queen made me promise to never ever use that sim again, at least not while I was linked.
I sent a message to Hawkins about that, and got what looked like an angry form letter back saying that I should have read the readme file. It's the first time he ever wrote back to me! I feel so special!
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