Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Watch This Space

Finally got some time off work, a little summer vacation to catch up on all my projects.  The rest of this week is going to be interesting…

Sunday, May 14, 2017

There's role-playing, and then there's just playing some fucking D&D

Normally I don't pay any attention to cyber-drama, let alone the bawlings of some of the drama queens out there in the larger gaming community. So it's a strange thing to find that the latest little drama-bubble percolating in the OSR has actually led me to notice something.

First, the background in brief:
• Back in March, this utterly bizarre blog post about "mapping the OSR" (and characterizing the political leanings of its participants) ticked some people off, or at least set a whole bunch of people on edge.
• Then came this anti-OSR tirade from The Dungeon Delver which raised some eyebrows (NB, I don't actually disagree with a lot of what it says, more on that later, but I do find it at least a little bit narrow-minded).
• Then, as I was reading through the Save Vs. All Wands blog not long ago (I've been enjoying the author's analysis of Tunnels & Trolls), this inane Kotaku article was brought to my attention, and it was this article that made me notice something that I found personally unsettling.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Made my own DM screen

Whenever I ref a game, I have two requirements for a referee's screen: I like it to be landscape rather than portrait, so that I can actually see and reach over it; and I need lots of room for notes and maps (I like to use big maps).

So I generally wind up using two four-panel landscape screens (the sort that were published for 4th and 5th edition AD&D), or one of those four-panel screens in combination with a customizable three-panel screen with pockets on the inside for tables and the outside for artwork (published ostensibly for Savage Worlds, but useful for pretty much anything). Still, it gets kind of annoying always having to schlep two screens around, and I don't have any particular use for 4th or 5th edition rules tables.

So I finally took the plunge and made my own screen.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Now is the summer of my discontent.

Final exams are over. (They weren't nearly as difficult as I'd imagined. They never are, and yet I always manage to work myself up into a tizzy of stress and anxiety. Go fig.)

And so now I must begin the long, tedious process of a hardcopy proofreading of my books, red pencil in hand. Ah well, at least it's far pleasanter than proofreading on a computer screen.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Holy crap. I found GRID!!!

When I was a much younger gamer, I used a DOS program for hex maps. For the longest time, I couldn't even remember what it was called. But then I decided to go hunting around on the ancient archives of the web 1.0, and lo and behold, I found it:

GRID

…and it even works in DOSBox!

I am going to have some fun with this (once finals week is over…).

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Got my proof copies in the mail today; good and bad

In broad strokes, the books look good. I still have to go through and read the physical copies, since that's always the best way to proofread and find typos. (Typos are mysterious that way. The only want to manifest themselves once the book is printed. They hide while they live in computer files.)

Some of the book's illustrations, though, did turn out looking kind of crap—a few are almost solid black on the page. I'm going to have to re-sample them, adjust for much higher brightness/contrast, and try again. Which means another 2–3 weeks before I can publish the print editions. Oh, well; them's the breaks.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Muchly of things to be happening now

A bunch of stuff all at once.
• My proof copies for E&E and Gaia finally shipped, supposedly to arrive next Monday (the 1st). Cool beans.
• Finally finished watching through MST3K season 11.  It was awesome, I can't recommend it enough, and I hope that they keep on making more of it forever and ever.
• That software I talked about having written for a final class project last post? I'm now using it to help fill in the setting for the next E&E campaign that I'm going to run, the Lenovia river-valley and the B├ólamont Bayou. Basically, think The Princess and the Frog (the Disney one) meets Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. D&D fantasy plus 19th century southern Americana. It'll be a real hootenanny.
• And, oh, hey, yeah, I'm finally graduating in two weeks. Ahem… w00t.