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2009-01-02 Non-ASCII Keys

The latest released Emacs version is 22.3 (September 5, 2008). If you’re building Emacs 23 from CVS on a Mac, you may have noticed that non-ASCII keys stopped working correctly. It turns out that ages ago I added the following to my .emacs file:

    (set-keyboard-coding-system 'mac-roman)

This is no longer necessary. In fact, it is the cause of the problem with my Umlaut keys. I deleted the line and now I’m back in happy äöü Land. :)

I guess I added it for CarbonEmacsPackage back in the days.

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2009-01-03 Halle des Bergkönigs

Heute waren zwei Freunde hier, einer hat seine drei Kinder mitgebracht, und Claudia und ich haben mit ihnen spontan Labyrinth Lord und Die Festung des Bergkönigs von Moritz Mehlem hervorgekramt und gespielt. Für alle schnell sechs mal 3d6 “in order” und Trefferpunkte für einen Charakter mit 5001 EP gewürfelt, und los! Die 5001 EP führten dazu, dass Luu der Dieb – möge er in Frieden ruhen – Stufe 4 war und dass Liris die Elfe und Kleo die Magierin nur Stufe 2 waren.

Beim ersten Angriff wurde der Späher am Eingang erfolgreich erschlagen, bevor Alarm geschlagen werden konnte. Selbst das Schloss des grossen Tores konnte Luu öffnen, den armen Türknechtgoblin haben sie auch erschlagen, dann mit den Knöpfen der Statuen gespielt und nichts falsch gemacht, dann die Goblins rechts vermöbelt bis einer geflohen ist, so die Orks links geweckt, einen magisch festgehalten und damit den Rest in die Flucht geschlagen – Moralregeln sei dank! Leider musste Grung der Kleriker hier sein Leben lassen – das Rostmonster hatte seine Rüstung zerfressen und trotzdem warf er sich mitten ins Getümmel. Das Rostmonster wurde übrigens ausgetrickst und ausgesperrt, und bei der nachfolgenden Flucht mit ein paar alten Orkschwertern besänftigt.

Im Dorf wurde Hanjuk der tapfere Zwerg angestellt und ein weiterer Ausflug geplant. Diesmal lauerten die vier Orks ihnen im Wald schon auf, wurden aber bis auf den letzten niedergemacht. Ein Späher am Tor wurde wieder erschlagen, bevor er die Freunde im Innern warnen konnte. Diesmal konnte das Tor aber weder mit Diebeswerkzeug noch mit Kraft aufgebrochen werden. Ein Feuer wurde entzündet und nach einer halben Stunde die Türe eingeschlagen. Im Inneren waren drei Kobolde mit Eimern damit beschäftigt, die Türe zu kühlen, drei andere hatten mit Pfeilen auf die Eindringlinge gewartet. Wieder wurden alle Feinde erschlagen, doch Luu der Dieb musste dies mit seinem Leben bezahlen.

Die Gruppe erkundete die Gänge links und befreite Meriaboc, der gerade recht kam. Dann war die Zeit abgelaufen und der Kopf des Glgfnz sitzt immer noch fest auf seinen Schultern.

Hat allen Spass gemacht und die Kinder wollen wieder mal spielen (und nicht erst “in tausend Wochen”). Sehr schön!

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Hat wirklich Spass gemacht! Und ich war erstaunt über die kreativen Ideen unser Diebes :-) Ein herrliches Beispiel, nicht in Regeln sondern Fantasy im wahrsten Sinne zu spielen.

– Mircea 2009-01-05 10:09 UTC


Mir hat auch gefallen, dass wir problemlos mit sechs Spielern gespielt haben. War gar kein Problem!

AlexSchroeder 2009-01-05 18:33 UTC

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2009-01-05 Coop und Linux

Am Samstag ist bei mir eine EC Karte beim Zahlen im Coop stecken geblieben. Kommt der Techniker und zieht den Stecker, wartet, und dann bootet das Kartenlesegerät… mit einer Linuxbootsequenz inklusive Pinguin. Leider habe ich kein Foto gemacht.

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2009-01-06 BookMooch

I thought I was doing fine:

Points: 178.8
Books received: 37
Books given: 72
Feedback: +73

But today I saw this guy:

Books received: 5306
Books given: 4930
Feedback: +4931

goggle

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2009-01-06 Music I'm Listening To, Apparently

LastFM tells me that The Pogues have reached levels reserved for Tom Waits and The Cure – played over a thousand times. I haven’t been listening to Tom Waits or The Cure much, lately. A few months ago I listened to a lot of Belle and Sebastian. These days I often listen to my “Irish” genre. The rising star is Flogging Molly!

Tom Waits 1,345
The Pogues 1,065
The Cure 1,014
Radiohead 537
Nightwish 482
Belle and Sebastian 444
Bruce Springsteen 418
U2365
The Strokes 335
Madredeus 331
Massive Attack 323
Tricky 277
16 Horsepower 247
Flogging Molly 218
Powderfinger 198

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2009-01-07 Spontanes Kurzabenteuer mit Karte

Üblicherweise wird mir online zuviel über die Theorie des Rollenspiels geschrieben. Rezensionen und so finde ich nützlich. Besonders interessant finde ich aber, wenn jemand beschreibt, wie er oder sie spielt, leitet, oder vorbereitet. Moritz Mehlem hat gerade eben seinen Kleinen Dungeonbau-Workshop veröffentlicht. Sehr interessant!

Am 1. Januar konnte ich auch spontan ein Spiel leiten. Ich hatte ein paar Würfel, Labyrinth Lord, einen Block, Stifte, Radiergummi, und ein paar unbeschriftete Karten von Paratime Design Cartography dabei. Ich hatte nur ein paar Minuten Zeit.

Zuerst einmal habe ich mir mal eine Karte ausgewählt (und Dungeon Map 008 gewählt) und die Stufe gewählt (in diesem Fall wollte ich Stufe 5).

Dann habe ich auf der generischen Tabelle im Labyrinth Lord Buch Monster durch Zufall bestimmt: 3× für Monster auf der Stufe 5, 1× für Monster auf der Stufe darunter, und 1× für Monster der Stufe darüber gewürfelt. Herausgekommen sind:

  1. ogre (Stufe 3)
  2. doppelganger (Stufe 4-5)
  3. wraith (Stufe 4-5)
  4. mummy (Stufe 4-5)
  5. basilisk (Stufe 6-7)

Diese Liste wird auch gleich als Tabelle für Zufallsbegegnungen herhalten müssen.

Zu jedem Monster fix die Anzahl bestimmt und mir die Seite im Buch herausgeschrieben damit es nachher schneller geht.

Das sieht dann schlussendlich etwa so aus:

Notizen zu Spielbeginn

Dann habe ich mir schnell überlegt, was denn das Ziel des Abenteuers sein könnte und ich beschloss, das Ganze sei eine Suche nach dem grossen Hammer eines legendären Riesen. Die Gruppe hatte eine Karte, welche zu einem Goblinbau in den Weinenden Hügeln führte. Das Abenteuer beginnt nach einem grossen Gemetzel auf der Treppe hinab auf die fünfte Ebene des Labyrinthes.

Zu dem Zeitpunkt hatte ich noch keine Schätze und nichts.

Jetzt noch fix die Monster verteilen… Uhhhhmmm…

  • Riesengrab liegt dort, wo auf der Karte “Treppe runter” ist.
  • Oger an den Eingang. Die Goblins haben ihn verehrt aber nicht hochgelassen. Gefangene hinabestossen.
  • Doppelgänger oben links. Da ich viele Räume und drei Doppelgänger hatte, einen pro Raum. Also Brüder!
  • Wraiths (Gruftgeist oder so?) unten rechts, also müssen dort Gräber liegen.
  • Mumien unten links, weil dort noch nichts ist.
  • Basilisken sind sau gemein, also in die Löcher in der Mitte. Schlafend. Und weil die Doppelgänger nichts zu tun haben, kann man sich mit denen freundlich stellen und so etwas über die schlafenden Basilisken erfahren.

Fertig! So haben wir gespielt.

Wärend dem Spiel habe ich dann spontan Beigemüse zu den Krypten erfunden wie “Derem der Waldfreund” und “Melek die gierige Faust” bzw. Schätze erwürfelt, sobald die Gruppe ein Gebiet betreten hat.

Daheim konnte ich dann noch etwas ausbauen und die Schätze auch auswürfeln. Herausgekommen ist Dungen Map 008 mit Text.

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2009-01-09 Planet Venus

The guys from RPG Bloggers seem to have some site issues [1] [2] In the first post talking about it, Dave says they’ll “probably have to accept advertising” in order to develop some code. I mentioned I’d rather have fewer features and less ads and pointed to Planet Emacsen which runs Planet Venus, but apparently “it’s a matter of needing custom code to handle the specific demands of the network”. Oh well.

Just to figure out how difficult it would be to setup up Planet Venus I spent some time investigating it. One of my sites is hosted by HCoop which uses the Andrew File System. I lost quite some time trying to figure out why my planet was not being published until I found a workaround leading to http://planet.campaignwiki.org filled with some sample blogs. After all, it’s just a proof of concept.

Ok, I’m also procrastinating because I ought to be translating Labyrinth Lord from English to German. :)

Anyway, so now I have convinced myself that I could do it. I also like how Planet Venus lets me produce custom output using XSLT and other stuff I have used very rarely.

Here are some things I’m thinking about:

  1. Should I just use my own preferences when choosing the feeds? After all, as long as RPG Bloggers is working just fine there’s no need for me set up a similar service. As you can tell from the sample blogs, I prefer that old school vibe. :)
  2. In a similar vein, assuming I keep building on it: The current code doesn’t categorize posts. Such a thing would be interesting to add, but to be honest, I never use the various categories provided by RPG Bloggers (and my own category tags don’t seem to work).
  3. I would like to have a public source for feeds – a wiki page or something similar. Anybody should be able add or remove blogs from the list. I miss Grognardia on RPG Bloggers, for example.
  4. Alternatively, we could use a list of OPML files and automatically generate a planet based on the reading lists of a smaller number of people.
  5. I’m not sure what sort of load issues the existing RPG Bloggers network is running into. Should I just try adding tons of blogs to my RPG Planet and see how load develops?

It has been an interesting technical challenge and I appreciate the work that went into Planet Emacsen and the RPG Bloggers a lot more, now. (Those are the only two blog aggregations I read.)

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It turns out that it was really easy to tell Planet Venus to read a config file from a wiki. So now we have the list of feeds on a wiki page. Anybody can edit it.

AlexSchroeder 2009-01-10 23:55 UTC

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2009-01-10 Delicious vs Magnolia Bookmarking

I’ve been a happy user of the Delicious Bookmarking Firefox Extension for a long time. Recently it started locking up my Firefox 2 upon startup. I assume that the synchronization code had a bug or something. Thus, I’m looking for an alternative. Magnolia seems to be an alternative.

I’ve looked at some bookmarklets, I’ve found a Firefox extension – but how do I get my data from Delicious into Magnolia?

Migrating from del.icio.us to Magnolia by Rubenerd seems to be the answer. ok

One thing I’m curious to see is keyword support. A number of my bookmarks have a keyword associate with them. “leo prurience” (to quote a recent example) will take me to a famous English ↔ German translation site. This info seems to be gone, now. :(

Ok, I migrated my bookmarks to Magnolia. I installed an add-on that allows me to quickly add bookmarks. But how do I find them? The website itself seems slow and cumbersome. What a bummer.

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I have had no problems with the official del.icio.us addon in firefox 3. I would stick to it. Firefox keywords support is a must have for me, too. For searching in my bookmarks I use the incsearch addon https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/5294 → it’s very fast!

– Robin 2009-01-13 11:34 UTC


Yeah, del.icio.us on Firefox 3 works. My problem is that on the ol’ laptop I’m stuck with Mac OS 10.3, which only supports Firefox 2. That explains why I keep wrestling with these issues again and again. I’m trying to squeeze as much life out of this laptop as possible. And when it’s hopeless, I’ll try and switch to GNU Linux or a real BSD system.

AlexSchroeder 2009-01-13 14:07 UTC


From the Magnolia website: “Early on the West-coast morning of Friday, January 30th, Ma.gnolia experienced every web service’s worst nightmare: data corruption and loss. For Ma.gnolia, this means that the service is offline and members’ bookmarks are unavailable, both through the website itself and the API. As I evaluate recovery options, I can’t provide a certain timeline or prognosis as to to when or to what degree Ma.gnolia or your bookmarks will return; only that this process will take days, not hours.”

I think I’m going back to Delicious. I never really understood how I was supposed to search for bookmarks using Magnolia anyway… Using the website!?

AlexSchroeder 2009-02-02 00:50 UTC

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2009-01-10 Die Woche für Rollenspiel alter Schule

Die Targa hat eine Woche des “traditionellen Rollenspiels” ausgerufen. [1] Tja… Rollenspiel alter Schule – selber empfehle ich hierfür natürlich Labyrinth Lord. Wer nicht ganz so sehr der alten Schule nachtrauert, spielt einfach mit Charaktern der Stufe 3 statt der Stufe 1. :)

Weiter zum Thema: Im Moment arbeitet gerade eine Gruppe von Freiwilligen um Moritz Mehlem an einer deutschen Übersetzung vom Herr der Labyrinthe. Da wollte ich eigentlich auch mitmachen. Aber heute musste ich endlich der Wahrheit ins Auge schauen und zugeben, dass ich für die Übersetzerarbeit nicht geschaffen bin, obwohl meine Mutter und ihre beiden Brüder alle auch beruflich übersetzen. Ich habe nicht die nötige Disziplin um in meiner Freizeit und auf einen spezifischen Termin hin zu Übersetzen. In den letzten Tagen habe ich lieber an einem RPG Planet gebastelt, Email gelesen, Freunde getroffen, Foren gelesen, Kuchen gebacken, Bücher gelesen, Kino besucht, Fest gefeiert, eingekauft, geschlafen, programmiert, und so weiter.

Wer sich für die Übersetzungsarbeit am Kapitel 7 (Schätze) von Labyrinth Lord interessiert, kann sich bei mir melden und ich schicke mal was ich habe.

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2009-01-11 Glasgow Haskell Compiler (GHC) for Mac OS 10.3

So here I am on a Sunday morning, wondering whether I should install GHC on my laptop. After some reading, I find that they recommend using MacPorts on a Mac. But I’ve noticed a long time ago that my ports installation was messed up, and when I go to their website now, it says “targetting mainly the current Mac OS X release (10.5, A.K.A Leopard) and the immediately previous one (10.4, A.K.A. Tiger).” No Panther.

When I check building from source, it says that building “needs an installed GHC (version 6.4.2 at least). If your platform isn’t currently supported with a binary distribution, then you’ll need to consult the section on Porting GHC in the Building Guide.” And that in turn requires me to get “the intermediate C files (known as HC files) from another GHC compilation, compiling them using gcc to get a working GHC.”

Yikes.

Looking through the older releases available I found the last release supporting Panther to be 6.4.1 [1] – I’ll give it a try.

Alpinobombus:~ alex$ ghc --version
The Glorious Glasgow Haskell Compilation System, version 6.4.1

That worked. So now I’m trying to build GHC 6.10.1. I’m not sure that’s really worth it, but who knows.

First problem:

mk/config.mk:31: *** GNU make version 3.79.1 or later is required.. Stop.

Wow! I have 3.79 instead of 3.79.1 – so close! Building 3.81, now.

Ok, so compiling 6.10 didn’t work. I decided to try to follow the build chain and build 6.6 inlcuding all the extras using 6.4. If that works, I’ll try and build 6.8 using 6.6, and finally 6.10 using 6.8.

Current status: Built and installed 6.6, tried to compile both 6.8.3 and 6.10.1 and failed. Oh well, I guess this will do for now. :)

Time to work through some Real World Haskell

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2009-01-14 Planet Venus XSLT

I’m happy with my RPG Planet. I don’t use it much, since I’ve subscribed to all these blogs via BlogLines, too. But it might turn out to be an interesting resource for people just getting into the entire blog reading experience. It’s a sort of filtered RPG Bloggers.

I am, however, still struggling with XSLT. Not because I don’t understand how it works, or how XPath works – but because I don’t really get to see the intermediary format that the style sheet is acting on. I will have to investigate the cache directory some more.

Right now, for example, the subscription list has links containing a title attribute. That title attribute doesn’t refer to the linked blog, however, but to the planet’s title (and is therefore the same for all blogs). That needs to be fixed.

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2009-01-16 SID Player for my iPhone

I don’t use my iPhone as a music player – 16G is not big enough for a simple sync and thus I continue carrying both the iPod and the iPhone around. But what to do with 16G? I needed some sort of music to play. Wouldn’t it be cool to play tracks from the HVSC on the iPhone?

This is where I stumble into the culture clash. I’m a fan of Free Software, and I’m used to the idea of downloading software for free. I work on software for free, and I expect to use software for free. At least whenever it doesn’t come preinstalled on a new machine. :)

The SID Player for the iPhone costs CHF 3.30. :(

I just can’t bring myself to pay for software, no matter how small the amount.

Even stranger: The software is GPL and source code is “available on request”. But the website [1] doesn’t list a mail address. You can find contact information on the author’s blog. [2] Mail sent.

Another thing I don’t like: I would have to download the tracks from the net whenever I wanted to play them; downloading doesn’t help. I think what I really need is a SID plugin for the player on the iPhone.

Update: Got the source code by email, no fuss. Excellent.

I then started up Xcode, and realized that I was working on a Mac OS 10.4 (Tiger) but that the iPhone OS 2.2 requires the latest Mac OS 10.5 (Leopard). I think I see where this is going…

Perhaps I should just convert the SID collection into an MP3 collection (wasting enormous disk space). But at least I would have a local copy that plays on the phone…

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And you’ll need to be on the “iPhone Developer Program” from Apple if you want to upload compiled stuff on your phone without having hacked it. It costs US$ 99 to be part of that program…

2ni 2009-01-19 10:47 UTC


I suspect it’s only a matter of time before Rockbox comes out for the iPhone. Problem solved!

greywulf 2009-01-19 11:09 UTC


All this does is remind me how perhaps the time has finally come to replace Mac OS 10.3 with Ubuntu on my iBook laptop. :)

Maybe a project for my summer holidays, haha.

AlexSchroeder 2009-01-19 11:53 UTC


Hm… OpenBSD/macppcUbuntu 8.10.

AlexSchroeder 2009-01-21 10:35 UTC

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2009-01-16 jabber.el

I spent an hour trying to set up JabberEl. Got the latest version from CVS. It took me a while to realize that the instructions on the wiki (EmacsWiki:GoogleTalk) no longer make any sense. When I finally tried them, jabber-connect apparently “connected” me, and I even discovered some sort of menu using jabber-display-rooster. And that was it. I guess I was expecting a list of buddies, first of all.

Time to focus on other things. Welcome back Pidgin / Adium. :)

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I’ve been extremely happy with ERC and Bitlbee.

PeterJones 2009-01-16 02:47 UTC


Yes, I’ve used ERC and BitlBee in the past. The problem with a local Bitlbee installation is that it’s tricky to do on the platforms I deal with on a daily basis, namely OSX and Windows. I think I had an OSX installation at one point. Just a few days ago I installed Openfire on our internal network at work, so I’d need a Bitlbee installation on my Windows machine at work. :(

Right now I’m using Pidgin and Adium for my instant messaging (and rcirc for IRC).

AlexSchroeder 2009-01-16 07:12 UTC


I’d go to bitlbee/erc before going to Pidgin.

TheGZeus 2009-01-16 09:12 UTC


Hi Alex,

Don’t know what went wrong with your setup, but I’ve been using jabber.el exclusively for some years now, and it is an amazing piece of software. Did you try to use customize ? Maybe you can ask for help on emacs.jabber.general.

– paul.r 2009-01-16 08:48 UTC


Why not use one of the public bitlbee servers ? I used it for a couple of years and it’s quite stable. All you need is a http_proxy to get through firewalls.

AlokSingh 2009-01-16 10:49 UTC


In this particular case, the Jabber Server is in a company LAN and not accessible from the outside. Surely that makes it inaccessible from the public bitlbee servers. At least I hope it does. :)

AlexSchroeder 2009-01-16 11:05 UTC


I can’t help with Windows, but on Mac OSX it’s very easy to install bitlbee via MacPorts. I wrote some Emacs Lisp to run bitlbee from Emacs, which makes it even easier: http://www.emacswiki.org/emacs/bitlbee.el

Having a single solution for IRC and IM is a huge productivity enhancement.

PeterJones 2009-01-16 22:13 UTC


Wow, this is a cool solution! I’ll try it.

AlexSchroeder 2009-10-07 02:41 UTC

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2009-01-17 Creepy Followers

I have twice as many followers than I’m following myself. This is creepy. I will block them. Apparently some people sign up based on automatic searches, others seem to be spammers – and not just politicians but also software projects and the like, apparently. That’s not how I want to be using those microblogging services.

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2009-01-19 White Phosphorous

Every now and then I can’t take the pro-israeli propaganda in the Swiss mainstream newspapers anymore and I turn to the ElectronicIntifada. There, I just need to skim the front page in order to shake off the images of smiling soldiers hugging after the cease fire, of politicians talking about goals achieved, of organized retreats, of attempted negotiations.

The chemical burns deeply, to the bone, experts say. It is considered illegal warfare, not to be used in civilian areas. Yet the accounts grow of its use: heavy use in the Khosar region, east of Khan Younis, and in the northwest of Gaza, and in eastern Jabaliya, Sheik Zayid, Sheik Rajleen, al-Zaitoun, everywhere. The United Nations headquarters housing hundreds of fleeing Palestinians which was bombed on 15 January was hit with white phosphorus. [1]

I gag as I read half-way through the article, and then I have to stop.

Sadly, a familiar reaction when I read about Israel.

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2009-01-25 Zufallsbegegnungen

ChaosAmSpieltischs Rollenspielblog hat auf seinem Blog drei Zufallstabellen für eine Reise vorgestellt. Da frage ich mich natürlich: Wussten die Spieler, dass nun die Tabellen zum Zuge kamen? Hat es sie gestört?

Selber mag ich solche Tabellen, dann kann ich selber als Spielleiter auch überrascht werden. Die zufällige Sequenz von Ereignissen muss von mir zu einer stimmigen Geschichte improvisiert werden. Aber ich könnte mir vorstellen, dass ich es als Spieler wie eine langweilige Sequenz von 36× würfeln wahrnehme. Irgendwie seltsam.

Vielleicht könnte man dies als Gruppe beschliessen: “Lasst uns hier auswürfeln was durch die Tage passiert…” Ich vermute allerdings, dass dann nur in die Rolle geschlüpft wird, wenn es relevant für die grössere Handlung scheint. So würde wohl kaum einer mit einem kleinen Mädchen reden wollen, dass aus dem letzten Weiler ausgebüchst ist, um sich dem Zirkus anzuschliessen. Das würde vermutlich nur funktionieren, wenn es “im Spiel” passiert.

Ich habe auf alle Fälle schon ein paar Spielabende verkommen lassen, wo die Gruppe sich auf die Spurensuche macht. Da es Regeln hierfür gibt, wurden diese angewendet, egal wie schlecht das am Spieltisch funktioniert. Survival checks, Wetter erwürfeln, die Tage zählen, Zufallsbegegnung… Bah!

Was ich jetzt mache, scheint besser anzukommen. Ich habe eine Hexkarte meiner Erlkönig Kampagne (basierend auf Wilderlands of High Fantasy), wo ich entschieden habe, dass man pro Tag im Normalfall nur ein Hex weiterreisen kann, ausser man nimmt ein Boot flussabwärts. Bei meiner Vorbereitung schaue ich dann, wo die Gruppe ist, wer so in der Gegend wohnt, und stelle dann eine Tabelle zusammen. Auf dieser wird dann meistens 1× pro Tag und 1× pro Nacht gewürfelt.

Das sieht dann so aus:

d6Begegnung
1Skellette
2Soldaten, Söldner, Kopfgeldjäger
3Schattenelfen
4Satyre
5Troll oder Frösche
6Frösche und Tsathare
7Fliegende Affen

Tagsüber +1, damit die erste Begegnung nur nachts und die letzte nur tagsüber passieren kann.

Manchmal habe ich auch mehrere Personen in der Gegend, die einen Namen haben, und die Gruppe sucht nach Echsenlagern (ohne einen Führer zu haben):

d20Begegnung
1Stirges
2Krokodile
3Riesenwespen
4Wilde Kobolde
5Wahnsinnige Zwerge
6Spione des Betrachters
7Lerud der Froschwaldläufer
8Repnot der unglückliche Oger
9Barsha die Druidin
10Der rote Drachen fliegt über das Land
11Grysella die Sumpfhexe
12Fliegende Affen des Quin Parr
13-17Patrouille der Echsen
18-19Ein Dorf der Echsen
20Die Feste des Yarshag

So in der Art mache ich mir jeweils eine Tabelle, die dann auch nur für ein oder zwei Abende gebraucht werden kann.

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2009-01-26 Nena vs. Eminem

Habe ich am Samstag an einer Party gehört. Genial!

Der DJ hatte das Lied nochmal umgeschnitten, damit Nena anfängt zu singen. Hat eine Weile gedauert, bis ich verstand, was da abging.

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2009-01-29 Google Reader

Yesterday I decided to try the switch from BlogLines to GoogleReader, again. I find the interface quite confusing. I expected my subscriptions to be at the center of things, bit as I keep using the site I find that the items my “friends” are sharing dominating my reading experience. I did not find an easy way to exclude them. Even if there is a way, I am astonished at how hard it is to find. I also note how tricky unsubscribing seems to be. I apparently I need to do that in my settings. I’ll try for a while longer, but for now I wonder whether the Gmail user interface engineer would do the same. Or if it is the same guy, what his thoughts were. I don’t doubt that the Reader is a software masterwork with all the asynchronous stuff going on. But the user interface takes some getting used to. Plus: I use the mobile interface for Gmail and Google Reader in addition to the usual web interface. Both need to be useful.

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I found that most of my frustration was due to the fact that I was starting looking at all “all items” instead of the gaming category. I’m much happier now.

Unfortunately I discovered that the Reader likes to crash the Safari web browser on my iPhone several times a day. No other website manages to do that.

– Alex 2009-01-29 23:11 UTC


And now I also found the unsubscribe link: Click the Feed Settings button and pick the third entry on the menu. :)

AlexSchroeder 2009-01-30 23:41 UTC

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2009-01-30 Best Adventure Publisher

Zachary “The First” asks: Who Makes The Best Adventure Modules? I was about to comment, but then the text just kept on growing…

I’m a Paizo adventure path and modules subscriber, and I really like the quality of their paper, their art, their maps, and so on. I do find the adventures a bit hard to run. Important stuff I need to look up during the game is either found in the introduction, or with the NPC, or in the setting info in an appendix, and I faintly remember reading it, and… I don’t like it. They seem a bit over-engineered to me at the moment.

While I like the Dungeon Crawl Classics (DCC) by Goodman Games in theory, I’ve found that at the table, the modules often turn into a hack and slash fest. Sure, I’m the DM, and it’s my fault. But there’s just something missing, or maybe too much info to support simple combat and not enough info to support other solutions or gameplay. Often adventures have an interesting background but no obvious way to learn about it in-game unless the DM adds it himself. I therefore conclude that these modules afford a type of game play that I don’t enjoy much at the table.

Between the two, I find myself turning to Goodman Games’ adventures every now and then, extracting elements and using them in my own games. This works quite well since most of what I need to do is reduce the number of combat encounters. Everything else stays the same. At the same time, I find myself turning to Paizo modules when I want to run an all-day one-shot, and I find myself playing and running the adventure paths because it just “promises” so much fun… Whether it will work out in the end, I’ve yet to find out. Both Shackled City and Rise of the Runelords are still ongoing.

What really worked well for me are the Necromancer Games’ modules. I really enjoyed running Crucible of Freya as my first D&D module in years when we started playing again, and I absolutely loved Vault of Larin Karr. There was not too much text, so I never felt like I had to really dig into the text. I felt free to improvise at the table. At the same time there was enough background and things to discover in-game, fun situations and multiple plot hooks to get players involved. It was good fun.

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2009-01-30 RPG Podcast Recommendations Wanted

What am I to do? As I look at my podcast list, I find that there aren’t many new shows available from the feeds I am subscribed to. Any recommendations?

Currently my favorite regular shows are

Too bad Sons of Kryos has switched to video – I can’t watch a video while walking to train stations, shopping, or doing the dishes. The podcast was excellent. If you haven’t listened to them, go back through their archives.

Far too rare are episodes from the Green Ronin Publishing Podcast and from 2d6 Feet in a Random Direction. Those two are excellent!

Have Games, Will Travel is only producing very short episodes these days. The Voice of the Revolution doesn’t update often, but it’s a nice peek into the Indie world for me.

I am still subscribed to Midnight’s Lair but I hardly remember what they are about anymore. That’s how rare episodes must be. Pulp Gamer Inside Track is interesting, even if episodes are rare. And there are only so many interviews I can handle.

Dark Whispers is not producing any more shows, apparently. The Kobold Quarterly feed is not really meant for podcasts.

I unsubscribed from the Tome Show because it was going all 4E on me, I unsubscribed from Gamer’s Haven because I felt the signal to noise ratio was not good enough, I unsubscribed from the Digital Front because the topic was rarely something I cared about, and I unsubscribed from the Godzilla Gaming Podcast but I no longer remember why.

Anything I should try? I’m also interested in lectures on ancient history and the medieval ages, if there’s anything like the 12 Byzantine Rulers out there.

Let me know if you have any suggestions. Or post them on your blog (and make sure your blog is listed on RPG Bloggers).

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For history podcasts, there are two that I highly, HIGHLY recommend.

In Our Time with Melvyn Bragg is a BBC radio programme that podcasts its most recent episode and the rest can be listened to on line.

The History of Rome is an ongoing (thankfully, after a long break) following the—you guessed it—history of Rome from its mythical founding. It’s up to Caesar now, and Mike Duncan somehow delivers an interesting, fresh and usually amusing episode almost every single time. It’s really amazing.

For game podcasts, check out the Podgecast.

Fraser 2009-01-30 14:18 UTC


Thank you for the recommendations. Checking them out right now.

AlexSchroeder 2009-01-30 14:29 UTC


I like Fear the Boot, which you already listen to, and I also like All Games Considered.

Tony Roberson 2009-01-30 14:45 UTC


Thanks. Subscribed to that one, as well. :)

AlexSchroeder 2009-01-30 16:28 UTC


Have you tried Ryan Macklin’s Master Plan or Clyde Rhoer’s Theory from the Closet? I’ve also started listening to the TrapCast. They are and talk mostly about 4e and PbP, but entertaining.

Crater 2009-01-31 00:48 UTC


Well, I’m quite a consumer of gaming podcasts myself and agree with several of your current shows (being the Host of the unsubscribed to Tome Show). I would wonder what sort of games your into. If you wanna stick 3e check out 3.5 Private Sanctuary. They’re great on content and 3e focused. I also have a current series focused on the latest Pathfinder Adventure Path and I have some other Paizo plans (although honestly, yeah, the Tome has gone pretty strongly 4e…about 90%, but that’s almost entirely because that’s the version of D&D that still has new books coming out more than a personal push).

Also I am fond of the Gamer’s Haven actual play series. I agree that if the content of the regular show can push a lot of noise instead of signal, but the AP gets you a good feel for a lot of different games, modules, etc. But it does require plenty of time to listen as they go quite long.

Dragon’s Landing is a good old standby as well as Pulp Gamer.

There hasn’t been an update in ages, but the content of SandD Worldbuilding 101 (Shakespeare and Dragons) archives could keep you busy for a while.

Hope that helps. Us folks in the podcasting community are generally just glad to have people listening to some of us, even if our show isn’t your cup of tea. Keep listening!

Jeff Greiner 2009-01-31 02:58 UTC


Thank you all for the suggestions. I have tried Ryan Macklin’s Master Plan and Clyde Rhoer’s Theory from the Closet but unsubscribed from both. I’m not into writing my own game, and I lost interest after my initial curiosity was satisfied. I’ll give TrapCast, 3.5 Private Sanctuary, Dragon’s Landing, and SandD Woldbuilding 101 a try. Excellent!

AlexSchroeder 2009-01-31 10:10 UTC


I’ve enjoyed several episodes of the Podgecast and I started listening to my first episode All Games Considered. The interesting part about All Games Considered is the gender ratio. As far as I can tell, there are two women and one man hosting the show. How cool is that? :)

AlexSchroeder 2009-02-02 22:28 UTC


The History of Rome has moved to my top spot. Awesome podcast! Thanks for the recommendation.

I feel that Podgecast, All Games Considered, and TrapCast are very similar in that they’re low on RPG content and full of banter and sex talk. It’s good fun – I’ve laughed on the train with people giving me queer looks, but I’m starting to feel like watching TV: They’re entertaining, but compared to The History of Rome or _12 Byzantine Rulers_ they don’t hold up.

AlexSchroeder 2009-04-03 10:50 UTC

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2009-01 Book Club

What: Jonathan Strange & Mr Norell by Susanna Clarke

When: January 21, 19:30 @ Glockenhof

I’ve been meaning to read this for a long time. It is a long book and I hear not a quick read. So perhaps we should allow >1 month for this. Again it is fantasy, so perhaps we can keep this for a few months - maybe over christmas when everyone’s too busy to meet? :) “It is the serious book for adults dealing with magic that J.K. Rowlings always pretends to write but doesn’t.” [1] Supporters: Nanda, Chrissie, (Andrea), Val, Alex, Uli

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