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  • 08:45 UTC (new) (history) 2016-10-15 Carcass Creeper . . . . Alex Schroeder Carcass Creeper Still working on my **monster manual**. The only thing that's cool about the Carrion Crawler, Carcass Creeper or however you want to call it, is that is has eight paralyzing attacks but deals no damage. This is a bit different from ghouls, so where as ghouls are the fast zombies… [en]
  • 08:43 UTC (new) (history) Comments on 2016-10-15 Layout . . . . Alex Schroeder Yeah, less bold, maybe. The heaviness of the illustrations throws off the balance of the page. But it's not terrible. Power through, and revisit the issue later. – Paul Gorman 2016-10-15 —- I like bold to highlight stuff, but perhaps I'm just used to writing for the web. On paper, it looks weird.… [en]
  • 08:41 UTC (new) (history) 2016-10-15 Layout . . . . Alex Schroeder I've been working on drawing a monster a day. I've been writing my entries into the monster manual. I've put them up on my house rule draft wiki, and they looked OK. So I decided to put them in my "Referee Guide" to be. Using LaTeX and the Tufte class, after having established that I no longer… [en]
  • 08:36 UTC (new) (history) 2016-10-14 Bugbear . . . . Alex Schroeder Bugbear More monster manual. Bugbears are sneaky assassins and spies for the elves, ergo evil cat people? Perhaps I should tag them Person (or People) to indicate that *charm person* will work. Or will it? Does a list of "people" monsters help? Also, what about monsters that can be played? If you… [en]


  • 22:19 UTC (new) (history) Comments on 2016-10-13 Boar . . . . Alex Schroeder Still find it weird that boars have as much damage and HD as Bugbears... Great drawing though! – Florian Hübner 2016-10-14 —- Is it just surprising or are you suggesting changes? I dislike 2d4 and 3d4 for damage and just used 1d8 and 1d12 instead. Close enough for me. :) As for HD there's always… [en]
  • 22:17 UTC (new) (history) 2016-10-13 Boar . . . . Alex Schroeder Boar The boar picture came so easily to me, it was a breeze to do!
  • 22:13 UTC (new) (history) Comments on 2016-10-13 Giant Beetle . . . . Alex Schroeder When you start applying giant to creatures you start getting widely varying expectations of size. I mean most players seem to imagine the AD&D Giant Ants as Them when really they are just the size of small dogs. I think the 3E approach of defining creatures by their size works (although in… [en]
  • 22:12 UTC (new) (history) 2016-10-13 Giant Beetle . . . . Alex Schroeder Giant Beetle My work on the monster manual continues. When I ran _Castle of the Mad Archmage_, we encountered several rooms full of giant bombardier beetles and we fought them all using everything we had. It was a hell hole of flaming oil, charred corpses and madness, because somehow one of the… [en]
  • 22:08 UTC (new) (history) 2016-10-12 Giant Bees . . . . Alex Schroeder Bee, Giant Trying to keep the pace up, one monster manual entry per day. When the illustration doesn't work, I might give it a retry or two but that's it. It's more important to finish the monster manual than to polish the entries. Today: Killer Bees. I was happy to find an article on carnivorous… [en]


  • 21:54 UTC (new) (history) 2020-01-22 Copyright is failing . . . . Alex Schroeder Cory Doctorow writes on BoingBoing: In serving big company interests, copyright is in crisis. As so often is the case, he writes well. > 2019 was not a good year for competition in the entertainment sector. Mergers … reduced the number of big movie studios from five (already a farcical number)… [en]



  • 21:36 UTC (new) (history) 2020-01-20 Bugbears are cat people . . . . Alex Schroeder I just learned about tabaxi (D&D 5E cat people) as I was reading 6th Edition Dungeons & Dragons by Jack Guignol. I've been using bugbears as cat people in my game, thinking of them as perfect thieves – like the Khajiit in Skyrim. Bugbears work well in my system because the 5-in-6 chance of… [en]
  • 20:52 UTC (new) (history) 2020-01-20 How to deal with weird stuff in feed aggregation . . . . Alex Schroeder Planet Jupiter is entering the phase where all the features I want have been implemented and now I'm only dealing with weird stuff and workarounds. I've seen blog posts containing double escaped HTML. I unescape the first layer and turn the post to plain text (adding pilcrow signs for paragraph… [en]
  • 07:39 UTC (diff) (history) Comments on 2020-01-19 Not designing for level gain . . . . Alex Schroeder Yes, we definitely should talk more about treasure and XP. If we spell things out, we make it easier for others to accept or reject the conclusions, or tinker with them. [en]



  • 20:53 UTC (diff) (history) Comments on 2020-01-04 Plain Text Tools . . . . Alex Schroeder How strange. So you’re seeing the wiki listed when you use oddmuse-edit but then you don’t get any pages to complete against? Do you see the curl command used? Can you call it on the command line and verify that it works? Perhaps your website is set up such that curl is being blocked? [en]





  • 10:12 UTC (new) (history) 2020-01-10 Planet Jupiter . . . . Alex Schroeder OK, I've been using Planet Venus for the longest time. I use it to generate the the Planets on Campaign Wiki. The problem is that it is written in Python 2 and I was unable to quickly migrate it (and all its dependencies) to Python 3. So here I am... writing Planet Jupiter. 🙄 Oh well, what could go… [en]






  • 17:13 UTC (new) (history) 2020-01-05 Spellcasters and Spell Lists . . . . Alex Schroeder Every now and then, people wonder whether there's some magic system out there that could supplant the so-called Vancian system: have some spells you know, have some spell slots, cast spells until you're "out of spells" and then wait for the next day, in game. The variations I like work within these… [en]


  • 21:22 UTC (new) (history) 2020-01-04 Plain Text Tools . . . . Alex Schroeder I have found the best article in a long time: The Plain Person’s Guide to Plain Text Social Science. It's about writing and tools and computers. The introduction is fabulous. Some quotes: > So this discussion is not geared toward convincing you there is One True Way to organize things. I do… [en]
  • 17:02 UTC (diff) (history) Comments on 2019-02-13 Nate White on Trump . . . . Alex Schroeder The USA Doubles Down on its Saudi Allegiance: > There will also today be rejoicing in Washington. There is nothing like an apparently successful military attack in a US re-election campaign. The Benghazi Embassy disaster left a deep scar upon the psyche of Trump’s support base in particular, and… [en]
  • 12:46 UTC (new) (history) Trump tweeting about Obama and Iran . . . . Alex Schroeder



  • 18:43 UTC (new) (history) 2020-01-02 This Gopher Hole . . . . Alex Schroeder OK, so this site is reachable via Gopher. What does that mean? Modern browsers no longer support the Gopher protocol. It's a very simple protocol: you contact a server (per default on port 70, unencrypted) and you send a *selector* – a string, terminated by a carriage return and a newline,… [en]
  • 14:18 UTC (diff) (history) Comments on 2019-09-29 I have no hope . . . . Alex Schroeder recently boosted the following from Twitter: says: > $300 billion. That's the amount of > money needed to stop the rise in > greenhouse gases and buy up to 20 > years of time to fix global warming, > according to UN climate scientists… [en, de]
  • 14:01 UTC (diff) (history) Comments on 2018-11-14 Firefox Setup . . . . Alex Schroeder A year later... `` layout.css.devPixelsPerPx = 1.5 `` 😭 [en]


  • 19:12 UTC (new) (history) 2020-01-01 What about Oddmuse? . . . . Alex Schroeder Yeah. What about Oddmuse? Am I going to reinvent everything and implement in Raku (i.e. Perl 6) – or do I keep working on what we currently use and stick with Perl (i.e. Perl 5)? - There's the question of the web server framework: Raku has Cro but somehow I never quite got to grips with it and… [en]
  • 10:18 UTC (diff) (history) Comments on 2013-12-10 Writing Your Own RPG Rules . . . . Alex Schroeder Ouch! 😳😭 Reading about the financial aspects of Kickstarter projects. After the War. Magical Industrial Revolution. All of this makes me think that my decision to not publish my stuff other than making PDFs available for download was the right decision. I’m far too lazy for this kind of nerve… [en]


  • 08:34 UTC (diff) (history) Comments on 2019-10-26 Julian Assange . . . . Alex Schroeder writes: > The UN Special Rapporteur on Torture called Chelsea Manning's imprisonment and daily fines "an open-ended, > progressively severe measure of coercion fulfilling all the constitutive elements of torture > or other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment… [en]


  • 18:23 UTC (diff) (history) Comments on 2019-10-07 Old School Reading . . . . Alex Schroeder writes about his worlds being full of reasonable NPCs. I tend to have the same problem, specially later in the campaign, getting out of a rut. Related: - “I guess that unless I start thinking about the kind of adventure hooks I provide in my sandbox, this kind of player… [en]
  • 12:51 UTC (diff) (history) Comments on 2019-12-16 Growing mountains . . . . Alex Schroeder I've been experimenting with a mountain range: pick two random points on the left and on the right edge, and lifted every hex that's close to that line (see Wikipedia). Given that the altitude varies from 0 to 10 (with 10 being the snow peaks and 0 being the ocean): |distance|altitude| |d <… [en]



  • 21:54 UTC (new) (history) 2019-12-27 Touchpad no touch . . . . Alex Schroeder Note to self [en]
  • 21:37 UTC (new) (history) 2019-12-27 Ordered some tea . . . . Alex Schroeder I've been to a book vernissage this year: Gong Fu Cha. Tee als Handwerkskunst und das bewusste Geniessen; it was written by the people running one of the big tea shops in Switzerland: Länggass-Tee. And today I ordered some tea... ☕🖤 - Shincha Yame - Mu Dan Wang - Dian Mu Dan - Tama Ryokucha… [en, de]



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