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  • 07:05 UTC (diff) (history) Comments on 2019-04-16 Referrer Tracking . . . . Alex Schroeder Wel, looking at my referrers just now, I seem to be on the blog rolls of two blogs I haven’t heard of: - Dead Tree, No Shelter - tengoldpiecegems Interesting! So perhaps the system still works in a way. I least I can discover that. [en]
  • 06:40 UTC (new) (history) 2019-04-17 Patents Bad . . . . Alex Schroeder Via “It is a well known fact that modern trade combinations tend strongly toward constancy of process and products, and by their very nature are opposed to new processes and new products originated by independent inventors, and hence tend to restrain competition in the… [en]


  • 21:41 UTC (new) (history) Comments on 2019-04-15 Placenames . . . . Alex Schroeder A reply on *Nine and Thirty Kingdoms*, Temporary Place Names.
  • 06:42 UTC (new) (history) 2019-04-16 Referrer Tracking . . . . Alex Schroeder From an email I recently wrote to somebody regarding blogs: The blogs have a problem with communication: even if we do link to other blogs, we sometimes simply assume that they read our blog, or worse, we assume that they probly don't want to read our blog, and so we don't let them know about our… [en]


  • 19:55 UTC (new) (history) 2019-04-15 Rotating projects . . . . Alex Schroeder Today I added a picture from a previous post to the About page for *Face Generator*, plus a copy of what it might look if you used the electronic process (in my example, using *Procreate* on the tablet). As I was updating the documentation I started wondering... I have so many projects that I'm… [en]
  • 18:02 UTC (new) (history) 2019-04-15 Placenames . . . . Alex Schroeder I realized that my settlements in Hex Describe have no names. Perhaps it's a good thing? If the village is run by a guy called Marcel, should it be Marcelsby, Marcelden, or perhaps based on the forest or river name? Longton? Shadowsby? I don't know whether I want to go that route. I think I don't.… [en]
  • 15:04 UTC (diff) (history) Comments on 2019-03-17 Copyright 13 . . . . Alex Schroeder said: Bad news about #Article13, the copyright directive (which includes Art 13) has passed the council of ministers. Interesting footnote: if the UK gov had simply abstained (or voted against), the directive would not have passed. Britain represents enough population… [en]


  • 21:20 UTC (new) (history) Comments on 2019-04-14 What I'm listening to . . . . Alex Schroeder I asked on Lasagne Social and subscribed to few new podcasts: Based on suggestions by Paolo Greco I added Roguelike Radio and Futility Closet. Based on suggestions by David Perry I added Blogs on Tape (which I had forgotten), Fear of a Black Dragon (although the idea of reviews does not excite me;… [en]
  • 20:31 UTC (diff) (history) Comments on 2019-04-12 Matt Strom . . . . Alex Schroeder Hah! I just went on an extended trip through all the GLOG blogs listed by Anne, leaving comments on one of their posts (usually the first one of their blog), asking for permission to add them. I have done my share for today! 😴 [en]
  • 13:16 UTC (new) (history) 2019-04-14 What I'm listening to . . . . Alex Schroeder Not much has changed, I think: - 99% Invisible is about design, architecture and the like - Dan Carlin's Hardcore History is about history, with very rare episodes, but each episode is about 4h long - Daydreaming about Dragons is the only RPG podcast I listen to on a regular basis - History of… [en]
  • 12:53 UTC (new) (history) Comments on 2019-04-14 Episode 23 . . . . Alex Schroeder OK, going forward I think I'm going to use the following three effects, in order, with their default settings: 1. Click Removal 1. Compressor 1. Truncate Silence – Alex Schroeder 2019-04-14 11:23 UTC
  • 12:46 UTC (new) (history) 2019-04-14 Episode 23 . . . . Alex Schroeder [[image/right:|Podcast|Halberds and Helmets Podcast]] Creating settlements, starting with a few non-player characters, rumours about adventures to be had nearby, the importance of merchants. *… [en]
  • 12:30 UTC (diff) (history) Comments on 2019-01-23 Podcasting . . . . Alex Schroeder deleted
  • 08:17 UTC (diff) (history) Comments on 2019-04-06 Social Lasagne . . . . Alex Schroeder Feature requests for Lasagna. Gotta collect them somewhere. I posted them to Lasagne and I’m keeping a copy here for myself to come back to one day, perhaps. Anyway, here goes: - post titles: i don’t need a separate subject but the first 150 characters or the first non-empty line, whichever is… [en]


  • 22:37 UTC (new) (history) 2019-04-13 One Page Dungeon Contest . . . . Alex Schroeder "Submit your entries for the 2019 One Page Dungeon Contest between now and May 1st." – Dungeon Contest The date keeps coming closer but I have a hard time focusing on writing an actual *dungeon*. I guess my Greyheim campaign and the seven levels of the *The Castle the Mad Marchmage* we explored… [en]
  • 18:37 UTC (new) (history) 2019-04-13 Murderhobo Poetry . . . . Alex Schroeder I don't know what came over me but when Mamading Ceesay said «Almost inspired to write a ditty called "Murderhobo's Paradise".» on Lasagne Social, I wanted to see some poetry fit for murderhobos and other D&D misfits! How about this, inspired by the Late Bronze Age collapse? I came looking for… [en]
  • 13:38 UTC (new) (history) 2019-04-13 Gundabad Games . . . . Alex Schroeder I’d like to recommend this new blog, *Gundabad Games*. From their latest blog post, Of Bronze, Burning Palaces, and “Certain Kinds of People” - More Musings on Archaeology for RPGs: «First, I briefly describe the peculiarly connected-but-limited world of the Late Bronze Age (LBA) Near East, then… [en]


  • 18:21 UTC (new) (history) 2019-04-12 Matt Strom . . . . Alex Schroeder Oh wow, I was just pointed to Matt Strom's blog, Ice and Ruin. Not only does it have a cool name, but Matt is also super enthusiastic about Hex Describe. I had forgotten all about it until Whidou reminded me of it on Lasagne Social. Wow! - Help Make Hex Describe the Best Thing Ever (March 2018) -… [en]




  • 21:38 UTC (new) (history) 2019-04-08 A Plan for Gopher . . . . Alex Schroeder recently posted a basic first-pass of a Gopher/2 protocol. linked’s Pondering what's inbetween Gopher and the web. posted Gopher-II: The Next Generation Gopher WWIS… [en]


  • 17:01 UTC (new) (history) Comments on 2019-04-07 Minecraft . . . . Alex Schroeder I don’t know why I like building roads. Cobble stone roads...
  • 13:01 UTC (new) (history) 2019-04-07 Minecraft . . . . Alex Schroeder Yesterday we were visiting some friends and their little daughter was at home, I dunno, maybe ten years old? And she played Minecraft on her phone when I looked over her shoulder. We started talking and then she explained that if we were in the same network, we could play in the same world even… [en]
  • 09:33 UTC (new) (history) 2019-04-07 Using magit and forge . . . . Alex Schroeder Following's suggestion, I'm trying forge for magit. Install it via M-x package-list-packages. My setup is this: my origin remote points to my remote git repo. There's also a cgit running on that server, but what I really care about is the alternative github remote… [en]
  • 08:51 UTC (new) (history) 2019-04-07 The Adverse . . . . Alex Schroeder The Fediverse is Mastodon, Pleroma, Diaspora, Friendica, Hubzilla, Osada, and all their friends, *federating*. 👍 But what do we call all the silos, the ad-based family of Facebook, Twitter, Reddit, and friends? How about *Adverse?* It's true: a universe founded on ad serving. And a reminder that… [en]


  • 07:21 UTC (new) (history) 2019-04-06 Social Lasagne . . . . Alex Schroeder Christoph Buggedei is doing a new thing called Darcy. I think the plan is to make money eventually by offering users and admins to outsource their moderation. I like the idea but I don’t know how easy that will be. Paolo Greco appears to be involved and launched a site (with a prototype? a… [en]




  • 19:24 UTC (diff) (history) Comments on 2019-04-01 Fixing the climate . . . . Alex Schroeder Last time CO2 levels were this high, there were trees at the South Pole. The article points out that we found fossilized beech trees in Antarctica that grew there at CO₂ levels that we have right now. And water levels about 20m higher. And if you think that we might as well stop worrying, then the… [en]
  • 10:36 UTC (new) (history) 2019-04-03 Social Purpose Corporation . . . . Alex Schroeder I just read The Future of Computing and Why You Should Care by Purism, the company that made my laptop. Interesting takeaways: Companys *must* exploit their users for every dollar or they might face charges from their shareholders. Uuugh! All corporations, including all Big Tech giants, have a… [en]
  • 05:51 UTC (new) (history) 2019-04-03 Google Plus went away . . . . Alex Schroeder Google+ was the best social media site for the kind of role-playing I liked to do. Many years ago, its pull was so big, many people abandoned their blogs and posted on Google+ exclusively. The main draw was this: - You could follow a bunch of people easily, and at first you could also share a bunch… [en]


  • 16:59 UTC (new) (history) 2019-04-02 Blog Findings . . . . Alex Schroeder I’ve been posting links to other blogs on Mastodon every now and then. Let me try and repost then them here and now. It’s a continuation of 2019-02-21 RPG Blog Highlights? Delta was invited to run a boss monster at a convention. «to participate as something of a co-DM, namely, the dedicated brains… [en]



  • 20:50 UTC (new) (history) 2019-03-31 Treasure into the Book . . . . Alex Schroeder I’ve done it! I’ve started to add magic items to my *Halberds & Helmets Referee Guide*, and when that is done, I should finally have a “complete” system that no longer requires B/X or *Labyrinth Lord* to play. It has all the rules, all the classes, many of the spells (the Spellcasters project… [en]
  • 09:28 UTC (diff) (history) Comments on 2019-03-29 Mass Combat Alternatives . . . . Alex Schroeder Jeremy Friesen of *Take on Rules* writes about Daniel Collin's “Book of War”. [en]
  • 08:38 UTC (diff) (history) Comments on 2018-11-14 Firefox Setup . . . . Alex Schroeder mentions Customizing Firefox using auto config: The AutoConfig file can be managed centrally. To do so, the location of a secondary AutoConfig file in the primary AutoConfig file: pref("autoadmin.global_config_url","");… [en]
  • 08:08 UTC (new) (history) 2019-03-31 Email Server, Again . . . . Alex Schroeder Do I want to do it again? I ran email on my server for a while, the. I ran email on a Raspberry Pi for a while. But at the same time I am annoyed by my reliance on Gmail, and on the unwillingness of Protonmail and others to provide IMAP access to my mail. Recently,… [en]


  • 21:25 UTC (new) (history) 2019-03-30 Waves and Clouds . . . . Alex Schroeder As Google+ is disappearing, and as I have started to expire old posts on Mastodon, I feel like I should post interesting links on my blog again. Like in the old days, where a blog was actually a “link log”. 😀 Today: Waves and Clouds, with samples from Japanese books, from 1903. [en]
  • 12:39 UTC (diff) (history) Comments on 2019-03-27 Work Life Balance . . . . Alex Schroeder I’ve read Siddartha as a teenager. Another one that was a big influence at the time was Erich Fromm’s To Have or to Be?. I haven’t read the two others. But perhaps you are right and reading good books where advice about the good life is incidental is actually the better thing to do. [en]



  • 07:44 UTC (new) (history) 2019-03-28 Mass Combat . . . . Alex Schroeder Did some revisions to my mass combat section in Halberds and Helmets. This is what I have: One Page Mass Combat. Pro: 1. uses D&D stats 2. units can be any size (none of that 1:10 stuff) Contra: 1. big numbers when it comes to hit points (hopefully the table alleviates the “… takes 42 damage,… [en]


  • 08:37 UTC (diff) (history) Comments on 2019-03-20 Episode 22 . . . . Alex Schroeder Oh wow, beautiful! Exactly the kind of thing one needs at the table. [en]
  • 07:41 UTC (new) (history) 2019-03-27 Work Life Balance . . . . Alex Schroeder Some days – almost all the working days – I am troubled by the time structure of life. I want my mornings slow. Reading social media, making coffee, drinking coffee, watering plants. I want to walk to the office. There, I should work for eight hours but when it’s sunny outside I’d love to go for… [en]


  • 17:08 UTC (new) (history) 2019-03-26 New Blogs . . . . Alex Schroeder Anne recently posted Who is the GLOGosphere? where she says that the GLOG is “a sub-scene of RPG bloggers who use the Goblin Laws of Gaming” and then she lists a *many* blogs, with a heartwearmingly positive commentary on each and every one of them. A great list! [en]


  • 21:07 UTC (new) (history) Comments on 2019-03-23 Working on Dungeon for Hex Describe . . . . Alex Schroeder Now that I've worked on it for a bit, I am no longer sure. There are already plenty of lairs that get generated. Perhaps I just need to add more pairings? Right now, for example, I changed manticores. Instead of always being solitary beasts living in a tower, there's now a 20% chance each for… [en]
  • 19:09 UTC (diff) (history) Comments on 2019-02-04 IRC & RPG . . . . Klaatu @acodispo Best one I've found so far is Rocket Chat. Desktop and mobile clients, and an easy server install using Docker or any number of install methods. We used it at my job for months, until IT effectively shut it down and told us all to use Google Chat.... :-\ [en]
  • 13:59 UTC (new) (history) 2019-03-24 Grundrechte . . . . Alex Schroeder Wenn ich so höre, dass die Schweiz ihre Bürger aus Syrien nicht zurück holen will, und dass der Verein Grundrechte dies kritisiert, dann überlege ich mir, in diesem Verein Mitglied zu werden. [de]
  • 09:56 UTC (diff) (history) Comments on 2018-10-08 Climate Doom . . . . Alex Schroeder Auf Heise ein Artikel zu den Gelbwesten und der thematischen Nähe zu den *Friday for Future* Schülerdemos. [de, en]



  • 17:13 UTC (new) (history) 2019-03-22 Ad Blocking . . . . Alex Schroeder When I hear somebody say that blocking ads is theft the first thing I think is that watching ads is like serving time in prison. Your life runs through your fingers like sand, wasted on organizations that want to tell you what to buy with the money you earned spending even more time doing things… [en]