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  • 21:25 UTC (new) (history) 2019-10-14 Spain . . . . Alex Schroeder Well, Spain is joining the world on its slide to the moral bottom. Catalonia leader jailed for 13 years over independence referendum. Suddenly I remember torture in Spain and I realize that I really don't like Spain. [en]
  • 06:17 UTC (diff) (history) Comments on 2019-10-03 Reddit usage . . . . Alex Schroeder Hehe. That doesn’t qualify for “participating in a conversation.” 😀 But I’ll take it as a statement showing how people cope with conversations on Reddit “being a bit strange.” [en]


  • 20:52 UTC (new) (history) 2019-10-13 ActivityPub and Oddmuse? . . . . Alex Schroeder I wonder whether I should write an extension to a basic ActivityPub server for Oddmuse. What would it do? Allow people to comment? And it would also allow people to delete their comments? And offer a moderating interface so that users could remove comments from the wiki? Would it be possible to… [en]
  • 14:16 UTC (new) (history) 2019-10-13 Small dungeons used at the table . . . . Alex Schroeder Recently I wrote about randomly generating dungeons using Hex Describe and yesterday J. Alan Henning posted a comment on Diaspora talking about how it went when he used one of them. I'm reposting it here with permission, slightly edited. :) Here is the dungeon I used and a recap. I basically ran… [en]
  • 14:04 UTC (new) (history) 2019-10-13 Theatre of the mind . . . . Alex Schroeder I don't use battlemaps. It's all *theatre of the mind*. Actually, it's worse: it's so abstracted that we don't really need to imagine where people are standing, or which of the orcs has been hurt. The rules I use support this: - You can move anywhere on the battlefield and attack: you don't know… [en]



  • 18:11 UTC (diff) (history) 2019-10-11 Building a Chat Site . . . . Alex Schroeder Today I read a fantastic blog post by Aral Balkan, Build a simple chat app with Site.js. You probably know I'm a Perl person and I'd probably use *Mojolicious* to write a chat aps. I used it to write my Gridmapper server (a service that keeps multiple Gridmapper maps in sync and allows you to… [en]
  • 15:13 UTC (new) (history) 2019-10-11 Designing games for emotional impact . . . . Alex Schroeder This is a continuation of the discussion I had yesterday with and @hardcorenarrativist about non-adventure games. I'm often sceptical of designed emotions. If I can agree to a game of despair in Warsaw we can use any rules. Having to agree to *Grey Ranks*… [en]


  • 14:48 UTC (diff) (history) Comments on 2019-10-08 How to run away . . . . Alex Schroeder Hilarious! 🤣 [en]
  • 08:41 UTC (new) (history) 2019-10-10 BX Mars . . . . Alex Schroeder I like the visual style of B/X Mars. And apparently it’s out now! I'm just not sure whether I need to buy another PDF or book. 👈 On the one hand, I probably won't use it at the table and life is too short for all the stuff I have. 👉 On the other hand, I like to support the people whose blogs have… [en]
  • 06:46 UTC (diff) (history) Comments on 2019-10-08 Cheap podcasting microphone? . . . . Alex Schroeder Ich fürchte, ich werde es herausfinden. Vielleicht lerne ich ja, die nötigen Griffe in Audacity schnell zu machen. Oft habe ich allerdings das Gefühl, dass schon nur das Herausfiltern der Zischlaute ein extreme Fimmelei darstellt. Da muss man praktisch für den jeweiligen Sprecher und Kontext die… [de]
  • 06:30 UTC (new) (history) 2019-10-10 Non-adventure games? . . . . Alex Schroeder Yesterday, asked about traditional games with some sort of referee that "aren't about adventuring and/or investigation." An interesting question! I was reminded about the old blog post about the name Adventure Game and Heroic Scenes, and of course Patrick… [en]



  • 12:54 UTC (new) (history) 2019-10-08 Cheap podcasting microphone? . . . . Alex Schroeder For my own podcast, I use my old iPhone 6S as a microphone, simply recording voice memos. I send the recording to my laptop using mail and then I edit it using Audacity. I think the sound is OK but it could definitely be better. So now I'm looking for a cheap microphone that's better than talking… [en]
  • 09:54 UTC (diff) (history) 2019-10-08 How to run away . . . . Alex Schroeder I was reading’s blog post Run on his blog **. It's about running away – why this is good, when it is appropriate, and so on. Not a lot of time is spent on how to telegraph this to players: > Once the group is aware and in agreement that the > game they… [en]


  • 19:08 UTC (new) (history) 2019-10-07 Old School Reading . . . . Alex Schroeder I recently wrote about role-playing game books, and now I just found an excellent blog posts from 2016 by Joseph Manola on his blog, *Against the Wicked City*: OSR aesthetics of ruin. I must have read it before? I don't remember. But it still speaks to me. It talks about aesthetics: ruined… [en]
  • 10:08 UTC (diff) (history) Comments on 2019-08-15 Deep Carbon Observatory Day 1 . . . . Björn Buckwalter Thanks for providing the link to your original post to combat maneuvers! Indeed it seems your rule is the same as that in *Blood & Bronze*, and the fact that you are using it successfully at your table increases my confidence in that it could work well at mine too. That “Conan metric” is great… [en]
  • 08:15 UTC (new) (history) Comments on Contact . . . . Damon hey can you create a Traveller sector generator map that does random solar systems? I need them with no information, just a dot on the map representing a planet. Thanks! Please contact me at [en]
  • 05:24 UTC (diff) (history) Comments on 2019-10-03 Episode 28 . . . . Alex Schroeder Yay! 😀 [en]


  • 16:37 UTC (new) (history) 2019-10-06 How to Prep . . . . Alex I just found this example of how I often prepare for my games: Picture from my notebook What do we see? - an annotated map - the map is very simple - a random encounter table - the encounters have minimal notes, sometimes simply a spell name - an elaborate trap protecting a spell book (the main… [en]




  • 21:31 UTC (new) (history) 2019-10-03 Episode 28 . . . . Alex Schroeder New episode! [en]
  • 06:09 UTC (new) (history) 2019-10-03 Reddit usage . . . . Alex Schroeder I find the conversation on Reddit a bit strange. It's basically one post, one reply per person, not a real discussion. No idea why that happens. Perhaps it's the resorting due to up- and downvoting and the default sort by hotness or something. I think one effect on Reddit is that people look at the… [en]


  • 11:39 UTC (new) (history) 2019-10-02 Gallax Hall . . . . Alex Schroeder I've found some very nice dungeon maps drawn with Gridmapper on *Goodberry Monthly*. It starts with the announcement Making a Kilodungeon. > It's a megadungeon, but about a thousandth of the size! Haha, makes sense to me! :D * Under Gallax Hall 1-12 * Under Gallax Hall 13-23 * Under Gallax Hall… [en]



  • 20:24 UTC (new) (history) 2019-09-30 Fudging . . . . Alex Schroeder *The Alexandrian* talks about the justifications referees might when they are fudging in GM Don’t List #9: Fudging and I recognize an older version of myself. Perhaps we all used to fudge at first. Perhaps the rules even said that it was OK. Justin Alexander doesn’t just provide the justifications… [en]
  • 16:42 UTC (diff) (history) Comments on 2019-09-28 Classes . . . . Alex Schroeder Sure. I guess I just don't see the need for codified specialists that much. * bard -> magic users that can sing (like Xoralfona) * druid -> magic users that can shapechange and likes trees (like Taurnalin or Hadrael) * cleric -> magic user than can fight (like Moroson) * monk -> magic… [en]
  • 11:30 UTC (diff) (history) Comments on 2007-04-26 D&D and Thieves . . . . Alex Schroeder Yes, I agree! [en]


  • 21:09 UTC (new) (history) 2019-09-29 Episode 27 . . . . Alex Schroeder [[image/right:|Podcast|Halberds and Helmets Podcast]] Things to consider when writing RPG text: keeping it short, keeping stats short, keeping it all in one place, don't require leafing around, have art that referees can show to player, have maps that… [en]
  • 07:51 UTC (new) (history) 2019-09-29 I have no hope . . . . Alex Schroeder I have no hope for the future. It’s all about trying to avoid the worst that is coming as far as I am concerned. Perhaps we will get a lucky break. But as far as we can tell now, our children will not be getting a lucky break. I liked Sinners in the Hands of an Angry Greta Thunberg In the *New… [en]
  • 06:49 UTC (diff) (history) Comments on 2008-10-11 Less Thieves . . . . Alex Schroeder Sounds good to me, too!


  • 18:18 UTC (new) (history) 2019-09-28 Classes . . . . Alex Schroeder I recently had a conversation with and We were taking about “race as class” and whether dwarves should be player characters at all. I said that these days I often think that maybe Carcosa is best: there are just fighters and sorcerers. It… [en]
  • 17:26 UTC (new) (history) 2019-09-28 Disruption . . . . Alex Schroeder wrote On techbros in healthcare and medical research about “disrupting an industry” and summarized it as follows: > For future reference, whenever a techbro talks about “disrupting an industry,” they mean: “replicating an already existing industry, but subsidizing it… [en]
  • 09:41 UTC (diff) (history) Comments on 2019-09-27 Fonts . . . . Alex Schroeder Ah, Exocet will always be Planescape for me! <3 [en]


  • 20:10 UTC (diff) (history) Comments on 2014-01-12 Chase Rule . . . . Alex Schroeder On Discord, KingPeta asked me why I stopped using this rule. It simply wasn't an interesting thing to do. I look at time at the table as a zero sum thing: if we're doing a chase and it's OK, we need to compare this to the option of just allowing player characters to get away and have a GREAT scene… [en]
  • 10:59 UTC (new) (history) 2019-09-27 Fonts . . . . Alex Schroeder Recently, asked about favourite fonts... So here are my thoughts. First, I'm not a font nerd. I just go with what I see people use around me as long as it pleases me. Most of my font attachments are irrational. Originally, I had decided that I like Garamond. The one I… [en]


  • 21:49 UTC (new) (history) 2019-09-26 Geschichten für die Zukunft . . . . Alex Schroeder Was tun wir, wenn es keinen Strom mehr gibt? Das Papier in den Archiven schimmelt, die Festplatten bröckeln? Wie erzählen wir den Nachkommen ferner Jahrhunderte unsere Geschichte, warnen sie vor unseren Fehlern? Wir brauchen eine Geschichte, die sich lohnt zu erzählen. Unsere Nachkommen müssen sie… [de]
  • 17:03 UTC (diff) (history) List of Open Books . . . . Uli New entries for Nov/Dec, Jerusalem moved out to Jan'20 [en]
  • 16:57 UTC (diff) (history) Past and Current Reading . . . . Uli New entries for Nov/Dec/Jan [en]
  • 16:53 UTC (new) (history) 2019-12 Book Club . . . . Uli New meeting entry [en]
  • 16:48 UTC (diff) (history) 2019-11 Book Club . . . . Uli Haweswater instead of Jerusalem [en]
  • 16:42 UTC (new) (history) 2020-01 Book Club . . . . Uli Moved to Jan2020 [en]
  • 15:28 UTC (diff) (history) Comments on 2019-09-26 Deep Carbon Observatory Day 2 . . . . Alex Schroeder Thanks! [en]
  • 13:00 UTC (new) (history) 2019-09-26 Melancholy . . . . Alex Schroeder Feeling melancholy. Time to listen to the German Requiem by Brahms although I suspect it won’t help. Ihr habt nun Traurigkeit; aber ich will euch wiedersehen, und euer Herz soll sich freuen, und eure Freude soll niemand von euch nehmen. Ich will euch trösten, wie einen seine Mutter tröstet. Sehet… [de]
  • 11:23 UTC (new) (history) 2019-09-26 Leistungsschutzrecht . . . . Alex Schroeder Netzpolitik schreibt EU-Leistungsschutzrecht droht schon vor dem Start zu scheitern: In Frankreich wird es eingeführt und Google reagiert sofort: > Statt einem Anreißertext von ein paar Zeilen und einem Bild, wie es ihn für einige Nachrichtenlinks gebe, werde es künftig bloß den Titel der Seite… [de, en]
  • 10:52 UTC (new) (history) Comments on 2019-09-26 Groups on Mastodon . . . . Alex Schroeder As for the lack of moderation, I'd say it can always be added later. For example, we could add ownership according to who was first to mention ("use") a group, who was first to follow ("join") a group, who mentioned it the most in the last 8w, etc. Owners could send direct messages to the group… [en]
  • 10:24 UTC (new) (history) 2019-09-26 Groups on Mastodon . . . . Alex Schroeder Today I discovered that has implemented an alpha version of *groups* for Mastodon. What's a group? A group is a bunch of people wanting to talk about a thing, the group topic. It's like a mailing list. Like joining a forum. As you might have noticed, Mastodon doesn't offer… [en]
  • 09:57 UTC (new) (history) 2019-09-26 The natural campaign . . . . Alex Schroeder I was recently looking at the monsters in Hex Describe. I was looking for stats and discovered that of the 1680 tables (!) I'm using, 130 looked like stat blocks. Wow. That's a lot. I was talking to J. Alan Henning he was talking about themes – the monsters of Greek myth, of Scandinavian myth, of… [en]
  • 07:11 UTC (new) (history) 2019-09-26 Deep Carbon Observatory Day 2 . . . . Alex Schroeder I don't even know why I'm writing these things down. I guess it's because I feel a lack of actual play review and here is the opportunity to write one. See Day 1 if you're interested in the previous issue. This is day two! The music was again *Godspeed You! Black Emperor*. For prep, I read the… [en]
  • 05:44 UTC (diff) (history) 2019-09-25 Healers . . . . Alex Schroeder [en]



  • 21:28 UTC (new) (history) 2019-09-23 Batch white to transparency using Gimp . . . . Alex Schroeder I have a directory with 1350 PNG images with an indexed palette and a white background and I want to turn white into a transparent background like Gimp does: a light blue turns into a semi-transparent blue. That's the idea. So I read up on scripting a bit, I used the *Help* → *Procedure Browser*,… [en]
  • 07:19 UTC (new) (history) 2019-09-23 Phone etiquette . . . . Alex Schroeder Sometimes we talk to other people about how we use our phones. Here's what I think future historians need to know: 1. people don't us a land line anymore, it's all mobile phones 2. the phone is set to silent; having a loud ring is rude 3. we don't answer calls by unknown numbers 4. we search for… [en]
  • 06:29 UTC (new) (history) 2019-09-23 Back to Work . . . . Alex Schroeder My summer break is coming to an end. I don’t work much: I have a 60% job so I don’t work on Fridays and I have a 17½ week summer break, more or less. During those summer breaks I go on trips with my wife — but she only has four weeks of holidays per year, and I do household chores, and then I sit… [en]



  • 23:32 UTC (new) (history) 2019-09-20 Ocean Hexes . . . . Alex Schroeder I'm not interested in ocean hexes, I think. But Hex Describe would treat all water hexes the same: as a lake. And so you'd get the most useless hex descriptions for the open sea. The real problem was of course that Text Mapper would just generate water hexes and not differentiate between big lakes,… [en]
  • 07:52 UTC (new) (history) 2019-09-20 Global Climate Strike . . . . Alex Schroeder Today is the day! :D It took me forever to find the date and the place for the climate strike here in Zürich because I always ended up on pages that said it was going to be *next* week because I ended up on Klimatreik which says that 21. – 27. Sep 19 is something called Earthstrike... But that is… [en]




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