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  • 20:34 UTC (new) (history) 2020-04-09 QWERTY Atreus, again . . . . Alex Schroeder I'd like to use the Atreus again. The Workman layout is not working out for me. I just don't get anything done. Plus, they say that different layouts don't really improve your typing skill. So, back to QWERTY it is! As my qmk_firmware tree was so out of date, it took me quite a while to discover… [en]
  • 20:31 UTC (diff) (history) Comments on 2018-06-08 Librem 13 by Purism Mini Review . . . . Alex Schroeder Remember that the USB port has enough power to let me destroy the firmware of the Atreus keyboard I have but not strong enough to write a new one. I have to use my old Mac PowerBook to write that firmware. [en]
  • 18:42 UTC (diff) (history) Comments on 2020-04-07 Opposed 2d6 rolls . . . . Wanderer Bill This! Feeling stressed about determining the difficulty of a task I absolutely didn't think of while prepping the game. That's probably the one thing I find most irritating when GM'ing. I'm now thinking of doing opposed rolls with the usual d20 *roll high* on the players side (because that's what… [en]
  • 05:31 UTC (new) (history) 2020-04-09 Allergies . . . . Alex Schroeder It’s the season again. For now the trees are only getting into my nose in the early morning hours. Let’s hope it doesn’t get any worse. [en]
  • 05:02 UTC (diff) (history) Comments on 2019-03-31 Email Server, Again . . . . Alex Schroeder I ended up never proceeding with the email setup. I’m using Migadu instead. See 2019-09-19 Spam for a blog post, for example. Today recommended another guide: Setting up an email server in 2020 with OpenSMTPD and Dovecot. [en]


  • 21:07 UTC (new) (history) Comments on 2018-07-03 Privacy and Agency . . . . Alex Schroeder Somebody on Mastodon quoting somebody on Reddit: > "I need privacy. Not because my actions are questionable, but because your judgement and intentions are."
  • 19:37 UTC (new) (history) Comments on 2020-04-08 The Regiment . . . . Norbert Matausch I remember seeing The Regiment on John's site, but thinking it was too complex. Hm. Time to take another look. Thank you for reminding me! [en]
  • 13:21 UTC (new) (history) 2020-04-08 The Regiment . . . . Alex Schroeder A post on Reddit asking for good role-playing games about the Second World War reminded of *The Regiment* (Blog, Download. Check this out: Operation Market Garden (Session 1). I was stunned by the write-ups for this short campaign of *The Regiment* run and written by Paul Riddle. Reading it,… [en]
  • 11:33 UTC (diff) (history) Comments on 2018-10-27 Names in Traveller . . . . Alex Schroeder Definitely good ideas. In order to remove the routes, all I have right now is a workaround: if you have Inkscape, you can load the map into Inkscape and easily delete the maps. All the trade routes are in one group and all the communication routes are in one group, so you just need to select one of… [en]



  • 18:34 UTC (new) (history) 2020-04-05 Covid-19 Pandemic . . . . Alex Schroeder Where do I write about the global pandemic? What is there to write when everybody else is writing about it? The things I find interesting: Let's all wear a mask, and people making their own masks, posting patterns and pictures on Mastodon. saying: "It's like my entire… [en]
  • 16:04 UTC (diff) (history) Comments on 2020-04-04 Zaubersprüche für Helle Barden . . . . Alex Schroeder Vielleicht so: es gibt Sprüche, die man nicht im Kampf einsetzt. Will die Hexe also in Kampf unsichtbar werden, gibt es eine Chance, dass ein Angriff ihr Schaden zufügt und sie ihrerseits – wenn sie gewinnt – wird einfach unsichtbar, ohne Schaden zu verursachen. Vielleicht ist der ansonsten… [de]
  • 12:14 UTC (new) (history) Comments on 2020-04-05 Jitsi Considerations . . . . Alex Schroeder I installed the Debian package for the Freifunk Jitsi app and that worked just fine. ~~~ alex@melanobombus:~$ sudo dpkg -i Downloads/ffmuc-meet-amd64.deb password for alex: Selecting previously unselected package jitsi-meet-electron. (Reading database ... 498341 files and directories currently… [en]
  • 10:08 UTC (new) (history) 2020-04-05 Jitsi Considerations . . . . Alex Schroeder Here are some things to look out for: 1. Does your Jitsi instance use things that enable tracking, such as Google Analytics, Google Fonts, Google STUN servers? 2. Does your Jitsi instance have a decent privacy policy, such as minimal logging, no sharing with third parties, and so on? 3. If… [en]



  • 22:04 UTC (diff) (history) Comments on 2020-04-03 Episode 30 . . . . Alex Schroeder Good luck! In our games the system automatically led players to nominate each other if they hadn't taken rolled any dice in a while. Thus, anytime a player wins the opposed roll and does damage, they need to decide who goes next. They look at the table, they need to pick somebody. This is the… [en]
  • 20:19 UTC (new) (history) Comments on Halberds and Helmets Podcast . . . . Alex Schroeder Got a vet kind review on the Goblin’s Henchman’s podcast. Thank you so much!
  • 19:11 UTC (new) (history) 2020-04-03 S.M.A.R.T. RPG and King Arthur Pendragon . . . . Alex Schroeder I got a very nice voice mail by the Goblin Henchman in response to my latest Halberds and Helmets Podcast episode on Just Halberds, my simple 2d6 game. It was all their own simple 1d6 game, the S.M.A.R.T. RPG. It basically boils everything down to the AD&D surprise system, of all things.… [en]
  • 16:00 UTC (new) (history) 2020-04-03 Episode 30 . . . . Alex Schroeder New episode! [en]
  • 08:37 UTC (new) (history) Comments on 2020-04-02 Helle Barden . . . . Alex Schroeder Im Gespräch mit zum Thema Nichtspielercharaktere (NSCs) meinte ich, dass ich wahrscheinlich vielen NPCs nur ein Leben geben würde, wie im alten D&D: die meisten haben nur einen Trefferwürfel, wichtige NSCs haben aber sicher auch mehr. Und dann würde ich mir ein paar… [de]





  • 10:04 UTC (diff) (history) Comments on 2020-03-29 Developing the rules . . . . Alex Schroeder Here's something I wonder: if the orcs win with a roll of 10 vs. the player with a roll of 9, is the effect big ("infectuous on 10+") or small (since the difference is just one)? These first two sessions I used the difference instead of the absolute value of the winning roll. [en]


  • 18:50 UTC (new) (history) 2020-03-29 Developing the rules . . . . Alex Schroeder I've had two sessions of my 2d6 "ancient school" game, now. I started with a small set of rules (see 2020-03-27 Ancient School Rules) and I am starting to feel the urge to systematise my approach. Perhaps this should go under "Referee Guide" of the system? :) How should I handle a spell with an… [en]
  • 14:14 UTC (diff) (history) Comments on 2020-03-20 Skype and Roll20 . . . . PresGas Great to "see" you, Paul!! :wave: Plan on posting in your blog anytime soon? We miss you! Glad other people are working out things on jitsi. Are you self hosting there or using one of the central ones? [en]
  • 10:24 UTC (diff) (history) Comments on 2020-03-18 Selfhosting Jitsi . . . . Anonymous Webmention [en]
  • 10:06 UTC (diff) (history) Comments on 2020-03-26 Jitsi and the CPU . . . . Alex Schroeder Had another session yesterday and when the conference ended it seemed to me that some of the other services on this machine had been killed. Out of memory? I don’t think so. I need to investigate. Perhaps the response times for requests had grown so long that Monit decided the services were down… [en]




  • 09:38 UTC (new) (history) 2020-03-26 Jitsi and the CPU . . . . Alex Schroeder Yesterday I ran my RPG game on the self-hosted Jitsi installation. All participants need to have the right bandwidth, of course. If you're close to Zürich, you probably have glass fibre, so no problem. As it turns out, CPU seems to be the limiting factor. The machine I'm renting has two cores and… [en]
  • 09:21 UTC (new) (history) Comments on 2020-03-25 A new campaign . . . . Björn Buckwalter Sounds like a nice experiment. Reading Norbert's blog has made me question/unlearn and a lot of my own assumptions about RPG rules/systems, and the new insights have largely been validated in play-testing (at least in terms of how I like to GM). In particular his Play worlds, not rules series was… [en]
  • 00:00 UTC (new) (history) 2020-03-25 A new campaign . . . . Alex Schroeder I'm going to start a new campaign with two friends. It's going to be a remote game. I used to decline such games because I had enough face to face games if I wanted to. But now that the Corona virus pandemic is upon us, there's not much difference: both of my games are online. DM Peter runs his… [en]



  • 21:18 UTC (new) (history) 2020-03-24 North Seymour . . . . Alex Schroeder When we landed in the Galápagos at Baltra airport, we were brought onto our ship and taken to the first island: North Seymour. It's flat and dry and it has land iguanas, blue-footed boobies and frigatebirds, and sea lions. Here are some pictures: * North Seymour Related links: * Galápagos Islands *… [en]


  • 23:23 UTC (new) (history) Comments on River of News . . . . Alex Schroeder See also: Fraidycat app and extension for various browsers.
  • 11:29 UTC (new) (history) River of News . . . . Alex Schroeder Dave Winer wrote a blog post back in 2014, What is a River of News aggregator?. There, he listed the essential properties of a River of News aggregator: - items in reverse-chronological order (in other words, newest at the top) - excerpts of approximately equal "shape" (a fixed number of words, no… [en]




  • 10:57 UTC (diff) (history) Comments on 2018-11-14 Firefox Setup . . . . Alex Schroeder A few months later... Something is wrong with my uMatrix, but what? The icon says 2 items, but when I open the extension's tab, I always get the "all" and "*" stuff, never the actual domain names. I use Firefox 68.6.0esr (64-bit) – and uMatrix 1.3.16. tells me they… [en]


  • 08:21 UTC (new) (history) 2020-03-18 Selfhosting Jitsi . . . . Alex Schroeder I'm trying to self-host Jitsi ("multi-platform open-source video conferencing"). 1. follow the instructions and use their Ubuntu/Debian repository 2. I already have the subdomain setup with *Gandi* 3. add to the existing Campaign Wiki domain names in… [en]


  • 23:45 UTC (new) (history) 2020-03-17 iPhone Picture Import Pains . . . . Alex Schroeder My fault, my fault, I know. I still trust Apple more than Google, though. But some of these bugs really make me doubt Apple engineers use their own software. I have an iPhone 11 and an old MacBook Pro running the latest macOS. I don't want to use Photos to store my pictures, just regular folders.… [en]
  • 21:28 UTC (new) (history) 2020-03-17 Play From Home . . . . Alex Schroeder So, what do you use to play your role playing games online? I don’t need a battle map. I have experience with Skype from work but don’t know how that would work on my GNU/Linux laptop. I have used Teamspeak ages ago. Is Discord the way to go? I don’t like them, either! I guess DM Peter is going to… [en]
  • 21:27 UTC (diff) (history) 2020-03-17 Play From Homr . . . . Alex Schroeder Moved


  • 21:36 UTC (new) (history) 2020-03-16 The joy of RPG Planet . . . . Alex Schroeder The RPG Planet was great while I was away on a 15 day trip with rare Internet connections: I have a feed reader subscribed to it. I use the Reeder app on my iPhone but there are a gazillion alternatives. Whenever I had WiFi I got another 100 RPG blog posts to read. Thank you, fellow bloggers. 😍… [en]



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