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  • 14:12 UTC (new) (history) 2018-10-18 Print on Demand . . . . Alex Schroeder I've added my blog to both The Old School RPG Planet and The Indie RPG Planet, and if I think a blog post ought to be on both planets, I need to add all the tags. Not sure if that makes sense, though. Perhaps this blog post should have none of the tags? Anyway, what I wanted to note is that Brad… [en]


  • 16:09 UTC (new) (history) Comments on 2018-10-16 Old School RPG Planet coming back . . . . Alex Schroeder You've likely heard Google+ is shutting down – impacts and activities by talks about Google+ going down and what it might mean for other systems, and how blogs are pretty good. [en]
  • 13:50 UTC (new) (history) 2018-10-17 Culture War, or Taking Offence . . . . Alex Schroeder I recently got linked to the article Two concepts of offence where the author examines what dueling can teach us about being offended. Mark basically has three models: 1. offence-as-hurt 2. offence-as-harm 3. offence-as-insult He posits that *offence-as-insult* would help us better understand what… [en]
  • 08:34 UTC (diff) (history) Comments on 2018-10-17 Trunk Quality Program . . . . Fitheach "The road to hell is paved with good intentions." People probably intend to post on their chosen topics, but never get around to it. I'm sure people will accept that failing, if it is pointed out to them. It probably doesn't require individual communication, blanket statement somewhere would be… [en]
  • 05:57 UTC (new) (history) 2018-10-17 Trunk Quality Program . . . . Alex Schroeder I fear that a lot of the people that volunteered for Trunk have either fallen silent (a common problem), or they don't actually toot a lot on the topics they signed up for. Perhaps they're interested in following more people tooting about the topic and were confused about the purpose of the lists,… [en]


  • 21:18 UTC (new) (history) 2018-10-16 Tactical Transparency . . . . Alex Schroeder I just read an excellent essay by Zak on what the OSR is all about. The term he uses is "tactical transparency" and it makes a lot of sense to me: > Tactical transparency is the degree to which a common-sense idea that would be effective in the “real” situation that the game-fiction mimics would… [en]
  • 12:00 UTC (new) (history) 2018-10-16 Diaspora . . . . Alex Schroeder I recreated a Diaspora account, just in case Diaspora takes off instead of Old School RPG blogging. All I know is I'm not following the gamers from one proprietary silo (Google+) to another proprietary silo (MeWe). > "Can Diaspora be G+ 2.0? It seems way less shady than MeWe. Aspects look to be… [en]
  • 11:29 UTC (new) (history) 2018-10-16 Uplinked Intelligence Wiki . . . . Alex Schroeder started the Uplinked Intelligence Wiki. It aims to be a repository of links to blog posts for running OSR style games in Sci-Fi systems: Stars Without Number, Mothership, Traveller, Rogue Trader, etc. Tags: [[tag:RPG]] [[tag:Old School]] [[tag:Science Fiction]]
  • 11:25 UTC (new) (history) 2018-10-16 Old School RPG Planet coming back . . . . Alex Schroeder I'm resurrecting the Old School RPG Planet. I have a little page for you if you want to learn more. If you want your Old School Renaissance (OSR) blog to be listed, apply by sending me mail, or leaving a comment, either here, on Google+, or send me some mail. See my contact information. Tags:… [en]
  • 06:51 UTC (new) (history) Comments on 2018-08-02 OSR Blogs . . . . Alex Schroeder Also, I'm reviving the Old School RPG Planet.


  • 21:51 UTC (new) (history) 2018-10-13 cgit . . . . Alex Schroeder asked my about my cgit setup. This is /etc/cgitrc: `` # cgit config # see cgitrc(5) for details css=/cgit-css/cgit.css logo= root-title=Git repositories root-desc=Code repositories hosted by Alex Schroeder… [en]
  • 21:09 UTC (diff) (history) Comments on 2010-10-16 Old School RPG Planet . . . . Alex Schroeder Ramanan Sivaranjan Explains how to use the OSR OPML file with Feedly. [en]


  • 22:02 UTC (new) (history) 2018-10-08 User Interface . . . . Alex Schroeder Thinking about adding extra functionality for administrators to *Oddmuse 6*. But how to do that without cluttering the interface? I really like how right now the bottom of the page is just two links: > _Edit_ _History_ Compared with the above, adding a link for something most people will never… [en]
  • 11:47 UTC (new) (history) 2018-10-08 Climate Doom . . . . Alex Schroeder Ah... the IPCC! They released a special report with more than 6000 scientific references outlining the need to act before 2040, and what happens if we don't do it. * very short press release * the report Final call, says the BBC, better known by the summary of a Greenpeace activist: > Scientists… [en]
  • 06:33 UTC (new) (history) 2018-10-08 Setting up Oddmuse 6 . . . . Alex Schroeder Here's what I needed to do in order to get the Oddmuse 6 wiki up an running. I downloaded and compiled the latest Rakudo Star sources (2018.06). Install ( and Oddmuse 6: `` zef install --/test cro zef install Oddmuse6 ` 🔥 When installing dependencies using zef as shown, you… [en]



  • 21:27 UTC (new) (history) 2018-10-06 Next Steps for Oddmuse 6 . . . . Alex Schroeder I recently added question-asking and rollbacks to Oddmuse 6. This takes it closer to being usable on the wild Internet. Here's what it still needs before it can deployed on the Intranet: - a link to an administration page - a way to enter your administrator password - a way for administrators to… [en]
  • 21:16 UTC (new) (history) Comments on 2018-08-11 Packages have been kept back . . . . Alex Schroeder Same situation! `` The following packages have been kept back: evolution-data-server libebackend-1.2-10 libebook-1.2-19 libebook-contacts-1.2-2 libecal-1.2-19 libedata-book-1.2-25 libedataserver-1.2-23 libedataserverui-1.2-2 ` Why does this keep happening? ` sudo apt install evolution-data-server…
  • 09:13 UTC (new) (history) 2018-10-06 Programming Ethics . . . . Alex Schroeder The feeling when you remember what was deemed paranoid fantasy in computing a decade ago and then thinking of today’s supply chain attacks, bot nets, great firewalls, xkeyscore and all that… and as a programmer I am disappointed in the kind of people that decide to work on these things. Fuckers.… [en]




  • 19:07 UTC (new) (history) 2018-10-02 Scotland . . . . Alex Schroeder We spent a few days in Scotland! We were based in Dornoch, played some golf and visited nearby towns and villages. It was very nice. We had sunny weather multiple times every day. The colours were beautiful, the air was fresh, the seafood was delicious. Have a look at some of the pictures. Tags:… [en]
  • 08:27 UTC (new) (history) 2018-10-02 Paper Ballot, Please . . . . Alex Schroeder The very long article The Crisis of Election Security in the New York Times is just a very long "please don't introduce electronic voting" for me. In Switzerland, we have an initiative coming up where people try to stop this terrible blight on democracy. Paper is best! Tags: [[tag:Switzerland]]…
  • 08:26 UTC (diff) (history) Comments on 2018-04-26 Climate Change . . . . Alex Schroeder Sometimes I feel like maybe this will be called the last long and beautiful hot summer we've had because we still remember rainy and cloudy summers from before the climate apocalypse. [en]
  • 08:16 UTC (new) (history) 2018-10-02 Work . . . . Alex Schroeder Back at work. No time to immerse myself in my current pet project. No time to immerse myself in my current book. No time to paint or run or go for long walks. Summer break feels like unfolding butterfly wings. Returning to the office in autumn feels like -> Moloch (en) and -> Mammon (en)… [en]




  • 22:07 UTC (new) (history) 2018-09-20 RPG Campaigns Closing . . . . Alex Schroeder A few weeks ago I noticed that we had missed a few sessions of my English RPG campaign, the one where we played through *Castle of the Mad Archmage*. We had made it down to level seven, the crypts. Two key players had left the campaign because of childcare issues and the remaining players had a few… [en]