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  • 19:26 UTC (diff) (history) Comments on 2015-08-24 Russian Maps . . . . Alex Schroeder The situation in Russia, in the Ukraine, and all the other former Republics of the Soviet Union make me dread the coming years. I'm just hoping that nobody does something really stupid. For now, we'll just note that the US wants to send F22 fighters to Europe. [en]

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  • 08:51 UTC (diff) (history) Comments on 2015-07-30 Hayao Miyazaki . . . . Alex Schroeder Bald muss ich eine weitere Seite zum Thema schreiben. Nur kurz: From up on Poppy Hill und Whisper of the Heart kommen gänzlich ohne fantastische Elemente aus und sind herzerwärmende Teenager Liebesgeschichten, die mir sehr gefallen haben. [de]

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  • 20:53 UTC (diff) (history) List of Open Books . . . . Uli - resurrected Richie's additions (rev 457 – conflicting edits??) - made Travels with Charley a suggestion - removed August from 'next up' list [en]

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  • 20:10 UTC (diff) (history) 2015-12 Book Club . . . . Uli What: The Golden Notebook by Doris Lessing When: 9 December, 19:30 – RSVP on Meetup (optional )) Where: [Bistro Lochergut] (tram 2+3 'Lochergut') The landmark novel of the Sixties – a powerful account of a woman searching for her personal, political and professional identity while facing rejection… [en]
  • 20:02 UTC (new) (history) 2015-11 Book Club . . . . Uli New meeting entry [en]
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  • 09:52 UTC (new) (history) 2015-07-14 Monsters . . . . Alex Schroeder How we came to live here… [en]
  • 08:26 UTC (new) (history) 2015-07-14 No Copyright . . . . Alex Schroeder This notion of a public domain, of democratic access to a common cultural inheritance on which no particular claim could be made, bore the traces not of Diderot, but of Condorcet's faith that truths were given in nature and, although mediated through individual minds, belonged ultimately to all. [en]

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  • 07:18 UTC (diff) (history) Comments on 2015-05-14 Podcasts . . . . Alex Schroeder Was ich im Moment sonst noch so höre: * The First World War in 261 weeks (261 biographische Vignetten zum Thema 1. Weltkrieg) * The Moby-Dick Big Read (Hörbuch mit unterschiedlichen Lesern pro Kapitel) * 99% Invisible (Design, Architektur und andere unsichtbare Einflüsse auf unser Leben) * Planet… [de]

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  • 21:27 UTC (diff) (history) Comments on 2015-03-01 GPG makes me want to cry . . . . Alex Schroeder Now that I want to add a new identity to my key, I find that I cannot. Using my super USB stick: {{{ $ gpg --import public-ACECFEAE.asc secret-ACECFEAE.asc gpg: key ACECFEAE: "Alex Schroeder <alex@gnu.org>" not changed gpg: key ACECFEAE: already in secret keyring gpg: Total number processed:… [en]

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  • 18:50 UTC (diff) (history) Comments on Raspberry Pi als privater Email Server . . . . niels Alternativ geht auch Mailbox.org (https:/mailbox.org) dahinter steckte eine Firma die schon seid Jahren sich mit Linux beschäftigt. Ich denke beide sind vertrauenswürdig, denn es ist relativ blöd so einen Aufwand zu treiben, wenn man eigentlich doch an die Daten ran will. Aber das muss natürlich… [de, en]

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  • 07:47 UTC (new) (history) Comments on 2015-05-03 Domain Game Goals . . . . Alex Schroeder [On Google+], Andy wondered about moving some of the 'beancountery' aspects of domain play from the table to the downtime between session, to email, to G+ or to the referee playing 'solitaire'. This is a good question. How much indeed? What I can say is that there is very little interaction between… [en]

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  • 09:34 UTC (diff) (history) Comments on 2013-05-14 When To Roll . . . . Alex Schroeder Interestingly, Arnold K. also appears to use this for Knowledge checks (Just-In-Time Compilation). Players express a plan (set this jelly bear on fire), and at some later point they throw the torch and roll their Intelligence check. If they succeed, then jelly bears do in fact catch fire. If they… [en]
  • 07:43 UTC (diff) (history) Comments on 2012-03-24 How Emacs Wiki Works . . . . Alex Schroeder Perhaps you are right and eventually Stackoverflow will degenerate into a "worse is better" than -> Usenet (en). Old answers will disappear. The same questions will be asked again and again. But at least we'll have rudimentary scoring. Perhaps this would be a simple thing for a wiki to add. Like… [en]

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  • 07:32 UTC (new) (history) 2015-04-17 Gate . . . . Alex Schroeder The shock and awe powers, however, basically just describe the kind of total defeat you'll experience if you make the wrong choices, if you don't prepare for your battles. [en]

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  • 20:35 UTC (diff) (history) Comments on 2015-04-11 Buying CDs . . . . Alex Schroeder Note to self: Silencio, "Silencio is a meditative collection of 20th-century works for string orchestra, including works by Arvo Pärt, Philip Glass, and Vladimir Martynov."
  • 13:18 UTC (new) (history) 2015-04-11 Buying CDs . . . . Alex Schroeder Today I was in a real, physical CD shop, browsing CDs. I looked at the albums with works by Arvo Pärth. I looked at recordings of historical organs. I wondered about ancient music by Jordi Saval. About liturgical music. And then I didn't want to ask the sales people for advice and decided I'd look… [en]

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  • 22:29 UTC (new) (history) 2015-03-23 Sagas of the Icelanders . . . . Alex Schroeder The game ended with the players securing half the whale for Snorri's clan, one non-player character dead, a thirteen year old young man impressed, the low intensity fight with the Tindur clan continuing and new found friendship with the Halfdann clan. [en]

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  • 09:47 UTC (diff) (history) Comments on 2015-03-10 Fighting Wiki Spam . . . . Alex Schroeder I think we can talk about two different kinds of attacks: # a long term infiltration under the radar # a massive attack on multiple levels Both attacks need to be stopped by fish-bowling the wiki: making it read-only. In order to detect long term infiltration, you need constant peer review. I… [en]

2015-03-10

  • 15:43 UTC (diff) (history) Comments on 2008-10-29 YSlow . . . . Alex Schroeder I was confused by all the stuff I had added. I commented the entires section again. I really want to make sure I understand what's going on. At the moment, my setup added two cache control headers and prevented Etags from working. What a mess. Before: {{{ alex@kallobombus:~$ curl -I… [en]
  • 09:37 UTC (new) (history) 2015-03-10 Fighting Wiki Spam . . . . Alex Schroeder I recently wrote something about fighting Emacs Wiki spam on Google+. [en]

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  • 22:18 UTC (diff) (history) 2015-03-08 Jupiter Ascending . . . . Alex Schroeder The action scenes were long and the involved a lot of woman-as-victim, the biology was crazy (speaking as a zoologist, here) — but the visual design was marvelous, the soundtrack worked for me, the sets, the costumes, the masks, all of it wonderful. I liked it! Tags: [en]

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  • 12:49 UTC (new) (history) 2015-03-02 RPG Blogs . . . . Alex Schroeder So, with blog rolls decreasing in importance and a lot of the RPG talk having moved to Google+, what are the blogs people recommend? [en]

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  • 11:25 UTC (diff) (history) 2015-02-10 Gridmapper . . . . Alex Schroeder Gridmapper is my take on Daniel R. Collins' original GridMapper 1.0. I recently saw a link to ANAmap. It's just as simple to use and very beautiful. My Gridmapper does the following: * the output is scalable vector graphics (SVG) * it's free software (the SVG file contains all the Javascript… [en]

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  • 22:17 UTC (diff) (history) Comments on Emacs Wiki Migration . . . . Anndy Yeah that's true. You'd need a github account to edit the source. Depending on how much content is added anonymously this might be ok (or might not be). I love rtfd because it's got awesome search and navigation is also easy. [en]

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  • 22:56 UTC (diff) (history) Comments on 2014-12-02 Fluidity in Rules and Setting . . . . Harald I can confirm that even ShadowRun is capable of supporting genre drift. It is a kitchen-sink setting with future technology, magic, and the matrix as the three big focal points. In the SR campaign I ran two decades ago, we even had different players focus on different parts of the genre, including… [en]

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  • 21:50 UTC (diff) (history) Comments on 2014-11-05 Donations . . . . Alex Schroeder I actually like the policy of allowing reasonable ads. After all, whenever I use free services, I provided with some service. I'd like the web to work without ads, but there are enough services I use which rely on ads. I mostly disagree with tracking, invasion of my privacy, animated ads, large… [en]
  • 15:00 UTC (new) (history) 2014-11-05 Donations . . . . AlexSchroeder Recently I made some $10 donations, and I'm planning on some more. * Mozilla * This American Life * Ad Block And I regularly donate about $10/month to the EFF, the FSF and the FSFE. Tags: [en]

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  • 00:20 UTC (new) (history) Magische Gegenstände . . . . Alex Schroeder Ich probiere, eine Liste von magischen Gegenständen zu schreiben, welche genau zu meiner Kampagne passen. <journal search tag "Magische Gegenstände">

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  • 15:33 UTC (new) (history) 2014-10-29 Skills . . . . AlexSchroeder A recent discussion on Google+ prompted me to explain how I use skills: I usually don't use skills and backgrounds explicitly in my B/X game but rather I ask the player: do you think your character would know this? Is this something they have done in the past? If so, auto success and write it on… [en]

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  • 10:28 UTC (diff) (history) Comments on 2014-09-20 . . . . AlexSchroeder Es hat leider immer noch viele Kisten, die herum stehen, aber so langsam wird es wohnlicher. Unser Problem ist wirklich, dass wir zuviele Dinge haben… [de]

2014-10-15

  • 10:34 UTC (diff) (history) Comments on 2014-10-15 Con Games . . . . AlexSchroeder Yes, practice sessions are definitely a good thing. In my case, I love running a few indie games that keep presenting the same characters and the same situations:Lady Blackbird, Darkening Skies, The Mountain Witch. These games make it particularly easy for me. I've run them before, they're great.… [en]
  • 08:45 UTC (new) (history) 2014-10-15 fail2ban . . . . AlexSchroeder First public disclosure 2014-09-24, activity starting 2014-10-06. [en]
  • 08:16 UTC (new) (history) 2014-10-15 Adventure Prep . . . . AlexSchroeder All in all this took maybe an hour or two of scribbling and resulted in a three hour session. Not very efficient by my old standard (1h prep for a 4h game) but I guess I enjoy this sort of prep. [en]
  • 06:31 UTC (new) (history) 2014-10-15 Con Games . . . . Alex Schroeder Somebody was recently wondering about con games on Google+ in a private post and I left the following comment: * bring pre gens, have pictures of the characters or a strong, bold three word characterization which allows people to pick characters without reading the entire character sheet * start… [en]

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  • 20:49 UTC (new) (history) 2014-09-20 . . . . AlexSchroeder Wir sind umgezogen. Weiter hinaus, wo die Menschen älter sind, wo die Hipsters und Yuppies fehlen, wo es weniger two incomes no kids gibt – also eigentlich praktisch in fremdes Land. Irgendwie auch schön, wenn man in der Siedlung begrüsst wird. Im Kreis 4 kannten uns die Nachbarn ja schon im… [de]

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  • 08:13 UTC (new) (history) 2014-08-21 No Dice . . . . AlexSchroeder Just recently, I looked over my reaction roll table and started thinking about adding some more words to help me improvise better. [en]

2014-08-16

  • 09:37 UTC (diff) (history) Comments on 2014-08-14 Who to Follow . . . . Alex Schroeder I don't. 😥 That's the other side of this coin. I still remember when I was a teenager and later, in my early twenties, I subscribed to various daily and weekly newspapers. And it was just so much to read! I was frustrated, and so I canceled many of my subscriptions. These days, the same is true for… [en]

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  • 07:43 UTC (new) (history) Comments on 2012-12-20 Monsters . . . . AlexSchroeder In a fight, I imagine the shroom lord to jump from mushroom to mushroom like a magic hare, grow to the size of a rhino, manifest swirling colors, huge eyes with spiral patterns, ethereal hands growing from his back and caressing you as he attempts to grab your head and stick his long tongue through… [en]

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  • 22:01 UTC (diff) (history) Comments on 2014-07-18 Kleriker . . . . Alex Schroeder Und hier nun ein Blog Post, in dem die Kleriker gelobt werden: Misunderstood and Improperly Played - the Cleric. : "the roles of the Big Four are - fighter is physical offense, magic-user is magical offense, thief is scouting and intelligence, and the cleric is physical and magical defense. : Or,… [de, en]

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  • 14:56 UTC (new) (history) 2014-07-08 Character Names . . . . AlexSchroeder For a while, my character generator used a name list based on German saints and an English list of saints. Later, I switched to a different list of names but now I feel that maybe I should have kept it. So, I'm posting it. 1664 items… I dunno, roll 1d1664? Or help me pad the list in order to get to… [en]

2014-07-07

  • 18:31 UTC (diff) (history) Comments on 2014-06-20 Rewarding a Thing . . . . Adrian I am going to respond to only one thing, your question about a sandbox. The way I see it (and this is just one point of view), in a sandbox game, the players are essentially "exploring" an unknown map. In some cases this is the literal act of mapping out unrevealed hexes on a map. In other cases… [en]

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  • 14:08 UTC (new) (history) Comments on 2014-06-30 Mapping . . . . JDJarvis I think a lot of playersDMs worry too much about the exact layout. A brief shorthand description works fine if the players get it and it doesn't cause them to blunder into situations or tactics more vivid description would eliminate. The "you are here" flashcard sketch saves a lot of time and… [en]
  • 09:39 UTC (new) (history) 2014-06-30 Mapping . . . . AlexSchroeder Don't train your players to care about the boring stuff. [en]

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  • 14:49 UTC (new) (history) 2014-06-24 Emacs and Dice . . . . AlexSchroeder If I roll one of the five standard gaming dice (d4, d6,d8, d10,d12) and you also roll one of those, what are my chances of rolling higher, equal or lower than you, for each possible combination of dice. [de, en]
  • 10:36 UTC (new) (history) 2014-06-24 Distractions . . . . AlexSchroeder The techniques to be used against improvising the entire adventure or railroading the party through the vision I had earlier that day… [en]

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  • 09:51 UTC (new) (history) 2014-06-17 Isotope . . . . AlexSchroeder We spent half an hour after the game talking about it, comparing it to Apocalypse World (which was deemed longer and harder to get into for little benefit), Lady Blackbird (which was deemed to promise better character development via keys and locked tags) and Traveller (which was deemed to similar… [en]

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  • 14:32 UTC (diff) (history) Comments on 2014-06-03 Tiribazos . . . . AlexSchroeder Das war's leider schon! Am Spielabend hatte ich, wie gesagt, die Aktion nach Korinthos verlegt. Spieler kommen an, beleidigen den Kapitän der Spartaner, so dass dieser mit dem Speer nach einem Charakter wirft, der Gesandte der Spartaner taucht auf, man trennt sich, die Gruppe geht zum König, die… [de]
  • 08:03 UTC (new) (history) 2014-06-03 Tiribazos . . . . AlexSchroeder Ein One-Shot für Fate [de]

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  • 06:07 UTC (diff) (history) Comments on 2014-05-22 Stat Blocks . . . . AlexSchroeder Same here, sometimes I'll have extra stuff happen on a natural 20. If monsters have a breath attack they don't use every round, I also like to give the chance for them to use it (since no d20 is rolled). I like 50% or 1–3/6 better than "every 1d4 rounds". In your stat block the "Atk" label is the… [en]

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  • 07:06 UTC (diff) (history) Comments on 2013-07-02 Initiative . . . . AlexSchroeder Recently Robert Fisher had posted a video talking about weapon length to Google+. My first comment was this: «Part of the problem is that characters survive hit point loss without adverse effect. That's why a "initiative using weapon length in the first round" isn't a great rule for D&D.»… [en]

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  • 08:50 UTC (new) (history) 2014-05-22 Stat Blocks . . . . AlexSchroeder Perhaps if more people posted their favorite monster stat notation and argued for their differences, we could start building said "rough consensus". [en]

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