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Alex Schroeder πŸ‰ @kensanata@dice.camp

Any soundtracks you can recommend for RPG prep in the veins of Morrowind, Oblivion and Skyrim?

In the airplane, I was looking through the edits @klaatu had made to my document and at the end of the flight, the guy sitting next to me asked whether I had been writing some sort of game text in . He said he was a computer science professor and had not been aware that people would use LaTeX for stuff outside his field. I'm not sure this is a complement for LaTeX but I smiled. 😁

Yesterday’s session went well. Finally, Razor Coast villains are paying off. This is my first campaign where the PCs are confronted with multiple bad mafia guys in a civilized setting so that they can’t just be killed. This balancing act, this confrontation with smiling men saying evil things, the knowledge of cults and lycanthropy infestations, it has been building and finally it is paying off.

Maze of the Blue Medusa is back with a second edition! plus.google.com/+KenBaumann/po
I had high hopes for this book and it looks gorgeous, but like many such books it lies on my shelf, unread and unused. This makes me sad. I’m running a campaign based on material from 2013 and before!

@not_another_mike If it helps, I've had the same reaction in the games I ran or played in... There was too much meta discussion for my taste.

Do I know anybody who'd love to talk about the various monsters in my monster manual, looking for inconsistencies, nitpicking, checking the stats, treasure, looking at the words, the space between the words, the page breaks, sharing the love? I feel like I should focus on polish, now. The last FIXME note is a picture of a giant goat that I still have to draw. I feel pretty good about this. πŸ˜€
This is , DIY, B/X material. There is no money in this.
alexschroeder.ch/pdfs/Halberds (page 13+)

Woohoo! A coastal region! clearly my algorithm for town placements does not recognize the benefits of fishing and shipping. I'd say there should be a chance for a village turning into a town when in a coastal hex. Right now I think this only happens in lowlands with a river where forests are abundant. Then again, perhaps this is just fair as it is. Not enough wood for shipbuilding?

@not_another_mike Yeah, those Google Communities were pretty active.

Trying to draw a naga for my monster manual...

Hah, apparently the it stopped posting so I will have to look at the log tomorrow.

Updated the bot. It will now post a link to the map and not just an image of the map. Thus, you will be able to get the SVG.

Writing that @textmapper bot was surprisingly easy! I'm still confused by how easy it was. I was expecting some bugs. It... just worked!? Thank you @halcy for the Mastodon library and @deshipu for the teasing and everybody else for Python and CairoSVG and all the other things I can build upon.

Hm. The smaller files seem to be fine, it's just the big Spellcasters PDF that collects them all which is borked.

I think I have a working Python-based toolchain from Markdown documents to PDF! Here's the unfinished collection of spellcasters I want to do. Sadly, I just switch the PDFs to Palatino Linotype and now they look dreadful when viewed in the browser. Does anybody know why this happens? Font is embedded but the browser only uses half of it? alexschroeder.ch/pdfs/spellcas

Adding monsters to the monster manual... I am perpetually unhappy with my drawings and I wonder whether that's just how it is for everybody.

I'm so happy to have a test script that checks my monster manual for basic errors like forgetting saves, forgetting XP, making sure HD and XP match up, and so on. It only catches the simplest mistakes but I make enough of them.