Here's another nugget in that review: "In a novel, all pages have the same weight. In nonfiction books, footnote, endnote, map, or illustration pages might be referenced more than a text page. But in an RPG, density is all over the place. … In play, pages have different weight."

@kensanata @PresGas

I'm with you on both fronts. If I have someone engaging with me on what I'm making the slog is easier to get through. I work best on a back and forth feedback. Even if I've got 50 to do, if I can do 5 a night and share those with a collaborator and get feedback while I'm doing the next 5 it goes much much faster.

Troika! vs. Electric Bastionland. Go! Two reviews of similar games, with similar criticism. The core question: lots of flavourful backgrounds that you only use once → does this system offer long term fascinations? Sure, some people can make anything long term enjoyable by pushing the story along, but the question is: does the system provide any help? The answer seems to be: maybe not. I wasn't too enthralled when I played Into the Odd in a play be post.

@Rheall I’ve voiced this sentiment a lot in relation to tabletop roleplaying games. I think this is a super important issue and we all need to think about the forces that are pushing us to abandon these activities.

Examples from my blog, all of it half finished thoughts.

“I feel like there’s too much focus on publishing and not enough normal referees sharing what their hastily sketched homemade stuff actually looks like. A new referee looks at maps in modules or entries in the One Page Dungeon Contest and cries instead of looking at your prep or my prep, laughing out loud and thinking I can do that!!”

Hah, Dan writing about the and the drama cycle. “arguments over the precise nature and definition of what is and isn't OSR are precisely as stupid as similar arguments about science fiction. All broad categories contain multitudes of variation within them, so the idea of talking about the OSR or science fiction as if either is a singular thing is a very silly bit of reductionism.”

Here we go: I got a Watabou map here and then a recreation via gridmapper. As a last though I figured that I'd also make on with RexPaint.
Why did I do this? 🤷 At least I'm pretty confident that I'd be able to tweak these maps.

I just found out about watabou's new generator: One Page Dungeon generator (which is maybe just a one-level dungeon generator). Very pretty maps, too.

a blogger writes about death 

TIL: Can't open a PDF file on Linux because it's owner password protected to prevent printing or other things? Easy fix without having to know the password:

qpdf --decrypt in.pdf out.pdf

Done! 🙂

@DialMforMara thats sounds wonderful. At some point I still want to play a Tabaxi Necromancer who raises the dead to protect nature

J. Alan Henning set up a proof of concept showing how we could add monster illustrations to the mini settings generated by Hex Describe. I must say, it doesn’t look too bad!

Time for another :

So hi everyone, I've been posting related stuff over on and on reddit for quite a while now, decided to move here with a brandnew handle, yay.

I'm GMing a face to face campaign of original in (germany) for almost three years now, interested in all things , but there's also quite a bit of and on my bookshelf 😉

husband, father, family physician and boats enthusiast when not gaming.

My wife is going to the movies tonight and I am kind of looking forward to spending some quiet time with the laptop and random tables, sandboxing as you do.

Listening to referees talking about their perceived greatest weakness. Interesting! People are more different than I usually assume, haha.

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