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Alex Schroeder
Worked at BSI Business System Integration AG
Attended International School Bangkok
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Using the old G+ interface, you can pin a post to show as at the top of your profile. I wonder whether G+ will keep this feature. Anyway, this is the about me post.
I'm on Google+ to talk about role-paying games, most of the time. I'm also interested in history, coding, and a few other things. I use collections to categorize my public posts and almost all of my posts are public. I also keep a blog/wiki: https://alexschroeder.ch/ – that's where I post stuff that I expect to keep around for longer. Who knows how long Google+ will last. I don't cross-post a lot. I might often link to a post on my blog when commenting on somebody else's post, but I'll only link to my blog on my own posts when I think there's something worth discussing for a bigger audience. I know, many people have moved their online presence to G+ and don't keep blogs anymore. I guess I still like the idea of running my own site.
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Wishing you two much love and good fortune for 2016! 
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+James Raggi is spot on, and in one of the comments he drives the point home: you can only criticize the very foundation of what it is... because any sort of criticism on the content can't work. "Oh, it's all dicks and sex monsters!" Well, no, that's a few people but you can name tons of current stuff that doesn't do any of that. "Oh, it's all weird stuff and not very TSR so it doesn't even feel like the old days so what's the point?" Again, tons of stuff that does emulate TSRisms to a fault. Can't go the other way, either. "Oh it's very tame and pretends it's 1981 too much!" Tons of counter-examples.

Doesn't really work to criticize the people, either. "Oh, it's 70 year old conservative fuddy-duddies who time left behind!" Plenty of people who don't fit that mold. "Oh, it's a bunch of liberal freaks out of touch with normal America." Well, again, some...

Indeed, the use of D&D at its core frees us to invest our energies elsewhere.
 
The trouble with the OSR is we keep having to explain that shit like this misses the entire point.:

"There’s not a whole lot new in the OSR. Gaming mechanics are a form of technology, and technology evolves."

Game mechanics can be, but are not necessarily, content. The more mechanically "robust" a system is, the more content has to be bent to fit that system, and content and mechanics become inseperable. A lighter system allows more disconnect between ideas, stuff, and the mechanics involved. It's freer.

Looking for innovation in character sheet details and new ways to roll dice is pointless to what the OSR is or what it's about. Might as well complain that the OSR uses the wrong color character sheets and dice and act like that's important.

That's not where the game is, at all, and the entire fun is not worrying about any of that shit when running or playing the game.
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Thanks. I was actually thinking of all the talk around d20 systems a few years back. Basically, the argument was: if you don't want to focus your energy on mechanics, why not take d20? At the time, I was on the other side of the fence and thought: because I don't like feats and skills and all that extra baggage? But now that I have found a core that is simple enough for me (and back then I just didn't think of stripping d20 down to its bones), I find that I agree with it.
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If you got an email about two days ago from +Ed Healy and tried to send a reply like I did, you probably got an error message back. Resend you mail!

In my case, this was because because of the RPG Bloggers site. He wrote: "I'm writing because Gamerati recently took over management of http://www.rpgbloggers.com/ and you have an account in the current system. I'm planning to overhaul the RPG Blogger backend. […]"

That's good to see!
 
We had some issues with moving the +Gamerati server this week, so if you think I missed your email... resend.
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Any word on if they will respond to the years of backlogged requests to join, or if they have other plans to expand the list of blogs?
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Delta wrote a three part series about the XP system and finishes on a note that I agree with: the old system of simply granting 100 XP per HD is simpler and easier to use, the only difference being more generous at very low levels. Works for me!
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Thanks so much for posting this! Delta's blog is a fountain of information! 
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This reminds me of the Sumerian spell names I keep wanting to use.
 
Very cool!
A full dictionary of the extinct language of ancient Mesopotamia has been completed after 90 years of work.
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Akson Lao has the advantage of being a weird and unusual script.  [It is so unusual that when they implemented it in Unicode they got it wrong.]  

Devangari and other Indic scripts are useful in this regard too.

Although I do know one person that used Wingdings to write their magic scrolls in their game.
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Apparently there is a big sale at taschen.com from Jan. 28 to Jan. 31 and The Complete Little Nemo (Hardcover, linen, 2 volumes, 34,4 x 44 cm, 708 pages) is €75... I bought it because I saw the big box on +Jonas Richter's feed. I'm assuming it includes quite a bit of padding. :)
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This thing is huge! 
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This year has been fantastic as far as flowers go. 23 pictures uploaded to my Flickr account…
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Schon seit Jahren blüht bei uns die Amaryllis.
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Those are some Nice amaryllises!

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Giant Birds were real until around 1500 or 1600? Awesome.

We humans killed all the megafauna and it makes me sad.

via +Winchell Chung
 
I think I'm going to have nightmares after reading this.
The Ultimate List of Badass Warriors from History and Mythology
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Hmmm, I should put something like the kea in my game- PCs come across a wrecked campsite, but actually just birds trashing the place after the occupants fled.
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A recent discussion of thieves brought me back to this blog post where I show the big d6 table from the screen I'm using at the table. Also, ninjas.
Gavin Norman has been writing about rogues on his blog. In the comments, a commenter says: “It's a great take on the class and it avoids those hard percentages people whine about.” I am one of those whiners! Here's the Skills chapter from my Halberds and Helmets house rules.
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Interesting map of Europe, North Africa, Asia and the Mediterranean (north is left). Found as I was reading about Gog and Magog in the German Wikipedia. As you can see, there's something of a hex map to it. If a region has a distinguished nature, it gets a name, and an area on the map named after it. The exact dimensions don't matter. All you need to know is that going east, you land you ships in Asia Minor, move on to Cilicia, Bithinia, Antiochia, Hiberia, Mesopotamia, Aracusia, to India "qua sunt gentes XLIV".
https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gog_und_Magog

"Tracing of the 'Cotton' Anglo-Saxon world map (British Library; Cotton MSS, Tib. B. V, folio 56.; date probably about AD 1000) as published ca. 1836 with printed place-names. Ceylon ("Taprobanea") is at top, Britain at lower left. Green and red colours have been added by me to indicate similarly coloured areas (representing mountains and the waters of Africa respectively) on the original map. Please note that accuracy of the tracing and caption transcripts is not guaranteed."

I then googled for that Latin phrase and found a Google E-book called From the accession of Egbert to the Norman conquest
by Joseph Strutt. In the appendix, it says:

2; A chain of mountains behind the lion, and over them is written Taurini montes, the Taurinian mountains—near the top mons aureus, the golden mountain; India in qua ſunt gentes XLIV. India, in which are 44 nations; Fison fiu. Fison river, Aracusia.
This refers to a terrible reprint on page 173/238. And thus I think the passage is the one I was looking for.

No idea why there are exactly 44 nations in India. I don't think I'm ready for this rabbit hole. All I wanted was link to this nice map!

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Very nice!
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Old stuff that keeps haunting me.
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This is wicked stuff.

Declaim your spell loudly, gesture with great force. Cast at +1 level or impose a save penalty. But all in earshot know of your works, and may be forewarned. 
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Still struggling with clerics. Thinking of removing them from my game. If you did it, what did you players think?
I've had this discussion in German already (Keine Kleriker) and I'm thinking of sticking to it. no clerics in my setting; every faith can have priests with an appropriate spell repertoire and they'll be magic users for all intents and purposes; if you really want to cast spells like a pro and ...
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Atheist D&D where priests are illegal everywhere.  So ten thousand ninja assassins are out to kill you.
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Emacs, Lisp, Perl, Wiki, D&D
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Most of the time I'm using collections to categorize my public posts. I sometimes post to specific communities when the topic warrants it. If you haven't joined the same communities, you can check my profile to see those posts and the communities they went to. They're all public. That's how I hope to find new people: I often check the profiles of new people that comment on my posts.

As for role-playing games: I run two old school campaign using Labyrinth Lord. I'm also in a biweekly indie game group. All in all I've played various Fate variants, including mini campaigns using Diaspora, Burning Wheel and Mouse Guard, as well as various one-shots using Lady Blackbird, Mountain Witch, In A Wicked Age, Western City, Apocalypse World, Isotope and many more.

As for politics and religion, I don't post much. I think these topics are important and that we need to have a conversation about them if we're going to share this world, but I get most of that from newspapers. Thus, I might plus a lot of left-leaning posts, but I hardly ever post any. I do post links to political things I care about on Twitter (also in German), though. I usually uncircle people that post too much about their favorite religion, gun activism, hate speech (islamophobia, homophobia, transphobia, misogyny) and other things that make me sad, or people that post too much about the food they eat or the drinks they drink…
I live in Switzerland. I write code for a living (Java). I have a 60% job. I try to keep fit using Aikido, 10km running and some callisthenics. I have no faith and no kids.
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