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Evan Edwards
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Friendly and earnest. I am a publisher by trade, but not the literary kind. The boring, back-end gears and real world stuff. Author, GM.
Friendly and earnest. I am a publisher by trade, but not the literary kind. The boring, back-end gears and real world stuff. Author, GM.

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With no Kickstarters this month, I finally started clearing out my DTRPG Wishlist. Next month Bundle of Holdings and Kickstarters eat the gaming budget again, but I this month I swept up a bunch of stuff from +Richard LeBlanc that I've been meaning to get (I have a player who wants psionics, and whose character died last session). I also grabbed some oddball resources like Gods, Memes and Monsters from Pelgrane Press for my modern supernatural games, and a grab bag of quirky short $1-$5 supplements and zines for inspiration.

I wish there were more cheap PoD of the zines and books. The only print book I wound up getting was +Gavin Norman's excellent B/X Essentials. I'd gladly pay a buck or two extra to have a pdf plus a saddle stitched 24 to 48 page volume I can toss on my shelf to tickle my imagination when prepping for games. As is, I'll be printing a fair number of them myself.

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After game night. Everybody's packed up and gone, with only my GM's stack and some trash left over. Two PCs died tonight in a post-battle trap. Randolph the Beige was rerolled up as Randolph the Off-white, and Kowbel the Pixie is now a cinder (they are going to grind it into pixie dust, selling it in paper tubes as pixie sticks), and the player rolled up a human thief. The party finally made it to the center of the city, finding a keep full of the last humans and demi-humans banded together, desperate to stay alive.
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Jerry Pournelle, PhD, has passed. I have read an enormous amount of his writing, both fiction and non-fiction. Our home is named Cheshire Hall, in part due to his Chaos Manor. He presented strong ideas, and regardless if you agreed with them, he presented them well, which is what makes an author worth reading.

He was also a fierce advocate for personal computing, a concept we now take for granted (possibly too much), but which was a revolution not too long ago. It was one he participated in, affecting the industry with his column and being the first author to write a published book on a computer, an old CP/M. My console windows are themed in "Pournelle," a custom made pale yellow on deep blue, for his famed ideal writing color scheme.

May his writings endure and his family thrive.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jerry_Pournelle

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I didn't know about these. Coming out next month from WizKids are a bunch of Tomb of Horrors, redubbed Tomb of Annihilation, dice, board games, dice games, and minis. I may grab and repurpose some of it, and that dice tin is great, even if I don't need more dice. Some may already be out; I just saw the dice have a mid-September release date.
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9/1/17
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Inspired by somebody else's B/X screen, I redid my own GM screen, and I'm playing around with the d6 rules that +Dyson Logos came up with for thieves. I really like the idea, as it means that all standard class abilities use a d6 roll. But I worked the math a little different, resulting in what I think is a better match.

In this table, I used the point between percent chances as the threshold to bump up a number. In other words, rolling a 1 is 16.66%, and a 2 is 33.33%, and the point between them is 25%. So at 25% on the original percentile table, I move from 1 to 2 on this d6 table.

I also changed how to test at the high end so that you do wind up with a near 99% chance at the top (97.22%). Although I completely made up the progression for those high levels. Dyson went for simplicity, I went a feeling that you can still get to that top rung.

This is a mathematical fit to the original, and like Dyson discovered with his, it really hammers home the power of the name level. I am pondering possibly reworking it a bit through 5th level, but for now I'm content as is.

Original Dyson Logos Article: https://rpgcharacters.wordpress.com/2009/08/01/d6-and-2d6-thiefin-for-basic-dungeons-dragons/
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So, this particularly terrible part of the Satanic Panic has now finally wrapped up. It's amazing how many people I play with now had their D&D tossed by parents or relatives after hearing "what it really was." I was kicked off a school bus, but my parents supported my playing D&D. Of course, I was also introduced to Dune, Heinlein, and the full Tolkien library (including the Silmarillion) before I was 12 by my Dad.

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Eclipse glasses and glasses of wine on the porch with +Sarah Edwards as we watched the event. We were nicely in the zone of totality, and cloud free... up until just before the sun disappeared. In the last ten minutes we had some nerve wracking moments as we waited for a cloud to pass. Which it did, leaving a beautiful view of the last beads slipping away to totality and the corona. Cheers to other watchers!
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8/21/17
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+James Raggi​ at the Ennies, chatting with people. +Sarah Edwards​ was just asked what +ConTessa​ is (our lanyards are from last year), with a positive response. Music is playing as we are gearing up as we approach the start. There's a Murderhobo lot in the auction.
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At Steak and Shake. Mellow Wednesday start to GenCon.

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