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My GaryCon 2015 pics. Look for +Roy Snyder demonstrating his famous "Godfinger" technique. 
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Hello all! This is a little review I wrote of +Carl Bussler 's Well of Souls, which I ran at a local comic book shop here in Chicago last month. Hope you enjoy and I'd love to hear other people's experiences running it as well.
I will be discussing the content of the module in his review, so prospective players should probably not read it. Well of Souls by Carl Busseler is a very nicely produced (I highly recommend picking up a physical copy) 0-level funnel for the Dungeon Crawl Classics Role-Playing Game. The textured card stock and lovely, simple cover create an excellent feeling of excitement and adventure. The interior design feels meticulously laid out...
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If I remember correctly it would have helped if something we encountered previously gave a us a clue to the riddle. We had a bunch of rumors and bits of info but none of it applied. And, if I have characters with 8 intelligence and lower I wouldn't even try to figure that shit out for sake of roleplaying. Chances are among zeros you'd have someone clever enough though. 
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Marmalade Dog 20!

First off and straight away, I want to thank all the awesome people who took part in our local con. Without you, we would have had no OSR track, and no non-stop killer gaming! A special thank you to the intrepid judges, castle keepers, dungeon & game masters who braved the icy roads and took the hours of time to prepare games for all the blessed players who had the opportunity to play in their sessions! A heartfelt huzzah to +Shane Harsch +Larry Hamilton +Jared Randall +Pete Schwab +Laura Rose Williams +Mike Carlson +Eric Piper 
 and last but not least +Adam Muszkiewicz representing the +Metal Gods of Ur-Hadad  - you all rock!

While I cannot exceed what sentiments that Larry wrote in his blog, Follow Me and Die!; (Check it out at http://followmeanddie.com/2015/02/09/marmalade-dog-20-2015-post-con-write-up/) I will add that I could not be happier with the level of satisfaction that came from all who played, ran, or just stopped to share a story for a moment; this was all a collaborative effort and phenomena! Tales of our exploits will be shared, and interest will be peaked in our new track. It goes without saying, I look forward to seeing you all back next year, and at another local con again. I know those who couldn't make it this year will be coming next year, so expect more gaming on the schedule!

As we are ramping up to GaryCon next month, please don't hesitate to send any feedback to myself about the track, booth, and ideas for games for next year. If you have any feedback about the con, and what they could do to improve; please send them an email via the contacts posted here: http://www.wmgg.org/contact.php

Game On!

Roy
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I could write something about my experience at Marmalade Dog this year, but Larry sums up just about everything I played in with his post.
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Thanks!
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There are directors, and there are artists, and then there is Werner Herzog. He stands alone, occupying his own Werner Herzog-ian place in the movie world, and
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Form 1040 is the worst role-playing game character sheet I've ever seen.
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The 1040EZ form is the real rules light version.
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Love the cover page feature! Great work, Jon!
 
Argh! The tools I create seem to always involve far more fixing of fiddly bits than in implementing major fun-stuffiness, but I'm happy to announce that the Sorcerer's Grimoire is at long last available for testing!

During last year's pledge drive to help support the free Purple Sorcerer Tools, folks voted on which tools they'd like to see me work on in the coming year, and the Sorcerer's Grimoire was the clear favorite. The Grimoire creates dynamic DCCRPG spellbook PDF's for you to print out, adjusting text size and spacing on the fly so that every spell fits on a single page. You can choose the spells yourself, or have the tool randomly select spells based on your caster's level and appropriate stat. You can do the same with Mercurial Magic, or have the script ignore it altogether.

Many design decisions have been made to conserve space since the number one goal of the project was to keep each individual spell on a single page. I played with lots of fancy layouts, but eventually ended up with a simple look to obey this prime directive. Physics dictates that really wordy spells require pretty small fonts, but hopefully folks will still find them readable. :)

If you notice any strangeness let me know: particularly spell results that run on past the available space.

As many of you know, I've struggled with health issues of late, but my trusty iPad Air (which the pledge drive helped me purchase) allowed me to keep working during the worst stretches. (This is the first project I've completed beginning to end using my tablet and bluetooth keyboard.)

I am a bit beat pushing this out the door, so I might be a while before I update things, but Patrons are on the way, including patron-specific Invoke Patron results and spells.

As always, thanks to the amazing folks at Goodman Games who support community tools like the Grimoire and who make DCC a delight to develop for.

Take care everyone. I hope you find the Sorcerer's Grimoire useful! 
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Thanks Pete. I'll eventually be adding some customization options to the cover page as well.
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I haven't had a chance to give the free tracks a listen yet, but the premise sounds intriguing.
Two of the band's aquatic-themed tunes are available for free download
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That was a fun session!
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There are some incredibly generous people out there. The patrons of the Dodecahedron contributed an average of $135 per map this past month, and have contributed on average slightly over $100 per map through 2014. Another way to say this is that I’ve paid my rent every month last year through my cartography thanks to the awesome patrons who support the site through Patreon.

Through 2014 I sent out a total of a dozen “Cartographic Care Packages” to random patrons. Each package contained a small collection of maps printed on faux parchment paper. In total I released a total of 106 maps and adventures through the year and if you look at them and compare them to my work prior to the launch of the patreon campaign you can clearly see the improvement in my drawing skills. Through patron support I’ve been able to buy higher quality equipment and stretch my wings ever further as I draw.

If it weren’t for the support of my patrons, I definitely wouldn’t have engaged in the current push to put together a full MegaDungeon style environment that I will be bringing to print this year.

When I started writing this post it was to exclaim that we are 92% of the way to the $300 target where I would be releasing maps on the blog under a FREE commercial license. This would change up the license on my releases so instead of just being free for personal use, they become free for commercial use also. Each map that brings in $300 or more of funding will be released under a commercial license for anyone to use as they wish including using them to publish adventures and modules for the huge variety of RPG systems out there.

But, we aren’t at 92% of that funding goal yet. Because of the expenses of the season, surprise medical bills, and in one case the death of one of my patrons, the patronage total has actually dropped this month, bringing us to 87% of that target goal.

So in addition to thanking the incredible patrons who keep me going, this is also a funding drive. Go through the various maps I’ve posted in the last five years ( https://rpgcharacters.wordpress.com/maps/ ) . I recommend waiting for the page to load and starting at the bottom (most recent) and working your way up the list. If you find one you like and would use in your game, decide for yourself if you would pay for this service, and if you can afford to pay for this service. If the answer to both is “yes”, then check out the Patreon Campaign Page to learn how to become a patron of the Dodecahedron. ( https://www.patreon.com/dysonlogos )

If you are already a patron of the Dodecahedron, or are not in a position to be able to contribute financially, consider resharing this post to increase exposure as your contribution.
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I work at the Chicago Tribune applying techno karate chops to computer-related issues in the photography department. I also enjoy gaming, watching movies, and blogging about both here and here.
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I toppled some nasty outer space wizard in Michael Curtis' "The Tower Out of Time", once.
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