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I should’ve been motherfuckin Black Mamba
I should’ve been motherfuckin Black Mamba

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This series is amazing if you’re looking to diy your D&D stuff. Highly recommended.
New RPG design post, this time focusing on good, free typefaces.
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I've got some art in this issue! Check it out!
Megadungeon #3 is released.
It's awesome!

Feel no obligation at all to share this as widely as possible.
On Megadungeon #3
On Megadungeon #3
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I’ve been using these tiny green hardback notebooks recently and I love them. They say SKETCH BOOK on the front of some reason and they’re filled with grid paper. There’s just enough room to fit a lot of stuff.
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Hey everyone, just picked up ItO and working on a campaign. I see mention of bigger expeditions - funding them with enterprises - using detachments etc. anyone got a write up or can tell me more about what this would entail? Running a bigger expedition that is. How would you prep that? How would having more money and detachments help exactly. Looking for people who’ve run this sort of thing.

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OPEN WRITING CALL FOR NEW TALENT

Come Gen Con, LotFP will have published 8 new titles this year (counting the RECG new edition here), plus four titles have been reprinted, plus 2018's new shirt.

I want to get to 10 new titles for the year, even if I have to cheat to do it. There are a number of projects that could go to press this year still, but who knows.

So I'm looking for two smaller projects, think Single Small Cut or Tales of the Scarecrow, that can be turned around promptly without the major project hassle.

Qualifications:

Can you write and playtest and deliver a potential final draft of say 3500-6000 words by the end of August?

Have you not ever written for LotFP before?

Can you do a project which fits LotFP's 1630s-but-with-weird-shit-at-the-edges setting and the strange macabre tone?

Are you willing to work for no advance but 50% of all profits on the project?

Then send a project pitch to lotfp@lotfp.com with the subject line FAST PITCH.

I'm looking for ideas that set my brain on fire that are written in a way that lets me know you know your way around a keyboard.

I'll start reviewing pitches next Wednesday, so you have through Tuesday to submit. I can answer questions here in the comments when I have time during this period (on a short holiday right now).


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+Brendan S It begins.
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+Luka Rejec +Jacob Hurst 😱😱😱
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I’m planning on doing a couple of these. You should too if you can swing it. Also, recommending articles would be super helpful too.
If you would like to help Blogs on Tape by making a recording, I would super appreciate that! In order to use your recording, you'll need to follow some guidelines while making it.

GENERAL STUFF

Unless you have something better, use Audacity to make your recording. It's powerful, free software, and will make your job much easier.

https://www.audacityteam.org/

The recording needs to be made with a clear voice, in a reasonably quiet environment, with at least a decent quality microphone. My standards are modest. It doesn't need to be perfect; I won't reject a recording because I heard your chair squeak. However, if your chair is squeaking a lot, or your beard is scratching against the microphone, or if a car alarm goes off outside or I can hear a kid crying in the other room, then I won't be able to use your recording. Likewise if it sounds as though you're being recorded on a $5 gaming headset from 1992, I won't be able to use that.

Don't blow your levels. Your recording should look like the one in the image below: with clear pointed peaks and valleys. If you speak too loudly, the bigger sounds will get flattened out and the recording will be static-y.

I can only use recordings from blogs which have agreed to make their work available to the Blogs on Tape project. I'll post a list of those blogs in the comments to this post.

Be sure that you're reading the post reasonably accurately. Sometimes you may need to make small modifications to what you say so it makes sense when read out loud. For example, a post that is particularly reliant on images, or a post with an obvious typo, may require you to make some intelligent choices. The rest of the time, (99.9%), the words out of your mouth should match the words written in the post exactly. Don't just assume you know how to pronounce an unfamiliar word. Look it up.

THE SCRIPT
The recording needs to start with 10 seconds of silence. This will allow me to capture the ambient noise of your room, and make your voice sound clearer.

When you start speaking, begin with the introduction:

-Welcome to "Blogs on Tape"
-The name of the post
-The author of the post
-The author's blog, and blog URL

After the introduction, leave a significant pause, repeat the title of the post, then begin reading.

If you mess up a line, stop talking. Wait a moment. Go back to the last significant pause, and start again.

Your mouse clicks and scroll wheels will be picked up by your microphone, so only use your mouse during pauses that can be edited out later.

It's vital that you sound like you understand what you're reading. The simplest way to do this is to make sure you do understand it. Take the time to read over it a few times if you must.

When you reach the end of the post, leave another pause, then do the outro:

-Repeat the name of the post
-credit yourself as the reader of the post
-Briefly describe the blogs on tape project ("Blogs on tape is a project that works with authors to make the OSR more accessible through audio recordings.")
-(optional) Remind the listener of some way in which they can help the project flourish.
-"Thank you for listening."

EDITING

Listen to your audio over again from the beginning. Delete any of your flubbed up lines. Make cuts during periods of quiet, so the cut isn't noticeable. I can't use a recording if there are obvious, jarring cuts in it.

DO NOT go crazy removing every pause from your speech. Pauses are a natural part of communication, and it sounds weird and alien when you remove all of them.

Export your audio to an MP3 file, and send it to me by whatever means are most expedient for you. (Google drive works pretty well). I'll review your recording, add the intro and outro music and the proper metadata, then upload it as the next episode.

If this is your first episode of Blogs on Tape, don't go crazy making a ton of them to send to me all at once. There may issues with your recording that I didn't cover here (subject matter, speech pattern, etc). Give me a chance to tell you what to work on before you start on your second recording.

Most importantly: thank you. Blogs on Tape was always meant to be a community effort, and I appreciate anyone who takes the time to help it flourish. I sincerely do.
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