Foundry - Overview

Foundry - Overview

Now that I've used it for a couple game sessions, the short version is that I am absolutely sold on how good Foundry is, as in worth every penny. If you don't want to spin up your own server, go buy a seat and pay the guys at Forge to host it. Even if you save nothing, you'll get a lot more value out of it. The below is based on the ACKs rule/world set with a few modules added. I'll try note when something is an add-on or a core feature. GripesI'm going to start with what is…

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A Frame to Die For

A Frame to Die For

Unless you live under a rock, you've likely heard something like the following: "Invalid plates are no reason to die.""Passing a bad 20 is no reason to die""jogging in a neighborhood is no reason to die."Those statements, taken at face value, are, of course, absolutely true in any just system of proportionality. The problem is that those statements are utterly dishonestly used to defend behavior that ended up getting people killed. A friend uses the expression "above reproach, beneath agency" - and those statements are the ultimate example of that. Should Daunte Wright have died that night?…

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Equality is Heat Death.

Equality is Heat Death.

A while back I read van Creveld's Equality, the Impossible Quest. It was, looking back, something of an inflection point. More recently though, Charlton flat out called equality as a goal intrinsically evil. Equality is only possible with complete oneness which means either the chaos of unformed matter or the Night of Brahma when the universe has returned to an unexpressed, unmanifested state which is basically non-being. OK. Now look up "heat death." The heat death of the universe is a historically suggested theory of the ultimate fate of the universe in which the universe has diminished to a state…

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Damned by Faint Praise, and False Advertising

Damned by Faint Praise, and False Advertising

DMR recently published two reviews of Bugman's Appendix N, one strongly taking the stance that the new one fatally misunderstands what it is dealing with, and not worthy of even beaing a torchbearing peasant to Jeffro's work, the other, kindly, being best described as "damned by faint praise." What nevertheless sticks in my craw, is something almost pointed out, but not critiqued, in the "positive" review: Peter Bebergal is the editor of Appendix N: The Eldritch Roots of Dungeons and Dragons. In this collection he introduces the reader to D&D, Gary Gygax, and Appendix N. Bebergal explains his…

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How to Host Foundry (pt 2)

How to Host Foundry (pt 2)

In Part 1 I covered the basic setup to get foundry running on your own server running Ubuntu. Now, don't get me wrong. A lot of people just won't want to mess with stuff like this, or won't have/want to start a private server up. I get it. For a few bucks a month you can pay the guys at Forge, punch in your license code to foundry, and get a feature set far better than Roll 20 for a lot less, in the long run, without having to maintain your own server. Anyway - where we left off,…

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He is Risen

He is Risen

I pray that all of you had a blessed day, celebrating the resurrection of Christ the Lord with family and friends.…

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FakeN - Take 2

FakeN - Take 2

I don't keep a twitter account so it took me a while to stumble into this, but: The book with the exciting cover is @JohnsonJeffro’s collection of literary criticism that helped kick off the #PulpRev movement. The other one is an anthology of stories taken from Appendix N. Along with some personal additions the editor apparently felt like making. 1/11 pic.twitter.com/vkLBKq2sYY — Daniel J Davis (@DanielJWrites) March 24, 2021 The thread is pure gold. For posterity, if twitter kills it:…

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How to Host Foundry (pt 1)

How to Host Foundry (pt 1)

Part 2 is here. I was looking for an alternative to paying the guys at roll20 $10 / month - yes, I'm aware there's a $5 tier, but I actually wanted some of the custom features that needed the higher tier - and stumbled into Foundry. The catch? Setting up your own server may run $5 / month unless you can squeeze it in alongside something else. The good news - the documentation is solid, and the app is structured in a way that makes it easy to wedge in anywhere you can install and run Node.js, and an Nginx or…

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