The Outer Arm

The Outer Arm

Jon over at his blog beat me to the punch a bit [http://jonmollison.com/2022/05/01/introducing-yoyodyne-omnisystems/] in announcing this, but we've started a two-tier Traveller campaign in a custom sector I've called the "Outer Arm". Rulesset is cepheus as a good and slightly more cohesive update to the CT rules - anyone who's played CT can drop in very easily - for the players running characters, which they will have several as part of, at minimum, several faction troubleshooting teams. The f…

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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. Gripes I'm going to start with what…

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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 [https://dmrbooks.com/test-blog/2021/4/7/wisdom-from-an-angry-god-a-rebuttal-to-peter-bebergals-appendix-n] , the other, kindly, being best described as "damned by faint praise [https://dmrbooks.com/test-blog/2021/4/1/review-appendix-n-the-eldritch-roots-of-dungeons-and-dra…

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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 [https://thelastredoubt.com/how-to-host-foundry/] 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 [https://forge-vtt.com], 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 hav…

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How to Host Foundry (pt 1)

How to Host Foundry (pt 1)

Part 2 is here [https://thelastredoubt.com/how-to-host-foundry-pt-2/]. 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 ea…

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Appendix N-

Appendix N-

It's always year zero for the social justice (and believing) set - so the events of but a few short years back, namely the nomination of Jeffro Johnson's Appendix N [https://arkhavencomics.com/product/appendixn/] to the Hugo slate, and being dismissed among other works and editors for being liked by the wrong people are already ancient history lost in the antiquity of time. And one surely cannot expect a writer for a prestigious outlet like Boingboing to do better than indian tech support, an…

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Communing With Code

Communing With Code

The phrase in the title was applied to computer games by a friend of mine. As in, "You're not playing a game, you're communing with code." I'm not going to say that computer games, or even solitaire, aren't games. They have rules and win conditions. Nevertheless, they are also in a very real sense algorithmically driven - even if randomized - puzzles without the variability or stakes or psychology that having a human opponent brings to the table. As I noted in my last post re: Battletech gripes…

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Battletech Gripes - and Games

Battletech Gripes - and Games

I've been enjoying the "Tex Talks battletech" historical overviews and sketches at the Black Pants Legion youtube channel [https://www.youtube.com/user/BlackPantsLegion], and more recently, the playthrough - with commentary - of the HBS Battletech game by Tex as the story of Scrombles the Mechwarrior. It's a game that - despite my not liking the PC dressing applied to the campaign, is a faithful interpretation of a game I've loved for decades. Funny as hell, but it reminded me of what is likely…

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