People are no doubt wondering why Wintertree has gone dark for the past month. No, I haven’t been eaten by a grue, nor run over by a bus for that matter. I had an opportunity to purchase an indie game system at a reasonable price, and I’ve been working on it to prepare for a Kickstarter.
For those who remember, 20-ish years ago Wintertree produced a little pocket-sized RPG called Legends & Loot, centered around a plastic dice-shaking device. I’d like to post a picture of it, but I don’t have one anymore. Not a lot of people do, actually. It was never a very big deal as a game, but it had its points, and I’ve always been rather fond of a number of features of its admittedly very limited (fit on half a sheet of paper) rule system.
So, this summer, there will be once again a game called Legends & Loot. It’s a lot more elaborate than that little pocket-sized gamelet, but those things I’ve wanted to do for decades — including the ones that were in the original Legends & Loot — are in there.
Most of the writing is done; it’s about ready for early playtests. I’ve been sourcing cardboard boxes, finding a makerspace to laser engrave custom dice in, and all the other things that go along with producing (entirely to my own surprise) an actual physical game.
As y’all know, there is a constant problem with blog spam. I catch and kill spam accounts on a daily basis. When I was squashing one this morning, I couldn’t help chuckling about the domain name — it was cheapgreenteabags (with various other stuff and a TLD, but I’m not about to give them any marketing boost; though I suppose now people looking for teabags may wind up here)
Last night’s bug fixes introduced a brand-new bug. Fixing it was a matter of changing a single character. I had managed to make a typo that was perfectly acceptable to my compiler, but made no sense in the code. Thankfully, it was an easy and almost instant fix. It also tells me I should get more sleep. :p
So today I decided to take a break from all that and work on a table.
I fixed a couple more bugs that snuck in to bite me. (yes, I know “snuck” isn’t supposed to be a word; I like it, and my spell checker can bite me, too) I’m not sure how long the one with .SPACE has been around … I’m guessing a bit under 2 years, because that’s an old part of the code. And in all that time, nobody reported a major bug in it. I have to figure that’s not one of the more commonly-used commands in TBL. Like, apparently, at all.
On a related note, Saturday is officially the 2nd birthday of Wintertree Mk.2 — I count from the day I registered wintertreeredux.com. Two years of this … it didn’t seem this hectic the first time around! Of course, at that point I was selling TableMaster, a couple of Table Packs, and I think the earliest version of Arcane Alphabets. As of today, I’ve got 49 line items over on DriveThruRPG — two were special holiday bundles, but the other 47 are actual things I’m selling. Fonts. Software. 1001 Things. Eeep. No wonder it seems hectic! Two years of turning the grind crank. Y’know, I love it!
I particularly love when I talk to someone — in person or online — and they tell me they’re an old TableMaster user from the old days. Though I think the part I love the most is when someone tells me what they’re doing with TableMaster, and they’re doing something cool that I never thought of doing myself. (I’m just not that imaginative a person) Or when people show me tables they’ve written, and they’re making TBL do things I didn’t realize it could do, and I’m the one who wrote it!
1.4.5 will definitely have a version-checking feature. Click the “check version” menu option, it’ll go to my new version-checking web page and tell it what version it is, and the web page will tell you if it’s the latest or not.
Not exactly high tech, but both extremely non-intrusive and quick & dirty, which is a win all around. (assuming y’all want me working on more tables, the endlessly-delayed Mac version, and other things that are not figuring out how to make TableMaster check for updates)
On a related note, just as sort of an Easter egg, if you click on the TableMaster II logotype in the “about” screen in 1.4.5, it will take you to the Wintertree website.
It’s out! The upgrade is now at http://www.wintertreeredux.com/product/ for all TableMaster owners.
There are a lot of new features, as I have discussed in previous blog posts. I’ll post the changenotes after the break.
New features: 7.5 new commands. A new output formatting code. Extensions, using the new ! modifier, to four output formatting codes. The first meta-command. A bunch of GUI tweaks. A whole lot of bug fixes.
7.5? Well, yes, the .5 of a command is .RESET ALL. That actually translates to a different opcode in TableMaster’s innards (creatively called resetall instead of the normal resettable). So it doesn’t look like a new command, just a parameter, on the surface, but it really is one underneath. Hence 7.5.
There are also updates to the TBL language reference manual, of course. (the Tutorial needs an extensive overhaul, since TBL has had so much added since that was last updated; I’ll announce here when it’s also been updated)
Out of all my fonts, Medu — the authentic hieroglyphic one — is probably my favorite. (it’s for sale on DriveThruRPG if you’re interested) And, probably unlike the average person (but then again, are any of us gamers average people?) I have played around with real papyrus a time or two. Naturally, these things converged.
Specifically, they converged in that this morning, I successfully printed some text (the Negative Confessions) in Medu on a piece of real papyrus!
The example to the right is a detail from the printout. A picture of the full page, and more information about how I printed it, is after the break.