Travel

Just a notice: I’m going to be out of town for my late aunt’s funeral service and to (hopefully) resolve the issues with her estate. Back next week. For obvious reasons, no orders will be shipped (or emailed) until I get back. I’ll be in Lubec, Maine, where my cell phone service will be irregular at best (it’s out where the T-Mobile don’t run), so if you need to get in touch in the interim, contact me through the Gmail account, wintertree.software, naturally at gmail.com.

Hopefully this will be the end of the estate-related chaos (which has reached the point of involving a lawyer) and I’ll be able to turn my attention back to being a software company.

Oh, and make a will. Your heirs (and their customers) will thank you.

Update: Back. Busy being a software company again. Getting ready for MegaMooseCon. Adding some last few changes to TableMaster before the manual goes to the printer for its next iteration, alternating with working on the heraldry font. (note: need an artist who can draw lions rampant, etc.; contact me for details) Hating on American Airlines, whose screwed-up scheduling led to me running through Charlotte airport to make my connection (turns out I can cover over a kilometer of airport in less than 8 minutes, at the cost of my right knee). Still sorting out the aunt’s estate, too, but things are a lot less chaotic than they were.

I even had a vacation! We spent part of an afternoon at Quoddy Head State Park, walking along the cliff trail, taking pictures of the lighthouse, etc. That’s a vacation, right? I mean, it doesn’t have to be a full day or anything?

TableMaster Gets Hexed

First, no news on the forum front. Still need to dig into that on a system level. I was going to be going after that today, but a little issue of hexes, or at least hexadecimals, came up.

Since the beginning, some TableMaster players have been Traveller referees. If you’ve played Traveller, you know that not only can your character in fact die during character creation, but if it does survive, one of the things produced is the Universal Personality Profile, a string of hex digits. And, since TableMaster is not system-specific, there was never any way to really do this with TBL.

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Server migration is like a hole in the head…

After an amazing amount of trouble, some emails that must have convinced my host that I’m that customer, and an annoying DNS issue, the server migration is complete. This is good.

On the other hand, phpBB, the forum software, is having issues with SQL usernames. This is not good. So, the forums are offline (and throwing errors) until I work out exactly which script is trying to use the wrong username and fix it. It’s not helping that the server migration has included a change in control panels … it’s much like switching from PC to Mac … and I’m just learning my way around the new one.

In the interim, while I was waiting for some of the server issues to sort themselves out, I did some more tinkering with the dice fonts. The results are below.

And then there’s the hole in my head….

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Wintertree Folds Things

Folds what kinds of things? Well, I have discovered cardstock modeling.

This actually came about for mundane business reasons. Or as mundane as any business reasons can be in a business where a bag of plastic eyeballs is a legitimate business expense. GnomeCon is in a couple of weeks, and I always try to have something interesting and different at the booth. I had the idea of some kind of 3D display showing some of the places in a typical setting that TableMaster could be used to describe. After dorking around with ideas for a while and making no headway, I picked up some of the E-Z Dungeons PDFs from Fat Dragon Games on DriveThruRPG. I printed … cut … folded … and now I’m addicted.

So what can you do with TableMaster and a bunch of little cardboard foldy things?

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Those who can’t do….

Right now, I’m drinking a can of Monster Rehab (peach) to overcome the fact that I have a cat — and sometimes said cat thinks that if he’s awake, we should be too. While I’m sipping my caffeine I’m reading Twitter, and I came across this:

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Arcane Alphabets and other font finagling

As I mentioned in my last post about Text Jiggler, I took a bit of a break from TableMaster to work on Arcane Alphabets, the big package of fonts for gamers. For benefit of those people who have never seen it, and those who remember it from the 1990s and are curious as to what’s going to be in the new version, I’m taking a break from working on Arcane Alphabets to describe it.

First, there’s the matter of the name: The new version will tentatively be titled Arcane Alphabets & Gamer Glyphs, to distinguish it from the previous version. It will have a wider variety of fonts in it as well, including those of general use to gamers as well as the fonts for various ancient, secret, and otherwise weird alphabets. And, of course, there’s Text Jiggler, q.v.

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GnomeCon

Thanks to a chance meeting at Scarab, Wintertree has gotten space at GnomeCon at the last minute. They say it’s “funky” (that was really on the PayPal invoice!) so I’m not 100% sure what to expect, but so long as it’s got power and isn’t raining indoors (like one memorable GenCon) it’s all good.

At Scarab, after talking to that GnomeCon person, I wrote up a quick garden gnomes table. This was just what I came up with off the top of my head between customers at a convention; I’m sure you can expand the gnumber of gnome options quite a lot. (gnote on the items: the 2017 GnomeCon graphic is a gnome holding a Pokeball)

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TGR: Monsters

TGR, natually, has a list of monsters. It might be one of the most important lists, actually, because so many TableMaster tables refer to various inimical beasts. And, after all, the whole purpose of the TGR rules is to provide a framework for TableMaster results so you can convert them to your actual game system.

TGR monsters are primarily from Greek/Roman mythology, with bits of Persian, Arabian, Egyptian, and a few others, thrown in. There will probably be a few more added later, too. In addition to the named monsters here, any ordinary creature might appear in natural, giant, or prehistoric forms: lions, giant lizards, and cave bears would be obvious examples.

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