I just got back from the printer wit the box of new manuals. They’re beautiful. And the DVD case TableMaster is packaged in will (just barely) still close. Though I do hope nobody thinks of anything else that needs to be added to TableMaster, because I’ll need to cut the font size or something to get it in there; they’re definitely at the maximum possible page count now.
MegaMooseCon is coming up this weekend. If you’re anywhere within driving distance, go there! It’s worth it just for the food truck on Saturday. Oh, yeah, and there’s a whole gaming convention, too, of course. And Wintertree Software, with a few fun things.
MegaMooseCon is approaching very much like an oncoming express train. Running around buying pickup trucks, even one just the one pickup truck, hasn’t helped. :p But one critical thing is now done and ready for the proofreader: the new version of the dead-trees manual.
Those of you who remember the original TableMaster have, no doubt, noticed the absence of the .ASK command in TableMaster II, and its relatives .SCREEN and .CLEARSCREEN. Wonder no more — it’s back, and it’ll be in the next release. (watch the download page) I left it until now because getting it right is actually surprisingly complicated.
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.
While working on the fonts, I decided I should add a right-to-left version of Glyphic, since hieroglyphs could be written in either direction (or top-to-bottom, for that matter). Easy enough to do — select all characters, mirror, save. The problem comes in with using it: you’d have to type backwards!
The obvious solution to that problem is the program I wrote a few days ago, Text Jiggler.
There’s nothing major in this one, mostly tweaks to the UI. A number of things got left behind in the transition from the VCL framework to the FireMonkey framework, because FireMonkey didn’t have any real equivalent to them. This restores most of them (and adds a couple of others).
You can find the patch notes here, the demo version is here, and the new full version is on the product download page as usual.
After the break, I’ll explain a few of the important changes.
Well, that’s a rather dramatic announcement for a somewhat un-dramatic program. The program in question is Text Jiggler, and what it does is randomly (or regularly; there’s an option) change letters (and/or numbers; there’s an option for that too) between uppercase and lowercase.
It’s handy for those fonts which have alternate versions of characters in upper- and lowercase so you can put some variety in your text. There will be some of those coming from Wintertree later this year.
It’s been a long four days. Scarab was only an hour away, so we commuted, and that takes a lot out of you. When you’ve got a car that gets nearly 40 mpg, though, it really saves on expenses, and I’m sure Caesar, being a cat, appreciated having his humans home to amuse him on request.
Congratulations to Dennis Burgess, who won the Wintertree T-shirt drawing.
Here’s a picture of the booth. It’s not a great picture because it’s just the camera on my iPod Touch; I kept forgetting to take a better camera. Then again, back in the day I used to use a Polaroid; this is definitely an improvement.
The last copy of TableMaster is getting shrink-wrapped even as I type, the chocolate chip cookies are cooling on their racks, and I’m trying to remember where I put the display peg rack. Yep, it’s a convention — SCARAB is tomorrow! (or today, if we want to get technical)
I’m sure there are people interested in the Macintosh port of TableMaster aside from those in the backers’ forums, so while I’m recovering from a head cold and a major overdose of turkey (and stuffing, and glazed carrots, and scalloped potatoes, and those tasty, tasty little onions) here’s something of an update. (and a user-written table)