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:
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.
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)
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.
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)
Happy New Year, everyone!
I’m home, after nearly two weeks in Maine and a trip that included late flights, cancelled flights, an 11-hour bus trip, and other insanity — and that was just the trip up there! Things are running a bit slow here at the moment because I’m the executor of my aunt’s estate, and things are a little less straightforward than I could have hoped. However, Wintertree will be at Scarab as expected; thankfully, for once I built some flexibility into the schedule this time (somewhat forced by having to get all those demo discs to the stuffers-of-VIP-bags before Christmas)
I’ve been assiduously working away on the Macintosh port, despite distractions like providing a home for uncounted billions of common cold viruses. One of those distractions involved the Power Failure Emergency Kit, and specifically writing some tables to go with it. (just putting some dice in a bag doesn’t amount to much of a distraction!) Since as many of them as possible had to work with the free TableMaster demo, I got thinking more about the demo than I did when I put it together.
There are innumerable things for all of us to give thanks for. Most of mine are personal, but there’s one very important business-related one: I am very, very thankful for all of you who believed in the return of TableMaster even when I was kind of unsure about it myself. Thanks to all of you, I am once again doing what I really love after all of these years. And for that, I am very, very thankful.
Of course, I can’t just write Thanksgiving wishes; there has to be a table. So before I sat down to my Thanksgiving table, I wrote one. This will run with the TableMaster demo version as well as the full one. It’s here: the Thanksgiving Table.
Thank you, all of you. (including non-Americans; just shift the thankfulness to the correct day for your holiday schedule)
I’m back to something resembling functional. Even almost back to coding. I wrote a few tables yesterday, because the custom promo dice were out for delivery, and I’ve had a crazy idea for a product.
In honor of International Talk Like a Pirate Day, after the break are the names and descriptions of 25 random pirates generated by the Pirates table from TableMaster. They’re definitely the romantic, cinematic sort of pirates, rather than the real criminal kind.