Rondak's Oracle

News and fun things about the games we play

Character Sheet Templates

I was asked; a few days ago if I could put together a sheet template for 5e.

I finally figured out how to do that in such a way that you guys can just copy it out and fill it in, using Notepad, or just directly into the Other section of your character sheets.

You can find the template down in RPG Resources: Other.

If anyone has any requests for other systems, I’ll see what I can do. Don’t expect anything /too/ fancy; we’re still limited by old code. But I can streamline a little of the sheet building for you, at least.

Remember to close your tags! Very important! Also, for those of you who are website designers… please do not get clever and use CSS. Just don’t. Thank you.

Rondak’s Portal Mk 2

I am still working on this, or rather, on some of the infrastructure behind it. I know, it’s whistling in the wind without anything to show. So, for now, I wanted to discuss how I envision the web page to be built. I am seeing the Portal to have a handful of major components:

1) Identity server – this will enable native logins with user credentials stored on Rondak’s Portal, and map external users to Portal users. Yes, the mention of external users means I still plan on integrating outside authentication, probably Google and Microsoft / Office 365 to start.
2) API server – this will moderate access to the database, so I do not have to give an internet-facing web page credentials to the DB. It will also, in theory, make it easier to create other UIs – think mobile-optimized pages or even an Android or desktop application.
3) Web page – the presentation front end.

I have no idea whether getting into the technical weeds would interest anybody, but I would absolutely welcome commentary, feedback, being contacted about what I am doing and how. If you are interested in more detailed writeups of my thinking and work on this, please, let me know.

LFP: Grande Temple of Jing (Pathfinder)

In his own words, as posted on the Portal forums:

Looking for players for my Grande Temple of Jing dungeon crawl. I currently have up to three slots available and would greatly appreciate at least one more player (two or even all three would of course be wonderful). I have a Cleric of Cayden Caileen currently being NPCed if anyone would like to take them over, but I expect most people would prefer to apply with their own characters, which is also more than acceptable.

I am going to request that anyone who puts in an application be able to get on the portal, read posts, and respond at least once per week. If you do not feel you can meet this requirement on a regular basis (obviously some weeks may be missed due to circumstances) then I ask that you not apply.

If you have interest in taking over the cleric please talk to me either here or in a message and I will get you the information you need and we can slip you in. If you wish to apply with your own character simply follow the rules in the world description. If you have any questions about these rules, feel free to ask me here or in a message.

Site News

With Sept 21st quickly approaching, I am realizing there is no way I will make my deadline for an auth system to be running by “summer.” That realization probably could have hit me a few weeks ago, but I kept hoping that the workload at my paid job would ease up enough for me to get back into it. It didn’t. In fact, last week, a project I had thought was closed came up AGAIN. I have no idea right now when I will find the energy to get back to working on the Portal, but it IS on my mind, and I still think I am on the right track this time.

Question of Sevens

Ever notice how a wizard never seems to lose his hat? Explain that one, if you can …


Site News

Not much to report, largely because I took some weeks off from doing anything IT related. The TLS certificate for has been renewed today, and moved to a new CA. We are now signed by Let’s Encrypt.

Question of Sevens

“No harm ever came from reading a book …”

Or.. did it? Outside of that shining example, what harm could come of reading a book?

Kickstarters of Note

Hello, fellow Portalites!
Before I get into the meat of this Kickstarters of Note post, I want to apologise for falling off the internet for the better part of two weeks; it’s been a bit hectic here at Portal Headquarters, and not just because we hied off to ReaperCon.
Either way, we’re back, and have I got some stuff for you guys… brace yourselves, hide your wallets and get the drool buckets ready, because this go ’round, I’mma point you guys at all the best shiny.

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Site News

Not much new. A few more lines of code, still plugging away as I can. If anyone here has a better suggestion for a C++ –> WebAssembly + JS compiler than Cheerp, I am all ears. I’ll play with emScripten + binaryen, in the hopes that will work better for me, but maybe someone has an idea?

Wudinar’s Adventuring Tips

To quote a fellow traveller, “The day you choose to wear full plate and strap a shield to your off hand is the day you announce to the world you are expendable.” This may sound harsh, but the bottom line is, when you are a group’s walking (shield) wall, that means by definition your role is to absorb hits and prevent the more vulnerable from getting injured. And yes, depending on the situation, that might include staying behind or blocking a door or hallway in a last stand to allow the rest of the group to escape. It does not mean being deliberately suicidal, however.

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