Rondak's Oracle

News and fun things about the games we play

Month: July 2018

Question of Sevens

It is once again time for the world-wide – galaxy-wide?! – festival of brews! With all comers welcome to showcase their best ale, mead, wine, applejack, brandy … whatever, if it’s fermented, it can be entered! – the only question is… why is there a pair of boots in the barrel?

Kickstarters of Note

Hello, fellow Portalites! I’m back again with a bunch of Kickstarters you all might find interesting!
We have some map-generation tools, descriptive aids; useful for GMs, players /and/ budding authors, and some terrain that might be useful to the gamers amongst us who are lucky enough to have local groups they play with.

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GM’s Tip of the Week

I seem to be doing a lot of callbacks to old posts lately, but new information does come up, and I’m always willing to re-examine old data, in the light of new discoveries, to see if a thing still works, or needs to be turned over and rebuilt.

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Wudinar’s Adventuring Tips

It cannot be stressed enough. Always be aware of your surroundings. Sound carries. Light sources are visible much farther than they illuminate. Scents carry on winds, and ruined hallways are notoriously drafty. By the same token, keep eyes and ears open for signs of trouble – they can, with any luck, be detected ahead of time. Sometimes well ahead.

Site News

Not much to report this week. The Discord server grew a few more channels, mostly to discuss new game systems and gaming utilities; I did manage to get at least a few lines of code written, but my paid job is still sucking up most of my energy, so this is slow going. On the other hand, some progress is better than none.

Question of Sevens

Traditions in this town are odd; surely one escaped prisoner isn’t such a big deal… is it?

GM’s Tip of the Week

We got to talking a bit about CR – that’s Challenge Rating – a bit in Discord the other day; Demagor, Andi and I. CR is not really a useful measure of how dangerous a given opponent might be, though. The example creature in this case is an imp; a minor devil. On the face of them, Imps are tiny nuisances, barely a threat to a party. They don’t do very much damage, and unless you get a swarm of them, they’re not much of a threat.
Or.. are they?

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Wudinar’s Adventuring Tips

Following the last one, if you /have/ to do something overt… be brazen. Most people are going to assume what you are doing is all right if you are projecting the conviction that it is in your actions. Of course, this works better in cities, where not everyone knows each other – use that anonymity.

Site News

Finally had the cycles again to work on the new codebase. Taking a break, while ${WORK} was a pain, did help me become clearer on some more unexplained bits on how to implement an OpenID identity provider, so that’s good. Next, actually write the code that gives life to the flowchart I built this weekend.

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