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.
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Not much to report, largely because I took some weeks off from doing anything IT related. The TLS certificate for rondaksportal.net has been renewed today, and moved to a new CA. We are now signed by Let’s Encrypt.
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?
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.
Paid work has been eating most of my energy, but I got a little bit of work done. Still making progress, still don’t have things anywhere I can actually run them, but all my test cases compile and pass. I’ll take it.
Do not take shared background information for granted. Not every character may have learned a specific set of hand signals in the past, or be familiar with how a certain school of swordsmanship does things, or any number of things that might be taken for granted because individually, they are as natural as breathing to one character. That said, such information might be valuable to share with the rest of the party…
Pathfinder playtest started; Thorne has assorted channels and forum posts to organize, if anyone is interested. My impression so far is mixed – the changes look interesting, but they are going to take a LOT of getting used to.
In site news, I have been making good progress on the code and am almost ready to put a test page for the authentication and account management system up. Might not make “Summer” as intended, but I am making progress.
Do not be taken in. If things appear too easy, or too convenient, they probably are and there is a catch. Try to think about not only what information you have – but also, who gave it to you, and what they might be trying to accomplish.
Sanity week. Noodled around a bit. No serious coding work, not even bugfixes. Thorne posted a few photos from our daytrip to Staircase Rapids on Discord. I highly recommend both GMs and players to occasionally take the time to go out there, to whatever natural wonders are nearby. Lots and lots of inspiration.
I am sure I mentioned this before, but – be prepared to withdraw. In the balance of things, it is better to return healed and prepared, with the understanding that the opponents will be alerted, than it is to be dead and unable to retry. Whether it is acceptable to leave people behind to cover the retreat depends on the situation and the ethics of you and your companions.