7/18/2018

Blessed Redundancy

To say that I've done a glossary of a lexicon is weirdly redundant, but making the title of this post Blessed Redundancy brings us full circle and repairs the damage. I choose to believe that's how it works.

As promised recently, the Glossary is now here, hoping to serve a handful of functions. First, it lets me be lazy from now on when plugging hyperlinks into every new installment of the RPG Lexicon series of posts. Second, it provides a single URL for others to use, if they have need of a simple gateway to said series. Third, it can provide a refresher for those times when it's been too long between posts, and fourth, I will cuddle up with it when no one's watching.

It's what Blogger calls a 'page' instead of a 'post,' since it's meant to change regularly (every time the series grows). I'm not sure if doing it as a page has any hidden disadvantages; I'm still new to bloggery and treat it like black magic. It might also properly belong on the Blue Room, but Rolltop Indigo is part of the Blue Room, and it just feels like this is the part where it belongs.

If you follow the Lexicon posts, I hope you find this useful for keeping it all sorted and, fair or foul, I'd love to hear your thoughts on it, and the design-topics it means to shine a light on. 'Til next time.

Here Are Some Jalapeños

7/16/2018

Miscellany

My least-favorite thing to wake up to this morning was the news. My favorite thing to wake up to was the trailer for On the Basis of Sex, since it lives at the intersection of my Ruth Bader Ginsburg fandom and my Felicity Jones fandom:



In today's laptoppery, I'm making my first baby-steps toward emulating old Yes album-cover lettering, if by "baby steps" we mean a baby that is still limited to lying on its back and pooping.

I'm still working on the M. And better o's and n's.

Those of you who track my long-simmering Encounter Critical projects can probably put 2 and 2 together there. It's ... actually kind of wonderful to be working entirely from Jim's perspective on a thing (well, there's a bit of Dave Cunningham as well). I firmly believe our hobby needs more James Ireland. If none of that makes sense: don't worry. That will never change.

Mostly, work has just been Risus Risus Risus (in Space Space Space) ... which is also excellent. But like an EC thing sometimes does, this EC thing has me distracted today.

In this-here-blog news, I'm compiling a distilled Glossary page of the RPG Lexicon terms I've covered so far, and It'll grow as the Lexicon posts dribble out. As noted recently, I'm no longer committed to dribbling them at any particular rate, but ... they're things I feel strongly about writing, so the Glossary will be a handy adjunct going forward. I'll be posting that soon.

In utterly personal news, I just want some lasagna. Dieting is stressful.

Finally, if you're ever up late at night (give or take 24 hours for time zones) and want to chat about pen-and-paper RPGs while I play mindless videogames, this is the link to click for that. I've been streaming more frequently lately, but it's more fun with friends to chatter at! If you're ever in the mood for that kind of chatter and I'm not online, feel free to prod me by email; if it's deep in the moonlighty night, there's a good chance I'll be game.

Hope this finds you gaming and well-fed (send pasta pics; staring counts as a free food).

7/14/2018

Launch

Like the shameless egotist I am, I have Google notify me when I'm summoned, so I can show up in an opera-style devil costume and mug at strangers through a foggy mirror. Type my name and I shall appear.

The result is mostly noise, not because my work is a ubiquitous topic, but because there are always dozens of new free-to-download font sites cropping up to sell ads and distribute malware, because if you want to build a such a site, all you need to do for content is poach the existing sites and voila. This is why I only bother uploading to DaFont and sometimes FontSpace (both of which are legit, long-term and ethical sources). Within a week or two, any font I post there appears on several hundred dodgier downstream sites, often with the ReadMe stripped out and/or replaced by advertising or virusy "installers" (fonts don't need installers, but not everyone knows that).

Which should be a pretty simple lesson on where to download your fonts. A word to the wise.

Anyway, this brings us to GURPS, obviously. Dragon's Lair posted this the other day.


And I just stared at it for a minute wondering how true it is. Like, did that really happen? With me or Robin?

I guess it's been so many years, now, that I had to pause and unreel it.

I mean, I loves me some "Mad Lands" (Icfrom) as much as anyone (I've found myself idly wondering if it'll enjoy a surge of popularity in response to the new Christopher Robin movie), but Laws was also involved with OtE at the time, I think. GURPS Fantasy II was his first book, but not his first RPG writing, I think.

And it just occurred to me that he and Christopher Robin share that whole "Robin" thing and I feel silly for never noticing before. Christopher Robin Laws. I dig it. Pooh Emoji.

My first book wasn't for GURPS at all. It was Weirder Tales: A Space Opera for Tales From the Floating Vagabond from Avalon Hill (there's a Risus version in the works; got the rights several years back, just been taking my time to get it right, as I do).

But, my first article sale was a GURPS article to Roleplayer, a kind of GURPS mini-mag I loved to pieces, back in the day.

And I still bold-italic a book or game title, and regular-italic a periodical title, because that's what the Steve Jackson Games Writer's Guidelines told me to do. So there's that.

We both had books that suffered a little from company caution, I daresay. Calling Robin's book GURPS Fantasy II was a bit of an indignity, hiding its considerable and bizarre light under a bushel (and disappointing anyone who mistook it for some kind of sequel or companion to GURPS Fantasy, to which it bore no relation).

My own GURPS Russia wasn't mislabeled GURPS Vikings II or anything, but it became an experiment in direct marketing out of a similar (I believe) sense of we're-not-sure-if-this-is-too-niche.

Hm. But overall, yeah. I can see it.

I guess if it got Robin his first book contract, that's a launchy thing.

And I guess if it got me my first article sale, that's a launchy thing.

So I guess it is true, or true enough. I just  never thought of it that way.

Which may just be down to shameless egotism. And my devil costume.