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Under Oak Hill

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My entry for the One Page Dungeon Contest 2010: A small module taking a group of low to mid-level characters through a cave system. I noticed during writing this little dungeon how used I am, as a referee,still thinking in DSA’s terms. Where others would have put in a lot of weird and uncommon monsters more, my enemies are a bit more mundane; if one can call undead bears mundane… (also the sheer mass of creatures is showing the D&D).

This design paradigm is normal for The Dark Eye, as most gamemasters notice pretty soon how hard it is to write extraordinary creatures and plots without completely breaking the whole setting. I kept myself mostly to usual fantasy fare with the monsters in that module. A few were not in the Labyrinth Lord basic rules (which I used as reference); that won’t matter, I will post writeups on those the next few days.

The map was created with Dungeon Crafter v1.4.1 (the free one), then finished off in GIMP. I noticed that at least when using it under WINE I cannot turn tiles in Dungeon Crafter, or even save a map, for reasons unknown, so the mapping took longer than I planned and still is lacking something. Anybody got a better mapper that’s also usable on a Linux system?

Update: Feb 26. 2010 – replaced download link with slightly corrected version

Download: Under Oak Hill

Related: New Creatures

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25. February 2010 at 2:17 pm

How I Failed to Learn Something Useful

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One fateful decision I made for my life (which I didn’t even know WAS such a fateful decision at the time I made it) occured in the end of 5th grade. At that time we were told to choose some electives. If we wanted.

Well, it wasn’t as if it was mandatory to take them, but we were told they always would be helpful later on. I looked over the sheet they gave us and somehow doubted that.

It was mostly extra sports classes. And mostly sport at insane times. And still with the same teachers as the regular classes. I was living a bit farther away, so a class at 7pm was not really feasible for me.  The last bus home left at 4.40.

But two classes struck my chord: IT and Touch Typing. Read the rest of this entry »

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19. January 2009 at 12:47 am

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twitter and me

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screenshot-twitterI never got into twitter that much. Maybe that was because I was blogging already and was able to put my thoughts into words there. Well, about 10 months after last updating that blog it might be time to give microblogging a new shot. After all, the reason why in the end I stopped blogging on both my previous more serious and my private blog was that I didn’t know what exactly to write on either one of them. One of them was too serious (I even went so far as to put down all the rights of the pictures I used), the other one much too personal. Because: if I have a thought about something I write it down. And then I make an article out of it. And then I added to the article.

The fun thing was: I got fans with that. It is seldom the case that anybody puts his feelings really into words and in the case of my personal blog I did. But on the other hand I got lots of criticism about the fact that I actually told people that much about me. Even though it was nearly completely anonymous. So, let’s try twittering again, which seems to be a viable alternative if I just want to hold that specific thought. And it is more exposed than facebook status messages as well. People on facebook often just don’t have any sense of humor. One can put so much effort into one-liners for that and still not even get a smile…

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25. December 2008 at 12:57 pm

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Circle of blog

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There is a kind of madness in the way some people start to blog.

No, this is not my first weblog, so I think I am immune to it, or at least able to comment on it.

It has something to do with all these sites which new bloggers how to do it right. Because, they tell them, YOU need to become the next A-Blogger or otherwise blogging is futile, just as it is with all these people who blog and never will earn anything with it. (They don’t want to call them dumbasses, but they would like to…)

Most interestingly those sites are those which actually get most hits from people who believe in what they say. And as those people believe them and see that those pages are successful they try to start sites like that as well, because the ARE obviously successful, repeating this circle ad infinitum.

And after a while the only “professional” pages one seems to come across are those by people writing about SEO and writing successful blogs.

Is this really it? What were blogs for originally? Writing about blogs?

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24. December 2008 at 9:45 pm

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