Thursday, 17 May 2012

The Blogging A to Z 2012 Collection

I can't recall where I got this idea. I won't claim it as mine, but I thought it was a cool idea no less.

You should find a PDF attached below of all the entries for the 2012 Blogging A to Z challenge that Ben and I made. Enjoy!

And remember, we hope that you'll drop by and comment on each entry.

Blogging WFRP A to Z: The Complete 2012 Collection
Posted by caffeinated at 8:04 PM in d10

Tuesday, 15 May 2012

And now for something completely different... Cufón sux.

So... I've started seeing a lot of this JavaScript library called Cufón. Fonts for the People it says.

UGH! Please people, stop relying on JavaScript DOM hijacking for delivering web fonts. It's notoriously unreliable and requires just too much work to manage.

HTML5 and CSS3 are where web development is at, and both are fucking reliable and gracefully degrade. If you have not read HTML5 and CSS3: Develop Today with Tomorrow's Standards by Brian P. Hogan (Pragmatic Bookshelf) and have not read chapter 19, Using Real Fonts, please, if you use Cufón and/or you're a web dev, stop reading this, click the above link and get rid of Cufón.



Posted by caffeinated at 2:09 AM in nerdery

Friday, 11 May 2012

Leaving one, returning to another

Resigned today from my current position with my employer.

I don't know why I was so nervous, I know exactly why I did it and where I was going next, my former employer. I'm very excited about the move.

However, handing my resignation over to my manager was nerve wracking. I think because I like the guy, but really think his ego and his project are awfully out of sync.

Anyway... the next three weeks will be liberating, if only a little uncomfortable in the transition. The project has a lot of fail written on it and getting away from it is important. So all is good, I remain gainfully employed and I'm going someplace where I'm valued and I know a lot of people.
Posted by caffeinated at 8:18 PM in Bohemian Breakfast

Sunday, 6 May 2012

Blogging A to Z 2012 Retrospective

2012 was my second year in the Blogging A-to-Z challenge. I learned about the idea from Grognardia last year. James' effort focused on his Original D&D campaign known as Dwimmermount (which posted nigh $50,000 in Kickstarter last month). I jumped in with my own effort on role-playing games (RPGs) focusing on Warhammer Fantasy Role Play, or WFRP.

WFRP is a license of Games Workshop, currently published by Fantasy Flight Games. The world of WFRP is a low fantasy, 15th century Germanic and Arthurian setting featuring elves, dwarves, halflings and a myriad of beasts, magic, and dark magical foes.

I quickly found that I not only enjoyed the challenge, but I was becoming more familiar with the setting and far more comfortable writing and extending the setting for my own games. My entries in Blogging A-to-Z 2011 also won me some recognition the WFRP community, including a Best of the Fans Award from Adolphus Altdorfer, the nom de plume of Magnus Seter at The Altdorf Correspondant,

Thus the fire was lit and I began planning my effort for 2012. Only I had a problem on the outset: a European Vacation. While I could have figured out a way to beg, borrow and steal data connections in Italy, I knew I was going to busy. I had several ideas to handle my absence. The first was to just pre-write my posts and queue them. The second was to engage others. I issued a call to the WFRP community of bloggers, a small one to be sure, and got immediate interest.

In the end, 26 entries later, I can declare SUCCESS. Ben Scerri of versamus; we roll was a tremendous help, blogging on the other side of the world from Australia. Ben not only provided support in my planned absence, he provided near or half of the ideas for Blogging A-to-Z 2012. Thank you, Ben!

We got to share with the visitors our enjoyment of the WFRP setting (there was less system focus posts than 2011) with a wider audience. But I think that Ben and I also can share a hardship in blogging, literally on opposite sides and poles of the Earth. We settled on GMT posts. For me that meant that my posts appeared hours before midnight in the US and "yesterday" for Ben. I think in retrospect the lesson to pass to "A-to-Z'ers" is: if you're going to co-blog the challenge, stay local and within six hours plus-or-minus GMT. Anything approaching 12 hours creates a "I'm awake, your asleep" communication blackout. If you must, then plan at least a day ahead for all communication and last minute changes are not allowed.

Thanks for visiting and see you next year... indeed.
Posted by caffeinated at 6:41 PM in d10

Thursday, 3 May 2012

So, what about other games you may ask?

There should be no question about my allegiances to WFRP. Damn, I love the game, the setting, and--to be specific--the system of WFRP 2e by Chris Pramas of Green Ronin.

It was the clear love of WFRP that Chris Pramas put into the game as noted in the last pages of the core rulebook that led me to take a look at Chris' other work at Green Ronin. While I'm not much for d20 and equally ho-hum about supers games, Green Ronin's work on Dragon Age and the Adventure Gaming Engine was a home run.

Dragon Age and AGE hit a lot of nostalgia buttons for me. The box sets. The level pacing by box. The dark fantasy setting of Dragon Age the video game by BioWare. And the simplicity of AGE as well as its ability to capture the dynamic, exciting, and explosive powers of the video game in "stunts." If you haven't checked out Dragon Age, you should. The final box set is in queue for release. Add that AGE is being rolled out to other titles and genres.

On the rules light, old school touchy-feely side of things, I have recently found Heroes Against Darkness (HAD) by Justin Halliday. This free, I said FREE, game is just... well, amazing.

HAD weighs in at 230 pages. A lot you might think for a rules light system. However, a players & game master guide and a bestiary are included. As well as full guide to understanding the elements of a fantasy setting rooted in a historical presentation that allows a campaign to organically grow in the sandbox. Justin even provides a 28 page solo adventure, The Sundered Tower, reminiscent of the D&D Red Box of old.

HAD feels like Justin channeled several concepts from Dragon Age, D&D BECMI, even D&D 4e (with HP Rallying, e.g., Healing Surges) into a homebrew, d20 light system, and yet players can get started in 10 minutes. The Level 10 ceiling (as presented) passes the "Hero in a Tavern" test (some might know this test as E6). PC powers/feats are detailed out to Level 20, again a feature I might attribute to E6 (where after Level 6, PCs gain feats, nothing more). Justin's channelling is presented in a professional layout with artwork 
evocative of the heroic and gritty world of heroes against darkness. The PDF is so nice, one wants to cough up the dollars to have it bound.

Did I mention that HAD was FREE?

And I have other game passions. Pathfinder captures my current high fantasy imaginations. I desperately want to play the Pathfinder Beginner Box with my daughter. Twilight:2000 still captures my crunchy rules, raised during the Cold War, apocalyptic, Chernobyl ruins at every crossroad dread, And if I could get a copy of TMNT&OS... I might be intrigued by Supers again. Maybe.
Posted by caffeinated at 4:32 PM in d10

Tuesday, 1 May 2012

Blogging A to Z 2012 Complete

Ben Scerri and I finished Blogging A-to-Z! What a run. I'll have more on May 7 for the retrospective, so stay tuned.

Needless to say, it was a great run. I hope, if you're reading for the first time, that you'll take 5 or 10 minutes to scan through the post and comment, in gaming parlance: "ret-con".

Thanks for visiting... watch for more WFRP goodness to come. The A-to-Z challenge always rekindles my enjoyment of blogging about RPG, &c.
Posted by caffeinated at 1:35 PM in kaffehaus