A Lazy Sequence

ANN: Manticore 0.4 released

A quick note to users of Manticore that I have released 0.4; Those of you who have installed the web app on your mobile device will hopefully be prompted to reload to get the update when you next use it. As always there is a static release bundle available on the projects Github page.

This release brings exactly one feature: the ability to select specific monsters (instead of using the filters).

28 August 2015

Relationship roll advice for 13th Age

Because of the role the Icons play in the world, the Relationship Rolls have a LOT of power. Or they should. The Icons are really the movers and shapers of the world and the PCs end up being their proxies or their enemies or both. And so those relationships write the story on a fundamental level. The adventures should be ABOUT those relationships.

But that’s tough to pull off if you’re asking your players to roll these dice at the beginning of the game. Because, really, to do it right, to do it justice, you should come with a blank sheet paper, roll the relationships, and make up the session or adventure on the fly based on those die rolls.…

The key is in a throwaway remark at the bottom of page 179. If you’re not comfortable improvising whole adventures out of nothing, roll Relationship Rolls at the end of your sessions.

That’s the trick.…

Via Douglas.


26 August 2015

Who won science fiction's Hugo awards, and why it matters.

Amy Wallace for Wired:

Just before 8 PM, in a vast auditorium packed with “trufans” dressed in wizard garb, corsets, chain mail and the like, one question was on most everybody’s minds: Would the Puppies prevail?

… Not a single Puppy-endorsed candidate took home a rocket. In the five categories that had only Puppy-provided nominees on the ballot—Best Novella, Best Short Story, Best Related Work, and Best Editor for Short and for Long Form—voters instead preferred “No Award.”

Via John Siracusa.