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3D Space for Traveller and Writing

By way of a mental break, I’ve been tinkering with 3D star charts for gaming/writing again. This is a randomly populated 10 x 10 box, with 20 systems, plus connections (hand drawn – sorry!) of 4 units or less. The up and down arrows mark exits to the next...

Waterloo

One night when I was five years old, my mum came into check I was sleeping. I rolled over and mumbled, “The French are coming! Close the gates”. Growing up in Edinburgh in the 70s, with regular trips to the Castle, meant encountering echoes of Waterloo, moments of mayhem...

Conflict Diagrams: A quick way to build non-linear TTRPG Scenarios

Have you noticed that even though the TTRPG hobby mostly evolved beyond a focus on dungeons, dungeons are by far the most viral pre-done collatoral? OK, it’s partly because they’re pluggable. However, mostly, I think, it’s because they’re easy to grok: the matrix of PC choices is implicit in...

A dinner guest is bringing a partner I don’t really like

“Lucky Jim, I’ve got some people coming over for dinner but one of them is bringing their partner who I don’t really like – what do I do? “ Suck it up, lad! Seriously, you’re the fucking host. That’s how hospitality works the galaxy over… except of course with...