I'm preparing for my annual trip to JFK airport to welcome my partner back to the US by downloading Season 1 of True Detective to my tablet for the 2 hour subway ride and the wait at the airport for international flights to clear customs. I've definitely received my money's worth on that purchase.

@kensanata I can't remember if you've ever expressed your opinion on Holmes Basic. I have a box set (rules, adventure B1, but no dice) that I'm thinking of selling but if you'd like it I think my partner will be in Berlin for a week in early September, and maybe she could post it to you from there? I like Moldvay/Cook a lot but I am not such a fan of Holmes.

I'm supposed to be running my usual D&D 5E Adventurer's League game tonight but instead I've opted to stay home, try to throw off my lethargy/depression/whatever it is, and clean up my apartment so when my partner returns after a 60 day stay in Europe she doesn't see *exactly* how slovenly the cat and I can be when left to ourselves for long periods of time 🙁

OD&D game went well. one player had two characters die (once was a bad choice, and the other was just bad luck). everyone seemed to have fun though, including me 😊

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Huh, the upgrade from mastodon 2.6.1 *shamefaced* to 2.9.2 was actually pretty straightforward. Even upgrading ruby didn't give me any headaches this time.

I have for some reason agreed to run at least one OD&D session for some folks in a couple of weeks. I don't expect this to end well. Already having "discussions" about which supplements to allow, and hearing from the "but {gygax/arneson} did it this way" crowd, and a complete and utter lack of understanding of how much the original rules relied on Chainmail, even if one used the Alternative Combat System.

@kensanata i loved the latest podcast episode. I'm going to be sad when you're done but I'm enjoying it now.

If you like to make things and you really want to go down the rabbit hole, get a 3D printer.

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I still think this is the most useful python library I've ever made and I'm kind of sad it hasn't found its audience (probably because I need to make more compelling examples) github.com/aparrish/simpleneig

(it's a simplified wrapper for approximate nearest neighbor lookups that obviates the need to use or even think about e.g. annoy or scipy.kdtree)

@kensanata i wanted to let you know that my partner heard me talking about your ‘rule of cool’ encumbrance rule and she is using it in a 5E game that she’s running for her fellow students. Apparently it’s a big hit ☺️

Finally got the blocked login for G+ that says it's no longer available for consumers, blah.

I feel weird about it - I had an account since 2012, and used it heavily for a while. I don't miss the bullshit or much of the recent content at all, but damn if something getting shut off after 6 years of use doesn't leave a hole.

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I have just uploaded my Anki deck (a flashcard deck for a memorisation program) for the Circle of fifths. It "asks" for a key, and the answer is the number of sharps/flats and the relative minor key. It shows the Wikipedia image for the circle of fifths on every answer:

music.hcoder.org/music-monday/

Feel free to boost for reach 😁 Anki is pretty great, so even if you're not already using it, maybe you should! apps.ankiweb.net/

/cc @amolith @emsenn

@kensanata I am toying with the idea of setting up Oddmuse for myself; do you know if it plays well with nginx?


I'm still not sure what I think of 5E D&D, particularly organized play via Adventurer's League.
I just agreed to take over the AL administrative duties at my local game store, even with my ambivalence toward the rules.
*sighs*
Oh well, it gets me out of the house for something other than work.

@kensanata Well that solves that - it looks like Ulisses is offering a PDF version of the original on DTRPG as PWYW.

@kensanata this translation looks like it's from the most recent release. Your podcast made me curious about the game; I wonder how hard it would be to find an earlier version in German? My reading comprehension is much better than my speech.
ulisses-us.com/games/the-dark-

Ugh I spent all morning banging my head against a silly python program, and then spent an hour writing it in perl. I'm not saying python is bad, just that my brain works better with perl.

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