A Brush with the DM’s Guild and the OGL

I want to post more often, so I’m going to upload shorter posts, instead of blogging enormous treatises once a century. I also want to start making a nice little community here. So! Don’t be shy; if there’s something here you like or you have an alternative perspective or a question, leave a comment. So long as everyone’s civil, we’ll all have a good time.


If only my D&D notes were presented so beautifully.

Yesterday, I  lamented to a friend that 5th Edition Dungeons and Dragons wasn’t released under the Open Gaming Licence (OGL). I was missing all those cool third party games and conversions, things like the Star Wars d20 System game, Pathfinder, and Deadlands, which I’ve recently discovered. He said:

‘Get your head out of your ass. It is released under the Open Gaming Licence, and there’s this online store come publishing platform that allows you to use the ‘product identity’ of D&D; mind flayers and  beholders and all that good stuff. You dingus.’ [ED: His friend is actually way too kind to say something like that. He may have embellished slightly.] Continue reading “A Brush with the DM’s Guild and the OGL”

The Monster List of Books 2017

bookstackI didn’t manage to read enough during Twenty-Seventeen. Including books I re-read, books I began but didn’t finish, and books I read for the first time, I read a paltry thirty-nine books, which was still somehow more than last year. If you subtract the ones I didn’t finish (nine) I still managed more than last year. A miracle. If only I was ten again. I had plenty of time to read then. Out of school, when I should have been asleep, in school, during Maths… Continue reading “The Monster List of Books 2017”

Resurrected Elephant Revisited and General Social Media Post-Mortem

funny-2935405_640Oh, cool, Chnerk Mandog joined Mastodon. Honest.

It’s interesting; as another non-techy person, Chuck’s initial experience seems to have been largely like mine. “Hey this is neat, with caveats.”

I stopped using Mastodon a few months ago because trying to use four networks at the same time was like trying juggle four cannisters of other people’s shit; it makes you anxious and you’re bound to get some on you.

Then a little after that I stopped using social media almost altogether, and I’m still in that limbo. These blog posts get auto-cross-posted, (I know it’s not a word, that’s why I frankensteined it together with hyphens), and I sometimes go on Twitter or Instagram to check they’re still there, but otherwise, I’m social media free, at least in my personal life.

I’m still not sure whether that’s a long term thing. The idea of deleting my accounts altogether seems drastic. Continue reading “Resurrected Elephant Revisited and General Social Media Post-Mortem”

Live-stream North American Beaver Dissection

Ever wanted to see what’s inside a beaver, or learn how specimens are prepared for museum collections? Well here’s your chance!

Over at The Brain Scoop, Emily Graslie and Lauren Smith did a live dissection of a North American Beaver (Castor canadensis). It’s like a Magic School Bus trip into a beaver, but with more blood and guts. Continue reading “Live-stream North American Beaver Dissection”