List of Quotes

Gathered in one place, a sortable/searchable list of cited quotes for Take on Rules.

Table 134: List of all Attributed Quotes in Take on Rules
Date Published Page with Quote Citation Quote
2011-01-01 K is for Kickstart https://danielsolisblog.blogspot.com/2007/08/do-pilgrims-of-flying-temple.html Do: Pilgrims of the Flying Temple is a slapstick fantasy storytelling game. You tell the story of young travelers flying to different worlds, …
2011-01-01 P is for Puerto Rico Crow Yes even the air supports airplanes just as it does in the not better United States.
2011-01-01 Finally, Dogs in the Vineyard Vincent Baker, Dogs in the Vineyard You stand between God’s law and the best intentions of the weak.

You stand between God’s people and their own demons.

Sometimes it’s better for one to …
2011-01-01 Master of Bandwidth Ray Winniger, Action and Reaction

  • Providing effective descriptions.
  • Determining how to resolve the outcomes of the characters' actions.
  • Deciding when you should automatically reveal …
2011-01-01 Change of Plans - GenCon Edition Brad Murray Hollowpoint sales are rapid enough that I’ll start work on some skins this week for free download. If you have a favourite idea from past discussion …
2011-01-01 Bloodstone - It Is Time Yoda This one a long time have I watched. Never his mind on where he was. Hmm? What he was doing. Hmph.
2012-01-01 The Now 400 Pound Gorilla Has Awoken Mike Mearls The goals we have set for ourselves are by no means trivial or easy. By involving you in this process, we can build a set of D&D 📖rules that …
2012-01-01 World of Dungeons by John Harper Dungeon World Kickstarter World of Dungeons is a complete short roleplaying game that answers the question “If Dungeon World was the latest version of a classic roleplaying …
2012-01-01 World of Dungeons by John Harper World of Dungeons These rules are yours to bend to your will! You may find it natural to expand, redact, and modify them as you your game goes on. We advise keeping an …
2014-01-01 Scenic Dunnsmouth by Zzarchov Kowolski Scenic Dunnsmouth (back cover text) Scenic Dunnsmouth features an innovative village generation system using dice and playing cards to ensure that every expedition to Dunnsmouth is …
2014-01-01 Dangerous Space Jail by Phil Vecchione Phil Vecchione, Dangerous Space Jail When a character enters the Dimensional Anchor room or when someone disturbs the fabric of reality, Roll + Int. On a 10+, Enter the room with no …
2014-01-01 Thulian Echoes by Zzarchov Kowolski Zzarchov Kowolski, Thulian Echoes (introduction) …the journal of another band of adventures from over a thousand years ago who went to explore a location based adventure. The players are then handed …
2014-01-01 Thulian Echoes by Zzarchov Kowolski Thulian Echoes (product description) Thulian Echoes is two adventures in one! In the first phase, players take the role of pregen characters exploring the dungeon long ago… their actions …
2014-01-01 Working and Creating within Constraints Sting, All this Time Two priests came round
Our house tonight
One young, one old,
To offer prayers for the dying,
To serve the final rite
One to learn, one to teach
Which way …
2014-01-01 Working and Creating within Constraints Sting, When the Angels Fall Take your father’s cross gently from the wall
The shadow still remaining
See the churches fall, in mighty arcs of sound
And all that they’re containing …
2015-01-01 Building a Set of D&D House Rules Torcbearer If you think the players have come up with a good idea—a smart use of their gear, spells or even bodies—then there is no need to roll the dice for …
2015-01-01 Early Experience running Out of the Abyss Out of the Abyss (p20) A foraging character makes a Wisdom (Survival) check. The DC 📖is typically 15, but might be as high as 20 in some parts of the Underdark.
2015-01-01 Early Experience running Out of the Abyss Out of the Abyss (p20) Roll a d6 to determine how an encounter area is illuminated. On a roll of 1-3, the area is dimly lit by the phosphorescent moss and lichen common in …
2016-01-01 Adding More Mortar to the Three Pillars D&D Basic Rules: Player’s Basic Rules The Three Pillars of Adventure

Adventurers can try to do anything their players can imagine, but it can be helpful to talk about their activities in …
2017-01-01 Randomness, I Forgot that I Needed You Jeremy Friesen, Stone Giant Smoothy In exploring the caverns, the group had turned the corner and at the end of the corridor was a room packed with Stone Giants. We were out of our …
2017-01-01 Dungeon Crawl Classics Agenda and Advice Matt Finch, Old School Primer View the entire area you’ve mapped out as the battleground; don’t plan on taking on monsters in a single room. They may try to outflank you by running …
2017-01-01 Dungeon Crawl Classics - Going Beyond the Funnel Doom of the Savage Kings The floor is covered by what appears to be thousands of thin, translucent strips of vellum. To your horror, you realize the crackling dried strips are …
2017-01-01 Dungeon Crawl Classics - Tower of the Stargazer [Session 5] Tower of the Stargazer There was a wicked King who loved a Medusa. And she loved him. Together they grew powerful. And in this power they grew to resent each other. The King …
2017-01-01 Expanding on My Procedures for Open Table Gaming Jeremy Friesen, DCC Adventure Introduction We will be playing a Dungeon Crawl Classics character funnel. Each of you will have 4 fragile characters to start. The goal is to make it through the …
2017-01-01 Heeding Gygax's Admonition Advanced Dungeons and Dragons, Dungeon Masters Guide pg. 37 YOU CAN NOT HAVE A MEANINGFUL CAMPAIGN IF STRICT TIME RECORDS ARE NOT KEPT.
2017-01-01 Heeding Gygax's Admonition Advanced Dungeons and Dragons, Dungeon Masters Guide pg. 37 Game time is of utmost importance. Failure to keep careful track of time expenditure by player characters will result in many anomalies in the game. …
2018-01-01 Let’s Read “Stars without Number” – Scenes, Saves, and Skill Checks Kevin Crawford, Stars without Number: Revised Deluxe Edition As a general rule of thumb, if failure at a particular task would make the PC seem notably incompetent at their role in life, then they shouldn’t have …
2018-01-01 Let’s Read “Stars without Number” – Scenes, Saves, and Skill Checks Kevin Crawford, Stars without Number: Revised Deluxe Edition Mental saves can also be used when no other saving throw category seems to apply and only blind luck and ineffable intuition can save the hero.
2018-01-01 Polymorph, Wild Shape and the Barbarian Rage @JeremyECrawford Polymorph replaces your game statistics, including class features, with those of the beast. If you’re a barbarian, you lose Rage.
2018-01-01 Polymorph, Wild Shape and the Barbarian Rage @mikemearls Barbarian rages, get Polymorphed into Giant Ape. Does the character keep the rage on them as a Giant Ape?
2018-01-01 Polymorph, Wild Shape and the Barbarian Rage System Reference Document 5.1 Druid Wild Shape You retain the benefit of any features from your class, race, or other source and can use them if the new form is physically capable …
2018-01-01 Discovered an Unknown to Me Sibling of the Old School Primer Kuroth’s Quill, OSR Questionnaire This is an excellent resource for old-school dungeon-exploring players in general, and helps players to effectively deploy in play the concepts …
2018-01-01 Discovered an Unknown to Me Sibling of the Old School Primer Matt Finch, Old School Primer The corridors are your flight path when you cut and run.
2018-01-01 Discovered an Unknown to Me Sibling of the Old School Primer Matt Finch, Old School Primer Keep in mind especially that corridors which circle back to other corridors are very dangerous in running battles, because they allow enemies to hit …
2018-01-01 Witchburner by Luka Rejec Luka Rejec, Witchburner: Burner Edition (Preview) Space, distance, and accuracy are secondary to mood so time is abstracted to the basic unit of the watch. A watch is about six hours long and there …
2018-01-01 Witchburner by Luka Rejec Luka Rejec, Witchburner: Burner Edition (Preview) The Mayor pats down her forehead with a napkin and looks left, then right. The councilors arranged around her in their finery nod assent. She looks …
2018-01-01 Witchburner in Burning Wheel Luke Crane, Burning Wheel Codex The Circles test could be considered a system for determining NPC 📖disposition towards the players. Sure, you find who you’re looking for. But what do …
2018-01-01 Witchburner in Burning Wheel Trouble in Hochen You have been sent or called to Hochen. How exactly depends on the nature of your relationship. Hochen is in dire straits—famine in the dead of a hard …
2018-01-01 Witchburner in Burning Wheel Luka Rejec, Witchburner Calamities beset Saint Cleareyes; Its mayor issued calls for justice. Lord Rightmaker dispatched you to find the witch.
2018-01-01 In Response to “I'm Bowing Out” - Hack & Slash Hack & Slash, I’m Bowing Out I engage in social media less. I read it, but now the only time I actually engage is to talk to artists or other creators. I’m tired of being sick to …
2018-01-01 Premature Character Attachment Disorder Funerals for the Fallen Take a dead character’s remains to a safe place with a church (or cultural equivalent) and you can buy their experience points on a 1:1 [gold]-for-XP …
2018-01-01 Premature Character Attachment Disorder Whitehack p19 Once per battle, when an attack would damage [a PC], they have the option to save. A successful save reduces the damage by d6 hit points, representing …
2018-01-01 Following-up on Character Attachment reddit/r/rpg How do character creation, binary-vs-wounding HP 📖, and morale systems interact?
2018-01-01 Following-up on Character Attachment Jeremy Friesen I suspect that players view the time it takes to make a character as directly proportional to the perceived durability of their character; Dice and …
2018-01-01 Marching through the Sandbox Brad J Murray, Sandboxery Where are your games on there? What would you call that? Are all hex crawls sandboxes? Certainly all sand boxes are not hex crawls.
2018-01-01 Marching through the Sandbox Alex Schroeder, What is Sandboxery? I just feel that a campaign that is solely determined by the products we bought or by the adventures we picked from a shelf (in other words, decisions …
2018-01-01 Marching through the Sandbox Brad J Murray, Sandboxery I’ve heard people say that sandboxing requires a lot of prep because you never know which way the players will go next. Well the system seems to do …
2018-01-01 Using Adventures in Middle Earth procedures for Tomb of Annihilation Adventures in Middle-Earth: Player’s Guide (p170) Hostile scouts or hunters cross the company’s path, this may even be a sharp eyed Crebain, gathering news for the enemy.

The Look-out must make a …
2018-01-01 Using Adventures in Middle Earth procedures for Tomb of Annihilation Adventures in Middle-Earth: Player’s Guide (p164)

  • Players assign tasks and plan route.
  • Loremaster determines Peril Rating of the journey.
  • The Guide makes an Embarkation Roll: 1d12 modified by the …
2018-01-01 Using Adventures in Middle Earth procedures for Tomb of Annihilation Adventures in Middle-Earth: Player’s Guide (p169) Fallen trees, a fast flowing river, a rockslide, or a fallen bridge block the path ahead. The company must work together to clear the path. The Guide …
2018-01-01 Using Adventures in Middle Earth procedures for Tomb of Annihilation Adventures in Middle-Earth: Player’s Guide (p174) They are beset by foul moods and short tempers that they must work hard to throw off. Each has disadvantage on all ability checks pertaining to social …
2018-01-01 Three Book RPG DIY & Dragons Earlier this year, FM Geist from Ziggurat of Unknowing started a meme: Choose 3 books to act as your Player’s Handbook, Dungeon Master’s Guide, and …
2018-01-01 Playstorming Embarkation Tweaks in Adventures in Middle-earth Adventures in Middle-Earth: Player’s Guide (p164)

  • Players assign tasks and plan route.
  • Loremaster determines Peril Rating of the journey.
  • The Guide makes an Embarkation Roll: 1d12 modified by the …
2018-01-01 Diving Further into Embarkation Adventures in Middle-Earth: Player’s Guide (p173) If the Embarkation roll was a 1, the encounter will automatically be with a servant of the Enemy. Conversely, if it was a 12 the company has …
2018-01-01 Diving Further into Embarkation Adventures in Middle-Earth: Player’s Guide (p168) 12 (or more) From Auspicious Beginnings

The company sets out upon a path that will likely show them wonders long since forgotten or into dangers that …
2018-01-01 Helmets and Halberd Podcast Alex Schroeder, “Halberds and Helmets” podcast episode 1 I’ll try to provide information to players so they can change if these situations will be appropriate for them; because of the theme, danger, risk …
2018-01-01 Helmets and Halberd Podcast Alex Schroeder, “Halberds and Helmets” podcast episode 1 Another thing I really like, is when the world doesn’t really move too fast. When it’s basically static…I don’t want to pressure the players to do …
2018-01-01 Helmets and Halberd Podcast Alex Schroeder, “Halberds and Helmets” podcast episode 1 Having few rules, means there is a lot of freedom. All the things that don’t require rules, we can handle it by just talking about it.
2018-01-01 Helmets and Halberd Podcast Alex Schroeder, “Halberds and Helmets” podcast episode 1 Keep record of how you want to run things.
2018-01-01 Helmets and Halberd Podcast Alex Schroeder, “Halberds and Helmets” podcast episode 1 Why simple mechanics? They have the benefit that they are quick to read…they benefit from remembering. Players know about 6 abilities, HP 📖, AC 📖, …
2018-01-01 Helmets and Halberd Podcast Alex Schroeder, “Halberds and Helmets” podcast episode 1 Changing the rules is part of the game. We drop stuff we don’t like. We drop stuff we don’t remember. We add stuff we read online. We add stuff we …
2018-01-01 Helmets and Halberd Podcast Alex Schroeder, “Halberds and Helmets” podcast episode 1 What sort of rules do we want? What sort of stories do we want to tell? What sort of risks do we want to take?
2018-01-01 Helmets and Halberd Podcast Alex Schroeder, “Halberds and Helmets” podcast episode 1 RPGS are about using your imagination to run the game; using rules to enforce consequences. It’s not just telling any sort of story, we are enforcing …
2018-01-01 Helmets and Halberd Podcast Alex Schroeder, “Halberds and Helmets” podcast episode 1 I like the fear. I like my characters. I love them. But I also like to fear for them. This is what adventure is for me. When I as a player fear for my …
2018-01-01 Helmets and Halberd Podcast Alex Schroeder You can use the rules as written. You can start keeping notes. If your rules are short and your notes are long, then at some point you might as well …
2018-01-01 Let’s Read “Stars without Number” - Starships Kevin Crawford, Stars without Number: Revised Deluxe Edition Drill Velocity Upgrade (Fix-2): The ship’s spike drive is counted as one level better when determining spike drill transit speed and maximum drill …
2018-01-01 Let’s Read “Stars without Number” - The History of Space Kevin Crawford, Stars without Number: Revised Deluxe Edition (p121) The default setting of Stars without Number is a far future age in which the sprawling, glorious domain of human space has been reduced to a …
2018-01-01 “The Riddles of the Hobbit” by Adam Roberts Adam Roberts, The Riddles of the Hobbit (p82) My first is in blood and also in battle,
My second in oak and acorn and apple
My third and fourth are both the same
And can be found twice in refrain,
My …
2018-01-01 “The Riddles of the Hobbit” by Adam Roberts Gavin Bone, Anglo-Saxon Poetry (Oxford 1943) p49 A stream must mingle with the sea
And a mast stand tight when winds are free;
A sword be dear to humans still
And the wise serpent live in a hill;
A fish …
2018-01-01 Let’s Read “Stars without Number” - Sector Creation Kevin Crawford, Stars without Number: Revised Deluxe Edition (p129) Most campaigns are going to involve substantial world-hopping, however, and the GM 📖needs to be ready to deal with this. This chapter will give you …
2018-01-01 Let’s Read “Stars without Number” - Sector Creation Kevin Crawford, Stars without Number: Revised Deluxe Edition (p129) You are advised to carefully read the following pages and take heed of the advice on how much content you should create for each world. A GM would not …
2018-01-01 Let’s Read “Stars without Number” - Sector Creation Kevin Crawford, Stars without Number: Revised Deluxe Edition (p148)

Pilgrimage Site

The world is noted for an important spiritual or his- torical location, and might be the sector headquarters for a widespread religion …
2018-01-01 Let’s Read “Stars without Number” - Adventure Creation Kevin Crawford, Stars without Number: Revised Deluxe Edition (p178) You can use this principle when the PCs want anything, whether it’s a ship, a particular ally, a base of operations, or anything else that can’t …
2018-01-01 Let’s Read “Stars without Number” - Adventure Creation Kevin Crawford, Stars without Number: Revised Deluxe Edition (p173) The method that follows is by no means the best or only way to devise an adventure, but it’s a procedure that will do the job for a working GM 📖. This …
2018-01-01 Let’s Read “Stars without Number” - Adventure Creation Kevin Crawford, Stars without Number: Revised Deluxe Edition A courier mistakes the party for the wrong set of offworlders, and wordlessly deposits a Thing with them that implies something awful—med-frozen, …
2018-01-01 Let's Read “Stars without Number” - Xenobestiary Kevin Crawford, Stars without Number: Revised Deluxe Edition (p193) Before picking foes from this chapter, however, a GM 📖should make sure that the enemies chosen and the perils generated are appropriate for the …
2018-01-01 Let's Read “Stars without Number” - Xenobestiary Kevin Crawford, Stars without Number: Revised Deluxe Edition p205-206 Journeying

This species has an incurable wanderlust. Perhaps they roam the stars in fleets of massive spike drive ships, or they may make steady …
2018-01-01 Let's Read “Stars without Number” - Xenobestiary Kevin Crawford, Stars without Number: Revised Deluxe Edition (p202) When adding an alien race to your sector, it’s necessary to keep in mind the ultimate purpose you have for including them. A given species might be …
2018-01-01 Let's Read “Stars without Number” - Factions Kevin Crawford, Stars without Number: Revised Deluxe Edition (p227) Colony World

Thinly-populated worlds with limited infrastructure tend to have weak colonial governments concerned chiefly with issues of basic survival …
2019-01-01 Let's Read “Stars without Number” - Game Master Resources Kevin Crawford, Stars without Number: Revised Deluxe Edition (p235) Perhaps most importantly, there is no such thing as interstellar bulk shipping in Stars Without Number. Even the largest spike drive ships have cargo …
2019-01-01 Let's Read “Stars without Number” - Game Master Resources Kevin Crawford, Stars without Number: Revised Deluxe Edition (p234) It can be tedious to handle the logistics of salvage and unbalancing to the game to allow PCs to cash in on every alien fork and wall panel they can …
2019-01-01 Let's Read “Stars without Number” - Game Master Resources Kevin Crawford, Stars without Number: Revised Deluxe Edition (p231) The most important thing you can remember as a GM 📖running Stars Without Number is that you are running it for a specific group of people

Whenever you …
2019-01-01 Let's Read “Stars without Number” - Game Master Resources Kevin Crawford, Stars without Number: Revised Deluxe Edition (p233) The key…is to let both skills and player argumentation have a visible effect on the outcome, so that players feel that both matter.
2019-01-01 Let's Read “Stars without Number” - Game Master Resources Kevin Crawford, Stars without Number: Revised Deluxe Edition (p234) Some GMs 📖just let the PCs 📖all make Notice checks to see if they notice some- thing hidden. This has the advantage of being quick and simple, but it …
2019-01-01 Let's Read “Codex of the Black Sun” - Black Stars Uncounted Kevin Crawford, Codex of the Black Sun: Interstellar Sorcery and Magic for Stars without Number (p3) There has always been a strain of sorcery in science fiction. Whether the thinly-veiled magic of space monks with laser swords, the once-serious …
2019-01-01 Better World Books Closing Goshen Store Elkhart Truth 2019-03-14 Locally, Better World Books served the community not only by selling used and new books but by offering special activities such as board game nights, …
2019-01-01 Better World Books Closing Goshen Store Facebook page for “Better World Books - Goshen” Better World Books is thankful to have been part of the Goshen community for the past ten years. After careful consideration, we have made the …
2019-01-01 “Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead” by Olga Tokarczuk William Blake, Proverbs of Hell In seed-time learn, in harvest teach, in winter enjoy.
Drive your cart and your plough over the bones of the dead.
The road of excess leads to the …
2019-01-01 “Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead” by Olga Tokarczuk Sarah Perry, Review in “The Guardian” That this novel caused such a stir in Poland is no surprise. There, the political compass has swung violently to the right, and the rights of women …
2019-01-01 “Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead” by Olga Tokarczuk Olga Tokarczuk, Interview for Man Booker 2019 Longlist Outwardly, it’s a classic murder mystery that starts with a dead body, of course. But it’s a book to be read on lots of different levels. You can stay …
2019-01-01 “Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead” by Olga Tokarczuk “Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead” by Olga Tokarczuk I am already at an age and additionally in a state where I must always wash my feet thoroughly before bed, in the event of having to be removed by an …
2019-01-01 “The Lost Art of Reading: Books and Resistance in a Troubled Time” by David L. Ulin David L. Ulin, “The Lost Art of Reading: Books and Resistance in a Troubled Time” (p. 33) To read, we need a certain kind of silence, an ability to filter out the noise. That seems increasingly elusive in our overnetworked society, where …
2019-01-01 “The Lost Art of Reading: Books and Resistance in a Troubled Time” by David L. Ulin David L. Ulin, “The Lost Art of Reading: Books and Resistance in a Troubled Time” (p. 25) This is what literature, at its best and most unrelenting, offers: a slicing through of all the noise and the ephemera, a cutting to the chase. There …
2019-01-01 “The Lost Art of Reading: Books and Resistance in a Troubled Time” by David L. Ulin Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft Books are a uniquely portable magic.
2019-01-01 “The Lost Art of Reading: Books and Resistance in a Troubled Time” by David L. Ulin David L. Ulin, “The Lost Art of Reading: Books and Resistance in a Troubled Time” (p. 8) Sometime in the last few years—I don’t remember when, exactly—I noticed I was having trouble sitting down to read. That’s a problem if you read, as I …
2019-01-01 “The Lost Art of Reading: Books and Resistance in a Troubled Time” by David L. Ulin David L. Ulin, “The Lost Art of Reading: Books and Resistance in a Troubled Time” (p. xxxi) Why does reading matter? Because language and narrative are what we have. Without them, we are just scared mammals reacting to the world around us, …
2019-01-01 “The Lost Art of Reading: Books and Resistance in a Troubled Time” by David L. Ulin David L. Ulin, “The Lost Art of Reading: Books and Resistance in a Troubled Time” (p. 83) Memory is really the story left behind by forgetting—the essence that remains when the years have stripped away all that useless particularity.
2019-01-01 “The Lost Art of Reading: Books and Resistance in a Troubled Time” by David L. Ulin George Orwell, 1984 Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past.
2019-01-01 Books in Progress and Recently Finished Jeremy Friesen That feeling when you read a philosophy book refuting Plato’s denouncement of Greek tragedies, and you can’t help but look at the writing through the …
2019-01-01 Books in Progress and Recently Finished Maria Papovic, brainpickings.org/about Founded in 2006 as a weekly email that went out to seven friends and eventually brought online, the site was included in the Library of Congress …
2019-01-01 Books in Progress and Recently Finished Jibanananda Das, “Tangerine” (translated from the Bangla by Clinton B. Seely) When once I leave this body
Shall I not come back to the world?
If only I might return
Upon a winter’s evening
Taking on the compassionate flesh of a cold …
2019-01-01 Rite of Admixture - A Ritual for the Dark Six of Eberron Telecanter, https://recedingrules.blogspot.ch/2011/06/priest-of-chaos-said.html Life is Chaos: the weeds in the plowed fields, the orchards gone to woods, the shore worn away by the sea. Chaos is long patterns: the rivers unfurl, …
2019-01-01 The How and the Why of Indices of Game Crunch https://www.reddit.com/r/Eberron/comments/cd20mh/index_of_available_classes_races_cultures_and/etqvyt8/?context=3 Am I missing something here? This is just a list of various races and subclasses for use in your game? Maybe something about why you chose these would …
2019-01-01 Revisiting Eberron: Why I am Excited to Explore the Campaign Setting Pierre Teilhard de Chardin We live surrounded by ideas and objects infinitely more ancient than we imagine; and yet at the same time everything is in motion.
2019-01-01 Revisiting Eberron: Why I am Excited to Explore the Campaign Setting Keith Baker, Starting a New Campaign I usually won’t try to squeeze every significant power group in Eberron into a campaign. I’ll usually focus on one of the more obvious groups—the …
2019-01-01 Situation Mining: It Begins in Graywall Eberron Campaign Setting This gateway to the kingdom of monsters is as deep into the barrens as most travelers are willing to go. The city was built using the strength of …
2019-01-01 Just Arrived: “Dungeon Crawl Classics: Lankhmar” Dungeon Crawl Classic Lankhmar Kickstarter At $165,000: Cleared! We will add send Michael Curtis to Houston for a week to research the Fritz Leiber archives in the University of Houston. We …
2019-01-01 Keith Baker announces “Project Raptor” Keith Baker, Announcing Project Raptor Discover the unexplored Eberron…

KB Presents 📖is pleased to announce a brand new Eberron sourcebook coming to PDF 📖and print-on-demand hardcover for …
2019-01-01 Session 1 of a “Stars without Number” Campaign Kevin Crawford, Stars without Number: Revised Deluxe Edition (p37) Sense the Need

At some point in the recent past, the psychic had a vague but intense premonition that a particular object would be needed. By …
2019-01-01 Why Hugo when I'm A Rubyist https://takeonrules.com/2018/11/20/own-your-tools/ Jekyll took ~66,000ms to build and serve the website on my machine; That’s 1 minute. Hugo took ~1,500ms; that’s about 1 second.
2019-01-01 A Morning Walk Through Gray Skies and Steady Rain Milan Kundra, Slowness There is a secret bond between slowness and memory, between speed and forgetting.
2019-01-01 A Morning Walk Through Gray Skies and Steady Rain Erling Kagge, Walking: One Step at a Time (p19) So much in our lives is fast-paced. Walking is a slow undertaking. It is among the most radical things you can do.
2019-01-01 “Five Torches Deep” by Sigil Stone Publishing Five Torches Deep (page 25) Each PC has resilience equal to their CON score. Resilience is the number of hours (or travel turns) a PC can adventure without food or rest (e.g. a …
2019-01-01 “Five Torches Deep” by Sigil Stone Publishing Five Torches Deep (page 2) Five Torches Deep (FTD) strips 5E 📖to its skeleton and fleshes it out with OSR 📖elements. The goal is to provide an old-school experience to those …
2019-01-01 “Five Torches Deep” by Sigil Stone Publishing Five Torches Deep (page 2) FTD 📖is meant to ease the introduction of OSR mechanics and principles to those familiar with 5E. The classes and monsters are (largely) compatible …
2019-01-01 “Five Torches Deep” by Sigil Stone Publishing Five Torches Deep (page 2) Ability scores play just as much role in the game as ability modifiers (such as a PC 📖’s STR 📖score determining how much they can carry, or their CON …
2019-01-01 “Five Torches Deep” by Sigil Stone Publishing Five Torches Deep (page 16) Each PC has supply (SUP) up to their INT score. This is how much resupply the PC brought and represents their ability to plan ahead with what they …
2019-01-01 “Five Torches Deep” by Sigil Stone Publishing Five Torches Deep (page 20) Positioning: If you have a superior tactical position, such as multiple allies flanking a target, the GM may grant advantage to your checks.

Stealth: a …
2019-01-01 “Five Torches Deep” by Sigil Stone Publishing Five Torches Deep (page 23) Rolling to Return

If there’s insufficient time to roleplay the party’s return to a safe camp scene by scene, the GM can have each player roll to …
2019-01-01 “Five Torches Deep” by Sigil Stone Publishing Five Torches Deep (page 42) Each session starts with one or more dramatic situations that demand the party’s immediate involvement. The GM defines the below elements for each …
2019-01-01 5th Edition House Rules: Modified Injury and Recovery No Free Parking Money, House Rules: 5th Edition The most efficient way to heal is to wait for your ally to drop to 0 hit points, then bring them back to positive hit points with a spell before they …
2020-01-01 Seeking Inspiration DCC RPG Annual (p75) The caster charges a melee weapon with the slaying strike. This weapon may be wielded by a character other than the caster. The weapon’s next strike …
2020-01-01 Seeking Inspiration Peter Frankopan, The Silk Roads p xiii I had become uneasy about the relentlessly narrow geographic focus of my classes at school, which concentrated solely on western Europe and the United …
2020-01-01 Free Time During a Pandemic: Three Weeks Later Albert Camus, Defense of Intelligence (Speech given at the meeting organized by the L’Amitié Fraçaise on 15 March 1945) Every morning for four years each [human] received their ration of hatred and their slap in the face—when they opened their newspaper…We were left …
2020-01-01 The Resolution System of Soft Horizon Brad Murray, Sand Dogs (p16) When selecting a method, whether as ref or player, focus on the broader intent and not the details of the action. If the characters are trying to …
2020-01-01 The Resolution System of Soft Horizon B. Murray, Sand Dogs (p11) Try to create scenes [requiring resolution] where the players are trying to get out of trouble they are already in. Rolling dice to avoid trouble is …
2020-01-01 Online Playtest of Lavender Hack by Phil Lewis Phil Lewis, Lavender Hack: Tarantula Hawk Wasp Edition (p6) Lavender Hack is heavily inspired by other games. The big influences are Whitehack, Black Hack, Macchiato Monsters, Fate Core, Dungeon Crawl Classics, …
2020-01-01 The Joys of a Simple Site sourcehut.org, Prioritizing Simplicity It’s all too easy for a development team to chase after shiny features — I know because it tempts me, too. But sooner or later the chickens come home …
2020-01-01 Pushing Simplicity Around @kensanata@tabletop.social @takeonrules hehe, for certain definitions of “simple” of course. All those scripts and tools you do use don’t seem to be simple to use. It’s about …
2020-01-01 Pushing Simplicity Around @takeonrules@tabletop.social @kensanata absolutely!

In my case, simple for me are scripts that have narrow/single responsibilities. Which keeps maintenance simple. These scripts …
2020-01-01 Highlighting Posts from my RSS Feed Daniel Bishop, What to Do with the Cowards What do you do if you have some PCs who keep hiding whenever there is a fight, and don’t do their fair share?

Nothing.

Your job is to present the world, …
2020-01-01 Highlighting Posts from my RSS Feed Justin Alexander, Abused Gamer Syndrome What these players have learned is that if they don’t preemptively look for the railroad and follow it, then they will be punished: They’ll be …
2020-01-01 Desperate Role-Playing Moments Siege at Bordan’s Watch You step into a massive chamber in which the ceiling rises 100 feet above you. At the center of the chamber is a pillar of solid steel that is screwed …
2020-01-01 Desperate Role-Playing Moments Alex Schroeder, 2020-05-08 Desperate Fights In episode 53 of Daydreaming about dragons, Judd Karlman talks about the fight between Fin Razel and Queen Bavmorda in Willow and how the fight had a …
2020-01-01 Today Has Been a Hard Day Albert Camus, The Liberation of Paris from Resistance, Rebellion, and Death Harsh combats will await us. But peace will return to this torn earth and to hearts tortured by hopes and memories. One cannot always live on murders …
2020-01-01 “Bread and Freedom” by Albert Camus Albert Camus, Bread and Freedom (speech given at the Labor Exchange of Saint Etienne on 10 May 1953) It is true that freedom, when it is made up principally of privileges, insults labor and separates it from culture. But freedom is not made up …
2020-01-01 Let's Read "The End of Policing" by Alex S Vitale Alex S. Vitale, The End of Policing (Chapter 1) Any effort to make policing more just must address the problems ofexcessive force, overpolicing, and disrespect for the public. Much ofthe public …
2020-01-01 Let's Read "The End of Policing" by Alex S Vitale Alex S. Vitale, The End of Policing (Chapter 1) When police come into every situation imagining it may be their last,they treat those they encounter with fear and hostility and attempt tocontrol …
2020-01-01 Let's Read "The End of Policing" by Alex S Vitale Alex S. Vitale, The End of Policing (Chapter 1) As inequality continues to increase, so will homelessness and publicdisorder, and as long as people continue to embrace the use of policeto manage …
2020-01-01 Let's Read "The End of Policing" by Alex S Vitale Alex S. Vitale, The End of Policing (Chapter 1) Broken-windows policing is at root a deeply conservative attempt toshift the burden of responsibility for declining living conditionsonto the poor …
2020-01-01 Let's Read "The End of Policing" by Alex S Vitale Alex S. Vitale, The End of Policing (Chapter 1) What was needed to stem this tide of declining civility, they argued,was to empower the police to not just fight crime but to become agentsof moral …
2020-01-01 Let's Read "The End of Policing" by Alex S Vitale Alex S. Vitale, The End of Policing (Chapter 1) This [racial targeting] form of policing is based on a mindset thatpeople of color commit more crime and therefore must be subjected toharsher police …
2020-01-01 Let's Read "The End of Policing" by Alex S Vitale Alex S. Vitale, The End of Policing (Chapter 1) There is no question that American police use their weapons more thanpolice in any other developed democracy. Unfortunately, we don’t havefully …
2020-01-01 Let's Read "The End of Policing" by Alex S Vitale The Police, Rehumanize Yourself Ghost in the Machine He goes out at night with his big boots on
None of his friends know right from wrong
They kick a boy to death ‘cause he don’t belong
You’ve got to …
2020-01-01 Let's Read "The End of Policing" by Alex S Vitale (Chapter 1, Part 2) Alex S. Vitale, The End of Policing (Chapter 1) Another challenge that won’t be fixed by independent prosecutors isthe mindset of juries. Popular culture and political discourse aresuffused with …
2020-01-01 Let's Read "The End of Policing" by Alex S Vitale (Chapter 1, Part 2) Alex S. Vitale, The End of Policing (Chapter 1) From the moment an investigation into a police shooting begins, thereare structural barriers to indictment and prosecution. When there isreason to …
2020-01-01 Let's Read "The End of Policing" by Alex S Vitale (Chapter 1, Part 2) Alex S. Vitale, The End of Policing (Chapter 1) However, even when a prosecutor is motivated, there are huge legalhurdles. State laws authorizing police use of force, backed up bySupreme Court …
2020-01-01 Let's Read "The End of Policing" by Alex S Vitale (Chapter 1, Part 2) Alex S. Vitale, The End of Policing (Chapter 1) Local police departments can get surplus armaments at no cost—with noquestions asked about how they will be used. Small communities nowhave access to …
2020-01-01 Let's Read "The End of Policing" by Alex S Vitale (Chapter 1, Part 2) Alex S. Vitale, The End of Policing (Chapter 1) Since 1900, the police in Great Britain have killed a total of fiftypeople. In March 2016 alone, US police killed one hundred people.
2020-01-01 Let's Read "The End of Policing" by Alex S Vitale (Chapter 1, Part 2) Alex S. Vitale, The End of Policing (Chapter 1) As NYU law professor Barry Friedman notes, our failure to adequatelyoversee the actions of police puts our society at peril, especially asnew …
2020-01-01 Let's Read "The End of Policing" by Alex S Vitale (Chapter 1, Part 2) Alex S. Vitale, The End of Policing (Chapter 1) Any hope we have of holding police more accountable must be based ongreater openness and transparency. Police departments are notoriouslydefensive and …
2020-01-01 Let's Read "The End of Policing" by Alex S Vitale (Chapter 1, Part 2) Alex S. Vitale, The End of Policing (Chapter 1) Ultimately, body cameras are only as effective as the accountabilitymechanisms in place. If local DAs and grand juries are unwilling toact on the …
2020-01-01 Let's Read "The End of Policing" by Alex S Vitale (Chapter 1, Part 2) Alex S. Vitale, The End of Policing (Chapter 1) There is a problem of officer compliance. In numerous shooting cases,officers have failed to turn on their cameras. For example: One of theofficers …
2020-01-01 Let's Read "The End of Policing" by Alex S Vitale (Chapter 1, Part 2) Alex S. Vitale, The End of Policing (Chapter 1) Under the Trump administration, there is even less reason to rely onthis strategy to rein in local police. Attorney General Jeff Sessionshas made it …
2020-01-01 Let's Read "The End of Policing" by Alex S Vitale (Chapter 1, Part 2) Alex S. Vitale, The End of Policing (Chapter 1) The research shows that community policing does not empowercommunities in meaningful ways. It expands police power, but doesnothing to reduce the …
2020-01-01 Let's Read "The End of Policing" by Alex S Vitale (Chapter 1, Part 2) Alex S. Vitale, The End of Policing (Chapter 1) By conceptualizing the problem of policing as one of inadequatetraining and professionalization, reformers fail to directly addresshow the very nature …
2020-01-01 Let's Read "The End of Policing" by Alex S Vitale (Chapter 1, Part 2) Alex S. Vitale, The End of Policing (Chapter 1) [Diverse forces use excessive force and discrimnatory practices] inlarge part because departmental priorities are set by local politicalleaders, who …
2020-01-01 Let's Read "The End of Policing" by Alex S Vitale (Chapter 1, Part 2) Alex S. Vitale, The End of Policing (Chapter 1) Use of force is highly concentrated in a small group of officers whotend to be male, young, and working in high-crime areas.
2020-01-01 Let's Read "The End of Policing" by Alex S Vitale (Chapter 1, Part 2) Alex S. Vitale, The End of Policing (Chapter 1) Reformers often call for recruiting more officers of color in thehopes that they will treat communities with greater dignity, respect,and fairness. …
2020-01-01 Let's Read "The End of Policing" by Alex S Vitale (Chapter 1, Part 2) Alex S. Vitale, The End of Policing (Chapter 1) We don’t need empty police reforms; we need a robust democracy thatgives people the capacity to demand of their government and themselvesreal, …
2020-01-01 Let's Read "The End of Policing" by Alex S Vitale (Chapter 1, Part 2) Alex S. Vitale, The End of Policing (Chapter 1) But not all police mean well. Too many engage in abuse based on race,gender, religion, or economic condition. Explicit and intentionalracism is alive …
2020-01-01 Let's Read "The End of Policing" by Alex S Vitale (Chapter 1, Part 2) Alex S. Vitale, The End of Policing (Chapter 1) What we are witnessing is a political crisis. At all levels and inboth parties, our political leaders have embraced a neoconservativepolitics that …
2020-01-01 Let's Read "The End of Policing" by Alex S Vitale (Chapter 1, Part 2) Alex S. Vitale, The End of Policing (Chapter 1) The origins and function of the police are intimately tied to themanagement of inequalities of race and class. The suppression ofworkers and the tight …
2020-01-01 Let's Read "The End of Policing" by Alex S Vitale (Chapter 1, Part 2) Alex S. Vitale, The End of Policing (Chapter 1) The fact that police feel the need to constantly bolster theirauthority with the threat of lethal violence indicates a fundamentalcrisis in police …
2020-01-01 Let's Read “The End of Policing” by Alex S Vitale - Chapter 2 (Part 1) Alex S. Vitale, The End of Policing (Chapter 2) Hollywood, in the sixties and seventies, was helping the Los AngelesPolice Department (LAPD) manufacture a professional image for itselfin the wake of …
2020-01-01 Let's Read “The End of Policing” by Alex S Vitale - Chapter 2 (Part 1) Alex S. Vitale, The End of Policing (Chapter 2) It is largely a liberal fantasy that the police exist to protect usfrom the bad guys. As the veteran police scholar David Bayley argues,

“The police do …
2020-01-01 Let's Read “The End of Policing” by Alex S Vitale - Chapter 2 (Part 1) Alex S. Vitale, The End of Policing (Chapter 2) [Liberals] want the police to be better trained, more accountable, andless brutal and racist—laudable goals, but they leave intact the …
2020-01-01 Let's Read “The End of Policing” by Alex S Vitale - Chapter 2 (Part 1) Alex S. Vitale, The End of Policing (Chapter 2) [The work Sir Robert Peel] led eventually to the creation of the RoyalIrish Constabulary, which for about a century was the main ruralpolice force in …
2020-01-01 Let's Read “The End of Policing” by Alex S Vitale - Chapter 2 (Part 1) Alex S. Vitale, The End of Policing (Chapter 2) [The first state police (Pennsylvania)] was modeled after thePhilippine Constabulary, used to maintain the US occupation there,which became a testing …
2020-01-01 Let's Read “The End of Policing” by Alex S Vitale - Chapter 2 (Part 1) Alex S. Vitale, The End of Policing (Chapter 2) These morality laws both gave the state greater power to intervene inthe social lives of the new immigrants and opened the door towidespread …
2020-01-01 Let's Read “The End of Policing” by Alex S Vitale - Chapter 2 (Part 1) Alex S. Vitale, The End of Policing (Chapter 2) [The Texas Rangers perpetrated the 1918 massacre of Porvenir which]led to a series of state legislative hearings in 1919 aboutextrajudicial killings …
2020-01-01 Let's Read “The End of Policing” by Alex S Vitale - Chapter 2 (Part 2) Alex S. Vitale, The End of Policing (Chapter 2) Christian Parenti [shows] how the federal government crashed theeconomy in the 1970s to stem the rise of workers’ power, leavingmillions out of work …
2020-01-01 Let's Read “The End of Policing” by Alex S Vitale - Chapter 2 (Part 2) Alex S Vitale, The End of Policing Everyone wants to live in safe communities but when individuals andcommunities look to the police to solve their problems they are inessence …
2020-01-01 Let's Read “The End of Policing” by Alex S Vitale - Chapter 2 (Part 2) Alex S. Vitale, The End of Policing (Chapter 2) American crime control policy is structured around the use ofpunishment to manage the “dangerous classes,” masquerading as a systemof justice. The …
2020-01-01 Let's Read “The End of Policing” by Alex S Vitale - Chapter 2 (Part 2) Alex S. Vitale, The End of Policing (Chapter 2) Nixon mobilized racial fears through the lens of “law and order” toconvince Southern whites to vote Republican for the first time sinceReconstruction. …
2020-01-01 Let's Read “The End of Policing” by Alex S Vitale - Chapter 2 (Part 2) Alex S. Vitale, The End of Policing (Chapter 2) Northern policing was also deeply affected by emancipation. Northernpolitical leaders deeply feared the northern migration of newly freedrural blacks, …
2020-01-01 Let's Read “The End of Policing” by Alex S Vitale - Chapter 2 (Part 2) Alex S. Vitale, The End of Policing (Chapter 2) Small towns and rural areas developed new and more professional formsof policing to deal with the newly freed black population. The mainconcern of …
2020-01-01 Let's Read “The End of Policing” by Alex S Vitale - Chapter 2 (Part 2) Alex S. Vitale, The End of Policing (Chapter 2) The only limit on police power was that enslaved people were someoneelse’s property; killing one could result in civil liability to theowner.
2020-01-01 Let's Read “The End of Policing” by Alex S Vitale - Chapter 2 (Part 2) Richard Wade, Slavery in the Cities: The South 1820–1860 (Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press, 1967), 80 Over the sparsely populated country, where gangs of negros arerestricted within settled plantations under immediate control anddiscipline of their …
2020-01-01 On Open Letter to the Samvera Community: Strike For Black Lives twitter.com/@naias A brief thread in support of #Strike4BlackLives,subtitled “saving y’all from yourselves even though probably you won’tlisten”.

This thread is aimed …
2020-01-01 On Open Letter to the Samvera Community: Strike For Black Lives Samvera.org homepage Samvera™ is a vibrant and welcoming community of information andtechnology professionals who share challenges, build expertise, andcreate sustainable, …
2020-01-01 Let's Read “The End of Policing” by Alex S Vitale - Chapter 3 (Part 1) Alex S. Vitale, The End of Policing (Chapter 3) In 2005, three police officers in Florida forcibly arrested afive-year-old African American girl for misbehaving in school.
2020-01-01 Let's Read “The End of Policing” by Alex S Vitale - Chapter 3 (Part 1) Alex S. Vitale, The End of Policing (Chapter 3) Students are frequently arrested for minor acts of disobedience anddisruption such as using cell phones, disrespecting teachers, andgetting into loud …
2020-01-01 Let's Read “The End of Policing” by Alex S Vitale - Chapter 3 (Part 1) Alex S. Vitale, The End of Policing (Chapter 3) One study§ shows that schools with SROs 📖hadnearly five times the arrest rate of non-SRO schools even aftercontrolling for student demographics like …
2020-01-01 Let's Read “The End of Policing” by Alex S Vitale - Chapter 3 (Part 1) Alex S. Vitale, The End of Policing (Chapter 3) Overall, the claimed “Texas Miracle” of improved test scores was basedon faked test results, astronomical suspension and dropout rates, andthe …
2020-01-01 Let's Read “The End of Policing” by Alex S Vitale - Chapter 3 (Part 1) Alex S. Vitale, The End of Policing (Chapter 3) States that rely heavily on high-stakes tests tend to shift teachingtoward test prep and rote learning; this drives out creativity andindividualized …
2020-01-01 Let's Read “The End of Policing” by Alex S Vitale - Chapter 3 (Part 1) Alex S. Vitale, The End of Policing (Chapter 3) First, conservative criminologist John Dilulio, along withbroken-windows theory author James Q. Wilson, argued in 1995 that theUnited States would …
2020-01-01 Let's Read “The End of Policing” by Alex S Vitale - Chapter 3 (Part 1) Alex S. Vitale, The End of Policing (Chapter 3) Over the last twenty years there has been an explosion in the numberof police officers stationed in schools—one of the most dramatic andclearly …
2020-01-01 Let's Read “The End of Policing” by Alex S Vitale - Chapter 3 (Part 2) Alex S. Vitale, The End of Policing (Chapter 3) To respond to these needs, the American Federation of Teachers (AFT)has recently been supporting the creation of “community schools.”52These schools …
2020-01-01 Let's Read “The End of Policing” by Alex S Vitale - Chapter 3 (Part 2) Alex S. Vitale, The End of Policing (Chapter 3) These programs are incompatible with the current emphasis onhigh-stakes testing that measures school success almost entirely onstudent performance on …
2020-01-01 Let's Read “The End of Policing” by Alex S Vitale - Chapter 3 (Part 2) Alex S. Vitale, The End of Policing (Chapter 3) The role of SROs has continually expanded as officers are given moreresponsibilities and find more to do with their time in theabsence of actual …
2020-01-01 Let's Read “The End of Policing” by Alex S Vitale - Chapter 3 (Part 2) Alex S. Vitale, The End of Policing (Chapter 3) The implicit goal is to establish the importance and legitimacy of thepolice in the eyes of students; by virtue of being a formal authorityfigure, …
2020-01-01 Let's Read “The End of Policing” by Alex S Vitale - Chapter 3 (Part 2) Alex S. Vitale, The End of Policing (Chapter 3) Restorative justice practices are based on a variety of indigenouspractices from around the world that predominate in traditional,close-knit …
2020-01-01 Let's Read “The End of Policing” by Alex S Vitale - Chapter 3 (Part 2) Alex S. Vitale, The End of Policing (Chapter 3) In 2003, administrators at Goose Creek High School in South Carolinacoordinated a massive SWAT 📖team raid of their school inan effort to ferret out …
2020-01-01 Let's Read “The End of Policing” by Alex S Vitale - Chapter 3 (Part 2) Alex S. Vitale, The End of Policing (Chapter 3) More mundane violence by SROs is also widespread. In October 2015 astudent recorded a South Carolina sheriff’s deputy assigned to theschool violently …
2020-01-01 Let's Read “The End of Policing” by Alex S Vitale - Chapter 3 (Part 2) Alex S. Vitale, The End of Policing (Chapter 3) The massive expansion of school police is predicated on the idea thatit makes schools safer, but this just isn’t true. Schools with heavypolice …
2020-01-01 Let's Read “The End of Policing” by Alex S Vitale - Chapter 3 (Part 2) Alex S. Vitale, The End of Policing (Chapter 3) Schools cannot solve all the problems students bring in, but they canbe part of the solution rather than part of the criminal justicesystem. To do …
2020-01-01 Let's Read “The End of Policing” by Alex S Vitale - Chapter 3 (Part 2) Alex S. Vitale, The End of Policing (Chapter 3) We must break completely with the idea of using police inschools. They have no positive role to play that couldn’t be betterhandled by nonpolice …
2020-01-01 Reading and Reflecting on "I'm Still Here" by Austin Channing Brown Austin Channing Brown, I’m Still Here [White fragility] ignores the personhood of people of color andinstead makes the feelings of whiteness the most important thing.It happens in classes …
2020-01-01 Samvera is Hiring a Community Manager Samvera.org Samvera is hiring for its inaugural Community Manager.  We areseeking a highly organized individual who wants to join thisgrass-roots, open source …
2020-01-01 Let's Read “Traveller: Core Rulebook” Traveller: Core Rulebook p5 Technology Levels measure the scientific capacity of a world and the complexity and effectiveness of a piece of equipment. The Technology Level scale …
2020-01-01 Let's Read “Traveller: Core Rulebook” Traveller: Core Rulebook p2 A multitude of universes await players and you will find Traveller is capable of handling almostany kind of science fiction setting, from highly …
2020-01-01 Let's Read “Traveller: Core Rulebook - Character Creation” Traveller: Core Rulebook p42 Your ship is damaged, and you have to hitch-hike your way back across the stars to the nearest scout base. Gain 1D Contacts and D3 Enemies.
2020-01-01 To Father Jenkins, President of the University of Notre Dame Father Jenkins, A Message from Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C. I know many of you have read about the White House ceremony I recently attended. I write to express my regret for certain choices I made that day and …
2020-01-01 To Father Jenkins, President of the University of Notre Dame Father Jenkins, Fr. Jenkins to students: “I am recommitting to do my best” While all of the scientific evidence indicates that the risk of transmission is far lower outdoors than indoors, I want to remind you (and myself!) …
2020-01-01 To Father Jenkins, President of the University of Notre Dame Fr. Jenkins: Spring Semester to Begin February 3 Thanks to the efforts of so many of you, both in adhering to health protocols and assisting in our COVID-19 response efforts, the number of positive …
2020-01-01 To Father Jenkins, President of the University of Notre Dame Fr. Jenkins: Spring Semester to Begin February 3 Please remember to do the following:

  1. Wear your mask.
  2. Practice physical distancing.
  3. Wash your hands regularly.
  4. Complete your daily health check.
  5. Show up …
2020-01-01 To Father Jenkins, President of the University of Notre Dame Sally Jenkins, Viewpoint: Notre Dame students were just following the example of university’s president Other football schools are having their problems with coronavirus outbreaks, lots of them, but Notre Dame appears to be the only one taking the gate …
2020-01-01 Let's Read “Traveller: Core Rulebook - Skills and Tasks” Traveller: Core Rulebook p59 The Traveller has almost succeeded, and the referee may permit him[them] to scrape a success The Traveller has almost succeeded, and the referee may …
2020-01-01 Let's Read “Traveller: Core Rulebook - Skills and Tasks” Traveller: Core Rulebook 62 AdminThis skill covers bureaucracies and administration of all sorts, including the navigation of bureaucratic obstacles or disasters. It also covers …
2020-01-01 Let's Read “Traveller: Core Rulebook - Skills and Tasks” Traveller: Core Rulebook p59 A Traveller can try to do two or more things at once, like firing a spacecraft’s weapons while also flying, or disarming a bomb while hiding from …
2020-01-01 Let's Read “Traveller: Core Rulebook - Skills and Tasks” Traveller: Core Rulebook p57 Just generally carousing at a party might use Carouse on its own, without any particular characteristic. If the Traveller wants to beat someone in a …
2020-01-01 Let's Read “Traveller: Core Rulebook - Combat” Traveller: Core Rulebook p70 Combat in Traveller is designed to be deadly, especially if there is a gap in technology between combatants.
2020-01-01 Let's Read “Traveller: Core Rulebook - Combat” Brad J Murray, The King Machine p5 The more the modern world impinges on me and the more I think about how people interact and how we are encouraged to imagine they interact (through …
2020-01-01 Let's Read “Traveller: Core Rulebook - Encounters and Dangers” Traveller: Core Rulebook p76 Most life-bearing worlds feature biology completely incompatible with alien visitors, so Travellers are utterly unaffected by their native pathogens. …
2020-01-01 Let's Read “Traveller: Core Rulebook - Encounters and Dangers” Traveller: Core Rulebook p77-78 A spacecraft or self-contained, sealed structure with power can usually sustain life support for one person per stateroom for one month comfortably, …
2020-01-01 Let's Read “Traveller: Core Rulebook - Space Operations” Traveller: Core Rulebook p144 Ship captains hoping to avoid crippling repayments on multi-million credit loans may be tempted to skip out on repayments, jumping to distant systems …
2020-01-01 Let's Read “Traveller: Core Rulebook - Space Operations” Traveller: Core Rulebook p143 A ship has at least one airlock per 500 tons. The average airlock is large enough for three people in vacc suits to pass through. An airlock takes ten …
2020-01-01 Let's Read “Traveller: Core Rulebook - Space Operations” Traveller: Core Rulebook p145 For an encounter, roll D66 📖and modify the tens die by the following.

Highport (DM+3)
The space near an orbital starport
High-Traffic Space (DM+2)
The …
2020-01-01 Let's Read “Traveller: Core Rulebook - Space Combat” Traveller: Core Rulebook p75 Smart: This weapon has intelligent or semi-intelligent rounds that are able to guide themselves onto a target. They gain a DMto their attack rolls …
2020-01-01 Let's Read “Traveller: Core Rulebook - Space Combat” Traveller: Core Rulebook p154 Clashes between spacecraft in Traveller can involve small, faster craft, zipping between asteroids as they snap laser blasts off at one another, or …
2020-01-01 Why I Chose Emacs as My New Text Editor Modus Themes (Modus Operandi and Modus Vivendi) Accessible themes for GNU 📖Emacs 📖,conforming with the highest accessibility standard for colour contrast between background and foreground values ( …
2020-01-01 Let's Read “Traveller: Core Rulebook - Psionics” Traveller: Core Rulebook 197 To activate a talent, the Traveller must make a skill check using the appropriate skill (Telepathy, Telekinesis, etc), adding histheir PSI DM, along …
2020-01-01 Let's Read “Traveller: Core Rulebook - Psionics” Traveller: Core Rulebook p202 On planetary surfaces, teleportation is restricted to jumps of no more than Very Distant ranges. Jumps beyond visual range involve disorientation for …
2020-01-01 Let's Read “Traveller: Core Rulebook - Psionics” Traveller: Core Rulebook p196 In the Third Imperium setting, learning to harness psionics is a difficult process, made harder by the Imperial ban on psionics. The Psionics …
2020-01-01 Let's Read “Traveller: Core Rulebook - Trade” Traveller: Core Rulebook p206

Referee’s Note: On Trade

At first glance, the trading rules in this chapter may look as though they will take time away from adventuring and involve a …
2020-01-01 Let's Read “Traveller: Core Rulebook - World and Universe Creation” Traveller: Core Rulebook p6 TL 8 (Pre-Stellar): At TL 📖, it is possible to reach other worlds in the same system, although terraforming or full colonisation are not within the …
2020-01-01 Let's Read “Traveller: Core Rulebook - World and Universe Creation” Traveller: Core Rulebook p215 North, south, east, and west are insufficient terms for referring to directions within the galaxy. Instead, the following conventions have achieved …
2020-01-01 Reducing Duplication in my Emacs Config Emacs’s Prefix Keymaps Some prefix keymaps are stored in variables with names:

  • ctl-x-map is the variable name for the map used for characters that follow C-x.
  • help-map is for …
2020-01-01 Using Emacs While Running Online Games Arthur C. Clark, Hazards of Prophecy: The Failure of Imagination Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.
2020-01-01 Privacy Policy Github’s Privacy Policy Statement for Github Pages as of If you create a GitHub Pages website, it is your responsibility to post a privacy statement that accurately describes how you collect, use, and share …