Lubidius

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  1. Been a while since I've been on here! Lots of old faces. Good to see everyone again. Switching to D6 as a core now for a bit (the wondering mind of the rpg GM), so I'll be on here a bit more. / Lubidius / a.k.a Peter Robbins on G+ and beyond..
  2. Hey. I've been playing and enjoying very much the newer Marvel Heroic Roleplaying. Here is a resource doc I've been keeping for myself in case you are interested in learning more about the game. https://docs.google.com/document/d/1KvbzRELqxM9K7EfbwyrEM3DN4R0e1cEngeh1zH6Sh_Y/edit It is a pooled system, but has some really interesting narrative flair invoked in it. As lovers of the d6 pool system, I think you all would enjoy playing it, if not running a game using it.
  3. Hey. Of late, I've been playing in a few sessions of old school rpgs (Stormbringer, Original D&D, others) via Google+ rather nice "Hangout" feature. If any of you are interested, I'd love to run a 4-Part, 2Hr each session short adventure in Azamar. IF you are interested, PM me your google+ name. I would likely run it late, 10PM+ Eastern standard, for 2 hour sessions. Either Friday or Saturday late evenings, depending on the majority vote of the 4+ players. Start Date, Mid-Novemberish. I will additionally open this up to the "ConstantCon" crowd, but for starters, I'll let you all have first dibs for slots. ConstantCon is tracked over here on it's very own web blog. A good bunch of old school GMs and players over there. Most games are run via Google+ Hangouts (web chat). Anyhow, give me a PM if interested. Let's give the OSR crowd a reason to fall in love with D6 again. I'd like to run it with 4 players, up to a maximum of 6. If you go above that many people in G+ Hangouts, it can get a little wonky. So, first come first serve.
  4. Actually, I'm glad you pointed that out, as I had meant to remove the link. Anyhow, you can still get to it here via direct link: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1QKabFXn-9MGRoMB4z6rp4IzRTFgR3AIFZhbVFNJDeHE/edit It is in much need of editing ; hence, I had originally locked it out again and meant to unlink elsewhere. I need to flesh it out considerably, but also I need to cleanse it of 'too much' information from the core book before releasing it. In its current form, it won't mean much to you but you'll get the gist of my general approach in the document. It really only takes a single session to learn the system. It is easy to pick up on, especially with the cheat sheets provided with the book. Here is an example of the player sheet that you can print out and bring to the table. https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B4Ht4br8uMMZdVU2Y2NxM3VSUkdzanVxczBGa1NGQQ/edit There is a watcher one too, but I hesitate to post publicly. The player one should suffice to give you a little sense of how it plays out. Also, I'll be demonstrating it again online in the coming weeks; if you care to try it out once. Its at least worth taking a look at and occasionally playing if you get a chance. I too am a TSR MSH fan, but , this one is actually rather well done. It will still be 2nd in the heart though. A summary of this newer Marvel game is that is a narrative driven dice pool system ( you come up with a reasonably valid reason why a d4, d6 or d8 or d10, or d12 (based of course on their rules guidance throughout) with transitional scenes run in a more traditional form of role-playing. It works rather well at the table. And it definitely plays a lot better then it reads, or seems in review summaries I've read. P.S. - Here is the publishers publicly posted Captain America data sheet.. http://www.margaretweis.com/images/stories/bonus_content/data_file_captain_america_promo_2.pdf
  5. Jeremy - Had you all done a "Kickstarter" project for Azamar?
  6. Hey. I'm creating a separate thread to further discuss the potential OpenD6 automatic rendering to PDF wiki. Magman or Grimace, if you want to delete my posts to the Core Rule book thread, go for it. We got off topic there a bit. Anyhow, I'm to the point where I'm completely fed up with the Pediapress installation and it's lack of any rendering. I've still got some feelers out to their developers, but they do not seem to really be quick on the draw to help figure it out. With that said, I'm in the process of attempting to utilize an open source pdf library called TCPDF to help generate pdfs on the fly from wiki materials. This ultimately would give us more fine tuned control over final formatting. Anyhow, I don't want to say much more until I get a working simple model up and in place publicly accessible. The real crux will be how large a pdf it can handle against a given server's cpu, etc. That really is the only catch here. How big a PDF can it chug on and produce results for. It should not take long to come up with something basic. The interfacing will be archaic for starters though. I'm working first on function, then we can muck around with form. I'd like to see the end result be in .odt format (open document , used in Open Office) as well as PDF and raw ascii text, in case you just want to download it raw and do some layout yourself on your own. I'd also like you to be able to create a virtual "book" that you can re-pull back up after the fact* (thought that might be a nice feature to add in the mix). So in effect, you could go to the wiki, click on a single Variant View that you've come up with, and bamn, it lists the "book" right into a single page for clicking on each section independently. There could be an option to print all text to the result view as well (but may be large to scrolll through). Anyhow... I digress. Summary Of First Goals: You should be able to log into the wiki, and publicly edit content just like at wikipedia. You should be able to select what pages to add to the "book". You should be able to add in Chapter / Section and / Subsection headers. You should be able to render as ascii text, .odt, and .pdf Now, the real first goal is to better understand how the articles in the mediawiki database involved are saved. How to search them properly, how to allow for the user to select what to include. Etc. So, that's GOAL1, and I will not post on this again until I reach that goal. Regards, more soon. I'll let everyone see each development stage so you can throw in a couple cents along the way. FOOTNOTE: Before I get too deep into my own customized programming, I will also be requesting to join in beta testing Pediapress's Collection Extension 2, which is described a bit here - http://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Collection_Extension_2
  7. Ok, so just a short update that we've gotten the MediaWiki software loaded, along with it's Collection extension to a server. We've tested it out some and PDF rendering is working fine, as well as the preview at PediaPress functionality. Now we are going to test out adding more materials to the test wiki, and how the results look organizational wise. Once we have it at its own server with a new domain name, we'll let you all know and give you individual user/pass to edit it out.
  8. Oh... and perhaps we could set aside a Cinema6 area of the wiki, which works right from that "core" Just sayin'.... I'd love to be able to just click a link/button and voila, any one "core" gets auto-selected. And then you piecemeal take out or add what you want to. The more I think about this, the more I think it may eventually need to be entirely customized. Which is fine, but I cannot dedicate more then a few hours a week on this.
  9. Yes. I was thinking along the same lines (eventually). In the public rendering scenario (the "as is" code offered by MediaWiki and Pediapress) they offer a public server for low traffic sites to render against. I believe that their code tells the rendering server what to fetch 'from its end', then that public rendering server fetches the data in reverse if you catch my meaning. It has a long id string of what "collection" is due to be printed, then it fetches and parses it (eventually offering the pdf as download zip). So, first and fore-most, I'm going to attempt to use what is already out their and supposedly supported. I've just now finally gotten a reply on the original scenario I just described ; and hopefully they can trace what may be wrong on their public parsing server side. I agree wholly though, A process where you build the structure, then queue up the auto generation of the resulting pdf, would be a perfect solution. I might be able to do something along those lines right on my development pc; but eventually I'd need full access to a 24x7 dedicated windows server. I just don't have the infrastructure to leverage for this. I'd like to see if I can get their Collection 1 extension working ; but as soon as possible there-after, I'd like to try out their http://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Collection_Extension_2 which sounds much more universally useful. I'd love to be able to go to an OpenD6 wiki and basically "call up" any "book" I've created and read it online basically right then and there (within the wiki structure). And then, only when absolutely necessary, generate a pdf for printing on my end, or via pediapress's production press. My overall concern is not to re-invent the wheel wiki wise. I think the MediaWiki code itself is more then powerful enough for the content itself. Now, its a matter of me piecing together its innards database wise. It is laid out relatively logically. They store text as "blobs" though in binary, which I've not worked with before but I'll figure out.
  10. Just a short update on the tech side of things, but I've reached a snag on the installation of Mediawiki with it's PediaPress Extension: Collection; which is the basic pdf rendering tool to allow for the user to select articles, add them to a virtual "book" then either force the book to download as pdf or be sent on up to PediaPress for potential printing. Anyhow, I've contacted their development group and will hopefully setup a meeting with them to figure out why my installations are not working. I've attempted on a localhost (my development pc at my home) as well as a free online php/mysql service here -> http://opend6.comlu.com/wiki/index.php/Main_Page Which I have the MediaWiki install working fine; and the Collections is installed and adds pages fine - but the final rendering against a publicly accessible PDF rendering server which uses a pdf render server called "mwlib" is not working for any combination of Mediawiki and Collection extension combo. Again, I've got some threads out to the developers, and we'll see where that goes. Worst case scenario, I MIGHT be able to kluge something on my end with php pdf libraries. The real question becomes, getting those installed properly (if those APIs are not installed as libraries into the PHP on the isp's server) etc. Long story short.... its coming along, but slowly. Once the technical side is down and operating, the large chore will be integrating content, which I think we could use a lot of sets of hands doing. I'd like to leave that human resource management to someone else please : as I'd rather concentrate on potential programming hacks if need arises. I'd MUCH rather use the pediapress plugin to mediawiki however, as I do not have a huge amount of spare time to code on the side. NOTE: PLEASE don't bother registering on that opend6 srd core website wiki yet, as I'm more then more then more then likely to have to reinstall the packages ; likely more then onces as well. I'll give a GREEN LIGHT for people to help add content once all is working and rendering pdfs fine. NOW, with all this said ; One thing I mentioned privately (I think) to the other folks driving this is, I think such a tool would be made more universal and susbequently more powerful, if it supported ANY OLG1.0a based materials. That includes d20, OpenD6, Legend (Runequest 2 minus Glorantha basically), and many other OGL 1.0a based content. The cool factor of that is that entire communities of role-players could contribute open content to one another; hunting and pecking as smaller optional rules to plug and play into a resulting document. Anyhow, that's the pipe dream now, let's get the pipe cleaner out and clean that down to a working solution and we'll move on from there. Proof of concept time for now. Peter R.
  11. Hey. Out of curiosity, what publishing tools will be utilized? I only as in that if Scribus will be in use, I'd love to see the resulting files to learn from them. I have no full ambition to get into layout ; but would love to understand it more, and "write to it" a bit, supplying "copy" that meets the intent of "design" (of course there is a give and take in that).
  12. @Lee , I've been using that Readme.txt to trouble-shoot. I think my issues is attempting to use a localhost against a public "renderer". I'm in the process of establishing a public site with it all, should know more tonight on it. I'll start PM'ing you and Magman, Grimace about this web technical side of things. IF I could get access to the d6 online site space (its ftp and mysql) I could attempt to install there as well. We'll chat more on that privately.
  13. Just a quick heads up that I've gotten MediaWiki installed properly, but I'm still working through issues with communications with the public rendering server involved with the pediapress site. We'll see if I can square it away. One thing we could look for, is a public wiki site that already has mediawiki installed w/ the Extension:Collection enabled. I'll still poke and code locally (had to already do two php edits in the mediawiki core code just to get it to where I'm at on a localhost server). Anyhow, the usual headaches with coding on a local server. I'll eventually figure it out. Until then, I'll look around the inter-webs for any PUBLIC open source wiki sites that a.) Utilize wikipedia's "MediaWiki" software and subsequently b.) includes the Extensions: Collection enabled. Now, the easy way to see if that is so, is as example, go to wikipedia. Search for whatever. On the left hand side, IF the mediawiki installed wiki site has Extensions: Collection enabled, you'll see a small table of contents worded - Print/export Create a book Download as PDF Printable version IF you can find any PUBLIC free use wiki sites, that would allow us to create an OGL OpenD6 wiki in it, then you'd be cooking with bacon.
  14. I'm in the process now of experimenting with a local installation of MediaWiki (the software used for Wikipedia), and in particular, will be playing with the use of this extension - http://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Extension:Collection I will give a report soon. If needs be, I may be able to "serve" out my testbed via a direct IP based web site. I could leave it up for 24 hours for folks to play with once I'm out of the installation and experimentation phase. If for some reason I cannot get the extension working properly, the printing folks that are partnered with the creators of this MediaWiki extension are here -http://pediapress.com/collection/ Apparently , you can mix and match articles from ANY MediaWiki based wiki, into a "book", and get it printed. Now, that is pretty darn cool. Anyhow... I'll report again soon on this experiment.
  15. http://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/MediaWiki Is found there... I think it would be best to work from a well written base code, then only add minimal kluges in PHP only in absolutely necessary situations. IF it already supports modular printing to PDF format (still trying to find in their documentation where there is located and how it generally works.) I think this style of modular wiki based rules system, would not only benefit OpenD6 but just about any open rule set. Addendum, here is a pdf book export module for use with MediaWiki.... http://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Extension:Pdf_Book
  16. @Lee - I love your idea regarding a modular wiki, if the software supported modular printing as you discuss. Do you have a link to the software involved? I'd be willing to help install the software off-site on a server I have access to for folks to just test out against. (instead of leaning heavily on Magman to fuddle with yet another piece of software)
  17. Just fyi, the right side of the Hallucinations Chart appears to be lopped off in the article. Here is the remainder of that chart - Hallucination Chart: 8 Your fellow investigators turn into ravenous aliens! 9 Your fellow investigators are attempting to kill you! Run! 10 Your fellow investigators are laughing and pointing fingers at you! 11 Your mother is constantly yelling over your shoulder. 12 A dead relative appears from nowhere, turns and walks down any nearby dark alley. (or) GM Discretion Upon rolling “doubles”, the GM makes up a fun hallucination on the spot.*
  18. Modern Warfare / Special Ops sounds like a great idea ; especially with the popularity of the recent games coming out on consoles and pcs. I'd love for it to possibly be in a WWIII scenario between the western powers and a unified Axis of Evil; if possible. IF you are taking suggestions I was a huge Twilight 2000 fan. I'd love to see a D6 hack of a similar scenario, but perhaps brought up to current event likelihoods.
  19. Use this thread to post Out Of Character notes and banter. This is the place you would notify me of pending absence and make fun of me to no end.
  20. In case any of you need your Tekumel 'fix', there are two GMs running realtime sessions via Google+ Hangouts on either Tuesday or Thursday evenings central time, most weeks. In fact, they have a protocol in place for characters to be able to jump in and out of either - http://dandy-in-the-underworld.blogspot.com/2011/12/my-empire-of-petal-throne-game-setup.html http://hillcantons.blogspot.com/2011/09/jakalla-protocols.html I cannot speak enough praise to how well Google+ Hangouts works for nearly face2face role-playing. You really get the sense of sitting around a table and shooting the shite with one another while rolling dice. While additionally with the use of for example twiddla.com of the benefits of a virtual whiteboard.
  21. It's time for me to hang the hat up doing play-by-post. I've enjoyed your skills as players immensely (some of the best playbyposters I've played with) and wish you all the best in both the real-world table top and online role-playing you may partake in. You may see me doing one off or persistent campaign offerings over at constantcon. You are more then welcome to attend a drop in session or fifty. I hope to instill some D6 goodness into the OSR community there-in. I think that marrying classic D6 rules with the OSR community movement could be a major plus for OpenD6. It should be shown as a rules light - stay out of the way, but hold up nicely as mechanics , highly adaptable system. At least that's how I'll be selling it. Anyhow, again, I have to hang up the PbP hat. I just can't maintain it properly. I need to move to occasional tabletop and online skype/g+ hangout only.
  22. Ok. I think we've lost Rob in the shuffle here. I've not heard back in a couple weeks now. (Rob, if you see this, just private message me you are still on board. No biggie, just ping me.) With this stated though, I'm very much considering we move this , at least for a period of time, to a mixture of chat based gaming and playbypost in-between. We could do the chat sessions either in G+ Hangouts, which I've had EXTREME success with of late as a player OR utilize the java based webchat here at D6 Fan Forums. G+ Hangouts works with both a webcam, or a headset mic if you'd rather not be visible during the game. My suggestion: - At least ONE monthly real-time session, just to keep the blood flowing and the pacing moving forwards quickly. The suggested meeting format is Google+ Hangouts, described further here (http://www.google.com/support/plus/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=1215273) Note: I've been in about 10 sessions now over G+ Hangouts, and it works like a charm. It's webcam chat for about 6 folks (or more with good connections) and we utilize twiddla.com as a whiteboard on the side to show positions (occasionally/ only as needed). - Otherwise, between real-time sessions, we post a summary of the real-time session here, then Play-By-Post until we can all meet again. Thoughts? I am just having a very difficult time of late gathering my thoughts, gathering replies, folding all together into a good pace, etc. You know, the unfortunate usual byproduct of play by post mixed with a horribly erratic schedule (as I'm sure you all have as well).
  23. This is not for me, and it's not for an open d6 product, but thought I'd ask regardless. Does anyone have the contact information for a lawyer that has done good work in gaming intellectual property (IP) before? PM me privately with contact information if you do.
  24. I'd like to know what you used as well. I personally have been learning Scribus, which I definitely recommend as an open source layout tool. It performs embedding of fonts rather well. It's pdf export functionality seems to support many formats as well. It's documentation is good too. I'm a brand spanking newbie at layout, and their example projects were enough to get me going quick-like. Of course there is always something more virtually auto-magical, like MS Publisher, but I think Scribus is a better go-between of professional layout applications vs novice-oriented automated layout tools.
  25. Extremely (not strong enough word) well done Grimace. I really like this one. I think you hit the nail squarely with this statement in your intro "It should also give you an idea of the various games you could run using the OpenD6 game system." I think your quick hits are showcasing the system very nicely; in particular it's flexibility.