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Open Game Source: Marvellous Inc.

Friday, December 13, 2019, 14:27

Open Game Source: Marvellous Inc.

The Open-Source Community group on Steam had a list of open source games on steam. That was how I stumbled on Marvelous Inc. The game was described as "a zachlike coding puzzle open-source game." A coding game sounded interesting but I had never heard of zachlike.

Open Game Source: Alchemy Quest / Open Alchemist

Wednesday, September 04, 2019, 17:30

Open Game Source: Alchemy Quest / Open Alchemist

I had never heard of Open Alchemist when I was approached to join a project to make modifications to it. The game itself wasn't something I would normally play. The closest game I had played for any significant time was Puzzle Quest. Self imposed deadlines for other project would be negatively impacted. However a good two player puzzle game would be a great addition to the arcade machine.

Open Game Source: Arcade Machine

Wednesday, August 21, 2019, 17:30

Open Game Source: Arcade Machine

My son's cub scout den built an arcade machine. The internals were an old computer. The television for graphics and sound were donated. The machine was shown off at the Blue and Gold dinner and we intended to use it for recruiting.

Given that we wanted two player simultaneous games. That way we can have more people actively playing than a solo game. Ideally the game should allow someone else to jump in when someone dies so we don't have to wait for the other player to die. As a community service organization, we wanted cooperative games if possible and open source. Everything needed to be controlled by keyboard keys as that is what the X-Arcade controls pretended to be.

Friday, May 31, 2019, 19:54

New World: Classes

Most classes integrate without concern in the New World setting. Clerics, fighters, rogues, etc. existed in the Old World and are unchanged by the New World. However, the deals made to acquire the warlock's power are due to New World. This sections describes some of the classes needing additional information on how they fit into the New World.

Tuesday, May 28, 2019, 20:45

New World: Great Spirits

Despite being an important part of the campaign, I have not detailed the Great Spirits of the dragonkin very much. The Spring Tortoise was designed by the player who created the dragonkin cleric (who later became a rune priest). I planned to make an Ice Bear and a Coatl. Since dinosaurs are found in the New World, they should have at least one Great Spirit. Here are the completed entries.

Monday, May 27, 2019, 17:55

New World: Dragonkin Legends

The dragon people did not always measure the passage of time. Like the great dragons, their bodies remained strong even after hundreds of winters. Over time their numbers grew until it proved problematic to house and feed everyone.

A great medicine man Nahcomence suggested that some visit the spirit world for a time. Their bodies would be preserved so they can be called back.

Monday, May 06, 2019, 06:22

Old Enemies

May 4th occurred on a Saturday making it the perfect time for another one shot. The players wanted to continue with their previous characters. My oldest really like General Grievous and felt he should come back. I thought about incorporating that into the game so I looked at wookiepedia and found out about N-K Necrosis. A scientist replaced the organic parts of General Grievous with droid pieces. This seemed like a perfect idea.

Friday, February 15, 2019, 20:06


My two sons are in cub scouts. The iconic cub scout activity is the pinewood derby. You are given a block of wood, four nails, and four wheels. There is no motor. Instead the cars start at the top of an incline and race down.

Brick Monsters: Girallon

Tuesday, February 12, 2019, 21:22

Brick Monsters: Girallon

The latest Brick Monsters release is available from drivethrurpg.com. The girallon is a four armed white gorrilla. It appeared in the 3.5 edition. The creature was not included in the fifth edition SRD. Two builds are included as usual. The builds are very different. Even if you don't have all the pieces, the instructions might inspire you to create something with the bricks you own. The mpd file is included to allow you to conveniently order the parts using bricklink.com.

Thursday, January 24, 2019, 19:05

Make a 2D RPG in a Weekend (RPG Maker MV Edition)

I've been working through Make a 2D RPG in a Weekend (RPG Maker MV edition). It's taken slightly longer than a weekend due to distractions like playing with the kids. I believe the book achieves it's goal. It can allow you to make a 2D RPG in a weekend but has some limitations.

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