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TheElf updated his blog post Is D&D too white? 6 months ago

Is D&D too white? Is gaming too white? We heard about Oscar. An award that seems to be too white according to some people. And we can explain how the movie industry is too white. But if we start to explain that we will see "video games are even more white" and products for traditional tabletop RPGs like D&D are even more white.  And it is easy to understand these trends, and our explanations will start with an "N word".

TheElf updated his blog post Is D&D too white? 6 months ago

Is D&D too white? Is gaming too white? We heard about Oscar. An award that seems to be too white according to some people. And we can explain how the movie industry is too white. But if we start to explain that we will see "video games are even more white" and products for traditional tabletop RPGs like D&D are even more white.  And it is easy to understand these trends, and our explanations will start with an "N word".

TheElf added a new post entitled Dice roller Extreme? on his blog 9 months ago

What is this ugly piece of software? You might say it is very ugly. All buttons and no design. Yet I remember seeing dice rollers that are all design and almost no button and was quite fed up with them. Here you have at least 3 important areas on the screen: A huge textbox on the top, and the moment you hit "roll dice" or "show codes" it will be filled either dice roll results or just some codes like "5O" or {N\S\W\E} next to the label of a button above. You can guess you can roll up to 12 predefined dice

TheElf updated his blog post There are 10 kinds of gamers... 9 months ago

Those who are "geeks" and love math and technology, and those who aren't. Yes that 10 in the title was in binary. A friend of mine bought a nice little booklet, 137 pages for just 1 USD, and it was about world design. To some it was like "OMG amazing value for money". To me it was "rubish". I love math, data and books, etc. but I think that is one of the products that shouldn't have ever created. 

TheElf added a new post entitled There are 10 kinds of gamers... on his blog 9 months ago

Those who are "geeks" and love math and technology, and those who aren't. Yes that 10 in the title was in binary. A friend of mine bought a nice little booklet, 137 pages for just 1 USD, and it was about world design. To some it was like "OMG amazing value for money". To me it was "rubish". I love math, data and books, etc. but I think that is one of the products that shouldn't have ever created. 

TheElf updated his blog post Tools of the trade - DAZ Studio 9 months ago

I know, you just hate the cheap CGI look and prefer old school hand drawn illustrations everywhere. But when you want some for your setting, your characters (PC or NPC) any custom work could cost a fortune. And even if you spend that fortune it can be very different from what you have been imagined. 

TheElf updated his blog post Tools of the trade - DAZ Studio 9 months ago

I know, you just hate the cheap CGI look and prefer old school hand drawn illustrations everywhere. But when you want some for your setting, your characters (PC or NPC) any custom work could cost a fortune. And even if you spend that fortune it can be very different from what you have been imagined. 

TheElf updated his blog post Tools of the trade - DAZ Studio 9 months ago

I know, you just hate the cheap CGI look and prefer old school hand drawn illustrations everywhere. But when you want some for your setting, your characters (PC or NPC) any custom work could cost a fortune. And even if you spend that fortune it can be very different from what you have been imagined. 

TheElf updated his blog post Tools of the trade - DAZ Studio 9 months ago

I know, you just hate the cheap CGI look and prefer old school hand drawn illustrations everywhere. But when you want some for your setting, your characters (PC or NPC) any custom work could cost a fortune. And even if you spend that fortune it can be very different from what you have been imagined. 

TheElf added a new post entitled Tools of the trade - DAZ Studio on his blog 9 months ago

I know, you just hate the cheap CGI look and prefer old school hand drawn illustrations everywhere. But when you want some for your setting, your characters (PC or NPC) any custom work could cost a fortune. And even if you spend that fortune it can be very different from what you have been imagined. 

TheElf added a new post entitled Smartphones at the gaming table on his blog 9 months ago

I was looking for a good dice roller for my smartphone. Some of them looked neat with nicely animated dice. You want 6d6 where one dice has different color? It is easy with drag and drop adding dice, shaking the phone and seeing how the dice stops. Of course sometimes they stopped on top of each other, at other cases on their edges, but it is easy to reroll when needed.

TheElf updated his blog post Is D&D too white? 10 months ago

Is D&D too white? Is gaming too white? We heard about Oscar. An award that seems to be too white according to some people. And we can explain how the movie industry is too white. But if we start to explain that we will see "video games are even more white" and products for traditional tabletop RPGs like D&D are even more white.  And it is easy to understand these trends, and our explanations will start with an "N word".

TheElf updated his blog post Is D&D too white? 10 months ago

Is D&D too white? Is gaming too white? We heard about Oscar. An award that seems to be too white according to some people. And we can explain how the movie industry is too white. But if we start to explain that we will see "video games are even more white" and products for traditional tabletop RPGs like D&D are even more white.  And it is easy to understand these trends, and our explanations will start with an "N word".

TheElf updated his blog post Is D&D too white? 10 months ago

Is D&D too white? Is gaming too white? We heard about Oscar. An award that seems to be too white according to some people. And we can explain how the movie industry is too white. But if we start to explain that we will see "video games are even more white" and products for traditional tabletop RPGs like D&D are even more white.  And it is easy to understand these trends, and our explanations will start with an "N word".

TheElf added a new post entitled Is D&D too white? on his blog 10 months ago

Is D&D too white? Is gaming too white? We heard about Oscar. An award that seems to be too white according to some people. And we can explain how the movie industry is too white. But if we start to explain that we will see "video games are even more white" and products for traditional tabletop RPGs like D&D are even more white.  And it is easy to understand these trends, and our explanations will start with an "N word".

TheElf added a new post entitled Key decisions in game design: A "wired" century on his blog 10 months ago

I remember how many people claimed "we have WiFi, 3G now, how funny it is to see wired connections in ..." and claimed a realistic game would focus on wireless connections. Yet those people forget one simple fact: When they want to download large data, their phone would ask for a WiFi connection instead of cellular one. For a good reason: They expect that WiFi router is connected to a wired network. Its easy to miss that point and even miss the reasons behind this. You don't see the wires, so you assume it is wireless and it is more realistic if the network

TheElf added a new post entitled Scientists and World Design - Armor for those amazons on his blog 10 months ago

Recently I heard a story about a girl role playing her favourite character, a female knight. That isn't something special. Yet when the party entered an inn, she have met with a sudden surprise, someone slapped her on face, and explained to her, how women should belong to the kitchen. Before we would start complaining about sexism, we know that sexism, racism and other forms of prejudice and hatred exists in most fantasy and scifi worlds. So encounters like this can happen, right? Probably not. And it has nothing to do with feminists and how they would condemn us for this. But

This will hurt some, but we won't be Politically Correct.We don't want to be, and we can't afford to be. However we should want to explain our decisions. Almost everyone could start their explanation with Freedom of Speech, but we will start with another value: Tolerance. And of course it is about the way to achieve tolerance. I hope we got your attention. Most gamers know well what happened with Pillars of Eternity, and the allegedly transphobic joke it contained. Well, it doesn't look transphobic, and it doesn't look like a joke. And while some people spoke about "portraying prejudice" that poem wasn't

This will hurt some, but we won't be Politically Correct.We don't want to be, and we can't afford to be. However we should want to explain our decisions. Almost everyone could start their explanation with Freedom of Speech, but we will start with another value: Tolerance. And of course it is about the way to achieve tolerance. I hope we got your attention. Most gamers know well what happened with Pillars of Eternity, and the allegedly transphobic joke it contained. Well, it doesn't look transphobic, and it doesn't look like a joke. And while some people spoke about "portraying prejudice" that poem wasn't