Lessons Learned While Making My Game

Table of Contents Overview Background The Big Three (+1) Questions What’s Your Game About? Core Mechanics Supporting the Story: That, but with a twist No, less. Personal Example It’s not about that. A Personal Aside It’s not for them Embrace Constraints Nothing’s set in stone. It’s all about the character sheet. Needful Things Practical Example Make the character sheet first Modify it through play Things to keep in mind Visual Style Matters Do I want to play THAT?

Making Great Productivity Tools

Table of Contents Overview The Thoughts Overview Chris Simpson mentioned that he was working on “development tools for gifted brains” in response to my mentioning having created Noted. What follows are my thoughts on what it takes to make a great productivity tool that wont be abandoned, & works for everyone, not just the creator. The Thoughts Software is amazing. I love it, & I especially love when developers take the time to really focus on making better tools, or improving the ones they have.

Lessons from an unexpected playtest moment

Table of Contents Overview Quick Mechanical / Rules Note Learning from what went down. Setting The Scene Side note on how we got here Playing it out Lesson’s Learned Doom Pool Helping Players Overview Playtesting my Tabletop Role Playing Game (TTRPG) I encountered a situation that worried, and surprised me. This post discusses an unexpected combat where I’m worrying if my characters will survive because they’re too “real”, and then finding myself 🤯 “blown away” by what happens.

Manual Support Fins for 3D Printing

Table of Contents Overview The Setup & Goal First Attempt Lessons Learned Second Attempt Lessons Learned Third Attempt Cleanup Conclusions Overview Whilst very useful, automatically generated supports can waste a lot of material and result in lots unnecessary cleanup. Sometimes, you want to go with manual supports. This post follows my failures and lessons learned in using manual supports. It should save you a lot of pain if you venture down this route.

Fnatr 02 Box Fan Replacement

Table of Contents How to replace a broken fan on the Fnatr #02 Box Overview Before you start, gather the following The process How to replace a broken fan on the Fnatr #02 Box Overview It’s essentially impossible for human hands to insert the plug from a new fan into the circuit board. There is a very tempting screw that looks like it’s holding the circuit board on. You’d think you could just undo that and have easy access.

What is 3D Printing Good For?

Table of Contents Overview Terminology Plastic types Misconceptions Strength Lasting Power Degradability Filament Reusability Food Safety Printing Minis What’s it good for? How I use Mine Things I have printed Warning Overview There are a lot of folks out there who are interested in 3D printing, but then they look at one of the many sites of free models like Printables and see a lot of silly tchotchkes that seem like a waste of plastic and space, or cheap things they can already buy cheaply like pen holders.

Wyrmwood Modular Table - Thoughts

Table of Contents Overview Table and Accessories The table itself Minor defects: The accessories The Hobby Shelf The Player Desk Cup Holders Card organizer The Topper Block & Tray Assembly Gotchas Instructions Tools Plywood Finish the screw holes Be cautious with dowel holes Attaching the Legs Should you get one Where then? Overview This post is broken down into two sections: thoughts on the table & accessories, assembly gotchas. This post will not go into many of the significant issues with the company’s leadership, and management.


Table of Contents Overview Some Perspective First, Something Good Is this a fighting game or not? Everything’s contradictory Missing tools Nonsensical cards Invalidating Player Abilities The token economy is broken Missing what makes PbtA great. Conclusion Overview ATMA is a rules-light no prep Tabletop Role Playing Game (TTRPG) that requires significant improvisational work by all players in order to figure out how anything fits together. The mechanics kind-of work but leave you making up a lot of rules on the fly because they don’t cover a lot of common things.

On Generic TTRPG Systems

Table of Contents Overview Context It’s all about the fighting I want more The problem is hard If they’re not really generic… Overview I love the idea of generic role-playing games, but as time goes by I find myself caring less and less. Yet, there’s still something great about them. This post explores those thoughts. Context The basic premise of a Generic Tabletop Role-playing game is that you can learn this one system, and then play any kind of game with it.

Recycling 3D Prints

Table of Contents Overview Shredding Gotchas Extruding Gotchas Color Materials Thickness Winding Pelletizing Summary Overview Despite being “plant based” there are almost no 3D printer filaments that are actually compostable or biodegradable in any meaningful way. PLA needs oxygen, a temperature of 140+°F (60°C), and a variety of organic compounds to break down. You’re not going to find these outside of an industrial composting facility and most of them won’t take PLA anyway because it’s frequently mixed with other things that make it non-compostable.