Free Creature Catalog

Free Creature Catalog

Get all the monster descriptions from all our released products in PDF! Get your copy at www.lesser.gnome.com/download...

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Get yourself a copy this week…

Get yourself a copy this week…

The First Sentinel PDF is finished and it is very nice. It uses all of the unique traits of digital files to augment the scenario. It also includes a few extras. Stay tuned this week for a short sale when it launches....

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So it begins…

So it begins…

Those boxes in the picture need filling and I am in the home stretch. The major components for the last phase before shipping are either in my hands or verifiably a few weeks away. In honor of the huge amount of work ahead of me I woke up early and did some work.  What follows is a short aimless rant about workflow mapping and me. I don’t blame you for stopping your read right here. All my time since sunrise has been prepping/planning the soon to be RAM busting InDesign document for the Death & Taxes Layout(s). I learned the hard way in 2013 what happens when you just start layout, as opposed to doing a modicum of research and testing. Last time I did not plan the page settings, master pages, master page inheritance, base styles, nested styles, object states, hyperlinks, bookmarks, indexing, TOC Headings and calming pill acquisition. For the first time in my life I did a workflow plan without having somebody force it on me. It was less entertaining than you would expect but I am glad I did it. While going over steps of the workflow I tested some of the more advanced tools for large documents and books. Most I was only remotely aware of 6 weeks ago. In the process I re-created the already finished but not released PDF for The First Sentinel. It is much nicer than the one I did last month. I can’t stand to look at the old one now, thus I am either getting better or more delusional. What the files for Whisper & Venom would look like to me now is stomach churning. Death & Taxes will be much better looking than Whisper & Venom plus it will not take 5-6 weeks (of 12-20 hour days to complete). If it does I will blame Adobe. They add options and tweaks faster than I can be bothered to know about them. They probably just do it to drive traffic to their online tutorials for a sinister purpose.What that that purpose might be I haven’t a clue. I am certain it involves evil laughter around a smoking conference room counting their (formerly my) money. Enough rambling. I opened and named the InDesign just before I hit post. So here I...

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What the Gnome reads on the Internet

Tenkar posited a question about reading habits of RPG fans generally and OSR types specifically. I was as surprised as he was that he could meet someone at THE old-school con (NTRPG) and get only blank stares after he introduced himself. But he did and asked for his readers take (link). This is the comment I posted (edited to make me look smarter)- This is a windows into how deep the rabbit whole goes after discovering the OSR. I use an RSS reader app that updates constantly on my phone. I have about 5 gaming related categories and hundreds of individual feeds. Generally, I start here, read the posts at the Acaeum (I don’t pretend to collect anymore though I buy plenty of material, mostly from small press guys you all know), Then I check the rest of the ‘news’ type blog feeds (OSR Today etc), G+ I try to limit to scanning as it could take hours to just pull myself away. These are my daily reads. I have a section of feeds dedicated to blogs that post creative content that I read twice a week at minimum. It includes some blogs that only post 5-10 times per year.  The content is top notch and I know they would get lost without the being on my feed. I have a section that ‘professionally’ related I check infrequently, maybe every other 4-5 days. Cartographers Guild and the RPG net games industry forum fall in this category (which also includes Adobe CC feeds, design tips, Roll20 posts etc). Finally I have my forum feeds (odd74, DF, RPGNet, ENWorld etc). I am not going to rank preferences but I find some odious and most overwhelming given the volume and frequency of posts. I scan them occasionally but I use the search function weekly. I search for my products in case there is something I can address, Cons I attend, Product names I am interested in buying etc. I rarely post unless I have something to add or the thread was started by Mike Badolato and requires an insult My general take from all of these is the very active forums attract and serve a useful purpose for active players and GMs. While blogs have more visibility with creators and potential creators. I have just started keeping my own actually after I realized how much I use them in purchasing decisions and networking...

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Post Con 40% Off Sale!! PDF, Print, Figurines and Dice

Post Con 40% Off Sale!! PDF, Print, Figurines and Dice

Home from NTRPG Con and sold the very last boxed set of Whisper & Venom. Success should be celebrated and shared. So buy what you missed or see what we are all about! Coupon Code...

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Unboxing the boxes

Unboxing the boxes

The UPS man brought a present to backers. Eleven boxes of boxes. It is difficult to express how happy I am at the moment. They are very nice and I am grateful to Marion Paperbox, Lloyd Metcalf, Edwin Nagy and Scott Swift for their contributions. I should also thank the Gnome Spouse for her help moving them out of the rain. Overall a very good day at Gnome HQ....

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