So apparently I do still use this blog for something?
Well here is a form fillable pdf for Genesys “Shadow of the Beanstalk”. I saw /u/ghost_warlock point out someone should make one.
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I’ve made only very minor edits to the layout to allow for maximum space for digital text but otherwise I’ve kept it quite close to stock. Disappointingly, Fantasy Flight seems to have made some changes to their workflow on character sheets for Genesys so this sheet uses a singular background image rather than layered assets. I would have preferred to take out the line guides and make a printer friendly version but this new flattened image makes that impractical.
I did these edits with Adobe Acrobat DC so as long as you use a first party (something from Adobe) pdf reader and download the file rather than open it all the fields should work great. I made sure to set all the default formatting to optimize each fields most likely content type and if you Minion Pro font kit on your computer everything should look great too.
I hope you enjoy and if you come across any issues that present while filling your copy using Acrobat DC please let me know. Thanks :D
PS. If the new flattened image was done intentionally to make modding this pdf harder than the previous ones I’m pretty disappointed but for the record, I’ve never made any money off this site in any way shape or form. I suspect though it’s just because this pdf was built by a graphic designer and not a publisher. I do really like this sheet as I think it’s the prettiest sheet made for this dice system. I’m just presuming it’s form winning out over function.
So apparently I do still use this blog for something?
Driving through town yesterday evening Ola noticed a pile of "free wood". After much cajoling she convinced me to go look over the field of logs this morning. A field that looked as though it had suffered a whole summer of being picked over for all the best pieces but boy did I get lucky! That's 6 feet of 20+ inch thick red cedar (we think). Drove the tractor over as fast as I could, dragged it out, and carried it home as quick as I could. When I got to the lumber pile with the tractor someone had marked this log and left their warm coffee with it. I'm so thankful for these forks right now. Nearly missed my chance.
This piece is a real blessing for the workshop/woodshop, as it's been on hold for a bit now. Heat, time, and funds being at fault. This happily fixes the funds issues. Aside from a few more hours of organizing, the shop is at a point where I need to start building a lot of things to finish it. Most of those things are going to be made out of cheap pine and plywood. However, what I really needed/wanted first was a wood-working work-bench. Which was something I couldn't quite get myself to do on the cheap. Especially since I really want to make use of hold fasts. The vast majority of the cost of this work-bench was going to be for the thick and heavy surface I wanted. Well here it is.
The plan at the moment is to flatten the widest side of the log (pink line). Going to do this mostly with a wire wheel, chisel, and a power planner. After flattening one side I'll try fitting the log to an Alaskan mill style jig and use a friends 28" chainsaw to rip it down the middle (red line). After ripping, it'll be flipped open (as per the green lines) and I'll route a mortise down each of the thinnest sides (pink triangles). Then I can put a 2x12 in the mortises to join the two log sides together and have a bench long tool well. The well will be a little bit on the narrow side as I'll want to put the 2x12 very deep on each side but I don't plan on storing tools their permanently. With the left over depth of the table I should have plenty of space to put in mortised 4x4 legs angled outwards. Should give me a steady footprint for the weight and act to push the table top together even more firmly.
The log is quite dry from sitting outside for our hot summer but after debarking it I've left it to dry in the shop. I'm hoping to start building the bench in October when the heat has died down. Hopefully the 30+ days acclimatizing to the shop will be enough.
Looking back, I'm not super sure. Aside from buying the new truck (which was a last minute distraction turned 3+ week project) I really am not totaly sure. Things I had planned to get done this summer were finishing the workshop/woodshop, setting up the print shop, and finishing the Mertoth wrap up video in any downtime where I wasn't relaxing and enjoying myself. Though relaxing and enjoying myself should go without mention.
Despite this summer seeming so unproductive I am remarkably happy with it. With only a few days notice I got a chance to see the eclipse in Oregon and that was remarkable and I got my twitch affiliate.
The eclipse was the highlight of this year though. We ended up spending 21 hours on the road in less than 48 but it was oh so worth it. Even the drive was beautiful. The off-roading to skip some traffic did it's part of make the drive much more memorable and new truck performed way above my highest expectations of it. We did have a pretty bad fuel scare in the 40°C heat when we had to double back after hitting a gate. Google said it was a federal land. Local ranches disagreed. Turned out okay though, we hollered at a campervan on the side of the 5 hour gridlock who happened to have 2 gallons to give us. Our original plan was to fill up gas in the next town which was only 60 km away and we had 200+ km of fuel. Those 60 km just took 5 hours to drive through.
While the eclipse was the highlight of the year and the summer what I'm most proud of this summer is finally getting traction on Twitch. Admittedly this is largely due to twitch's new affiliate program but it took a little over a week to fulfill their requirements since I had already had the base followed.. It feels like validation for all my time spent streaming to the admittedly niche Tabletop RPG genre but it encouraged me to update my schedule on twitch. The plan now is to do 4-6 hour video game streams at least three times a week. It's probably just my extreme extroversion but streaming video games is a lot more fun. It captures that fun from being a kid with your friends over and playing on the couch. Having affiliate now makes me feel like I'm allowed to have friends over to my place rather than just constantly bumming in my friends basement.
TALK ABOUT RPGs
Mertoth wrapped up 3 months ago, as of yesterday.. I still have been playing RPGs since then, just not broadcasting any. I GM a "Star Wars: Edge of the Empire" game on Sundays in the real world and play in a Pathfinder game on Fridays. As for when I'm going to be get back on streaming tabletop for the web? It comes after my To Do list.
Yes, oh gawd, my "To Do" list.
After my sabbatical from life as a [redacted] pretty much everything about me was much better, aside from my time management skills. Something that I used to consider a talent had atrophied to the point of non-existence. Those of you who played in Mertoth have watched one thing after another whistle by. Those of you who spent even more time with me saw a lot more. We've even seen a few projects get completely shit canned after I realized I just couldn't keep that many plates in the air at one time. (Yes you can hear the wiki whistling by your head right now). I can confidently say I'm getting better but only in watching some of my whiffs make orbit and return overhead to gloat. So here is the priority list. In order:
- Finish the Workshop/Woodshop
- Help Darkmoondancer upgrade her product offerings to physical prints and custom framing.
- Mertoth Epilogue video
- Launch the website and web store for the family Chicken farm.
- Stream video games atleast 3 times a week and no shorter than 4 hours at a time.
- DnD 5e Challenge Compendium (DnD 5e)
- Build book bindery
- Start and finish the outer shell for our new trucks overlanding Camper
- Start a series of 4 week multi-shot streamed RPGs.
So, if things go to plan. Number 8 should start in mid January. Numbers 3 and 6 are the most likely to get the chopping block. Victims of my deteriorated time management skills. Number 6, The DnD 5e Challenge Compendium on Wulpin's is only going to get axed if it's not financially viable for Darkmoondancer.
As for games in number 9 I'm thinking of starting with Blades in the Dark, Numenera, and Age of Rebellion. With some DnD 5e thrown in to test Challenge Compendium content some more.
So where did this summer go?
It went to family, friends, twitch, and progress. So here's to projects and the life I'm blessed with, that lets me pursue them. Thank you everyone, for your eyeballs and brainwaves.
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I couldn't find form fillable PDF's that I was happy with so I dove in. I made it in Acrobat DC so I've only been able to confirm that it will work 100% as intended in the same software. On top of being form-fillable I also made some of my preferred modifications:
- Added the Force Characteristic
- Removed the background for a more printer friendly experience
- Added Career skill pips
- Added room for detailed special notes on Skills in ultra-small text.
- Added Skill rank pips
- Rescaled Weapon form fields
- Moved the Equipment Log
- Added room for two more obligations
- Removed Notable-Features to make room for Character Art field
- Rescaled Critical Injuries field
- Removed Talents panel in favor of talent sheets being separate sheets and the skill notes section
- Added full form functionality with a combination of optimal and auto font size
- Added hover-over tool-tips
- Possible Permanent Death
- New base of operations
- New Powers
- Alternative Experience Options
- Drastically updated Lore Section
So, we're finally here! Third Wave!
Mertoth has entered the "Third Act" of its campaign arc. There is too much in there to just repeat here but pay close attention to both the mechanical and lore entries for "Balance Of Blood". Characters will now either be sub-typed with Fiend or Celestial. This is a player decision, not a character decision. You'll notice they awaken to the choice already being made. Feel free to take your character the direction you want, not what they would want.
What does this mean for the future of my games and the discord community?
Over the next 20 - 40 sessions Mertoth, as we've known it, will finish as a campaign. For a long while after that I'll be sticking to small games. Think multi-session style what in different game systems and with steady casts for each. I'll maybe even do some without streaming. I want to sincerely thank each and every one of you for the time and games you've given me. I will absolutely be keeping the discord channel open and hope to still hang out with all you guys in there, in other games, and to get together players for other games as well.
The discord channel "The Crayon Box" is, of course, my favorite community for quite obvious reasons.
Thank you all again for the first 75+ sessions and I am looking forward to finishing off Mertoth with a refocused story and finishing off the biggest campaign I've ever been a part of.
Let's send her off in epic fashion!
With a sharp eye you can see the tie and pistol on Strike. I am going to be getting back into Shadowrun soon. Going to be launching a rarer game to splice in between Mertoth sessions. Mainly as something to keep my GM'n excitement high, something to switch up the mechanics and keep me fresh. At the moment I'm leaning towards a highly one-shot format. A "bring what you got" style where players can bring any mechanically legal character and role a one shot with a group their fixers have put them together with. Thinking of possibly doing a players guide format but it's still undecided.
This format was primarily brought on by my renewed disinterest in returning to Shadownet as their homebrew, while still not out of control, is still far too much for my taste.
So, my first blog post. Not really sure what to write here. Right now the only reason I'm even writing anything is so my home screen can have a post to portray from the blog.
Got a lot stuff I'm going to be needing to add to this site. Next thing I'm most interested in adding is a possible hub for the games I play. So games like Mertoth, and Shadowrun Stories have a new central place to revolve around. Places to put things like in game calendars, session calendars, and interesting posts.