For NPCs, I am planning on using the Shady Dragon Inn, and Masks: 1000 NPCs books which contain combined 1100 premade nonplayer characters -- surely more than I will ever need. For an oracle I am planning on using the Game Master's Apprentice Fantasy Deck. The ruleset is AD&D first edition, including Unearthed Arcana. Everything else in this solo campaign will stem from my imagination, and dice rolls.
DriveThruRPG is experiencing delays due to the pandemic, so it is 22 days and counting that my Spelljammer: Adventures in Space sits unprinted, and unshipped. In the meantime I am going through my Forgotten Realms, Dragonlance, and Greyhawk books to select locales my characters are from, and spots of interest they (may) end up. My party will likely all be from FR, as I have the 3rd edition Campaign Setting, and 2nd edition Atlas books which are both excellent.
I have made a wiki at gitlab for my campaign data, etc. Definitely a work in progress. It is also mirrored on RPoD in the GAMES SECTION. I have the basic sketch of my Spellscape campaign and the map of the Crystal Spheres I am using.
Primitive Rabbit Holes
I have been binge researching herbs and primitive cooking from ~18th century and before. I think I'll bake some bread sometime in the next week without store bought yeast. Also on the list is a batch of pemmican. My wife and I have a pretty good indoor garden growing including dandelion as I want to make some dandelion coffee. In addition, I have perfected my tortilla recipe: 3 cups flour, 1/2 cup lard, 1 cup boiling water, 1TSP salt, 1TSP baking powder.
D&D Nerd Shit
Fun of the day: installing the AD&D Core Rules and Forgotten Realms Interactive Atlas in a Windows 2000 VirtualBox VM. I have the VM setup with an HP Laserjet Postscript Printer, attached to the Print To File port. Then I point the printer to the Z: drive which is my Linux home directory on the host machine. In this way, I can print generated characters to a ps file and use ps2pdf in Linux to convert them to a handy PDF file for use.
@jynx a start of the idea lives here: https://leveck.us/1436.ninja:70/0/Games/rpg-play/planescape-spelljammer-1e-solo/Setting.md
I wanted a leather bound "Tome of Mapping." (a hardback book of blank graph paper) I could find nothing like this, so I made one. I used 11"x17" graph paper, embroidery thread to sew the signatures, some press board for the covers, some faux leather to cover the outside, elmers glue to secure things, and some cotton fabric to cover the spine. I think it turned out well.
Rewrote RND Dungeon on RPoD to feed off a data file with 52 rooms (can be unlimited). It is still random, so occasionally you get things such as a door leading to a door.
Fathoming #covid19 : Modernity was all about mobilization and speed. Every now and then there may have been marginal counter movements with the aim to slow things down a little bit. But putting everything to a standstill? Inertia? Ruhende Körper?
With fascination I stare at these "Stay at home!" signs. It's exactly the opposite of what my mother had to tell me every single day when I was a child. "Go outside!" - that meant: go playing with the other kids. Be active. Move. Use your body. (But I liked to stay at home, reading, listening to the radio, dream the day away.)
And now, quite late in my life, I became the avantgarde of a static way of living. ( I don't know why everbody talks about 'social distancing' and not about 'human statics' or 'immobility'?) But as so often in a situation of binary oppositions, it doesn't change much, when you just shift dominance to the other side. After all, I can now feel how others usually look at me: How can anybody be that out of tune with the commandment of the hour?
Late night epiphany: most of the books ever written are available on the internet for free with some searching. The prime motivation for the extreme price gouging with printer ink is not greed, it is to prevent us from printing books. Doing so has been made prohibitively expensive. To read the books we have access to, we need a device and a way to charge a battery, instead of just needing light to see the page.
I released an EP last month for my main project, Natanas. It included this ode to coronavirus...
A guy in Wyoming
"I appreciate SDF but it's a general-purpose server and the name doesn't make it obvious that it's about art." - Eugen Rochko