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One-Page Dungeons Are Proof Good Things Come In Small Packages
Dungeon Masters: Would you like to know something that may change the way you think about creating adventures, and will also help eliminate a great amount of doubt, fear, and worry about that process? I thought you might. Here it is: it’s not the size of your adventure that really counts. And there’s no better example of this than the one-page dungeon concept.

One-page dungeons are exactly that – short, precise encounters or adventures written and mapped out on a single page. Sound impossible? Far from it. The concept went public in 2009, and has become quite popular since then. One page dungeons offer many benefits for DMs and players, most notably in that they are ready to play almost immediately, and because they can be found all over the Internet.

The first and best one-page dungeon site to visit is Dungeon Contest, home of the One Page Dungeon Contest (OPDC). The OPDC has been running since 2009, and was created by several popular online D&D players: Michael Curtis, Philippe A. Ménard, Michael Shorten, and Dave Bowman, along with continued community support by Alex Schroeder and Random Wizard.

Every year, the OPDC opens up for RPG content creators to plan and design an encounter, adventure, or entire game on one side of one standard A4 page. The creation must be engaging enough to have people wanting to play it, of course, but it also must be soundly original and legal. Creators may then submit their creations to OPDC for a chance to win a host of prizes, including a monetary prize, and any available sponsor prizes.

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Qualifying entries are collected into a single compendium, formatted into pdf and print versions, and published online by RPG publisher Shattered Pike Studio. The compendiums are put up on the OPDC website store, as well as the RPGNow and DriveThruRPG sites. In essence, if you create a compelling adventure, submit it to OPDC, and it gets selected for the compendium, the printing and publishing of your adventure is done for you, and made available for a world of RPG players to play.

As of this writing, there are eleven days left to submit your 2017 OPDC entry. According to the Dungeon Contest website, “Submission Deadline is May 1st, 2017 23:59 UTC(Monday evening before Midnight Greenwich England time”. But don’t hurry or worry! If you don’t feel you can submit an entry in time for this year, that only means you have a full year to work on an entry for next year.

The OPDC isn’t the only place to find one-page dungeons. Type ‘one-page dungeons’ into your favorite search engine and you’ll find many that were included in one of the OPDC compendiums and many more that weren’t. If you have one of those rare days when you find time for yourself, search through the multitude of one-page dungeons online to find ones you like. Better yet, click on this Sage Advice D&D link that hosts more links to over 550 one page dungeons ready for you to download and use.

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As mentioned earlier, one-page dungeons have plenty of benefits, such as saving Dungeon Masters hours of prep time. By design, the OPDC submission are system neutral, but that doesn’t mean all one-page dungeons are, or have to be. You can find or create one-page dungeons designed specifically for your favorite RPG, and assemble them in a folder bank so you always have a store of ready-to-play adventures.

Another advantage of one-page dungeons, chiefly the ones that are system neutral, is that they occur at or in a single location. So, take multiple one-page dungeons that happen at various places, imaginatively link them together, and you suddenly have a whole story arc, and possibly an entire campaign.

If you’re interested in creating and submitting a one-page dungeon to the OPDC, the One Page Dungeon Contest Submission Guide explains the details of how to do it. For whatever reasons you have for wanting to create your own one-page dungeon, click over to ChicagoWiz’s RPG Blog and download the handy One Page Dungeon Level and One Page Wilderness Level templates to get you started on the right track.

So, Dungeon Masters, if your players aren’t overly concerned with the size of your adventures, or you don’t particularly want to spend hours upon hours creating them, then one-page dungeons may be what you’re looking for. You may even like them enough to create your own!

Have you ever DM’d or played a one-page dungeon? Have you created a one-page dungeon? Share with us in the Comments!

Header image credit: Wizards of the Coast; article screenshots by Jim Moreno


@Role Playing Games

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Yesterday I was at a coffee shop and noticed a gaming session going on, so I went to ask a few quick question. Before I said a word, I noticed the above abomination in their dice set. At that point I only wanted to know why they thought that thing was better than 2d10. They didn't convince me.

@Role Playing Games
"Roll a d100"
*dice rolls, rolls, rolls, rolls, rolls, falls, rolls, rolls, rolls rolls*

998 to go..


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Plastc folds after raking in millions for smart credit cards it never shipped
SAN FRANCISCO — Another crowdfunded Bay Area startup has closed its doors without shipping customers the products they paid for, a failure that raises fresh concerns about risky online pre-order campaigns.

San Francisco-based digital payments startup Plastc shut down Thursday, saying it’s considering filing for bankruptcy after failing to raise the cash it needed to mass produce and ship its smart credit cards. The 3-year-old company raised millions through pre-orders of its $155 Plastc Card, but failed to ship a single order — and its demise leaves behind scores of angry customers.

“We are disappointed and emotionally distraught,” the company wrote in a farewell note posted on its website, “and while we know this is extremely disappointing for you, we want our backers to know that we did everything we could to make Plastc Card a reality.”

A company representative could not be reached for comment.

Plastc is at least the third such high-profile flame-out Silicon Valley has seen in recent months, as more startups turn to online pre-orders to raise the cash they need to get off the ground. Crowdfunding proponents argue those campaigns, often launched on platforms like Kickstarter and Indiegogo, democratize fundraising by allowing anyone to be part of a startup’s founding. But they are inherently risky as they ask customers to pay for products that aren’t yet developed and may never work.

San Francisco-based flying camera startup Lily Robotics filed for bankruptcy in February, after shutting down without shipping more than 60,000 pre-orders. The company is selling its assets and has promised to refund customers. Skully, another San Francisco startup, went belly up last summer after failing to deliver 3,000 smart motorcycle helmets backers had pre-ordered for $1,500 each.

Plastc promised a gadget that looked and acted like a regular credit card — users could swipe it at an ATM or a store’s credit card reader — but it could hold up to 20 credit, debit, loyalty and gift cards in one place. The surface of the device was a touch screen that allowed users to swipe through their different cards and choose the one they wanted.

To raise funds, Plastc eschewed traditional crowdfunding platforms in favor of launching a self-starter campaign, Founder and CEO Ryan Marquis said in a video interview for the online series “Behind the Brand.” It was a hit — the company raised more than $5 million in pre-orders in the first week, he said.

“The day we went live, we literally exploded the shopping cart server that we were using at the time,” Marquis said in the interview.

But the startup struggled to fill its pre-orders. The company delayed its ship date multiple times, according to angry posts from customers on social media. And Plastc was forced to remove features it had promised when they proved too complicated to pull off in a timely manner, Marquis said during the “Behind the Brand” interview.

Plastc also launched an equity crowdfunding campaign on Fundable, the online platform confirmed, though a representative wouldn’t say how much Plastc raised, and the campaign had been taken off-line Friday.

Plastc has produced cards that work, the company wrote on its website, but needed additional cash to get them to market. The team was expecting to close a $3.5 million round of funding in February, but after the lead investing group postponed its contribution, the entire round eventually fell apart.

Plastc found another investor willing to shell out $6.75 million, and the deal was expected to close last week. That deal was “one signature away” from closing when the investor backed out at the last minute, Plastc wrote.

The company said it won’t be able to ship any pre-orders and made no mention of refunds.

Don Butler, managing director of Thomvest Ventures, wondered whether startups might shut down more gracefully if they were venture capital backed instead of crowdfunded. If VC investors were sitting on the company’s board, he said, they might have made sure a company paid off its debts and refunded its customers.

Plastc also was part of a troubled industry. Coin, a similar smart card maker, shut down earlier this year.

Butler, whose firm had considered investing in the space, said he questioned the viability of the concept.

“That’s one reason we didn’t invest,” he said. “I see the consumer benefit, but it also felt a little bit like a half-step between a wallet today and just having all of those cards sitting in your phone.”

Another retailer collapses


Bebe is closing all its stores, the latest casualty in retail

Bebe plans to close all its stores by May 2017. The company didn't say whether it's going out of business, or transitioning to sell all its clothes online.

This $9000 pesticide-spraying agricultural octocopter now has an app
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I would never have a use for this, but that doesn't stop me from sort of wanting one. Dji's frankly badass Agras MG-1, an agricultural-use octocopter made for spraying a liquid of your choice in a location of your choice, is now also an app-controlled beast. Whether you're a farmer spraying your field of crops with fertilizer, a scientist spraying a site with radioactive tracer for a study, a super-villain looking to deploy a mind-control chemical on the cheap, or a reclined Ryne spraying your face-hole with booze, everyone can find a way to appreciate the MG-1.

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This $9000 pesticide-spraying agricultural octocopter now has an app was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

They won't block their own ads obviously.

Report: Google will add an ad blocker to all versions of Chrome web browser
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Enlarge / A totally-not-official rendering of what the Chrome Adblocker logo might look like. (credit: Ron Amadeo)

The Wall Street Journal just dropped a shocker of a report: Google, the biggest web advertising company in the world, is planning to build an ad blocker into Google Chrome, the world's most popular web browser. The ad blocker will reportedly end up in the desktop and mobile versions of Chrome and would be switched on by default.

If true, this report suggests a major conflict of interest for Google. Today Chrome covers over 50 percent of the browsing market, according to Net Market Share, and Google would kill its income if it started blocking Google ads. Of course, Google won't block Google ads. Instead, according to the report, Chrome will target "unacceptable ads" as defined by the Coalition for Better Ads. The Coalition for Better Ads, which counts Google and Facebook among its members, has a page of "least preferred ad experiences" up on its website. This page calls out pop-ups, autoplaying video ads with sound, interstitial ads with countdowns, and large "sticky" ads as "below the threshold of consumer acceptability."

The Journal notes "in one possible application Google is considering" Google could block all ads on a site that doesn't comply with the rules, rather than just block offending ads. Presumably this would stop websites from using a mix of "acceptable" and "unacceptable" ads with the hope that the "unacceptable" ads are seen by non-Chrome users, since they risk losing out on all revenue from all Chrome users.

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It appears that Prop 67 didn't affect cities and counties that already had bans in effect.

HOME | Alameda County - Reusable Bag Ordinance

Since 2013, grocery stores and certain other food retailers in Alameda County have not been allowed to provide single-use plastic carryout bags at checkout, and the results have been great for our local environment! On May 1, 2017, this ordinance is expanding to include ALL retail stores in Alameda County, and will include all restaurants startin...

@Formula 1

Renault unveil radical 2027 F1 concept car

Four-wheel drive, four-wheel steering, a closed cockpit, active LED lighting and a huge power-to-weight ratio – this radical machine is Renault’s striking vision for the F1 car of the future.

Snowpack in California's Sierra Nevada, a major source of water for San Francisco and California's Central Valley, is currently larger than the four previous years combined. In fact, there's enough snow to fill the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California, nearly 1,600 times. Details: http://go.nasa.gov/2oqlOVV
Erik Friendica
What I would like to know is how predictably this would happen in the future. We may have been the recipients of a convenient fluke. If not, California is going to be subject to drastic alternating between scorching weather and heavy cold/wet seasons with very little room for a middle road. Having pleasantly temperate weather is something California has been famous for, not the scorching heat.
California has gone through several droughts over the last century but they have varied in duration. These next couple of years will be telling, ideally we'll return to a normal period. And hopefully time will be spent on the infrastructure and planning to be prepared for the next one when it comes.
Erik Friendica
I really hope for a return to a normal period. I just heard this morning that they're loosening the drought rules that were put in place a few years ago. Hopefully the situation will hold for a while.

YouTube: Sun Goddess (Ramsey Lewis - Topic)

Provided to YouTube by Sony Music Entertainment Sun Goddess · Earth, Wind & Fire / 球風火合唱團 · Ramsey Lewis / 雷姆希路易斯 Sun Goddess ℗ 1974 Columbia Records, a divi...
@Music & Vinyl


A leader of the "Cal-Exit" movement has decided to live in Russia

The drive to make the nation's most populous state its own country has drawn extra interest after last year's election of Republican Donald Trump as president.
Erik Friendica
Screw that guy and the whole Calexit movement. It's the dumbest idea. He may not be intentionally colluding with Russia on this, but he's certainly playing into their hands and trying to get California to do the same. Calexit is suicide on multiple levels.
Yeah the whole idea is completely bonkers to me. More so than all of the previous attempts to divide the state in the past. I doubt it'll ever be taken seriously.

Today I Learned.


Mad File Format Science: MP3 Freedom Day, April 16, 2017 (Gary McGath)

Get ready to celebrate! The last MP3 patent is about to expire! I think. The Wikipedia article on MP3, as I’m writing this, claims that “MP3 technology will be patent-free in the United…
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'Twas the night before launch... NASA commercial cargo provider Orbital ATK is on track for its seventh commercial resupply services mission to the International Space Station for 11:11 a.m. EDT Tuesday at the start of a 30-minute launch window. Launching on a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket, the uncrewed Cygnus spacecraft will carry more than 7,600 pounds of science research, crew supplies and hardware to the orbiting laboratory in support of the crew members.

NASA TV launch coverage will begin at 10 a.m. EDT Tuesday on air and streaming at https://www.nasa.gov/live. Ten minutes prior to liftoff, NASA TV’s YouTube channel will debut full, 360 coverage of the launch at http://youtube.com/nasatelevision

Image credit: United Launch Alliance
'Twas the night before launch... NASA commercial cargo provider Orbital ATK is on track for its seventh commercial resupply services mission to the International Space Station for 11:11 a.m. EDT Tuesday at the start of a 30-minute launch window. Launching on a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket, the uncrewed Cygnus spacecraft will carry more than 7,600 pounds of science research, crew supplies and hardware to the orbiting laboratory in support



Princeton researchers may have just won the ad blocking war - for now, anyway - SiliconANGLE

Princeton researchers may have just won the ad blocking war - for now, anyway - SiliconANGLE


LAist

2017-04-17 16:31:56

Man Caught With A Hundred Stolen Cellphones At Coachella After Festivalgoers Activate 'Find My iPhone' App…

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Erik Friendica
Pretty nuts, right? Impressive that they tracked him down the way they did, but he managed to snag a hundred phones in the process!

well since the switchover to digital theres no free-to-air reception here.

not even one channel
(years ago with analogue tv we could pick up most of the local free to air channels here, some were a bit snowy but you could still watch them)

Now it looks like the only options for tv here are the following:

Cable/Pay TV
in AU cable has only existed for a decade or so and is digital and wanting to be able to watch a different channel on another tv in another room would require a separate subscription!

OR

via the internet
using a dsl line to watch tv would probably slow down everything else the internet is used for here - so not really a good solution.

Even when the NBN arrives, it is uncertain whether that will improve, looking at what people have been saying about it. The technology used for NBN would certainly be able to do faster speeds, but whether or not it actually does would depend on higher upstream bandwidth being available, which by the sounds of what people are saying out there might not be there yet.

If its a choice between browsing or tv I would choose browsing
(though we do really need new web browsers free of any unauditable eme blobs - and if removing that means i can't watch youtube I DON'T CARE)

I started a new node from scratch on Monday and the Federation Stats are:

Currently this node is aware of 1144 nodes from the following platforms:

Friendica (345)
diaspora (229)
redmatrix (23)
hubzilla (135)
BlaBlaNet (9)
GNU Social (175)
StatusNet (16)
Mastodon (212)

Viva la Federation
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Sandro Friendica
Anyway, these are the numbers in my node (I don't have many friends evidently):

Friendica (172)
diaspora (113)
redmatrix (8)
hubzilla (37)
BlaBlaNet (2)
GNU Social (52)
StatusNet (11)
Mastodon (20)
@Sandro The project "the-federation.info" gathers information about servers with the Diaspora protocol only. And it gathers information only from servers where this had been allowed by the server administrators.

@Formula 1

It's early days obviously, but it looks like Vettel is back and is bringing Ferrari with him.
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