Monday, August 29, 2022

I Made a Dice Tower

It took ages to make this, but it was free and it kept me busy, so... yeah, a fun summer project. Take a look - anyone can make something like this.  It just takes time (and glue).

I used a soymilk carton.  This was a mistake.  The outside was a bit waxed and the glue didn't stick perfectly, but more problematic was that it was too thin and needed to be braced inside.  I added some ramps for the dice to tumble over, too, so it wouldn't be a straight drop.

I attached each brick individually, using a lot of glue, and stuck it to a foamcore base.  Then I painted the whole thing with a 50-50 mixture of black paint and Modpodge to seal it.

I made the top separately so the dice tower stuff was hidden.

Next I painted individual stones different shades of grey and brown. The, I drybushed highlights in beige.

Finally, a blackwash (this is where it comes to life) and a coat of pure Modpodge, which dries glossy clear.

Sunday, August 21, 2022

Shownotes for Episode 6

Theme                                     Enchiridion

Welcome                                  148 Barovian Castle

Dramatis                                  RPG SOUNDS “Realization”

Some  FX:                      

Thursday, August 11, 2022

Shownotes for Episode 5

Theme                                     Enchiridion

Welcome                                  148 Barovian Castle

Dramatis                                  RPG SOUNDS “Realization”

Dramatis pt2                            'It's In The Fog' by Darren Curtis

Some  FX:                      

Tuesday, August 9, 2022

Pendulum Playtesters: Please Read

 Hi folks,

Thanks so much for your time and truly excellent feedback.  Without a doubt, this world-building assistant is going to be so much better because of your efforts!  As I begin to implement the suggested changes, I wanted to be sure that I have all my info correct and that I haven't missed anybody.  It's always possible that emails get lost, misfiled, or misdirected.

Please check that your name a) is included and that it is b) spelled correctly.  You can let me know by email or in the comments if there is anything that requires attention.  

Here's the current Thank You list:


Thanks so very much to Charles "Cid" Jean, Steve Morrison, EZ, Talon Waite, James Sral, Josh @ Mudbeggar Games, Christer Enfors, HODAG RPG, Eric Dill (@drakonspyre), Caulin Close, Matt Hayles, Mike Northcraft, Tony Mowery, CadejoNegro, Andrea Privitera, Gregory Timperio, Andrew Brewer, & Robin Sampson

Friday, August 5, 2022

Dice Making Level-Up!

 I probably made a hundred dice before I realized that there was a better way.  The "Wish" molds (the little individual ones) are pretty good.  They make some very sharp edged dice, but they also tend to have one raised face.  This inevitably leads to sanding... hours of sanding. I'm not even exaggerating.  A hundred dice, each of which has several sides to sand, takes several hour-long sessions.  This is because you need to work through several grades of sandpaper grit: 320, 600, 1000, 1500, 2000 and 3000.

It was because of all the sanding that I finally decided to try something different (I'm a slow learner, it seems).  I bought a bit of silicone and made a "Squish" mold, which I think is the same as a cap mold.  The mold worked out extremely well.  This time I used rounded dice and it's clear from the result that each die will require much, much less sanding and polishing.

I'd highly recommend doing it this way - save yourself literally hours of not very fun work, and just start with one of these.  Here's how you make them:


Put the dice on some sticky-side-up tape in a mold.


Hot glue the edges so nothing can leak, then cover it with silicone.


Flip it upside down. Now cover the silicone with Vaseline so the next pour doesn't bond to it.


Wrap tape around to extend the mold and pour the silicone again to form the 'cap'.


Pour directly into the mold and voila!

Once the flashing is peeled off, you get almost roll-ready dice.  This worked way better than I expected and there'll be no going back to the old way. Btw, for any of you who work with electronics, it turns out you can make potentiometer knobs with this method, too! Double win!

Wednesday, August 3, 2022

Monday, August 1, 2022

Shownotes for S2E4

Theme                                     Enchiridion

Welcome                                  148 Barovian Castle

Part 1                                       Odin 

Dramatis                                  RPG SOUNDS “Realization” & script for this section by Simon J Williams

Minstrels’ Song                       Collab with Stuart Bullock (ThisIsBardcore)

Some  FX: