Follow me to my new blog: https://isene.org

This site is kept open for archival purposes. There are lots of blog posts on everything from tech stuff to Scientology on this site. It will remain open for years to come.

But, my new home is at isene.org. That is where I continue blogging and sharing materials for your free use. You can subscribe at the bottom page over at isene.org to keep yourself updated on new posts.

Articles, books, my artwork and music is shared at one of the pages on my new website, and easily reached via isene.com.

Geir’s Geekery

I have started the process of migrating from WordPress to Jekyll. And boy am I excited 😀

Since Jekyll is a web site platform written in Ruby with lots of possibilities and extensions, I am right at home. No more writing posts in web forms or clicking around in admin panels – like with WordPress. With Jekyll, pages, posts and other content are simple text files on my laptop. I drop images in directories, fire up a script and my website gets updated with a swish!

First out is the geekier part of me. I have moved isene.org over to Jekyll and will move also my blogging over there with isene.com and isene.me pointing to the same site (maybe to different parts of the site… we’ll see).

Walk right over to isene.org and leave a comment or five on the Welcome post. Tell me what you think about my new home. Any home improvement tips?

Amar Tools reaches a milestone: The 1.0 release!

After 15 years in the making, finally Amar Tools is ‘feature complete’ and deserving the 1.0 release mark.

The swiss army knife tool set for the Amar Role-Playing game is freely available on Github. Although created for the Amar RPG, these tools are useful for any fantasy RPG.

The online version is available here: http://www.isene.org/amar.html

A shortened version of the feature list:

  • Generate random encounters in various terrains (day or night): The encounters are of various races, complete with random names, sex, stats and attitude towards the player characters. You can download the generated encounters as a text file. 
  • Generate random human NPCs. All attributes, skills, weapons, armour, magic, etc. is detailed according to the Amar RPG rules. You can bookmark the URL for each NPC (for future references) and download a text file of the NPC. 
  • Generate random settlements complete with inhabitants – castles, villages, towns or cities:
    • A realistic set of house types are generated and each house populated with residents. Each inhabitant are generated with name according to its race, sex, personality and general skill level in their trade. You can bookmark the URL for the generated settlement for later reference and download a text file as well.
    • A graphical map of relations between the inhabitants is generated along with a text file representing the same. You can bookmark and download both.

     

  • Generate graphical and textual relationship maps for inhabitants of settlements you upload. 
  • Generate a month of random weather. Choose any of the Amar months and detailed weather is created for that specific month – with special religious days and moon phases. If you are a Game Master of any other RPG, choose “Unspecified” as the month and 28 days of weather is created. You can download the weather as a nice PDF. 
  • Generate random names for a whole range of races. 
  • Make “open ended dice rolls” (used extensively throughout the Amar RPG).

 

Check out the online version to see all the other features.

Thanks to all contributors – players, game masters and others that have helped push the Amar Tools with more than 30K lines of code over this milstone mark.

Wrapping up Scientology

Aaron Smith-Levin did a second interview with me on Scientology:

I think this would wrap up my talks and interviews on Scientology for now.

I also completed my page here on Scientology. This makes it easier to give those who want me to comment, answer questions or contribute to book projects, articles or school assignments one definite page to get all my views.

RPG tool: Random relationship map for citizens of a town

I’m on a roll. Decided to add yet another tool to the Amar Role-Playing Game. You now get a randomly generated relationship map between the citizens whenever you generate a fantasy village, town or city.

You can also download your generated village/town/city as a text file, edit it as you wish and upload your edited file to get a random relationship map for your new settlement. Check out the tools here: Tools for the Amar RPG.

You will get a map like this:

Click the image to zoom in.

Be aware, for larger settlements, the map becomes chaotic.

Source code for all the Amar RPG tools is freely avalable on Github.

RPG Random Town Generator

The Amar Role-Playing Game has got yet another tool: a random town generator. It doesn’t draw a map for you, but it will save contless hours populating villages, towns and cities. You will get a realistic distribution of house types, shops and trades. Each house is populated with residents – complete with name, age, sex, main skill level and basic personality.

Whereas this tool is created for the Amar RPG, it will save time for Game Masters of any fantasy RPG in creating settlements for a game campaign.

Source code for all the Amar RPG tools is avalable on Github.