YD3e. 7.30 this morning saw me sitting in Cafe Du Jour at the bottom of Park Street starting to tackle an issue with postscript printers and getting a distilled PDF to stop converting US Letter size to A4. I’d have had more fun scraping my eyeballs with a cactus. Nailed it. Now have a beta version (printed hardcopy) ordered from LULU for the 3rd edition of Yellow Dawn. Very excited. Should get it next week. Play-testing ahead. Some fun, at last.
Conversations continue to evolve with the US miniature’s company that are interested in running a line of Yellow Dawn figures. Watch this space for news.
Centuries before Gary Gygax unleashed Dungeons & Dragons upon the world, ancient Egyptians were rolling the dice
The website for the Metropolitan Museum of Art displays an artifact from Ptolemaic–Roman Period. It’s a twenty-sided die (icosahedron) with faces inscribed with Greek letters, from 2nd century B.C.–4th century A.D. The question is, were the Macedonians just role-playing when they decided to become Pharaohs?
Rolling through history
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Sitting at the Oak refectory table I’ve known since childhood.
Sunbeams are lancing through the large window behind me, to my right, picking out the colours of the wood and the objects that occupy this room from my travels. Mugs of tea sit on ceramic coasters printed with images of the characters from CLUDEO. Steam rises. Music drifts. Lovely moment. Mild twinge of a red wine hangover from last night.
My friend R___ is here. Someone I’ve known since we were both 5. He flew in yesterday morning. He’s setting down notes for a book I’m going to write about his life: he should be dead, or on the streets. Instead he has become a remarkable human being. And he has a story to tell.
Last night I got to listen to a recording that is the missing piece. An audio recording made on old spool to spool dinner plates made in 1972 – by his mother, talking about what was really going on back then. She passed away last year. And here she is, talking from the past when she was younger than Richy and I are now. It was like listening to a scene from the Profumo Affair. The style of her voice: a wealthy, well-travelled, highly-articulate and intelligent woman who had turned her back on the “established way” for a woman to behave in the 1960s.
A profound story has come looming up from the 43 year silence of this recording – one that paints the picture of why Richy’s life was so unusual, and details that provide a tantalising glimpse of the police, politics and emerging drug culture of the time.
Traffic, 1960 Photograph: Norman Parkinson
Working from a cafe most of the day. Prepping a copy of YD 3rd edition ready to print (beta copy for playtesting) – weaving in some of the new layout components – minor brain melt.
Meanwhile pushing hard on PR for the novels.
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Work in progress:
Well. That’s a weird moment. You reach the end of the final PDF, part of a stack built up from feedback by the review crew…and you realise that’s it. No more tweaking (at this stage).
Next comes a blunt order through LULU for beta copy: a physical hardcopy that I can bring to my game group and get on with the process of play testing. We’ve not played Yellow Dawn since January. Since I started writing the 3rd edition. Mainly because after weeks of working on it all day every day the last thing I’ve been wanting to do is start playing it. When the “dream” becomes like work, eh!
Anyway, the play testing is bound to generate some further change requests over the next few months. Meanwhile I’m collating the last of the artwork (August is the final push on this). Then I’ve got to get my hands dirty with typography and layout. General consensus from existing fans is keep YD font set and clean layout as is. Update the chapter starts to a full page intro and create some nice box-outs. The big plus is all the artwork I’ve commissioned and the fact the contents are now written to work with Call of Cthulhu 7th edition.
My deadline for delivering the finished RPG product to Modiphius isn’t until year end.
Just started dialogue with a US based company about model miniatures; they have worked with Sandy Peterson – so good scope for them working on Yellow Dawn themes.
The US screenwriter has pushed back his timetable for writing the movie. Looks like that’s going to happen over the Fall / Winter.
Snippet of daily thoughts:
Another cafe. Another grey day. Satisfies my mushroom mentality. Looking forward to seeing “When Harry Met Sally” tonight via Cannoli & Gun’s event + tasty food. If you’re in Bristol tonight get yourself along. Promises to be a good evening. Details here: https://davidjrodger.wordpress.com/2015/07/18/cannoli-gun-invite-you-to-a-movie-night-in-bristol-thursday-23-july-7pm/