Link Roundup 3/3/2024

Well I was going to write up some sort of intro to these links, but today I organized the paper minis that I use for my Dungeons & Dragons games and did not expect it to take almost six hours! Here’s some stuff I read this week:

Portland links:

Tabletop Role-playing games links:

  • Rascal: “Return To Perinthos Honors Jennell Jaquays’ Queer Activism And Her Dungeon-Breaking Legacy” [Paywalled article]. I only learned about game designer Jennell Jaquays after her death in January. She was highly regarded for her innovation of creating non-linear dungeons, and I wanted to know more. Rascal’s article was my jumping off point, but it’s paywalled so I ended up finding this series of posts I’m in the process of reading that deep dives into her concepts. Two posts in, I’m realizing that her ideas would have highly influenced the D&D mega-dungeon “Waterdeep: Dungeon of the Mad Mage“, which I enjoyed quite a bit largely due to its use of the process. Here‘s her Wikipedia article for a quick introduction to who she was.
  • Core20: “The Sweet Spot“. I enjoy reading through the sourcebooks of non-D&D games, even when I don’t plan on playing the games (just because I’ve learned the rules for some new game doesn’t mean that I’d expect the people that I play games with to do the same). I’m kind of interested in learning more about the Core20 system, but I dislike their font that they use for their logo, also used for their headers in their sourcebooks, so much that I stopped reading through their beta-version player’s handbook.
  • Rascal: “Balancing Black Joy In Creating Black Horror” [Paywalled article.] I mostly just followed this link because the post I saw it in referenced Harlem Unbound, a sourcebook for the Call of Cthulu games. I’ve never been particularly interested in Call of Cthulu, but the idea of it being set in 1930s Harlem and having everyday racism be as big of a threat to the characters as otherworldly horror sounds pretty compelling. Here’s a review of it that I haven’t gotten around to reading yet. I don’t think that the appeal of this sourcebook is enough to get me to learn Call of Cthulu, but who knows.

Here’s a cool old illustration of streetcar lines as a reward for making it to the bottom of this post!

This image from the TransitMaps account on Twitter captioned “Here’s a stunning (and surprisingly accurate) overview of the then-new Arlington Heights (left) and King’s Heights (right) streetcar lines in Portland, Oregon. Note the Pittock Mansion sitting high above everything! From the “Morning Oregonian”, October 5, 1913.” I completely forgot that there even was an Arlington Heights streetcar!

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