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LeviKornelsen

@LeviKornelsen@dice.camp

Canadian maker of tabletop RPG bits and assorted weirdness.

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Realized it's actually been a year and change since I recapped what my chessables ARE, so:

I wanted a chess set plus a ton of extra pieces, for variant chess games, tokens for other stuff, etc, so I made some 3d printable ones.

They came out pretty cool.

Then I 3d printed them as molds and cast them with plaster and painted them.

I'm still working on making them as aluminum molds for plastic injection.

I'm now ALSO working on making them as plaster molds to slipcast them as ceramics.

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(2/2) - It's likely that one day, I'll arrive at a quality level of pieces that I think is worth actually selling, and do that.

(The plaster ones LOOK good enough, but even with special mixes, chip too easily.)

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Taped up the open side of my "Whoops, no excess well" half-a-mold, mixed up some trashy slip (too much water, no deflocculant), and dumped in just to watch the reaction.

Actually watching a plaster mold siphon water out of slip is extremely cool.

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While I'm mucking about with ways to make my little chess dudes out of recycled plastic (I've been using a plaster-concrete concoction), I realised I could probably switch the process and make plaster molds, and slipcast the pieces.

Which classes them up enough I'd likely feel good about selling them!

Test mold #1 formed perfectly, though I forgot to add a well for extra slip....

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@Johnnephew - Assuming I can make it work at all well, I'll for sure be posting about it.

Fun with ceramics!

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Heroes solve problems for local areas, and then become leaders of those they've saved. That's how the stories go!

So when the heroes show up having solved a horrifying problem... The local people might say to each other "They probably want to be in charge now, right? That's how it works?".

And some of them will want to make that happen! And some of them won't! And the ones in charge currently will have especially strong feelings on the matter.

Clearing the dungeon as political debut.

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@Teyrnon - I mean, it's still a political debut, just.... Well.

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@stumblewyk - At a minimum, I'd think twice about Dread Overlording it up anywhere near those maniacs.

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Booting into windows for the second time in 2024, and it's for the same reason - prepping files to 3d print.

....Okay, it's time to go through the bother of calibrating a slicing program on Linux.

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@Printdevil - A meta-mold! That is, a box that assembles with a form on the bottom. Then I fill it with plaster, let set, disassemble, and have a mold for slip casting.

In theory; chances of it working decently are, say, 50%? But I'll learn a thing!

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@Printdevil - I've been playing with using 3d prints and plaster for a while, making little chess-ish dudes.

They look great, but don't feel quite right to sell. Bumping them up one more step to actual ceramics, though...

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@Printdevil - Yeah, I agree on the feel - 3d prints are, to me, a wonderful way to get a digital shape real, but generally as an intermediate step, not a final object.

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Any shapechanging spell in an RPG that doesn't include "Oh, and you can change whatever you like in the pants and chest departments, etc" has failed to understand why a great many people would pursue that magic.

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@malin - I do like the idea of a "tell" always carrying through, though I'd ideally want it to be individual.

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Best fan gripe about Fallout series I've seen:

"Deeply inauthentic. Loading times too fast, browser didn't crash even once."

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Elves, being nearly ageless, have a lot of very very old ideas. Like bronze age blood feuds. And they have very good manners, because, well, same reasons. And these things have aged... Sharply.

You will never meet Elven royalty unless you are exactingly courtly, and this is for your protection. If you insult them (and you probably will), they have to kill you or they'll breach protective, critical reputations they spend centuries accumulating.

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World history knowers:

Saying "Okay, big imperial period here; lots of empires." or "This technology sweeps the continent" or other big "next came the era of thing" stuff is functional for Euro-History; do we get that kind of thing as usefully in African or Indian or (precolonial) Americas?

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I've watched the second half of Dune a few of times now, and, look, it's just plain better at portraying the political messaging that Herbert repeatedly said he wanted out of the book - and the changes to Stilgar and Chani are essential to it it doing that.

It has significantly less weird nerd shit, and hardly any of the Herbert obsession with consciousness, and I miss those elements.

I would have loved if it were three parts, and had all that. But it was probably already a lot for most.

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I think I need a replacement word for symbiotic, here:

"A symbiotic polity is one where multiple cultures are included to mutual benefit while remaining distinct - a mountainside city-state that's Hellenic on the surface, Understone beneath, and with Roamer culture knitting together the outlying region, might have all three cultures represented (in distinct ways) in polity leadership. Such polities often cease to be symbiotic when one cultural group works to seize full control."

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The PCs are hired to track down a band of rope-bridge-cutting raiders that have been hitting the crag quarry villages of the Azure Teeth for polished jewel-grade stones.

This region is a series of vertical spikes of blue rock, through which a mighty river flows; each spiky island is largely surrounded by rapids.

The villagers are much angrier about the bridge-cutting than the raids; food shipments are already being delayed.

Pursuit, of course, is the problem.

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@ladylakira - In the sense that you can feel the "emergent clever behaviour goes here" hook?

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Have watched Rebel Moon part 2.

It's gorgeous.

It's badly, badly, badly written.

I recommend turning off the sound and having snacks.

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@Oiselarius - Ah, yeah; it's very much Alternate Universe stuff, and it's actual depth is questionable on that. I think if you click over to imagining it as "live-action cartoon", it works better (I went there almost immediately).

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@Oiselarius - Rewatching Fringe is hardly something I can argue with, though.

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I'd like to see a version of gun-fu that worked the other way around from typical - it's not that the practitioners have some cool array of stances and stuff, but instead that they train hard to visualize firing - both sight lines and "How easy is it for someone there to make that shot? Right hand? Left hand? Rifle? - from every possible position.

Trajectorists.

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@glass - Gun Kata was "Analysis of the most likely trajectories was used to create [these cool stances]."

The practitioner doesn't start with the analysis; they just start with the stances - "Rote mastery improves blah blah blah X%".

Though the far end ultra-master results may converge.

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You know what I love?

Branches of ancient technology that dead-ended somewhere, but could have carried on in the right conditions.

In my head, that's deeply engaging fantasy material for doing "Things are weird and different here".

So if you know of sources for that stuff: Grabby hands

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@rdonoghue - Have not read - will fix that....

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