Adding Pushes to Your GUMSHOE Game
This change drops the ratings and pools associated with investigative abilities. Instead of having a varying number of points to spend on non-informational benefits, each character starts play with 2 Pushes. You can spend a Push to gain a benefit from any of your investigative abilities. (Or in some edge cases, a benefit untethered from any of them.)
rpg  gumshoe  article 
6 weeks ago
The Newspaper Clipping Generator
Make a newspaper clipping with your own headline and story.
tool  web  rpg 
11 weeks ago
3D maps of every Underground station
TfL has released a batch of documents which show almost every underground station in glorious 3D format.

They are technically axonometric diagrams, which is 3D-like, but not to scale, which becomes obvious when you see some of the vertiginous descents offered on some stairs and escalators.

In total, some 120 stations with underground tunnels are represented in this motherlode of tube and map geekery. I’ve removed the redacted black blobs that are scatted over the originals, and generally cleaned them up a bit
map  resource 
june 2018
Player-Facing Combat in GUMSHOE
This article suggests how we can tear the dice from the GM’s warm and clammy hands during combat and put them in the warm clammy hands of the players.
rpg  gumshoe  article  howto 
june 2018
Download Photoshop Lightroom
Adobe's hidden page to download the Lightroom 6 installer and updates. This page is not findable via any Adobe page that I could find, even when logged into an account with a Lightroom 6 license. Found via the Adobe support forums.
download  software  photography 
may 2018
Blogging with Emacs Org
A guide to using org-mode with Hugo for web publishing.
april 2018
BBC Sound Effects - Research & Education Space
These 16,016 BBC Sound Effects are made available by the BBC in WAV format to download, they may be used for personal, educational or research purposes, as detailed in the license.
audio  resource 
april 2018
» Playing to Lift: Making Characters Shine
There are some game sessions where all the characters shine and the action is awesome and cinematic. I thought it was a matter of luck or circumstance, until I encountered the Play to Lift technique and realised that it is often the result of all the players around the table (including the GM) lifting each other up and making their characters look cool.

This technique, also known as “Playing Up,” is used in some live action roleplay (larp) traditions, but it can easily be used in tabletop RPGs.
rpg  article 
april 2018
Quick Poem Generator
Generates short poems quickly based on a few inputs. Has links to a lot of other useful generators too
rpg  resource 
april 2018
Explore georeferenced maps - National Library of Scotland
Several historical maps of the UK, georeferenced to a modern map, and displayed in a Google-maps like interface. Covers UK, Europe and the rest of the world in various categories.
map  history 
april 2018
Japanese beef stew is umami-rich and deeply magical
I’ve turned my back on plain ol’ beef stew, and even on red-wine braised beef stew. Something better has come along, and I’m afraid I can no longer spend time with those dullards. Like a blizzard of cherry blossoms, Japanese stewed beef is simple but deeply magical.
april 2018
Dice probability calculator.
march 2018
Cities built and destroyed
Photos documenting construction and demolition in cities around the world by Naoya Hatakeyama
photography  history 
march 2018
Fantasy Map Generator
Procedurally generated fantasy world maps, with selectable layers and map types. Generates terrain, political and cultural borders, cities, roads, etc.
fantasy  map  resource  rpg 
february 2018
Multi-protocol database management client. Supports Postgres, MySQL, MSSQL.
macosx  software  database  development 
february 2018
Cheers! For Harlem Unbound
Cocktail recipes for Harlem Unbound
rpg  recipe 
december 2017
Draw tables of overlapping times for remote teams
opensource  cli  software 
december 2017
Launching Org-Capture in Windows with AutoHotKey
How to launch org-capture from anywhere in Windows using AutoHotKey.
emacs  org  howto 
december 2017
Medieval Fantasy City Generator
Procedural medieval city/town map generator.
rpg  map  tool 
november 2017
A minimal CSS framework. Like Bootstrap, but minimal!
web  development  design  css 
november 2017
Easy sorting, searching, and filtering in Rails apps.
ruby  opensource  development  web  rails 
november 2017
A thowaway email forwarding service
november 2017
Detailled London transport map
A geographical map of all London underground and surface train stations, including abandoned lines and stations
map  resource 
october 2017
Emacs org-mode examples and cookbook
A large collection of org-mode examples
emacs  org 
october 2017
Ugh, Java.
Demonstrating the worst of 'enterprise' Java, the AbstractSingletonProxyFactoryBean class from the Spring framework
development  opensource  java 
july 2017
Belle Epoque Posters
A fantastic collection of posters from the Belle Epoque period
rpg  inspiration  ykrpg 
july 2017
Shell Wrangler
Display shell output in the status bar
macosx  software  utilities 
june 2017
Cards on the Fly in One-2-One
Suggestion for Edge and Problems cards for Gumshoe One-2-One.
rpg  gumshoe  howto 
june 2017
Some nice GUMSHOE hacks
A few great ideas for modifying the resolution of general abilities in Gumshoe.
rpg  gumshoe 
april 2017
Traveling Ruby
Lets you create self-contained Ruby app packages for Windows, Linux and macOS.
ruby  development  opensource 
april 2017
Prisoner of One-2-One
How to make the PC falling prisoner fun and interesting.
gumshoe  rpg  howto 
april 2017
The Confidential Armitage Files
Using The Armitage Files in Cthulhu Confidential. The improvisational nature of The Armitage Files can be difficult to run One-to-One, but with a bit of prep work, can work well
rpg  gumshoe  horror  howto 
april 2017
Sovetskoe Foto
Online archive of the "Soviet Photography" magazine from the 1930s through 1990s
photography  history 
march 2017
A Few Questions About the Culture: An Interview with Iain Banks
11 January 2016 This article is part of our 2014 fund drive bonus issue ! Read more about Strange Horizons ' funding model, or donate, here . Iain M. Banks 's
from instapaper
march 2017
Stop Auto-Play Videos
Auto-play videos suck. They use bandwidth, and their annoying sounds get in the way when you’re listening to music and open a web page.
video  web  howto 
march 2017
FF: Fudge Plus Four
An interesting approach to using numbers instead of adjectives in Fudge, if you or your players prefer that.
rpg  fudge  howto 
february 2017
A tiny, fast, highly-efficient cross-platform tool for organising data and documents.
opensource  software  macosx  linux  windows 
february 2017
How to Meditate
Learning how to meditate is straightforward, and the benefits can come quickly. Here, we offer basic tips to get you started on a path toward greater equanimity, acceptance and joy.
february 2017
TTY - Ruby gems for command-line interfaces
A collection of Ruby gems for creating command-line (text) user interfaces in Ruby. Includes gems for progress bars, spinners, tables and much more.
opensource  ruby  cli  development 
february 2017
PDF Generation in Rails
A guide to different strategies for generating PDFs in Rails
development  howto  ruby 
january 2017
1-click IPSEC VPN in the Cloud. A script to set up a VPN server on a cloud provider, can even create the instance on AWS, Digital Ocean, GCE, and Azure.
security  opensource  unix 
december 2016
The Ivy Lee Method
A very simple method for greater productivity.
howto  article 
november 2016
CSS Reference - A free visual guide to the most popular CSS properties.
A visual guide to CSS. It features the most popular properties, and explains them with illustrated and animated examples.
css  design  reference  web 
november 2016
Hong Kong In The 1950s Captured By A Teenager
These stunning photographs of Hong Kong in the 1950s are captured beautifully by a teenager. Ho Fan who arrived from Shanghai in 1949. The streets, filled with vendors, coolies and rickshaw drivers, fascinated Ho.
photography  history 
november 2016
The Quick and Bloody Guide to Bluffing Night’s Black Agents at Conventions
You can get away with a few holes in your system knowledge if you know the adventure really well, or hand-wave the adventure a little if you’ve mastered the system.
rpg  gumshoe  howto 
october 2016
Charred - The Burning Wheel Gold Character Burner
An online too for making Burning Wheel characters. Cuts down on the paperwork!
rpg  burningwheel  tool  web 
august 2016
Generating fantasy maps
Details how the @unchartedatlas Twitter bot generates realistic fantasy maps, complete with terrain, cities and political boundaries
javascript  rpg  inspiration  software  opensource 
august 2016
A static site generator based on org-mode. Also uses rclone to automatically upload to your host, supporting many cloud hosts
emacs  org  web  opensource  software 
august 2016
Trail of Carcharodon — No Clues Without Consequence
This won’t make a lot of sense to you if you’re not a GUMSHOE player. This is a bonus article for the collection, “No Clues Without Consequence,” showing one
rpg  gumshoe  article  howto  from instapaper
june 2016
Razed, For Example: “Aurora”
This is part of an ongoing collection of posts about how I prep for actual play of various RPGs and story adventures. This is not an actual-play report, per se, but is a way for me to interrogate my prep process and how it interacts with actual play. Welcome!
rpg  howto  article  gumshoe  from instapaper
june 2016
No Clues Without Consequence, part 5
Let’s look at how to make actual play in any GUMSHOE game matter more to the players and their characters.
This article concludes an essay series that began
rpg  gumshoe  article  howto  from instapaper
june 2016
Organizing Your GUMSHOE Whiteboard
A guide to organising your (player) notes for an investigative game.
rpg  howto  gumshoe 
may 2016
Museum of artifacts
A Tumblr of photos of interesting historical artifacts
history  inspiration 
may 2016
Historical UK inflation rates and calculator
Historical prices can be converted into equivalent present-day prices by using historical inflation rates. Use the calculator below to convert prices between any year in the range 1751 to 2016.
history  rpg  tool 
may 2016
Her Code Got Humans on the Moon—And Invented Software Itself
An profile of Margaret Hamilton, the software development manager for the Apollo Project.
development  article  history  from instapaper
may 2016
tq is command line utility that performs an HTML element selection on HTML content passed to the stdin. Using css selectors that everybody knows.

Since input comes from stdin and output is sent to stdout. It can easily be used inside traditional UNIX pipelines to extract content from webpages and html files.
software  opensource  cli  python  utility 
may 2016
The Log: What every software engineer should know about real-time data's unifying abstraction
An excellent, in-depth blog post on using machine readable logs (not-human readable text logs) as means of stream processing data and distributing events etc. to interested listeners.
development  article 
april 2016
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