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A Double Standard Mouse

My Rogue Handler is coming back next week, but as a completely system neutral book, aimed at any d100 modern setting Cthulhu game.

This post is not about that, it is about something I noticed while updating the booklet.

If you managed to buy the previous version, you will have seen the lists of things that your character may encounter in terms of sights, sounds, and smells. There is a sample below just in case you haven’t seen it.

These are quite firmly in the realms of horror RPGs. This is no surprise, the entire Cthulhu genre is cosmic horror.

While doing the update to becoming system neutral it was necessary to rewrite all the examples and the longer example of play that appears at the back of the book.

When rolling what would be the open question oracle in most books, this one has your roll for a random page, paragraph, and sentence in any suitable book. It was originally the handler’s guide but now the text suggests using any suitable book, be that rulebook, source/setting book, or any Lovecraftian fiction.

So, there I was rolling a dice to pick a book (I own Fall of Delta Green, Delta Green, Apocthulhu, Dark Streets & Darker Secrets and Eldritch Tales in this genre) then a d100 for page, d6 for paragraph and d6 for sentence. You then pick out words from a couple of sentences to answer your question.

In my example the character had pulled a shoebox out from under a suspect’s bed and I wanted to know what was in it.

The words I rolled suggested a mouse trap and a dead mouse.

My reaction? I cannot put that in a book.

This is a book where the suspect that I am investigating is suspected of being a cannibal assassin planning on killing an innocent.

So cannibalism is fine, a mouse trap is not.

When I caught myself doing this I started to rationalize it along the lines of ah, but the mouse is innocent. What am I thinking? The mouse doesn’t exist, nor does the cannibal assassin or the victim for that matter. To make things even more inconsistent, look at the very first thing on my bad smells oracle.

Mouse, Nager, Animal, Cute, Rodent

I think there should be a little notification saying that no mice were hurt in the writing of this booklet.

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Patreon Lives!–sjuHwA

One of the biggest rewards from my Patreon is that you get my entire list of solo stuff for free, as PDFs. I started this morning creating DriveThruRPG discount links for every PDF. I am thinking that using DTRPG for fulfillment means that should anything happen to me or the Patreon, you will have the PDFs in your DTRPG library.

It took me two hours to make all the links and list them out. I hadn’t realised that there were so many!

I don’t really know what to expect from the Patreon. I have been looking at other creators in the same space and it looks like 10-30 patrons is par for the course, 100-200 is quite exceptional and the best of the best can get as many as 1000+ patrons.

Of course, I am going to aim for that 1000+ mark, there is absolutely no point in aiming low!

I may not know what to expect, but I know what I want to achieve. I am putting a lot of effort into becoming less dependent on just one site, DTRPG for my income. All your eggs in one basket is rarely wise. I want to diversify as much as possible. That is where Patreon sits in that philosophy.

What Patreon offers me is the potential for support, moral as well as financial, to create more solo tools. Added to inspiration for what to write for in the future.

This is just a beginning. Who knows where it may lead.

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Cut Up Solo – 1001 Nights – Done

The Cut Up book that I was working with over the weekend was put on DriveThruRPG, Lulu, and my webstore today. Tomorrow should see it live on Amazon. There may not seem anything unusual about that, except that this is the first Cut Up book to go into print.

As a physical book, the vast majority of it is the images. The images take up about 80 pages, but you can flick though the pages and get a ‘random’ image.

That is not the only thing that is new this time. What I have done is take all of the images and put them in a separate zip file.

When I made the Troika card deck, I had two people ask about getting the individual images.

For one it getting the cards delivered to Canada was simply ridiculous, about $50-$70 just for shipping.

The second wanted to upload the individual cards to a dice roller that would deal cards on demand. This was not something I had ever considered but seemed like a really good idea.

With that in mind, I have put this zip file with all the images in with the cut up book, and the spreadsheets.

When I was creating the print files for this book I set it up so that the same template can be used again and again.

There is no reason not to roll all the cut up books out as physical books. Why shouldn’t soloist have nice new books?


On Friday, I started my adventure into Patreon. I set it up over the weekend, learned how to set up the tiers and refined what I wanted to offer.

This morning I got the email to say that my page had passed review and I was ready to go.

All that remained was to make my first public and private posts.

Of course nothing is that simple.

Patreon has a branding pack. It contains the logos that we are allowed to use. Of course, there is no round icon, that would fit in with my other social icons. These things are sent to try us.

Of the available icons and logos I think the coral is the most striking. One has to either go subtle and understated or big and bold. I chose big and bold.

I am hoping that this is the start of a new adventures.