30 May 2013

Update: Still kicking it old school!

Sorry about the lack of posts, Gentle Readers and Followers.

I have been sick and busy and am seriously behind on Life. However, I do have another picture for you of my actual work. Sloppy looking but it is the first draft, also the notebook isn't exactly big. It has to fit in the Nine-Deamon Bag after all along with BadPad and other Wonders of the Ages. :D

One of the things I have been trying to figure out as the regular readers and at least one commenter will know is a more detailed Peerage in the Permatic Imperium than the OTU has. (Though I suspect Marc might very well have his How the Peerage of the Third Imperium Works all put together, but is leaving out a lot for other Refs to do their own thing) Well, when one plays the Game of the Great Houses it helps to know who they are and how they all connect. And of course who is trying to discredit or kill who. >:D

So, for you patient few, I present the Houses of the Imperiums (draft 001):

[T5 ATU] Houses of the Imperiums.
 Houses of the Imperiums.
As you can see, there is a lot of work to be done. First off is to create a better key for important information. The corner thing was cool for a first draft, but needs to have more data for a final version. Also, this is when I really hate being late to the computer owning era as I missed out on how to do the things I need to do, one of which is turn this into a grand interlinked database featuring notes, house traditions, key events in the house's history, and of course who is related to or feuding with who on what worlds when. 

Lots of work, but it keeps me alive and ticking.


15 May 2013

Metagame: Armorials and Neato Programs.

Greetings All,

Just a quick bump for a really cool program, Coat of Arms Design Studio.

The Online Free Version did the old plain shields of yore. I did up this one for Count Jowern's description, but it isn't correct. It should be most specifically a Bantam Rooster (sable). So, not his fault it is sort of plain. Actually I think it is actually pretty cool, simple, clean, new. Very cool. So, points to the Count and against CoADS. Plus CoADS while Java doesn't run flawlessly on Macs. I can't speak for all the other OSes.

Arms of Rudolf Interhaus, 5th Count Jowern of House Interhaus.

Now look at what the Pro version can do! In the example below the newly minted Baronet submitted the shield with the pattern requested. Not much, he would have preferred a hammer for strength and martial prowess, but that isn't in the art yet. So, he decided on a unicorn which for those that keep the old tales fits quiet nicely in the symbology.

As submitted by Lord Valdemar Martel of House Martel.
The Armorial below is what he got back with the following letter on old fashioned paper and ink which Vladimir has been promoting by personal example.

Greetings Lord Valdemar Martel,

Please chose one of the attached draft armorials as submitted to the Imperial Moot, Office of Patents and Marks on 200-0199 PI.

A brief note: His Permatic Majesty would like you to know about the symbolism of your full armorial and it would please His Majesty if you would chose to accept the alteration to your basic arms as submitted.

The black fur shows your standing as rank as a low noble (Baronet). The Baronet Helm represents both your noble title as well as its award from military service.  He chose you two supporters if you would accept them, the Lion symbolizes service to the Crown, the Pegasus the continuing rise of the House of Martel. The white ribbon with purple edging shows direct Patronage of your and your House by His Majesty.  The Comet, this represents your Service in the Royal Marines, the gold color indicates you were an officer. Ratings and NCOs get a silver Comet when granted an Armorial.

He will, of course allow you the Right of Refusal in such a personal matter.

In such a case the first version, sans RM Comet shall be Registered as the Armorial of Valdemar Martel, The 1st Baronet Pecias.

Please chose one and return your response as soon as possible.

Yours most cordially,
Lord  Wilson Lloyds,
Assistant Herald of the Imperium,
Armorials and Letters Division.

Armorial of Valdemar Martel, 1st Baronet Pecias of the House of Martel.

And then there is one of the most important Armorials, that of His Imperial and Royal Majesty, The Emperor. Behold them now.

Armorial of His Permatic Majesty Vladimir II (Motto)

 Busy I know, but just think I started the heraldry relatively fresh. In truth the shield is only the upper quarter of his Full Armorial. But that would take some time. Not that I might not do that one day, but is sometime in the far future. It has been a very, very long day filled with Invitations and Imperial Bureaucracy. In other words, it has been a productive 24-30+ hours, but I must sleep now.

I hope you enjoyed the pretty pictures and words.


12 May 2013

Update: Fanarking Real Life!

So, my Gentle Readers and Followers, and Players.

Yes, the first thing is I am again running a Play by Post for reals over on CotI and holy crapsticks if the players didn't come here, boost my puny traffic and actually read the damned posts.

On the down side, I have been hella sick and have been a right proper dick to folks this week which because I like to pretend I am a human of Honor, Ethics and Decency had to write a couple of apology PMs for being an ass (and of course one of them for being a dick while pointing out that he was being a dick). Yeah, I am all sorts of complex. And sick. Really sick, I mean worse than the 'Half-Dead' I usually am. So, I have spent the last couple of weeks coughing my guts out and this last week it went into overtime trying to beat me, but my immune system is a veteran of the physical wars. (Yeah, I sooo dig that song.)

Well, I guess that is it. Oh, wait, the gripping hand time.

I got some folks who are most excellently lending a hand and taking up some of the Setting Creation slack for me and I now have:

  1. A certain major dude working on what I hope will end up as a series of Traveller5 Approved Imperial Forces books.  (I was thinking of having sections on proto-Traveller, OTU, and of course the Permatic Imperium showing how each can use the info in the book.)
  2. The amazing Mark Lucas doing up the last set of of the first three Daarnulud Design Bureaux starships. (ISS Sable was 30% drafted last report, but of course he too has a real life. *shrugs* What can you do?)
  3. Two players who are helping with background and want to see their characters in print. (Me too!)
  4. One players who is helping finally detailing the Far Stars Sector. (And decided to go "To the Pain!" and volunteered to do some work on generating the true Permatic Imperium setting, the Riftborne Domains so Timmii players can finally play with extremely high technology and Hop Drives.)

So all in all other than losing my shit in public and in a very permeant internet way and having to man up and eat my screw ups, things are moving along well.

And I finally got my Kickstarter email telling me around 01 June 2013 I should be getting the Big Box of Traveller5 (BBT). Tons of dice, two t-shirts, book and of course TAS and Patents! Yeah, I know I am bloody shameless about having credits in the book and that is in its way quite enough, but damn the fanboy wants his stuff. :D

Well, I got to go and deal with players and apologize for the lack of manners and their adventuring.

Craig the again humbled.