Jadepunk and the economy of scales

I supported the Jadepunk Kickstarter some time ago, and the most recent status update had an interesting bit about releasing a conversion of the setting for Dungeons and Dragons 5e. There are already a few systems it is built for, but they make an insightful observation:

In hindsight, Fate, C+, and AW share most of the same audiences. What we should have done, and are now rectifying, is branching out to other systems that maybe have different audiences, and there’s no bigger audience than the won for Dungeons and Dragons.

Why do we feel this is necessary? Because making these supplements is expensive (remember when I said mistakes were made, well one of those was over-promising far beyond what the Kickstarter funds could pay for). Making a new version of the core book is not as expensive, however, because we already have all the art, and half the writing, for it. We’re hoping that expanding the audience of the setting will bring in some much needed funding to keep things rolling long enough to get all of our stretch goals fulfilled.

I personally wish every company/project had explicit conversations like this, because I only know about it from reading posts like this; I am not a gaming industry insider, but it is important to me to understand how these folks are supporting themselves, in and return, the systems they create.

Carrying a wiki in my heart

Twenty months ago my friend Jason took eir own life. That doesn’t sting nearly as much now, but the roots of my feelings go very deep.

I had a difficult challenge on the technical end, because I hosted the services Jason used. I put the blog up on the Internet Archive. The domain lapsed and I intentionally stopped paying attention as the various services faded away… except for this one server.

It costs me about $20 a month to run a wiki that isn’t publicly available. It is mostly a catalog of lessons on logic and a directory of summaries from various philosophers. Fascinating, really. Deserving of being shared on IA, or transcribed into an active wiki more resilient that one written by a dead guy and hosted by their friend.

But here’s the rub: Jason, in eir infinite fucking wisdom, left a suicide note in the wiki.

I hate that. It taints the whole bucket, because I am not going to editorialize this incomplete body of knowledge, but I am angered at the thought of preserving this public statement. And so I just left the server running.

I just deleted the server.

I will carry Jason forward for as long as this transient nature will allow, but it will be in the imperfect medium of memory, where anger wanes and the edges soften over time. No citation needed.

GitLab has issue boards on the roadmap

I was looking over the roadmap for GitLab, and noticed Issue Boards is planned for GitLab 8.11. As in kanban style boards.

Neato! I probably get a little too excited about kanban popping up in the dev tools I use, but I find it super useful. I’ve already gotten use to the issue tracking in GitLab, and I could see issue boards helping teams visualize what they are working on, which has been my experience in the last couple years. In fact, I once had a conversation with someone that enthusiastically asked me if I had heard of kanban at the Hub. It is catching on with lots of different info workers!