Daniel Solis Archive

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Hey, still writing the big transcript-format examples of play, but I just wanted to toss a quick idea out there for FATE folk. I can't shake the feeling I wrote about this before, years ago, but now I've got a concrete procedure in Do to compare and c...

    [Do] FATE Hack

    Hey, still writing the big transcript-format examples of play, but I just wanted to toss a quick idea out there for FATE folk. I can't shake the feeling I wrote about this before, years ago, but now I've got a concrete procedure in Do to compare and c...

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At a whopping 100,000+ words, the unedited playable draft of Do is complete and can be found on Google Docs at here and here.
In other words, the setting chapter, character creation chapter, how-to-play chapter, and a healthy chunk of the play advice ...

    [Do] The Naming

    At a whopping 100,000+ words, the unedited playable draft of Do is complete and can be found on Google Docs at here and here. In other words, the setting chapter, character creation chapter, how-to-play chapter, and a healthy chunk of the play advice ...

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Here's a little activity to tide you over until the next big update. A stripped down version of character creation.
Step 1: Pick a name from the list below.
Pilgrim Darri, the Classic Soup
Pilgrim Mee, the Favored Beat
Pilgrim Avani, the Divine Mill
P...

    [Do] What's in a name?

    Here's a little activity to tide you over until the next big update. A stripped down version of character creation. Step 1: Pick a name from the list below. Pilgrim Darri, the Classic Soup Pilgrim Mee, the Favored Beat Pilgrim Avani, the Divine Mill P...

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Liz Hooper is awesome because she can take one of my amateurish thumbnails and produce amazing work.

Click for big!
She even gave one of the pilgrims a banana hat! And that's just a sketch! Can't wait to see the finished piece. That's cover material ...

    [Do] Liz Hooper's Big Heads

    Liz Hooper is awesome because she can take one of my amateurish thumbnails and produce amazing work. Click for big! She even gave one of the pilgrims a banana hat! And that's just a sketch! Can't wait to see the finished piece. That's cover material ...

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It took almost 100,000 words, but I finally stumbled across the perfectly succinct and zany description of what protagonists do in this game. And it's a pun, of course, which in itself gives you a hint of the sense of humor in the book.
Epic: There's ...

    [Do] EPIC MEDDLE

    It took almost 100,000 words, but I finally stumbled across the perfectly succinct and zany description of what protagonists do in this game. And it's a pun, of course, which in itself gives you a hint of the sense of humor in the book. Epic: There's ...

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If you're not following @danielsolis on Twitter, you're missing out on some fun stuff. Case in point:
Last week, I asked folks to tweet me the nearest adjective and noun, then I'd make pilgrim names and quick character concepts out of them. People's i...

    [Do] Character Concepts via Twitter

    If you're not following @danielsolis on Twitter, you're missing out on some fun stuff. Case in point: Last week, I asked folks to tweet me the nearest adjective and noun, then I'd make pilgrim names and quick character concepts out of them. People's i...

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It's amazing how much you can get done when you're on vacation. We're up to 87,928 words, folks. Mostly finishing up examples of play on Step 5b and creating more consistent formatting for Steps 5c and 5d.
The word count would have probably been higher, but yours truly thought it was a good idea to pre-fill examples of play with Lorem Ipsum text. Deleting that filler copy made a word-deficit that had to be overcome first. So though I probably wrote about 3000-4000 words today, it only raised the word count by half that much. No worries, still making progress. Every 100 words in this draft translates to one good word in the final cut.
Oh! In other news, Liz Hooper is working on another art for the book. She wanted more opportunity for faces, so I broadly outlined this crude sketch for a

    [Do] Words and Arts

    It's amazing how much you can get done when you're on vacation. We're up to 87,928 words, folks. Mostly finishing up examples of play on Step 5b and creating more consistent formatting for Steps 5c and 5d.

    The word count would have probably been higher, but yours truly thought it was a good idea to pre-fill examples of play with Lorem Ipsum text. Deleting that filler copy made a word-deficit that had to be overcome first. So though I probably wrote about 3000-4000 words today, it only raised the word count by half that much. No worries, still making progress. Every 100 words in this draft translates to one good word in the final cut.

    Oh! In other news, Liz Hooper is working on another art for the book. She wanted more opportunity for faces, so I broadly outlined this crude sketch for a "Big Heads" movie poster treatment. I doubt it helps her, but makes me feel useful. :P

    (Click link for annotations describing what's happening in these chicken scratches.)

    Speaking of arts, I guess once I send this beast of a draft to Ryan, it will be time to get back to work on that long-delayed cover. Remember that?

    Oh yeah, definitely looking forward to this.

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81,614. That's the word count so far. Started with 55,000 words before November and tried to get around 40,000 words of examples of play before the end of the month. Fell short of that goal, but hey, 26,614 ain't nothing to sneeze at.
I've got a week-long vacation at the moment so I'm taking this time to push on ahead, wrapping up what I can before shipping everything off to Ryan for editing, spellchecking, re-writing etc. Great big swaths of content have already been fleshed out, though. You can see what's up here and here.
Noteworthy sections include:

The Gonzometer and Elements of Gonzometry.
What it means to be

    [Do] Status Update

    81,614. That's the word count so far. Started with 55,000 words before November and tried to get around 40,000 words of examples of play before the end of the month. Fell short of that goal, but hey, 26,614 ain't nothing to sneeze at.

    I've got a week-long vacation at the moment so I'm taking this time to push on ahead, wrapping up what I can before shipping everything off to Ryan for editing, spellchecking, re-writing etc. Great big swaths of content have already been fleshed out, though. You can see what's up here and here.

    Noteworthy sections include:

    Presently, I'm writing examples of play for On the Pilgrimage. Specifically step 5b or so, and on to the rest of that procedure. In the first half of the book, I'm almost done writing examples of play in the Storytelling advice sections. There's also a big chapter at the end where I compile some of the more abstract concerns like whether to use veto rules, how to establish precedents in the story, and how to write your own letters. That chapter is tentatively titled The Subtle Art of Gonzometry.

    On top of all that, I still plan to write full script-form examples of play as chapters of their own, different from the passive voice of the examples of play in the main text. These will be heavily designed transcripts of an actual play group, with visual aides. You've seen me attempt this sort of thing a few months ago, but it was too intensive to try to work into the main procedural text. They're going to be their own chapters instead, the first being an example of character creation, then an example of a full pilgrimage

    The latter is greatly aided by Mark Sherry's automatically generated game scripts. These last two sections are going to be done during my *next* week-long vacation at the end of December, right before sending the whole package to Ryan.

    Yup, lots and lots of content done and still a lot to go. Hopefully this shows I haven't been slacking. :)

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Liz just posted a new art for Do! Look for the Jeruba!

    [Do] New Liz Arts!

    Liz just posted a new art for Do! Look for the Jeruba!

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In my quest to write around 40,000 words of examples of play as a part of NaNoWriMo, I have inadvertently discovered a limit in Google Docs. Apparently docs can't be more than 512k!
So I've split up the current draft into two google docs here and here.
It'll be a little trickier adding up my word count each day, but no big deal otherwise. Just surprised that Google Docs has any kind of size limit in the first place.
Currently, the draft is around 71,300 words. About 20,000 of which are examples of play. With luck, I might actually break 100,000 words, which is pretty much ridonkulous.

    [Do] I broke Google Docs!

    In my quest to write around 40,000 words of examples of play as a part of NaNoWriMo, I have inadvertently discovered a limit in Google Docs. Apparently docs can't be more than 512k!

    So I've split up the current draft into two google docs here and here.

    It'll be a little trickier adding up my word count each day, but no big deal otherwise. Just surprised that Google Docs has any kind of size limit in the first place.

    Currently, the draft is around 71,300 words. About 20,000 of which are examples of play. With luck, I might actually break 100,000 words, which is pretty much ridonkulous.

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