Newer Thoughts on Probability

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Well, it’s been quite some time since the original thread on dice probability for d10 Core, and the website move earlier this year caused my pretty graphs to go away. So, I had to make them again. While making them again, I decided to make different ones that more closely illustrate what I’m going for with the system.

Sit back, relax, and enjoy your soda and popcorn. Let’s get started!

First, considering a dice system like d10 Core is complicated. Rather than ...

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d10 Core RC1 Headed for Testing

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We’ve scheduled the first test session of the d10 Core Roleplaying Game System Release Candidate 1 for Thursday, June 23rd, 2011. It’s been a long time coming, but we’re getting there. I’ve finished the 90-page “guts” of the system, more than enough for an official test run to get kinks out. The first version of the second edition rules sits in my hand, courtesy of being printed and bound by CreateSpace last week. I’ve made 3 copies ...

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Amazon Tagging Returns with Changes

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Amazon’s popular tagging feature allows readers and authors a chance to perform search-engine optimization on their favorite titles. In essence, you can add “fantasy” as a tag to fantasy books to help them gain exposure, and other people can tick the box to “agree” to it. The more a keyword is tagged, the better it’s exposure.

Recently, the tagging functionality was taken off from the U.S. Kindle store. Why? To sum it up, there are three commonly-agreed possibilities with no word ...

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Circle of Sorcerers, Chapter One

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This is Chapter One of the Circle of Sorcerers fantasy novel I’m working on now. I’ve uploaded it to a couple of critique sites to get feedback, but I might as well get some feedback from those who check out the blog. Let me know however you like.

Edit: June 10th, 2011, edit made to the chapter.

Chapter One

The warm summer breeze drifted along the seaside piers that lined the ...

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d10 Core RC1 and More

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I’ve mashed the d10 Core rulebook into a release candidate status, so it can now go through playtesting and beta reading. Hopefully, we’ll get this thing whipped into shape before the end of the year.

Circle of Sorcerers just hit 30,000 words at just under 100 pages. That should be at least tripled when it goes to editing in August. A World Forsaken (Survivor Chronicles #4) is still at 30,000 words, and it should triple or more also by its release ...

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The Omnibus Cometh

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I am in the process of releasing an omnibus edition of The Survivor Chronicles released so far. It is the compilation of the first three books of the series in one eBook. That way, people who haven’t read the books yet have a chance to catch up before the last one is released around the end of September. It also comes with a slightly reduced price tag, making The Dying Times free when all three are purchased at the same ...

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d10 Core Rolling Along

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So I sat down yesterday and looked at my messy pile of d10 Core notes and chapters that I’d already written. I said, “This doesn’t even look appetizing to me, and I wrote the thing.” I decided to stare at a blank word processor page set to 8.5″ x 11″ until that special look came to me. About an hour later, I’d crafted the format I wanted for d10 Core.

I always had a problem with headers and how they looked ...

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May 2011 Updates

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Oh, I’ve been busy lately. Whew! I am presently working on five books, in no specific order:

#1 – Book 4 of The Survivor Chronicles to finish the series.
#2 – Book 1 of Songs of Sorbia, The Circle of Sorcerers, a new fantasy series.
#3 – Book 1 of a vampire book. I haven’t decided on the title yet.
#4 – Non-fiction self-publishing book (instructional)
#5 – The d10 Core Roleplaying Game System core rulebook. (along the lines of D&D, ...

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Readers are Awesome

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I just had several good reviews with great commentary, and I just wanted to say that I think readers are awesome. That’s all readers; you don’t have to exclusively read my stuff for the message to apply or anything like that. Books are such an interesting way for human beings to connect, and it’s unlike anything else. So, thank you, guys. I really appreciate it.

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Prisoner and Survivor Released and Relaxing on the Midlist

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Book #3 entitled Prisoner and Survivor is hitting Amazon and Barnes & Noble this week. The eBook version is already out, and I’m ready to relax for a few days before continuing the final book, A World Forsaken. So far, book 3 has sold about 80 copies since it’s been out. Very cool.

Sales have slowed, but I’m in the process of hunkering down on the ‘indie midlist’ for a while. Though it is subjective to say so, I’m a mid-lister ...

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Giveaway Finished!

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I’ve finished the giveaway, and everyone has their prizes. Congrats to Ann for winning the Kindle 3G! Congrats to the others who walked away with some cool Survival Chronicles books and eBooks! Congrats to everyone who won, and a big thanks for everyone who participated.

I was scared to host a giveaway of such a size and scale at first, but it really paid off. Most important of all, it felt good to give something back to the readers. I’ve started ...

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Trucking along

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I’m in between book releases right now. Prisoner and Survivor is undergoing the editing process, and it will probably continue through the beginning of April. I’m almost 30,000 words into The Circle of Sorcerers, and I’m feeling more and more confident about it as I go along. It’s very different from the zombie series I’ve written so far, taking on a bit more of a literary feel than the cinematic style of the Survivor Chronicles. So, some of my fans ...

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Falling Off the Shelf

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Due to some sort of Amazon glitch, The Dying Times has “fallen off” the virtual shelf at that retailer. I can only say that saying it has been a stressful time since this happened is an understatement.

I’ve been working with Amazon’s KDP service to get the title reinstated, but it’s not back yet. The paperback editions of both books are still available, and the Kindle version of the second book is still up. Hopefully, it will be resolved quickly and ...

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