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Re: What are you working on today?

Postby Anderas » Saturday March 13th, 2021 1:53pm

Damn the Facebook group just crossed 3000 members some minutes ago and that image is not yet finished. :lol: God I have so awful problems in my life, can you all feel with me? :D :lol:


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Re: What are you working on today?

Postby iKarith » Saturday March 13th, 2021 4:04pm

Kurgan wrote:
iKarith wrote:I _do_ intend the result to allow people who don't own the original game the chance to get into it. If we can determine which minis Hasbro is using and where to source them from Hasbro, that's fine even if just for expansion purposes.


German-style boards?


Double-wide hallways. Makes the center room one row bigger, avoids the usual single-file meat shield play style. Requires a little bit of care with the furniture placement because, since you're making your own board anyway, people tend to make them with nice roomy 30mm spaces. Makes the board pretty massive, but much nicer to play on.

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I suppose you could print a board but … I think the easiest solution is probably 3mm plywood and cork. The 3mm plywood's expensive and to make 30mm or even 28mm … a 12" square isn't going to work. You'd need 12x24" and you're gonna have a lot of excess. Fine if you know someone who can laser you sturdy replacements for cardboard bits using the large scraps. Most of the wood/cork boards I've seen are single piece and quite large.

This kind of thing is also an option, but … requires a lot more fine cutting and you'd probably want some non-slip backing material on pieces that'd assemble to make a full HQ board:

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This is the kind of stuff that's been rattling around my head for the better part of a decade now. :D
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Re: What are you working on today?

Postby Anderas » Saturday March 13th, 2021 4:15pm

Ah! The Flint Board!

I found a solution for the print. I went to myposter.de and printed on PVC. It has a large range of size options. You have to take care to remove the rivets, though.

I made a second PVC poster with all the overlay tiles from the expansions. My stuff has 3cm squares everywhere now, which is nice.

The furniture can be a problem yes. Around the tables there is space for chairs :-)

The gamezone tiles don't assemble into a HQ Board. But some of them are quite beautiful, so if I could lay my hands on high resolution images of them I might still be tempted to print them.


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Re: What are you working on today?

Postby iKarith » Saturday March 13th, 2021 5:05pm

Anderas wrote:Ah! The Flint Board!

I found a solution for the print. I went to myposter.de and printed on PVC. It has a large range of size options. You have to take care to remove the rivets, though.

I made a second PVC poster with all the overlay tiles from the expansions. My stuff has 3cm squares everywhere now, which is nice.

The furniture can be a problem yes. Around the tables there is space for chairs :-)

The gamezone tiles don't assemble into a HQ Board. But some of them are quite beautiful, so if I could lay my hands on high resolution images of them I might still be tempted to print them.


The gamezone tiles don't make a HQ board, but you could easily make tiles that did.

And see, room for chairs around the tables is good reason to be able to laser that extra birch into extra furniture! :lol:

Printing the board graphic onto something that can be rolled up but would still lay flat … that's a practical solution!

Another alt board layout someone suggested was an entire empty board of "hallway". Rooms and rock tiles placed where they're wanted. Not sure how to do that practically. Rooms were not quite the original HQ board rooms—those were all there, but the idea was that rooms of a given size would be the same color, etc. I forget who came up with that idea. It might only work digitally.
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Re: What are you working on today?

Postby Anderas » Thursday March 18th, 2021 7:45am

New status

slowly inking to the finishing line

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Re: What are you working on today?

Postby Kurgan » Thursday March 18th, 2021 8:28am

Good stuff, I like the little detail jokes. The Elf and the Orc broke up though and he's hitting the bottle hard...
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Re: What are you working on today?

Postby Anderas » Thursday March 18th, 2021 9:18am

Kurgan wrote:Good stuff, I like the little detail jokes. The Elf and the Orc broke up though and he's hitting the bottle hard...


The Elf is now flirting with the Goblin though


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Re: What are you working on today?

Postby Kurgan » Thursday March 18th, 2021 9:44am

What is the Barbarian up to now?
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Re: What are you working on today?

Postby Anderas » Thursday March 18th, 2021 9:48am

Dancing, I think. I asked for several dancing figures.
But then, I also asked for the Elf to sit in the lap of the Orc and somehow he seems not to be able to draw that :lol:


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Re: What are you working on today?

Postby iKarith » Thursday March 18th, 2021 10:37am

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Light color scheme is a Mozilla browser. The evil hackish shtuff needed to get that freakin' C doesn't work in anything but Webkit browsers. Which nobody cares about because everybody uses Webkit browsers, their privacy be damned. :D

This is UK 1st edition. I had it kinda working, as well as it works, with a @media print stylesheet, but then I changed how I did a bunch of things and it totally borked it. That title there isn't a graphic. It's also not done with text-stroke because few browsers support it. No, it's almost uglier than what I did to get the "C" right in webkit, it just happens to work in everything:

CSS horror wrote: font: 4em 'Conv_HeroQuest',Sans-Serif;
color: white;
text-shadow:
-1px 1px 0 black,
1px 1px 0 black,
1px -1px 0 black,
-1px -1px 0 black,
-3px 3px 0 white,
3px 3px 0 white,
3px -3px 0 white,
-3px -3px 0 white,
-6px 6px 0 black,
6px 6px 0 black,
6px -6px 0 black,
-6px -6px 0 black;


DON'T do that in anything meant for production for the love of God. :lol:

There are NO images in this yet. The titlepage looks terrible. I've got the pages cut out of drathe's scan of the booklet (as I don't actually have a UK 1st edition rule book) and will presently go back and cut out the graphics. I made an XCF of Mentor's seal for the letter from the first page and the more complete one in the parchments at the top of a few pages. Ideally I'd put these into Inkscape and let it turn them into a path. I'm not especially good at doing it. I also extracted the parchments, mostly a jagged line shape. I think I can handle that one, actually. It'll become a svg div background image.

They're in git in a first-edition branch. I'll update the file with the changes found in the later manual. The US manual is almost a complete rewrite, I'm afraid, but I already found the UK manual to be quite repetitive. In the end I hope to have all three English versions of note (I don't think there are any changes in the Australian version or the like we'd want?) and we can begin the process of modifying them as we see fit.

I started out working in Markdown, but that was just crazy for the layout of the UK versions of the manual. The US version could be done that way though. Obviously I've switched to HTML directly to save my sanity, such that it can be saved. I'm probably going to arrange for both Ye Olde looking fonts and simple basic modern ones.

All of this work and nowhere near actually collecting the rules people would like to see added or dropped like the roll to move rule. :lol:

If anyone wants to help, I'm about ready to push the HTML I've got. I literally typed every word of that impossible to OCR booklet myself. If someone else wants to proofread the updates, I don't want to stand in their way. Else I may not get to it for a few days. Knowing how to use git is not required to help—but there's a string of letters and numbers I'd like you to keep track of the first seven of if you start making changes. Lemme know and I'll show you how to get it.
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