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nanowrimo 2010


Diary of a Blind Madman

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nanowrimo 2010

I begin by apologizing. Pursuant to my policy of being more circumspect in my journal I have been posting my entries "friends only." To those of you who have not a LiveJournal account it must seem that my posting has dropped away to nothing. I will vary my posts more and include things that are not "friends only." Alternatively, if you want to get an LJ account (it's free) you can get in on all the goodies. If you need a code, contact me at mailto:louderback.livejournal.com and I'll be glad to provide one if I can.

This week

A second week without my mother at home. She has already begun calling and "threatening" to come home. She runs the gamut from insisting that she'll come when she is in the mood to begging permission to come home. I don't know what the deal is. I just don't understand the situation at all

I had guests in last weekend. I made a big pot of spaghetti and fed 11 D&D players. It was a good day, but exhausting. I was glad to do it and glad when it was over.

I learned at work that the testing team that I will be a part of rolls out in early to mid-December. I hope that I can do something useful between now and then. It's not too long.

Last week

The week was quiet. I spent a lot of time trying to figure out just what was going on with my mother. She moved out abruptly, ostensibly for a visit with her cousin. She has called every day to assure us she is doing "so much better here" than at home. She also takes time to stir the pot. It now seems I "threw her out" by calling her cousin. My sister is a villainess as well, it seems. *sigh*

Apart from that, things have gone reasonably. I went out Saturday with my son and his fianceé . We visited a friend of theirs and I sat in on the first D&D game I've been involved in in 20 years. I have to say I enjoyed it and may actually become a regular. I actually get considerably more pleasure out of running a campaign than I do playing, however.

Work is just work. I am very ineffective there with only a screen reader. The screens I have to read are abominably difficult with only JAWS. I really need a magnifier.

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I got some interesting comments a few months ago from some blind roleplayers; I'm interested in talking about how D&D and the like can be adapted for visually impaired players.


It was odd for me to read your comment. I played D&D in jr. high and high school and am totally blind.
When I read your comment I thought, "Modifications? What modifications? You just write things down in braille."

But then I remember that I still needed other people to read my die rolls, and that it was only the Optacon I had that made it possible to read all the books.

Right -- I got email from one blind gamer who had worked out a way of rolling several d6es to produce any normal range of dice results, e.g. d20 or d12 or d8. This was easier for him because he could read (with fingers) the pips on the d6s.

Also there are considerations such as mapping and location, especially the way I play the Third Edition game out recently. It involves using miniatures a lot for tactical movement and combat resolution, and it may be more difficult to do -- but possibly not. (Many blind people I know have developed far better spacial visualization skills than light-dependent people.)

Currently, the entire text of the Third Edition Dungeons and Dragons rules -- Player's Handbook, Dungeon Master's Guide, and Monster Manual -- is available online for free. This is, without a doubt, a great boon to blind roleplayers who can access the content electronically via their screenreaders or Braille terminals.

Anyway, someday I will write more about this. :) Your thoughts are more than welcome!


are the D&D manuals on line for free? I have been getting by by ocr-inc a page at a time as I go along...

You can find the Third Edition books online at:


This is part of the"Open Gaming" initiative, sponsored by Wizards of the Coast, which makes the core rules available to everyone to use. Wizards figures they can make more money if everyone is producing content which supports their games.

The "released" files are in RTF format which should be readable by any word processor, and the ones which are not yet released are in HTML. "Not released" means that third party game creators can't use that content yet in their books.

So for example, if I were creating a handbook on "Adventuring in the Frozen Arctic" I could make use of all of the "released" material. I can also designate some of my content as "open gaming material" -- for example, rules on "freezing to death" or whatever -- which could then be used by anyone else making a 3rd edition game.


Thanx! This is a great help to me.

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