Don Bisdorf

I write roleplaying games and fiction, and I develop software.

I also sometimes post on Twitter and on Mastodon.

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Inexpert Tarot Reading: February 19


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I did about thirty seconds of Googling about this stuff (not more than that; I don't want this to become Expert Tarot Reading) and saw that some folks suggest there's wisdom and insight to be found in single-card tarot readings. Who knew? I thought I was just being lazy.

In any case, today's hand-selected card is the Ten of Pentacles.

The Ten of Pentacles tarot card, depicting two conversing figures and a little child in the background, a seated old man in the foreground, and two dogs.

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Inexpert Tarot Reading: February 18


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That glow from behind the card is the nearby trees covered in about five or six inches of snow. I know, it's out of focus here, but trust me, it's very pretty.

And today's card is the Page of Wands.

The Page of Wands tarot card, depicting someone holding and admiring a wooden staff.

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Inexpert Tarot Reading: February 17


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Good morning, everyone! Are your dogs wondering why you're standing in the living room taking photos of playing cards? Mine are.

Today's card is the Five of Wands, drawn upright.

The Five of Wands tarot card, depicting five figures struggling over five long wooden staves.

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Inexpert Tarot Reading: February 16


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I keep drawing major arcana, so you're getting premium service here.

Today's card is The World, drawn reversed.

The World tarot card, depicting a woman with two wands, within a wreath, surrounded by dreamlike figures.

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Inexpert Tarot Reading: February 15


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Can I take a moment to complain about technology? It must have taken me ten minutes to get a photo of today's card because my phone wants to focus on my face, not the card that I'm holding up. So I was getting shots where the card was blurry, but my chin peeking out under the card was in perfect foc...

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Inexpert Tarot Reading: February 14


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Let's do a few more of these and see what happens.

Today's card is Justice.

The Justice card, depicting a crowned figure with sword and scales.

Wow. I have to apologize if you're seeing this just after getting out of bed, because this is a bold look to wake up to. This is "While you were hitting your snooze alarm for the third time, I found my sword and my sca...

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Inexpert Tarot Reading: February 13


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Since reason, logic, and facts clearly aren't going to save the world, I'm falling back to plan B: inexpert tarot card readings.

Here's your card for the day: the King of Cups.

King of Cups tarot card

Just look at this character. He's settled in. He has a nice beverage and a flashlight and he has assumed the "I will...

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SAVE System Reference Document

Several of my Save the Universe testers have suggested that the rules behind Save the Universe would provide a useful platform for other games. To make that easier, I've set up the core rules out of Save the Universe in an independent document. At least for now, I'm calling this the SAVE System,...

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Professor Pinball's Castle

My digital pinball game, Professor Pinball's Castle, is now available for purchase on itch.io!

Screenshot of Professor Pinball's Castle

I have 64-bit versions available for both Windows and Linux. The source code is also freely available if you want to use it as a starting point for your own Godot-based pinball game.

This has bee...

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Colludium One RPG Bundle

If you don't yet have a copy of Save the Universe, my sci-fi adventure RPG, you can now pick it up at a discount as part of a multi-title bundle! Buy the bundle at itch.io or at DriveThruRPG.

Save the Universe RPG

Also, I'm almost ready to release my digital pinball game, Professor Pinball's Castle, and I'll post...

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