Review: The Role-Playing Game Primer and Old School Playbook

  • August 19, 2019
  • James Skemp
The following is a review of The Role-Playing Game Primer and Old School Playbook, by Chris Gonnerman. A Quick and Helpful Read, Especially For Basic Fantasy About a year and a half ago I was on a temporary kick to read up on different pen-and-paper RPGs, having lost track in early/mid-2000. Around then I discovered the Open Game License, and Basic Fantasy. Fast forward a year and change and I was once again looking into ‘OSR’ RPGs, having dusted off Basic Fantasy, and picked up Dungeon Crawl Classics, Swords & Wizardry, Blood & Treasure, and a few others.

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Review: The Complete Guide to Blender Graphics, Second Edition: Computer Modeling and Animation (2014)

  • September 27, 2014
  • James Skemp
The following is a review of The Complete Guide to Blender Graphics, Second Edition: Computer Modeling and Animation, published in 2014, and written by John M. Blain. So much information Many many years ago I did quite a bit with POV-Ray and Rhino3D, but as I got older focused more and more on the web. While I'd heard of Blender many times in the past, I had also heard that the GUI wasn't exactly friendly for new users.

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Review: Instant .NET 4.5 Extension Methods How-to (2013)

  • May 3, 2013
  • James Skemp
The following is a review of Instant .NET 4.5 Extension Methods How-to (2013), written by Shawn R. McLean, and published by Packt Publishing. A quick introduction to .NET extension methods In the 5+ years that I’ve been doing .NET I’ve been created my own extension methods twice. I was already aware that LINQ was built on extension methods, but I very rarely found myself needing to extend something that I didn’t already have the code for.

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Review: Programming Entity Framework: Code First (2011)

  • January 5, 2012
  • James Skemp
The following is a review of Programming Entity Framework: Code First, written by Julia Lerman and Rowan Miller. While I had heard of Julie Lerman and her book Programming Entity Framework, after the release of code first I was on the fence on just how much I would get out of the existing book. With the release of Programming Entity Framework: Code First I knew I’d learn something, so I picked up an electronic copy (PDF) and started digging in.

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