NerdWords Picks of the Month: November 2017

There is way too much new stuff for our hobbies every month to keep track of. So I decided to pick my four favorites from all the news, posts and curiosities hitting the internet in the last few weeks.

Map Drawing

I love maps! Especially in pen-&-paper roleplaying games. Most of the time I just grab an empty piece of paper and get started. I usually end up with something that could be a dungeon, a village or other adventuring location for my players to explore.

This month, the GreatGM put up an amazing video. A detailed tutorial to get started with drawing your own maps using photoshop (but you can probably use any other similar software, too). I really like the approach. It’s a four part tutorial and if you’re a GM yourself, you should check it out.

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Star Trek Re-Watched #006

Enterprise (ENT) Episode 7

“The Andorian Incident“

I’m re-watching Star Trek in this chronological order. There will be spoilers! For a synopsis and more information on this episode I strongly recommend Memory Alpha

“And what is diversity but a celebration of differences?” Dr. Phlox to T’Pol when she is feeling ashamed of her Human comrades.


In short: Around ten weeks after the start of its mission, Enterprise is visiting an ancient Vulcan monastery on a remote planet.  After arrival the crew finds out that Andorians took the monks hostage. After a small fight they become prisoners themselves. The leader of the Andorians, Commander Shran, suspects a hidden Vulcan long range sensor array somewhere in the monastery. Commander Tucker steals away into the catacombs beneath the building to find an old communications console to get into contact with Enterprise.

Mounting a surprise attack using the transporters, Lieutenant Reed and his security team can take out two of the four Andorians. During a fire fight in the catacombs a hidden passage is revealed. Behind this passage the combatants stumble upon the huge hidden listening post the Andorians were searching for.

Captain Archer decides to give the scans of the area to the Andorian Commander, who is now in debt with the Captain.

The monastery/outpost of P’Jem. Home to monks, spies and a bunch of Andorian soldiers.

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