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The Purple Sorcerer Loathes AdsMailbird

Me ‘ates ’em with an abiding passion, and the thought of adding a banner of indescriminate links served from who-knows-where would be gut churning to the Sorcerer on the level of the aftermath of a 20 point spellburn!

Recently, however, the Windows email client that I use and enjoy started an affilliate program, and it occurred to me that experimenting with a simple site-specific link to an app that I enjoy might be a transparent way to help maintain our free tools. How it works is simple: if you decide that Mailbird is a good fit for your emailing needs, and you sign up for one of their affordable plans, the Sorcerer receives a percentage. I use the funds to purchase new equipment and software to both test and develop the array of free tools we provide on our site. Your support makes it happen!

If this system works well, it would eliminate the need to run pledge drives in the future. And over time, I’d likely look to add additional affiliations with other tools I personally use and enjoy. But there will never be more than the one simple image and link on any individual tools pages. Again, I hate ads, and I love supporting the DCC community: I’d never wish to do anything to make the process of accessing our tools uncomfortable or onerous.

As always, thanks to one and all for supporting Purple Sorcerer Games!

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Quick Hits 4: The Little Generators

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Our YouTube Videos…

Over the years I’ve created YouTube videos that have somehow been uploaded to 4 different accounts(!). So it’s well past time to consolidate all the videos in one place: my info@purplesorcerer channel. So I’m sprucing up the channel, transferring all the videos, and generally making it a more pleasant place to visit. I think these videos can be a really effective way to demonstrate the tools, as well as show off the print versions of our adventures, etc. Links have been added across the site to the correct channel, and with luck I’ll get a bit more energized about adding to the available videos regularly!

Also, if enough of you kind folks subscribe to the channel, we can apply for a direct link: youtube.com/purplesorcerer, which will be a lot easier to memorize than the string of gibberish we’re stuck with now. 🙂

The videos can be found here.

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Quick Hits 3: The Sorcerer’s Grimoire

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Quick Hits 2: The Upper Level Character Generator

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Purple Sorcerer Quick Hits: The Zero Level Generator

I’ve decided to create a series of quick videos that cover the various tools that are available from Purple Sorcerer Games. Sometimes I make the mistake of assuming that everyone just knows what’s available on the site, which is a bit optimistic! The first video discusses the venerable, but always developing Zero Level Party and Tourney Generator.

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Purple Sorcerer Site Now Supports HTTPS

Earlier in the year Apple began “encouraging” developers to use secure connections for any outside data accessed by iOS apps. (As a result I had to use some funky workarounds to get the new Party/Encounter system in the Crawlers Companion to work without an ssl/https connection). Seeing the handwriting on the wall, I picked up a certificate for the Purple Sorcerer site this summer, but after futzing for a day trying to get it to work without success, I set it aside.

With the Christmas break, and not having the will to do anything else while I’ve dealt with a cold, I decided to shamble into the breach once more. After spending too many hours pulling my hair out, overcoming one esoteric issue after another, I finally got https:// working on the site. Now you can browse https://purplesorcerer.com or https://www.purplesorcerer.com with a cool lock icon next to the search bar! Huzzah! Just look at that icon. 🙂

The secure connection obviously doesn’t provide much benefit at this point, since I don’t gather personal information, but it will streamline mobile dev in the future, and I understand having it actually helps in search results. And who knows what the future will bring.    

So enjoy the lock folks. (And since I had to update a number of files to make sure pages weren’t mixing secure and insecure content, be sure to let me know if you encounter any strangeness while connecting with https://) On the plus side, this means I’ll be updating the Crawler to use the secure connection in the coming months, so I’ll likely look to add something fun while I’m in there. 

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