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Elves

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You know, what’s been missing in this fantasy story? Elves!

Read “A Visit to the Carpenter’s”

Creativity = Experimentation

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Being creative means experimenting!

Read “Experiments with Magic and Slimes”

Site Restructuring

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I’ve restructured the site. Redirects should be pointing to the correct pages. If not, send me a message.

Moon Phases

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Moon phases are a wonderful things, aren’t they? Do you still remember Swift is a Lunar Wanderer Ailuranthrope? One could ask why that subrace and its traits aren’t shown in the UI…

Read “New Moon, New Rooms”

Not The Sparkly Kind

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Vampires in this story are not of the sparkly kind. At least, Patrick isn’t.

Read “Banter About Skills”

And the verdict is…

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This story isn’t Re:Zero either!

Read “The Contract with Keeper of the Crystal Down”

Volume 2

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The story so far: after returning from the way too eventful trip to Cogen, Matthew’s aide Patrick gets badly poisoned!

Read “Inside Swift’s Evergreen Forest”

Final Chapter

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Final Chapter… time to move on… from Volume 1.

Read “Debriefing in Castle Tatilans”

Back from Summer Slump 2020

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I’m back! You might have noticed I tweaked the page a little.

Read “A Shopping Tour in Tatilans”

Comedic Story

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Wasn’t this story supposed to be a comedic story?

Read “The Case of Andrew Stirlea”

Bovine Destruction Forces

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There are quite a lot of bovine destruction forces, aren’t there?

Read “Cleaning Up the Mess”

Long and Winded Speechs

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Don’t you hate it if you enemy keeps talking and talking and talking?

Read “The Battle of Cogen”

The Secret Cow Level?!

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The Secret Cow Level or Not The Cow Level?

Read “The Cow Level”

Smør-Panik, I mean Cheese Panic!

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It’s a butter crisis too! smør-panik! But cheese is much more storable!

Read “The Cheese Crisis Breaks Out”

Food, So Much Food…

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Maybe I should open a recipe subcategory on the page…

Read “Banter At the Inn”

References, the Scientific Kind

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Let me quote one of my favourite stand-up mathematicians: “The question is not how much data supports your thesis. The question is how much data did you ignore.”

Also, there will be no chapter on Friday. My usual chair broke and I got a replacement one. It’s slightly shorter. I did not expect to get neck pain from 2cm less height.

Read “Who Needs Barrier Crystals?!”

References

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Incorporating references is fun and so, but I’m never sure if my readers actually get them.

Read “Robbery on Avan Highway”

The Mad Cow Disease in the Media

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The Mad Cow Disease was big in the news in 90s. But news these days don’t care much about it anymore. But it’s still around and breaks out from time to time.

Read “What Is the Mad Cow Disease?”

More Options

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I was motivated to revamp my code. While I was at it, I also added 2 more options to the page: Toggle Line Height and Toggle Dyslexic Font.

Read “Cooking and Divine Banter”

International Cuisine

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International Cuisine… What’s typical food for a certain country? How do you define it? Is it what people there like eating? Or is it things you can only get in a certain country? I mean you can almost get everything anywhere!

Read “Cooking and Divine Banter”

Why am I very merry?

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Why am I very merry? So very, very merry?! So very, very merry?

Oh yeah, it’s the fiftieth chapter! BTW, childhood memories with Alfred J. Kwak are back.

What’s Alfred Jodocus Kwak? This clip might juggle your memory: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lFqRTo5yJBk

Oh right, it’s Alfred Jonathan Kwak in English.

Read “Alfred Jodocus Plumel”

Mail Delivery

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Mail… The gist is you wait all day and it always gets delivered in the five minutes you’re away. So you need to get to the depot and retrieve it the day after.

Or… you live in a flatshare and because both of our names are on the door, the mail company mandated them not to deliver parcels addressed to just one of us. Just for the off chance, it’s a person that happens to have our names combined as their name.

What did you guys smoke?!

Read “Mail Mirrors and Message Bottles”

Loose Ends

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Time to tie some loose ends while creating some more… Anyway, stay healthy and enjoy the chapter.

Read “Dropping by Glorindamli’s Armoury”

Mortal Problems: Taxes

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Taxes, Reforms etc. Some things seem to have changed and starting in July, Patreon needs to put VAT on the pledges from some more countries. At least, that’s what I understand from the loads of mails I got from Patreon, telling me to tell my Patrons about it.

I have to be honest, I still feel it’s like an intransparent mess to see prices without VAT. Fast Food restaurants in Germany are quite good at managing that. There’s 7% on takeout, but 19% on eating in house. It doesn’t matter you always pay the same. I guess that’s the European idea of transparency? What do you guys think?

Anyway, stay healthy and enjoy the chapter.

Read “Mortal Problems Transcending Realms”

EDIT 2020-06-16: I fixed the broken layout. Sometimes, technology just sucks.

Face Masks

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So I’ve been on the train today. In Germany, you are required to wear masks while you travel with any public transport. But some people just wear that damn thing as an accessory. Or they don’t have one at all. Just wear the damn mask!! Thank you.

Anyway, stay healthy and enjoy the chapter.

Read “Enter Lecarvi the Bard”

Crystal Down Technology 2020

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This is just my current situation. I tend to replace tools with other tools if they provide me with better user experience. If you have a suggestions, feel free to reach out.

Most of the stuff I currently write in Google Docs. That way I can use my phone to write if I’m on the go. In any case, I have Grammarly set up to catch most errors, though that doesn’t always work. Sometimes it even adds errors! (BTW: Thanks to all the readers that point out errors.)

I like using markdown. In early 2019, I used to use a markdown editor on my mobile with Google Drive but that setup kept losing edits. Also, Google Drive insisted on renaming my files when it detected certain content which broke the system…

Then, I tried writing on Grammarly itself but that felt too clunky when forcing to their site to cooperate with my mobile. Losing internet connection also meant lost progress. Guess when I’m the most productive. I’ve also tried editing directly in GitLab. And even using a Grammarly extension in Visual Studio Code. The latter work if you manually edit the default configuration as the extension is geared towards technical language.

After I’m done with writing I copy it over to my GitLab repository which I use with Visual Studio Code. To help me with organizing I add metadata as YAML frontmatter and have it rendered and hosted by Netlify. To improve performance I let Cloudflare take care of it. All those things are on free accounts.

I used to have GitHub Pages render and host the page but unfortunately GitHub Pages is very restrictive with the plugins that you can use at all. I wanted to have autolinking to the glossary and using a regex plugin is the only way to make it efficient. I tried it without the regex plugin. And the pages took like 30 minutes to render. With the regex plugin it’s only 2 minutes.

Another reason is there’s no real 3xx redirects on GitHub Pages only meta redirects which make the page quite inaccessible to search engines. Netlify lets me use plugins. At the same time, I changed to GitLab because it has issue branches. It’s a very basic feature and GitHub just doesn’t care about implementing it.

That’s all about the technology that I use with the page. Next time I think I should tell you about the adventures with getting the chapters out to social media… I’m still looking for suitable tools.

Good Ideas…

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Is it just me, or do the good ideas only come when you’re about to take a dump?

Read “Divine Problems Transcending Realms”

When Companies Go Bust…

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Just as things are starting to take off again, I’m struck with bad news: it seems my domain provider haven’t paid their bills and my domains were released. Good thing is DENIC, i. e. the authority for .de domains, has a system in place that helps against others snatching those domains. But it also means I have to take care of it soon: finding a new provider etc. And pay the bill for a new domain subscription. (Damn…)

Why do I use .de domains? I’m from Germany and that’s the cheapest domain I can get that doesn’t look dodgy.

Anyway, I’m hoping I can get back to writing soon. Crystal Down Chapter 1-45 will release on 2020-05-18 to the public.

Public Poll: The bard joins as recurring character!

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Just as a recurring character, not as a main character. What race should the bard have? I’m thinking of female bard here. Feel free to suggest a name in the poll comments.

Participate in the Poll

My Inspriration Is Back!

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My inspiration is back! For now. I hope it stays that way.

Read “How to Improve on Maple Wine”

I'm Stuck

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Well, I’m stuck. But I’m still on it. Meanwhile, I can publish the side story I came up with earlier on this site. I also seems like the comment system is stuck. I’ll have to look into it later. Until then comments might take some days until they appear.

Read “Prologue”

Still Alive

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I’m still alive. This isn’t a good time to catch the flu. But I’m back under the living, for now.

Read “Rice and Real Rice”

After the Rain

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What’s best after a trip in the cold rain? A hot bath!

Read “Hot Spring After a Trip in the Rain”

Lock Picking

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I can’t pick locks. Not with the level of fine control I have. That is none.

Read “Lesson in Lock Picking”

Running Low…

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I definitely need a boost in inspiration…

Read “A Short Chapter Where (Almost) Nothing Happens”

Don't Like Raw Fish?

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I’ve seen people doing this wrong: If you’re uncomfortable with eating raw fish, just get Sushi without raw fish! Don’t be a jerk towards the chef and open the Sushi to remove the fish…

Read “Making Sashimi and Gathering Fern”

Less Updates Again

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Things have been hasty the last few weeks. I think I need to reduce the number of chapters per week for a while…

Read “Tales of Maple Wine”

Dissolving with Slimes

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“I will try not to mention the dissolving of the convict…”

Read “The Second Day At Tatilans Castle”

Basic Cryptanalysis

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Basic Cryptanalysis is just counting and doing math.

Read “Reading and an Unexpected Find”

Scale

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Rich people just have a different scale for everything…

Read “Slime Jelly Production Talks Before Dinner”

Point of View!

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Another Point of View!

Read “Spinning Magic Yarn”

Some people…

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Some people just don’t know when to quit…

Read “Matthew Sitnalta Ace Prosecutor”

What Can Go Wrong?

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What’s the worst thing that can happen to you when you go shopping? Leaving your wallet at home? Or running out of gas while driving?

Read “A Shopping Trip Gone Wrong”

Salmon or Tuna?

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Salmon or Tuna? Salmon or Tuna? Salmon!

Read “Sky Salmon and Sky Salmon Stew”

Unreadable Scripts

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𝖄𝖔𝖚 𝖉𝖔𝖓’𝖙 𝖓𝖊𝖊𝖉 𝖙𝖔 𝖌𝖔 𝖙𝖔 “𝖊𝖝𝖔𝖙𝖎𝖈” 𝖑𝖆𝖓𝖌𝖚𝖆𝖌𝖊𝖘 𝖑𝖎𝖐𝖊 𝕽𝖚𝖘𝖘𝖎𝖆𝖓 𝖔𝖗 𝕵𝖆𝖕𝖆𝖓𝖊𝖘𝖊 𝖙𝖔 𝖓𝖔𝖙 𝖇𝖊𝖎𝖓𝖌 𝖆𝖇𝖑𝖊 𝖙𝖔 𝖗𝖊𝖆𝖉. 𝕳𝖆𝖛𝖊 𝖞𝖔𝖚 𝖊𝖛𝖊𝖗 𝖙𝖗𝖎𝖊𝖉 𝖗𝖊𝖆𝖉𝖎𝖓𝖌 𝕱𝖗𝖆𝖐𝖙𝖚𝖗? 𝕺𝖗 𝖊𝖛𝖊𝖓 𝖜𝖔𝖗𝖘𝖊, 𝕾𝖚𝖊𝖙𝖙𝖊𝖗𝖑𝖎𝖓 𝖑𝖊𝖙𝖙𝖊𝖗𝖘?

Read “Registration at the Adventurers’ Guild”

Thoughts about Cities

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Cities can be busy places. Smaller cities are quieter. But public transport in small cities can be really bad!

Read “My First Trip to the Capital!”

Better Than A Large Bath?!

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What’s better than having a large bath? Being able to use it whenever you like!

Read “The Large Bath in the Evergreen Forest”

Forests

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Forest… Yellow Forest — wrong universe — Green Forest!

Read “Creating the Evergreen Forest”

Keeping Pets

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Cats are pets that do have their own character. If you want a pet that obediently listens to orders get a dog instead.

Read “Swift Mittens, the Kitten”

Schnitzel

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Schnitzel — I could eat that every day — don’t tell the Austrians I like eating it with different kinds of sauces.

Read “Cooking After the Hunt”

Damn it Mittens!

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Damm it Mittens!

Read “Giant Rabbit Subjugation”

Dead again?!

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Didn’t Swift just die 21 chapters ago?!

Read “Meeting the Gods of Cratherion”

Gummy Bears and Jelly

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Gummy bears and jelly have the same ingredients, the only difference is the water content. Some gummy bear variants have a coating of wax added so they don’t stick.

Read “Slimes and Slime Gelatine”

100 Readers!

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Yattaze! 100 Readers on ScribbleHub!

Read “Worrying About the Future”

Lots of Visitors

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Crystal Down has a lot of visitors lately…

Read “Again, Visitors in the Forest”

Bunnies, Butterflies, Bunnyflies!

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Bunnies, Butterflies, Bunnyflies!

Read “Bunnyflies Faryl, Felix and Flynn”

Just a short chapter…

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It’s just a short chapter today.

Read “On the Way Home from the Forest”

Happy New Year 2020!

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Happy New Year 2020! Or should I say “Happy New Year (do-two gross and four)!”? I hope you like the new look of the site.

Read “Visitors in the Forest”

It's cold? Just take a hot bath!

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The best thing when it’s cold is taking a nice hot bath. Only a hot spring could make it better!

Read “Cave Upgrade — Adding a Hot Spring and a Bedroom”

What Apocalypse did I miss?

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The shops are open again today. That just means one things — all the shops are overcrowded. As if there’s an apocalypse happening soon…

Read “Experiments with Infinite Storage”

Boxing Day 2019

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In Bavaria, where I grew up, there is a peculiar Christmas tradition: when you visit your friend’s place between Boxing Day and Epiphany (sixth of January) you overly praise the Christmas Tree. The host then has to give you a glass of alcohol in return. Not having one doesn’t help since it’s allowed to bring your own Christmas Tree.

That being said, here’s a Christmas Tree: 🎄

It’s so beautiful! The green! The decorations! The lighting! It’s so perfect!

Read “My First Hunt: I’m Hunting Some Boar”

Christmas Day 2019

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Merry Christmas! Time for some grilled turkey… or grilled goose… or grilled boar… or rabbit.

Read “Food and Cooking in Avan Forest”

Christmas Eve 2019

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Today is Christmas Eve! I decided to put out some extra chapters this week. Enjoy!

Read “Upgrading My Cave — The Bathroom”

Childhood Memories about Pepperoni Pizza

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Being a native German speaker, I had the wrong impression about Americans and their cartoon characters eating pizza spicy. All due to a single false friend. It doesn’t help when 90% of all “translations” just say „Peperonipizza” for pepperoni pizza. That German word would correctly translate to “hot pepper pizza”. I only found out recently when watching some random YouTube video. What a way to ruin my childhood memories… Now to ruining Swift’s dinner…

Read “Raiden the Thunder Hawk”

Healing Crystals Against Nosebleed?

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Crystals are fascinating. Some people believe some crystals have certain magical properties. I remember receiving a crystal that should help to prevent me from getting nosebleeds. Too bad it’s no use against the Anime-esque amount of nosebleed I tend to get.

Read “Awakening Crystals and Forest Magic”

Thoughts on Building Your Own House

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When building your own house you decide what it looks like and what rooms it has. Do you want a secret room? Yeah, build one. Not that Swift got that idea…

Read “Digging My Cave”

Illusion of Choice

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Many games offer a lot of choices, but usually, I manage to choose one of the few combinations that make the game almost impossible to finish. In other cases, the choice ceases to be one because it’s mathematically provable a certain combination is better than another. Is it still a choice?

Read “Choosing My Initial Traits and Skills”

Duodecimal Numbers

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This novel includes duodecimal numbers. Until Swift learns how the numbers a read all numbers are converted to decimal in the ruby annotations. Like this: (twelve)

After that, it will be how the numbers are read, though I will be changing how some numbers are read. Like this: (two dozen)

Read “Setting up Camp and Discovering Numbers”

If you want to learn more right now, why don’t you watch a video of Numberphile about it?

♫ We Just Got A Letter ♫

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I don’t like the show this quote is from, in fact, I was already an adult when I first saw the show, but it’s so damn catchy!

♫ We just got a letter! We just got a letter! We just got a letter! I wonder who it’s from. ♫

Read “I Got Mail?! I Wonder Who It’s From…”

I guess I need to get used to being a shorty…

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I guess I need to get used to being a shorty… 😭

Read “Oh! I’m a Potato Cat!”

Crystal Down — A New Beginning

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I did it again. I nuked a project to start a new one like it. But that’s how it is: try, try and try again until you succeed. Anyway, let’s start from the beginning again:

Read “Prologue — the Bus Factor”

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