New Site –

I was going to host this content on here first, then realized that I really wanted to give it it’s own identity, and ensure it didn’t get lost in one of my site reorganizations, so: is now a thing!

Focusing on Open Gaming systems, how they are being used, and how to use them to create your own games.

Summer is Coming

The campaign table laid out ahead of her. Various symbols representing the demonic incursions her forces had summoned were in place across the map of the nation. Some pockets of resistance were marked, with a high concentration north of The Wall, but it was obvious they didn’t have the numbers. They would be crushed, as they had been so many times before, but it would be the last time it would be necessary. Once the Great Plan was complete, they wouldn’t have to consider opposition ever again.  Her Dark Mistress would soon walk among them again.

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PL2303 USB to TTL Serial Adapters

Seems everyone and their dog is getting burned by the fake PL2303’s out there.  After yet another “Code 10” message from a new adapter off Amazon (which according to Prolific means it’s a counterfeit chip), and finding the earlier drivers which fix the message for many people cause random BSODs under Windows 10, I decided to try something different for connecting to my Raspberry Pi’s serial console.

I bought a CP2102-based adapter this time, and it works perfectly 🙂  Note however that there are multiple products based on the CP2102 chip, some may use 5V signalling which isn’t suitable for 3.3v-based comms such as the Raspberry Pi uses.  The one listed here uses 3.3v and ought to work on both 3.3v and 5v equipment.

Buy USB 2.0 to TTL UART 6-Pin CP2102 Serial Converter from

I can’t find the same model on (lots of similar ones, but I can’t tell if they use a 3.3v or 5v signal) – so Google “BTE13-007” to look for this model elsewhere 🙂