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Thursday, June 25, 2009

Mapwork, and new local gamer...

Well first, I was gonna show a work in progress map... but to do it with blogger I have to upload it to their host of choice, so here's the link to it for now...

It's incomplete, but with the folks at Cartographer's Guild I should have something I'm happy with very soon... and I can go back to making this whole campaign setting work... I'll also hopefully have the ability to host all this stuff somewhere I want to... without crappy TOS agreements that involve property changes of my work...

Anyway the other thing is one of my local gamers lurks Pen and Paper Games and we got a LFG request from someone who recently moved into town. It didn't come to us until we were both super busy with work today... but we'll probably tackle meeting up tomorrow.

I've already made a small adjustment to the realm sheet. The provences/subregions area now has a place column for the area of each subregion. I'll post it once I've got the flat version lining up the columns correctly.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Realm Sheet Flat file

Okay, so I'm guessing I can afford 8 bucks a month... so I've grabbed me a Media Fire Premium account, and posted the First Flat Version there. It's the "Kingdomsheet" file. I was lazy and haven't renamed it from my original concept project. Anyway... its there now. So download it and tell me what you think!

Friday, June 19, 2009


Here goes I guess. I meant to start this on something I hosted myself, but when you're broke... you take what's out there.

Realm/Region Sheet:

When I find a way to also post files... I'm gonna start with the realm/region sheet I've been working on for a while now. I think the design is solid, but getting it into an easy to use editor is not going so well. PDFs with fillable forums are nice, until you need to insert images into the file. The original document (and odg) would be fine for anybody willing to a) use open office draw, and b)go through the slow and painful method of entering items as individual text blocks.

That however is not what I want. What I want is something somebody can easily put all the info into in simple ways, and I don't want the user to have to be on any particular kind of pc or use any specific software (beyond something that will open the file in the first place).

As for now all I have is an undecorated flat file for printing filling out by hand, and a partially editable file that you'd still have to print, or have a large amount of working knowledge and production oriented software.

Anywho Here's a list of sections it has so far:
  • Overview
  • Cultural Points
    • Calendar and Holidays
    • Superstitions, Rituals, and Festivals
    • Important Laws, and Enforcement
    • Rumors, and Suspicions
  • Money and Trade
  • History(two pages)
  • Settlement Patterns
    • Regions/Provinces/States
    • Major Cities and Towns By Population
  • People and Influence
    • Organizations by Power
    • Government
    • Military
    • Organization of Influence (three pages)
    • Other Major NPCs
  • Map

Each entry (or sub entry) has a full page devoted to it unless otherwise mentioned. It's huge so far... but I don't think it's overly bulky... It's not designed for whipping out some quick little cookie cuter region in 45 minutes... It's designed for those people that want to take a few days building a "living breathing realm or area". I've tried to use it twice... and so far I like it. I may expand the map section beyond a single page... but I was kinda thinking that when you needed maps of sub-regions or cities or some such, you'd also need to build all the information this "sheet" is designed to cover for them too...

Other Stuff:

On a side note, the "edit Html" window for building posts here is worthless... because while it parses html tags... it assumes lots of things.