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PoisonAlchemist's comment on 2011-08-15 04:39 PM
Thank you, you do such wonderful work it deserves a proper title. Go to Comment
Organizing Your Campaign On the Computer
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Mourngrymn's comment on 2011-07-15 09:37 PM


Having started my own campaign books via Moonhunter's example I can see a nice use for this. Its always helpful and handy to have for those who are absent minded like myself especially when you have players who never forget anything. I agree with this.


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valadaar's comment on 2014-06-03 09:56 AM
Good discussion here - I am embarrassed to see I had not commented when it came out some time ago.

I'll have to take a look at the desktop wiki MysticMoon commented on.

I second the suggestion of Google Docs - I use it extensively.



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Silveressa's comment on 2011-07-11 10:05 AM
Excellent concept, I would recommend keeping an offline copy as well for those times when the internet or wiki service is unavailable and you still want to game. Go to Comment
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Silveressa's comment on 2011-07-11 03:06 PM


An excellent option for when you have continual online access. Unfortunately for those of us out in the sticks regular access to online resources is rare. (most people I know don't even own a computer let alone wireless internet) When going to game at someone else's house it's usually a lap top and whatever files are put on it and no chance for online updating until I return home. (We also have the added fun factor of the net being down for days at a time in the winter after a nasty blizzard, making it even more of a headache to keep a campaign online.)



On the upside the organizational method I outlined will work just as well in Google docks as anywhere else given it's a simple directory structure, (well as long as you have a good connection and don't mind uploading all of the campaigns music files and pics to the site.)

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Ted's comment on 2011-07-11 02:53 PM


GOOGLE DOCS, GOOGLE DOCS, GOOGLE DOCS.



 



Seriously, Google Documents is amazing. It has been a godsend for my online campaign. Any of my players can open and edit their Campaign Google Doc, and they've used it for session summaries, listing their inventories, quests, rumors (which I actually post to twitter for them to find), and so on. I even have a few documents that only a few players can see so I can dynamically introduce them new information as the campaign progresses.


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Kassy's comment on 2011-07-22 03:54 AM


Some handy tips on keeping everything tidy



3.5/5



Could you post a link to Moon´s "example" please Mourn?


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Kassy's comment on 2011-07-22 03:54 AM
Only voted Go to Comment
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MysticMoon's comment on 2011-07-11 09:43 AM


This will be very helpful for me. It all seemed so obvious as I read through it, yet all of my own attempts at organization have failed miserably.



This would translate well to a dokuwiki site (I bounce around between different computers and try to keep as much stuff in "the cloud" as I can.) Dokuwiki's namespaces match up with the ideas of folders and it would be easy to control access to the material. Most of the above would only be accessible by the GM, while players would have read-only access to select sections and could even be given areas to keep their own notes in.



(runs off to set one up)



I imagine something similar could be done with a service like Dropbox.


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MysticMoon's comment on 2011-07-16 01:45 PM


A desktop wiki (such as Zim) is another excellent tool for this. The power and ease of use of a wiki running as a desktop application that requires no internet access. Everything is stored within a single folder so it is easy to back up and to transport between machines.


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Everything I learned about life from role-playing games
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Strolen's comment on 2011-05-01 12:18 AM


Great list! :)


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Everything I learned about life from role-playing games
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Strolen's comment on 2011-05-01 12:34 AM


#22 Just because it is called The Sword of Dragon Slaying doesn't mean it will.



#23 Don't challenge a GMs ruling with a rule. GM is always right and he will prove it to you the hard way if you wish.



#24 Never trust that the dead are dead...even when they are burned and their ashes are scattered to the four winds.



#25 Magic doesn't play favorites. Get out of the way of anybody trying a new spell or testing a new item.

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Everything I learned about life from role-playing games
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Strolen's comment on 2011-05-15 01:54 AM


Still funny and I want more!


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Ancient Gamer's comment on 2011-05-01 01:58 AM


Hehehehe, gamer wisdom.


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Everything I learned about life from role-playing games
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Murometz's comment on 2014-03-08 01:59 PM
What Strolen said. Go to Comment
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valadaar's comment on 2011-04-29 09:05 PM


I love these collections of anecdotes! Might do some tablestop this weekend...

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Silveressa's comment on 2011-05-15 02:28 AM


#31: Saying "Here piggy piggy," to a 12 foot tall troll Lone Star police officer (common in the Shadowrun setting) when you are an unaugmented human and all you have for a weapon is a light pistol will result in the need for surgery to remove said pistol from ones posterior. (Granted the character had the overconfident flaw but there's a fine line between overconfident and stupid.)



#32: Offeirng to tell a dumb blonde joke to all female biker gang is a great way to stop them from immediately beating you senseless.



#33: But will restult in your painful death when, uponn finding out a half dozen of the bikers are blondes and ask if you are *sure* you want to tell the joke, you respond with "Nah, not if I'm going to have to explain it six times."   



#34: When exploring a dungeon If the Gm goes out of their way to describe in detail a seemingly harmless rat, mouse, roach, or other common inhabitant; either run away or hit it with your most powerful weapons/spells.

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Silveressa's comment on 2011-06-14 01:23 AM


#36: Giving a paranoid king who's survived multiple assassination attempts a "jack in the box" gag gift that happens to be holding a fake knife covered in red paint will *not* get you reinvited to the annual festival ball.



#37: Nor will implying you are his long lost heir from illicit relations with scullery maids.


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Silveressa's comment on 2011-07-11 02:37 PM


#38: When the apparent focus of an adventure is on some routine or otherwise dull task that must be completed, bring along your armor and most powerful weapons, chances are it will be anything but "routine."



#39: Convincing the visiting alien ambassador a latex condom is actually bubble gum will get plenty of laughs from your friends, but not the Admiral or interplanetary space commission when the fun loving ambassador demonstrates his "bubble blowing" skill at the evening banquet.



 



 

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Silveressa's comment on 2012-03-01 12:21 PM


#40: Borrowing money from one loanshark to repay another one never ends well, especially when the process is repeated a dozen or so times while you try to come up with the original sum.  (What began as a mere $10,000 to repair some damaged cyberware grew to well over 100k in short order due to "interest" and "late fees" from each new loan.)



#41: Pretending to join the evil super villians crime syndicate only to tear it apart from the inside only works rarely, and usually will not be successful if you have a current reputation as a "paragon of virtute and  justice."



#42: Committing numerous villinaous acts to remove said virtous reputation so you can temporarily join the evil villians organization will likely result in a permanant career (and alignment) change.



#43: When the Gm goes out of their way to describe a sale on heavy weapons, rare monster slaying components, or equally unusual equipment it's best to take advantage of the discount before proceeding with the next adventure.



#44: When a newly encountered alien species asks to speak to your peoples leader, claiming to coincidentally be just that person never ends well.



#45: Jedi mind tricks may get you a free night in the brothel, (or with that pretty twilek dancer at the bar) but will do nothing to prevent or cure the alien STD's you were exposed to.



#46: Or remove suspicion of the jedi council you're the father of said twilek dancers children a few months down the road.

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