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Dynamic Sheets for D&D and Pathfinder

Sweet DST for Maid RPG With the advent of the new Dynamic Sheet Template (DST) system coming very soon (probably this Sunday), we obviously need some people to step up and make DSTs for our myriad of systems. The outcome I’m expecting is that we will have a lot of people clamoring for the more popular systems, and less so for the less popular systems. What I’d like to avoid is having several similar submissions for the same system. Instead, it would be preferable to have one or two really great DSTs for a system, rather than 10 mediocre ones.

To prevent a lot of duplicate work on your part and headache on my part, I’m going to pull D&D 4E, D&D 3.5, and Pathfinder out of the mix. In other words, don’t just go out and make a sheet for any of these systems. Instead, you’ll need to apply. I will select the most promising one or two candidates and give them free reign for a week or so. Once we have a couple in the system, I’ll open it up for anyone to make one. The hope is that the first ones will be so awesome that everyone is happy and there’s no need for anyone else to try.

To apply, simply post in the forum thread saying which system you’d like to tackle. All I need to see is demonstrable skill with HTML/CSS, so link to something you’ve made. Fancy Javascript is not necessary, and may be undesirable. I’d rather have a simple sheet that just lays things out nicely, than a very complicated one that has to be updated often or only works in certain browsers. I’ll pick one or two people for each system, assuming we get enough submissions, and we’ll go from there.

Even if you want to make a DST for a smaller system, I’d recommend posting your thoughts in the forum thread. There are surely going to be a lot of ideas bouncing around.

It’s an exciting time. My gut tells me the site is about to get much cooler with the addition of these dynamic sheets. Help me make that a reality!

Update: ChainsawXIV, who made the awesome Exalted DST, is going to take the first stab at 4E. So, I’m going to pull 4E off the table until he’s finished.


Update on Dynamic Character Sheets

A lot of people have expressed interest in the dynamic character sheets after we gave the teaser in the newsletter. So, here’s an update on where we stand.

Exlated Sheet
Savage Sheet

Right now we’re wrapping up some details and working out any remaining kinks. My hope is to release it sometime this week (Friday?) for general use. It’s important to note that as of now, we only have dynamic sheets for Exalted and Savage Worlds. ChainsawXIV and Pelwer were kind enough to stumble through the process with me, and those are the systems they wanted to work with.

Once it’s live for everyone, I’m going to consider it a public beta. This means that it’s still a new, volatile feature, and there will most likely still be bugs. It will improve over time, but I’d rather launch it now in an unfinished state, instead of waiting until it’s perfect.

If you’re looking to jump the gun a little, we’re still accepting people into the closed beta. We’re only looking for people with HTML/CSS/Javascript experience, since that’s what’s needed to create a dynamic sheet. Read over the tutorial and skim the forum thread. If nothing makes sense, that’s fine. It just means you’ll have to wait until someone else makes a sheet for your particular system. I’ve got some ideas on providing incentives, more on that later.

Otherwise, if you have a basic grasp of what’s covered, post a note in the forum thread and I’ll add you to the beta list.

This is a very exciting time, and I think this will be probably the best feature we’ve offered since adding gm-only fields to everything. I can’t wait to release it.


Even more wiki linking

LinkifiedIf you’ve looked recently, you may have seen that the wiki quick-linking sidebars are now present when editing a character or a campaign forum post. Huzzah! After months (years?) of promising this feature, I finally had a chance to work on it.

It should be pretty self-explanatory. You can wiki link from characters back to wiki pages, as well as to other characters in the same campaign. This is just one of the reasons that we started requiring characters to be in a campaign. It allows us to do cool stuff like this.

Likewise, you can link from a campaign forum post to both wiki pages and characters.

Minor Annoyances

There may be some minor annoyances related to links not auto-updating when you create/delete a character or wiki page. If you see links on your pages that are not updating, simply edit and re-save the page and everything should be fixed.


The Core Mechanic Interviews Us

Dan and I got interviewed by The Core Mechanic. If you’re curious about how Obsidian Portal got started or who runs it behind the scenes, it’s definitely a good read. We’ll try to monitor the comments, but if you have followup questions the best way to reach us is via Twitter or Facebook.

Read the Interview!

UPDATE: Part two of the interview is now live and available here.



Gamers Helping Haiti: The Givening

In the monthly newsletter we sent out yesterday we mentioned the Gamers Helping Haiti Product Bundle that’s now available for sale on DriveThruRPG. For those of you who don’t get the newsletter, here’s what we said on the subject:

“One Book Shelf (the company behind DriveThruRPG.com and RPGNow) and a huge number of RPG publishers, will have put to together an epic product bundle with a retail value of over $900.00. The bundle is yours for a $20 dollar donation through this link to Doctors without Borders. On top of that, One Book Shelf will match all of the donations!”

Click Here To Donate

There have been a few changes since we sent the newsletter:

  • At the time of sending the newsletter, the retail value of the bundle was roughly $900 US. Today it’s over $1400 US!
  • Because of the huge demand, One Book Shelf is unable to match everyone’s $20 dollar donation, but will continue to match $5 and $10 dollar donations.
  • The bundle will be available through January 31st, 2010! That gives you 10 full days to put together the $20 donation.
  • It very well might be the RPG deal of the decade.

Help Haiti and Win a Prize!

We at Obsidian Portal want to spread the word about this worthwhile offer. So in addition to everyone in the office buying a bundle or two, we’re running a twitter contest to help get the word out! We’re giving away a $100 US gift certificate for DriveThruRPG to one random someone re-tweets the following message on twitter:

The $20 Gamers Helping Haiti Product Bundle! See http://bit.ly/5wSNEp for info & you could win a $100 gift certificate from @obsidianportal!

So spread the word about the Gamers Helping Haiti Product Bundle and you could win!

Click Here to Tweet It Out

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