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 Post subject: Good program to assist adventure writing
PostPosted: Mon May 14, 2012 12:45 pm 
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Hey guys, I've started working on a 0 level adventure for my ongoing campaign group, and i'm having a hard time getting things organised. I have horrible handwriting and as such like to use the computer for room descriptors and flavor text. Does anyone know of a good program that I can use to write and format text and pictures (maps and player handouts)? Preferably free.


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 Post subject: Re: Good program to assist adventure writing
PostPosted: Mon May 14, 2012 1:29 pm 
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Google Docs, Libre Office, AbiWord, etc.

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 Post subject: Re: Good program to assist adventure writing
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I'll second Google docs. You can drop photos into them easily and your work will be available anywhere with internet so you'll be able to print them out anywhere you can find a printer and access to the net.

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 Post subject: Re: Good program to assist adventure writing
PostPosted: Mon May 14, 2012 1:46 pm 
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Mintaro wrote:
Hey guys, I've started working on a 0 level adventure for my ongoing campaign group, and i'm having a hard time getting things organised. I have horrible handwriting and as such like to use the computer for room descriptors and flavor text. Does anyone know of a good program that I can use to write and format text and pictures (maps and player handouts)? Preferably free.


If you're generating your own maps -- I use GIMP for most interior stuff (look on the Cartographer's Guild website for many many step-by-step tutorials) and Inkscape for exterior/hexmaps.

Either one of those programs are infinitely useful for diagrams and other player handouts, as well.

The other option for organizing your adventure/campaign material is pbworks -- don't know the situation in your gaming group (paper or electronic or a combination of both) -- but that has been a great resource for me. It's a free wiki and you can control who has access to what pages, etc.

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 Post subject: Re: Good program to assist adventure writing
PostPosted: Mon May 14, 2012 10:50 pm 
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ragboy wrote:
If you're generating your own maps -- I use GIMP for most interior stuff (look on the Cartographer's Guild website for many many step-by-step tutorials) and Inkscape for exterior/hexmaps.

Either one of those programs are infinitely useful for diagrams and other player handouts, as well.

Inkscape is my favourite, for dungeons and wilderness hex maps.

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 Post subject: Re: Good program to assist adventure writing
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Ravenheart87 wrote:
ragboy wrote:
If you're generating your own maps -- I use GIMP for most interior stuff (look on the Cartographer's Guild website for many many step-by-step tutorials) and Inkscape for exterior/hexmaps.

Either one of those programs are infinitely useful for diagrams and other player handouts, as well.

Inkscape is my favourite, for dungeons and wilderness hex maps.


Got any examples? I'd love to consolidate.

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 Post subject: Re: Good program to assist adventure writing
PostPosted: Fri May 18, 2012 2:21 am 
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ragboy wrote:
Ravenheart87 wrote:
ragboy wrote:
If you're generating your own maps -- I use GIMP for most interior stuff (look on the Cartographer's Guild website for many many step-by-step tutorials) and Inkscape for exterior/hexmaps.

Either one of those programs are infinitely useful for diagrams and other player handouts, as well.

Inkscape is my favourite, for dungeons and wilderness hex maps.


Got any examples? I'd love to consolidate.

Only a few unfinished ones. I used Judges Guild's brilliant Wilderlands maps for wilderness and I made my dungeons with pencil on paper in the last year. This summer I'm planning to finish the maps for my own setting this summer, I'm going to share those. Until then, check out the Bat in the Attic blog, there are a few tutorials.

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 Post subject: Re: Good program to assist adventure writing
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Ravenheart87 wrote:
Only a few unfinished ones. I used Judges Guild's brilliant Wilderlands maps for wilderness and I made my dungeons with pencil on paper in the last year. This summer I'm planning to finish the maps for my own setting this summer, I'm going to share those. Until then, check out the Bat in the Attic blog, there are a few tutorials.


Yep -- I've been ripping off Rob Conely for years... :) Looking more for internal mapping methods with inkscape.

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