A New Character Sheet From GnomeBoy...???

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A New Character Sheet From GnomeBoy...???

Post by GnomeBoy » Fri Nov 07, 2008 9:21 am

Scroll down the Everything Else Board a bit, and you'll see a thread called "GnomeBoy's Tribute to Dungeon Crawl Classics", where I posted a homemade sheet in patented "old school" style back in the halcyon days of 3e. That thread has continued to pull in "views" since the dawning of 4e, often a big chunk of hits at a time (gaming groups discovering it?).

But how much interest is there in a 4e sheet? Something with a similar aesthetic sensibility, but with the 4e skill list and room for your powers, path, etc. etc. etc....

Assuming there is at least some interest, I'm interested enough to develop one. Actually, I had been developing one, as my group was dipping our toes in the 4th Edition waters. But most of the group found the waters too cold, so we're not going that way. Myself, I found the game to be fine, but not so hot as to replace anything else.

So, to go forward from here, since I'm not playing 4e for now, I'd like to have some beta-testers who could road test the sheet as I get the layout somewhere that actually works, not just looks pretty.

Anybody want to test a trial version or three on the way to a finished design? Post in this thread if you are, and I'll set up a link for the work-in-progress....


Here's a quick link to the thread with the 3e sheet: http://www.goodman-games.com/forums/vie ... =17&t=3169. Yep, that's shameless self-promotion. :mrgreen:
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Re: A New Character Sheet From GnomeBoy...???

Post by DCCfan » Fri Nov 07, 2008 2:37 pm

I really enjoy using your 3E sheet. I would be interested in a 4E version. However I won't be playing in a game until at least mid January. My group is taking a break for the holidays. I hope you still find the time to develop it. Thank you in advance for what will be an excellent addition to my game.
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Re: A New Character Sheet From GnomeBoy...???

Post by GnomeBoy » Thu Oct 01, 2009 2:35 pm

Here is a very rough draft of a potential 4th Edition character sheet in the same style as my 3e sheet.

http://www.twrfcreative.com/iconic/dcccs4e.pdf

If you get a chance to test this draft, please post here so I can hammer it into something that makes long time gamers who are playing 4th Ed. jump up and down with delight.
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Kuruz, Mendicant, N • AC 8, 4 hp • R-1, F0, W0 • S9 A8 S9 P11 I16 L8
Zend, Grave Digger, L • AC 9, 3 hp • R-1, F0, W1 • S14 A6 S9 P13 I13 L6
Mercer, Outlaw, N • AC 12, 2 hp • R0, F-1, W1 • S7 A9 S6 P13 I8 L13
Dejah, Ropemaker, C • AC 10, 2 hp • R0, F1, W-1 • S8 A12 S15 P7 I11 L7

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Re: A New Character Sheet From GnomeBoy...???

Post by GnomeBoy » Fri Oct 09, 2009 8:35 am

I can see that there have been several page views on this thread -- is anybody trying out the sheet, or are those numbers just representing looky-loos?
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Kuruz, Mendicant, N • AC 8, 4 hp • R-1, F0, W0 • S9 A8 S9 P11 I16 L8
Zend, Grave Digger, L • AC 9, 3 hp • R-1, F0, W1 • S14 A6 S9 P13 I13 L6
Mercer, Outlaw, N • AC 12, 2 hp • R0, F-1, W1 • S7 A9 S6 P13 I8 L13
Dejah, Ropemaker, C • AC 10, 2 hp • R0, F1, W-1 • S8 A12 S15 P7 I11 L7

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Re: A New Character Sheet From GnomeBoy...???

Post by Jengenritz » Fri Oct 09, 2009 9:32 am

I haven't tried it out yet, but from an aesthetics POV I'd like to see it extended to two pages. A lot of info get clumped together, like "Feats and Languages" and the whole "init" to "willpower" column. I'd rather see that broken into sections, like "Defenses," "Movement and Initiative," and "Passives."
But I like really compartmentalized info.
Similarly there's not much room between the ability score column and the misc info column. One place you can probably gain room back would be the power list on the right side. Power cards make life a lot easier, so if you assume the player is using (some form of) power cards, you can forgo that list and make the flow of info on your main character sheet a bit easier to follow.
That would be my input, anyway. I'm sure everyone has a slightly different taste when it comes to stuff like this.
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Re: A New Character Sheet From GnomeBoy...???

Post by GnomeBoy » Sat Oct 10, 2009 8:18 am

Thanks for the useful feedback, sir. My initial aim was to go for a single-sided sheet, to see if it was possible, and the first layout was just to get things broken down, so your input is useful for how to organize it further. I did foresee more organizing/compartmentalizing, and much work needs to be done on the spacing, but that's a finesse step, and this is still in rough layout.

I'm also still planning that it should have a bit of that pre-1st Edition clunkyness, where people didn't know quite how best to organize a character sheet for actual use, as seen in the 3e sheet I previously posted here in the forums. And if this gets to a finished version (and I hope it does), it'll be 'aged' and 'abused' like that sheet was...

Should I assume power cards are universal???

And I'll confess to a definite vagueness as to how magic items work in 4th Edition, what with milestones and Daily features and all....
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Kuruz, Mendicant, N • AC 8, 4 hp • R-1, F0, W0 • S9 A8 S9 P11 I16 L8
Zend, Grave Digger, L • AC 9, 3 hp • R-1, F0, W1 • S14 A6 S9 P13 I13 L6
Mercer, Outlaw, N • AC 12, 2 hp • R0, F-1, W1 • S7 A9 S6 P13 I8 L13
Dejah, Ropemaker, C • AC 10, 2 hp • R0, F1, W-1 • S8 A12 S15 P7 I11 L7

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