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Mintaro
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Good program to assist adventure writing

Post by Mintaro » Mon May 14, 2012 10:45 am

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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Re: Good program to assist adventure writing

Post by Ravenheart87 » Mon May 14, 2012 11:29 am

Google Docs, Libre Office, AbiWord, etc.
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Re: Good program to assist adventure writing

Post by grinnock » Mon May 14, 2012 11:45 am

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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Re: Good program to assist adventure writing

Post by ragboy » Mon May 14, 2012 11:46 am

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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Re: Good program to assist adventure writing

Post by Ravenheart87 » Mon May 14, 2012 8:50 pm

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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Re: Good program to assist adventure writing

Post by ragboy » Thu May 17, 2012 12:48 pm

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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Re: Good program to assist adventure writing

Post by Ravenheart87 » Fri May 18, 2012 12:21 am

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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Re: Good program to assist adventure writing

Post by ragboy » Fri May 18, 2012 11:03 am

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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