Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Character Sheets

Reading a pdf from Silvius this morning, I am reminded that there was another thing that bothered me about the earlier campaign ... and that was the lack of easily readable character sheets.  I must tell you all that I loathe pdfs.  I don't think I'm alone in that.  The biggest problem is that they can't be easily updated, on the fly so to speak, whereas a written character sheet can be - in just a few seconds.

Then it occurred to me that the tool for recording character sheets online and updating them quickly is right here, in the form of the blog post.  All that would be necessary is the creation of the character 'sheet' on the blog, where it can be edited any time after its posted, where it can be linked to this blog and therefore read by me anytime at my convenience.  In fact, if the player wants, it doesn't have to be on their standard blog, but can be made on a new blog, where the character sheet need be the only post.

Then if damage is caused, if a new piece of equipment is added, if food is eaten and so on, that's all right there and open.  I can see in advance where you're keeping your equipment and it can be judged and applied to the campaign as necessary - not that it would remove the possibility for deception, as it can be changed as I'm looking at it.  But it would make it possible for me to point out that something was missing or something needed to be updated to fit the proper facts.

What say you, people?  Want to give this a try?

42 comments:

James C. said...

Yes, I'm already halway there. Just need to add my equipment, etc... should have it updated by weeks' end.

Eric said...

A wiki is ideal for something like this- you can use the History feature to dial back through every single edit to the sheet.

"can be made on a new blog, where the character sheet need be the only post."

If one was to do this, I'd suggest reposting a fresh sheet in a new post every session, or every week, to provide something of a log.

Ahmet said...

I'll do Wiki or Blog, whatever Web 2.0 tool you prefer Alexis.

Alexis said...

I'd rather not be dependent on another source, Eric. The benefit of blogs is that people can't change each other's characters, there's no need for any unfamiliar editing rules, or yet one more inconvenient opportunity for a site to go down. Blogger is generally dependable, making it the better option.

On blogger, there's no need to post a 'fresh sheet.' The existing page serves ad infinitum.

Silvius Volundr said...

That works for me, but being that I have never used Blogger or a wiki, is this something simple to set up?

Or do you want to use a blog post within the Tao Campaign page?

Alexis said...

Terrifically easy to set up your own blog, Silvius. Go here and press the 'get started' link. Follow instructions. Let me know how you're doing from there and I'll talk you through it.

Silvius Volundr said...

I think I am good...

http://silviusvolundr.blogspot.com/

If my equipment list was satisfactory (other than the format), I will create my character sheet on that blog.

Silvius Volundr said...

One more technology Q, please.

How did you hotlink the address to Blogger that you posted. I dont see a way of doing that.

Andrej said...

Updated mine:

http://dachaucampaignandrej.blogspot.com/

Silvius Volundr said...

Cool. I will have mine up in the next couple of days. Thanks for the help, guys.

Nine-toes said...

I will have a character sheet/blog up tomorrow afternoon.

Alexis said...

If you're logged in, you can't get the blogger start page to come up. If you want to link things into the comments section here, that's difficult to explain. If I write it out, it automatically creates a link.

You can read about HTML links here.

Alexis said...

Please note my comment on Andrej's page in designing you're character page.

Silvius Volundr said...

Thanks for your patience and explanation.

Ahmet said...

It's a work in progress, but here's the start:

http://ahmetogluahmet.blogspot.com/

Nine-toes said...

Also in progress, but open to correction:

http://ninetoes-of-stuttgart.blogspot.com/

James C. said...

So Alexis, once the character blogs are in order (I'm still updating mine and have added a page for Emmanuel) will the campaign begin shortly? Perhaps next week?

Silvius Volundr said...

Mine will be posted this afternoon. Pending Alexis' review, I should be good to go on Friday!

Alexis said...

There's nothing else to do but the character sheets. When they're in order, we can begin.

I have been conjecturing about the political situation, matters of religion and authority ... and the question of Neuwark Island. Seems a fishmonger who is familiar to Silvius has mentioned that the five families who normally dwell there have temporarily left the island, in the expectation that a troop from Hamburg will arrive in a week to clear up the situation.

Silvius Volundr said...

5 wealthy families?

Alexis said...

Families whose lives surround the practice of fishing.

Silvius Volundr said...

Probably only rich with "love" then.

Looking ahead (probably too far ahead), Alexis, I have a question for you. You mentioned earlier, "no multi-class characters for now". I also read your post on Training a Cleric, which was excellent.

Can we add a class later or would we need the requisite training to do so?

We don't have a mage and while hiring one may be an option, it would be cool to have an in-house practicioner if possible.

No rush in responding...

Silvius Volundr said...

One more thing!

I want to place an item or two on Andrej's cart for encumbrance reasons. Do we know each other? If so, how would you like me to account for that? Shall I note it on my character sheet or should James C put it under his cart annotation?

Danke!

Alexis said...

Silvius,

If you die (without trying to), or get to the point of having a henchman, you can try a multi-class. If we get another meaningful application, that person might try a mage.

For the present, you're limited to the weight you can carry or put into storage. You don't quite know Andrej yet. He is probably a co-habitant of the common room of the inn at which you're staying.

Nine-toes said...

Weights added, distribution noted.

I think the only thing I'm missing are my saving throws (don't have the pdf at work).

I calculated I had about 120 gp left, silver and copper I'll donate to the collection plate. Let me know if any other corrections need to be made.

Silvius Volundr said...

Fair enough. Thanks for the clarification.

James C. said...

Looking over my char sheet, i spent most of my capital on the cart and related items. Emmanuel has some torches I bought from before, but we could be in sore need of some typical adventuring gear as well as our foodstuffs. My character sheet will be updated and ready to go by the end of the day, so I'll be ready to start anytime.

Nine-toes said...

James, I've got some coin left. I don't really have any plans for it (can't wear armor, my two weapons are fairly cheap) so food stuffs and survival gear are the order of the day once our characters meet.

Nine-toes said...

Oh, I would dearly like to get a grappling hook, but it didn't look available in Cuxhaven. I'd like a thieve's pick too... one can dream.

Silvius Volundr said...

We need to slay a dragon quick.

It will probably have thieves' tools, a grapple AND A HAMMER in its horde.

Silvius Volundr said...

Ninetoes...if Alexis is using the traditional ST tables, a 1st level monk has 13,12,14,16 and 15 for saving throws.

Nine-toes said...

Thanks Silvius. Updated.

Andrej said...

Good news Ninetoes.

I think once our comrades-to-be update their blogs we should be ready to roll. Perhaps Alexis is already working on the first post...

Ahmet said...

Silvius, while you have that book handy... I'll take ST's and THAC0 for a first-level fighter... thanks!

Silvius Volundr said...

This afternoon, James!

Pacific time...

Butch, THACO is 20.

STs are 14, 15, 16, 17, 17.

Alexis said...

Not to interrupt, but I feel I need to make something clear about THACO and Saving Throws, not because I plan to make any changes there, but because these things are not technically in the Player's pervue. They are part of the DM's Guide, not the Player's Handbook, and as such are not intended to be 'fact' for the players.

I mention this not to change the rules of THACO or Saving Throws, but because I don't want to be called on things I have changed, such at the AC of certain monsters, the effects of magic items or of, say, lycanthropy, or of any of the other vast array of rules which are found in the DMG and not the Player's Handbook. Being a purist, I am a little annoyed at putting the saving throws up on the character sheet, for this reason only: if, as a DM, I had reason to change those numbers, I'd be in no way obligated to tell the players the changes, since those numbers were never intended for the players in the first place.

A minor point, to be sure. Thank you.

Ahmet said...

@ Silvius: Thanks!

@ Alexis: Good point.

@ Silvius: Never mind, don't need 'em!

Also, Alexis, can you repost your copper to silver to gold conversion rates so I can spend my 30 pieces of gold? After that I think my character is good to go. Thanks!

Nine-toes said...

Should I take the saving throws and THACO down Alexis?

Alexis said...

Don't worry about it Nine-toes. Just don't want them setting a precedent. I haven't changed those numbers in 30 years of play and I'm not going to.

Ahmet,

1 gp = 16 sp = 192 cp
1 sp = 12 cp

Silvius Volundr said...

My character sheet is posted.

I will add the background soon, but for now Silvius is ready to chew cur and kick tail... if you observe from his equipment list, he is fresh out of cur.

Andrej said...

Looks like we're all set to begin.

Nine-toes said...

Copy that gold leader.