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The new Obsidian Portal: A first look

A while ago, Obsidian Portal has undergone a massive relaunch. The way the site looks and works has changed tremendously. Earlier this month I have been contacted by the people running Obsidian Portal and was asked if I was interested in reviewing the site. I have played around with Obsidian Portal in the past, but never done anything serious with it, so I decided to use it for releasing my Fallout Fudged rules.

So what does Obsidian Portal offer to its users? On OP you can create a site for your campaigns which features a blog (called Adventure Log), forums, a wiki, a calendar for scheduling game sessions, digital character sheets and many more. Alas the forums and calendar are for paying customers only. And if you don’t pay for OP’s services everything you create is public.

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Real World Gadget, Gaming Possibilities

chromecastI recently got a little gadget I was looking forward to, the Google Chromecast. It’s a handy little widget that allows you to stream video and images via WiFi from your computer, Android tablet or phone, to your TV. I’m not here to sell you on it, let Google take care of that! However I am here to tell you of the gaming possibilities I see.

There are lots of people out there using projector and flats screen TVs for mapping during their gaming, and while I love the idea, I have not fully embraced it, for various reasons, including expense and transportability of the hardware  necessary. However most places you go will have a TV and WiFi…

You could take a Chromecast with you, set it up with the local WiFi and voilà! The TV is a map… Of course it has to be a Hi-Def TV and there is the set up process, but if you get one just for the game room, problem solved.

Recently some of my players have missed games and have joined us via Skype, but combat using miniatures and a map was a hurdle. With something like Chromecast I could use Roll20 to create the map and the long-distance player would see the map of his or her computer, while the face to face players see the map on a television. Any browser based map can be shared with your players, even a Google Drive drawing, as simple as that.

I run all my games from a laptop now, so integrating this tool into my game would be fairly simple. I have not tried this yet, but I plan to as soon as I can…

Have you seen the Chromecast, and do you see any gaming possibilities for it? Are there any similar tools out there you already used and I missed? Let me know…

Some pictures so you get an idea… (Sorry for the quality, not the best lighting!





Create your own font!

Wouldn’t it be cool if you could create your own TrueType fonts that you could use to create cool-looking handouts on your computer? I am pretty sure most of us have used handwritten handouts for their games before, or even created their own runic script or something like that.

A while ago I stumbled upon a website that allows you to create your own font from your handwriting, but it could also be used to create any kind of font. The creation process is quite easy. You download a PDF template which you then print out. Then you fill out said template. To try it out I used my own handwriting, but symbols, an invented script, or runes work as well. Then you put the template into your scanner and upload it as JPG, TIFF or PNG back to the site for processing. After a couple moments you can then download your own custom True Type Font. It’s as easy as that.

Here’s an example of my own handwriting in WordPad: