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July 31st, 2009

I managed to post this in my own joural... @ 08:07 am

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Date:August 1st, 2009 02:55 pm (UTC)

Re: Shameless plug

Right off the bat, I'm going to say that is indeed nifty, not going to deny it.

However, it's not something that meets my needs, as I'm already well served by MapTool.

A: The almighty text file does everything I need and more in regards to planning and outlining. I find any more complicated tool, to be too complicated to the point where the tool interferes with getting at the info.

B: Generators are OK, but I prefer the hand tweaked approach anyways.

C: Maps. This is where MapTool completely wins. I see you have a tile setup. MapTool can use tiles. Or it can use ANY image you have. As a tile, textre or brush. You can hand-draw, import complete maps, assemble from tiles, or most frequently all three in the same map.

And then you can add object images to the map... which can be moved. Such as the stack of barrels falling on the fighter, becoming difficult terrain. Or the crate the ogre threw at the cleric... and then became an obstacle in front of him.

Both things that happened last session :)

D: Combat manager. OK, those can be handy. But... MapTool can do it too. And more. The macro system is completely open ended, and thus you can make the combat management just the way you like it.

I've personally designed both a very simple barebones setup that tracks states and HP and not much else... and one that tracks states, HP, TempHP, surges, powers used, powers available, XP, level, potions used, specific attack bonuses for different powers, line of sight...

Others have ones even more complex than mine :)

Now we get to the big ones.

E: MapTool does it all online. I don't need VNC or to jury rig anything. It's designed to PLAY online

F: Remember how it's open ended? Yeah, it's system agnostic. I can use the same program (with different macros) to play D&D, Pathfinder, Shadowrun, Vampire, Savage Worlds, Risus, Cthulhutech (another one I made myself), GURPS, Hackmaster... even Heroclix.

Worth checking out. It's FREE, and if you're into LFR, there are several games organized through the forums.

Speaking of forums, I'm personally going to go plug Masterplan there for you, because it may be just the thing for someone else.
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Date:August 2nd, 2009 03:38 am (UTC)

Re: Shameless plug

Well, I will have to check it out and see what it can do!


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Date:August 2nd, 2009 03:47 pm (UTC)

Re: Shameless plug

Okay, I looked at this. And remembered I have looked at it before.

I decided not to use it when I looked at it. I only remember a few reasons.

In any case, I would still "pimp" Masterplan so that people have choices. RPTools didn't work for me but maybe this might.