Shaintar Obsidian Portal Template

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Shaintar Obsidian Portal Template

This document is designed to provide a guideline for styles and formatting of an Obsidian Portal campaign. This effort is to create a consitant look and feel to all the J&L games that are being hosted by Obsidian Portal. The concept and style is to create a look similar to that in our players guides. Please check back often as this document will change over time as new banner/background art, styles, and OP features are made available.  Also please feel free to post any questions, comments or issues you may in this thread so we can share our experiences and grow as a community of players and users of these tools. 

 

The goal of using Obsidian Portal is to take advantage of a wonderful tool and allow our players/GM's to get as much out of the campaign pages as they put into it. It is not required to use this template however doing so will help to build our community and will bring your games to the attention of the Raven's Flock.

 

For background images and banners formatted for use on Obsidian Portal, check out the following folder:

Shaintar J&L Obsidian Portal Files Dropbox

 

For more help in understanding the formatting language used by Obsidian portal visit the following site:

http://redcloth.org/hobix.com/textile/

 

Campaign Naming Conventions

When naming campaigns its important to help us set ourselves apart from other games being hosted on Obsidian Portal. Please use the following template for the name of your campaign:

  • Shaintar_J&L_<campaign name>

    • example: "Shaintar_J&L_Rangers of Shaintar"

 

General Settings

Once you have your new campaign go into settings and make sure things are set up like they should be. Make sure you click save on each page you make any changes on.

  • Basic Settings

    • Campaign Name: be sure it shows your campaign name aligns with the conventions above.

    • Tagline: this can be anything you want it to be that represents your campaign

    • Campaign URL: make note of this as it is how you will share your campaign with others. You should also add this url to your campaign page on www.shaintar.com

    • Campaign Status: set as needed

    • Game System: enter "Shaintar" here so that your game shows up with all the other Shaintar games.

    • Privacy: in order to have the largest presence we can make sure to set this to "Public"

  • Players

    • Invite your players to join Obsidian Portal and your campaign. You can also select if your looking for players to help in finding new players in your area or online.

  • Location

    • This doesnt need to be perfect but at least marking it as the city you are based in will be helpful for finding new players. You can also mark that this campaign is for an online game.

  • Style

    • Banner: upload a copy of your baner for your game. We have provided a couple of banner files with this document for you to choose from.

      • Remember that any banner file needs to be 994px wide by 199px high.

    • Background: upload a copy of your background for your game. We have provided a couple of background files with this document for you to choose from.

      • Remember that any banner file needs to be 1000px wide by 800px high.

    • Campaign Colors: There are four color selections to make here. The following color codes will match up our color profiles.

      • Main: #bc9878

      • Main Dark: #956f62

      • Active: #ddc8ab

      • Hover: #6c473e

    • Collapse Front Page Menu: this is up to you, however it is recomended to leave it unchecked.

  • Advanced

    • Currently we are not modifiying anything here as Obsidian Portal is in the middle of rebuilding things after their Kickstarter in 2013. Look for more custom features coming to this area in the future.

 

Content Formatting Notes

Building a wiki and consitent naming conventions from scratch is difficult so to help you get started here are some standards we would like everyone to stick to when creating content in their campaigns.

 

  • Characters

    • Name: It is suggested that you use first and last names here if possible as all characters are listed alphabeticly

      • It is suggested that any titles or ranks be added after the name seperated by either a , or -

      • example: "Joseph Davis, Ranger 1st Class"

    • General Content: The format you use here is really up to you. However it is suggested useing the standarad SW stat block format for any NPC's.  You can also use any Dynamic Style Sheet available or make your own.  

    • Tags: This is always the hardest part to figure out. So a few suggestions are listed below to get you started. Using these as a base will get you started and help us create a consitent look across the games.
      • Race, PC or NPC, Location, Organization

    • Images: Feel free to use images you wish here though we have found that images of 250px X 250px fit the best and have a small file size.

      • Remember to credit the artist of any artwork you use if you have it available.

      • Sean Patrick Fannon has also made the following collection of artwork available for use in your obsidian portal campaigns.

        • https://www.dropbox.com/sh/gam2g0j90g9upyu/ClKTkRndLm
        • Please include the following text block on the front page of your Obsidian Portal campaign if you use any of this art. 
        • Artwork by [Insert names of all artists, who are noted in the actual names of the pieces]. Used with permission from Evil Beagle Games, all rights reserved. Do not reproduce without express permission.
  • Adventure Logs

    • This is where you and your payers will write reports on your games. Here are some suggestions on how to make these easy to read.

      • Title: this can be whatever you need it be here

      • Subtitle: this is where you can give more details about the report.

        • Date of game, Name of the Event, PC or GM report, Character submitting the report

      • Tags: This is always the hardest part to figure out. So a few suggestions are listed below to get you started. Using these as a base will get you started and help us create a consitent look across the games.

        • Locations, Major Enemies, Organizations

Gibben_Draxx_RF
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To create Dynamic Style Sheets for character sheets use the following guide.

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Shawn Gore
J&L Project Director
Member of the Raven's Flock
GM for Rangers of Jasara
aka - Gibben Draxx (Grey Lantern)
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Gibben_Draxx_RF
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Through the help of SPF and Curt Herwig  The following templates can be used for characters in addition to the standard Savage World Stat blocks or Dynamic style sheets.

Character Blank Template
Race: 
Archtype:
Rank/Exp:
Attributes: Agility d, Smarts d, Spirit d, Strength d, Vigor d
Skills: 
Pace: 6; Parry:  (); Toughness:  ()Resource Die:()
Edges: 
Disadvantages/Hindrances:
Languages:
Defining Interests:
Gear: 
Special Abilities: 
Advances:
5:
10:
15:
20:
Seasoned
25:
30:
35:
40:
45:
Veteran
50:
55:
60:
65:
70:
Heroic
75:
80:
85:
90:
95:
Legendary
100:
110:
120:
130:
140:
150:

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Shawn Gore
J&L Project Director
Member of the Raven's Flock
GM for Rangers of Jasara
aka - Gibben Draxx (Grey Lantern)
========================

Gibben_Draxx_RF
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New backgrounds and banners have been uploaded to the drop box folder above.  These come from Craig Polson and are amazing!!!  

If you want the full effect use the following color codes with the new backgrounds - 

-op_background_1.jpg-

COLORS
Main:  3b80d6
Main Dark:  084527
Active:  b55dcb
Hover:  c9bbc9

-op_background_2.jpg-

COLORS
Main:  8d2d27
Main Dark:  4d1512
Active:  b59b72
Hover:  936b0d

-op_background_3.jpg-

 COLORS

Main:  4faa3d
Main Dark:  084527
Active:  b59b72
Hover:  d19301

-op_background_4.jpg-

COLORS
Main:  2a41ca
Main Dark:  650124
Active:  a41a4b
Hover:  d19301

 -op_background_5.jpg-

COLORS
Main:  bc5e02
Main Dark:  771600
Active:  c5a201
Hover:  d19301

-op_background_6.jpg-

COLORS
Main:  3999f2
Main Dark:  0251ba
Active:  af7045
Hover:  a9f7fc

-op_background_7.jpg-

COLORS
Main:  239aab
Main Dark:  0b4750
Active:  af7045
Hover:  fce4a9

========================
Shawn Gore
J&L Project Director
Member of the Raven's Flock
GM for Rangers of Jasara
aka - Gibben Draxx (Grey Lantern)
========================

Gibben_Draxx_RF
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And more good stuff just keeps coming.  Our newest Raven's Flock member "Paul Barkley" has created a couple of style sheets for use with the Shaintar rule set for OP.  You can find them when you edit a character sheet under "Dynamic Style Sheets" !!!

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Shawn Gore
J&L Project Director
Member of the Raven's Flock
GM for Rangers of Jasara
aka - Gibben Draxx (Grey Lantern)
========================

howardrbrandon-RF
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Question on that. I've created my first PC using the new style sheets, but once I have entered in a stat, if I try and go back an change (advancement), the input box shrinks to a dot and I cannot access the field to change it. Thoughts?

Howard R Brandon III

Community Manager

AKA Colonel Alexander Wolfhaven

Echer'Naught Regional Command HQ

Saiderin the Raven
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You save and re-open. It should work correctly then.

"There is no heroism without sacrifice. For this, I am terribly sorry."

howardrbrandon-RF
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Saiderin the Raven wrote:

You save and re-open. It should work correctly then.

That worked wonders. Thanks. I've got one other question. The Character Sheet and Stat blocks look fantastic. Is there anyway to program in a print option? One that automatically saves the format?

 

Howard R Brandon III

Community Manager

AKA Colonel Alexander Wolfhaven

Echer'Naught Regional Command HQ

Saiderin the Raven
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That one I will have to defer to Paul Barkley.

"There is no heroism without sacrifice. For this, I am terribly sorry."

cbooth
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I've noticed a slight issue when choosing between the Shaintar character sheet, and the stat block sheet.  The character image file is displayed for the regular Shaintar character sheet, but not for the stat block.

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Elyon Madger-RF Warden wrote:

Awesome work making this easy for GMs to use.  Thanks to everyone.  J&L The Unchained Lands is now operational.

Congrats!

Howard R Brandon III

Community Manager

AKA Colonel Alexander Wolfhaven

Echer'Naught Regional Command HQ