Friday, March 23, 2012

Let's talk about NPC names.

I worry that often times NPC names don't get the treatment they deserve. This can happen for a number of reasons; maybe you didn't expect the players to make a hardware store run, or didn't expect them to become buddies with the cashier. However it happens, when we have the time to name an NPC in advance we should acknowledge how important a thing a name is to creating memorable people.

In Depth DM Tool Kit Review

DMToolkit V. 1.42


I've been using DM Toolkit as my exclusive GMing software for over a year now and decided it was time to write an in depth review.  DM Toolkit is an iOS app published by Level99.  It costs  $12.99, which I'll admit is a bit steep compared to most offerings in the App store, but when I compare the amount of time it's saved me and the price I would have spent on binders and printing, I feel it's fair (as long as they keep updating it like they have been).

Now, this review is going to focus solely on the iPad version of the app (it is universal, though - so your 12 bucks get you the iPhone and iPad version).  Although it is the same high quality piece of software for both devices, it is just plain too complex and powerful to flow nicely on the tiny screen of the iPhone (you have to return to the Apps home screen to get to any other part of the app).  I use the iPhone version for those moments when I get a great game idea while waiting in line some place; then I transfer the file to my iPad for fixing, cleaning up, and actually running in the game.  The workflow on the iPhone will frustrate you as much as the workflow on the iPad (once you get used to it) will delight you.

Update: Lvl99 has added some great tutorials on their site.

Name Generator Resources

Over on the resources page I just added some files for name generators.  They are not themselves name generators, merely name lists to be used in your generator of choice.

I lifted ALL the names from the last US Census and put them into TXT files for use in any name generators.  They are currently formatted for DMtoolkit.  If you plan to use them for DMtoolkit, you only need to drop the files into the App through iTunes and load them - they are already *.key format.  If you want to use them in another generator, just rename them to *.txt and format however your gen wants.

-Happy Gaming

Thursday, March 22, 2012

New Site

Let's Get Started.

Ok, this space will probably work as well as the old site (hopefully better).  I'm working to get all my GM worksheets up in the Resources section.  Currently, those files are all that is up there - I'm working on new content before I start moving all the old content over.

Oh, you've never been here before?  Well, I use this space to share files on GMing, thoughts on GMing, and reviews of PC & Console games that go far beyond the scope of sites like IGN or Gamespot.  If I review a video game, it is because that game has some form of artistic merit, or troubling element that I believe needs closer examination.  Yes, I do this for fun in my spare time, I'm a PhD student currently avoiding working on my Dissertation.