Plans and More Plans

Just a quick little post here.

I’ve been working on the way the site looks a little bit. I put in some menus up top to filter my posts by their categories, so if you’re looking for a setting or an adventure it’s just a button click to what you seek. I’m also messing around with the theme and stuff. Let me know what you think, will you?

I also decided to register a personal domain, rpcrpg.com (roleplaycraft.com was sadly taken by a minecraft server) so I can better mess with all that. Anyway, boring stuff.

I’m currently in the process of developing and expanding my Hollypond Vale adventure series into a more complete adventure, more along the lines of the sandbox style of Wine for Idleberry. You might notice that I hid those posts for this reason. I’d like to make this adventure into a downloadable PDF, either for free or as a self-published product through a site like DriveThruRPG. It’s a pretty big endeavor, one that I’m not exactly prepared for. I’m not really sure what program to even use to begin making a role playing book product. Is there something you guys can recommend? I know a lot of you have released some very spiffy PDFs so I’m hoping to learn your secrets. I’m also hoping to avoid photoshop.

If I do go the self-publish and sell route (I’m not sure at all at the moment), then I intend on commissioning art for it. I am blessed to know some great artists, and they will hopefully be glad to be paid to make some art. It really depends on the quality of the adventure itself. If I feel it doesn’t meet the standard of work of something you’d find self-published on a site like DriveThruRPG then I’ll just make a plain PDF and release it for free on here. We shall see!

Anyway, any wisdom or advice you might have for me would be one hundred percent appreciated. Thanks!

8 thoughts on “Plans and More Plans

  1. Good luck! There is a product very similar to photoshop, but it’s more about layouts. It’s by Adobe, but I can’t remember the name for the life of me and can’t find it. On the other hand, ridiculously expensive.

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  2. I believe the program Paul is referring to is Adobe InDesign (http://www.adobe.com/products/indesign.html?promoid=KAUCC), which is something of an industry standard. It isn’t cheep though, and there is a freeware alternative called Scribus (http://www.scribus.net/canvas/Scribus) which may be adequate for your purposes. In the past I’ve created all of my pdf documents via Word.

    As to publishing, I think you should do so. Art can be expensive, but there are also a bunch of royalty free, open source images out there that you can use for free. This could help shave off some of the costs for you. There is also the option of trying to crowd source the funding via Kickstarter or Indigogo, but this can be a lot of work so be prepared for it. At any rate, I wish you all the best in this endeavor.

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    1. Scribus is probably what I’ll be going with, thanks for the suggestion!

      I’ll definitely see where it takes me, whether self-publishing or just giving it away. Either way it’ll be a learning experience.

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