Metal Fatigue
 member, 20 posts
 sic biscuitus
 disintegratum
Mon 2 Jul 2012
at 13:40
Re: GMs: Organising your shizzle
(not trying to flog Scrivener here, but) One of the many lovely things about that software is the way the 30-day trial works. If you don't use the software at all on a certain day, that day doesn't count. It's 30 one-day trials. Really gives you a chance to work with the software before you decide whether to buy it.
Pyratani
 member, 139 posts
Mon 2 Jul 2012
at 13:45
Re: GMs: Organising your shizzle
In reply to Metal Fatigue (msg # 5):

Yeah.... that is pretty happening.... I've had many 30 day trials that count down and trip out before you even really got to use it :)
praguepride
 member, 519 posts
 Asker of Questions
 Finder of Answers
Mon 2 Jul 2012
at 14:29
Re: GMs: Organising your shizzle
Anyone got a handle on an on-line map tool?
Tortuga
 member, 768 posts
Mon 2 Jul 2012
at 14:54
Re: GMs: Organising your shizzle
I've paid for and use Scrivener professionally. It's well worth the price tag, and I cannot recommend it highly enough.
ashberg
 member, 213 posts
 Beware the Groove.
 Groooooove.
Mon 19 Nov 2012
at 23:46
Re: GMs: Organising your shizzle
Looking forward to putting the new RPoL-Wiki through it's paces!

As you may or may not have seen, Jase is including a wiki in the next version. Very exciting for an information architect nerd like me :P
kouk
 member, 116 posts
Tue 20 Nov 2012
at 02:09
Re: GMs: Organising your shizzle
praguepride:
Anyone got a handle on an on-line map tool?


Online hosting or online download to make maps? I like Maptools, takes a little bit to get used to but quite powerful.
Carakav
 member, 533 posts
 Sure-footed paragon
 of forthright dude.
Tue 20 Nov 2012
at 14:39
Re: GMs: Organising your shizzle
In reply to ashberg (msg # 9):

Whoa... wait... a wiki?! Niiiiice.

Where can I find more information on this?
ashberg
 member, 216 posts
 Beware the Groove.
 Groooooove.
Tue 20 Nov 2012
at 21:02
Re: GMs: Organising your shizzle
In reply to Carakav (msg # 11):

link to a message in another game
Mustard Tiger
 member, 174 posts
Sat 24 Nov 2012
at 01:11
Re: GMs: Organising your shizzle
I've just used the RPOL scratchpad for most of my game notes. Google Docs for when things get too long or complicated.

No need to get fancy or expensive.
sciencemile
 member, 1831 posts
 Sunshine, lollipops and
 rainbows, la la la, la
Sat 24 Nov 2012
at 02:31
Re: GMs: Organising your shizzle
I use notepad and word documents stored in a Windows XP nested folder system to organize my campaign information.
Uringizel
 member, 9 posts
Sat 24 Nov 2012
at 13:45
Re: GMs: Organising your shizzle
I use local copy of TiddlyWiki http://tiddlywiki.com/

Fast, searchable, tags, all info in one file and makes automatic backups.
DMstar
 member, 416 posts
Mon 26 Nov 2012
at 05:24
Re: GMs: Organising your shizzle
I use Microsoft Office OneNote 2007 to organise my online campaigns. Each major tab is a single campaign and each tab has `sub-tabs' in which to store information relevant to that campaign.

You can include pictures in the tabs and even include PDF files as printouts, plus a host of other useful things. Prior to the advent of onenote, I used Microsoft Word.
ashberg
 member, 221 posts
 Beware the Groove.
 Groooooove.
Mon 26 Nov 2012
at 06:49
Re: GMs: Organising your shizzle
OneNote is pretty powerful, I'll attest. I use it in a work-context, as a digital project manager.
ashberg
 member, 617 posts
 Beware the Groove.
 Groooooove.
Wed 2 Nov 2016
at 03:39
Re: GMs: Organising your shizzle
A new contender emerges!

https://www.supernotecard.com

^^ The functionality built in to "Fiction Projects" seems very useful; and not bloated at all...

I'm going to try putting it through it's paces with my IRL game...
ashlayne
 member, 1683 posts
 May you have exactly the
 God/dess you deserve. =p
Wed 2 Nov 2016
at 03:54
Re: GMs: Organising your shizzle
Here's some Scrivener competition that's FOSS*: Quoll Writer (http://quollwriter.com/). People who write more than I do might find it lacking, but it works for my needs. It has a section for characters (and automatically links their names to chapters when you type them), settings, chapters (obviously), and other organizational tools that I find helpful. I'm not participating in NaNo this year because, well, my master's program frankly takes too much time, but I have a piece of fanfic I'm writing on and off using Quoll, and it's really awesome for keeping me on task when I'm writing.

*FOSS = free open source software. I am all about this stuff.
JohnB
 member, 2016 posts
 Demigod of the Stunties
Sun 20 Nov 2016
at 21:48
Re: GMs: Organising your shizzle
I use http://www.wikidot.com/ - a nice simple wiki that I can use as a game website and to organise my game settings.  I have been using it for years - we used to design NWN Persistent Worlds using it :)
Jhaelan
 member, 154 posts
 Prefers roles to rolls
 Based in UTC+1
Mon 21 Nov 2016
at 08:27
Re: GMs: Organising your shizzle
Realm Works, for world building and campaign management: http://www.wolflair.com/realmworks
Campaign Cartographer, for mapping: https://secure.profantasy.com/products/cc3.asp
chromatophoria
 member, 658 posts
 Tentacles for all!
Mon 22 Jan 2018
at 14:46
Re: GMs: Organising your shizzle
Any more recent software emerging?

Trello is an obvious winner, if you haven't tried it yet, it's pretty easy and flexible.
flutsman
 member, 14 posts
Mon 22 Jan 2018
at 19:56
Re: GMs: Organising your shizzle
Just wanted to add that Scrivener has periodic sales (NANOWRIMO aka November's "National Novel Writing Month" is one for sure, and there are others throughout the year) where it is half-price. I picked it up for $20 that way. Still haven't found the time to really learn how to use it, though.
DarkLightHitomi
 member, 1266 posts
Mon 22 Jan 2018
at 23:54
Re: GMs: Organising your shizzle
Orgzly is really nice with many nice and easy to use features such as tags, note hierarchy, nots with subnotes can be moved easily even via cut n paste, multiple notebooks, sync with repository/dropbox, priority, optionally auto tag upon creation possibly including creation time, cross-platform, plus others.

Best part, it is free with no ads, but seems good enough to be well worth paying for.

This message was last edited by the user at 23:56, Mon 22 Jan.

NeverMage
 member, 1 post
Wed 24 Jan 2018
at 17:31
Re: GMs: Organising your shizzle
I've been using Evernote for the past couple of years now. It's not super fancy, visually, but it's a pretty clean text editor, and the tags / notebook systems are kind of nice.
Dottie_V
 member, 118 posts
 The fifth in a series of
 odd things you saw today.
Thu 25 Jan 2018
at 01:36
Re: GMs: Organising your shizzle
NeverMage:
I've been using Evernote for the past couple of years now. It's not super fancy, visually, but it's a pretty clean text editor, and the tags / notebook systems are kind of nice.


Bonus that the basic edition is free and you can access your work almost anywhere.
horus
 member, 358 posts
 Wayfarer of the
 Western Wastes
Thu 25 Jan 2018
at 02:05
Re: GMs: Organising your shizzle
I don't know if it counts as an organizational tool as much as a tracking tool, but I use Kanboard for tracking the phases of larger writing projects.

Kanboard is a kanban board tool for Linux which is now cross-platform for Linux, FreeBSD, and Windows, in case anyone was wondering.

http://kanboard.org/

This message was last edited by the user at 02:09, Thu 25 Jan.

NeverMage
 member, 2 posts
Thu 25 Jan 2018
at 02:36
Re: GMs: Organising your shizzle
Dottie_V:
Bonus that the basic edition is free and you can access your work almost anywhere.


True. That's a big, big plus.
horus
 member, 359 posts
 Wayfarer of the
 Western Wastes
Thu 25 Jan 2018
at 05:07
Re: GMs: Organising your shizzle
NOSTALGIA WARNING:

I remember something I used under MS-DOS a long time ago called Zoomracks!  I see Mac users might recognize it as a reincarnation of Hypercard...

It was basically a mutant database that emulated virtual rolodexes (called racks)that were sortable by any field on a "card", and could maintain several different racks of related "cards".  Cards could be easily cut from one rack and pasted to another.

Everything stored in Zoomracks! is stored as text.  I seem to remember it was also capable of linking within a rack from card to card...

Does this resemble Orgzly in some way?  Hmm... I may have to check that out.

END NOSTALGIA.  BEGIN OBLIGATORY ON-TOPIC CONTENT:

RPoL makes tools available to GMs to organize certain kinds of data (maps) and to link to offsite resources for a game.  I wrote up the rules of play for one of my games as a series of PDF documents stored on my Google Drive, and linked to them from a Notice, making them readily accessible to players.

This kind of thing doesn't help organize all your "shizzle", but it can help with the stuff you use a lot in-game.  I try to use the tools to good effect, then add to them what they don't provide directly with hypertext links, etc.