CaptainHellrazor
 member, 98 posts
Sat 16 Jan 2021
at 11:33
How do people use the Game Wiki in their games?
I am curious as to how other players/GM's use the Game Wiki in their games?

I have been using it to create the "World" the players are in e.g description of places and their contents or population.  Instead of writing up what players find in a location they may visit regularly and posting it in a game thread, I put it in the Wiki.  I figure it's easier for players to find in the wiki than having to scroll through posts.

At first I had thought about using it to post custom rules for the games etc but I actually find it more convenient to have game mechanics in locked threads in the game itself.

Do other GM's or players use the Game Wiki much?  If so, what do you folks use it for?
tmagann
 member, 691 posts
Sat 16 Jan 2021
at 16:30
How do people use the Game Wiki in their games?
I don't use it at all. I have a homebrew setting I use for my games. Copying that into every game is a bit much, so I have set up a separate "game" to hold world information, instead. I just reference it in my RTJ/Character creation threads.

Easier on, and not too rough for the players.
Alex Vriairu
 member, 446 posts
Sat 16 Jan 2021
at 17:54
How do people use the Game Wiki in their games?
I thought setting up "Games" like that was against rules.
tmagann
 member, 692 posts
Sat 16 Jan 2021
at 19:12
How do people use the Game Wiki in their games?
Not that I can see. Truthfully, I may have missed something, but it's a private game thread, well within my Number of Games limit, and has everything needed to play except players.

They have "games" that are simply discussion groups about one subject or another. Players without a game, in other words. A game without players should be fine.
Sithraider
 member, 236 posts
 Momento Mori
Sat 16 Jan 2021
at 19:18
How do people use the Game Wiki in their games?
The rules, if I remember correctly, state that you canít just use Rpol for storage. If I were the boss, and very clearly I am not, Iíd say that since you are using the material in a game, it would be ok.
bigbadron
 moderator, 15987 posts
 He's big, he's bad,
 but mostly he's Ron.
Sat 16 Jan 2021
at 19:28
How do people use the Game Wiki in their games?
In reply to Alex Vriairu (msg # 3):

As long as he's actually using the stuff for games on RPoL, then we would not have an issue with the information being stored here (as long as it doesn't break other site rules - eg: permitted content only, no copyright infringement, etc).

That would not be the case if somebody, for example, set up a board on RPoL to store background information and provide a dice roller for a game they were running elsewhere.
Yaztromo
 supporter, 414 posts
Sat 16 Jan 2021
at 20:28
How do people use the Game Wiki in their games?
In the games that I run, I used the game wiki only once, for a campaign where using the game wiki made more sense to me and it worked well.
In most of my games, the characters are young adventurers that know about nothing of the world surrounding them at the start of the game (so the little they know can be easily summarised in a game thread) and they learn more by roleplaying.
For campaigns where there is a lot of background knowledge of the characters, the option of using the game wiki looks more interesting to me.
Heath
 member, 2976 posts
 If my opinion changes,
 The answer is still 42.
Sun 17 Jan 2021
at 03:12
How do people use the Game Wiki in their games?
I have it categorized into things like background, house rules, unique items, important NPCs, and summaries of adventures, and then it acts like a reminder and quick reference guide.

When I add new stuff, I tell the players in a thread and lead them there.

I think it is extremely useful and saves me from having a bunch of locked threads that I can't organize internally, and I don't have to go elsewhere to set up a homepage for these game materials.
Jewwk of Shuu
 member, 4 posts
Sun 17 Jan 2021
at 13:00
How do people use the Game Wiki in their games?
Are the game wikis accessible by those NOT in a game?

Is there a way to limit which players/groups within a game have access to the wiki?
Starchaser
 member, 824 posts
 Shoda mo tsumoreba taibok
Mon 18 Jan 2021
at 09:51
How do people use the Game Wiki in their games?
@Jewwk: As far as I know game wikis are publically readable but you can set access permissions on who can EDIT the wiki.

In answer to the OP I use game wikis in games where I want to give a lot of background info and don't want to have loads of in-game info threads (I tend to spam my games with info threads enough already).

I actually have a shoutwiki account where a lot of my settings that I keep coming back to end up on that. But I still mirror some of the info in an rpol game wiki because I might run a game which diverges from the base setting I created in subtle ways.

rpol is slightly more limited that other wikis based on mediawiki code (for example, inline stylesheets don't seem to work).
Sithraider
 member, 237 posts
 Momento Mori
Tue 19 Jan 2021
at 05:32
How do people use the Game Wiki in their games?
Well... the wiki is public and must meet all public access requirements. That being said.when you make the wiki, make an index page for each group. Then link to the index page in a group thread, or pm. You canít (as far as I know) access pages by searching for them.  Without knowing the page name you canít even see the page. This is problematic when making a wiki here if you change capitalization by accident game.wiki.Group_A is a different page than game.wiki.group_A.

As long as you have a GM page with all the group names on them, you can access the individual group pages.
Tileira
 member, 524 posts
Wed 20 Jan 2021
at 19:32
How do people use the Game Wiki in their games?
In reply to CaptainHellrazor (msg # 1):

I used it to track the extensive cast of incidental NPCs in a game with a lot of players. I gave each faction/city a page and notes for each of the corresponding NPCs. It saved me from having to create every side character as a character in the game but also created a record where I could update and recycle NPCs if I came up with a use for one of them again later.
Heath
 member, 2978 posts
 If my opinion changes,
 The answer is still 42.
Thu 21 Jan 2021
at 23:48
Re: How do people use the Game Wiki in their games?
Jewwk of Shuu:
Are the game wikis accessible by those NOT in a game?

Yes
quote:
Is there a way to limit which players/groups within a game have access to the wiki?

No

See this: link to a message in another game

This message was last edited by the user at 23:49, Thu 21 Jan.