Feature Request: Visible "GM-Only" Adventure Posts

LexMajor
LexMajor
edited October 2011 in Feature Requests
I'm in the habit of writing my adventure posts in "multiple phases", and as I don't want my players to see the "in progress" form, I check "GM-Only" while I'm redacting. The problem is, I sometimes forget to remove it afterwards, and that leads to my players missing those posts, until I eventually find out.

So for my feature request: Pages that look different when they're GM-Only.

*What does it do?*

It's very simple: there is a way for me as a GM of a campaign to notice that a page or an Adventure post is currently "GM-Only".

*What does it look like?*

Doesn't matter much, as long as it's clearly visible. It can be a slightly different background color, a little icon "GM-Only!" right next to the page/log title, or anything else for that matter. As long as I can notice that this specific text is not visible to my players, and then act accordingly if it should be.

Comments

  • Black_Vulmea
    Black_Vulmea
    Posts: 277
    I use a different background for all of my gm-only pages; if they are pages that eventually become visible to the players, I change the background when I uncheck the box; all I have to do is substitute the url for the different background. It lets me know right away if I'm looking at a page the players (or anyone else) can see or not.

    I also use a composition page, a gm-only wiki page titled "In Progress," to draft stuff like adventure logs, items, or wiki pages before pasting them into the final page.

    Mike aka Black Vulmea
    "_Le Ballet de l'Acier_":http://www.obsidianportal.com/campaigns/le-ballet-de-l-acier - swashbuckling adventure in the age of the Three Musketeers and Captain Alatriste
    Featured Campaign of the Month - August 2011
  • wolfhound
    wolfhound
    Posts: 354
    Simple, elegant, and one of those... why didn't I think of that kinds of things. Please consider your "composition page" idea stolen with gratitude.
  • GamingMegaverse
    GamingMegaverse
    Posts: 2,969
    Wow Black- I do the same thing!! Very cool!

    Just trying to help out.

  • Black_Vulmea
    Black_Vulmea
    Posts: 277
    bq. Please consider your
  • Duskreign
    Duskreign
    Posts: 1,085
    Yeah, I now have an open test-page to pass stuff on to friends of my campaigns and get their feedback before committing to any changes and a GM only version that I keep to myself so I can surprise everyone with something new. It's a the best way to avoid catastrophe, working on a draft using the site's resources while not mucking with existing pages before knowing everything's going to work out. I've been helping StephenWollett with his timeline using my "open-beta" test page, while working on my "Religions":http://www.obsidianportal.com/campaign/duskreignprophecy/wikis/religions page in my "closed-beta" page.

    I haven't gotten far enough in the creation of my wiki to be able to work 'ahead' and create pages not to be revealed until the PCs pass some milestone or reveal some secret knowledge. I have to start doing that, I think. Great idea!

    "Duskreign":http://www.obsidianportal.com/profile/Duskreign (all-around swell fella)
    "Wyrmshadow:The Duskreign Prophecy":http://www.obsidianportal.com/campaigns/duskreignprophecy (check out my latest campaign and let me know what you think!)
    "Wyrmshadow Campaign Setting":http://www.obsidianportal.com/campaigns/wyrmshadow (October 2010 Campaign of the Month and 2010 Featured Campaign of the Year)
    "Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic":http://www.obsidianportal.com/campaigns/star-wars-knights-of-the-old-republic (an alternate version of the events of Knights of the Old Republic)
    "The System":http://www.obsidianportal.com/campaigns/system (a hurry-up game I devised to play when there's nothing else going on)
  • Black_Vulmea
    Black_Vulmea
    Posts: 277
    I dunno why this just popped into my head now, but I un-checked the GM Only box on my "gamemaster's notes page":http://www.obsidianportal.com/campaign/le-ballet-de-l-acier/wikis/gamemasters-notes so you can see how the background for my referee-only pages look.

    I can tell immediately if I'm on a page that is visible to the players by the background, and as I said, I just change the background image url when it's time for the page to go 'live.'

    Mike aka Black Vulmea
    "_Le Ballet de l'Acier_":http://www.obsidianportal.com/campaigns/le-ballet-de-l-acier - swashbuckling adventure in the age of the Three Musketeers and Captain Alatriste
    Featured Campaign of the Month - August 2011
  • Duskreign
    Duskreign
    Posts: 1,085
    Using a different background is a terrific idea! I love it!
  • wolfhound
    wolfhound
    Posts: 354
    /stolen

    :)
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