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  • username
    username
    Posts: 9

    Thanks, we've been at it for a while. I've had a ton of fun with it. 

  • Bortas
    Bortas
    Posts: 645 edited May 2018

    So after completion of my first Morwindl campaign, the same group of friends wanted to play again, and in the same world. So... here I am running Morwindl season 2 (book 2?) on the same OP site. I've rebuilt the look from the original, trying to capture a high-tech usage, with an ancient tech feeling. Sadly, as per my norm, I'm behind in keeping content current, having focused so hard on overall style.

    Anyway, I'd appreciate it if you could take a peek, and tell me what isn't stylistically consistent, so I can improve it! And hey, if you like it, consider a heart! Thanks,

    -bort

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  • UselessTriviaMan
    UselessTriviaMan
    Posts: 532

    Bumping this thread for better visibility, since Campaign of the Month is back. And Bort, I'm loving the new campaign look!


    Ptolus, City by the Spire - 2016 Campaign of the Year

    "Please pay attention very carefully, because this is the truest thing a stranger will ever say to you: In the face of such hopelessness as our eventual, unavoidable death, there is little sense in not at least TRYING to accomplish all your wildest dreams in life."  - - Kevin Smith

  • Bortas
    Bortas
    Posts: 645

    Thanks, UTM, I appreciate that. Behind on content, as per the norm :-(

    -bort

  • UselessTriviaMan
    UselessTriviaMan
    Posts: 532

    I'm gonna bump this thread again, mostly because there are a few campaigns out there that I'd really like to suggest some constructive critiques for but I don't want to be that intrusive, snooty douchebag. ;)

    If you're interested in feedback from the community, we're always willing to provide (mostly) good advice!


    Ptolus, City by the Spire - 2016 Campaign of the Year

    "Please pay attention very carefully, because this is the truest thing a stranger will ever say to you: In the face of such hopelessness as our eventual, unavoidable death, there is little sense in not at least TRYING to accomplish all your wildest dreams in life."  - - Kevin Smith

  • Shawn_Campbell
    Shawn_Campbell
    Posts: 3 edited October 2018

    This is my first attempt. I've studied a lot from many of you. I put acknowledgements in my CSS to where I found bits of code or learned something.



    @ChainsawXIV@Bortas@Johnprime@Evrat... but I've looked at so many, I really owe a lot of thanks to the whole community. I've never done CSS before, just know some bare-bones html. So, you have all been wonderful teachers. Learning to inspect my own code and changing things helped a lot with figuring things out. You'll all have a space on my acknowledgments page... when I make one.

    The campaign itself is still in its infancy and I am behind several sessions on adventure logs. (Good think I have a memory like a steel trap, because some of the logs go back to July... a rusty steel trap. God help me!)

    So, please have a look and tell me what you think! I look forward to your feedback, suggestions, construction criticism, etc...  

    Thanks,

    https://theseventhbrother.obsidianportal.com/

    p.s. I also got roped into running a second campaign, so just put together a second one today. It's not as fancy, I mainly just pulled a few sets of code from the first campaign. My next step is I want to add a parchment/scroll effect like @Bortas@Thorvaldr, and @Johnprime have.



    https://curseofstrahd-279.obsidianportal.com/

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  • UselessTriviaMan
    UselessTriviaMan
    Posts: 532

    The Seventh Brother looks great, Shawn. I'm really digging your blaster-scorched background, and I like the navigation buttons across the top of the page.

    As a bit of constructive criticism, I'd recommend organizing your wiki main page into broad categories. (Planets, Regions, Races, etc.) As your wiki grows, you and your players will have a much easier time navigating the site if you put in that effort up front.

    And that's really the only suggestions I can come up with. Nicely done!


    Ptolus, City by the Spire - 2016 Campaign of the Year

    "Please pay attention very carefully, because this is the truest thing a stranger will ever say to you: In the face of such hopelessness as our eventual, unavoidable death, there is little sense in not at least TRYING to accomplish all your wildest dreams in life."  - - Kevin Smith

  • Shawn_Campbell
    Shawn_Campbell
    Posts: 3

    UTM, That's a great suggestion, thanks! 

  • Johnprime
    Johnprime
    Posts: 252

    Shawn_Campbell, don't remember if I've said this or if someone else has mentioned it, but one really great way to test CSS is to use a browser like Firefox. Yes, you can do this with other browsers, but I find Firefox to be the easiest I've used.

    Anyway, display the page in the browser, right click on the element you want to look at and go down the the inspect element menu option. Left click that and it will bring up the inspection window. In that window you should be able to see the HTML and CSS for the page, but focused on that element. The CSS window is normally to the right of the HTML window.

    One of the neat thinks with Firefox, is that you can actually edit the CSS and HTML. For the CSS at the top of that inspection window on the right is a tag called element, with an opening curly bracket { and on a new line a closing curly bracket }. If you click the mouse to the right of the opening bracket, the browser will place a cursor in that section. There you can actually add CSS tags and values and it will update the CSS on the page accordingly.

    This is quite often how I test different ideas I have for CSS. Just make sure you remember what you've placed there and edit your code when you have got what you want!

    Johnprime

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  • cgregory
    cgregory
    Posts: 772

    @Shawn_Campbell one suggestion that might help you keep up with adventure logs and such is to offer any player that writes up an adventure log from the point of view of their character an extra xp.

    They are among us!

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    Current Campaign: XCom: Defiance - Campaign of the Month November 2016

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  • HumAnnoyd
    HumAnnoyd
    Posts: 288

    OK. I loved the trailer for Cyberpunk 2077 just as much as you guys.  I ran a 7 year Cyberpunk 2020 game back in the 90s and it had been my all time favorite campaign until our current Dresden game.  The Trailer inspired me to reread some of my old CP2020 books and that, in turn got the juices flowing for all things dark and cyberpunk.  I created a OP site to hold some of my ideas about rules changes and to hopefully inspire my group into playing a pick up game at some point.  Any ideas to make this site better would be much appreciated.  

    https://cyberpunk2077nightcity.obsidianportal.com/wikis/home-page

     

    November 2012 CotM:  Dresden Files RPG: The Emerald City

    June 2016 CotM:  Star Wars: Rise of the Infinite Empire

    June 2020 CotM & 2020 CotY:  Mass Effect Accelerated

    Current Campaigns:  Dresden Files Accelerated:  Emerald City-Requiem  & Cyberpunk Red: Night City

  • UselessTriviaMan
    UselessTriviaMan
    Posts: 532

    DAMN that's a pretty site. You make me want to play in your game, HumAnnoyd.

    I don't even have any constructive criticisms to offer, man. Very nicely done!


    Ptolus, City by the Spire - 2016 Campaign of the Year

    "Please pay attention very carefully, because this is the truest thing a stranger will ever say to you: In the face of such hopelessness as our eventual, unavoidable death, there is little sense in not at least TRYING to accomplish all your wildest dreams in life."  - - Kevin Smith

  • HumAnnoyd
    HumAnnoyd
    Posts: 288

    Thank you UselessTriviaMan.  I appreciate the kind words. Now if I can just entice my group to start a campaign.

    November 2012 CotM:  Dresden Files RPG: The Emerald City

    June 2016 CotM:  Star Wars: Rise of the Infinite Empire

    June 2020 CotM & 2020 CotY:  Mass Effect Accelerated

    Current Campaigns:  Dresden Files Accelerated:  Emerald City-Requiem  & Cyberpunk Red: Night City

  • Bortas
    Bortas
    Posts: 645

    Wow, that site is amazing. It inspires me to want to play that system.

    -bort

  • HumAnnoyd
    HumAnnoyd
    Posts: 288

    Thanks, Bortas.  Me too!  I am hoping I can convince my group to do so someday soon.  I am still trying to decide on what rules changes I am going to go with.  Interlock is a great system but it has its flaws.  

    November 2012 CotM:  Dresden Files RPG: The Emerald City

    June 2016 CotM:  Star Wars: Rise of the Infinite Empire

    June 2020 CotM & 2020 CotY:  Mass Effect Accelerated

    Current Campaigns:  Dresden Files Accelerated:  Emerald City-Requiem  & Cyberpunk Red: Night City

  • JimaRoss
    JimaRoss
    Posts: 2

    Not without errors of course. But in general, I like your design.

  • DruidicFireball
    DruidicFireball
    Posts: 2 edited November 2018

    I've GM'd and played several campaigns out of Obsidian Portal but have decided to actually take advantage of the Ascendant Membership for my latest one and use some of the other features. Just looking for feedback like everyone else.

    https://tazbalance.obsidianportal.com/

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  • UselessTriviaMan
    UselessTriviaMan
    Posts: 532

    You're off to a good start, @DruidicFireball!

    Looking through your wiki, I wanted to ask - are you using Textile or CkEditor in your campaign? I'm seeing a few places in the Town of Phandelin page where you put <u></u> for underlining, but in Textile you can do that with a simple underscore _ in place of the <>'s.

    Also, in the Redbrands page, there's a link that looks like it has correct syntax but it's nonfunctioning. This makes me wonder if you're using CkEditor. If so, I highly recommend going into your campaign settings tab and switching your editor to Textile.

    Other than that, I'll just repeat that I like what you've got so far and keep up the good work! :-)

    -UTM


    Ptolus, City by the Spire - 2016 Campaign of the Year

    "Please pay attention very carefully, because this is the truest thing a stranger will ever say to you: In the face of such hopelessness as our eventual, unavoidable death, there is little sense in not at least TRYING to accomplish all your wildest dreams in life."  - - Kevin Smith

  • DruidicFireball
    DruidicFireball
    Posts: 2

    Thank you so much for the feedback @UselessTriviaMan! It was pretty helpful actually.

    I was using CkEditor and was always confused why those '<>'s would hang after saving since I wasn't typing those into the text but using the commands in the text editor. So thank you very much! I wont have that issue anymore! I'm going to go through my Wiki and Adventure Logs and make sure that gets cleaned up.

    The Redbrands page was actually largely unfinished. They were meant to be bigger villains earlier in the campaign than they ended up becoming as the party decided they weren't as big a threat as they are. They'll soon learn :D But since you pointed that out I fixed that character link, the slug had a typo.

    Again, I really appreciate the feedback!

  • Conan_Lybarian
    Conan_Lybarian
    Posts: 240 edited December 2018

    I've been on OP for awhile, and have always found it useful. Now I'm running 2 campaigns, soon to be 3, so I decided to get Ascendant to be able to manage them a little easier. One has been on sibatical for a bit, but I'm getting it updated to start running again. I've been playing with my campaigns a lot lately (shout out to all the HUGE help on the CSS forum!), and would really appreciate any feedback- thanks!

    https://thecoldtruce.obsidianportal.com (Currently Running)

    https://starbreaker.obsidianportal.com (Updating and starting up again)

    https://thebonesofpalor.obsidianportal.com (Starting up in the next month)

     

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  • UselessTriviaMan
    UselessTriviaMan
    Posts: 532

    Heya @conan_lybarian, you've got three good-looking campaign sites there! I do have a couple of constructive criticisms that would make them even better, I think:

    The Cold Truce: This campaign looks really good, but I noticed that it's hard to spot the links on your pages because of the font and color choices for your normal text and links. It's not a huge thing, but you might want to go with something a bit more noticeable for the link color.

    Star Breaker: You don't have that problem on this site, however. The white text and blue links pop very well against the near-black background. And your main page for this campaign is flat-out gorgeous. That said, the Cargo (Items) section doesn't have that dark background and the gray text is hard to read against the white background there. And you might want to change the font color for the page titles - the gray text (like this) is pretty hard to read.

    The Bones of Palor: I really like the premise you have on your main page, but that block of all-caps text is kinda tough to read.

     

    For all three sites, I would also suggest that you might want to add some kind of organization to your wiki main pages. The wikis aren't too big yet, but if you're planning to add much more content your players will appreciate being able to easily navigate the site.

    Great job on your campaign sites!

    -UTM


    Ptolus, City by the Spire - 2016 Campaign of the Year

    "Please pay attention very carefully, because this is the truest thing a stranger will ever say to you: In the face of such hopelessness as our eventual, unavoidable death, there is little sense in not at least TRYING to accomplish all your wildest dreams in life."  - - Kevin Smith

  • Conan_Lybarian
    Conan_Lybarian
    Posts: 240 edited January 2019

    @UslessTriviaMan- Thanks for the feedback! A couple things. You're totally right that I need to organize the Wikis. It's on my to do list once I get Starbreaker updated. As for the Items, I've been looking for the code to be able to do that for *all* my campaigns. I managed to get it right for characters but, if you know a one piece code instead of a separate one for every character that would be awesome.

    *COLD TRUCE*: I've been playing with color schemes that fit the campaign *and* are good contrasting texts, so I'll keep on that.

    *STARBREAKER*: I'm not sure how to change those font colors. Any tips?

    *BONES OF PALOR*: I was thinking the font is a little wonky. I wanted a stylized text to fit the pulp monster/evil feel of the campaign. I'll find something a little more legible.

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  • Pytheas
    Pytheas
    Posts: 10

    I would love some feedback on my Dragon Age campaign: https://intothegatheringdark.obsidianportal.com/.

    It might help motivate me to get some more work on the site done and focus efforts where they are needed.

    Journeys of the Lost Campaign

     

     

     

     

  • Bortas
    Bortas
    Posts: 645

    Man, I really love that world, and you've done a lot of work pulling graphics and adding content.

    One of my favorite campaigns on this site is a Dragon Age campaign; Alex's work is top notch. I strive for my site to be as good as his, and you might find some useful things taking a gander at his: https://da-requiem.obsidianportal.com/

    Best,

    -bort

  • Pytheas
    Pytheas
    Posts: 10

    Bortas, thanks for pointing me to Alex's site, that looks great.

    Journeys of the Lost Campaign

     

     

     

     

  • UselessTriviaMan
    UselessTriviaMan
    Posts: 532

    @Pytheas, I honestly can't come up with anything to significantly critique. You've got an excellent campaign site, and the only thing I can possibly suggest is to add a few more images to break up large blocks of text. You did that to great effect in Of Werewolves and Cultists. More of that!

    The only other suggestion I can offer is to keep adding more content and keep up the great work! :)


    Ptolus, City by the Spire - 2016 Campaign of the Year

    "Please pay attention very carefully, because this is the truest thing a stranger will ever say to you: In the face of such hopelessness as our eventual, unavoidable death, there is little sense in not at least TRYING to accomplish all your wildest dreams in life."  - - Kevin Smith

  • Pytheas
    Pytheas
    Posts: 10

    @UselessTriviaMan, thanks for the kind words and encouragement. I completely agree with the benefit of more images in long blocks of text. I'll try to do that going forward.

    Journeys of the Lost Campaign

     

     

     

     

  • Conan_Lybarian
    Conan_Lybarian
    Posts: 240

    It's been a little bit since I asked, but I've been doing a lot of tweaking on my campaign The Cold Truce

    https://thecoldtruce.obsidianportal.com

    Just looking for some feed back on the general state of the campaign, and thoughts on any improvements it could use. Thanks!

     

     

  • Jynx001
    Jynx001
    Posts: 78

    The Cold Truce looks awesome, @conan_lybarian ! Your color choices really seem to nail the feel of the world, and I like all the little details, like the cropped corners of your menu sidebar. The custom pointer with the monstrous eye is especially cool.

  • Conan_Lybarian
    Conan_Lybarian
    Posts: 240

    Thanks @Jynx001! And thanks for the favorite @UslessTriviaMan! Means a lot coming from OP Vets like you guys

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