Greetings! New to Obsidian Portal, but I've fallen in love!

Rykros
Rykros
edited April 2014 in Player Lounge
Greetings, everyone! My name is Travis, but everyone calls me Rykros. I've been playing RPGs since around the time I was a freshman in high school which puts me at roughly 15 years of experience. But as many of you all know, after graduating from high school and/or college everyone eventually separates to lead their own lives. I was lucky enough that in the past year or so, I've managed to connect back with many of my old roleplaying friends, and I've managed to start a new campaign over VOIP software. As you can quickly assume, this creates some major hurdles such as organization and lack of even the simplest visual aids. Luckily, one of my friends introduced me to Obsidian Portal, and I've fallen in love! It's everything that I've ever wanted to document our adventures and keep track of the many fine details I often insert into my campaigns.

But, this has come at a price. Obsidian Portal's CSS-based system is quite Greek to me. I'm vaguely familiar with HTML and phpBB and I can get by, but CSS has me stumped. It's going to be a steep learning curve, but as long as I can get some simple understanding of the coding to help me with the visual aesthetics of my OP Page then I'll be as happy as a Dwarf with a drink.

It's nice to meet everyone, and I hope to spending a lot of time around here. Please, feel free to ask my any questions or send me a message.

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  • twiggyleaf
    twiggyleaf
    Posts: 1,886
    Rykros

    Firstly, I would like to say WELCOME TO OBSIDIAN PORTAL and I wish you all the best with your campaign for the duration of your stay. I have been here for about 4 years and it has been great for organising my campaigns. I started out with just about no html knowledge but gradually managed (with the help of many very helpful colleagues on OP) to piece together a campaign that even caught enough attention to get an award. I must admit that the CSS has me stumped but again colleagues came to my assistance with the "Vanguard Assistance programme":http://forums.obsidianportal.com/?CategoryID=14 encouraging those in the know to help others less fortunate to convert their already established campaigns.

    I am still not very good with CSS but you seem like you are a good learner, so maybe have a look at "The Unofficial CSS Help page":http://forums.obsidianportal.com/comments.php?DiscussionID=3057&page=1 where you will find many useful threads and tips. I note there are also tutorials available by trawling GOOGLE. If none of these are enough, I suggest you open up your own thread and ask for help. It is amazing how many Obsidian Portal people will be willing to help you all they can. Not only is OP a brilliant platform for world and game design, but it is also populated by some of the best community members in the world.

    Welcome again and good luck going forward!

    twiggyleaf
    CURRENT CAMPAIGN: "Mysteria":http://www.obsidianportal.com/campaigns/mysteria - set in Wolfgang Baur’s MIDGARD.
    Previous CotM Aug 2012: "Shimring":http://www.obsidianportal.com/campaigns/shimring

    "I met a traveller from an antique land....."

    CotM May 2016: Mysteria: set in Wolfgang Baur’s MIDGARD.

    Previous CotM Aug 2012: Shimring: High Level Multiplanar Campaign

    Inner Council Member

  • GamingMegaverse
    GamingMegaverse
    Posts: 2,952
    Welcome Rykros! There is also the old-fashioned way- find a campaign you like, and ask for help! Lots of friendly people here! Many of us post our codes on our sites even, usually on a template or site appearance page! All that I ask is that you observe the unofficial portalier code and add their campaign to your favorites!
    killervp
    "A God...Rebuilt":https://a-god-rebuilt.obsidianportal.com
    "OP's COTM April 2012":http://blog.obsidianportal.com/a-god-rebuilt-aprils-cotm/

    Just trying to help out.

  • Rykros
    Rykros
    Posts: 22
    Thank you and greetings to you, twiggyleaf. I have been looking into these tutorials. Many of them are still above my experience level, but I'm starting to understand the basics. Unfortunately, since I found OP after I started up my campaign, I'm in a small rush to hash something together. Luckily, I found a freeware software program called Kompozer that is going to really help me along. I can design the layout that I have imagined, and it will translate it into HTML that I'm much more familiar with. From there, I can edit out the unneeded tags such as and . So, it's a start. It should buy me time until I have a chance to learn all the cool tricks.

    Thank you, killervp. I've started browsing many of the other campaigns. Predominately for ideas on layout and design more than actual coding, but I'm sure I'll find something somewhere that really catches my eye. In fact, I did find something that I'm definitely going to have to try out! I saw someone that made a video for their campaign that was similar to the introduction clip of a television show. I ~LOVED~ this idea, and that is something I know I can do!
  • Rykros
    Rykros
    Posts: 22
    Actually, I do have a question for everyone. I'm quite sure I'm going to upgrade my account (predominately for more maps and storage access), but can I load all my pictures and videos to a dummy site if my storage becomes full, and use something like in order for it to appear in my OP Wiki?
  • WolfLord
    WolfLord
    Posts: 276 edited April 2014
    Greeting welcome to the portal! Glad to see we have another old time gamer stumble upon this great resource :P to answer your most recent question about images, yes you can. Simply copy the URL of the picture once it is uploaded and copy it to the page with an exclamation mark on each side as so

    @
    !pictureURL.com!
    @

    and the picture will appear! I am super new at CSS as well and I will tell you firsthand this community is amazing at helping people getting used to it and they love to help bring new styling ideas to reality.

    "Age of Heroes":https://heroes-of-hellas.obsidianportal.com/
    "Avatar: Conquest of the Imperial Order":https://avatar_adventures.obsidianportal.com/
    "COTM November 2011":http://blog.obsidianportal.com/november-11-campaign-of-the-month-avatar-conquest-of-the-imperial-order/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=november-11-campaign-of-the-month-avatar-conquest-of-the-imperial-order
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  • Keryth987
    Keryth987
    Posts: 991
    Welcome to OP. PLease pay no attention to the crazy all over the place. We tried fixing that, but all The Reforge did was create more :)

    You did the best thing you could in dealing wth CSS here, you spoke up. As others have said, feel free to ask any of us questions. We all were new to OP at one time or another. And, I can attest from personal experience, that the people here are friendly and helpful and encouraging.

    So, sit back, relax, and watch your campaign reach a new level of AWESOME


    Keelah Se'lai,
    Keryth
    "Shadows Over New York":http://www.obsidianportal.com/campaigns/shadows-over-new-york
    "2013 Campaign of The Year":http://blog.obsidianportal.com/2013-coty-shadows-over-new-york/
    "Campaign of the Month July 2013":http://blog.obsidianportal.com/shadows-over-new-york-julys-campaign-of-the-month/

  • Rykros
    Rykros
    Posts: 22
    Thank you TolsimirWolfblood and Keryth987. I'm sure I'll be talking to the community quite often in regards to coding.
  • GamingMegaverse
    GamingMegaverse
    Posts: 2,952
    Rykros, if you upgrade to an ascendant you won't need the space. I have over 1000 pages, and have pictures on almost every one, many with multiple pictures, and I am not anywhere close to maxing out!
    killervp
    "A God...Rebuilt":https://a-god-rebuilt.obsidianportal.com
    "OP's COTM April 2012":http://blog.obsidianportal.com/a-god-rebuilt-aprils-cotm/

    Just trying to help out.

  • Rykros
    Rykros
    Posts: 22
    Well, that's great news then! Thank you for that, killervp. I think you may have sold me on it.
  • Basileus
    Basileus
    Posts: 589 edited April 2014
    -runs through splashing crazy all over the place-

    Aaiiiee!
    Post edited by Basileus on
  • twiggyleaf
    twiggyleaf
    Posts: 1,886
    Rykros

    In further support of the "ASCENDANT" status (should you wish to go that way), I will also say that the Forums offered as part of that have been particularly useful for my campaign, generating a lot of discussion between my players and I.

    twiggyleaf
    CURRENT CAMPAIGN: "Mysteria":http://www.obsidianportal.com/campaigns/mysteria - set in Wolfgang Baur’s MIDGARD.
    Previous CotM Aug 2012: "Shimring":http://www.obsidianportal.com/campaigns/shimring

    "I met a traveller from an antique land....."

    CotM May 2016: Mysteria: set in Wolfgang Baur’s MIDGARD.

    Previous CotM Aug 2012: Shimring: High Level Multiplanar Campaign

    Inner Council Member

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