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Thursday, May 13, 2010

PDF Apps to Read RPGs on the iPad

I'll get back to reviewing more of the VTT market shortly.  At the moment the damn iPad is occupying way to much of my time.  The main use it is seeing, besides surfing the web and emails, is reading my gaming material.  There are different apps that allow it, each has its own quirks.

In brief, we have the following (that i have used so far):

GoodReader - probably the best all around choice based on price, features, and convenience of importing PDFs.  It works nicely will most of the popular Cloud Computing services out there.  I've been using DropBox and Me.  It handles every PDF I've sent its way, even the over 100 MB ones.  Can do bookmarks and search your document.  $0.99

DropBox - my first choice for Cloud Computing.  It also serves as a bells and whistles free PDF reader.  Free

FastPDF - it has a pretty looking bookshelf like Apple uses for their iBooks app.  Damn pretty.  Getting your PDFs there is a damn PITA.  The bookshelf does look very nice with all those striking Old School Covers.  $0.99

Downloader - this app lets you got to websites and download whatever... music, videos, PDFs, etc and let you open them with another app.  So, using this app, I log into my DropBox via the web, download some PDFs, open them, then click to open with FastPDF, and they land on my pretty bookshelf.  Seems to choke on PDFs larger then about 50 MBs or so.  $2.99

iAnnotate PDF - let me start by saying it is a bit buggy right now, as importing PDFs is more then a PITA.  However, for those that you do import, you can highlight, underline, mark up, pin notes, bookmark - it is simply an amazing tool to use when you are going thru a PDF and want to make it yours.  Needs the ability to erase your changes, which I haven't found yet.  Pricey at $6.99, but will be priceless when they work the bugs out and refine it.  Amazing what it can do right now.

Alright, stepping away from the iPad...

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

My Swords & Wizardry White Boxes!


I have my Swords & Wizardry White Boxes, and they are good!

Only one came with the adventure and map insert, but that's okay, as the extra box will be a giveaway at the next "Gathering of Fools", tentatively scheduled for some time in June (its when my old gaming group gets together a couple of times a year).  I plan to have them do a last man standing with some pre-made PCs... winner gets the box, losers will get the Swords & Wizardry Quickstarts.

I tend to bring gaming material as to pass out at these.  C&C Player's Handbooks when they were for sale real cheap on Buy.com a few years back, Rolemaster Express when it was $5a book if you bought 6, OSRIC soft covers, Labyrinth lord soft covers... you got to feed the beast ;)

Okie, I'm just damn excited.  Going to touch the pages a few more times.




Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Decision Time

I know the main campaign I'll be running with Fantasy Grounds will be using the Labyrinth Lord rules and the AEC supplement.

My struggle now is do I use the Basic Roleplay rules for the side games or the FATE rules. Can you tell that FATE is fully on my mind now? Heh

Decisions, decisions. Could be worse, I could like none of the available rules as opposed to too many ;)



- Posted using BlogPress from my iPad

Monday, May 10, 2010

I'm Crazy - Really Loopy

Yep, on my weekend getaway I made a purchase at RPGNOW / DriveThruRPPG. Nothing new there, I tend to pick up PDFs there on a nearly weekly basis. I need to find time to read them... heh.

It wasn't the purchase of OUBLIETTE Issue 2 that makes me label myself as crazy. The first issue was a good one and I have no reason to expect anything less from the second issue. This purchase probably marks me as somewhat sane. Haven't done more then glance at it yet.

No, the purchase that marks be as loopy, crazy, jumped into the deep end of the pool is Legends of Anglerre. I'm a big fan of the FATE system even tho I've yet to use it in game. Spirit of the Century, Starblazer Adventures (nice, loose sci-fi rules), Dresden Files... its a great system for storytelling. Legends of Anglerre makes the FATE system accessible to us Fantasy roleplayers. And it looks good so far. I say so far because its a huge friggin book. The damn iPad is getting a workout.

Now all I want to do is read ALL of my FATE powered RPGs and see what I can steal from each. There is not enough free time for me to do so. And it is really driving me loopy. It's not like I can read the stuff at my desk at work... or I could, but the results won't be pretty, work-wise.

I need another vacation. ;)