Results for tag: formatting
Posted by: Alas on Feb 27, 2012 at 05:36:43 PM
After putting some finishing touches on the customized character sheet for my D&D Encounters druid, I decided to start from scratch for a paragon tier character. This time around, I decided to try an artificer. I have several campaign-related reasons for doing so, but I'll limit myself to sharing the aesthetic motivations: an artificer lets me keep space on the page for a familiar, and an artificer gives me an excuse for some faux-steampunk flourishes. The sheet for my druid worked, but it wasn't as pretty as I hoped.
The big challenge here was figuring out how to squeeze in all the powers and feats an 11th level character already has, while leaving room for the feats, powers, and traits that will accrue over the rest of the tier. Here's how it looks:
Taking a hint from the Essentials-style...
Posted by: Alas on Feb 25, 2012 at 09:51:36 AM
After successfully getting my player characters for D&D Encounters to fit into a "monster block" format, I turned my attention to creating a customized, full-detail character sheet. Over the course of a week, and after tossing out four earlier drafts, I arrived at a version I kinda like. I also learned
I also learned that the major advantage of the Character Builder character sheets is that the CB makes them for me. If you want customization, be prepared to put in a lot of work! I used Adobe Photoshop Elements 6 and a Wacom tablet to make this sheet. These tools allow me a lot more control over the placement and look of things than Pages does, but making changes in the text takes a ...
Posted by: Alas on Feb 24, 2012 at 08:43:49 PM
Lately I've been obsessed with finding a more elegant presentation format for D&D characters. I don't mind the character sheets generated by the online Character Builder, but they start at 5 pages long for a 1st level character and go up from there. This page count can be an irritation at the game table when the DM asks me a simple question and I have to flip through the stack to provide an answer. The format's length also consumes a lot of paper when I make up multiple spare characters for D&D Encounters or Lair Assault, or when I make up entire parties for test-driving my own dungeons. I need something more condensed and concise, yet still clear enough for reference.
Then, while I was looking at my DM notes for an upcoming adventure, it hit me. Right there in the write-up for the first...