Monday, May 4, 2009

Obsidian Portal: Pardon My Construction

I had some rare free time this past weekend, and one of the things I wanted to do was work on improving my Obsidian Portal, with an eye towards actually using it for our next campaign if it works out. I've been really impressed thus far with how easy it has been to use, but I still have a whole lot of wiki to work on, plenty of graphics to add, and some map work ahead of me. So stop on by, pardon my dust, say hi, and let me know if you're on there, so I can add your campaign to my favorites.


Will said...

I'm using Obsidian Portal as well. I am a fan of it so far, though I can't decide whether or not to shell out the money for the paid membership. My campaign is Thelenia, though so far I have yet to actually run any adventures using it. I intend to this summer, and I have high hopes for the site.

Zachary The First said...

Good luck! I sent a friend request.

I think paid membership or no, it's going to be the golden ticket for some GMs. I didn't realize how many campaigns are on there!

Will said...

I think it's a great way to keep a campaign organized, even if it's not the primary tool for player/GM communication. I use Google Docs as an "everything" file and then make it nice and linkable on Obsidian Portal.

Zachary The First said...

I also keep some stuff hosted over there. Good stuff.

Micah said...

Glad everyone is liking the site :) We work hard on it, and blog posts like this really brighten our days.

Also, we're batting around the idea of file storage, since that seems like a popular thing for people with Google Docs. I guess I'll have to take a survey of what sort of files people need to store.

A word of warning to all new Obsidian Portal GMs: Don't get burn out! We see this some times where people get so excited that they try to put every last bit of info up about their campaign world. Then comes the brutal downer when none of your players read it.

We recommend just getting your game up and running, and updating the site every now and then with new stuff. As soon as it starts to feel like work, take a break and come back later.

Zachary The First said...

@Micah: Good advice. I’ve built campaign websites before, so I understand how it is when folks don’t respond to what you’ve written. I do it as much for me as anything—it can be nice to have a link-filled reference for the campaign you’re running, especially if you run multiple campaigns in the same world.

I definitely would like some file hosting capability. It’d be nice to be able to store player handouts and misc. GM-created pdfs. It’d be nice to have it all on one site, instead of spread between Google and OP.

All in all, though, nice work! The site looks really good. Do you have any idea how many *active* campaigns you have? As in, say, updated in the last month?