Started by Zzarchov, June 22, 2009, 04:59:12 PM
QuoteOn the matter of why I chose to put Piecemeal in an .exe format. There are a few different reasons why that is the case. The first is that Piecemeal (unlike Adventure Party!) does feature a lot of rules. A large peeve of mine is the difficulty in cross referencing rules to other pertinent rules inside of RPG books. The ability to click to a term as it is mentioned (in case you have forgotten or simply not read about that term yet) is a large feature. Piecemeal is also designed as a plug and play system, so that you can remove bits and without too much fuss..add them into your own game system of choice. The compartmentalization offered by an interactive program allows for quick reference during play (as laptops are becoming almost a standard in many game tables). The last reason is to aid with virtual tabletop gaming, platforms (Some free some not) that allow old spread out gaming groups (such as my own) still play classic pen and paper role playing games on our computers, thousands of miles from each other. PDFs of the size required by Piecemeal are unlikely to be printed out, so any viewing of the rules would have to be on a computer regardless. For a shorter RPG (such as Adventure Party) where it is not rules heavy, and where printing is a viable option, I chose to put it in simple PDF format.
QuoteOn the matter of securityWhile I understand there is a perception that PDF's are safe, as a not of profesional (from my paid job) note, they are not safe. For anyone with an older reader, a third party reader, or who upgraded to Acrobat Writer, PDF's can contain viruses and there are many counts of this occuring.On the matter of indexingAs a technophile I may have a bias here, but it is a simple fact that no print index can ever match the possibilities of a computer for cross referencing. This is similarly to how no Oral Historian can ever hope to match the possibilities for permanance of a written document.In both cases the individual executions may be off, but technology simply offers too many new options.No index, Icons or perfect document layout in print can match the ability to cross reference computer files. I cannot have pages 7, 37 and 72 all laid out next to each other in a book without scissors or multiple copies.Note, that doesn't mean a computer viewer will do this right, only that it can. An amazing print layout specialist will beat a bumbling computer programmer(me). But assuming equal caliber of indivuals, print cannot compete.On the matter of laptopsLaptops are becoming the norm, and as time goes by they will only become more so. You mentioned a $600 dollar laptop, when I finished highshool they were $2000, and now I picked up a work laptop (new) last year for $300.I don't see this shrinking as time goes by.Furthermore in PDF form one is already assuming the reader has a computer. Even if its not a laptop, its a rules program. Moving to the computer to quickly reference a rule is not a huge issue compare to digging through a pile of books and flipping through the pages. And if you do have a laptop its much quicker than a book.On the matter of revisionsSource Code is still in the end a single document on the authors computer, more so it seems to more accepted to have different "Version numbers" of software.