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[Resource] – Calibre ebook management software

This week’s resource I’m highlighting is the piece of software called Calibre.

Calibre is  a powerful and easy to use e-book manager.

Copying from their site, you can use it to…

  • Save time on managing your e-book collection
  • Use it everywhere and with anything
  • Comprehensive e-book viewer
  • Download news/magazines from the web
  • Share and backup your library easily
  • Edit the books in your collection
  • Satisfy every e-book need and get support

When I first tried Calibre a few years ago, I didn’t like it. I didn’t like the way it moved everything into its own structure. But a while ago I was talked into trying it again but given some advice on setting things up and a few tweaks. That was all I needed...

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[Resource] – Internet Archive

This week’s handy resource is the Internet Archive.

Internet Archive is a non-profit library of millions of free books, movies, software, music, websites, and more.

But how can this be used in your game and stories?

The collection is divided up into several tabs –

  1. Web
  2. Texts
  3. Video
  4. Audio
  5. Software
  6. Images

Wth the exception of the web tab, each has featured links and categories within. You can narrow down your search from certain sources and languages. The web tab allows you to “Search the history of over 286 billion web pages on the Internet.”. So if you wanted to see what a certain site looked like when it first started, this is the place to go. For example – here what Ennead Games looked like on January 28th, 2011.

The major downside to a site like this, in my opinion, is that you have to ...

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[Resource] – OrcPub Character Builder

Today’s resource is a character builder called OrcPub. It takes the job of planning your next character and automates it in such a way as to make it AL legal.

Using the site is so easy, you can create the basic stats of a character in under a minute.

First, you select what sources of info you want, from the Players Handbook and more. Each source adds more options to what you can pick, but many of them make your character non- AL legal.

Once you have picked the sources it’s an easy matter of working along the tabs. It tells you how many options you have available and greys out the ones that your choices so far have rendered impossible, such as a fighter having spells etc.

You work through, in order if you desire..

  1. Race
  2. Ability scores – With various option of how to pick your scores
  3. Cha...
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[Resource] – Tabletop Audio

This week’s highlighted resource is Tabletop Audio. For many

For many gamers, immersion is key to getting into the mindset f your character and truly enjoying the story you are taking part in. One thing often overlooked is that of sound, especially the ambient, or background sound. Tabletop Audio has got you covered. With a wide range of ambient sounds, from the fantasy genre, sci-fi, horror and more. My favourite feature is what they call Soundpad, which unlike simply putting on some music and having it playing in the background, you can tweak the settings and make your own “custom” loops . For example, under the dungeon Soundpad there are options for wind, or footsteps or fire and much more.  You can adjust the volume of these mini-tracks and have them on loop if desired...

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[Resource] – Inkarnate

This week’s resource is the free (for non-commercial use) website known as Inkarnate.

Map Making Resource

Inkarnate is a free o use website for making fantasy themed maps.  These maps, as with any other software, are only as good as the designer, but with this, you can make something approaching the maps you see in printed books and supplements with relative ease.

With Inkarnnet you can…

  • Sculpt and paint continent, land masses and islands
  • Uses the brush tools for “painting” landscapes
  • Add settlements, towers, castles etc with ease
  • Place forests, mountains on your map
  • Annotate with text and notes

As with many of the sites llike this, the best way to see what it can do is to try it for yourself...

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