Thursday, January 13, 2011

Dark Heritage d20 document

My house rule document for the d20 Modern + d20 Past document continues apace. Actually, it's pretty slow going. When I started it, I thought it would take me a couple of hours of cutting and pasting and formatting. Many hours later, I still have the biggest task yet to do. Bleagh. I'm asking myself how necessary it really is, while simultaneously feeling like I've sunk enough time into it that I'd like to just see it finished at this point.

I'm reminded of a time many years ago when my oldest son (who is now approaching 15; but he was only 4-5 at the time. Maybe even younger) used to really stress out every time someone gave him a helium balloon. Because he knew that if he let go of it while outside, it would fly away, it was actually a source of significant distress and pressure to hold on to it, to the point where he almost didn't want anyone to give him balloons.

I thought that that was ridiculous, so I talked to him about it once, and said something to the effect of, "Why don't we let it go on purpose? We can stand here and watch it float away to see how long we can still see it." At first he seemed confused by the notion. "What? We can do that?" When I assured him that he could, he somewhat reluctantly agreed, and we watched the little red balloon fly away for... I dunno. Maybe five or six minutes. Maybe ten at the most.

And from that moment on, he never stressed about balloons again.

I'm wondering if maybe creating this "comprehensize" rules document is my red balloon and I'm stressing and spending an inordinate amount of time and energy on something that I don't actually need. Although all the rules are poorly organized and clunky to use, they're pretty much all in print already.

If you have a copy of the MSRD and d20 Past and my one-page reference, you can play without me doing anything else. I just wanted something more elegant. But it's been a much more difficult and time consuming process than I expected it to be. Perhaps if I had kept it in Word instead of translating it to html, that would have been much easier too.

In fact, just the pseudo-cathartic process of writing this post has almost completely convinced me that doing this as a webpage was my problem all along. I should have done it in Word, where the formating would be a negligible task instead of a daunting issue like it is in html, and just saved the whole thing as a pdf.

1 comment:

Shane Mangus said...

The Sword & Sanity project I have been working on has been my 'red balloon' of late. I believe I have made some headway in completing the project, though I suspect I still have at least a month's work ahead of me. I for one would love to see a Dark Heritage d20 supplement, so keep banging away at it. And for the record, I agree that Word/PDF would be the way to go.