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Sunday, February 27, 2011

LTAW #9: Website

My LARP Thing this week is the redesign of the NERO Elkins website - Head on over and check it out.

The biggest change is moving to a content management system (CMS) which will allow our staff to post info on there rather than static web pages that needed to be edited each time. We're using the Mambo CMS, because there is a nice bridge with our forums that allows us to use the same login for both.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Mid-Level Crisis Podcast #35

Episode 35 - "I call upon the NERO to call forth eldritch power to summon a mystic force to create chaos to grant you the gift of 9th Edition... [caster waits 10 years] ... 9th edition up!" - Recorded 2/22/2011 - Runtime 1h07m

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In this episode, Eric & Matt, in a pure episode of MLC, delve deep into the new NERO 9th Edition Rules -

Check out the breakdown of changes at the LARP Ohio Blog -

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Thursday, February 17, 2011

LTAW #8: NPC Database (Part 2)

This is part two of my ongoing NPC Database Discussion. Read Part 1 Here

This is also the 8th Thing of LARP Thing-A-Week, and, while it's been much more than a week since I posted a Thing, this represents a renewed commitment to bring you some awesome LARP Things. View the other LARP Thing-A-Week posts here.

So, in Part 1 we created a simple DB for keeping track of NPC motivations, connections, and stats. In Part 2, we've taken two more steps.

1) I realized there are two more DBs we have to create: a monster DB, and a DB for generic unnamed NPCs. So, I adapted our previous DB (from Part 1) to fit generic NPCs better. Here's the link to a copy of that spreadsheet so you can see my setup. A monster DB will take more work and will wait until Part 3.

2) I hate filling out this information on spreadsheets, but I love that my plot team can collaborate on filling it out. Fortunately, Google Docs has this great "Create Form" feature. You just click on Form=>Create Form and change a few things around and Voila, an easy to fill out form.

And thus, we have this (See the full version of the form here):

So, we've taken another step towards creating a great and easy to use DB. It's just a bit more user-friendly, and now we have two DBs. These could be the same DB but different "sheets" or what have you, but I've created these as two separate DBs so I can better control access to them. For instance, you may have a monster marshal who should be able to edit the Generic NPC DB and the Monster DB, but you may not want him seeing the major NPCs he won't be working with.

We'll return in Part 3 as we progress further down this road.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Mid-Level Crisis Podcast #34

Episode 34 - "Detect Celestial Magic, Eh!" - Recorded 2/1/2011 - Runtime 1h40m

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In this episode, Eric & Matt, joined by Kris, Leah, and Jared talk about the new NERO 9th Edition Rules - - and go on about fifty tangents, including a plug for tRANTasaurusRex - daily rants from a 1ft tall green plastic dinosaur -