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TenFootWiki 2.0 – the ten foot pole for GMs

When planning a new campaign or even a whole new setting a wiki can really come in handy. But usually you need a web server (or hosted webspace) with support for PHP/Python/whatever and sometimes even a MySQL database to setup a wiki software. On the plus side you get a wiki you can access all over the internet but on the minus side you won’t be able to access the wiki when you’re offline and in most cases you’ll have to play a couple of euros a months for hosting. An alternative would be installing XAMPP (or a similar package) on your PC but this is sometimes not an option or just overkill if you want to take some notes during the preparation of the campaign or even during play.
Here comes TenFootWiki 2.0 to the rescue. TenFootWiki 2.0 is a modification of GTDTiddlyWiki that was created by RPG blogger UncleBear. Instead of wiki software like MediaWiki (Wikipedia is based on this software), you don’t need a server to run it. In fact it’s built to reside on your local hard drive, usb thumstick or even a floppy disc. The whole wiki consists of a single html file that you can view and edit by using your browser. I have tried it out today and it works like a charm!
For more information on TenFootWiki check out this post.

The HPLHS Props & Fonts CD

Some days ago I stumbled upon the website of the H.P. Lovecraft Historical Society. I have already heard of this group before because they made that awesome “Call of the Cthulhu” silent movie. I had been looking for great fonts for a web project all day and one link lead me to the product page of the HPLHS’s props & fonts CD. For 35$ you get a CD full of great fonts (even a truetype font based on H.P. Lovecraft’s handwriting is included) and even greater props. I can remember the good old days when I created elaborate handouts for my group. But nowadays I often don’t have the time to create great props. Especially when you are running a Cthulhu campaign in the 20s, the props included on the CD will come in handy. You need a diploma from the Miskatonic University? No problem. Or even a 1920s US drivers licence? Just print it out! Most of the included PDF files have form fields that you can fill out. Within a few minutes you can create a lot of impressive props for your Call of Cthulhu game. And if you are already ordering the CD, have a look at the “Call of Cthulhu” DVD. It’s just 20$ and it’s a great movie for any Lovecraft fan!