Keep all your valuables and private papers, passport and birth certificate in your traveling bag, Ri-chan,» he had said, using her nickname. «Just in case, just in case.»
I’m thinking about starting role playing again. The pen and pencil kind. This time (likely) «Call of Cthulhu». I like the 1920s, chaosium has the rule books and scenarios as PDF, and dang — considering what is possible with today’s tablets, it could turn out really cool.
Well, a tablet for the keeper («game master»), I think mobile devices shouldn’t be used by the players. Would clash with the 1920s. But I have a few ideas for a keeper «app» (more a combination of Keynote and Numbers). And as for the players — not a fan of character sheets either. Sure, the Call of Cthulhu ones look okay, but I think another Cthulhu game has the right idea: passports.
So I’m playing around a bit, first attempt, but I’m curious how it turns out (both in print and in play; and yup, the boxes are from the Call of Cthulhu character sheets).
Just four sheets for a 16 page passport, got a version with the pages reordered for easy two-sided printing and binding (stapler will suffice). Then I just have to cut away the black edges, put some cardboard around it (glued), and it should work for a prototype.
Could be cool.
(And dang, I’ve missed this messing around with a good app, just trying out a few ideas.)
Update: Ah, shower thoughts — I’ll probably turn a couple of elements (esp. attribute, skills and weapon boxes) into “visa stamps”. Would make sense in a passport used for travel and would look nice. As in the game example, health red, sanity blue, skills will be green, weapons black/grey — could look nicely. Esp. combined with a font for stamps. Player notes (done with a pencil or if coated with foil with a non-permanent marker) would also look nice this way, like a remark by a customs official.
Update 2: Yep, stamps could work very well:
We’ll see 🙂