Thursday, June 30, 2016

GURPS Calculator 2.3.2: Character Sharing

Character Sharing

Title says it all! You can now share characters in gCalc!

How? It's easy!

On the newly redesigned Character screen, click the wrench icon on the character you want to share.

This will open the Manage Character popup, which has completely replaced the old (and ugly) character edit page. In that popup, and I hope that this is obvious, type in the username of the person you want to share your character with., Hit Share, and then hit save.

Boom! Just like that.


What's next?

GCA importing is just $9 away!

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

GURPS Calculator 2.3.2 Character Sharing Update and Developer Help Needed

As some of you may have already heard through my Twitter, the company I have worked at these last 7 years has been bought out. The good news is yay, the startup succeeded and I get some money...the bad news is at the end of October I lose my job.
Because of this I've had a slowdown on work on gCalc as the higher-ups pile on all the last minute changes they need before we get the ax in a few months. I'm still working on gCalc, but it's really hard to find the motivation to code in my free time at the moment since their running us ragged at work. That's where you come in. See below. :)

gCalc 2.3.3 Character Sharing Update

I'm about 70% done this functionality, which also includes redesigning the Edit Character page into a "Character Manager" page. From this page you will be able to download, share, and modify your characters all from one place.

I'm still hoping to get this functionality out by the end of the month, which means development will be done within the next 14 days and the release will be open for testing to my Alpha testers.

Developer Contributors

Until recently, I have politely declined the requests I have received for help coding gCalc, mostly because it was a side project of mine and I had plenty of time to work on it. With recent events in mind, and the explosion of work coming out of the new Characters functionality, I am now totally on board with Development Contributions.

If you are a developer and want to help, please let me know!

Below is the current development stack for gCalc. If you know just the backend or just the front end that's ok! Let me know in an email how you can help!

  • C#.NET MVC w/Razor
  • MsSql
  • Bootstrap
  • jQuery
  • Modernizer
  • Lots of ajax.

We have lots, and I mean lots, or enhancements, bugs, and optimizations to work through, and need your help! See the full list of what we have in our future.


Tuesday, June 7, 2016

GURPS: Ascension Campaign Living World Document (Power Templates, Kits, Races, etc)

Four years ago I decided it was time to start a new campaign. On a plane ride to Houston to visit my father, I sketched up some ideas of a time-spanning plot with lots of intrigue, complicated battles, and morally ambiguous villains.

More importantly, I began work on 5 "power classes"; lists of leveled powers united under a single theme. Knowing nothing about powers at that time, it took me a very long time (months) to fully create all five power classes. During that time I also created kits, races, regions, "blessing cards", births signs, and more.

It really is too much to describe.

The work was well worth it. Biweekly for the last 3.5 years myself and 5 friends have played in the world of Ascension on a single continuous plot arc. It has been an amazing experience with amazing friends. Season 3 is closing out within the next two weeks, and after that we move on to season four, where the second main subplot will finally have it's finale. After that, who knows? I'm sure Ascension will live on for many more years.

Last Saturday I spent the morning last Saturday organizing all my notes and templates into a living world document to share with all of you. Maybe you can use some of it too.

If you are interested in seeing what I have created, check out the document below.


Thursday, June 2, 2016

GURPS Calculator: 2.3.1 Released!

Some good stuff in this one, the biggest being Character Downloading! Never lose your gcs sheet again!

For a list of all the changes, please check out the change log. For an in-depth look at the changes, check out my previous blog post on the subject.