Sunday, September 4, 2016

GURPS Calculator: GCA Import Functionality Development Starting!

Over at the gCalc Patreon we have hit our $70/month goal, which means I am beginning development immediately on the GCA character importing functionality!

What can I expect out of this new functionality?
GCA is a whole different beast than GCS. For one it is not open source, so I am not able to alter GCA directly. This means there won't be a clean "Export to GURPS Calculator" menu item that will do the heavy lifting for you. If that is important to you, I encourage you to use the GURPS Character Sheet. If you decide to stay with GCA, you will have an option on the GURPS calculator website to upload your GCA file. Once the file is uploaded, you will be able to treat it just like any other gCalc character (at least, that's the goal).

When can I expect to use this new functionality?
I did some research a few months ago, and the options available for me to code this cleanly are pretty few and far between. I'm hoping to have this functionality done and live by November. I would promise sooner, but I'm getting married October 2nd, so I'm not sure how much free time I'll have. It's totally possible I'll have nothing to do at work for the next few weeks, in which case I'll bang this functionality out faster.

How can I help?
Just because we hit this goal doesn't mean there aren't others! The end is nowhere in sight, and I have many, many plans for gCalc's future. Right now we are at $71. If you were to contribute $4/month, you would help achieve the Hiking Calculator stretch goal, which would be a fully robust hiking calculator using all rules available. Shortly after that at $85 is the Character and Monster Database, which is a way for all users of gCalc to share their GCS and GCA creations with each other in a searchable database, allowing people who need a quick NPC or monster to search and get what they need on the fly.

Of course, if you are uninterested in Patreon and just want to help finance server costs, or just want to buy me some beer, that can be done through gCalc's Paypal.

Thanks for using gCalc!