Wednesday, February 10, 2010

GMs, Tiddly Wikis, and the Cloud

The RPG Dumping Ground has a great little introduction to Tiddly Wikis. I link to it because I used a GTD Tiddly Wiki to organize my own campaign material for several years. For me, it was the perfect way to drill down into the nitty gritty of world creation. I'd just start writing about some aspect of a world or campaign or character and then flag new terms for future development simply by making them into WikiWords. Then I could pick an undefined WikiWord and repeat the process indefinitely. Of course, having lots of time on my hands in those pre-parenthood days led to some rather large and unwieldy Tiddly Wiki files. But it was an amazing tool that is still paying dividends as I look back to mine my old campaigns for new material.

These days, however, I've moved most of my world-building to the Cloud via Google Sites. I get similar (though not quite as seamless) wiki capability with less sensitivity to size and more freedom to format things as I please. Additionally, I can open up world-building to others by granting access to collaborators.


mthomas768 said...

Thanks for the link :)

I really want to like Google sites, but the feature set just doesn't match up well with my way of thinking. YMMV of course.

m.s. jackson said...

There was a time in my gaming that I would have loved Wiki for WorldBuilding, but these days I just don't have time and I have moved to gaming with systems that require very little, or no prep at all, so i find that a Wiki is not needed. My little group has moved to using MS OneNote for ingame notes and such as we game, a sort of Wiki as we roll if you will. Seems tobe working pretty well for us.

Risus Monkey said...

Mthomas768: I think I understand which features don't line up for you. Myself, I love Tiddly Wiki's ease in creating hooks to new Tiddlers (you don't have to break your train of thought to do it). I also like that in can be used off-line (though that's less an issue these days).

Snikle: I'm right there with you. I go through spurts when I can produce a ton of content followed by long periods where I don't have time for anything. I'm constantly searching for ways to reduce the energy required to maintain a campaign (maintenance is hard... starting a new campaign is easy for me). Abbreviated adventure formats, rules-light systems, and improvisational tools are the way to go. I wish I had a better way to handle session notes and in-game continuity but (for now) Google Sites is going to have to do the trick.

Moni said...

You probably don't need it, but I thought I'd mention WikidPad. It's a Windows wiki app, strictly offline. The good thing is that it's fast and big wikis work without a hitch. It has nice search capabilities and some tagging abilities.

I use it for all my projects, RPG or not.

Risus Monkey said...

Hey Moni, thanks for the tip! I'm always interested in checking out new tools.