After a long wait, version 10.3 is finally available to download.
In the past we’ve written Feature Focus articles, examining specific features of Masterplan and delving into their design and philosophy.
A few weeks ago we asked for members of the community to come forward and contribute anything they thought might be useful for fellow Masterplan users. We’re very happy to announce that Guy Parisi is now in the process of creating a series of tutorial videos in which he walks through the process of recreating Keep on the Shadowfell in Masterplan.
You can find these videos here:
- Chapter One – Introduction and Setup
- Chapter Two – Tactical Encounters
- Chapter Three – Cities, Subplots, the Encyclopedia
- Chapter Four – Parcels and PCs
- Chapter Five – Traps and Skill Challenges
As further videos are released, we’ll update this list.
One thing we’d really like to do, now that the Masterplan community has grown so much, is to create a FAQ for new users. We’ll maintain the FAQ on the Masterplan website, and there’ll also be a link to it from within the application itself.
So this is a call to arms. What questions do you think we should include? What stumped you when you first used Masterplan? Are there any features that you aren’t sure how to use?
There’s a bit more. We’d also like to maintain a library of helpful ‘how to’ style articles* on the website. You know the sort of thing: introductions, walkthroughs, guides and suchlike. We think that could be a really useful resource, especially for newcomers.
Do you think you could write one of those articles?
Now, obviously you’d get a great deal of kudos for this - maybe as much as 10 kudos**, if we’re feeling particularly generous. But we wouldn’t want you to expend all that effort without a little reward, so here’s the proposal: to anyone whose article we use, we will award a $20 gift voucher for RPGNow, or Noble Knight, or Amazon.
How does that sound?
Or, indeed, does anyone have any better ideas? We’re always open to suggestions.
How long has it been since the last release? Too long. Version 10.2 is now available to download.
Introducing a new player to D&D can be tricky. You can help them with almost everything, but the two choices they need to make forthemselves are race and class. D&D 4e is very helpful when it comes to classes, in that you can explain them in terms of power sources and roles, but there’s really no way to help them pick a race, other than showing them the pictures in the various books.
So wouldn’t it be helpful to be able to describe a race in terms of keywords? You could then narrow your options by choosing what keywords you’re interested in.
Now that people have had a week to play with Version 10, what other additions to the In-Session Reference page would you like to see in the future?
It’s been quite a wait, but Masterplan version 10 went live on Friday - marking two years to the day since Masterplan was first unveiled to the public!
For those who are wondering about the new features in the upcoming version 10 release, here’s a sneak peek.