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« on: January 30, 2009, 10:14:51 PM »

I've been trying to figure out whether I can use OpenRPG to run a Star Wars Saga RPG campaign. Unfortunately the game install didn't include any manual or guide in PDF or HTML format; hell not even a text doc. I was able to find a guide, but it was a technical one for building modules. I'm really just looking for a general users guide.

Is there anyone here who's familiar with this app and can give me some tips or knows where I can find a general users guide? BTW I'm also open to suggestions for other, possibly superior, RPG hosting apps.
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« Reply #1 on: January 30, 2009, 11:36:21 PM »

I was always a fan of MapTool (along with some of the completely free software he has on that site) whenever I wanted to host a campaign.

Advantages over OpenRPG? MapTool doesn't crash anywhere near as often as OpenRPG did during my time of testing both softwares. MapTool seems to be a bit easier to learn, too. The guy working on it just changed hosts though - I'm not sure where the manuals/tutorials he had on the old site are offhand.
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« Reply #2 on: January 31, 2009, 12:26:11 AM »

OpenRPG is just too old to be useful anymore and it looks like all work on the next big revision of ORPG has stopped.

Definitely try maptool, there's also other smaller tools that fill in any gaps.
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« Reply #3 on: February 02, 2009, 05:38:20 PM »

Speaking of Map Tool...I already had it installed on my laptop, but had forgotten about it. smile It failed connecting to the server whenever I attempted to run it; probably because it's a year old copy. Then when I attempted to uninstall it that also failed, with the result that it's still in my list of installed applications, but will no longer start. Based on that I'm going to pass on Maptool as well, since I have doubts a new version would install successfully over the remnants of the old.

From my experiences and what I've read, it looks like Fantasy Ground is about the only reliable RPG host app out there. Just no way in Hell I'm going to pay the roughly $100 CDN it would cost for the GM server app + 2 clients. I'm probably just going to use 1 of the RPG modules for Vassal.
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« Reply #4 on: February 02, 2009, 07:36:25 PM »

weird you actually "installed" maptool?  what i do (so i can have a few versions at once) is download from their web archive.  then i just unzip them into their own folders (usually something like "maptool49, maptool48, etc - because they don't work correctly if you install all the versions into the same folder).  that way i can then go into the folders and run them with different memory settings
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« Reply #5 on: February 02, 2009, 07:53:50 PM »

Quote from: Doopri on February 02, 2009, 07:36:25 PM

weird you actually "installed" maptool?  what i do (so i can have a few versions at once) is download from their web archive.  then i just unzip them into their own folders (usually something like "maptool49, maptool48, etc - because they don't work correctly if you install all the versions into the same folder).  that way i can then go into the folders and run them with different memory settings

I've only ever installed 1 version and it created it's own folder under ..\Documents and Settings\'Me'\.maptool. The same is true for the other tools I installed such as the Character tool (.chartool). The version I downloaded did have a windows installer that launched from the website, so maybe the problem is that the website is no longer accessible. Regardless, if I have to dick around with an installation it's not the tool for me.
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« Reply #6 on: February 02, 2009, 09:54:48 PM »

Maptool is entirely Java based. Once you download (you can grab a .rar version of the program via the site) and extract it, you just click on one of the .bat files that runs it based on how much RAM you want to give the program. It's simple to do.

And in the past, sometimes the online component has gone down. At the same time, the host website was down too, so I'm guessing they're related. Additionally, the guy has changed hosts recently, so that will invalidate all non-current installs for now (for good?).
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« Reply #7 on: February 03, 2009, 04:28:22 AM »

Quote from: Destructor on February 02, 2009, 09:54:48 PM

Maptool is entirely Java based. Once you download (you can grab a .rar version of the program via the site) and extract it, you just click on one of the .bat files that runs it based on how much RAM you want to give the program. It's simple to do.

Well I can see where this info would help me with getting a new version of Maptool installed, I still have the other immediate problem facing me; clearing out my existing installation. I might follow what you've said here, but I'm loathe to do it before I figure out how to get all remnants of the old version off my PC. If any of you have any ideas where I'd look in my registry to get any reference to it removed, I'm all ears.
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« Reply #8 on: February 03, 2009, 06:07:23 AM »

See, OpenRPG has no install like you expect there to be via most Windows programs. Either you download a .rar file, extract it wherever, and run it, or you run it directly from the guy's server (which requires you to download it every time). So there should

Or at least this is how I always ran it. I pulled the .rar every time and extracted it. I never saw any way to actually install it, and thus it never appeared under the Start Menu. It just sat in its own folder under My Documents.
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« Reply #9 on: February 03, 2009, 06:28:34 AM »

Quote from: Destructor on February 03, 2009, 06:07:23 AM

See, OpenRPG has no install like you expect there to be via most Windows programs. Either you download a .rar file, extract it wherever, and run it, or you run it directly from the guy's server (which requires you to download it every time). So there should

Hmm...well mine definitely had a windows installation routine, because 'RPTools MapTool', 'RPTools CharTool', RPTools DiceTool', etc...show up under 'Control Panel' > 'Add or Remove Programs'. I'm not sure if it used MSI, Installshield or Wise, but it used one of them. Unfortunately I can't remember where in the registry I remove the entry so that it no longer shows up under 'Add or Remove Programs'. I did find there entries in the registry under Sun Java, so I know where to delete that.
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