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Early Frost of Our Discontent Dave Yasko

So, as usual, I'm apologizing for not updating my blog for a (long) while, but I've got a lot on my plate.  So, here is what I'm working on right now.

I've been planning a D&D application for a long time.  I want to do something that no one has been able to do, capture ALL of the rules in code.  Several people have tried, with varying degrees of success, but I've got some ideas that might make it a reality.  I don't want to go into too much detail, but what I've started coding up looks very promising so far, it's just that there are so many rules and they have to be extensible.

For a start, I need to support the 3 core books, Player's Handbook, Dungeon Master's Guide, and Monster Manual.  By the way, what's up with a "handbook," a "guide," and a "manual"?  Shouldn't they all be one or the other?  Either way, those 3 books are (for 3.5 edition anyway) covered by the OGL, the Open Gaming License.  All other material, by Wizards or otherwise, is not open source, so I can't release anything without express permission by its copyright holder.  However, I want to be able to support any and all material, so I have to make everything extensible; I have to develop an actual framework, which is a LOT of work.  Luckily, it's what I like to do.

So, I'm working on an extensible D&D framework in preparation for a player character management system, which will go on to be a DM's campaign management system, then a full-blown pencil and paper replacement, all on a shoestring budget of "free".

What do you think?

Dave

PS - I actually got comments (that weren't spam) from this post.  I think those are the very first comments I ever received.  Thanx!

Posted on Tuesday, April 15, 2008 3:30 PM General | Back to top


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Well, I haven't played in quite some time, but from what I have heard, 4th edition is going to heavily bet on both online playing and loads of software. Even some sort of fancy gaming table???

Do you know anything about that?

Either way, let us know when you have something to share. I would love to take a look.
Left by Scott Kuhl on Apr 15, 2008 3:56 PM

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I actually have a full fledged app to do campain, adventure, room, monster, character, and NPC management, combat manager, etc. It's done in .net 3.5 and I have worked on this for the last 5 years on and off (not always on the .net 3.5 ;-)). I'd love to see what you have in mind and I can share some of my ideas too even the running bits.

Cheers,

ET
Left by ET on Apr 15, 2008 4:01 PM

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