Character Sheets

doctorbadwolf

Heretic of The Seventh Circle
Hello! As many of you know, I’m working on a playtest draft of my TTRPG, Quest For Chevar.

I really like my current character sheet, but I need to figure out a fillable version, preferably with basic automation. The system isn’t mathematically complex, but I don’t know how to do any of this outside of excel, and I’m far from expert in that.

My current sheet is bade by making sections (widgets, as I call them) in excel, purely boxes and lines, no math, and then copy and paste-as-picture into a word document, and then moving around the widgets to get the final look I want. Then I just export to pdf for ease of printing.

I’m wondering if anyone where knows about the user friendliness of various methods, how someone like morepurplemorebetter makes that incredible sheet, whether acrobat pro is worth the money, etc?

Or even anyone here with the expertise willing to take a commission?
 

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cavetroll

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doctorbadwolf

Heretic of The Seventh Circle
Acrobat pro is not worth the money, you could buy Nitro though it is pretty expensive. Its not that different from excel, give boxes on the page names and use them in simple javascript formulas.

Or just pay this guy:

The nice thing about pdf vs excel style is configuration is more fluid aesthetically. I’m curious why you say acrobat isn’t worth it. I know that, for instance, it scans a pdf and creates fields to do stuff with, which is perfect for taking the print sheet and creating a semi-automated fillable sheet from it. Is it just not much more advanced or user-friendly than free alternatives?
 

cavetroll

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The nice thing about pdf vs excel style is configuration is more fluid aesthetically. I’m curious why you say acrobat isn’t worth it. I know that, for instance, it scans a pdf and creates fields to do stuff with, which is perfect for taking the print sheet and creating a semi-automated fillable sheet from it. Is it just not much more advanced or user-friendly than free alternatives?
I just personally refuse to give Adobe money, their products are extremely expensive due to having a monopoly. Forcing users into subscription models when all you need is a few basic functions that any programmer can write with a little open source code, just annoys me.

Nitro is a little cheaper, doesn't require a subscription, but has all the bells and whistles. Adobe will be a little better, but you sell your soul to the devil.

Either product is leaps and bounds better than Excel.

The guy I linked will create all the formats, including the basic pdf with form fillable fields.
 


doctorbadwolf

Heretic of The Seventh Circle
I just personally refuse to give Adobe money, their products are extremely expensive due to having a monopoly. Forcing users into subscription models when all you need is a few basic functions that any programmer can write with a little open source code, just annoys me.

Nitro is a little cheaper, doesn't require a subscription, but has all the bells and whistles. Adobe will be a little better, but you sell your soul to the devil.

Either product is leaps and bounds better than Excel.

The guy I linked will create all the formats, including the basic pdf with form fillable fields.
Okay that’s fair.
If you have the money, definitely check in with Francita Soto, who does amazing graphic design (including character sheets) for reasonable rates.
I will, thanks!
 

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