Sunday, February 9, 2014

Using Google Docs for Play-by-Post

Recently I started a new Savage Worlds play-by-post (PbP) game utilizing the Science Fiction Companion. I've attempted this a few times but have run into problems. Basically people don't want to create another account on any of the PbP sites and not everyone is on Google. My solution is to utilize Google Docs (aka Drive) with a link that allows folks to comment.

Comments can be activated one of two ways.

Method 1
1) The first is to select a region of text.

2) Next, right click on that selection to bring up a pop-up menu and select 'Comment'.

3) A box will appear on the right side of the document to let you enter however much text you like.

Method 2
The second method involves using the Google Docs Menu.

Place your cursor in the document you want to discuss. Select 'Insert' from the main menu, then 'Comment'.

The comment box will appear as in step 3.

I'm going to give this a try. Ideally the characters will comment on the section of test. For rounds I'll put in their initiative order then let the comment on the character's name. I'll then 'Resolve' the comments as I continue the narrative inside the doc.

I'll post back here to let you know how it goes.