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Title: Usability of Wiki-published Games?
Post by: Shreyas Sampat on September 21, 2005, 10:06:08 AM
This (http://www.indie-rpgs.com/forum/index.php?topic=15495) may be a good thread to refer to first.

Anyway, with the help of the excellent Thomas Robertson, I've published a Torchbearer ruleset-as-wiki (http://njyar.thesmerf.com/torchwiki.html/), and I am curious about whether others find this format to be useful as game reference. I'd be particularly interested in hearing about any experience people have had with other game systems in this format.

More specifically, are there weaknesses in the structure (setting aside the generic graphic design for the moment) that could be repaired?


Title: Re: Usability of Wiki-published Games?
Post by: Keith Senkowski on September 21, 2005, 10:23:45 AM
Shreyas,

You got an extra slash at the end of your link to the Torchbearer wiki (http://njyar.thesmerf.com/torchwiki.html) (which I fixed in my post).  Wiki's can be cool for a game reference so long as they are consistently organized with a nice, clear, searchable hierarchy.  Then again that is needed for anything right.  My biggest problem with Wikis though is too much information at once (the sitemap thing) combined with bad layout. 

Keith


Title: Re: Usability of Wiki-published Games?
Post by: Josh Roby on September 21, 2005, 11:09:07 AM
First and foremost, Shreyas, I'd create a 'landing pad' home page that tells new users what sort of site they're at and what sort of game it describes.  I'm kind of lost.


Title: Re: Usability of Wiki-published Games?
Post by: Paul Czege on September 21, 2005, 12:03:37 PM
Shreyas,

TiddlyWiki is very cool. I agree with Joshua, you need the first of your default tiddlers to be an intro to the game and the site. And additionally:

    Get your copyright information onto the page somehow.

    Create a permaview with all the essential tiddlers showing in a way that's conducive to printing.

Paul


Title: Re: Usability of Wiki-published Games?
Post by: Shreyas Sampat on September 21, 2005, 01:12:56 PM
Excellent suggestions, thank you.


Title: Re: Usability of Wiki-published Games?
Post by: Vaxalon on September 21, 2005, 04:23:21 PM
If I can't print it out easily, I'm not interested.