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Hi gang

I haven't seen a lot of submissions recently and was wondering if that was due to lack of interest in sharing. One of the things everyone here can do to make Fantasy Craft more popular is post more conversions and content added to the database. Why is this better than posting to the forum? There are quite a few reasons...

#1 Searchability - When Google indexes a site, it places more importance to a page when it sees the page's title is equal to the term being searched for. In addition, if the term being searched for appears multiple times on multiple pages, it shows up more times and will more likely show up for various searches.

#2 Reader Friendliness - The forum is a great medium for discussing ideas, and I agree a lot of the ideas on here are worthy of great discussion, but even if an idea isn't 100% complete, posting it on the Fantasy Craft Database generates buzz and gives a readable, less cluttered space for the content.

#3 Higher Probability of a Search Result from Searches for the Exact Term - Google also indexes sites based on the amount of content the site contains. The more content the site contains, the more likely it is to appear as a search result based on a general search. However, because the Fantasy Craft Database doesn't include other content that might cause a search result not to appear, such as discussion, the content bubbles higher to the top of search results for that particular content.

As an example of the above considerations, try doing a search for "fantasy craft dinosaurs" in Google. The Fantasy Craft Database has a blessing from the Crafty Games guys specifically because it broadens the "License to Improvise" movement rather than restrict it to the forum.

Hope that helps anyone out there who was considering posting to the database but may have opted to only post to the forum.

Fantasy Craft / d20 SRD era... nearing or past a turning point?
« on: January 26, 2011, 03:03:28 PM »
Hi gang

As most of y'all know, I'm the moderator/administrator of the Fantasy Craft Database. I'm also do the same things for the Pathfinder Database.

Lately, the quality of submissions to the Pathfinder Database has gone from meh to bleh. I still get a crawl of submissions, but the overall quality isn't anything like what it was a year ago.

So my question... 3rd Edition and the d20 SRD came out 10 years ago. That's a decade of concepts and ideas. What I've seen with the submissions received to the Pathfinder Database is that it's mostly the same ideas with little rework fitted for Pathfinder. I hardly ever see something new. Is this game nearing a turning point, only two years after the release of 4th edition?

This is not an edition war post, nor is it about bashing Pathfinder or the d20 SRD or the awesome benefit that the OGL has brought to gaming. This is just about the evolution of gamers, what they're looking for, and what a game can/should offer to survive.

I just want to know, are people still going back to Pathfinder because it's familiar, because it has support with lots of sources, or because it has the best game in town (which I don't assume to believe)?


Play-by-Post / [Recruiting] Fantasy Craft via Fantasy Grounds online
« on: January 24, 2011, 01:06:18 PM »
There didn't seem to be any other place to post this, so I'm posting it here. I'm trying to wrangle a group together for online play via Skype and Fantasy Grounds. I will provide a license if you don't have one and you're serious about the game.

This will be Thursday nights probably starting at 7 PM Eastern Standard Time.

If you're available and interested, please send me a PM.


License to Improvise / Aboleth - Lord of Madness!
« on: January 13, 2011, 06:11:53 PM »
I love the aboleth as well! Didn't see any analog in the core book, so...

License to Improvise / Snow Day Monster - Frost Worm
« on: January 12, 2011, 01:59:08 PM »
Here in the northeast, everyone's snowed in. Perfect day for a monster like the Frost Worm.

License to Improvise / Jabberwocky
« on: January 12, 2011, 10:41:22 AM »
I'm pretty new to the Fantasy Craft system, and this is my first OGL conversion.

Ladies and gentlemen, I give you, the Jabberwock  :)

Let me know what you think. The abilities I mainly converted from Paizo's version released in the Bestiary II.

Edit: Also BIG thanks to Meadicus' NPC Builder. One of the most useful apps I have ever seen for supporting an RPG.

Fantasy Craft / Fantasy Craft Database
« on: December 30, 2010, 07:30:47 PM »
If you're a fan of any other d20 OGL games out there, you might have heard of a little known brand called Pathfinder. And if you know that game, you might have also heard that there's an awesome site called the Pathfinder Database which has lots of fan-created content. And if you already knew that, and you're on these forums reading about the awesomeness that is Fantasy Craft, you're probably saying to yourself, "Hey! That dude that did the Pathfinder Database should totally do the same thing for a righteous game like Fantasy Craft!" Ok... maybe I'm getting the word choice wrong, but anyway...

I'm here to formally announce that the Fantasy Craft Database is live and awaits all your great content for publication!

While not specifically endorsed by the Crafty Games folks, in order to be approved for the "Powered by Fantasy Craft" logo, I did have to go through an approval process, so you can consider this site as a reliable source for game content.

In order to stave off some obvious questions, I'm happy to answer some things up front that have been asked repeatedly about my other sites in the past...

Will there be a forum?
No. Whenever I put up a site, I have no interest in moderating a forum, and I really don't want to fracture a community that has already been built up on the site of the game's publisher.

Why can't there be direct feedback, like comments, directly below articles?
Since the Fantasy Craft Database is meant to be a repository of final versions of content, any time that content gets edited or changed, I don't publish a new version, I merely edit the existing article. That means that any comments posted would pertain to an old version of the article and wouldn't look right.

What if I have content that doesn't fit into any of the categories on the site?
Feel free to contact me through the site and we'll see if there can be a place for it by creating a new category or renaming an old category to include other articles.

Is there anything that won't get published?
If you have extensive house rules or customizations to the system, it's better to publish them here to the forum or on Crafty Games' wiki. The purpose of the Fantasy Craft Database is to serve the majority of Fantasy Craft fans with content that can be used right out of the box.

Also, the Crafty Games guys would like to keep certain parts of the game proprietary, so that means any articles that reproduce some of the behind-the-scenes rules are likely to get rejected.

All in all, the site is really meant to preserve a lot of the great fan-created content that pops up on the web here and there and never gets a permanent searchable home. I personally am in the business of building and hosting web sites so it only makes sense for me to keep the site running for as long as Fantasy Craft is popular.

I hope the site meets with your approval and interest.


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