a new version of the Strange Eons plug-in is finished. You can download it at http://www.4shared.com/file/_VH6sOk6/LotR.html or at Svenn’s page at http://tabletopgeeks.com/living-card-game-resources/ (look for LotR Encounter Pack plug-in), who kindly offered to host it, too! As the pool of fan-made adventures is and hopefully will be growing, this plug-in could be a nice tool for card creators.
In the new version it's not only possible to create custom encounter cards, but you can also make homebrew player cards with it! This is possible due to GeckoTH’s high quality templates. Many thanks to him! Also thx to Rhuarc, who notified me about Gecko’s work in the first place ;-) And also to Svenn, for providing a better download option than 4shared!
To install it, first download Strange Eons for free here: http://cgjennings.ca/eons/#Download
Then, double-click the LotR.seext file, and then it gets installed (or updated). Restart Strange Eons. Afterwards, select a card you want to create, e.g. an ally card:
Then, a new ally card will be created. Jump to the “Ally” tab to experiment with its properties, and change e.g. its sphere from Leadership to Tactics:
Or change its card text. Don’t miss the resource icons new in this version, accessible via the <rta>, <rsp>, <rlo> and <rle> replacement tags. You can see all possible tags in the lower left of the upper picture.
To insert your own card image, go to the “Portrait” tab and select an image to load.
To create a pack of cards with several copies of a card, first create all of cards (only single instances) and save them via File -> Save As. Then, create a card deck in SE:
Then, read and delete the yellow instruction plate, and click on Components - Add Cards to load your cards:
Drag as many copies of the cards you want to the sheet:
Then, save, print, or export to PDF or image files your homebrew cards!
If you’re wondering whether you should use this plug-in or Gecko’s templates, here a list of what my plug-in can do:
But of course there are some restrictions/limitations:
If any of the latter 3 points are of importance for you, you’re better of creating your homebrew cards with Gecko’s templates directly. (Or perhaps you can use my plug-in for quickly testing game balance etc., and when you’re satisfied with the textual content, you can use Gecko’s templates to create the final version of the cards.) His templates can be found on BGG, e.g. here: www.boardgamegeek.com/filepage/70314/hero-card-template-300dpi-psd. But if you’re looking for an easy and fast way to have your ideas for card creation realized, my plug-in could be of use for you.
Supported languages are English and German at the moment. Other languages are generally possible, if someone is willing to do the translation.
So then, happy card-creating!
Epic beyond belief!!
Great work putting this all together and providing an awesome tool for the community. This certainly makes it easy to whip up cards!
I might as well mention that for those of you who would still like to use Photoshop, you can still find my template files over at BGG:
One problem that I have found out is that it is very difficult keep up with all these new custom made scenarios and cards because they are all shared in different plases...
I am wondering if we could make one portal or site where anyone can save and upgrade their own custom cards... like google docks for LOTR lcg, or something similar? Now the hunting down all these fabulous cards is full time job...
So what would we need for that...
What information would be needed
already made one card- although currently just using a fuzzy still from the film, rnadomly found on the internet- can anyone recommend any non-copyrighted artwork out there that would be suitable for stuff?
Never leave home without your Direwolf...
best senario ever... even better than most FFG ones. (not done wit this editor btw but using the psd template files form bbg)
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Sick of FFG terrible forum software? Why not try chatting at CardGameDB a site dedicated to Living Card Games and at the moment criminally under populated. Lets all move to that forum!!
that looks VERY cool
as soon as my new print catridge arrives in the mail, i'll be giving that one a try
Never leave home without your Direwolf...
Thanks for all your encouraging answers!
@Hannibal_pjv: A place where all custom cards are collected/linked is a good idea, but I'm not sure if the version numbers are really necessary. Difficulty ratings and short descriptions (without spoiling too much) would be a good thing. But I think this will be more of an issue in, let's say a year or something, when hopefully there are so many custom scenarios that it's difficult to overview all of them ;-) Meanwhile, name, link and author as provided by Svenn's page is sufficient, I guess.
@Mighty Jim: I also found it difficult to get good images. You can try elfwood.com and deviantart.com. There are some awesome pics. But it could be difficult to use the pictures. (All rights are reserved usually, so you got to ask for permission first. At elfwood chances could be better, but on deviantart there are also many artists who provided scans of their commissions, so I think they can't allow you to use them.) You can search on flickr.com for paintings only with creative commons license (use the advanced search). And you can search on wikimedia commons http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:Paintings. Usually, these pics are pretty old and it's legal to use them, but it's difficult to find something which is at least somehow usable for The Lord of the Rings...
If you guys want a page with more info than just name, author, and link I could set up a specific scenarios page with more detail. Doesn't take long to toss up a new page. ;)
Honestly, I'm not much into playing custom scenarios myself, but if it holds interest for other people or generates more interest in the game I'll put up whatever you want. Let me know what the best way to go about it would be. As I said, I'm definitely willing to host up files for anyone who needs a place to put them. I'm also trying to put links to other scenarios I've seen around.
A database of all the known custom scenarios has already been set up over at BBG:
This list also allows players to rate all the scenarios, providing others with a way to see which ones are the favorites. This list also stays up to date even if someone updates their custom scenario to a new version!
Once again thanks Pete, great job! Already created a few cards and I'm very satisfied with the results :-)