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Forum - Adding a Combat Spreadsheet

     Many forums use am embedded spreadsheet, in this example a Google Spreadsheet, to track an manage certain aspects of combat.  In addition to the Game Maps bottom content rows, which lists players and can be edited, using a spreadsheet is an option that many like. And here is how you embed a spreadsheet into a post using code.

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Map 101 - Fog of War or Hiding Sections

     Fog of War or Hiding portions of a created map in the mapper.  The following details two ways to get it done.  Should you want to hide parts of your map, showing bits gradually later as players move, here is a couple of ways to do it:

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Plot Hook - Wenceslas Refuge

     - by Shroudeye for PBPMap.    

     Many years have passed since the fall of man and the world became a colder, less hospitality place. A new Ice Age gripped the Earth, plummeting the temperature, and expanding the polar caps once more. Few creatures existed on the surface now, further 

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Map 101 - Making a Character Icon

     As written in Map 101 - Placing Tiles, players and GMs can create their own icons and upload them to the Game map using the 'Upload Button.'  But how easy is it to do?  The following article steps through the process of creating a character icon from a graphic found on the internet.  Now, to make this applicable to most without the need to 

Character Icons

     As written in Map 101 - Placing Tiles, players and GMs can create their own icons and upload them to the Game map using the 'Upload Button.'  But how easy is it to do?  The following article steps through the process of creating a character icon from a graphic found on the internet.  Now, to make this applicable to most without the need to have a special image editing program, I'm using an online image editor called Pixlr which can be found here, http://pixlr.com/editor/ .  Also, this is honestly the first time I've used this web image editor as I usually use Photoshop, but once you know the process any image editor can be used.

    First, find an image online or use one that you've created yourself.  Save the image to your hard drive and go to the Pixlr website and open up the web editor.  Here is the original image I used.

     Open Pixlr in your web browser and select 'Open Image from Computer' in the initial start screen or File/Open Image and upload your image to Pixlr.  Now, select the crop tool, circled tool in image below.  From the drop down labeled 'Contraint', select 'Output Size' and then type 39 x 39 in the boxes just as it appears in the example below.  Crop the area you want to make into an icon, click File/Save, rename the file (for example append 'sm' at the end of the file name), and save it as a JPEG.

     Generally, the file will be 4kb or less, which is what the Upload Figure will allow.  If it is too large, then go back and crop a slightly smaller area until you can upload the new tile.  The new icon will appear in under the list of icons assigned to the Figure 1x1 button.  This is what my final icon looks like.

   And that's it.  Creating and uploading icons is fairly simple.  Any image program that has a crop tool in which the dimensions of the crop can be set to 39x39 pixels will work to create new character, monster, or NPC icons for your game maps.

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