Ok, I need some help. I’m trying to format some NPC data so it appears in a readable fashion in my blog posts, but in a format that also translates well to print/PDF. Here are three options I’ve come up with so far (please leave any other suggestions in the comments below)…

Here’s option #1:

Apprentice Mage

Attributes: Warrior 2, Rogue 3, Mage 5
HP: 8, Mana: 10, Defense: 6
Skills: Alchemy, Blunt, Thaumaturgy
Talents: Familiar (Raven)
Spells: Frostburn, Healing Hand
Trappings: Mage robes, Staff, pouch with 2d6 silver pieces

Here’s option #2:

Apprentice Mage

Attributes: Warrior 2, Rogue 3, Mage 5
HP: 8, Mana: 10, Defense: 6
Skills: Alchemy, Blunt, Thaumaturgy
Talents: Familiar (Raven)
Spells: Frostburn, Healing Hand
Trappings: Mage robes, Staff, pouch with 2d6 silver pieces

Here’s option #3:

Apprentice Mage

Attributes Warrior 2, Rogue 3, Mage 5
Secondary Stats HP: 8, Mana: 10, Defense: 6
Skills Alchemy, Blunt, Thaumaturgy
Talents Familiar (raven)
Spells Frostburn, Healing Hand
Trappings Mage robes, Staff, pouch with 2d6 sp

Though #3 is more work, I’m kind of partial to the look of #3 simply because the info is broken up a bit more.

What do you think?
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(Note that the Apprentice Mage stats above were copied from page 3 of the Warrior, Rogue & Mage Core Rulebook from Stargazer Games. You can get more details about WR&M here.)

–Fitz

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This article has 4 comments

  1. Stacy Reply

    I think #2 combined with Paper & Plastic’s formatting suggestion would be a winner.

  2. Paper & Plastic Reply

    Here is how i do it:
    http://atoolongurl.blogspot.com/2011/01/d-4enpc-shalelu-andosana-ranger.html

    I think that the main problem with you layouts is that all the stats have the same importance and that makes difficult for the eyyes to find the informations.

    I think you have to consider what are the things your reader will search when browsing your PDF. Then make bold the lables. You can docapitalized+bold for the 2 or 3 VITAL stats, use the bold for the important stats and the normal text for the rest.

    Example:

    HP: 8, MANA: 10, DEFENSE: 6
    Skills: Alchemy, Blunt, Thaumaturgy
    Trappings: Mage robes, Staff, pouch with 2d6 sp

    For the border of the table i suggest
    cellpaddin=2 Cellspacing=0 border=1

    bye! :)

    • Fitz

      @Paper & Plastic – That’s a great distinction to make here. I think I see what you’re after. Thanks for the feedback!!

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