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A quick opinion check-in!

Google Docs Templates

I'm just doing an interest check over here to follow up the small one I did on Discord this morning! Would anyone be interested in Docs templates? Things like activity templates and game plotting for pre-setup brainstorming, etc. are mainly what I have in mind, but I'd like to hear any and all Docs needs in the comments!

Sound off if this sounds good to you or if you have other Docs template needs and/or wants. I'd love to hear your opinions!



Aug. 9th, 2017 02:30 am (UTC)
I would love something like this! Especially for activity check, since so many games let you link to an outside source now - what better for mods than to just have one everyone can copy and use?

I am all about uniformity tbh.

Also a 'log start' template so that I don't keep having to copy and paste from a text field on my CDJ!
Aug. 9th, 2017 06:43 am (UTC)
Oh, that's a great idea, yeah!!
Aug. 9th, 2017 06:25 am (UTC)
My psl partner and I use Google Docs for a range of things lately, from timelines to plotting verses to making little 'books' full of worldbuilding details.

Maybe templates for things along those lines - especially for games - would be useful? For example: a doc full of worldbuilding information, rules, and basic info with bio links for the characters / contact info for the players.
Aug. 9th, 2017 06:43 am (UTC)
Yeah, that's kinda something I was thinking too! My BFF and I RP exclusively on Docs, so we keep our PSL info there too and I do them up all cute for us to fill in with our plot outlines and all that, which is what spawned the idea haha.
Aug. 9th, 2017 07:01 am (UTC)
I took an RP break for a few years and now I'm completely baffled/intimidated by Google Docs. I have absolutely nothing helpful to say, but I vote yes anyway because I think having some templates to play around with might make me more comfortable with it.
Aug. 9th, 2017 02:55 pm (UTC)
Oh no! I totally get that, though. Google Docs is actually a really great resource to use once you're comfortable with it, so maybe I'll make a little Intro To Docs post too with kind of like a list of quickinfo and links to in-depth tutorials.
Aug. 9th, 2017 03:53 pm (UTC)
Aah, no! I'd feel like a bother! I'm sure I could find tutorials on my own. It's just that starting from scratch feels so overwhelming but with templates (which I didn't even know was possible on GD) that's not an issue. I'm more of a "rip things apart and see how they work" kind of person anyway.
Aug. 9th, 2017 04:01 pm (UTC)
Aw, it's no bother! But same here, haha.

And yeah! With Docs you can make a doc (so, in my case, a template) and set it to "anyone with a link can view" and then from there people can File > Make a Copy and save it to their own Drive account to use!
Aug. 9th, 2017 01:13 pm (UTC)
Oh god, yes to the activity check one. Anything to make it easier.
Aug. 9th, 2017 02:56 pm (UTC)
Hee, ty for your input! Is there anything specific you'd be looking for in an AC template? I'm just gathering as much varied info as I can for now, so anything is helpful!
Aug. 9th, 2017 03:03 pm (UTC)
You know how in Excel and Word you can create tables with color changes between each line so it's easier to read? That's definitely a plus to me. Makes it easier to go through each character. But like people add/remove characters a lot so maybe that's not feasible.

Maybe color changes when you input a link for activity so that it's easier to see. Like it's a blue background and when it changes white? IDK.

Aug. 9th, 2017 03:20 pm (UTC)
Oh, that's interesting! I know you'd probably be able to do that in Google Sheets, but I'm ngl I think it'd be even easier to do in Docs, just without the ability to click a column and sort by it.
Aug. 13th, 2017 02:22 am (UTC)
Maxi and I do this with our activity sheets using conditional formatting. We set the blank cells to be a light red shade and once you input something in that field, the background turns green. We have a master spreadsheet for activity at [info]saveatlantis where each player has their own tab to keep track of their own, but it makes activity for us as mods so much easier to track!

We might be spreadsheet nerds >.>
Aug. 13th, 2017 02:23 am (UTC)
Would it be weird if I could see it?
Aug. 13th, 2017 02:24 am (UTC)
Not at all! I think Maxi sent a copy to Tess, too, but our sheet is actually viewable by anyone with a link, so I will email that to you!
Aug. 13th, 2017 02:26 am (UTC)
And sent!
Aug. 9th, 2017 04:43 pm (UTC)
Absolutely. Not just docs either, necessarily. I like doing my activity stuff on sheets as well.
Aug. 9th, 2017 04:59 pm (UTC)
Awesome, thank you! ♥ I'm not quite as well-versed in Sheets as I am Docs, but I definitely want to expand onto that later on if people want it; for now I'm thinking I'll release the four-five templates I have next month and see where we're at so far as usage and demand, but I'm definitely interested in doing both!
Aug. 11th, 2017 03:52 am (UTC)
I'd be happy to share some of the sheets I've done for activity/tracking and see what amazing thoughts you have to make them better if you're interested!
Aug. 11th, 2017 02:49 pm (UTC)
Oh, that'd be so awesome, yeah!
Aug. 11th, 2017 03:49 pm (UTC)
Just sent you an email with a bunch of stuff. Email is coming from ~watchtowersing[at]gmail.
Aug. 13th, 2017 02:22 am (UTC)
Haha I was going to make this same offer but then I scrolled down.
Aug. 13th, 2017 02:23 am (UTC)
I love the idea of templates, go for it!
Sep. 26th, 2017 03:05 pm (UTC)
I would be forever in your debt if you did this... <3