Usage Guidelines

Wondering where to get started? The following are guidelines on how to use GameBriefcase effectively. These are not hard rules, but there are very few exceptions, so follow them unless you have a mighty good reason to do otherwise.

Stick to Appropriate Content

Appropriate content for this wiki is limited to material relating to amateur/indie/semi-professional game design. Primarily it's intended for homebrew expansion/variant designs for popular gaming systems such as Dungeons & Dragons, but it's open to all systems, and to completely original material.

Keep in mind that any material you add to the wiki will be publicly available. If you do not want something to be seen, do not post it. At this stage, there is no wikidot function to set view permissions for different pages, so you cannot pick and choose who can see your pages except via an obscure workaround you will have to implement yourself.

Keep It Factual

The wiki should maintain a factual, mostly objective tone where possible. If you want to make comments on your personal opinions, or enter into discussion with other users, use the "discuss" link found at the bottom of the page on which you wish to comment.

License Your Content

It is your responsibility to include any relevant copyright/creative commons/etc. information which is relevant to your articles. Unless otherwise mentioned, your work will be treated by the wiki as being under a Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivs 3.0 License, which essentially means that anybody can distribute it as long as they give you credit and do not modify it. If you want your work to be governed by a different license or your own terms, you MUST say so in the article.

If you wish to add a nice formal-looking notice for work which is copyrighted or released under the Open Gaming License (OGL), see the wiki's collection of templates.

Place Your Articles Thoughtfully

This is a shared wiki, so page names/locations may wind up overlapping sometimes. Keep this in mind when naming your pages - if you want to write about elves in your setting, do not name your page "elves", but instead something like "mysetting-elves" or "myname-elf-variant". This keeps your page separate from other elf pages which might be situated on the wiki. You can have the title of you page display something which looks better - "Elves in MySetting", "MyName's Elf Variant" - so keep the page name/url as practical as possible.

In some cases, you can go ahead and use the title of your page as the name, when it's unique. For example, if you have your own setting or system, it probably has a unique title - you can place that article at "mysetting" rather than having to worry about "myname-mysetting" or anything like that. In fact, using that title as a prefix to sort all your articles is a great idea.

Tag Your Articles Appropriately

See that link at the bottom of the page? You need to add tags to all your pages. Don't be too specific - a tage is probably not appropriate if there are only one or two pages that would have it - but make sure you cover the basics, such as content type (race/class/variant etc.), the system or setting (if appropriate), and the license (if appropriate).

Categories for Function, Tags for Thematics

"Categories" on wikidot enable you to place things in different namespace - e.g., "system:mypage" instead of just "mypage". It is the rule of this wiki to use categories to denote the type of article, not its affiliation to an author/setting or its content. For example, good categories include "template:mypage", "user:mypage" and "system:mypage", while inappropriate categories would be things like "dnd:mypage", "race:mypage", "fluff:mypage" or "variant:mypage".

This is simply to prevent functional categories (the "good" list) from being mixed in with thematic/content-based categories (the "bad" list). The reason it's handled this way is because a page can only be placed in one category on the wiki. That page almost certainly only fits into one functional category, it will probably fit into many thematic categories (an article about elves in your setting could be categorised for race, fluff, the setting, the system, you as an author, or any number of other themes). Therefore, use tags instead of categories to describe the content of your pages. You will rarely ever need to use page categories yourself, unless you wish to make yourself a user page (user:myname).

Don't Waste Space

The wiki has a limited amount of space for storing files such as images, character sheets and so forth. Please store files in your own webspace (if you have any) wherever possible. If you upload such content to the wiki, it must be compressed as efficiently as possible - images should be moderate or low resolution and stored as jpeg, or limited colour png (especially for B&W/greyscale images) and other files should be either natively small or archived.

Getting Started

Ready to start adding your articles? We have a number of templates to help you, especially if you happen to be posting D&D content. Just type the desired name of your page into the "Add New Page" field at left. You can choose a page template based on the official D&D books (including a pre-made class table which fills out some areas automatically), by selecting the appropriate template from the "Initial content" list below your page's title.

Unless otherwise stated, the content of this page is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivs 3.0 License