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RPG Trek for Android


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I'm cross posting this on a few sites to build awareness, but more importantly to get feedback.

I've just put out an app call "RPG Trek" for Android. The purpose of which is to make the whole travel part of fantasy role playing games more fun. (Some DM's are great, but I've more often seen this part drag.)

The app costs a few dollars. And I already think it's worth more than that to those who need it. I still think it can be improved a lot.

So from you guys, I just need to know hang-ups (boring moments) you have when doing in game traveling. So if this just becomes a thread about how to spice up travel, great! If you did download RPG Trek, also great! But tell me what kind of features you'd like to see. I have version 1.1 in the works, and I'd love a big thick list wishlist for 1.2 and beyond.

Thanks guys!


This looks really cool., I think I'll probably nab a copy. For additional stuff perhaps random NPCs that could be met, random places of minor interest (taverns, shrines, etc) or random minor treasures ("you find a facsinating figurine beside the road..."). I commend you for putting this out there, look forward to seeing where it goes!

Edit: nabbed!


Terronus wrote:

This looks really cool., I think I'll probably nab a copy. For additional stuff perhaps random NPCs that could be met, random places of minor interest (taverns, shrines, etc) or random minor treasures ("you find a facsinating figurine beside the road..."). I commend you for putting this out there, look forward to seeing where it goes!

Edit: nabbed!

Thanks!

Random treasures, thats a very good idea!
Random NPCs I was going to put something like that in there as well, but perhaps personality traits as well?


Definitely. The GMG would be a good starting point for personalities and NPCs. I liked the idea of minor treasure because it ties in to experience rewards for difficult travel that you mentioned. The important thing, I think, is creating interesting tidbits that won't be TOO compelling to derail a party from their travels :-P

Lantern Lodge

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Roleplaying Game Subscriber
LostMystic wrote:


I've just put out an app call "RPG Trek" for Android. The purpose of which is to make the whole travel part of fantasy role playing games more fun. (Some DM's are great, but I've more often seen this part drag.)

The app costs a few dollars. And I already think it's worth more than that to those who need it.

I appreciate your purely unbiased assessment of it's worth.

For what it does 17 megabytes is too heavy and slow an application for my phone. If the bulk of your application weight is graphics, redo them. I don't need wallpaper photo graphics for a GM aid I'm running on my phone, I need lean, sleek, and fast.


LazarX wrote:


I appreciate your purely unbiased assessment of it's worth.

For what it does 17 megabytes is too heavy and slow an application for my phone. If the bulk of your application weight is graphics, redo them. I don't need wallpaper photo graphics for a GM aid I'm running on my phone, I need lean, sleek, and fast.

When ready to release I have to decide, so there is some bias. I did show it to 10 others. But thats also why I'm here, to ensure that it holds the value for those that grab it.

Hrm. I'm going to have to find a good middle ground with the graphics. Some people love them and others want higher res. I am trying to cut down the file size. A lot of it turns out to be sound files.

Too slow is unacceptable, this isn't a utility unless it's utilitarian. So I have to fix that. Would you mind me asking what android phone you are using with what OS? I should be able to add some optimization up to a certain point.


Terronus wrote:
Definitely. The GMG would be a good starting point for personalities and NPCs. I liked the idea of minor treasure because it ties in to experience rewards for difficult travel that you mentioned. The important thing, I think, is creating interesting tidbits that won't be TOO compelling to derail a party from their travels :-P

Yeah thats the idea. The DM runs the game, I just want to insert fun, not hijack their adventure. :-)


Says it's incompatible with my Samsung Galaxy Prevail. Can't say why.


Fletch wrote:
Says it's incompatible with my Samsung Galaxy Prevail. Can't say why.

Sorry about that, I'm trying to look into why. Did that happen before you were allowed to buy (that would be google marketplace) or did it happen after you purchased and tried to run. (that would be our architecture)?

Either way I want to try to make sure you have a copy that will run for you.

Lantern Lodge

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Roleplaying Game Subscriber
LostMystic wrote:
LazarX wrote:


I appreciate your purely unbiased assessment of it's worth.

For what it does 17 megabytes is too heavy and slow an application for my phone. If the bulk of your application weight is graphics, redo them. I don't need wallpaper photo graphics for a GM aid I'm running on my phone, I need lean, sleek, and fast.

When ready to release I have to decide, so there is some bias. I did show it to 10 others. But thats also why I'm here, to ensure that it holds the value for those that grab it.

Hrm. I'm going to have to find a good middle ground with the graphics. Some people love them and others want higher res. I am trying to cut down the file size. A lot of it turns out to be sound files.

Too slow is unacceptable, this isn't a utility unless it's utilitarian. So I have to fix that. Would you mind me asking what android phone you are using with what OS? I should be able to add some optimization up to a certain point.

LG Optimus with Android 2.3 I currently use Summoner and PFS Tracker. I am thinking strongly of moving over to iPhone, but I do have an Android NextBook with the same OS.

Maybe you should produce two versions, one for phones and another for tablets. A phone based app should really aim for 4-6 megabyte size ceiling.


"Maybe you should produce two versions, one for phones and another for tablets. A phone based app should really aim for 4-6 megabyte size ceiling."

Thank you. In the last week there's been a code restructure and optimization added where possible. I'm looking at expansion files (for android) for larger pictures and having a smaller picture base depending on your needs. Same goes for sound files. Thats going to be a while off though.

The code optimization will be completed for next update. The expansion packs will not. I'll still try to narrow down anything unnecessary.

If you send me your email via private message I can work with you to get a version that works for your system. If you've bought something from me, I'd like to ensure it works.

- Mark

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