A few questions have come up lately, and I realized I didn't have my policies down in writing anywhere, so here goes:
All submissions of rules or adventure materials to the Basic Fantasy Project must be in source format; for most, this means OpenOffice.org/LibreOffice ODT format, but Word will be accepted as well (though I'll change it to ODT before publishing). Please, do NOT submit PDFs to me, as I won't use them.
An exception is made for forms, such as character sheets; if the software needed to edit the document is not generally available, feel free to submit just the final PDF format.
Rules supplements are normally set in Soutane type, with headings in Soutane Black. You can presently get the Soutane font family from fonts101.com. Adventures are set in Century Gothic with headings in Soutane Black. Century Gothic is distributed widely with Windows applications, and many people already have that font installed; unfortunately, I can't send you a copy as it's not properly free. Alternatives to Century Gothic have been proposed, but various licensing issues have prevented me from adopting any of them.
The best way to create a new supplement or adventure is to download an existing one and edit it. Sorry, I don't have templates available. Please take a little time to learn about the use of "styles" in OpenOffice.org, and you'll find it pays off in the long run. In general, you'll use the style named "Text Body" for any body text (running text) in your work. SubHeading is used for left-aligned headings, MainHeading for centered (page-top) headings. If you are laying out a monster, use "MonsterBlock" format; there are styles for HitPointCheckBoxes (including HitPointChecksEnd for the last line). Use "BoxedText" for, well, boxed text. In some of the older works, these styles may have different (but similar) names.
Lets say, just for the sake of discussion, I'm doing something different and rather large, and I want to present it with a strikingly different tone? Like, uhm... maybe a campaign setting set in a world reminiscent of mythical Japan. Would using a font for headers only that deviates from the established guidelines be acceptable?
Also, as there hasn't been a full color BFRPG-related release yet, would having the hypothetical release being being full color be problematic?
Characters: Himamura Jin (Night Wizard; Level 6 Great One/Level 1 Caster) Benjamin d'Aide (BFRPG; level 5 cleric of the virtue of Sacrifice) - recurring hireling turned pseudo-DMPC
Also, regarding getting things on the Downloads page:
I do not post updates to anything on the Downloads page without an email to prompt me. Since I do get behind on things, I need a work queue to ensure I get everything done when I get around to it. So, if you have a supplement posted on the forum, and you want it on the Downloads page, you better email me or it will never happen.
I do not post everything I receive; in particular, works that are too much like other things may be rejected (something I've not been careful enough about in the past), as may works that I find too different from the core game. Rejection from posting on the Downloads page does not mean you can't distribute your work... it just means I won't distribute it.
What font is used for many of the adventure titles? It doesn't seem to be referenced in this post and I couldn't find it in any other. If the question is already addressed, feel free to simply point me to the related post.
I just recently discovered BFRPG, and I've become a huge fan. I've been proselytizing to my gaming buddies, and many of them are going to give BFRPG a chance.
I'm looking forward to contributing a few sub classes, and maybe an adventure if our new campaign pans out. The issue I'm having is formatting with LibreOffice (mac). I download a few different .odt files from the download section, and all of them (the 3 I've looked at) have spacing issues and a weird font overlap and they don't format out the way the PDFs look of the same file. Is this a margins issues? Is anyone else creating supplements on the mac version of LibreOffice?
Files that I'm having this issue with: Assassins Supplement r3.odt, Druid Supplement r4.oft, and Beginner's Essentials r6.
I just opened Morgansfort r21.odt and the only formatting issue was with the cover page. The title and sub title came out as AuntJudy, which I shrunk, and they everything else looked great.
You need the Century Gothic and Soutane (including SoutaneBlack) font families to work on BFRPG projects. The former family is installed with a number of different Microsoft products, while the latter is available from a few sites on the Internet.
Titles are set in a variety of fonts; if you want to use something decorative for an adventure title page, let me know so I can be sure of getting a proper PDF conversion with it.