Guide to the Campaign Manager
The Campaign Manager is a set of tools that allow you to run RPG campaigns in your world. The RPG tools are tightly integrated into the world codex, which makes running campaigns much easier. Note that this is not a full replacement for a virtual tabletop; instead, it's meant to be used as a digital GM screen. However, some interaction between the GM and the players is still possible, such as private messages and handouts. If you are a Game Master, keep reading. Otherwise, you can skip to the Player section.
Getting startedFollow these instructions to prepare your world for a campaign and then to create it:
- Go to your World Configuration and choose a system for your world. Some systems, such as DnD5e and Genesys, will unlock system-specific settings later. To unselect a value ctrl+click it.
- Go to the RPG Blocks Page and create Stat Blocks for every Player Character.
- Create an Empty Character article for every Player Character.
- Go to the Campaign Page through the top bar if the dashboard and Click the Create a New Campaign button to the right. Fill out the page it takes you to.
- Once you've done this you will be at the homepage for that campaign. Any campaign-related actions you do henceforth on the site will affect this selected campaign. To change which campaign is selected, or to make a new one, return to the Campaign Page.
- Open up your Cast and create all of your characters. If they are protagonists then assign a Player to them.
Campaign edit interfaceWhen editing a campaign, you have this menu on the top of your screen.
HomeIn the home screen, you will see a log of past sessions. If you have just created the campaign, the page will be empty. You can't do much with this page, so let's go to the next one!
SessionsOn the left column, you can see the list of sessions. Each session will look like this:
PlotsYou can add plots to the campaign from this page. They will show as quick links in the DSTS, so you can use them to write down your thoughts and plans for the campaign, both the general plot or more detailed arcs. When you access this page for the first time, you see this message:
CastFrom the Cast page, you can manage the characters of your campaign, both PCs and important NPCs. To do so, click the pink Add new Character button on the right column and fill in the fields:
QuicklinksQuicklinks are a great way to have some relevant articles in hand while you are running a session. They will appear in the right column of the DSTS. To add an article to the quicklinks, go to the article list of your world and click the + button:
CorkboardThe corkboard is a page of the DSTS where you can add sticky notes. It's useful if you need to remember important things that too short for a whole article. To add them click Corkboard on the top menu and use the sidebar to add a new note. You can also choose a color to make each note more distinct:
ConfigurationThe configuration page is pretty self-explanatory. From the right sidebar, you can add new players to the campaign and change the storyteller, as well as delete the campaign. In the main body, there are generic settings, such as campaign name, excerpt, and description, as well as visibility settings and social media links. This is also where you can change the RPG system of your campaign.
ViewClicking on the View option of the menu will take you to the presentation page for the campaign. This page contains the campaign description, cast, sessions and some information about the setting. Note that, if you are a guild member, you can make this page private or only available to subscribers from the campaign configuration page.
The Digital Storyteller Screen (DSTS)Once you have everything prepared, it's time to run the session! To do so, go to the Sessions page of your campaign and click on the Start button of your prepared session:
NotebookThe Notebook is where you can jot down your notes about what's going on during the session. There are four sections here:
Log entry boxAny log entries you save will be added to your session log when you end it. The log can be viewed by the GM only by default, although individual entries can be made public. You can make the log entry either public (all players can see it), private (only you can see it) or private but choosing a player who will be able to see it. Use the dropdowns under the text box to set the privacy status.
ScrapbookThe Scrapbook is a text box you can use to jot down quick notes. When you end the session, they will appear in your session details when you go edit them:
Dice rollerYou can use the dice roller to roll the traditional RPG dice. You roll them by clicking on the die you want to roll or by entering the notation in the text box (for example, 2d20+4).
Library, Search box and QuicklinksThe Library section allows you to read articles and stat blocks, both from your world and from your system's SRD (in case they have been entered in World Anvil). The following screenshot highlights different parts of this page:
CorkboardThe Corkboard displays all the notes you have added from the Corkboard edit interface (see above). They are highlighted in your chosen color and are not editable from the DSTS.
ProtagonistsThis page lets you track the stats of your players' characters, such as hit points and conditions, as you can see in the following screenshot:
Handout screenThe handout screen is a page where you can post articles from your world for your players to see. You can post them from the Library section in the DSTS, pressing the blue button with a monitor icon. The players will be able to access the screen from their own accounts and see all the content you post.
Player's interfaceThis section contains information for the players of a campaign. To access your playing interface, go to your Dashboard. There, you will see a section named Your Characters. Click on the "Edit & Play" button of your character:
During a sessionIn order to play in a session, click the "Enter session" button in the sidebar of this page. It looks like this:
Tracking sidebarTo modify one of the fields, just change their value and click the "Save changes" button at the bottom:
NotesClick on the Notes option in the header menu and you will access a page with four modules. In the left side, you have a text box to post notes. Only you and the GM can see your notes, and they will be saved to the session log automatically:
Between sessionsYou can edit your character details, write session journals and read the session log. You have four tabs on your edit page:
ProfileYour profile explains who your character is, rather than the purely mechanical information. You can use it to describe their physical aspect and their backstory, as well as to upload a portrait. You can use the pink View Character Page button at the sidebar to see your character's profile as your fellow players and your GM will see them.
Character SheetUse this tab to edit your Character Sheet. Keep in mind that all trackable information will already appear in the sidebar of your in-session screen, so the Sheet should contain static content only (you can consider your level static content, even if it can change during a session).
JournalsYou create a Journal for a session from your character's point of view. The edit interface is pretty straight-forward; other than the title and main text, you also have a section for secret notes (only you and the GM can see them) and the game date (you can use the in-game calendar, for example). Don't forget to choose the related gaming session, so that other players can find your journal easily!
Log entriesFrom there, you can see all public logs from the session or the logs that the GM has sent to you only:
FAQWhy can't my players see/edit their character sheets? Make sure that you have added your players to your campaign configuration and then added them to a character from the Cast section. Don't forget to choose a character sheet when adding them! Can I access the Digital Storyteller Screen (DSTS) without starting a session? No, you can't. However, you can create a test session to familiarise yourself with the system before running the actual section. Afterward, you can delete the test session. How do I delete a campaign? Go to your campaign configuration page. There is a red Delete campaign button there. How do I add characters to the campaign? For PCs, you need to first add your players' accounts to the campaign from the campaign configuration page. Once that's done, go to the Cast section of your campaign to add the characters.
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