A downloadable template pack

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Standardcat is a 24-page Affinity Publisher template suitable for self-publishing roleplaying games. The template includes:

  • a pdf version of the template for universal access
  • 2 page sizes (A5 and 5.5 x 8.5in)
  • complete set of heading, body, table, header and footer text styles
  • alternating row colour table format
  • several styles to help format stat blocks
  • designed with two freely available fonts: Alegreya and Cooper Hewitt (please download separately and respect the fonts' licenses. A useful site is www.fontsquirrel.com)
  • title and end pages
  • colophon (copyright page)
  • table of contents
  • overview of content area
  • example d6 and d30 lists
  • single-column and two-column example layouts
  • various image size examples
  • a license for you to use the template to create your own works

NOTE: This template only works with the Affinity Publisher software. This template is distributed as is. It works with Affinity Publisher as of summer 2022. I do not guarantee regular updates of these template files.

Bonus Example Location

The template also includes a UVG-style location (compatible with that product), including:

  • misfortune table
  • local conditions, denizens, and desirables
  • a typical local lifeform (kabaliths, the living spirit stones) and spell (living stone)
  • three sub-locations (the Pink City, Tombs of Vorhad's Acolytes, and the Undying Megalith of Tabo).

This location is formatted for the SEACAT rpg system, a d20 system loosely compatible with most of the wider post-D&D ecosystem. Levels = HD, life = hp.

Enjoy!

I hope you find the template useful for your own design projects. It distills many lessons I have (sometimes painfully) learned over the years of creating roleplaying games.

I also hope you find the sample content useful as inspiration for laying out and creating your own exciting new rpg games.

Welcome aboard, you're all designers now :)

—L

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Click download now to get access to the following files:

Standard Seacat A5 v0.3.afpub
Standard Seacat A5 v0.3.pdf 5 MB
Standard Seacat A5 v0.3.aftemplate
Standard Seacat 55x85 v0.3.pdf 5 MB
Standard Seacat 55x85 v0.3.aftemplate 914 kB
Standard Seacat 55x85 v0.3.afpub 914 kB
Standard Seacat 55x85 v0.31.aftemplate 914 kB
Standard Seacat A5 v0.31.aftemplate 876 kB
Standard Seacat A5 v0.31.afpub 876 kB
Standard Seacat 55x85 v0.31.afpub 914 kB

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this is very cool. I was trying for fun or doing a LaTeX version, but I can't get my head around the heading use: at page 4 the heading title "Welcome" stands at double the size of the heading title "Do Not Leave The Bounded Area" at page 5. I thought this meant they had a different level  in the document sections hierarchy (e.g. chapter vs section in LaTeX terms), yet on the Table of Contents "Welcome" and "Do Not Leave This Area" have the same indentation, suggesting they belong to a similar chapter yet they both are at the same hierarchy level.
So I guess my question is: why Welcome is double the size of Do Not leave the bounded area?

"Welcome" is Heading 1 - in the contents it is styled as SMALL CAPS with an empty linespace above it.

"Do Not... etc." is Heading 2 - in the contents it is styled as Regular with no space above it.

"New Servitor etc." is Heading 3 - in the contents it is styled as Regular with no space above it and a 0.235in indent.

These are all stylistic choices. The simple answer is that I like how it looks.

To change it, select the entry in the table of contents (H1, H2, or H3) and adjust its style in the Text Styles panel. For example, if you want each subordinate entry to have a greater indentation, give the TOC 1: Heading 2 style an indent of 0.235in, and TOC1: Heading 3 style an indent of 0.47in.

The reason for the naming is, quite simply, because I called this TOC style "TOC 1" - i.e. Table of Contents 1.

I hope that helps!

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Really appreciate the A5 version having just spent a weekend laying out an A5 perfect bound booklet from scratch, I have a whole new outlook on what it takes to produce something like this.

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Thank you for the kind comment! I hope it helped a bit :)

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Simple, clean and complete, very good job !

Thx.

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Thank you so much for sharing this amazing resource !

Glad it helped!

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Thanks for this!

A pleasure :)

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amazing!!!

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