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Save your Game

Written by MythicParty - Published on April 30, 2013

Hey there Loyal Reader.  Our last article was supposed to be another ‘Tales From the Other Side of the Screen” where I respond to Darkwarren’s DM Dispatches about hit points. You may have noticed that instead of reading my brilliant rebuttal to his Chaotically Evil stance against giving players maximum hit points, you were instead reading a 404 Error Message.  That’s because unbeknownst to me, the Tech Gods were busy doing a web site upgrade & the new post didn’t truly get saved to our server.  They’re trying to locate it as I type this, but in the event that my latest masterpiece is unrecoverable, I’ll retrace my verbal steps.


Until then, it occurred to me that this experience of technological mishaps might be something that could help save other gamers from losing their stuff, whether that be virtual or actual.  Granted some of this will be common sense but like they say, common sense isn’t common- surely being a DM you already have seen weekly proof of this.


Save Bonus +1: backup your files, then backup your backup.  Obviously my escapade could have easily been resolved if I had just typed my article into a WORD Doc then done the ‘ol copy/paste.  But nope, I did all my writing into Word Press like I have always done, clicked the big blue ‘Publish’ rectangle, checked the site to see that it was there (it was), then went on my merry way.  (Actually I watched one of the Game of Thrones episodes for the 4th time because “And Now His Watch Is Ended” had a fracking amazing ending.)  So be sure to regularly save your campaign info, your gaming music, & your PDFs.  Then save them again all somewhere else, preferably through someone else.  (We use Dropbox to start with, then our own dives whether they be hard or Google).  That way if anything happens to one place, the ‘Plan B’ spot will be safe.


Save Bonus +2: make a list of what your group has & who owns what if anything isn’t ‘Common Use.‘  Darkwarren’s gaming room has hundreds of minis, a bookshelf full of D&D books, & various roleplaying aids/equipment.  Now this group has been playing together for over a decade so pretty much everything has become congealed into a quasi-group property status.  But certain guys definitely had a hand in buying certain things: one guy bought an army of minis for example, while another has a Paizo subscription garnering him everything they make.  As long as they stay part of the group, everything is copacetic.  However if they end up moving or otherwise leaving then trying to split up the treasure pile could take some figuring out.  But the other reason to make a list to better keep track of what everyone has is that by knowing whats available you’re all more likely to find it when you need it.


Save Bonus +3: store your stuff properly.  I know I’m the only one, but I keep all my gaming stuff down in my basement.  A lot of it is left right out, my Nerdery proudly on display for anyone going below grade to see.  But some of it I’ve lazily left in the original packaging or kept in the cardboard boxes that they were moved in.  Problem is paper products stored in a basement is the natural lair of mold & mildew.  Or at the very least a musty smell.  Unfortunately that’s not the very worst thing that could happen, as I’ve literally had my basement flood.  If I hadn’t been home when the rain came up out of the drain pipe my Galaxian Collection would have been drowned in a small flood.  Thankfully I was able to get everything to the (+1) high ground until the H2O subsided.  But afterward I transferred everything into plastic storage containers with seal-tight lids, then kept these on the upper shelves.


While these Save Bonuses may seem on the ‘Der’ side, chances are not every group (or member in your group) does them.  grab these bonuses today, before a server eats your writing, a friend moves away with all the stuff, or the basement goes underwater.  Then come back & share your tale of survival.

Written by MythicParty

Dog-loving, movie-watching, pizza aficionado. Content Editor for DMing.com, Project Manager for AvatarArt.com, & player of the coolest characters in a weekly D&D game. Halflings are the real heroes.

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6 Responses to “Save your Game”
  1. Hermeticgamer says:

    Good reminders. My worst gaming loss was back in the old teen days when I left my newly developing campaign folder at my buddy’s house in his basement lair where we sometimes played and where he also slept. His mom went on “since you aren’t cleaning this disaster I will” spree one day. We lost my campaign folder with all my hand drawn world maps and notes along with a good chunk of Marvel Super Heroes supplements and the box set. Truly a day of infamy that could have been prevented by cleaning his room once in a while.

  2. Darkwarren says:

    Hey, it’s in my basement… it’s all my stuff! ;^P

  3. MythicParty says:

    That would be the infamous ‘Organic Method’ for treasure splitting folks. ;P

  4. ShnizmuffiN says:

    You could use Draft [ https://draftin.com ] to, well, draft. Write, autosave, iterate, and publish to Drive/Dropbox/Wordpress right out of the app.

  5. MythicParty says:

    Per the IT Wizardress: “The only way to fix it now is to upload the old database and re-install. That will lose all the new posts. So it is gone forever. Sorry.”

    I have to re-write. {sad trombone}

    But I will be taking ShnizmuffiN’s advice & using Draft to well, do my drafts. Has anyone else given this a shot?


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