Of Screenshots and Supporting Characters
Tuesday, February 3, 2004

A few major successes last night were coupled with some minor setbacks.

Most exciting was contacting gaidheal by e-mail to ask permission to use his fabulous deck plans as part of the main game-board. I was pleased to hear that he agreed to this use and I was able to start on the gameboard immediately.

I had a brainstorm on overcoming the problem that "a single die-roll might end the game". Most (if not all) of the crew will have crew cards which will permit re-rolls of failed challenges. In addition, several of the Shiny cards will either add dice or permit re-rolls as well. Part of the strategy of the game will be understanding when and where to use specific re-roll cards and when to save them for really critical moments.

On the less shiny side of things, I was confronted with the realization that my low-tech method that I had planned to use to get screen caps of images from the DVDs (i.e. using "Print Screen" and then pasting to Photoshop) was not going to work. I have an older Asus V7700 GeForce 2 card, and having never had the inclination to do screencaps before, I didn't know the drill. I suppose I'll have to dig into my computer storage boxes and see if any software came with the card which will allow easy and good clarity screen captures.

Of course, if anyone reading this has a simpler method, please feel free to tell me (hint, HINT)

I managed to find some good images of the crew on the net to use for the crew pieces, so that's off to a good start, but I really need a reliable method of screen capturing to get shots for the opponent pieces and the Shiny and Crew cards.

As mentioned in the Board Game thread, I'm also a bit stumped on Crew Cards for Inara, Zoe and Wash. Any input on that front would be appreciated.

Otherwise, things are rolling along nicely. If all goes well this week, I should have a playable prototype by next Sunday.


Wednesday, February 4, 2004 5:42 AM


Aha! Thanks, Saint Jayne.

I have WinDVD and PowerDVD, but I usually use WinDVD, and I hadn't noticed a screen capture function for that software. I'll try PowerDVD when I get home tonight.

Wednesday, February 4, 2004 5:04 AM


Screen capture doesn't work on DVD players. Doesn't your software have a screen grab button? On PowerDVD there is a little camera icon on the left.

Tuesday, February 3, 2004 6:06 PM


Very shiny!

Tuesday, February 3, 2004 4:45 PM


Try using zapgrab for your screen caps. that works pretty good.


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