Back in 2000 I was trying to teach myself Microsoft Access databases. In order to do this I needed a project that included various tables and forms.
At the same time I was reading the book, Building Believable Characters by Marc McCutcheon. The book is basically a book of lists, which meant I had my table data for the project!
Thus was born the Character Builder Tool, using an interface page and MS Access tables as the backend. In the years to follow, I found I wasn’t always on a computer that had MS Access.
In preparation for NaNoWriMo 2013, I needed to flesh out several of my characters, but couldn’t remember what I did with the book from 10+ years ago. I did remember my old project, but I also remembered I no longer know how to use MS Access. 😦
This past weekend. . .
- I ported the tables out to Excel. By moving it to Excel, a greater number of users can more easily expand the functionality and lists
- Built a Main page tab with drop-down lists (i.e. row 15 for Belly, provides a list from the Physical List tab)
- If printing, currently 4 characters fit to one-page wide
- I started expanding outside the content of the book to include items such as race/ethnicity, types of homes, etc.
You can download this little project here if you want to mess with it.
No instructions provided. Just have fun with it.
More importantly keep writing!