Video Tutorials

Here is a collection of video tutorials, covering a variety of site features and topics. We will continue to produce and update these tutorials as new features are created.

If you don't see a video tutorial that you think we need, email us at support@obsidianportal.com and we will create one!

Please note that Obsidian Portal has been adapting and upgrading since it's release in 2007. As such, some of these videos may contain sections of material that may no longer look or function as they are presented in the tutorial.

BEGINNER'S GUIDE - ACCOUNT CREATION AND MANAGEMENT

Community and Content Manager Kallak walks new users through the very first steps to create your Obsidian Portal account and log in for the first time. He talks about all the parts of your Profile Page and how to edit them. The demonstration includes avatar picture uploads, location map, time zone, bio, social sign-in options, and email notifications. Membership Plans and Gifting Subscriptions are also covered. (15:34)


THE ESSENTIALS

CREATE A NEW CAMPAIGN
JOIN A CAMPAIGN
LEAVE A CAMPAIGN
CHOOSE ACTIVE CAMPAIGN
CHANGE YOUR PASSWORD
DICE ROLLER OVERVIEW


COMMUNICATIONS

INVITE A PLAYER
REMOVE A PLAYER
MANAGE OPEN INVITATIONS
VIEW A NEW PRIVATE MESSAGE
VIEW YOUR PRIVATE MESSAGE INBOX
REPLY TO A PRIVATE MESSAGE
COMPOSE A NEW PRIVATE MESSAGE
DELETING AND TRASHING PRIVATE MESSAGES
CONFIGURING EMAIL CONTACT SETTINGS
VIEW CAMPAIGN COMMENTS
LEAVE A CAMPAIGN COMMENT


FRIENDS AND FAVORITES

VIEW FRIENDS LIST
SEND A FRIEND REQUEST
HANDLE A FRIEND REQUEST
UNFRIEND A USER
FAVORITE A CAMPAIGN
UNFAVORITE A CAMPAIGN
VIEW YOUR FAVORITE CAMPAIGNS


CAMPAIGN FORUMS

CREATE A TOPIC
REPLY TO A TOPIC
EDIT A RESPONSE POST

DELETE A POST
CHANGE A TOPIC'S SUBFORUM
EDIT A TOPIC
DELETE A TOPIC
CREATE A SUBFORUM
EDIT A SUBFORUM
CHANGE A SUBFORUM'S PARENT
DELETE A SUBFORUM


CALENDARS

CREATE AN EVENT
RESPOND TO AN EVENT
SEND AN EVENT REMINDER
SUBSCRIBE TO A CALENDAR
DELETE AN EVENT


CHARACTERS

CREATE A CHARACTER
FIND CHARACTER PORTRAITS
UPLOAD A CHARACTER PORTRAIT
CHANGE OWNERSHIP OF A CHARACTER
DELETE A CHARACTER


MAPS

UPLOAD A MAP
RENAME A MAP
CHANGE MAP VISIBILITY
DELETE A MAP
ADD A MAP MARKER
UPDATE A MAP MARKER
REMOVE A MAP MARKER


SETTINGS

SET CAMPAIGN STATUS
SET CAMPAIGN GAME SYSTEM
AUTO OUTLINING OVERVIEW
INSERTABLE JAVASCRIPT OVERVIEW
TOGGLING LOOKING FOR PLAYERS
VIEW CAMPAIGNS LOOKING FOR PLAYERS
CHANGE CAMPAIGN OWNERSHIP
PROMOTE PLAYER TO CO-GM
DEMOTE PLAYER FROM CO-GM
SET DEFAULT EDITOR
DOWNLOAD CAMPAIGN BACKUP
DELETE A CAMPAIGN


DYNAMIC SHEET TEMPLATES (DST's)

This series of livestreams shows in-depth instruction and demonstration of the initial process of crafting a DST from scratch. Community and Content Manager Kallak builds a Pathfinder 2nd Edition character sheet - complete with custom styling and different kinds of entry fields.

DST BASICS Pt.1 - HOW TO BEGIN:
This video teaches all the fundamentals of Dynamic Sheet Templates, including where to find a list of existing DST's, how to set up your coding environment, useful resources, where to input your code, and how to test your creation. Skip ahead to 15:42 in the video to get right into the starter material by ChainsawXIV, how to borrow code from existing sheets you like, and how to create your new DST!

DST BASICS Pt.2 - BASIC LAYOUT:
Blocking out a basic layout, positioning elements, and thinking ahead so you can create modular sections that can be used over and over, which saves you time. This stream covers input fields, border boxes, colors, and size adjustments.

DST BASICS Pt.3 - ADVANCED LAYOUT:
This video demonstrates lots of little tricks to improve the aesthetics of your character sheet, including how to set up inline fields and different ways to measure sections so you can squeeze the maximum amount of info into a small space. Checkbox insertion and setting up fields for future auto-calculation is also covered.

DST BASICS Pt.4 - SCRIPTING INTERFACE:
Clickable tabs are looked at in-depth, as is passing values from one place to another, scripting, loops, and populating lists. Also covered: blocks for text input.


PRE-REFORGE VIDEOS

The following videos were created before the 2013 Reforge overhaul project. Though much of the site's core functionality is the same, the overall look and layout will appear significantly different.

QUICK OVERVIEW:
Here's a quick overview of what Obsidian Portal looked like before the Reforge and the site's basic functions. (Note: video contains outdated information.)

CAMPAIGN CREATION:
Site co-founder Micah introduces us to the first steps of campaign creation, including what pre-Reforge users saw on their profile pages and how they invited players. (Note: video contains outdated information.)

NEW CAMPAIGN OVERVIEW:
This video briefly touches on campaign tabs, GM-only sections, and quick tips for getting started building pages and using the site. (Note: video contains outdated information.)

ADVENTURE LOG TAB:
This video describes the Adventure Log tab, how to use it, and how to insert wiki links with the Textile markup language. It also contains tips on keeping notes for future adventures and getting your players to use the Adventure Log to take session notes. (Note: video contains outdated information.)

WIKI TAB:
This tutorial talks about what a wiki is and what it's used for in the context of a game. It goes over how to add a wiki link by enclosing a term in double square (angle) brackets. It also describes the "Entire Page GM Only?" feature, the basics of what Textile can do, and a quick overview of tags. (Note: video contains outdated information.)

CHARACTERS TAB:
This Characters tab tutorial gives instruction on basic character creation - names, slugs, PC or NPC?, quick description, character information fields, and tags. (Note: video contains outdated information.)

FORUMS TAB:
This short Campaign Forum video talks about what to use a forum for, how to create a forum topic, and mentions the email notifications checkbox. (Note: video contains outdated information.)

CALENDAR TAB:
Content Director Jerry gives us an overview of the Calendar tab - how to set up time zones, the layout, how to indicate if you're attending an event, how to download a calendar, and send a manual email reminder. Following that, we see a walkthrough of how to create a calendar event. (Note: video contains outdated information.)

MAPS TAB:
This video reveals the pre-Reforge version of Obsidian Portal maps, including zooming in and out, the original style of map markers and how they worked, and how uploading maps was done. (Note: video contains outdated information.)

GOOGLE ANALYTICS SETUP:
This instructional video shows how to set up Google Analytics for your Obsidian Portal campaign. (Note: video contains outdated information.)

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