When designing a game, how do you keep all your working documents in sync?
My process, right now which is far from perfect:
- Use a google sheet to keep all the elements of game – playbooks, specifically, but maybe other elements.
- Use a google doc to write the rules, especially moves and sensitizing elements. (Personally, I like to write a little fictional vignette to convey the intent of the game.)
- Create another google sheet for character keeper for play testing.
Through the testing and design process, these source files go out of sync.
Important admission: I’m lazy and don’t like updating things in multiple places.
Important discovery: Google docs let you link files. If I format a Google Sheet correctly, I can paste it into a Google Doc, linked to the source. (My rulebook for The Pack is constructed this way.) So, if I update the Google Sheet of rules. and moves, these are reflected in the Google Doc.
In playtesting The Pack, I’m capturing ideas for updates in the Character Keeper, so now that file is itself a source of design information.
My hope is to link the Character Keeper to the Source file, so that updates sync everywhere.
What have you done to manage your design working documents?