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Yogurt
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I'm looking for a software program that will take a text file and turn it into a deck of cards that I can manipulate on-screen.

CardTable is my usual pick. It's free, easy to use and does almost everything I need. However, it has two small annoyances, so I thought I'd check on alternatives. (The annoyances are that you have to mouse-over the cards to see their text and there's no word wrap.)

http://cardtable.sourceforge.net/

I know Thoth is popular, but I can't tell if it lets you create cards from text, or whether I need images for each card.

Are there other possibilities?

Yogurt

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Alternatives to CardTable?

I have a set of traditional cards you can use for Thoth if you having to come up with the images is a problem.

Yogurt
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Alternatives to CardTable?

Thanks for the offer Lee, but I'm looking for something different.

The cards in the game I'm working on have instructions on them, as in Talisman or Magic. I have a text file that lists all the cards and their text. CardTable takes the text file and generates a custom deck of cards that I can shuffle, deal and manipulate on screen. This lets me do some quick prototyping and testing. So far, fantastic.

The only catch is that to read more than the title of each card, you have to mouseover the card, which is a bit awkward. Picky, aren't I?

I'll make image files with readable text once the cards are finalized, but it's too soon for that.

Yogurt

Anonymous
OCTGN sounds like what you need

You should check out http://www.cardfloppers.com

I think you will be pleasantly surprised at the program called: OCTGN (Online Card and Tabletop Games Network) which was developed so that players can play M:TG over the net and other games. I have used it in testing my CCCG with my partner in anotehr state.
It works pretty well. You simply make a spoiler list, and then import it in with images and you get the card text and image on teh screen. As you move your pointer over it it show s alarge image of the smaller one to the left.

Anyway works well, it has for me anywho.

C.T.

Yogurt
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Alternatives to CardTable?

OCTGN is an impressive piece of software and very well designed for CCGs.

Like CardTable, it still relies on mouseovers for showing the cards, but it does handle them a bit better, keeping the large version in the same place. CardTable lets you have irregularly shaped pieces (like the dragons in Blue Moon) which is a nice extra, but OCTGN has many built-in features like sealed decks and drafts that will be familiar to CCG players.

Whether or not I use OCTGN to test my current game, I'm definitely going to harass my old Magic buddies back home into one more game. :)

Thanks gamerooster.

Yogurt

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