You love this game so much you have decided to scan in your cards, here is what you need to do.
First you need to scan the cards. I recommend scanning at 200 dpi, this gives images approximately 500×700 pixels for each card. OCTGN supports either jpeg or png formats. jpeg images use less disk space and work fine, so go with this. Create a separate folder for each set (B, C, 1, 2 ….) as this will make things easier later on.
Since your character and role cards are landscape, make sure you rotate these before saving them so the text is horizontal.
Next you need to decide how you are going to import the cards into OCTGN. There are 3 options
- If you are a subscriber, you can drag the card image into the deck editor and OCTGN will associate the image with the card you are looking at.
- You can create an o8c file for each set. If you play other games on OCTGN you may well have seen these files, they contain all the cards for a set and can be imported into OCTGN in the game manager section using “Add Image Packs”
- You can copy the files directly into the OCTGN ImageDatabase
Option 1 is by far the easiest. If you are a subscriber, you don’t need to read any further, scan away and drag and drop!
If you are not a subscriber then you’ll need to understand how the image files are named as both option 2 and 3 will require each image file to be given a name based on the card’s unique ID in OCTGN. I’d suggest you take the time to create o8c files. It is only a tiny bit more work and will allow you to reinstall the images easily (say on another machine). Please don’t make these available to other people as the images are copyright and only for your personal use.
Take a look in your OCTGN install folder. There will be a sub folder called GameDatabase. If you have Pathfinder installed it will contain a folder named after this game’s unqiue ID.
In there is all the information about the game, including a Sets Folder.
Each set has a unique ID too, these are
|Rise of the Runelords||B||0aa6cc74-098e-499a-a6c5-986129863e38|
|Character Add On||C||dcbbc244-a974-42d1-a143-972fa5123362|
|The Skinsaw Murders||2||bcee5a76-cb0a-4496-8629-96c4e39ed322|
|Hook Mountain Massacre||3||d27abd73-9c8a-4f08-8684-3cb387737870|
|Fortress of the Stone Giants||4||f833b378-6eaf-42e5-bcae-cbffc52ece7a|
|Sins of the Saviours||5||3130abb9-04d8-48b8-9a44-6fedbdad8bc0|
|Spires of Xin-Shalast||6||d646cb57-3914-4ff4-94c2-7788c0f63d93|
Since you are probably starting with the base set, take a look in the 0aa6cc74-098e-499a-a6c5-986129863e38 folder and open up the file set.xml in a text editor (notepad will do).
You will see that the Ambush card has a unique ID of 0edac356-1fba-42b6-bed1-9f43828c1041. When you scan that card you need to name it 0edac356-1fba-42b6-bed1-9f43828c1041.jpg
Looking further down in the set.xml file you will find the General Store, its ID is cef53dc0-1ddc-4984-955c-55c8c4d9478f however this is double side card you you’ll have a separate image for side A and side B.
The A side should be named cef53dc0-1ddc-4984-955c-55c8c4d9478f.jpg and the B side should be cef53dc0-1ddc-4984-955c-55c8c4d9478f.B.jpg. i.e. you just add an extra “.B” before the .jpg.
Once you have renamed all your cards you are ready to create the o8c files. These are actually zip files. To see the format, download the o8c file for the JRD scenarios here. Rename it to jrd.zip and open it up.
You will see a folder structure similar to the GameDatabase. The top level folder is named after the game ID, then there is a Sets folder containing the set IDs. These contain a folder called Cards and finally you’ll see the actual image files. You need to create this same folder structure on your machine and move the scanned and correctly named image files into the Cards folder. Finally zip up the top level folder (the one named d2e34ee4-b26b-4bcd-9709-1c45feb12d40) and rename the zip file as an o8c file
You can now install this in the GameManager section of OCTGN (Add Image Packs)
If you don’t want to create an o8c file for each set, you can copy the renamed image files directly into the OCTGN/ImageDatabase folder. This has a similar structure to the GameDatabase so you should be able to navigate to the correct Cards folder and copy in your image files.