[scribus] WTactis and Scribus struggle

Lukasz Jastrzebski luke.jastrzebski at gmail.com
Thu Jan 13 16:49:55 CET 2011

Thanks for your replay :)

John, I know what LaTeX can provide quite well. Its a no-go not for me
personally, but for potential contributors to our project.

Main issue is we want our community - both those active in development and
consumers, to take active role in creating the game. Not only to play
online, or print PDF, or just order cards from printing house. We want them
to make cards, ideas, to make forks and to mod our cards and rules.

This is why we want to use a piece software that will make this particular
stage of development as easy as possible (which will be probably most
"alien" stage for most of them).

As I wrote - there is nothing bad in it, it is suitable for the job (more or
less I'm sure cards could be done with less extra tools than with scribus),
but will not work for our idea of how or community should be shaped.


2011/1/13 John Culleton <john at wexfordpress.com>

> On Wednesday 12 January 2011 12:59:40 Lukasz Jastrzebski wrote:
> > Gregory!
> > So I left with LaTeX and Scribus.
> > Both "should work" theoretically. And LaTeX will never be easy for
> > potential contributors or indie developers.
> >
> I should note that there are many forms of TeX. LaTeX, the most
> popular version, is optimized for academic books and papers. It is
> difficult to manipulate once you get out of that area. Other versions of
> TeX have broader targets. I have used plain pdftex for everything from
> serially numbered armbands to novels.  I use Context for complicated
> technical manuals with illos and tables.
> In general you can do almost anything with almost any piece of
> software. I get book covers prepared in PowerPoint for example. But
> there are horses for courses and for a project like yours I would look
> at a version of TeX other than LaTeX.
> Contributors to TeX, past and present, must number in the hundreds,
> perhaps the thousands. Most of these are "indie developers".
> TeX is old enough to have many books written about it. Scribus has
> just one so far plus my e-book AFAIK. So the resources are there for
> learners.
> TeX is a tagged input program, much like html.  In html you can say
> "Hello world!"
> thus:
> <html>
> <body>
> Hello world!
> </body>
> </html>
> In plain pdftex you could do it thus:
> Hello world!
> \bye
> LaTeX has more folderol before getting down to cases.
> --
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