Hamlet's Hit Points Icons and Arrows

Posted by on Aug 23, 2010 in Hamlet's Hit Points, Story | 7 Comments

Hamlet’s Hit Points presents a system for analyzing stories based on nine beat types and the story’s ups and downs between hope and fear. In the book, beat maps show both the beat types and the emotional movements in an easy-to-digest way.

We wanted to make the icons and arrows we used to build those beat maps available under a Creative Commons license, so you can build your own beat maps. There are two archives available, one containing Adobe Illustrator (.ai) files and the other containing Scalable Vector Graphics (.svg) files. Each package also includes the specifics of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 license.

Craig S. Grant is the fine illustrator who created these graphics, and we thank him for letting us release them this way for your use.

Later Addition: Simon Rogers of Pelgrane Press has provided a symbol catalog of the HHP icons and arrows suitable for use with Campaign Cartographer 3, which are available under the same Creative Commons license. To use it, download the archive and then follow these instructions:

To install, unzip the files, retaining the folder structure, into the SymbolsOther folder of your CC3 installation. To use them, start a new map, then open the hamlet.fsc symbol catalog in the SymbolsOther folder and add them to your drawing.

Later Addition: Helpful reader Matt Anderson simplified the icons and arrows inside Illustrator and organized them into a convenient symbol library, making them smaller and more convenient to use.

Even More Formats: Helpful reader Josh Street built an Omnigraffle stencil file out of the icons and arrows. (Omnigraffle is an awesome MacOS diagramming application. There is also a version for iOS, but it’s unknown to we GPW humans whether stencil files for the Mac are useful on the iPad.)

We hope you find these images useful, and that you get excited and make something with them!


Creative Commons License
Hamlet’s Hit Points Icons and Arrows by Gameplaywright LLP and Craig S. Grant is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.
Permissions beyond the scope of this license may be available at http://gameplaywright.net/hamlets-hit-points.


  1. Sam Friedman
    August 23, 2010

    Maybe you cover this in the book, but those icons look like perfect fodder for an adventure-building card game!

  2. John Arcadian
    August 24, 2010

    Nice. I’ve been looking forward to these coming out since reading HHP.

  3. Steve Townshend
    August 27, 2010

    These are great! Thank you.
    Any tips on converting them for use with Campaign Cartographer 3?

  4. Jeff Tidball
    September 9, 2010

    @Steve: Just a ping down here in the comments (in case you’re subscribed to them) that a Campaign Cartographer archive is now also provided, with new links and instructions for installation up in the post.

  5. Steve Townshend
    September 9, 2010

    Thanks so much, Jeff! I’ve grabbed them! Can’t wait to put them to use!!!

  6. Ken Case
    November 30, 2010

    Very cool!

    Just thought I’d quickly confirm that yes, OmniGraffle stencils from the Mac can also be used in OmniGraffle for iPad. However, it can sometimes be a bit awkward to get them installed; it might be simplest to submit the stencil to Graffletopia since OmniGraffle (on either iPad and Mac) knows how to search Graffletopia and directly install stencils from there.

    Hope this helps!

  7. Bill
    December 1, 2010

    The OmniGraffle stencil works fine on the iPad.


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