Okay. What seems to be the problem?

I want to know what this is all about

Take a peek at the About page.

I want to create a new page

Great! Just edit an existing page, create a hotspot that links to your new page, then follow that link to edit it. Alternatively, follow existing links to empty pages that are out there in the world already. It's good form to create as many empty links as you use, since these invite other players to build on your work.

I need help with hotspots

Hotspots are what link PlayPen pages together. Each page includes a map of where the hotspots lie in the image, and a target page and a description to show the player for each hotspot. While editing a page you can see the hotspot map by selecting any of the hotspot drawing tools (Blank, 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, a, b, c, d, e, or f). Now when you draw you'll draw out the shape of that hotspot in the image. Clicking on a palette colour will return you to the normal drawing mode. The two fields to the right of each hotspot tool button are the name of the page this hotspot links to, and a description to show the player as they mouse over it.

A link says "Draw new page", but that page already exists

Yep, sorry about that. It's a known bug. Just hit the Refresh button down the bottom of the screen while viewing the page with the inappropriately titles link to fix it up.

Drawing is slow and jerky

Are you using Internet Explorer 6? I've had quite a few problems with that. IE6 is quite old now, and increasingly poorly supported on the web. It would be a good idea for you to upgrade. I recommend installing the latest version of FireFox (which is free).

Sometimes when I draw the pen gets stuck on

Yeah, I've had some problems with this on older browsers. Again, the easiest solution is to install and use FireFox. Alternatively, click once every time you finish drawing. This clears the selection buffer and prevents you from then accidentally dragging it (which is what is happening when you see the circle with the line though it).

I have a different problem

Cool. Email me at and we'll talk about it.