This still works but is currently considered DEFUNCT as Custom Fields can now do this natively!
I've been asked a few times on how to make a custom Playby List without having to create a separate directory for claims. This will work for many different things that only have one level like Faction or Species. Job lists, if you want them separated by location, are more complicated and will be covered in another guide.
As it stands there is a default total block in the application itself however that only works for groups and if you want other sorts of totals manually updating them is... well lets face it, a pain in the ass. For this guide I'm going to give you the code and how to edit it. This should only be used on things that only have one selection on a select box (so no arrays). You can do this for factions, genders, whatever you have that needs a total.
Centered custom fields, while default for IPS, normally look a little messy when you have more than one or two things listed, this is a simple guide on how to make some minor changes to make a big difference, feel free to adjust as you like.
IPS, by default, uses square avatars and the Character Mod matches this system but there is a way to get taller avatars, you can actually even use this method to get larger avatars for your standard site avatars.