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Is there a good D&D 3E character generator online or downloadable? Is there an official one somewhere? (Not just a character sheet or tracker.)

If there are no official generators, what are some that you use?

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What do you mean by character generator? I have answered below with what I think the answer to your question is, but clarification on "Not just character sheet/trackers" would help. –  gomad Apr 4 '11 at 21:54
I've seen plenty of "smart worksheets" for excel, or wiki-based character sheets or DM aids. Even for the iPhone there are 3 apps that don't "build" characters, just display/track them. –  Eric Falsken Apr 4 '11 at 23:10

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There are three big ones.

Hero Lab from Lone Wolf Development is IMO the best character generator for D&D 3.5e and Pathfinder. It's being actively developed, has a large community, and is professional quality. It supports a wide variety of rulesets including 3.5e, 4e, Pathfinder, Mutants & Masterminds, World of Darkness, Call of Cthulhu, and Savage Worlds. You can download it and use it in demo mode, which doesn't allow you to save or print.

I have also used RPGXplorer and PCGen. PCGen is free and is decent, it's a freeware distant second to Hero Lab, and I really didn't like RPGXplorer, the interface was very unintuitive to me. You can try it yourself, it has a demo mode that works fully featured up to level 5.

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The venerable (and free!) PCGen will make characters for multiple versions of D&D and similar d20-based systems.

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There was an official one for 3.0 (a demo of it came in my 3.0 book as a bind-in). I have n idea how well it works, as I didn't have a WINE implementation to run it until after I'd quit running 3.X.

I recall hearing that it was later updated to 3.5.

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FWIW, I remember the demo version for 3e was a little clunky. WoTC later sold eTools for 3e (and I'll assume 3.5), that was a little persnickety, but essentially was MUCH more powerful. –  Pulsehead Apr 4 '11 at 23:40
The demo was limited to level 3 characters, too. –  aramis Apr 4 '11 at 23:44

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