An online or offline tool used in preparing or running a RPG.

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RPG Tools (Virtual Board w/ LAN support) (Automatic or Decent Map Generator) [duplicate]

I am in search of a free virtual board with LAN connectivity. All it needs to be able to do is allow different users connected via LAN to be able to move pieces in real time. A specific user-lock for ...
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Star System Summary Sheets

I'm updating my Star Wars notes (from hastily scribbled notepads) to a more organised format in a binder and I'd like to make a page that summarises each star-system with helpful information, like ...
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What character creation tools & guides are available for Shadowrun 5e?

I'm a totally new player to Shadowrun 5e. My experiences are largely with D&D 4e, Savage Worlds, and Cyberpunk 2020. I'm just seeing if there are any unofficial (but very helpful) guides or tools ...
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Are there any online virtual tabletops with 2.5D or 3D views?

Currently my group uses Roll20.net for online gaming but I want something more visually appealing and variable. I found a list of VTTs but the only alternatives to top-down is a 3D virtual tabletop ...
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Is there a tool to make custom character sheets?

Is there a tool out there, preferably free, specifically for making custom, system-agnostic character sheets? I'm looking for something a little more focused than a general program like ...
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How do I avoid outlandish backgrounds when using the Background Generator in Ultimate Campaign?

I am starting the Iron Gods campaign soon, and I want to play a human witch. I have already determined that I want my witch's familiar to be a weasel, and she will be neutral, and her patron is ...
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What tools are useful to organize a GM's campaign notes?

There are plenty of tools available to organize campaign notes. I've tried 4x6 cards, files on my computer, notebooks, and more. I have thought of trying mind mapping software such as FreeMind, note ...
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What do I need to set up and use a projector as a tabletop?

I have a really nice projector for my home theater, and I am considering using it for a tabletop gaming setup as well. What do I need to know about mounting it? What are the tricks or issues? What ...
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In Roll20, how to program a macro that mimics the built-in attack function?

In R20, when you make an attack roll using the built-in char sheet for 5E, it outputs 2 results (with modifiers and everything) in a single line. I'd like to do this with a Macro, so that I can access ...
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What online chat or chat-like resource will work for my closed game?

I'm designing a RP forum but when the characters have to talk to each other the game slows to a crawl. Do you know of any online chat or chat-like resource I can use for a closed game? I am looking ...
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Use of Technology at the Tabletop [closed]

I am relatively new to tabletop rpgs. I am currently involved in a dragon age game with some friends and I am loving it. I've seen a few tools for managing online campaigns like roll20 and rpgtools. ...
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Will there be D&D Insider content & features for D&D 5e?

I know that Dungeon and Dragon magazines will be publishing with the same regularity they were for 4e and feature much of the same types of content, but has there been any statements from Mike Mearls ...
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Looking for a DM tool Similar to Masterplan For 5E

I'm looking for a DM tool like Masterplan for 5e (standalone tool, offline preferred) for making loot tables, plot and quest tracking. Or maybe is there an Add-on to the original Masterplan for other ...
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How do I keep track of “hidden” in game variables without getting bogged down?

I'm currently designing a campaign that has a monumental amount of in-game variables to keep track of, which I'll need to check every time a certain kind of event happens. Reducing the number of ...
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DnD 3.5 Character sheet in Microsoft Excel?

I remember founding, a long time ago, a DnD Character sheet that was all based in excel, and calculating all your stats. I'm looking for it again, and cant seem to find it anymore. Somebody would ...
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The scale of my maps are HUGE! What can I do about it?

Newbie GM here again, now confused about map sizes: I'm overlaying the maps from this site onto R20 for a Hoard of the Dragon Queen adventure. The 'problem' (if there is one, there might not be) is ...
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Are there any software tools for the Mythic system?

I've tried to find some computerized tools for this system, but I did not manage to find any. The quite generic name is bringing back lots of not-related-to-the-game answers. I would like to have at ...
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Cheat-proof online die roller?

I am looking for an online die roller that works similarly to the following: The GM provides a string identifier to the player. E.g., "gandalf attacks balrog #12" The player enters the id on the ...
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Where can I download the Dragon and Dungeon Magazines PDFs?

Several answers to What kind of take-away/offline material does D&D Insider (DDI) give you? mention PDFs of Dungeon and Dragon. Where can I find the link to download these PDFs?
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Rolling initiative for a group of tokens in Roll20?

Is there a way to select a group of generic tokens in Roll20, have them roll initiative, and have these values added to the turn tracker? The following command does it for one selected token: [[1d20 ...
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Adding Dervish Dance to PCgen

PCgen appears to be missing the Dervish Dance feat and I'd like to add it. I'm familiar with the homebrew files, but unsure how to add the bonus for that feat as I'm only proficient enough to copy and ...
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PCgen domain specific spells

I'm new to pathfinder rpg and pcgen tool, and I'm trying to get a feel of game mechanic using pcgen generator and gmgen combat tool (initiative). I've created 1-st level cleric and can't figure out ...
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Keeping track of time in AD&D 1e

I notice while reading the AD&D 1e manuals there seems to be a heightened importance on the tracking of time compared to when I was playing 4e. I agree with this, I think it helps the game world ...
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IRC Client especially geared to RPGs?

Anyone know of an IRC client especially geared toward RPGs? I know, Roll20 is essentially the same thing, but certain other questions on here made me think that having a desktop app that was ...
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How to generate requests to PC with decision power and keep track of their conclusions

Background My players are officially recognized deputies, underlings of clan capital's chief magistrate, the most likely pretender to being next clan chief magistrate (same position but for whole ...
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Software to make DIY Item Cards

I'm a big fan of Paizo's GameMastery item cards. I also like GoDeckYourself but I'm wondering if anyone knows of any other software or websites that can be used to make your own Item Cards or Power ...
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How do I use AnyDice with Classic World of Darkness / 20th Anniversary?

How can I take advantage of AnyDice with 20th Anniversary rules? I'm new to AnyDice but very interested in using it. I would like a wrapper function that accepts the following params. the number of ...
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Is there a D&D 3.5 character manager for Android?

Currently I'm using Javascript 3.5 Character Generator Lite - we are back to simple tools. And indeed it works on my Android phone. But it lacks save and level-up features. Is there a tool for ...
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Where to find lvl 30 items

I was wondering where I could look up what lvl 30 items look like. I'm not an expert on D&D as i have only just started playing(about 8 months) but I was just curious as to what higher lvl play ...
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Is there software which can serve as a virtual DM?

I want to play D&D but have no one to play it with. Is there a virtual DM that creates the adventure as you play? If not, is anybody good enough at programming to do it?
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What tools can I use to help me calculate Damage in combat?

Whenever I am in combat I find it really hard to calculate the damage my NPCs receive, because it has a lot of small steps: account the damage the PC did, subtract any Pen the PC's weapon may have to ...
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Any recommendation for a Dark Heresy character generator/manager?

We run a post apocalyptic "Fallout" style campaign in Dark Heresy with some friends. After a while situations like characters got lost or chewed by my dog, led us wondering if there is any Character ...
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What tools are available to help me create creatures and NPCs?

I have only played Dungeons and Dragons 3.0 but was looking to upgrade to Dungeons and Dragons 3.5 and was wondering if there is any free or cheap (that is, a lot less than $50) software tools or ...
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Software to simulate battles for testing out house rules

I'm playing Scion with my group and we are quite dissatisfied with the combat system (esp. melee vs. gunfighting and rolling damage) and its interaction with specific powers and mechanics (hardness, ...
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How can I get AnyDice to determine these odds?

After looking at AnyDice's Documentation and Function Library, I remain baffled. I know that AnyDice can do this, but I don't know how to tell it to. Scott Gray's Dice Pool Generator is easier to use ...
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How reliable are dice rolling programs?

Dice programs and their use around the table are on the rise: Are there any characteristics, qualities, or quirks of results obtained by using dice programs which might detract from play? Improve ...
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Is there a free character builder for D&D 4e on Mac?

Is there a free character builder available for Dungeons and Dragons 4e on a Mac? Preferably, a user friendly one. I would like it to be a stat generator along with class and race selection, and ...
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How to Format a DM's Notebook for an Open World Game

I've been DM'ing a homebrew sandbox-style D&D 4e game for the past few months, and it's been going well so far. However, the players have finally left the "starting area" of bouncing between three ...
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What are good tools for converting an entire setting to different systems? [closed]

I'm writing a World and I want it to be playable in MERP, Rolemaster, HARP, DnD and possibly others. As such, I would need to include NPC with their own histories and stats. And with stats it comes ...
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Best way to use a GM Screen nowadays?

This may just be me but I like the feel of having an old school GM/DM screen up. However, between laptops, mountains of books, and more frequently having to see the battle layout, I find that within ...
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Does anyone have any templates for Scrivener?

I want to start using Scrivener to plan a game and am looking for some templates for characters, locations, encounters, etc.
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Are there good Star Wars game resources?

I'm working on a Star Wars Saga Edition game, and I was wandering if anyone has any good encounter or adventure sized resources? Particularly, I am looking for interesting locations (such as a droid ...
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What are some good sources for combat tactics for a GM to use?

My players are extremely strategic, and they're consistently (and too easily) defeating groups of enemies that I intended to present a real challenge. Probably for the same reason that I suck at ...
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Using the iPad as a GM-tool

Anyone have any experience using the iPad as a GM-ing tool? If so, how did you use it? Any apps that are particularly good for GMs?
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What is the best way to play D&D via long distance? [closed]

I have a few friends in my party that will be heading out once summer break is over for them. One lives in Tucson and the other lives far enough away that he may not want to make the trek to my house ...
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GMing for [dis]abled players, specifically blind players?

What kind of measures should one take when running a game which includes a [dis]abled player (or players) such as a blind of deaf player? Are there any technologies or styles which are particularly ...
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Hero Lab : What are the +nn/+nn/+nn for?

Posted here is a screenshot of my eidolon, but the numbers are all over the place on other characters. I'm not sure what terminology to use to describe it is because I have no idea of the purpose. ...
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What software tools or websites are available for running RPG, grid-based combat? [duplicate]

Are there any software tools (or websites) that support creating tactical combat maps as well as actively running them for combat? I'm looking to do away with paper and battle-mats. Here are my ...
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Software to keep track of mapnotes

Can anyone recommend a good tool for keeping track of maps? I want to run an Eberron setting game, and I'd like to use the Eberron map, which I have as a high-resolution png, but be able to add quick ...
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Location generation system?

I tend to GM campaigns where players travel a lot. Whether it is through D&D planes or in a space-opera setting, they are bound to visit a lot of very different and varied places. And I have to ...