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How to keep track of mapnotes?

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 notes and such as the game progresses. Something similar to ...
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Are there any guides for hacking DND4E files?

The offline Character Builder had some houseruling support, but it was somewhat limited and the new online Character Builder has even less. Even if you have a fully legal character, some powers, ...
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What happened to Irony Games' tools?

About five years ago, there used to be a site called Irony Games that hosted a variety of useful map generator tools (Non-functional list of tools shown here). Have these tools ever been re-hosted ...
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What technologies are useful to modern-day gamers and DMs?

With the rise of lots of PDF resources I'd guess that a good color printer and ample cardstock are now almost mandatory elements of a DM's toolkit. What else do people find is very helpful either at ...
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Is there a complete character planner software for Pathfinder? [closed]

I am looking for a software suite or a set of separate applications that would fulfill the following requirements: Able to build characters for Pathfinder Has all the contents published by Paizo ...
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Encouraging use of online roleplaying aids

I'm creating an Obsidian Portal for my players as I wind up to actually running my game, naturally I'd like to get the players involved in this too so they can write up game diarys, update their ...
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How can I depict three dimensional combats?

The dragon hovers 2 squares over the paladin, the ranger is perched 5 squares up in a tree, and the fighter is magically flying 3 squares off the ground. Aerial minions soar all about. In tactically ...
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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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Is DTiles gone forever?

Now that Undermountain Games has gone out of business, that brings an untimely death to one of the easiest dungeon-making software programs I've ever seen. It's sad to lose such a great program, and ...
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Any free and private wiki-like services for campaign tracking?

In one of our long running (3+ years) campaigns we've wound up with a wealth of information the DM and players can't keep track of. All of us agree on introducing a wiki to track our information (a ...
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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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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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How to introduce item descriptions

One of the things that I dislike when running a session is how a great majority of the items are bland - a short sword is a short sword, a bow is a bow, an arrow is an arrow. After sitting on it for ...
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What programming languages are used in Shadowrun?

I'm looking for Shadowrun 4E fluff information on programming languages. What are the names of canon programming languages in 4E? C+++? SuperPython? etc? Please let me know where in what book you find ...
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What is DDI (D&D Insider)?

I have seen this referenced in several questions. I've actually seen people use links into the DDI website in their answers that I can't get to since I don't have a subscription. I know its an online ...
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Alternative means of rendering .dnd4e files

Besides the .csl file for DDI Character builder available here, are there any novel ways of creating printable 4e character sheets that are more effective than the default printed sheets? Are there ...
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What collaborative mapping software would meet my needs?

Background I am the head of plot for a boffer LARP that runs monthly. A given game has anywhere from 10 to 50 players. We have around 5 people that run plot. I need the entire plot team to be able to ...
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Eye Contact as a Game Master's tool [closed]

Do you consciously use eye contact to help control or encourage players? When an extroverted or otherwise dominant player adversely affects the group experience, do you use eye contact to seize his/...
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Are there dungeon generators that can randomly generate plausible multi-story dungeons? [closed]

I am searching for a random dungeon generator that meets these criteria: Can generate a set of levels/stories of a dungeon that fit within the same outside envelope and have stairway locations that ...
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What are best practices for the use of flowcharts in RPGs

For gamers who use flow charts, process models and diagramming in their game what set of graphical representations work best at representing story components. I'm looking for what set of notations can ...
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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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Software for On-the-fly-mapping [closed]

While mapping has been extensively covered but always from either the Virtual Tabletop perspective, not the on-the-fly-mapping idea. Basically what software could you use to map a grid-based dungeon ...
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What are some good, free, hosted services to use for a Play-By-Wiki game?

Aside from a highly specialized and purpose-built website, perhaps the best option I can think of for managing an asynchronous online RPG is "Play By Wiki". I've found there's a great number of ...
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How can I add an ability to PCGen?

I've just started playing around with PCGen and it's pretty great. Unfortunately, while it has support for a lot of source books, it doesn't support everything, to say nothing of various homebrew ...
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Is it possible to use rules from OGL or GSL in a computer game?

I'm experimenting with making an RPG game for mobile phones, and I could save some time if I used an established system for stats and combat etc. From a quick read of the licenses I'm not sure whether ...
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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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Any tips for drawing dungeon maps using Inkscape or similar software? [closed]

As stated. I tried a few specialized mapping tools, but I feel like I'll be happiest just using Inkscape (an open source vector drawing tool). I'm still working on getting an efficient system down ...
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Software for adding atmosphere via music and sounds

Currently I am collecting some music and sounds for an upcoming D&D campaign. It would be simple to set up an iPod with speakers for managing the music, but I want both music and a sound board of ...
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Any software to help manage mass combat from Ultimate Campaign?

I'm new to Pathfinder (haven't event looked at RPGs since D&D 2e) and I've been investigating the concept of mass combat for a campaign I'm thinking about creating. I guess Ultimate Campaign is a ...
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Map making for the artistically deficient

I am woefully terrible at drawing, sketching, or even tracing. As to be expected, then, my map-making skills are underwhelming, to say the least. I have a specific overworld map idea in mind, but lack ...
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What software can I use to simulate a deck of cards for playing online?

I'm going to be running a game over a Google+ hangout, and the game needs a deck of cards that all of the players will draw from, keeping some of the draws hidden. I've searched around but most of the ...
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collections of free online pregenerated wilderness maps?

Am looking for (out of curiosity, to begin with) collections of premade, at least medium quality wilderness maps available legally for free (published under gpl, gnu, creative commons, or a similar ...
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How to reveal initiative dice simultaneously online?

Sorry, I couldn't figure out how to phrase this. I'm going to run an online game of Riddle of Steel. Part of its combat mechanic is that at the beginning of a round, each player picks either a red ...
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How to easily track combat in Feng Shui?

While incredibly fun, the Feng Shui combat system can get unwieldy when you have a large number of mooks and named characters fighting the players. Its hard to keep track of what shot each character ...
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Where Can I Find Hex Paper Notebooks?

I apologize in advance if this question isn't suited for this thread, but I thought I'd start here. Already in my possession is a graph paper notebook, but what I seek is a HEX grid notebook. Does ...
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How do I find a list of monsters meeting unusual criteria?

On the d20pfsrd site there is an excellent monster search feature that lets you narrow down creatures by terrain, creature type, etc. However there are limitations to the search. In particular ...
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How do I grant free weapon expertise in WotC's new Character Builder?

In one of the games I run, I grant the players free Expertise as a heroic level power-bump. The players really like the format of the new Character Builder sheets. While I would like to use the new ...
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How can I make paper minatures?

How can you take an images and easily (automatically) turn them into paper minis?
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Software for diagramming branching campaign plotlines

I'm looking for something that simply allows me to connect nodes for different progression paths throughout the campaign, and that will let me connect them in arbitrary ways so that I can connect two ...
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Is there a Masterplan-like tool for 3.5?

I'm looking for a tool like Masterplan or something near, but for a 3.5 / Pathfinder d20 game. I don't mind if you know of something better ;)
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Are there other cooperative world building games like Dawn of Worlds? [closed]

I found Dawn of Worlds on the web and got the PDF of it. My group tried and loved it. I was wondering has anyone else worked with this very novel system for cooperative world building?
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Is there a random encounter generator online, for color/minor city detail stuff?

I thought somewhere on Seventh Sanctum there was a generator that would get me random city encounters, just minor NPC things like so: You meet a(n) ANGRY, YOUNG... DWARF SHIELD-MAIDEN... ESCORTING....
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How do you transition from 1-page dungeon map to battle mat?

I have a bunch of different ways I use to make maps for my tabletop game. Sometimes I draw one on graph paper. Sometimes I use Dungeonographer. Sometimes I copy a map from a published adventure or ...
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Can you name this GM screen?

I just finished reading this article about old school D&D, and totally fell in love with the GM screen with the "Conflict Rules" and the map in this photo. I own a couple of the old screens, but ...
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How to update a monster using the D&D4 Monster Builder?

I'm new to Monster Builder (part of Adventure Tools) and I'm hoping there is a good way to update pre MM3 monsters to the latest standards (in the errata). As an example, I'm trying to update the ...
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Virtual online tabletop with premade adventure?

Me and a couple of friends are just getting into P&P rpgs and are really excited to try something new. However, we have a problem that we live quite far apart from each other. Therefore we'd ...
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In-Game Calendar

I play Shadowrun with my group. We have a blog and I as GM wish that we could somehow track our in-game calendar. How many days have gone by? When does lifestyle have to be paid? How many days 'til ...
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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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Is there an official 3E D&D character builder?

Is there an official D&D 3E character generator online or downloadable? (Not just a character sheet or tracker.) If there are no official generators, is there a good one anywhere?
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What are some persistent, virtual, web based, battlemats?

For the chat based playtest of various questions on this site, I find myself wondering about online battlemaps. My current intension is to use Google spreadsheets to present an abstract, if ...