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

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Is there an online service to convert play transcripts into narrative fiction?

Question Does anyone offer an online, session story telling service? I would like to submit transcripts/records of game sessions, and receive story-fied versions of them back. Context I'm DMing for ...
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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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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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Roll20 reminded me of a similar program; help me identify it? [duplicate]

I was in chat here on the site and saw mention of an online tabletop gaming website called roll20.net. I have checked it out and it looks pretty promising for online play as it works in the browser, ...
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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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Ambient Sounds (not music!)

I'm currently running a campaign with highly interactive players who do a lot of exploring, debating, politicizing, weaving intrigues, etc., etc. (We rarely have real fights, maybe once every 5-10 ...
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Is there a good system for organizing and distributing handouts online?

A lot of benefits can be had from handing the players index cards, handouts, notes, et cetera. Is there a good way to simulate this online? We play with IRC and a virtual tabletop (d20pro), but I'm ...
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Semi-random name generator

Does anyone know of a good online name generator that can be set up to create random names with culture-specific flavour? (Meaning, for example, names that sound like Russian, Norwegian etc etc.)
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Is there a campaign wiki solution with mobile support?

I've been looking around for a campaign wiki for a Dawn of Worlds game my group is in the middle of. I've looked at the usual sources (Obsidian Portal, Epic Words), but they don't really have support ...
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What iPhone / iPad apps do you use for gaming? [closed]

What iPhone / iPad applications do you use for your gaming? One per answer, please, and vote up ones you have used and like.
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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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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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What was this set of RPG tools called?

Years ago, I found a set of free RPG tools on someone's website. It included: A random treasure hoard generator for D&D third edition. A random dungeon map generator. It created black-and-white ...
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Online tools appropriate to a mapless Marvel Heroic Roleplaying (Cortex Plus) game

I'm going to be running a series of games for the "gaming wives" of my regular group. My wife's a big fan of the Marvel Heroic Roleplaying game and system, which uses the Cortex Plus rules, so that's ...
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Method for playing an online text-based RPG that doesn't require everyone to be online at once?

I am contemplating starting up a web-based text game for my D&D group to be played alongside our weekly sessions. The idea would be to play through events related to the main storyline, but not so ...
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What is the optimal way to design a well balanced party

Confession - I just TPK'd my group....again. One of the reasons that has been identified is that while the party is composed of 5 pretty well optimized characters, as a party they just aren't in ...
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What's the best software for mapmaking? [closed]

I use paint.net and paint shop pro to create fantasy cartography. Is there any better software, and why?
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Generate an engaging and “realistic” tribe of orcs (also one of ogres)

My players recently turned a slaughter of low-level orcs & ogres (separate situations) into a massive recruitment drive. Given the choice between death and lucrative mercenary work, most chose to ...
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What is a good combat tracker for D&D 4th Edition?

As my players go up levels there are more and more variables in combat. I need help. What solutions exist out there and what makes them good?
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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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Help with the Pathfinder sCoreSpell excel tool

For those unaware, sCoreSpell is a free Excel-based spreadsheet character creation tool for Pathfinder, and part of sCoreForge. I'm not really sure how the spell book or prepared spells tabs work. ...
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What ebook readers work well with roleplaying PDF? [closed]

Given the advent of various tablets, netbooks, and ebook readers which works best for viewing AND using roleplaying PDFs. Unreleased products should be mentioned as well as the field is constantly ...
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What character creation tools exist for Earthdawn?

I am looking for a character builder for Earthdawn, preferably 3rd edition. As the editions are not that different, this is not an important detail for me. I downloaded the Earthdawn Character Editor ...
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What are the most important features needed in a shadowrun 5E character generator? [closed]

I am working on a character generator for sr5. I need to know what feature has been most neglected in a shadowrun character generator. Something which I can implement which would set the character ...
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Is it reasonable to create Dungeon World characters, fronts, etc. in Hero Lab?

I use Hero Lab extensively for my Pathfinder characters and really enjoy how easy it makes creating complex characters and experimenting with different character builds. Dungeon World is pretty light ...
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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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GM task manager [duplicate]

Is there a system or application that will help a GM keep stuff more organized? I am look for something that I can download to my computer or phone that can web my stuff together and add new things ...
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PDF Pathfinder gaming with a Kindle Fire

I am interested in experiences from gamers that use a Kindle Fire HD with PDFs purchased from Paizo? I just got the Kindle Fire HD 8.9" and am curious about the user experience before I purchase any ...
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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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Looking for a battle map designer with ice-themed objects

I am looking for an online map designer I can use to make a battle map for Pathfinder. The theme is supposed to be icy and harsh. I already tried Dungeon Painter Online, and I found in terms of ...
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What online collaborative communication tools have the most components for roleplaying away from the table?

I run a lunchtime game session once a week. Due to temporal constraints, we try to keep our sessions around the table limited to the more active aspects of encounters; for example, those that require ...
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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 any generic alternatives to Masterplan?

I have been trying out Masterplan, and was quite impressed by its features - especially its flow chart, sub-plots, and being able to add elements to a plot point. However, the catch is Masterplan is ...
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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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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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What campaign wiki - or other collaborative tool - has these features?

I saw the question "Is there a campaign wiki with mobile support" and realized that perhaps I could find what i was looking for with a more targeted question. I am organizing a plot team (for a LARP) ...
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How can one make a DIY “Silent Dice Tower”?

I currently use a Chessex Dice Boot for rolling dice at the table. It's fairly compact, very portable, and does a great job of minimizing the table area required for a good roll of the dice. There's ...
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What combat tracker displays well on a television screen?

There have been numerous questions on similar topics but none of them really meet my requirements. I am looking for a 4th edition digital combat tracker that can be viewed easily on a 32" television. ...
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Does there exist an application for tracking your library of games?

I'm thinking of something along the lines of Goodreads or LibraryThing... or even Steam. As these are both books and games (and some of them are free PDFs without even so much as an ISBN number), I'm ...
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Are Masterplan projects equivalent to adventures or campaigns?

I started using Masterplan last time I DMed and I love what the tool brings to the table. However, I'm not certain how to use it to track my entire campaign. Does a Masterplan adventure project ...
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What tools or strategies have you found useful when not all players can be in the same physical space?

Having recently moved most of the way across the US, I am looking for effective ways to continue to game with roleplayers from my previous home. What tools (Skype, mapping applications, etc.) and ...
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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 ...
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Are there good tools for managing custom (homebrew) classes?

The D&D 4e character builder works OK for the official classes, but doesn't seem to have much support for anything custom. Are there good tools for managing characters with custom (homebrew) ...
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How can I keep track of Aspects and Powers?

I'm going to begin running a Dresden Files Roleplaying Game campaign in a group that has no FATE or Fudge experience (myself included); we've largely been running D&D 3.5 and 4e. What are some ...
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Mapping software for dual monitors

I'm looking for a piece of software that will allow me to show a player map on an external monitor and a GM map on my laptop screen. I don't want to be dragging the player map back and forth from ...
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What are the preferred Android apps for gaming? [closed]

What Android apps do you use for gaming? What are the preferred dice rollers, time keepers, audio/video recorders, notes, etc.? Please present only one App per answer so that they may be rated and ...
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How would I quickly put together a believable map of an area?

As part of my "Closed Circle" campaign, I'm looking for ways to quickly put together a believable map of a college campus and surrounding area, complete with believable building placement. "Quickly" ...
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How to track character resources (spells, ammo, items)

I am playing a Wizard in a pathfinder game and despite several different reworks of his character sheet I've still not found a decent way to track his daily spells which can change daily (plus how ...
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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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How to keep track of statuses and conditions?

Every round someone is getting dazed, marked, bloodied, quarried, cursed, blinded, slowed, penalized, buffed, stunned, or taking ongoing damage... the list goes on. At paragon tier with a six-player ...