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

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Making fantasy city [non-tactical] maps with GIMP

Does anyone know of good city specific (although I would be interested in others as well) plug-ins for fantasy RPG map making using GIMP? Edit: I am more looking at macro-scale (so whole city and a ...
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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 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 turns as slow as a crippled turtle with Alzheimer's. Do you know of any online chat or chat-like resource I can ...
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Efficient / flexible terrain - Creating a clear hex grid

A little background: Our terrain system has always been drawing on a whiteboard. We use blue for water, etc. People/Creatures/Objects are glass tokens (sharpied labels on ours, green for friends, ...
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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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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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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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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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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 an official 3E D&D character generator?

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 ...
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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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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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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 ...
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How do you track the PCs' reputation?

I'm currently planning a game with a significant amount of intrigue. I envision the players undertaking actions and adventures that will endear them to one group, and anger others. It occurs to me ...
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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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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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Random Island Name

I know about several random island generators. What I would like is a table or program to generate names of islands randomly. I found a Greek island version but would like something for English ...
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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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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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Tools/techniques for optimal tabletop gaming with one remote user

A member of our group has moved to Dallas and we're involving them in the game using Skype. The rest of us are sitting around a table. We have one laptop being used to show the player, and usually ...
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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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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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Are there any free tools for designing encounters or traps?

I'm trying to design a module and I was wondering if there were any free or open source encounter or trap designers for D&D 4e Mostly I just like something that lets me fill in the blanks and ...
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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 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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How can I download the Dungeon and Dragon 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 the pdfs?
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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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How can I make paper minatures?

How can you take an images and easily (automatically) turn them into paper minis?
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Is there anything that can create a .dnd4e file that is not the official editor?

Linux is a plus. Even documentation of the file format would do.
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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 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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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 software is available for virtual table tops?

As the younger members of our group get older, they are going off to college or {gasp} getting on with their lives. We still game but are finding it harder to get together as distances increase. ...
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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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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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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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Does the HeroLab license let you share your portfolios and custom data files?

Since we're building a Pathfinder RPG setting at bySwarm, I'd like to create custom data files in HeroLab for our new reaces, feats, etc. I am also creating a portfolio of sheets for NPCs in it. Is ...
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Is there a random encounter generator online, for color/minor city detail stuff?

I thought somewhere on www.seventhsanctum.com there was a generator that would get me random city encounters, just minor NPC things like so: "You meet a(n) ANGRY, YOUNG... DWARF SHIELDMAIDEN... ...
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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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What props or other tools can I use to improve pacing?

For a game, gaslight fantasy meets weird west, I am looking for tangible props to establish the various pacing points (call them beats in Robin's newest fascination). I'm looking for a good idea that ...
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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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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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What free software can I use for laying out my own RPG?

As I entered a contribution into a 24h-rpg-design-contest (Tanelorn Challenge; similar to Game Chef but German) I was wondering about how to lay out my game. What software would you recommend me for ...
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How to create shadows in RPTools maptool?

I'm testing out RPTool's MapTool. So far it's pretty OK, but there are a few things I'm missing. One of the most important is how to create drop shadows underneath platforms (elevated pieces of ...
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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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Eye Contact as a Game Master's tool

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 ...
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How do I manage created content in D&D Character Builder

I love Character Builder. But I'm wondering how I manage creations specific to my campaign, like gods, boons, magic items or rituals (let alone feats, powers and backgrounds). What are the ways ...
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What's the best software for mapmaking?

I use paint.net and paint shop pro to create fantasy cartography. Is there any better software, and why?
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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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Play-by-web tools for Universalis

I've seen Wiki's being used as a technological base for playing Universalis, but I'm not aware of any wildly successful runs with that. Are there any other good web tools for universalis?