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

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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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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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Digital character sheets?

I find it annoying and impractical to go to the library to print off character sheets (I don't have a printer at my house), so I decided to see if there were any character sheet apps for my 4th gen ...
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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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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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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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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 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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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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Android app (or website) to simulate terrain and miniatures?

Is there an Android app, preferably optimized for tablets, that would allow us to simulate a tabletop gaming setup by allowing us to load a "terrain map" (an image), place and move around player ...
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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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Where to get mapmaking software for Mac?

I've been looking for a program that can create maps on a Mac... Any ideas? I would like it to be a World Map, that the players just relate to, to know where they are and to tie all of the quests into ...
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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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CBLoader : Character sheet has skills like fishing, farming, and actor. How do I remove them?

I'm using a 3rd party program called CBLoader (think WotC Character Builder). I created a character in it, choosing its skills and feats etc. I then attempted to create a printable version of the ...
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How can I clean a stained battlemat?

I just bought a brand new $40 Chessex Battlemat. Instead of reading the included paper I just assumed that Crayola "WASHable markers" would easily wash off. Now I have a brand new mat covered in ...
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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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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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Could a “Fog of war” prop break a game in any way?

I'm going to run the Pathfinder's Beginners Box scripted adventure that has a dungeon map printed. This is not only the first time GMing, it's my first time playing an RPG. All of the party are new ...
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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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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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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 ...
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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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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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How can I make things easier on my dyslexic and high-functioning autistic players?

I have other players read out information from my dyslexic player's character sheets when necessary, and I use non-verbal visual aids whenever possible. I generally give out copies of any important ...
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Where can I find a list of sources for D&D 4E?

Where can I find a resource that will let me look up the name of something (mostly mechanical) and find out which supplement it came from? I don't need stats or anything else that is restricted, just ...
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Looking for a story board alike sheet for a custom rpg

I am playing via Skype to a custom role playing game with some friends. The game is like an Age of Empires by turns and no one but the GM knows about anyone. I don't know the rules (dice based) but ...
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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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Recommended Tools and macros for Dark Heresy in Roll 20 [closed]

Our group is currently meeting for a Dark Heresy campaign on Roll20. We have found some interesting tokens, built a few macros and the character sheets and we are learning more about the internal ...
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What software utilities provide support for playing Microscope?

I'm interested in playing Microscope online and was wondering if anyone knows what tools exist that might support this? Microscope differs from many RPGs in that it is primarily playing using blank ...
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What is the name of this specific, online DM (4e) tool?

I used this tool, albeit briefly, maybe a year ago. Now, I can't for the life of me remember what it was called. First, it was an online/web based tool, not something you download. Everything was set ...
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Where can I find cartography icons for game maps?

I am looking for icons to represent cities, villages and other places, something like the ones that come with AutoREALM, but which can be used in my mapping tool of choice (GIMP in this case). Is ...
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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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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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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.)