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One way which I've enjoyed from the Warhammer Fantasy Role Playing Game is to use cards. Jot down each spell or item on a separate card or slip of paper. Each day, the wizard takes his/her allotment of resources from the card deck into his/her "hand". As s/he uses a spell or expendable, drop from the hand of cards for the day.


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there are three basic approaches... Dedicated Character Sheet programs PDF with markup Editable file in an office suite. Character Sheet Apps Dedicated Android Apps I can't vouch for any of the dedicated apps, but you can find a bunch on the play store. I can say that the various app stores have different apps in this field. Web Apps Ernir points ...


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After years of being plagued from the same problem, we started to keep all the characters in a single folder, which is either kept by the DM or where we usually play. My backup option is: "wing it". it's not really a problem if your skills are a bit off for a single session :) On top of that, I always keep a "character cheat sheet" for all characters with ...


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I allow them to reconstruct it during play. To a degree, this depends on the game, but even in the more complex games it's the end results that matter more than the formulas. For example, if I know that my energy blaster in Champions has a big energy blast with a bunch of different options, I can probably get away with saying I do 12d6 with a single-target ...


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It sounds like you're asking which rolls gain the ubiquitous +1/2 level bonus. The easy answer is: Most every d20 roll that gains an ability stat modifier as a bonus also gains 1/2 your level as a bonus to the roll. Attack rolls, initiative, skill checks, ability checks Rolls that don't use a d20 don't get the level bonus. Damage rolls d20 rolls ...


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It really depends strongly on the system, and on the character sheet design. For D&D 3.5, I can't live without a character sheet. I can quickly fill it in with the book in hand, and be done creating a character in minutes. I know where all my combat stats are, and can find them easily. I have a PDF of a customized sheet that has quick descriptions, ...


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I have scanned in one of my Everway character sheets and prepared three PDFs, at 300dpi (6.2MB), 150dpi (1.6MB) and 75dpi (412KB). I was going to upload them all to the Everway yahoo group that Brian mentioned, but they have a file size limit of 5120KB, so I have had to host the highest resolution sheet myself. The scan of the original WOTC character ...


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As answered here, I recommend power2ool.com. While it has DDI integration, you can create your own well-formatted power cards on it with custom text. For character sheet, I find that making my own really helps me understand my character. Of course, my character sheets (answered in detail here) are themed after weem's sheet. They are functionally checklists ...


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Since I couldn't actually find a character sheet like this for The Dresden Files, I created my own. Since I used assets from the Evil Hat character sheet, I'm submitting it to them first to make sure it's OK for me to distribute it, and I'll post it when I do (or make whatever changes they require). But I did want to post images of the character sheet as ...


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Other than writing/erasing more than you are comfortable with, I don't see a purely paper-based solution. Similar to Matt's answer, I tend to put either clear contact paper or (lately) just drop the whole character sheet into a clear document holder. Any sort of notation I need to make gets jotted down on the plastic cover. Hitpoints: I'll just mark the ...


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I recommend a combination of the wizard's community and the character builder from DDI. The Class Guides have both pregenerated characters and everything you need to make decent choices quickly. When combined with the Character Builder, you can make a high quality character that fits your requirements (to a degree, due to haste) quite quite quickly. ...


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Spells per day Spells per day is based on your character class, character level and primary stat. Let us take a wizard for example (primary stat is intelligence), at level 1 he has 3 level 0 spells and 1 level 1 spell, our wizard has an intelligence of 16 which would give him a bonus level 1, level 2 and level 3 spell. He doesn't get the last 2 yet since he ...


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It's for special properties, primarily the special properties on magic armor. Wild is an example of one. You can also use that space for any other details that don't fit elsewhere, but it's mostly used for special properties on magic armor.


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I use my computer to maintain the character sheet and print it off for that week's session. There are some form fillable PDFs out there. One of the best sites is Mad Irishman's. Now you can have your very own Permanent Character Record.


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If you have the time and effort and you and your group are into card games, here is an idea: Make a DND player deck, Magic:tG style.(From Ben's RPG Pile, not my idea) If I had the time and patience I would do it, it seems like a good idea. Instead of reams of pages, players can lay their cards out in front of them and they are less likely to forget what they ...


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I play a half orc, and for the life of me could never remember to get the temp HP that a half orc is supposed to the first time I was bloodied. What I did to try to help was to add a custom power to my character that would get printed along with my other powers for the temp HP race which I then saw much, much more, as I spend much more time in combat ...


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A character sheet helps keep track of the myriad rules and options you would otherwise overlook. This does depend on your game: for complex games like D&D 3.5 and Pathfinder the number of things to keep track of is huge and depends on the class you're playing, while a simpler and more emotive game may be better served with a few scribbled notes and raw ...


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I have a DnD insider subscription and require all players to enter their character in to the character builder. This way I can print off a spare copy if it is ever needed. However, this does not take in to account their inventory, however, it's usually good enough for us to get by, or have someone else take control of an absent player's character.


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I've used several solutions. For one-shots, I just use standard 20# bond. For typical campaigns, 80# to 110# card If there is a box with potential for LOTS of write and erase (like Hit Points), I'll put scotch tape over it, or a small spot of con*tac clear non-glare laminate. This can be penciled upon, and vinyl erasers (standard on Bic pencils these ...


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I've been able to find a couple. I had better luck searching for form fillable pdf instead of "modifiable", since that's the term that Adobe and therefore most PDF creators use. Here are a couple good ones: A character sheet based on the TSR original for a an AD&D setting called 10th Age can be used for other AD&D 2e settings. The only thing that ...


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One neat trick I use to protect parts of a character sheet where a lot of writing/erasing is due is to use a small strip of Scotch 811 Removable tape to cover it. It is possible to write on it with a pencil, and erase it many times over with less effort than the paper itself. You can also remove it without damaging the paper, if you need to change ...


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You can find a pretty good fillable character sheet on the Doctor Who forum. The only downside is that you have to register in order to download the file, but it also seems to have some good content on the forums as well. I downloaded it and mirrored it here for safe keeping (and to save the hassle).


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Not the official character sheets, but charactersheets.minotaur.cc is a very nice character sheet set, complete with a site to customize which sheets you're downloading. Even, better, all of the sheets are released as open source, which means you can modify them to your heart's content. The github repository for the files is at ...


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In my experience, use character sheets so you don't forget to fill out a part of the character and a blank sheet of paper only for the session to track dynamic items like hit points, spells cast, etc. That way the character sheet doesn't get overly ruined with constant erasing and rewriting. Instead the character sheet only gets updated when new ...


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I second Brian's answer by saying that making your own character sheets and power cards is very helpful. Personally, I combined them into one and created an excel spreadsheet for my character info and my powers. While the up-front work is significant, it's worth it if you are sticking with a single character for any amount of time. The spreadsheet is ...


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There is no universally "great" way of tracking resources of any kind. You have to take into account various parameters such as: The number of variables you wish to track (spells can be dozens while ammo for weapons are going to be 2-3 entries) The number of fields/attributes you wish to track for that parameter (you need to know how many scrolls of a ...


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My preference is to use online sheets, particularly those at The Tangled Web. You can even save the Web page and open it on any device that has a browser, even without internet, though your character picture may not work depending on how it gets saved. These are free, and pretty thorough in terms of details. I have never felt even the slightest need to pay ...


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Here's how I've always understood the sheet: The Modifier space is where you put the Ability Modifer - so with a STR of 14, you would add +2 (page 36 in both "Heroes of.." books.) This box is helpful for powers which have a secondary effect. For example - one attack might also give allies X Temporary Hit points, where X is equal to a certain Ability ...


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It's not character sheet specific, but I've had good luck with Inkscape. It's a free SVG editor. Here's why I like it: SVG instead of raster. This means it'll print more cleanly than an image of text. Item grouping. I can group items into a set and then treat the set as a single entity. So if I like my stats block but want to move it to the other side ...



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