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My girlfriend and I have played 4E D&D and she is completely blind. Here are some of the things I did to help her out: I obtained a PDF copy of the rules and copy/pasted enough of it so she could print enough of the core rules out in Braille. I also made a plain character sheet for her as well that was also printable in Braille. I bought her a set of ...


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First, some failures: I found Obsidian Portal incredibly frustrating. Navigating between PCs, NPCs, wiki pages, and so on, was so obnoxious that I finally gave up. I hope it gets better, but it just wasn't worth the frustration it caused me. After that, I set up a Wagn wiki, which was a great success right until I asked players to start contributing and ...


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Severe financial problems. I couldn't afford the hosting and sold the domain name. All these years later I'm still working on recovery. Even so, I'm proud that I had a useful website before Microsoft was even on the net! ... I did keep the hard drives for a long time but they are gone now. Sad. And yes, 'irony' did come from the location of my packet radio ...


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The RPG Virtual Tabletop (VTT) site, particularly the links section, summarizes most of the known options. The most popular VTTs are: Fantasy Grounds (Windows XP or later, DirectX 9.0+) Gametable (Java VM, system independent) Maptool (Java VM, system independent) Roll20 (web-based, system independent, built-in voice/video chat) Generally, people use ...


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Any well written dice roller will give you perfect random rolls (well pseudo-random - the difference doesn't matter for gaming). Some dice rollers are not well written, or depend on the underlying OS/language's source of random numbers, which itself can be well written or not. The vast majority of the time you will find dice rollers more random then actual ...


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Found it! It was called Jamis Buck's Dungeon Generator, and the URL was http://www.aarg.net/~minam/dungeon.cgi. There was an offline version for Windows, as well as a treasure generator, town generator and NPC generators for D&D 3.0 and 3.5. That site is gone, but a good replacement is http://donjon.bin.sh/d20/dungeon/.


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Steal a couple and mash them up Colleges and universities are actually, in general, remarkably good about putting their plans online. To make a believable college campus quickly, steal a couple, and mash them up. Then use the building plans featured in the street map for your internal plans. Internal plans: MSU, LaTrobe Library, Melbourne, Colorado State ...


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This answer comes from a MMORPG-oriented roleplaying group, but it's a good one! There's this technique called a character diamond. Basically, you choose four words that define the personality of your character: for example, my fighter Collin is modest, taciturn, gullible, and underwhelming. You're looking for things that don't overlap; the link provides a ...


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I am a legally blind 4E D&D player and DM. I have been playing for many, many a decade now. I have utilized several different approaches over the years. • For dice: If the blind person has access to speech synthesizer software on a laptop, mobile device or other electronic medium, there are all kinds of compatible applications available. Mach Dice on ...


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Obsidian Portal is a very useful site for tracking various aspects of your campaign. It has wiki-like format and you can make information hidden or not as you see fit. A map of some place you're not ready to show the characters yet? Make it hidden, then when the time comes just edit it to not hidden. There is also a section for the players' characters. ...


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So far I've had the most success simply by using Google docs. I create a 'folder' for the campaign and then sub-folders for each adventure within the campaign. At the campaign level I have a 'Campaign Journal' which I've made available to my players and I keep this updated with relevant information for the group. This folder also contains 'campaign level' ...


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Use Google Wave Rizzoma. Embrace multi-threaded actions. Assume competence on the players' parts. Avoid boring combats wherever possible. Have the players give commands as a group instead of individuals. Have a timeout on actions of whatever the group decides with assumed actions being whatever's "reasonable" for that time in question, absent instructions. ...


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The smaller sized Kindles aren't great for PDFs; they're a little bit slow and the screen size is a big issue for most roleplaying PDFs. I haven't tried the Kindle DX, but it's designed for PDF reading so I assume it would be better. However, you're going to run into trouble if you read a PDF designed for color. I have an iPad, and it's a superb PDF reader. ...


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There's a thread on Story Games about this. Let me summarize: Scribus is free, multi-platform, but has a steep learning curve because it's a desktop publishing tool, built for experienced layout folks. But if you're an experienced layout folk, you'll be annoyed by missing features. Serif Page Plus is free for noncommercial use (very cheap for unrestricted ...


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Kind of surprised it hasn't been mentioned, but Masterplan is a pretty nice free tool. It's built to be specific to D&D 4E, but it a pretty useful tool that can be used for general plot points, encyclopedia like entries, campaign notes, etc.


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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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You're looking for Obsidian Portal. Obsidian Portal is specifically designed to allow tabletop RPG groups to build their own internal wikis. The privacy options are apparently undergoing an upgrade right now, but if nothing else you can set the whole campaign as private, so that nothing is viewable to anyone except people you invite.


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There is Dizzy Dragon's generator which has a variety of layouts and is oriented to Moldavy B/x D&D. There is Donjon's generator which has D&D 3.5 and D&D 4.0 options. But the layout are strictly room and corridor. Both create the encounters for you. Of the two Dizzy Dragon is the best.


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Evernote is definitely my preferred method of organizing. I can write up encounters, link to d20pfsrd.com pages for encounters, and tag information. I will also lay out dungeon tile maps while planning, put photographs of them into Evernote, and then use the maps from Evernote to make sure I lay them out the same way again. Since Evernote runs from multiple ...


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I'd suggest getting some self-sticking felt and placing it on the shelves and the bottom. The felt is soft enough to minimize the clattering noise of dice, yet firm enough to allow the dice to continue rolling to the lower levels. EDIT: as mentioned in the comments below, here is a place to find the self-sticking felt. Thanks to Stephen Furlani!


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See my answer to What is a good combat tracker for D&D 4th Edition? for several common techniques. We use stack-able 1" tokens (I cut them with a laser cutter), hand-cut translucent folders for non-mobile area effects, and pipe-cleaners for smaller, mobile effects like stances. Another clever thing I've seen is all paper (download them at By ...


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I run (and play in) games like this based on play by e-mail, and log the results in a wiki. The largest concern is your rules- not your game rules, but the meta-rules to govern player interaction. There are several games that I have run and played in hosted on my wiki. Most of them have game logs so you can see examples of play. Also, my general rules, ...


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The irony games generator is long gone, as far as I can tell. When it dissapeared, I started coding my own generators. I guess they'd be better if I dedicated a bit more time to them, but at least they help me with my games (they might be useful for you too). And if you don't like them, check my "about" page. I try to link to other people's generators. ...


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A clever, if ugly, version of status indicators used at my first DnD Encounters session cap rings I found a photo of the technique at http://slyflourish.com/three-cheap-4e-game-aids/: I also found this - http://dapperdevil.com/index.php which includes a tray-style approach: And a mini's approach: UPDATE: I used a laser cutter to create some of my own ...


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Battlegrounds hosts a table comparing popular virtual tabletop software. One of the comparison lines is whether it's "Suitable for offline use". Based on the comparison, the best bet is MapTool since it explicitly notes that it supports dual map windows so that the player map can be moved onto an external monitor. The other entries indicate support for ...


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This shouldn't be too hard to cobble together. Here's an attempt: You as the GM privately make the die choice for all of your NPCs. Do not reveal the outcomes. Each player then privately messages you their choice. I'd recommend numbering your combat rounds and having that be part of the message for clarity. Everyone's now made their choices without being ...


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It seems like your already going out your way to make it great for them so that's fine enough. I have dylexia myself and often find quick reference memory the hardest bit of games and stories, things like names for example. The best being ones that make sense in the context. If a town is by a giant waterfall, calling it something as obvious as "Water's End" ...


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You can draw on stained areas with a non-permanent marker then try to remove it. Once I had written on my friend's gaming mat with a permanent marker by mistake. We couldn't remove it no matter what. After a week, while drawing with a non-permanent marker on the stain that left from permanent one, I discovered that permanent marks can be dissolved once it ...



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