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Dungeon World DM companion app [closed]

I'll be DMing a 10 people group in Dungeon World, so I figured keeping track of everything using pen&paper could be difficult. I'm searching for an app that is specific for Dungeon World, with ...
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Software to manage AD&D characters [closed]

Is there some software out there (beside core rules) that does character management? Really what I am looking for is a way to fill out the sheet and remember the information so I can update it and ...
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Mutants & Masterminds 3rd Edition Spreadsheet [closed]

Build Point systems tend to be math heavy, and that makes it especially difficult when playing with kids. Even with advanced degrees, I prefer to let computers to my math for me. Over the years I've ...
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Is there software which can serve as a virtual DM? [closed]

I want to play D&D but have no one to play it with. Is there a virtual DM that creates the adventure as you play? If not, is anybody good enough at programming to do it?
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Group music/audio/ambience for Roll20 [closed]

So, I don't really like Roll20's audio system and it doesn't really align with the way I DM. I'm looking for a 3rd party application my group can all download while on the Discord call where I can ...
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Does anyone have any 2ed fillable character sheets? [closed]

Does anyone have any 2ed fillable character sheets? I'm looking mostly for a mage. Most sheets out there cover all classes, and are huge and unorganized. I had hoped to find one for a mage, however.
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What are the best computer generators for historical timelines? [closed]

Every world or campaign setting has a timeline of historical events. Normally this has the format of a year number followed by a short description. For example: −9800 DR: The Yuirwood was settled by ...
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Are there good tools for managing custom (homebrew) classes? [closed]

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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Mapping software for dual monitors [closed]

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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Tree based tool to create dialog [closed]

I see many questions on here for helping a GM run a game in the general sense but I'm wondering if anyone has used or knows of a tool that will aid in creating branching dialog. What I'm looking for ...
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What tools are available to create custom dungeon maps?

I want to create my own maps for my campaign, but I'm not good at drawing. Are there any tools that could help me? As I'm not good at drawing pictures myself, I'm looking for a tool that allows you ...
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Using (Android) tablet as a virtual online whiteboard [closed]

I am considering running some online RPGs, and even though I have Cartographer to make maps, players always tend to get into situations not planned for. So I thought since I have an Android tablet ...
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Software for adding atmosphere via music and sounds [closed]

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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Cheat-proof online die roller? [closed]

I am looking for an online die roller that works similarly to the following: The GM provides a string identifier to the player. E.g., "gandalf attacks balrog #12" The player enters the id on the ...
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Is there a free character builder for D&D 4e on Mac? [closed]

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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Is there an official 3E D&D character builder? [closed]

Is there an official D&D 3E character generator online or downloadable? (Not just a character sheet or tracker.) If there are no official generators, is there a good one anywhere?
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What are some persistent, virtual, web based, battlemats? [closed]

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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Looking for functioning dice servers [closed]

The first page of Google results returns dice servers that are no longer functional. Do you guys have any working ones bookmarked? The server must be capable of sending the results to two or more ...
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Software tools for Savage Worlds: Showdown unit building? [closed]

I recently got into this version of Savage Worlds, and it seems helluva fun to play with friends, as sometimes we have wanted to make our very own minis wargame... However the rules on how to ...
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Custom paper character sheet that's updatable without erasing [closed]

So far I've been using a printed copy of the official character sheet for my D&D characters. It features a blank space for every stat. As a consequence of that, every time my character levels up ...
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Any free and private wiki-like services for campaign tracking? [closed]

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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Map building\Map making [closed]

I have been running a star wars saga edition role playing game and I have made countless maps but I was wondering is there a place I can get better resources than drawing every thing my self?
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Is there a D&D 3.5 character manager for Android? [closed]

Currently I'm using Javascript 3.5 Character Generator Lite - we are back to simple tools. And indeed it works on my Android phone. But it lacks save and level-up features. Is there a tool for ...
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Android app (or website) to simulate terrain and miniatures? [closed]

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 and ...
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What tools can I use to help me calculate Damage in combat? [closed]

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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What software is there for creating custom color hex maps? [closed]

I would like to find software to help me create an regional hex map, preferably in color. I already have the region mapped out by hand, but I want to re-create it as a classic hex map with each hex ...
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Map making for the artistically deficient [closed]

I am woefully terrible at drawing, sketching, or even tracing. As to be expected, then, my map-making skills are underwhelming, to say the least. I have a specific overworld map idea in mind, but lack ...
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Where to get mapmaking software for Mac? [closed]

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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Are there any online virtual tabletops with 2.5D or 3D views? [closed]

Currently my group uses Roll20.net for online gaming but I want something more visually appealing and variable. I found a list of VTTs but the only alternatives to top-down is a 3D virtual tabletop ...
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What software is available for virtual table tops? [closed]

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 collaborative mapping software would meet my needs? [closed]

Background I am the head of plot for a boffer LARP that runs monthly. A given game has anywhere from 10 to 50 players. We have around 5 people that run plot. I need the entire plot team to be able to ...
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Is There a World Creation Tool for Rolemaster [closed]

Is there a tool for world creation that follows the guidelines in Rolemaster Campaign Law, or even in general?
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Are there any free tools for designing encounters or traps? [closed]

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 character creation tools & guides are available for Shadowrun 5e? [closed]

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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Looking for a DM tool Similar to Masterplan For 5E [closed]

I'm looking for a DM tool like Masterplan for 5e (standalone tool, offline preferred) for making loot tables, plot and quest tracking. Or maybe is there an Add-on to the original Masterplan for other ...
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Is there a campaign wiki solution with mobile support? [closed]

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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Are there any generic alternatives to Masterplan? [closed]

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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Is there a system for creating visuals of characters? [closed]

I'm thinking something like this, except for fantasy games like D&D or Pathfinder. Base models of various races (gnome, human, half-orc, whatever), each with compatible artwork of equipment. It ...
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Is there software for generating encounters for D&D 3.5e? [closed]

I've been a long time player of D&D 3.5e, and I was wondering if there are any programs that can help me generate encounters, loot and experience. I'm new to being a DM and have trouble following ...
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Is there a spell managing program/app for D&D 3.5e? [closed]

I'm playing a necromancer wizard in a D&D 3.5e game via Roll20. I've found that it's very tedious to manage and choose my spells because I have to look in the list of the wizard/sorcerer spells ...
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Spell/Ability Summary Printouts for D&D 5th Ed [closed]

In 4th ed, WotC's character manager printed out character sheets with these awesome spell summary cards. They also had similar summary cards for monsters for the DM. I checked around the site, but ...
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Tools for tracking NPC/PC relationships and attitudes [closed]

I have always had difficulty keeping track of NPCs, their attitudes and their relationships with each other and the PCs. I find relationship webs/diagrams are helpful, but find them difficult to keep ...
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Character backstory and history development/generation tools [closed]

I'm a beginning a new campaign in pathfinder this fall as a player with a few friends. One of the players is brand new to roleplaying. I know that the group we're playing with puts a heavy emphasis ...
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Is there a tool for building races using point system? [closed]

I have a party. All players want exotic races. They know what they want and power level seems to be in line with or little above races found in SRD. We talked, and I agreed these races would exist in ...
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What are the good formats and online platforms for my game journal? [closed]

I have been thinking about creating a game journal as the GM for my upcoming role-play this winter. I will publish to the journal every 2 weeks and send the link to the players. In the game journal ...
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Play by post mapping system [closed]

I'm looking for a means of having a battle map and tokens for a play by post game. Something that doesn't require anyone, except maybe the DM, to download software, and functions perfectly well, even ...
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Is there a complete character planner software for Pathfinder? [closed]

I am looking for a software suite or a set of separate applications that would fulfill the following requirements: Able to build characters for Pathfinder Has all the contents published by Paizo that ...
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Pathfinder Spells/Psionic Talent Managers [closed]

Related Is there a spell managing program app for dnd 3.5 I am looking for Spell managers that allow me to easily track spells, create spellbooks, and mark if a spell has been used. I am also using ...
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Is there a Twiddla-like web based drawing service with selective viewing permissions?

I am running a forum-based RPG and we are using a jpg map, with the hurdle of having to draw on it using Paintbrush and then uploading it to the forum whenever the players want to move characters or ...
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Where can I find cyberpunk face-cards?

I'm searching for cyberpunk-themed face cards, like Paizo's. If I just search "face cards" on google I find random, completely-unrelated stuff, and I'm not sure what else I could search for. Either ...