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Questions tagged [tools]

For questions about using an online or offline tool in preparing or running a RPG.

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Plans or Blueprints for a game table [closed]

I have been gaming for many years, and now that I have a dedicated room to keep all my gaming stuff, I would like to build a table. So far we have been using a plain dining room table. Has anyone ...
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Is the FastCharacter website incorrectly calculating HP for my Sorcerer?

So based on my current knowledge as a Sorcerer with 14 Constitution (assuming you did averages) you would start: Level 1: 6+2 = 8 hp Level 6: 8+5x(4+2) = 38 hp But on fastcharacter.com ...
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How can I make intelligence less of a dump stat? [closed]

Most PCs don't care much about intelligence, often leaving it at the single digits. And this makes sense, because it's frankly useless for anyone that's not an intelligence caster. So I want to know ...
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How can I write custom attribute value rules for the GURPS Character Sheet tool?

When using the tool GURPS Character Sheet, is there a way to change the attribute value when calculating skill levels? In my next GURPS campaign I'm planning to introduce this rule from Pyramid #3/65:...
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Is there an online tool that can calculate advantage/disadvantage versus arbitrary dice probability? [closed]

A variety of questions on RPG StackExchange fit the pattern of asking questions around the probabilities of advantage or disadvantage with or without a bonus versus x number of dice with or without a ...
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Can I move tokens in Mipui?

It seems like, when moving tokens in Mipui that I need to manually cut and paste the contents of cells. Is this accurate? Is there a simpler/faster way to move tokens?
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How can I get my long-distance friend to share a VTT with me when they have only an Android phone and I have only a laptop?

I have a friend I want to run a campaign for online. I'd like to use a virtual table-top (VTT) to facilitate play, but I can't get anything to run on my PC that runs on their Android phone and vice ...
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Need way to physically track initiative in face-to-face D&D game

Just DM'd my first ever non-online game. We had an absolute blast, 10/10 would play again, but keeping track of initiative in combat was terrible. I had chosen to just list their character names (and ...
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System for Easier Randomized Monster Generation in Pathfinder

I'm a very new GM and I've been running a custom setting in Pathfinder recently. It's post-apocalyptic and due to weird mutations/magic the monsters that the players can run into will often be unique, ...
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How to get dry erase out of wet erase mat

Help! I have a wet erase playing map, and someone accidentally wrote on it with dry erase markers! Don't worry, I transported the player to a realm filled with hungry Tarrasques, and people who talk ...
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Ambient music for online sessions [closed]

I'm DMing a Forgotten Realms campaign online, and wanted to ask how people play music so everyone can hear. I'm looking for a site or application, possibly that I could integrate with Fantasy Grounds, ...
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What writing utensil should I use on gaming paper?

I have recently bought some gaming paper. This is a specific product that's supposed to be reusable, and might not be the same as other products with the "gaming paper name". What should I be using ...
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How do I add a template to PcGen

I'd like to add the Terror Template to PcGen for my players to pick. I do not understand the file format and can't finde the template editor tool advertised. Any help is appreciated.
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Can you effectively run a RPG session using Tabletop Simulator?

Can Tabletop Simulator be used to play an RPG? I have seen videos showing that it could be possible to play games like this, but I have never seen someone play an actual game. What are the pros and ...
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Add Misc Mod to Diplomacy PCGen

So I've just started using PCGen... And while I mostly love the app, there seems to be a small oversight. There is no simple way of adding a Misc Mod to a skill. For example, I got +6 diplomacy ...
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The Strange character generator not using the same rules as the rulebook

I have a question about the rpg The Strange. I'm using the character creator app of the official website, but when creating a Vector, the options proposed are not the same that the ones using the core ...
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Tool for searching spells with different filter criteria [closed]

Is there a tool for searching spells using various filter criteria? Besides the usual class, level, school criteria, these are the sort of filters I have in mind: If the spell requires the caster to ...
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How to create a custom Lycanthrope in HeroForge Anew?

One of my players will probably end up becoming a Wereshark next session. To create our character sheets, we use HeroForge Anew. However, this program only recognises the Lycanthropes from the monster-...
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How do we attract playtesters for our online superhero game platform?

My friend and I are building a CMS specifically designed for online roleplaying. For the playtest we are using it to run a superheroes-themed game. We've built in-site tools to help making posting and ...
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What's a party-tracking sheet for?

I found this picture on some D&D blogs: I thought it was a nice way for DMs to set some NPCs basic stats and abilities (like soldiers that the PCs could recruit or something). Then I realized ...
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Why is it a bad idea to use Same Page Tool as a survey?

The same page tool is a list of questions with answers which represent different approaches to playing role playing games. For more information, check the related question What's the purpose of the ...
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How to create A4-sized hex paper with numbered hexes? [closed]

I'd like to draw a setting map on hex paper with numbered hexes for the purposes of hexcrawling. A google search resulted in several sources for hex papers without the numbering. To be more explicit, ...
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What's the purpose of the same page tool?

The same page tool has been mentioned on this site and I would like to use it if needed. The problem is that I'm not entirely sure what the purpose of the tool is. My first impression was that this ...
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Looking for a Java keyboard-based map making program I lost

I used to have a Java-based mapper, but I lost it somewhere migrating between Win8 and Linux. As far as I remember it had the following specifications: Coded in Java - not Javascript. Not web/...
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What software does the WOTC design team use to layout the rulebooks?

I'm presently writing a setting sourcebook for my own campaign, and I'd like it to look at least somewhat like the D&D 5e books, but I'm finding most of the obvious software programs used for ...
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How do I find a cardboard point tracker (and what is it called)? [closed]

I need numbered counters for my game. Often I'm using dice, but going up and down by one takes time to search for the other face, and it might roll. So I tried to find some cardboard counters: I ...
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Do people use random number generators to roll dice?

Do people use random number generators to roll dice? I figure it might help those that lack hands or other means to roll traditional dice. It might help dungeonmasters that lack hands as well!
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How do I add an animal companion in Hero Lab for 5th Edition D&D?

My group is playing D&D 5E, and as DM I use Hero Lab to manage the character sheets because I find it easy to use (normally), and it can be used via tablets, which saves on ink and paper cost. ...
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Why does Beyond TableTop show my half orc barbarian's attack bonus as +7 when it should be +5?

I was using Beyond TableTop to create a new level 1 Half Orc Barbarian for my new 5e group. I have him using a greataxe with which he is proficient. The attack bonus should be +5, due to being ...
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How to get Fantasy Grounds to account for encounter multipliers?

I noticed that FG doesn't apply the multipliers in p. 82 of the DMG when designing an encounter—it simply adds up the XP totals for each NPC added. Is there a way to change this?
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Is there a way to auto-load an image in Fantasy Grounds, upon clients connecting?

Basically, I want to leave the server on, and when clients connect, I want an image/background to load, to start setting the mood/ambiance. I will be away from my computer, so, I won't be able to ...
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Is there a modern equivalent to JParanoia, or any free online Paranoia software in general? [closed]

Although I'm a massive fan of all things tabletop roleplaying, there's always been a soft spot in my heart for Paranoia. I now have a small group of people interested in running some tabletop ...
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Does Scion of Humanity allow for Dual Talent?

This may be more specifically a Herolab issue, but I am unclear as to whether the mechanics truly work like this... In trying to build an Aasimar, I added Scion of Humanity. Doing this (in Herolab) ...
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Adding Heroes of the Fallen Lands to D&D 4e's downloadable Character Builder

Looking to try and make some characters with the new subclasses from HotFL but found out that it wasn't put out for the downloadable WotC builder. What's the easiest way to add the new elements?
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Casino style games that fit into a medieval setting? [closed]

I'm running a campaign right now with the BRP system and was looking to implement a gambling town of sorts, an area filled with opportunities to make money or more often lose it. re thinking my ...
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Looking for a simple online RPG diary [closed]

when you play a campaign for years, you tend to forget a lot of things, like which NPC you met where and under which circumstances. My goal is to replace the handwritten diary of tabletop RPG sessions ...
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What's the name of cardboard wall DMs use to hide their part of table?

What's the name of this thing? Inside part looks like a cheat sheet, but I have seen images with different content inside these "walls". Photo by Sargoth is licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 Unported (...
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Monster traits classification and implementation in a database

Also I don't know the 3,5 edition very well, because I am not a "paper-and-pencil" player and just a computer gamer, who saw this system in several games. I am trying to build a "monster calculator" ...
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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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What software can I use to voice chat with my players while also being able to reproduce SFX comfortably? [closed]

I'm hosting an online Role Playing Game through Maptool and I need to be able to speak through the microphone while at the same time playing sounds from a soundboard without having to switch the ...
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Can you name this GM screen?

I just finished reading this article about old school D&D, and totally fell in love with the GM screen with the "Conflict Rules" and the map in this photo. I own a couple of the old screens, but ...
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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 ...
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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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Are there any good online dicerollers similar to the now mostly defunct Invisible Castle? [closed]

I used to use Invisible Castle's roller which was based off of OpenRPG. Worked great, but it looks like the site has been pretty much gutted and is mostly defunct. The roller still works but I'm not ...
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Need help finding this DM tool!

First time post here. I have been running a game for over a year and a half now and am on technically my 3rd campaign. I am trying to introduce more visual elements to the table that would not be ...
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What other pitfalls should I be wary of when using a tablet to show players pictures of monsters, environments and such? [closed]

"A picture is worth a thousand words", or so the adage goes. I've been entertaining the idea of using a tablet to store images on of various monsters and environments to set the mood, show the players ...
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Colaborative map-editing tool for Paranoia games [closed]

I am running a multi-group paranoia with a couple of friends. We are usually playing with 3 Gamemasters and 5 people per group at the same time in the same realm. We are looking for a colaborate map-...
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What tools can I use to keep track of dice in Dogs in the Vineyard played over Skype?

My group is distributed across the globe, so we have to do all of our roleplaying online. We have a few different die-roller options that we use. However, none of them seem very well-suited to Dogs in ...
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What collective chat program can feature both the host's webcam AND his screenshare? [closed]

Most options I've looked at are either too complicated to get new people into, or can only accept one stream per participant. I'm the GM, I need both my face AND a screen share for the aspects and a ...
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New Players Starting with a Remote DM

I've read quite a few questions and answers on here about having one or two remote members as well as a few about having the entire game remote. I have a related, but slightly different question. We ...