Questions tagged [tools]

For questions about using an online or offline tool in preparing or running an RPG. (This tag is not to be used for questions about the use of in-game tools, such as carpenter's tools or a forgery kit; the [equipment] tag might be more appropriate.) Note that questions asking for a tool recommendation are off topic here.

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What ability do tools use?

In the player's handbook there is an example in the Dexterity category of Thieves' tools, so I know that Dex is the ability that is used for ability checks with thieves' tools, but I hadn't found the ...
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How can I set up interactive spoilers for a PBP?

I am setting up a Play by Post forum to manage a large mystery/exploration based campaign. But I want to set up a way to give the players a direct response when they perform a suggested action that ...
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How can I add cleric domains for 5e in PCGen?

I'm trying to figure out how to alter the code in PCGen to allow me to add more cleric domains and deities. At the moment the only available domain is the Life Domain. Does anyone out there have any ...
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How can I effectively map a multi-level dungeon?

My players are getting awfully close to entering a multi-story pagoda dungeon that exists in my game. I think it'll be a fun adventure, but I find that I am worried about trying to map it all out for ...
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How much would you pay? [closed]

I am looking at starting a business offering private rooms for Groups to play there RPG games. I am looking to price a private room that can seat 5-6 at $50 for 4 hours of game time. How much would ...
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What are the benefits of using the X Card safety tool in comparison to plain communication?

I am aware that this question may come across as ignorant or as an attempt at trolling. While I cannot prove it, I hope enough people believe that this question was asked in good faith and with the ...
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What is the name of the online dice roller that makes it less likely to roll the same number sequentially?

I'm searching for an online tool a friend used in an RPG once, no more than two years ago. The tool is a dice roller that adjusted the probabilities of an otherwise fair dice roll to make it less ...
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How long is it safe to leave marker on a Chessex battle map?

I have a Chessex battlemap and it's been working great. Sometimes, though, I want to prepare maps in advance to save time during the session. However, I know that marker left on the mat for too long ...
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How hard is it to navigate D&D 5e copyright and licensing? [closed]

I'm developing the concept of a website to help DMs run campaigns. Imagine a beefed up D&DBeyond site. I'd like to be able to have spells and classes on said site for a few games, but does anyone ...
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What corrections (e.g. errata updates) have been made to the official 5e Spellbook Cards, and what errors have not yet been fixed?

The official 5e Spellbook Cards by Gale Force 9 did not include errata rules updates in their original printings, and I'm told they contained some errors as well. Has the most recent printing of these ...
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How can we allow remote players to effectively interact with a physical tabletop battle-map?

Part of our in-person tabletop group moved six hours away mid-campaign. We've been dealing with the distance by having multiple laptops set up, one with the players on the screen and the camera ...
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What customizable name generator am I remembering?

About 15 years ago, I came across a small program that allowed you to put in rules for name generation. I believe the program would have been no more than a couple years old at that point. It ...
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I would like to simulate a die from Anima: Beyond Fantasy in the Rolisteam dice roller on Discord. Can I do that, and if so, how?

As I'm sure anyone who has played it knows, Anima has interesting dice behaviors. Manually keeping track of them is kind of a pain in the neck, so I was wondering if there was a way to implement them ...
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Where did the writing-focused roleplaying forums go?

Asking on behalf of a friend. She writes: One of my first experiences with text-based roleplaying was on an anime AU (alternate universe) forum. While they accepted people with all levels of literacy,...
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Is there a way to add a house rule that bypasses all restrictions in PCGEN?

I have some house rules that I want to implement, like allowing more than 1 drawback and giving free evolution points to summoners. However, there doesn't seem to be a way to just bypass the built in ...
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“Pokerole RPG tools” companion software missing [closed]

I have been using a companion app for the pokerole rule system (A fanmade rule system for running games in the pokemon universe) called "pokerole RPG tools" that has been incredibly helpful, but it ...
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How can I enjoy being a DM when I have an explorer personality?

I live in a small Finnish town with my wife and we want to play. But we cannot find any GMs there. So I decided to try to be GM myself. The problem is - I love to explore the worlds, story, monsters, ...
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How can I use AnyDice to get the odds of a specific number sequence from rolling 3d10 and dropping the lowest die?

I'm not very experienced with the program, or programming in general, and so I'm stuck. I managed to figure out how to get the probability of different sums of highest 2 of 3d10: ...
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How do I make a creature with a +0 Saving Throw bonus in Genius Inc.'s DND Monster Maker?

I'm using Genius Inc.'s DND Monster Maker, and I can't seem to make the tool show a Saving Throw bonus of +0 in its generated stat block. I'm trying to make a monster that has a -2 to Wisdom but has ...
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How can I roll damage via chat?

I'm DMing a Pathfinder game on Fantasy Grounds where one of the players rolls a lot of damage via the text box using /die (For example, /die 1d4). I'd like to be able to drag the result of the rolls ...
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Is there a way to reference between printed 5e page numbers and equivalent D&D Beyond content that doesn't suck?

I'm currently playing in a 5e campaign hosted on D& Beyond by a DM who owns nearly all of the material published so far for the game. This is great! The material is accessible, well-organized, ...
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How do I create a bladed bow in Hero Lab?

I am trying to create a bladed bow (a long bow with blades along the length) in Hero Lab for D&D 5E. I need it to do a lot of things simultaneously. It needs to deal slashing damage when used as ...
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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?

Based on my current knowledge, a Sorcerer with 14 Constitution (assuming you did HP averages) would start with: 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 model the fighter's Great Weapon Fighting fighting style in Anydice?

I was trying to create an AnyDice function to model the Great Weapon Fighting fighting style (which lets you reroll 1s and 2s), but I couldn't get it to work on any arbitrary dice. I've found this ...
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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!