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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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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What is the maximum number of tool proficiencies a character can gain?

For the purposes of this question, we're going to ignore the rules, found in either the Player's Handbook (pg. 187) or Xanathar's Guide to Everything (pg. 134), that allow a character to learn a tool ...
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What software can I use to simulate a deck of cards for playing online? [closed]

I'm going to be running a game over a Google+ hangout, and the game needs a deck of cards that all of the players will draw from, keeping some of the draws hidden. I've searched around but most of the ...
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Roll20 reminded me of a similar program; help me identify it? [duplicate]

I was in chat here on the site and saw mention of an online tabletop gaming website called roll20.net. I have checked it out and it looks pretty promising for online play as it works in the browser, ...
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How can I show the effects of illusions in Roll20?

My players are approaching a battle with Fraz-Urb'luu, who will have prepared the battlefield in some manner using an effect like Mirage Arcane and several other illusions and deceptions. Given that ...
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Where can I find an alternative to dxcontent monster db [closed]

So I often find it a serious pain to find monsters and spells with very specific properties via the srd and low and behold the tool I usually use (the advanced monster search on dxcontent.com) is down....
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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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Can players move tokens in Mipui without being an admin of the map that those tokens are placed on?

Hello I was wondering if there is a way for players to interact with a map, without being considered a creator/admin of a map, so that they can move their tokens without being able to see through the ...
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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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What are 2 pros and 2 cons of using Roll20? [closed]

Considering the current health concerns we all face these days, I'm looking into virtual tabletop solutions. I've created a Roll20 account and am familiarizing myself with it. However, I'd like to get ...
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Is there an option to circumvent creating an entry in the character advancement log in Genesis 6.1.2 when creating a hero rank >1 character?

When creating Splittermond player characters with Genesis 6.1.2, how do I create characters with a higher hero rank than 1? Currently, it looks like I have to create an event after regular hero rank 1 ...
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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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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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Audio and video solution with “whisper” support

For our online gaming sessions we use Fantasy Grounds as our virtual table top. We’ve also tried a number of other solutions that work to a certain extent but without fully support all our needs which ...
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What's the legality of making a character editor?

I want to develop a character editor for role-playing games. At first just for one game, but I want to expand it later to cover multiple games. What laws (like copyright and intellectual-property) do ...
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Do consent forms genuinely contribute to safer playing environments in practice?

The new hype this year seems to be consent forms for RPG Sessions, especially in the contexts of horror games. There are many kinds of consent forms, but their function is in letting people provide a ...
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How can I examine the distribution of successes-counting mixed dice pools?

After looking at AnyDice's Documentation and Function Library, I remain baffled. I know that AnyDice can do this, but I don't know how to tell it to. Scott Gray's Dice Pool Generator is easier to use ...
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What are some character development tools? [closed]

I have a character that I want to develop slowly through the campaign. By this I mean I want him to slowly mature and change his personality through the sessions. What tool or trick can I use to ...
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How to track character resources (spells, ammo, items) [closed]

I am playing a Wizard in a pathfinder game and despite several different reworks of his character sheet I've still not found a decent way to track his daily spells which can change daily (plus how ...
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Useful information for a self made DnD gamemaster screen [duplicate]

I am currently working on a hand-crafted gamemaster screen made out of wood for a good friend of mine. I am planning on not using the DnD 5e "orignal" GM Screen as inlay, but creating a unique layout. ...
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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 to get dry-erase marker out of a 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 ...
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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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Using Causal Influence Diagrams for Plots and Quests [closed]

I'm analysing the possible outcomes of certain plots in my campaign. At some point I realised that keeping the possible causes and effects in purely text form was inconvenient. Luckily, thanks to an ...
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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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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 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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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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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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Is there a random encounter generator online, for color/minor city detail stuff? [closed]

I thought somewhere on Seventh Sanctum there was a generator that would get me random city encounters, just minor NPC things like so: You meet a(n) ANGRY, YOUNG... DWARF SHIELD-MAIDEN... ESCORTING... ...
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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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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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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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How can I clean a stained battlemat?

I just bought a brand new $40 Chessex Battlemat. Instead of reading the included paper I just assumed that Crayola "WASHable markers" would easily wash off. Now I have a brand new mat covered in ...
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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 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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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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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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“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 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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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 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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Is there a Masterplan-like tool for 3.5? [closed]

I'm looking for a tool like Masterplan or something near, but for a 3.5 / Pathfinder d20 game. I don't mind if you know of something better ;)
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Are Masterplan projects equivalent to adventures or campaigns?

I started using Masterplan last time I DMed and I love what the tool brings to the table. However, I'm not certain how to use it to track my entire campaign. Does a Masterplan adventure project ...
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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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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 manage created content in D&D Character Builder?

I love Character Builder. But I'm wondering how I manage creations specific to my campaign, like gods, boons, magic items or rituals (let alone feats, powers and backgrounds). What are the ways ...
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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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