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Giant in the Playground’s roller is tamper-resistant; any edit to the roll-code after posting, and the post gets a big red angry message and it messes up the roll. But the real solution, of course, is trusting your players. If you cannot trust your players, you don’t have a game, and no amount of anti-cheat device will fix that. You need to fix ...


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The website Invisible Castle had this exact functionality, and with this exact purpose in mind. It saved the rolls with tags for character, campaign, etc. You could look up the entire roll history of a player. However, Invisible Castle seems to have gone down, possibly permanently. The site has apparently changed hands and now tries to install suspicious ...


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Nothing quite like that exists. What you are talking about would be a D&D simulator, the closest thing to it might be Neverwinter, an MMO built on 4e's ruleset, but its not the same thing as playing 4e as a pen and paper game. However there are ways to find others to game with Discussion boards on sites like rpg.net or WOTC's 4e boards are a great ...


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PCGen is a completely free Open Source character generator and maintenance program, and can do what you are looking for. And even a bit more. I personally use it for GMing a group of six very different characters, print out their character sheets, and I also can create monsters with unique abilities, having additional levels in various classes etc. The ...


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Hero Lab is the premier character generation software for Pathfinder (and a variety of other game systems). It's commercial and costs more than PCGen but it's also way more usable. You have to buy content packs, and it can get expensive to get them all, but they have the content available for all new Paizo books (and some third party) available at or very ...


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Roll20 is a subscription service that uses HTML5 features to work on all modern browsers. It may be what you are looking for. The features you are asking for are available on the free plan. However, support for tablets requires a paid subscription. Update: Roll20 now has its own tablet apps for iOS and Android


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One tool that might suit your needs is Freemind. It's meant to be used for any kind of idea jotting (I've used it to take campaign notes). And being tree-based it's probably good to give it a shot. It's free and open source. It looks something like this: (Tree branches are collapsable. The third question is collapsed in the image above)


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From your question, I imagine you need this to a play-by-forum game, and wouldn't be online at the same time than the player. If you CAN be online at the same time than the player, just go to Rolz, create a room a you're done. If you can't, just go to Rolz anyway, create a room and you're done. Rolz save all the logs from rolls, so you can make your ...


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The simulationist computer game Dwarf Fortress (http://www.bay12games.com/dwarves/) has a 'legends' mode that is, in essence, a world history generator and will also provide an (evolving) map. It is noted for its depth in culture/world details, so it might be a good fit; and our gaming group has used it for world map/location/NPC generation.


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Hexographer Hexographer is a tool for creating hex maps by painting. It offers a number of icon sets and is capable of working in color. You can try the free version to decide if it is right for you - for many, the free version is all that is necessary. While it can do map creation (and even map fill-in), it is not just a generator. If your vision can be ...


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Myth Weavers has a decent browser based 4e sheet that does an OK job of keeping track of simple stuff. I'm sticking this in here because it was part of a redundant question I asked about this subject, but I'm definitely looking for more free options.


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The search term that I used on google was Encounter build dungeons 5e, and the top two results appeared to match what you need: Dave Holley's Dungeons & Dragons 5th Edition Encounter Calculator and: Goblinist RPG Tools' D&D 5th Edition Random Encounter Generator The second has a very nice interface, and as the last update was Dec. 12, 2014 so it ...


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The one I personaly use is this one: Kobold Fight Club Works well for my needs, can be used to generate a random encounter for your party, only downside I found is you can't seem to input levels if your party is of different levels.


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There are many character creators for fantasy games in computer gaming. The PC versions of many RPGs have extensive character creators. The Dragon Age series, and the World of Warcraft game have extensive customization options. There is also the custom miniature creator HeroForge - https://www.heroforge.com/ which is designed to let you visualize your own ...


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Google hangouts. Invite yourself twice, mute one instance. When I've presented at conferences, remotely, I've driven two instances of google hangouts in exactly this way. So long as you've got one of the instances' audio completely cut out (I recommend the screenshare), and enough bandwidth to push both, you're just fine. You have to use multiple google ...


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Microscope is an rpg that, over the course of play, generates a history. You can use it to create a shared world as a group, and then bootstrap into using it as a setting for a different rpg.


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My preference is to use online sheets, particularly those at The Tangled Web. You can even save the Web page and open it on any device that has a browser, even without internet, though your character picture may not work depending on how it gets saved. These are free, and pretty thorough in terms of details. I have never felt even the slightest need to pay ...


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I would recommend using Roll20. This will allow the GM to edit map and tokens from a tablet browser (requiring Chrome at the moment), while sharing to the web browsers on players' PCs. It will optionally integrate with Hangouts, but does the job pretty well on its own. Roll20 lets you create a map from images and tiles, or by whiteboard-style drawing on ...


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Since this question was originally asked, more options that might give a better solution have become available. Specifically, the Roll20 online virtual tabletop. With Roll20 you can invite people by email address and they can play as their character while in-game. Some tools make it much easier even for new users, including irc style chat, voice chat and ...


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Not really, no. Creating the adventure as you play is simply too hard for modern software. It would have to actually understand what you're doing in order to generate appropriate content in the fly. Speech recognition, textual analysis, and procedural generation have come a long way, but they're still nowhere near where they'd need to be for a good virtual ...


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Like I said in the (now deleted) comments, the Guide for running MapTool on Android is probably what are you looking for. MapTool is one of the well-known RP-Tools and it has all the features you mentioned, and even more. Plus, you can combine it with the other Tools (I wrote something about those here) and it's all free. In order to run MapTool in an ...


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Nearly all mapmaking software aimed at RPGs is exclusively for Windows, which makes it hard for GMs who are Mac owners to find anything to create maps, if they don't have the technical and artistic skills that mapmaking with a photo-editing suite requires. The one RPG mapping tool I've used to good effect that is available on Mac is Hexographer. (It's Java, ...


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No tool like this exists for Rogue Trader... I spent about half an hour searching around on google, forums, and the official Rogue Trader site to see if there was anything approaching what you described and there is not. In fact the only tool of any kind I could find was for star system generation (and everything within) However, you shouldn't be the one ...


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Custom-made to answer this question: RollDB RollDB is a PHP-based web application that connects to a SQL database (quasi-)permanently storing roll results in both text and number format. You can specify an ID beforehand, or have one assigned at random. Right now it supports a number of common rolls for Shadowrun, the d6 System, the d20 System, Fate, and ...


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You could have the character sheet printed and laminated somewhere like staples for next to nothing as far as cost and use wet erase markers to update it. This is something I have found useful during campaigns.


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For what it's worth, there are isometric tilesets available for Roll20. A search for "isometric" on the Roll20 Marketplace turns up several results, including Isometric 3D Desert Tomb, Isometric Sewer, and Isometric Dungeon (by Plexsoup; I am not affiliated). The description pages for Plexsoup's isometric sets also includes instructions for creating a ...


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Dawn of Worlds is a collaborative narrative game in which two or more people portray the "gods" of a fantasy world and create the world's history in three "ages". It's free and fun. In your case, I would simply start in the Third Age. It's possible to play it solo, although it's more fun if you get someone else involved.


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I highly recommend the random background generator from Ultimate Campaign. There's several automated tools around to roll it up for you if you don't want to do it yourself. Here is one. For an example, I just gave it "Non-evil Dwarf Fighter" and got back: Dwarf Homeland Hills or Mountains Dwarf Parents Both of your parents are alive. ...


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Outliners The simplest iteration of what you are looking for is an outliner - an editor for hierarchal text. What you presented above is exactly an outline. There are many of these available for any operating system. Two good, free, online examples are: fargo, by the outliner and online editor pioneer Dave Winer. The Outliner of Giants Both can collapse ...


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