RPTools is a brand of open-source programs designed to enhance traditional pen-and-paper role playing games. They can be used for face-to-face play, or Internet role-playing in real time even if your players are on the other side of the world. MapTool (which is our free virtual tabletop application) in particular works great with voice-chat services! These tools are not a role playing game by themselves, nor are they meant to replace everything at the RPG table. Rather, they are designed to be as flexible as we can make them, usable for a wide variety of gaming systems, from fantasy to sci-fi; from tabletop miniatures games to purely spoken-word games. The tools aren't built from the ground up for any specific RPG, which is what allows for the great flexibility we have, but as a result, it can be difficult for us to indicate easily to individuals how best to make use of the tools for their specific purposes.
Dungeons and Dragons Tools and DM ResourcesAdventure Hook Generator AD&D DM Program by Torquil Gault Background Generator Campaign Suite from Mortality Chainmail Battle Sheets Chainmail Terrain Chainmail Comprehensive Rulebook (319 Kb ZIP) Chainmail Warband Generator 3a (481 Kb ZIP) Chainmail Warband Generator update 1.4 Chainmail Stat Cards City Generator by Robert Bottorff (ZIP 100 Kb) Combat Tracker ZIP by Eduardo Moranchei (no AV done) Cool Tools by Keith Uher (ZIP 688Kb) Cool Tools 2 Program to help DMs by Keith Usher Critical Hits Table by Orestto Robles (ZIP 103 Kb) Critical Hits Table by ?? (ZIP 39 Kb) Combat Generator (ZIP 160k) needs Java 1.3 Runtime Mak)e sure Java 1.3 is installed.
CommunityCommunity Forums Fantastic place to rub elbows with other RPTool junkies, or ask questions on how to do specific things, or get your networking up and running. www.MapTool.fr A French web site dedicated to MapTool and run by Natha (from the RPTools forums, above) - (Aggregation site) We're told this site is great for German speakers and includes a TeamSpeak server (but we don't speak German, so...)The History of Dungeons & Dragons Computer GamesVideo games were my introduction to Dungeons & Dragons, specifically SSI’s Pool of Radiance. Playing this game led me to purchase the original Red Box Set and guided me down the path to playing D&D. With the announcement of Neverwinter I started thinking about all of the D&D computer games that have been released. I’ve always felt that D&D having a digital presence through computer games is a great way to expand the presence of the brand.
Warhammer 40,000 RoleplayWarhammer 40,000 Roleplay is a role-playing game system with multiple source books for the Warhammer 40,000 universe. The first game using the system, Dark Heresy, was created by Black Industries, which folded up soon after the initial release. Official support is continued by Fantasy Flight Games. The Warhammer 40,000 Roleplay system is explained and used with small differences in a series of independently playable games. Each has a different, narrow focus and multiple supporting books of its own:Characters with Character: Random Personality GeneratorIf you're enjoying the content here, check out our new site, Thoughtcrime Games. Thanks for visiting! If you're new here, you may want to subscribe to my RSS feed.The Best Digital Tools for Organizing Your RPG CampaignI use OneNote (it came with the version of Office my work offered at a discount), and I’ve found it to be very handy for snipping pics and text and put it into some form of organization. I’ll also echo Obsidian Portal, which is a great site, and well work the Ascendant membership for a few bucks a month. The wiki, adventure log, calendar, and ways to track characters are amazing, and you can either keep it simple or make some truly incredible designs. Additionally, for those without a lot of experience outside the D&D/Pathfinder mainstream of tabletop gaming, I’d say don’t be afraid to search further afield.
Self Publish Board Games and 3D Game Pieces.This post is going to talk about some of the 3D tools I’ve used in the development of Mothership. Remember: this is my experience, and my efforts in self publishing. I’m sure real studios use big expensive programs, but for us stay-at-home dads who want to save a buck or two, you might learn something. I’m also not a dad but heck I have a dad so I’m halfway there. Out of all the self-taught gizmos I’ve learnt over the last 2 years, 3D programs have been by far the coolest. The abilities that open up to you when combined with Photoshop (or your program of choice) are immense.
Charisma BonusWelcome back to The Ladies Table, our recurring column where we introduce you to various women of the gaming community and industry and talk with them about their favorite Live action roleplaying has long been used in classrooms as a means of education, though usually in a way that doesn’t involve any dice or monsters or anything fun The clock is winding down—we’re now just one week away from the best four days in gaming! If you for some reason aren’t familiar with Gen Con, we’ll give