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This thread is a resource; used to provide links to useful tool and software for the use with Pen and Paper gaming.

Any application, resource, website, link, or advice contained in this thread is presented to the members "as is." If one of the links fails to work or misdirects to a different site, please report it within this thread and it will be reviewed and possibly removed from the list. Likewise, if you have heard of or, even better, have experience with a particular resource, please feel free to post a link and a brief description within this thread.

All resources must be free, although we will post free demos for commercial programs, and we will refuse any link that links to a commercial transaction page. We will also delete any links once it become clear that a resource is no longer free. Obsidian neither endorses nor advocates any of these products. This thread is informational in nature and you use any of these resources at your own risk. Otherwise, we hope that you find some useful tidbits to help you with your gaming. If you have any questions, please post them here.

Note: This thread is meant to be used as a resource, not a discussion forum. While you are free to post links that fall under this threads sanction, such posts will be pruned after the link is checked and added or regected by the mod team.

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News sites for PnP Gaming:
EN World - D20 News and Reviews
RPG net - Reviews and News

General Gaming Sites:
Community 3E - Site of compiled fan made stuff
Mad Irishman Productions - A character sheet resource site
The Hypertext d20 SDR (v3.5 d20 System Reference Document) - A site with lots of 3.5 DnD reference info and rules

Freeware tabletop to internet gaming programs:
RPtool
MapMaker
RPGMapShare
OpenRPG
PCGen

Shareware tabletop to internet gaming programs with some free components:
Battlegrounds: RPG Edition
Gamemaster's Syndicate

Demos for commercial products:
Fantasy Grounds Demo
Dundjinni demo
Battlegrounds: RPG Edition Demo
ViewingDale

Random Generators for DnD:
3.5 NPC Generator
Town Generator
Treasure Generator
Dungeon Generator

Misc. Gaming Resources
Fallout RPG Wiki (contains a new version of the fanmade Fallout PNP game as well as J.E.Sawyer's own version of a Fallout PNP game)
Monster Advancer (a utility tool for creating monsters)


These are only a few of the resources available. Please get in touch with us if you have had good luck with a particular program and we will determine if it is appropriate for this list.
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Thread Updated :lol:

New section added: PnP News and Reviews (Thanks Hades :) )
New Links added: ENWorld and a link to the Battlegrounds: RPG Edition demo
Name Change: Battlegrounds expanded to "Battlegrounds: RPG Edition"

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Thread Updated :)

New Link to the map tool "Viewing Dale"

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Thread Updated :)

RPG.net link added, as well as resource pages in the form of Mad Irishman productions and Community 3E

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Thread Updated :)

Links to various DnD 3.5 Generators added.
Thanks Pop!

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Links to the 3.5 SDR added.
Thanks Istima Loke!

Link to RPGtonight added.
Thanks The Hound!

List restructured to keep similar resources together

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Thread Updated :)

New area added: Misc gaming resources.

Link to the Fallout PNP wiki added.
Thanks Ausir!

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Thread Updated! :)

Monster Advancer link added to "Misc Gaming Resources"

Thanks MonsterAdvancerOverlord!

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I write to express my support for the thriving 3.5 community via the recently released Monster Advancer (http://www.monsteradvancer.com).

This compact suite of applications allows for swift monster generation, advancement and customization, all within the context of 3rd edition(3.5). What once took up to an hour of dungeon masters' time, now takes seconds. Large Fiendish, Half-Dragon Dire Wolves with 18 hit dice can now take their place of honor amongst the kraken and the hydra.

There are currently three applications worthy of note: There is a version made for massive customization (allowing templates, magical items and equipment, stat adjustments and feat selection), a version made for speed and simplicity, and another which can generate multiple creatures randomly based on the challenge rating or encounter level desired.

The entire project is completely free and available now. It is continuing to be enhanced daily with the ability to add class levels coming by the end of the week.

My goal is to help foster and reinvigorate the 3.5 community by contributing to the tools that enhance the game by allowing time for creativity rather than crunching numbers.

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Is there like a "getting started" thing anywhere? All I know about PnP is that games like NWN2 are based on it. That's pretty much the end of my knowledge. D:

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Update made.

TrueNeutral, that's a good question.

I'm not sure if there is any place online that has something like that, but most game manuals have a section to ease new gamers into them. :(

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Is there like a "getting started" thing anywhere? All I know about PnP is that games like NWN2 are based on it. That's pretty much the end of my knowledge. D:

http://www.d20srd.org/

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...err, what I meant to post is (for D&D 3.5): http://www.systemref...rsage/home.html

And more in general http://www.systemref...edocuments.org/

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Thanks for this. I was looking for a list of resources that allowed me to play DnD online.

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What about roll20.net? awesome page for gaming over the net!
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for 1e D&D: http://www.dragonsfoot.org/

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I recomend gm's use http://www.obsidianportal.com to help keep track of their npc's and setting. its a very useful tool.

Plus its called Obsidian Portal come on what else do you need.

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I'd also like to throw in a recommendation for Roll20.net - there is a subscription option, but it is free to use for everybody and is a great way to run campaigns online.

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I'm kind of honored to post here representing rpol.net

It's a Play by Post site and they run near everything as far as my newbie eyes can tell. It's free to sign up for and they have lots of tools already prepared there to my knowledge such as character sheets and dice rollers. Enclosed in the spoiler tag is every system they run officially. Worth noting though that the list will change as systems become available or added upon such as Mummy: The Curse, one of White Wolf (now Onyx Path)'s newest series. As it states in the opening paragraph, I couldn't edit the list as I'm offering a presentation of it.

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Now in the opening post, it's written that any commercially linked site address would be taken down. Does that mean you're opposed to linking outlets where game materials can be bought? The reason I ask is White Wolf/Onyx Path have partnered with the largest (tmk) distributor of both electronic and printed PnP media in order to consolidate and revive old and new iterations of their game lines. So if I wanted to buy the 20th Anniversary Ed. of VTM and not pay an exorbitant price from a seller at Amazon, the un-named venue is the best place to do it. A web search will bring it up in a minute or less but I'm not sure why it couldn't be put up here. I'm unaware of other game lines re: distribution and whether they have their own or use Anon. WW always appealed to me more than D&D or GURPS (which I had no awareness of until my second foray into this hobby) or others by lack of knowledge.

On that note, one more freebie courtesy of Mr. Gone, a big fan of WW/OP games. He makes character sheets for all of their games that are well-regarded both by the gaming community and the developers. There are also links to fan-created games that use the shell of the WOD realm to play settings of their choice. I'm a fan of the different versions of Highlander which would be great to play some day.

http://mrgone.rocksolidshells.com/

Anyway, regardless of whether I can post the place I predominantly buy my books from I'm glad I could offer up these two nuggets.

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We'll see how you continue to post, but this seems likely consistent with PnP tools and assets that might be helpful. We obviously do not want solicitation, but are never opposed to sharing of resroucess. Fair?

 



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Absolutely fair. Thank you for the courtesy and I'm sorry if that came off confrontational.

The site I was referring to is:

drivethrurpg.com

They have virtually all of WW/OP and other prominent game lines as well. In addition to housing PDFs, they also do POD for books which ensures they can be made at all in many cases. It's a one stop destination for QuickStart rules for many games. They also have different sites that accommodate different niches like card games, comics, fiction and other mediums.

In reading about a game I missed on KickStarter, I learned of one other outlet that caters to small presses specifically. The cool thing about this place when I found it is they tend to have more substantive free downloads for larger game modules than a QS. The address follows below. Before I post it though, I want to emphasize how cool the place is. I DLed 15 products of varying size without submitting a credit card or anything. So there's no bait and switch like many services (generally speaking) where you might get a 2 week trial but have to give info to use it. It's generally appreciated by the publishers if you choose to pay but it's not required. Currently you can get the core for FATE (I chipped in $5 when DTRPG hosted the "Pay What You Want") and a few other cores/extended previews. Down the road if you like the stuff, support supplements or get a second copy at some level to help the pubs.

http://www.indiepressrevolution.com/

There's a topic below this that has a link to Eclipse Phase for the core book which they offer for free, though with slightly less bells and whistles I believe. During the KS for an expansion to EP, they informed us that an EP-FATE and vice versa conversion document is being made. It's not free yet though and it's still in the works.

I don't have the link handy but there's a program out there that provides support for Exalted and the KS for that game hit one goal which provided official support from WW/OP to these guys for Exalted 3E. It'll still be free for people to use. The program allows you to keep track of custom charms and effects along with other things. I'll have it for next time.

Thanks again for giving me the chance and if there's anything objectionable please let me know. I'd like to be a bona fide member in general even though I've only availed myself of this forum so far.

Should get some sleep now -_-

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It's just a little thing for a pretty niche game, but there's a very cool smartphone app for Dungeon Crawl Classics offered here http://purplesorcerer.com/tools.htm that was funded by a kickstarter and they have a couple of electronic character generators for that game at the same link.






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