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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.


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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:

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

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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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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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.



Below is the current list of game systems. You may use your own but it is strongly recommended you utilise one of the following as this is the list from which GMs select and users search from. You may append or prepend if you wish to add extra information, but do not alter the core text.


2300 AD/Traveller 2300

7th Sea

7th Sea d20/Swashbuckling Adventures

A Game of Thrones

A Song of Ice and Fire


Aberrant (original)

Aberrant d20

Advanced Dungeons & Dragons

Advanced Fighting Fantasy

Adventure (original)

Adventure d20


All Flesh Must Be Eaten


Amber - Guardians of Order

Amber Diceless Roleplaying - Phage Press


Apocalypse World


Army of Darkness


Ars Magica

Artesia: Adventures in the Known World

Ashen Stars

Atlantis: The Second Age

Atomic Highway


Babylon 5, d20

Basic Fantasy RPG

Basic Roleplaying

Bat-Winged Bimbos from Hell

Battlefleet Gothic

Battlestar Galactica


Beyond the Supernatural

Big Breasts, Small Waist

Big Eyes, Small Mouth

Big Eyes, Small Mouth, d20

Black Crusade

Blood Bowl

Blue Planet

Board Game

Boot Hill

Brave New World

Brawn, Ego, Extraneous, and Reflexes

Broken Gears

Bubblegum Crisis

Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Bunnies and Burrows

Burning Empires

Burning Wheel


Call of Cthulhu d100 rules

Call of Cthulhu d20 rules

Call of Cthulhu version 5.5

Card Game

Cartoon Action Hour

Castle Falkenstein (R Talisorian Games)

Castles and Crusades

Cat: A Little Game About Little Heroes


Changeling: The Dreaming

Changeling: The Lost

Chivalry and Sorcery

CJ Carella's WitchCraft

Colonial Gothic

Conan (Mongoose)

Conan (TSR)

Conspiracy X

Continuum: Roleplaying in The Yet



Cortex System RPG

Crimson Skies



Cyberpunk 2020

Cyberpunk 203X

d20 Modern

Dark Ages: Fae

Dark Ages: Inquisitor

Dark Ages: Mage

Dark Ages: Vampire

Dark Ages: Werewolf

Dark Conspiracy

Dark Heresy

Darwin's World

DC Heroes

DC Universe

Dead Of Night


Deeds Not Words

Demon: The Fallen


Digital Burn


Doctor Who: Adventures in Time and Space

Dogs in the Vineyard

Dragon Age

Dragon Warriors

Dragonball Z



Drakar och Demoner

Dream Park

Dresden Files RPG

Dune: Chronicles of the Imperium

Dungeon Crawl Classics RPG

Dungeon World

Dungeons & Dragons (Arcana Unearthed variant)

Dungeons & Dragons (original)

Dungeons & Dragons 3.0

Dungeons & Dragons 3.5

Dungeons & Dragons 4

Dying Earth

Earthdawn - 1st edition

Earthdawn - 2nd edition

Earthdawn - 3rd edition

Earthdawn - Classic edition

Earthdawn - Revised edition


Eclipse Phase

Empire of the Petal Throne

End All Be All

Engine Heart




Fading Suns


Fantasy Craft


Fates Worse Than Death

Fear Itself

Feng Shui



Final Fantasy RPG




Gamma World

Gamma World (4e D&D conversion)

Gamma World d20 rules


Geist: The Sin Eaters


Ghouls and Ghosts

Golden Heroes

Grimm RPG


GURPS Castle Falkenstein

GURPS Prime Directive

GURPS Traveller


HackMaster (5th Edition)

Haven - City of Violence

Heavy Gear

Hero Wars

Heroes Against Darkness

Heroes System

Heroes Unlimited

Heroes Unlimited 2nd Edition

Heroes Unlimited 2nd Edition (Revised)


Hollow Earth Expedition


Human Occupied Landfill

Hunter: The Reckoning

Hunter: The Vigil

Immortal - Invisible War

In Nominé



Iron Kingdoms



Judge Dredd

Judge Dredd d20


Kindred of the East

Kobolds Ate My Baby

Labyrinth Lord

Lace and Steel

Lady Blackbird


Legend of the Five Rings

Legends of Anglerre

Little Fears: Nightmare Edition

Living Steel

Lone Wolf RPG

Lord of the Rings

Macho Women with Guns

Mage: Sorcerer's Crusade

Mage: The Ascension

Mage: The Awakening

Maid RPG

Man, Myth and Magic

Marvel Heroic RPG

Marvel Super Heroes

Marvel Super Heroes - SAGA

Marvel Universe

Mazes and Minotaurs

Mech Warrior


Mechanical Dream


Mercenaries, Spies, & Private Eyes

Metamorphosis Alpha

Microlite 20

Middle Earth Roleplaying

Millenium's End

Mongoose Traveller



Morrow Project

Mouse Guard


Mummy: The Curse

Mummy: The Resurrection



Mutants and Masterminds

Myth & Magic


New World of Darkness

Night Life

Ninjas and Super Spies




Only War

Open D6



Other Suns

Over The Edge

Palladium RPG


Paranoia XP





Powers and Perils

Prime Directive (original)

Prime Directive d20

Prime Directive d6

Primetime Adventures

Privateers and Gentlemen

Promethean: The Created

Quick Ass Game System

Red Dwarf

Renegade Nuns on Wheels


Risus: The Anything RPG


Rogue Trader



Runequest (Mongoose)

Savage Worlds


Scion: Demigod

Scion: God

Scion: Hero

Secrets of Zir'an

Serenity RPG


Silver Age Sentinels

SLA Industries

Slasher Flick


Space 1889

Space Opera



Spycraft d20 rules

Star Frontiers

Star Trek - Decypher

Star Trek - FASA/Games Workshop

Star Trek - Last Unicorn

Star Wars (West End Games)

Star Wars d20 rules

Star Wars Saga Edition

Star Wars: Edge of the Empire



Stars Without Number

Starship Troopers

Steve Perrin's Quest Rules



Street Fighter: The Storytelling Game

Supernatural RPG

Swashbucklers of the Seven Skies

Swords and Wizardry

Tales from the Floating Vagabond


Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Other Strangeness

Teenagers from Outer Space

Terra Primate

The Adventures of Indiana Jones

The Babylon Project

The Fantasy Trip

The Riddle of Steel

The Shadow of Yesterday

The Window

There Is No Spoon


Top Secret


Trail of Cthulhu

Transformers RPG

Traveller 4 (Mark Miller's Traveller)

Traveller 5

Traveller d20

Traveller: Classic

Traveller: The New Era


TriStat dx

True 20 (Blue Rose, etc)

Tunnels and Trolls

Twilight 2000

Twilight 2013



Unhallowed Metropolis


Unknown Armies

Vampire: The Dark Ages

Vampire: The Masquerade

Vampire: The Requiem

Victorian Age Vampire

Villains and Vigilantes

Void Trek 3007 AD

WarHammer 40K

WarHammer Fantasy Battle

Warhammer Fantasy Roleplaying


WaRP - Wanton Role-Playing


Weapons of the Gods

Werewolf: The Apocalypse

Werewolf: The Forsaken

Wheel of Time

World of Darkness

World of Warcraft RPG

Worlds Beyond

Wraith: The Oblivion




Xro Dinn Chronicles

Year of the Phoenix



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.




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?



The universe is change;
your life is what our thoughts make it
- Marcus Aurelius (161)


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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:




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.




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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MapTool from the RpTool.net is the BEST open free map platform available out there. Great even for heavy dungeoniring when you gather with friends around a table and a large inch TV screen. Great. From map-making to online dungeon crawling with friends connected to your server.

One may even write to-hit attack / damage macros (or find on the net for simple systems d20 etc) and just voice over as a DM the story... being connected to a voice conference.

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The AD&D thread caught my roving google eye! :)


I game at a PbP forum, that's all PnP games: www.unseenservant.us


and I help out with & Magazine that's all old school D&D PnP stuff: www.and-mag.com


Both are free, and (I think) appropriate for this thread. :)

Be well,


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Sorry about the thread necromancy, but my 16 year old niece has gotten into DnD with me and now she wants a hand at creating her own campaign.  We've had to resort to internet gaming and I was wondering what would be good and easy for both a 50 year old grognard like myself as well as friendly for a young adult.  I don't mind dropping coin on it if it's good.  I don't mind getting something free as long as it does the job.  Also, any tools that will help her run a tabletop?  I do my stuff by hand (maps and whatnot), but I wouldn't mind using something that makes my life easier also.

"Not for the sake of much time..."

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I've been DMing a game, and playing a game on Skype. Low tech and gets the job done! :)

I've played on Roll20, and it's fun. But futzing around with the map (fog of war, battle mat, etc) is fun as well. I've created maps and stuff on Roll20 to use in Play-by-Post games. 😄 I think if you do maps by hand, that's half the battle right there. Likely only because I'm not so hot with the maps. What edition you playing? For AD&D, OD&D and OSRIC there's a crapton of tools here (highly recommend all the goodies in the Wizardawn application) and it's all free: https://osricrpg.com/tools/ 

But I'm sure any thread searching for ideas and tools will get the job done as well! Good luck! I've been DMing 1e my four daughter for years now, and the two oldest (16yo and 18yo) have DMed 5e as well. It's such fun playing with your kids!!


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We're playing 5th edition and she's pretty excited.  Strange group in that everyone plays characters that actually fit their own personalities.  None of this business where the tongue tied nerd plays the bard.  For example, my other niece (22yo) plays a sorcerer.  She's a wonderful kid, but a bit vain and constantly taking selfies, tweaking her hair, that sort of stuff.  My brother in law is Mr. Fixit and he plays a rogue.

Anyhow, I've looked into Roll20 also.  I think I played a small one on one session with a friend who was running a game.  I just want something that will be easy and intuitive for a young player starting to branch out into the role of DM.

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"Not for the sake of much time..."

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Do battlemaps and such work for 5E? Sometimes seeing stuff helps, at least when I am DMing. I've used monster pictures as well as drawn maps, or drawn marching orders. But if she's playing with friends, then I'm sure it will all go well. They can support her as she grows and learns. Have fun!!!

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