List of D&D Digital Aids:

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Rather than have to search and question for the best aids, I'm hoping this thread could be a good start for a comprehensive list of the various gaming aids available. (It would probably make a nice sticky!) Links to the web page for product info would be very helpful.

Ok, I'll start (and update as we go for easier searching):


WOTC actually has a number of their own tools that can be run from their website, and some of them can also be downloaded and run offline.
http://www.wizards.com/default.asp?x=dnd/tools

For mapping, I've used Fractal Mapper 7 from NBOS. Works great, very easy to learn, has lots of options and is decently priced ($34.95).
http://www.nbos.com/products/mapper/mapper.htm

For online tabletop D&D, they offer Screen Monkey. It is only required on the DM's PC, the players all connect by browser. Maps are loaded as backgrounds and players move icons for their characters. Best of all, you can pay for it ($34.95), or get a "light" version that is still pretty powerful, but is completely free!
http://www.nbos.com/products/screenmonkey/screenmonkey.htm

I've heard great things about DM Genie for character and campaign management. One nice thing is that you can use it to digitally create your modules and campaign. But it also handles character, NPC and monster tracking, combat and all kinds of other stuff, all at a decent price for all it does ($35).
http://www.dmgenie.com/home.shtml

I've looked into Role Playing Master, which is a similar product, though a little more focused on the player side. It has great rules and reference information built right in. The unregistered version is time-bombed and doesn't include all the features, but to register only costs $24, which includes lifetime updates. Be sure to check out the Software Library section for great free addons. The 3.5 Dataset includes an extensive Explorer-style encyclopedia of the rules!
http://www.enworld.org/RolePlayingMaster/

I've also looked into the Role Playing Assistant (RPA). It is very well designed and allows fast creation of characters and NPC's, complete with backgrounds, and a variety of other types of generators. You can use a limited version with no time-bomb for free, or pay a very reasonable $18 to register it, which includes lifetime updates, which is very nice feature.
http://www.rpgweb.com/

Dungeon Master Assistant is a very nice looking campaign management system! It includes a great Explorer-style World Manager that keeps track of all the little details in your campaign world. Registering for $20 lets you save all of your work.
http://www.tidalcanada.com/dma

ViewingDale is a nice looking mapping program for about $45. It has an interesting system for designing maps and playing them online. Maps and the objects are all created by layering bitmap icons. The icons look great, and you can even use photographic bitmaps. The game doesn't lag online, because the server does not move icons or maps, it simply changes the properties of text files, which tells the clients where and how to position the icons already on the client.
http://www.viewing.ltd.uk/viewingdale/desc_outline.htm

Also from the maker of Viewing Dale is Viewing Dale, Dice! This is a free 3d dice rolling program that has some nice options like saving preset rolls and choosing who gets to see the roll.
http://www.viewing.ltd.uk/viewingdale/dice1.htm

Campaign Cartographer 2 (and numerous add-ons). Very nice, but quite pricey.
http://www.profantasy.com/

RPGXplorer, another character management system.
http://www.rpgxplorer.com/

OpenRPG is a free online tabletop gaming system.
http://www.openrpg.com/

Battlegrounds: RPG Edition is an online tabletop system that is due out later this month (April 06).
http://www.battlegroundsgames.com/index.html

MonsterDB, as it's name implies, is a database for all the little critters your PC will run into. And it's free!
http://www.fwpro.org/MonsterDB/index.htm

DM's Familiar is a promising looking game management program for $29.95.
http://www.paladinpgm.com/dmf/index.htm

Dundjinni is another very nice looking mapping software. It looks like it is more geared to adventure level maps, than the world maps that other programs do.
http://www.dundjinni.com/

RP Tools has some free tools for online tabletop gaming.
http://rptools.net/doku.php?id=home

Code Monkey Publishing has some tools out, but it looks like their up-coming release, RPG Toolkit, may be their best option if you can wait.
http://www.codemonkeypublishing.com/

Off topic, but worth the mention: For those who are interested in Sci-Fi settings, NBOS offers AstroSynthesis, which is a galactic mapping program that looks really cool! Ok, I haven't bought it, but the program actually lets you map out a galaxy in 3D! It also will generate star systems, including planets, moons, asteroid belts, etc. All with actual science in mind!
http://www.nbos.com/products/astro/astro.htm

Tablesmith: A program for randomly generating anything. You can export results to html and save results in an Explorer style system. Shareware, register for $10, bit is doesn't day that anything is limited if you don't.
http://www.mythosa.net/Utils.html

Kloogewerks is an online tabletop gaming system. Written in Java, it looks pretty comprehensive. It uses licenses per connection. $30 for the server, $15 for each client, though there are a variety of pricing schemes, and a server operator can pay for extra client licenses so that unlicensed players can connect.
http://www.kloogeinc.com/

Fantasy Grounds is an online tabletop gaming system. The full version, which allows running as a server or client, is $34.95. Client "lite" licenses are $19.95. There are discount packages.
http://www.fantasygrounds.com/

Virtual Dice Tray and Initiative Tracker are free tools available here:
http://home.earthlink.net/~evildm/dd3e/tools/index.html

NPC Designer is said to be a powerful DM tool for generating complete NPC's. The Gold version is only $15.
They also offer Item Designer, which helps with managing item creation. Price is $5.
http://www.rpgattitude.com/default.asp

Online System Reference Documents "SRD's":
The HyperText d20 SRD:
[INDENT]http://www.d20srd.org/[/INDENT]
The Sage and Sovelior SRD:
[INDENT]http://www.systemreferencedocuments.org/35/sovelior_sage/home.html[/INDENT]


Hopefully people can comment on their experiences with some of these tools and add others. As more people add products, I will add them to this thread, to make it easier for people to find tools. Some sort of rating system would be nice...
Tablesmith: A program for randomly generating anything.

Online Gaming Programs (programs for playing D&D over the computer): Kloogewerks, OpenRPG, Fantasy Grounds, ScreenMonkey
Well, though it looks like you've mostly listed full-blown DM tools/suites, there's a few others out there:

Virtual Dice Tray - A a very nice dice rolling program I just posted about recently: Really, check this one out!

ViewingDale Dice - Another die rolling program with nice animation and ability to store frequently used rolls.

NPC Designer - A well reviewed application, which Monte Cook even gave kudos too. This site also has a Potion Generator, an Item Designer and an Intelligent Item Generator.

WotC Tools page - Should probably be included (do we want to link to the tools separately?)

Online SRDs:
It's still a work in progress, but I'm writing an audio program in Java for RPG use called RPG Audio Mixer (http://www.rpgaudiomixer.com/) The dev version works pretty well and lets you play music and sound effects during your game. You can set up playlists for soundtracks (Lord of the Rings, D&D Soundtrack, The Mummy), moods (Battle, Sadness, Wonder), particular scenes (Entering the Dragon's Cave, Death of Drizzt, Finding Exaclibur) or locations (Tavern, Crypt, Enchanted Forest).

Also, might I suggest people bolding the names of products? Makes it a little easier to pick them out in a long paragraph of text.
DMF Todd, if you could edit your post to list a short description of each tool and link to the software site, it would be a great help!

Oneiros, great suggestions! Maybe at some point we can arrange these into catagories, though many cross catagories.

Gawynn Glenblade, sounds like a great idea on the sound program, and also a great idea to bold the tool names! I've already edited mine.

Please keep the tool ideas coming, but also please check and make sure you are not double posting something. And if you can relate positive or negative experiences, it will help a lot when people have to choose where to send their money.

Thanks!
I handle NPC Designer and the other tools from RPGAttitude, if there is anything I can do to help just let me know. Thanks Oneiros.
What, no mention of PCGen?
A great program for running your games is DMGenie, www.dmgenie.com. Another program for sound mixing is RPG Soundmixer, http://www.rpgsoundmixer.com/. Neither of these programs use Java and both are very easy to use. DMGenie does require code editing in VBScript to add some feats and to get the most out of it. The community is great and you can get help on their forum for almost anything. Check it out.
What, no mention of PCGen?

Oh, we knew you'd have that covered, Kingpaul ;)
were can i find the best free mapmakers,im to young to get a job and need something thats good and completely worthless!
need something thats good and completely worthless!

Do you mean "good and free", maybe?
Anyway, for laptop use during a game, I have found Shannon Greene's HeroForge Excel sheet to be priceless! Automatically handles all aspects of character building (skills, feats, class abilities, etc.). There is also a SWRPG version that I use from Ewokspy that works great.

They are good- and free!
We, (Occult Entertainment), publish a completely free no-strings-attached DM utility called DM Secretary. It is currently on version 2.0.5, but on May 27, 2006, we will release the much improved revamped feature filled 3.0.0 .
If you have never used this program, give it a try.
The current version of the program has the following features:

* Game clock
* 10 Customizable links
* XP Record holders for 10 PCs or NPCs
* SEARCHABLE Notes sections for General Notes, Game Last Left Off, and NPC's Have Met.
* All of the standard Classes (normal and Prestige), Skills, and Feats - in their own section, and SEARCHABLE for easy reference.
* Built in tables for the following:
1. Encounters
2. Exchange Value Of Coins
3. Light Sources and Illumination
4. Skill Synergies
5. Hardness And Hit Points of Objects
6. Hardness And Hit Points of Substances
7. Hardness And Hit Points of Armors Weapons and Shields
8. Actions In Combat
9. Movement Of Mounts And Vehicles
10. Movement And Distance
11. Terrain And Overland Movement
12. Hampered Movement
* Dice Generator
* Town generator
* Weather Generator
* Calculator
* Battle Box (Keep track of Battle Order, Initiative, Turn Taken, Round, etc.)
* 6 Game enhancing documents that are sure to spice up your game!

Occult Entertainment's Home Page is here:
Occult Entertainment

You can download DM Secretary 2.0.5 from these hosts:
Freeware Files
The Realm of Geeking's Dungeons & Dragons Page
D&D Adventures
FilePlanet
FreshFiles
RPG Library - Software
SafeSite
Simtel

Let us know what you think.
First time i hear about this product. I will surely check it out.

Thanks

Pat
This program is very easy to use, but you do need some sort of voice chat system to have it work easy with your game. It has a chat window with a dice roller, but is allot easier with Ventrillo or Skype.

http://gametable.galactanet.com/
We, (Occult Entertainment), publish a completely free no-strings-attached DM utility called DM Secretary. It is currently on version 2.0.5, but on May 27, 2006, we will release the much improved revamped feature filled 3.0.0 .

* Calculator

I hoped you fixed that thing, it works like no other calculator I've ever seen.
Ha! We actually took it out! We couldn't get it to work right, so we scrapped it. It wasn't really a needed feature anyway...we just thought it would be handy.

Maybe I'll harrass our DM Secretary team to put a simple working one in there someday...
Ha! We actually took it out! We couldn't get it to work right, so we scrapped it. It wasn't really a needed feature anyway...we just thought it would be handy.

Maybe I'll harrass our DM Secretary team to put a simple working one in there someday...

oh good. That thing had me so confused... I ended up making the Windows calculator one of those ten links. Can't wait for the new one to come out, unfortunately one day late for my session...
oh good. That thing had me so confused... I ended up making the Windows calculator one of those ten links. Can't wait for the new one to come out, unfortunately one day late for my session...

Well, look at it this way - you have a week or so (assuming you run games once a week) to get familiar with the new features!
There is an excellent character generator for Excel made by a fellow by the name Grant Strachan. The only downside is that I think it is only 3.0, and I don't know if it has been updated to 3.5 yet. At least not by Strachan himself. Otherwise it is an absolutely outstanding character generator which lets you choose which books and supplements to include, has a database function, calculates both feats, PRCs, prereqs, etc.
There is an excellent character generator for Excel made by a fellow by the name Grant Strachan.snip

You don't happen to have any links for this file, do you? Maybe a website for the guy that has at least the 3.0 file, with a contact link for him?
Seems like all other links are either removed or no longer working, so I uploaded a copy of it here: Character Generation sheet for Excel, by Grant Strachan

Supposedly you can email the guy to get the code for the tool to make modifications. Most corrections (like feats, classes, races, etc.) you can still modify without that code, though. I have, for example, modified mine to work flawlessly so far with 3.5, even with certain PHBII additions (Note: the link points to the original version of the character generator).
Well, look at it this way - you have a week or so (assuming you run games once a week) to get familiar with the new features!

Ha! Try a day and a half. (We play whenever we can, so this time it's a friday night and the following monday...)
Ha! Try a day and a half. (We play whenever we can, so this time it's a friday night and the following monday...)

Knew we included that "Upgrading to DM Secretary 3.0.0" section in the help file for a reason - it gives you the quick and dirty on the new features and capabilities, so if you know how to use 2.0.5, you can jump right in! ;) 7 days and counting...
First, OpenRPG is listed twice, perhaps one of them was intended to be the original WebRPG.

Second, a suggestion for additions. Redblade Character Generator at redblade.org. It's free, easy to use, quick--GREAT for NPC's, and (almost) fully customizable. The creator is working on a new version which will be fully customizable, but as of right now, the "default" campaign file that comes with the program is the SRD.

And for maps (classic style hex maps), I've discovered Arr-Kalaan Software's "AKS HexMapper". Again, free, quick, easy interface, and customizable.

Just FYI,
Roger
I posted it elsewhere a while ago, but i made a free utility using the SRD spells, it lets casters put together "spellbooks" for d&d. works best for wizards and sorcerers.

its at http://spell.seraphimpunk.com,
its free,
you just have to register the account, all the spellbooks you create can be saved to your account so that you can go back and add/delete spells as you need them.

hope ya find it useful.
I programmed this wicked program called DungeonMaster Manager 2.1. Its amazing, I use it all the time and it has everything form spells to character sheets. Its not quite finished yet though.
here are some pocketpc apps i wrote. i use them when i play.
http://bkee.members.winisp.net/ppc/

There's a randomizer, a dm utility to keep track of inititative and some pc and npc info, the obligatory die roller, an Exalted (white-wolf) essence tracker, a standalone xp calculator (function is also build into the dm util), a player util primarily designed to keep track of spells (memorized for wizards, or cast counted for sorcerers) and info that changes frequently during play, and finally a more complete character record program.

/bm

 

We have finally released the new version of DM Secretary! Since everyone here is an avid D&D player (we are sure) we are going to give you guys the direct link to the file:

DM Secretary 3.0.0

There is only one catch: you let us know what you think! Thanks guys. We are hard at work on the next version of DM Secretary - since the number of our team solely dedicated to this program has grown greatly, we can improve it full time.

So try it out!
Cool. A day or so overdue, but cool nonetheless. I'm kinda curious why it doesn't have an icon on the taskbar, Now I can't have other things open and get right to it...
We have finally released the new version of DM Secretary! Since everyone here is an avid D&D player (we are sure) we are going to give you guys the direct link to the file:

DM Secretary 3.0.0

There is only one catch: you let us know what you think! Thanks guys. We are hard at work on the next version of DM Secretary - since the number of our team solely dedicated to this program has grown greatly, we can improve it full time.

So try it out!

Awesome! I've been waiting for this ever-so-long.
Rather than have to search and question for the best aids, I'm hoping this thread could be a good start for a comprehensive list of the various gaming aids available. (It would probably make a nice sticky!) Links to the web page for product info would be very helpful.

Ok, I'll start (and update as we go for easier searching):


WOTC actually has a number of their own tools that can be run from their website, and some of them can also be downloaded and run offline.
http://www.wizards.com/default.asp?x=dnd/tools

For mapping, I've used Fractal Mapper 7 from NBOS. Works great, very easy to learn, has lots of options and is decently priced ($34.95).
http://www.nbos.com/products/mapper/mapper.htm

For online tabletop D&D, they offer Screen Monkey. It is only required on the DM's PC, the players all connect by browser. Maps are loaded as backgrounds and players move icons for their characters. Best of all, you can pay for it ($34.95), or get a "light" version that is still pretty powerful, but is completely free!
http://www.nbos.com/products/screenmonkey/screenmonkey.htm

I've heard great things about DM Genie for character and campaign management. One nice thing is that you can use it to digitally create your modules and campaign. But it also handles character, NPC and monster tracking, combat and all kinds of other stuff, all at a decent price for all it does ($35).
http://www.dmgenie.com/home.shtml

I've looked into Role Playing Master, which is a similar product, though a little more focused on the player side. It has great rules and reference information built right in. The unregistered version is time-bombed and doesn't include all the features, but to register only costs $24, which includes lifetime updates. Be sure to check out the Software Library section for great free addons. The 3.5 Dataset includes an extensive Explorer-style encyclopedia of the rules!
http://www.enworld.org/RolePlayingMaster/

I've also looked into the Role Playing Assistant (RPA). It is very well designed and allows fast creation of characters and NPC's, complete with backgrounds, and a variety of other types of generators. You can use a limited version with no time-bomb for free, or pay a very reasonable $18 to register it, which includes lifetime updates, which is very nice feature.
http://www.rpgweb.com/

Dungeon Master Assistant is a very nice looking campaign management system! It includes a great Explorer-style World Manager that keeps track of all the little details in your campaign world. Registering for $20 lets you save all of your work.
http://www.tidalcanada.com/dma

ViewingDale is a nice looking mapping program for about $45. It has an interesting system for designing maps and playing them online. Maps and the objects are all created by layering bitmap icons. The icons look great, and you can even use photographic bitmaps. The game doesn't lag online, because the server does not move icons or maps, it simply changes the properties of text files, which tells the clients where and how to position the icons already on the client.
http://www.viewing.ltd.uk/viewingdale/desc_outline.htm

Also from the maker of Viewing Dale is Viewing Dale, Dice! This is a free 3d dice rolling program that has some nice options like saving preset rolls and choosing who gets to see the roll.
http://www.viewing.ltd.uk/viewingdale/dice1.htm

Campaign Cartographer 2 (and numerous add-ons). Very nice, but quite pricey.
http://www.profantasy.com/

RPGXplorer, another character management system.
http://www.rpgxplorer.com/

OpenRPG is a free online tabletop gaming system.
http://www.openrpg.com/

Battlegrounds: RPG Edition is an online tabletop system that is due out later this month (April 06).
http://www.battlegroundsgames.com/index.html

MonsterDB, as it's name implies, is a database for all the little critters your PC will run into. And it's free!
http://www.fwpro.org/MonsterDB/index.htm

DM's Familiar is a promising looking game management program for $29.95.
http://www.paladinpgm.com/dmf/index.htm

Dundjinni is another very nice looking mapping software. It looks like it is more geared to adventure level maps, than the world maps that other programs do.
http://www.dundjinni.com/

RP Tools has some free tools for online tabletop gaming.
http://rptools.net/doku.php?id=home

Code Monkey Publishing has some tools out, but it looks like their up-coming release, RPG Toolkit, may be their best option if you can wait.
http://www.codemonkeypublishing.com/

Off topic, but worth the mention: For those who are interested in Sci-Fi settings, NBOS offers AstroSynthesis, which is a galactic mapping program that looks really cool! Ok, I haven't bought it, but the program actually lets you map out a galaxy in 3D! It also will generate star systems, including planets, moons, asteroid belts, etc. All with actual science in mind!
http://www.nbos.com/products/astro/astro.htm

Tablesmith: A program for randomly generating anything. You can export results to html and save results in an Explorer style system. Shareware, register for $10, bit is doesn't day that anything is limited if you don't.
http://www.mythosa.net/Utils.html

Kloogewerks is an online tabletop gaming system. Written in Java, it looks pretty comprehensive. It uses licenses per connection. $30 for the server, $15 for each client, though there are a variety of pricing schemes, and a server operator can pay for extra client licenses so that unlicensed players can connect.
http://www.kloogeinc.com/

Fantasy Grounds is an online tabletop gaming system. The full version, which allows running as a server or client, is $34.95. Client "lite" licenses are $19.95. There are discount packages.
http://www.fantasygrounds.com/

Virtual Dice Tray and Initiative Tracker are free tools available here:
http://home.earthlink.net/~evildm/dd3e/tools/index.html

NPC Designer is said to be a powerful DM tool for generating complete NPC's. The Gold version is only $15.
They also offer Item Designer, which helps with managing item creation. Price is $5.
http://www.rpgattitude.com/default.asp

Online System Reference Documents "SRD's":
The HyperText d20 SRD:
[INDENT]http://www.d20srd.org/[/INDENT]
The Sage and Sovelior SRD:
[INDENT]http://www.systemreferencedocuments.org/35/sovelior_sage/home.html[/INDENT]


Hopefully people can comment on their experiences with some of these tools and add others. As more people add products, I will add them to this thread, to make it easier for people to find tools. Some sort of rating system would be nice...

Oh come on! Our DM Secretary program hasn't made this list yet?!?
Awesome! I've been waiting for this ever-so-long.

We hope you like it!
DSForgeworks for Pocket PCs. We support Pocket PC 2002, 2003, and Window Mobile 5.0+.
What do you guys think about putting this kind of information into a Wiki? Then anybody could add their application and the information would be in a central location.
What do you guys think about putting this kind of information into a Wiki? Then anybody could add their application and the information would be in a central location.

Let us be the first to say: we're game.

Just let us know the details.
I'm just starting to get things in place, but here you go:
http://www.mesagames.com/d20wiki/Software_and_Resources
That's a good start, Dawynn. But does it really need to be limited to d20 system software?
Hey Heruca...

If you're asking about the software: The program itself doesn't need to be limited to d20 support, but it should have at least d20 support. Some of the programs will obviously be system-agnostic (dice rollers, audio programs, mapping programs, graphics). Things like Character Generators and Initiative Trackers should be d20-based though.

If you're asking about the site: I suppose I could open it up to any RPG system out there, but since this started from a D&D thread I guess I was focused on d20. And a list of programs wouldn't be as useful to d20 players if they had to wade through a number of non-d20 programs. For now I'm going to focus on d20 information but I wouldn't be opposed to opening it up if there was a big desire for it.
OK, that makes sense, I guess. Thanks for putting that together. When I get some time, I'll see what I can add.
I started adding descriptions last night, so if anybody wants to start adding some descriptions you can just follow the format I'm using.

Also, if you have any ideas for other sections of the Wiki, let me know.
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