The internet is a central part of modern life. We shop there, we talk there and we watch cat videos there. Many Dungeons & Dragons players play there, either through websites like Roll20, through play-by-post games, or over video conferencing platforms like Skype and Google Hangouts. Games that meet in the real world can also benefit from the ease of Internet access at the gaming table. We’ve talked about great online D&D resources for Dungeon Masters before, so this time we’re focusing on websites and apps that help players keep their characters in fighting shape. These resources may not be official, but they are certainly useful.
Who The F*ck Is My D&D Character?
Often, the hardest thing about making a character is coming up with the initial concept. Picking a class, race and background is one of the ways that Fifth Edition makes this easier. But sometimes the first monster a player must slay is writer’s block looking at a blank character sheet. The language used in Who The F*ck Is My D&D Character is a little outrageous and outlandish, but hidden under the hyperbole is an excellent writing prompt generator that deals out interesting character concepts with a few clicks of the mouse. And even if you don’t want to play an Incosiderate Dwarf Warlock From A Small Remote Village Who Was Saved By Wolves, changing one or two words in the concept might lock in a character that will be beloved for years.
Fifth Edition Character Sheet App
The character sheet is vital to playing the game and a player that forgets theirs is often bogged down with recreating it from memory. If only there was some sort of device that everyone carried in their pocket that could store information! Players with access to smartphones can pull up apps that create characters and store them in the cloud. This app is free for those who want to tinker with it and buying it unlocks all levels and classes to be used completely. It is, of course, available in Android and iOS versions.
Dungeons and Dragons Fourth Edition, while still a controversial entry in the series, introduced a suite of official online tools to help players create characters. The latest edition doesn’t have an official set of tools, but OrcPub offers an excellent set of browser based tools for players that want to tinker with their builds. It can only automatically add content from the Basic D&D PDF and other 5e SRD content, but the custom class and spell tools let players add in whatever classes they want if they take the time, be they PHB classes not covered in the Basic PDF, unofficial classes purchased in the Dungeon Master’s Guild or homebrew content unique to the individual table. The website is in the final phase of a Kickstarter to raise money for improvements and offer other editions of D&D.
Spell cards are a long standing tradition as a player accessory, because looking up the effects of a spell in the book every time slows down play and irritates all the non-magic users at the table. Gale Force 9 has a line of official spell cards, but this website offers an alternative for frugal games. Magic-users can not only print and play spell cards but access a virtual spell book where all their character’s spells are stored in an easy to reference page. Crafty players already have the materials to make spell cards with that old CCG they never play anymore. Print out the spell cards from this website, cut them out, attach them to some worthless commons (or slide them into card sleeves) and a deck of spells is born.
What’s your favorite website to use during your game sessions? Let us know in the comments!
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