Mega Resources:

  1. Home Brew
  2. DM’s Guild
  3. Donjon
  4. 5E SRD

Web:

  1. Character building
  1. Form Fillable Character Builder
  2. Every Possible Stat Array
  3. Class Comparison List
  4. Conjuration List
  5. Easy character creation
  1. Figurines
  1. Hero Forge Custom Figs
  2. Reaper Fig Finder
  1. Online Campaign Tracker
  1. Dungeonomics
  2. Obsidianportal
  1. Treasure
  1. Magic Items by Rarity
  2. Treasure Generator
  3. Prices Guide
  4. Weak Magic Items
  5. Mithril And Mages Treasure
  6. Quick Store
  1. NPC:
  1. http://rpgtinker.com/
  2. http://npcgenerator.azurewebsites.net
  3. http://character.totalpartykill.ca/5e
  4. Drive: NPC Generator
  1. Encounter
  1. Encounter and Initiative
  2. http://kobold.club/fight/#/encounter-builder
  3. http://rpgtinker.com/bestiary.php
  4. 5E GM Egaanon
  5. Poison generator
  6. Monsters by Challenge Rating 1.0
  7. Monsters by Type 1.0
  1. Names
  1. Fantasy Name Generators
  2. Mithril And Mages Name Gen
  1. Generator
  1. Taverns
  2. Dungeon & Town Quick
  3. Stores (with inventories)
  4. Pymapper
  5. Ye olde map maker
  6. https://web3dvtt.appspot.com/game/
  1. Updated Rules
  1. Sage Advice Compendium
  2. Monster Manual Errata 1.2
  3. Dungeon Master’s Guide Errata 1.1
  4. Unearthed Arcana Quick Reference

Applications:

  1. Fantasy Grounds
  2. RP Tools
  3. Dungeonographer
  4. Hobbyte

Mobile Applications:

  1. Character Manager
  1. [Android] ]Squire — Character Manager Pro
  2. [Apple] Fight Club 5th Edition
  1. Spells
  1. [Android] 5th Edition Spell Book
  2. [Apple] Spellbook (D&D 5e)
  3. Encounter Builder/Manager
  1. [Android] eRPG Tools Plus

Джерело: <https://www.dndbeyond.com/forums/dungeons-dragons-discussion/homebrew-house-rules/402-a-list-of-qol-imoving-tools-for-5th-edition>

https://padlet.com/SpaceAce/yme6odlwdb1j

http://redkatart.com/dnd5tools/

https://nerdomancerofdork.wordpress.com/

Hi /r/DnD,

This subreddit has been a huge source of inspiration and motivation for me. I wanted to find a way to actually contribute in some way so I put together this guide on how I use OneNote to help plan my campaign and run my sessions as a DM. It has been an invaluable tool for me but with that said, it may not fit everybody’s style. Below are some of the ways I use it personally.

Organizing Your Campaign

Initial Setup

When organizing your campaign, it is helpful to have a clean and clear setup from the start. This can be done in any way that works best for you but be sure to do a lot of this up front as it will help you later on.

OneNote uses a system of Tabs and Pages/Subpages. Tabs should be a broad category and pages should be more specific. For example, here are my tabs. I have chosen to have a tab for general info, player characters, NPCs, items, encounters, locations, and organizations.

General

Characters

NPCs

Items

Encounters

Locations

Organizations

Session Notes, Adventure Diary, Story Outline, Player Handouts

Information about the PCs. Background, stats, etc

All of the important NPCs, including villains. Each one has a page with their history, player interactions, location, motivations, etc.

A list of all the key items in my campaign and their locations & history.

Contains information regarding potential encounters. Lots of links to /r/DnDthreads with random hooks and encounters.

All of the locations in my world.

The guilds, syndicates, government groups, militaries, etc.

Each one of the tabs will have pages for each important piece of info within that category. For example, here are my location pages. You can also make a page into a subpage by right clicking it and choosing the option.

Templates

Templates will save you a lot of time. You will likely want to create a template page for each tab that will prompt you to cover all the important aspects. Here is what my locations template looks like. You can see I have tables and headers set up that will prompt me to cover the basics. Here is a filled out version of the template.

Using the locations template as an example, you can do similar templates for NPCs or key items in your campaign.

Don’t be afraid to use the built in To Do, Important and Question features as part of your templates. I use the To Do checkbox (Ctrl + 1) a lot. I can quickly check the box to know which events have already happened and which ones never did. I also use the Question (Ctrl + 3) a lot to make sure I remember the questions that never got answered (both ruling questions and story questions).

You can also do voice recordings right inside OneNote if you wanted to record specific parts as notekeeping.

Linking to Other Pages & Search

This is a feature that I feel OneNote does very well. Let’s say you have a forest called Talgar. First thing you want to do is go to your Locations tab and create a page called Talgar. Now whenever you mention the forest of Talgar, you can just throw some double brackets [[ Talgar ]] around the word and it will automatically link to the page of the same name. If you haven’t created the page yet, you can still throw the double brackets around the important location or NPC name. When you click on the link, it will automatically create a page of the same name for you and you can move it whichever tab you would like. Links make it very easy to jump around to get more information regarding an NPC, item or location. As an example, on one of my Items pages I may list the location of the item and have link directly to the Location page for it.

The search function is also incredibly useful. It works very well and searches across all notebooks, tabs and pages. Makes it very easy to quickly look up info during the game.

Story Outline

Under the General tab, I have a page called Story Outline that just includes a brief overview of the history of my world as well as ideas on where the story could go. I made a quick timeline using tables that is a bit empty right now but I will fill in more info once I finalize it. It helps to visualize your history and look up quick details.

Session Notes

Create a page for taking notes during your session or before your session. The week prior to each session, I always have all these great ideas about what might happen the next time we meet. To make sure I don’t forget anything when it comes time to run the session, I just throw everything into a Session Notes page. As the sessions unfolds, I will edit and update the notes which then leads to the next page…

Encounter Log

The Encounter Log is basically an adventure diary. After each session, I will take the Session Notes and condense them down into a nice readable format so that I have a running log of our sessions. This helps me remember what the characters have done already (no matter how small) so I can hook their past actions into future events. Knowing the little details helps you shape the world around your player’s actions. This makes the players want to engage with the world around them so they can the effects of their decisions.

Once the information is in the Encounter Log, I clear the Session Notes and start with a blank slate for next week’s planning.

GM Screen

I have created a GM screen page. It has links to all the tools I use the most while I DM. It also has tables that I have copy and pasted into the page for things such as languages, DCs, item prices, rules, etc. If you see a useful table online, just copy and paste into the page or use the OneNote clipper (not a huge fan of the clipper though).

Tracking Initiative

I personally use pen & paper for this since it works well enough but here are some tips on tracking initiative right in OneNote.

First, create a table with 4 columns and enough rows for all of your party. You will want a Name, Initiative, AC and HP column. Give the top row some shading to make it a header row. Then give your PCs rows some lighter shading. This will help distinguish them during combat and it will also help you remember not to delete or overwrite their rows. When you enter combat, all you need to do is add a few rows for your monsters and fill out the info.

Tip: You can quickly move rows around by hovering over it and using the arrow to the left of the row.

Tip: You can also sort by initiative order automatically by putting the cursor in the initiative column, selecting the Table Layout option in the ribbon, then choosing Sort by Descending.

Sync With OneDrive

Make sure to sync everything up with OneDrive. It makes it easy to have your notes available across devices. I will often add quick notes on my phone if I have a cool session idea. It also makes sure you never lose all your data. I have spent hours and hours creating the world and would hate if it all somehow got lost.

Download Links

OneDrive Download

Google Drive Download

Джерело: <https://www.reddit.com/r/DnD/comments/4y0wsq/dm_using_onenote_for_your_campaign/?st=jlnstmkx&sh=87ad1cce>

 

A timeline of all forgotten realms novels (Canon and Lorehttp://www.alltimelines.com/forgotten-realms/

Adventures League Tools (with LFG access)https://www.alonlinetools.net/

Adventurers League Sitehttp://dndadventurersleague.org/storyline-seasons/

Another alternative AL log sheet (without LFG access)http://www.adventurersleaguelog.com/

Find your characters birthday (Canon)http://www.realmshelps.net/charbuild/bday.shtml

Useful point buy toolhttps://www.myth-weavers.com/pointbuy.html

Create world maps easilyhttp://inkarnate.com/

Character build optimisinghttp://rpgbot.net/dnd5/characters/classes/

Very deep Random Generatorhttp://www.chaoticshiny.com/index.php

Джерело: <https://www.dndbeyond.com/forums/dungeons-dragons-discussion/homebrew-house-rules/402-a-list-of-qol-imoving-tools-for-5th-edition>

Dungeon Masters

Adventure Lookup– Categorized database of published adventures.

Dice Roller– Online dice roller.

D&D Beyond– Official “digital resource”. Features a player character builder, content library, and homebrew creation tool. Anything beyond the Player’s Handbook content must be purchased.

Quick References

Bogsy’s Magical Scrolls– Mobile friendly website to lookup and manage spells.

Browser Based 5e DM Screen– Online “DM Screen” reference.

Cheat Sheets– Collection of cheat sheets. The combat sheet is particularly useful to hand out to your players.

Damage Type Descriptions – Cheat sheet of descriptions by damage type.

Campaign Management

OneNote– A powerful, cross platform note management tool.

EverNote– An alternative to OneNote.

OneNote SRD5– This is a compilation of the SRD5 rule book for use withOneNote.

OneNote Character Sheet– A nice character sheet to keep track of your player’s for use withOneNote. Made by u/toppins.

RPGBuddy– Track your character, initiative, and custom encounters!

GM Binder– A tool to create and manage your game documents.

Fantasy Calendar– A simple, but effective calendar to help keep track of the passage of time in your campaign. Made byu/domogrue.

Aglet Timekeeper– Simple, browser based time tracker.

Pre-Campaign

Player Interest Survey– Gauge what your players are looking for in their tabletop experience.

The Same Page Tool– A questionnaire that can help create a cohesive campaign with players and DMs all being on the same page.

Джерело: <https://dmstoolkit.com/2017/12/30/campaign-management/>

https://theangrygm.com/getting-there-is-half-the-fun/

NPCs

NPC Generator– A generator that includes, stats, traits, and a hook.

RPG Tinker – NPC stat block generator.

Character Appearance Generator– Character appearance generator.

Random Criminal Generator– A spreadsheet to generate random criminals.

Fantasy Name Generators– A ton of different name generators in one place.

Behind The Name– Random name generator.

Serendipity– Another name generator.

15,000 NPC Names & Backgrounds– Quick, bare bones reference for NPC’s with names, professions, and description. Hardest working $1 I have ever spent.

Who The F&#@ Is My Character?– Character idea generator.

Джерело: <https://dmstoolkit.com/2017/12/23/npcs/>

Items

RPG Market Generator– Randomly generates shops, inventory, and NPCs. Created byu/Aradreth_81.

Shop Catalog– Different inventories based on shop type, size of town, costs etc. Created byu/jrobharing.

d100 Minor Magical Items– 100 fun items when you don’t want to drop a powerful magical item on your party.

Magic Items That Are Better Than Nothing– 200 magic items that are “better than nothing”.

Weak Item Generator– Weak magic item generator to add flavor to your weapons and armor.

Fantasy Plant Compendium– Huge list of 600+ plants and where they could be found.

Materials List– A list of materials for crafting or giving your items more flavor.

Barrel & Sack Generator– Miscellaneous garbage to throw in those random crates and barrels when your players must loot everything.

Джерело: <https://dmstoolkit.com/2017/12/18/items/>

Homebrew

Classes

Blood Hunter– “Between the martial pursuits of a warrior, and the long-forgotten secrets of blood magic, lies a sect of hunters that sacrifice their own vitality and humanity to protect the realms.” Matt Mercer’s custom class, become the beast to destroy it! Check out theOrder of the Lycan subclass as well.

Spellbinder– “Spellbinders bring fear to all beings who exploit magic, be they a devil, lich or even a power-hungry mage. They are cunning, vigilant and incredibly tenacious.” A spellsword like class dedicated to bringing those who abuse magic to heel.

Shaman– “Shamans serve as intermediaries between the mortal world and the realms of spirits, called by the spirits to speak for them among mortals. These spirits come in a variety of forms, ranging from elemental nature spirits to the souls of fallen ancestors, and often take on animalistic shapes. While most shamans revere the spirits for which they speak, they rarely worship them outright. More often, a shaman negotiates with the spirits, being granted power both as a means to fulfill the spirits’ needs and as a reward for doing so.” A shaman class that is well regarded. Looks like a major revision is in the works so stay tuned!

EN5ider– Creator of the 3rd party book,A Touch of Class. A player in my campaign is currently playing as an Alchemist and so far it looks good!

*Note: Unless stated otherwise I have not play tested these, or has anyone in my home campaign. These are generally considered good homebrew classes that are well balanced, unique, and fun to play.

Джерело: <https://dmstoolkit.com/2017/12/10/homebrew/>

Starter Set: Lost Mines of Phandelver

Lost Mines of Phandelver is the official starter set for Dungeons & Dragons Fifth Edition and is often recommended to new DMs. It’s a great kit for beginners as it has everything you need to get started and hovers around $15 on Amazon. If you’re brand new to D&D and want to jump into DMing for a group this is the way to go.

Getting Started with the Starter Set– A good guide to help prepare running LMoP.

Encounter Adjustment– Don’t have the recommended 4 players for the starter set? Use this tool to adjust combat encounters for the amount of players you have!

Building Upon LMoP

How I start new players in LMoP– Tips to make the start of the campaign stronger, give your players a connection to Gundren, and avoid having your level 1 PCs get one shot in the first encounter. Read the comments too!

LMoP Lore & Background–  Expands upon the history and lore of the locations in the starter set.

Transitioning into Out of the Abyss– Incredible ideas on how to make the adventure more cohesive, and ideas on how to tie it into the Out of the Abyss adventure. Even if you don’t plan to run OotA this is a must read to make LMoP a better adventure.

Improving the Module: Villains– How to give the sort of lackluster villains, The Black Spider and Iarno “Glasstaff” Albrek a little more oomph.

Thundertree Part 1 & Part 2– Thundertree is the weakest area in the starter set. Part 1 describes the idea’s on how to liven up how Reidoth, Venomfang, and the Cult of the Dragon interact in this area. Part 2 is how it actually went down in game.

Venomfang– Amazing post on how to run Venomfang in the town of Thundertree and turn it into a very memorable encounter.

Cursed Goblin Items– Makes the items you find at the defiled shrine of Tymora in Cragmaw Keep magic with curses. The dagger is pretty wordy and the curse can be used to player’s advantage pretty easy so you might want to change it.

Transition into Princes of the Apocalypse: One & Two– Ideas on tying LMoP into the official module Princes of the Apocalypse. Good basis for tying LMoP into other adventures as well.

Battlemaps

iTim– iTim over at rpg.net has recreated almost every map included in the book, the town of Phandalin in a few different seasons, and a couple of areas that did not come with a premade map. Doesn’t include Cragmaw Hideout.

Mike Schley– Artist of the maps included in the book. He has high resolution downloads available on his website for a reasonable price.

Cragmaw Hideout– Various Cragmaw Hideout maps. Artists unknown.

Mappy– A pack of a few maps from a user over at theProFantasy forums.

Jhultgre– Includes Cragmaw Hideout, Redbrand Hideout, as well as Thundertree with roof assets.

Pack 1– Collection of maps in the same style. Found these in various places. Artist unknown. Includes open ambush encounter, Agatha’s Lair, and Thundertree.

Cragmaw Castle– Set of Cragmaw Castle maps in different seasons as well as darkness and in light. Made byu/mrvalor.

Thundertree– Various Thundertree maps. Artists unknown.

Wave Echo Cave– 2 Wave Echo Cave maps. Artists unknown.

Agatha’s Lair– Various Agatha’s Lair maps. Artists unknown.

Old Owl Well– Various Old Owl Well maps. Artists unknown.

Others– Another Cragmaw Castle map, a few for the beginning goblin ambush, and Wyvern Tor.

Printing Battle Maps to a 1″ Scale– How to print battle maps with a 1 inch grid. Instructions are for Photoshop but easily works withGIMP.

How to Make 1″ Tokens– Guide to making monster tokens for your battlemaps.

Джерело: <https://dmstoolkit.com/2017/12/31/starter-set-lost-mines-of-phandelver/>

 

Hey all! Some people have asked what resources I’m using for the sandbox game The West Marches, so here’s a list of all the blog posts, random generators, and supplements I’ve found most useful so far!

Blog Posts:

Random Tables:

PDFs:

General Tools:

Recommendations:

      • Fill your head with the kind of fantasy you love. The kind that makes you go «YEAH THAT’S THE STUFF.»
      • Find sources of that from everywhere, and pick only the individual bits that you really enjoy- even single responses from a d100 table.
      • Mix and match, and you’re good to go.

And if you had to only read 5 things from the above to build a sandbox game of your own, here they are:

Джерело: <https://www.reddit.com/r/itmejp/comments/2idf33/west_marches_resources/?st=jlnspqgn&sh=3b968878>

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