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Friday, January 27, 2006

D&D Things

I play Dungeons and Dragons. Well, some modified versions of it, but you get the idea. Tabletop roleplaying - it's one of the few things that can compete with blogging for "nerdiest things Andrew does." I play two games - I am a player in a game of World of Warcraft (NOT the MMO game) and I run a game of BESM d20 (an Anime-style RPG). I use a laptop to run everything, except for a set of dice I got for my birthday, which I now use for basic attacks and suchlike.

However, I will say it was quite a pain trying to find everything I needed. So, I thought I might post some links to a few nifty things that are helping me make a smooth game out of it all. I run OS X for most of my work (especially since my 2.5 yr old windows box appears to have totally died, and taken my external hard drive with it), so the useful applications will be for that platform.

System Reference Document - Warning: 9.5MB PDF document. I got really annoyed that I had to open up 15 different .RTF files, that didn't look real good in TextEdit or Word, just to read the rules without damaging my books. So, I combined them all into this handy PDF. Bookmarks for each section make finding stuff pretty handy (though someday I would like to hyperlink everything together), and Preview has that nice little Spotlight bar.

Xiphoid Dice Roller - This is the coolest dice roller I have ever seen. It's text-based. Type in 40d20 and hit enter, and it rolls 40 twenty-sided dice and totals them up. Type in (40d20) * 2 + 15, and it rolls the dice, multiplies them by two, and adds 15. Brilliantly simple.

Backpack - not really a program, but the infamous 37signals information management product turns out to be awesome for holding campaign data. I am using mine to run my BESM game. The main page contains information outlining the campaign premise, notes about campaign-specific mechanics, and a list of things the players can currently acquire. The other pages detail the main villains of the game, with notes on their statistics and their underling's battle stats. Finally, I have a Writeboard set up to detail the campaign's overall information.

Last but not least, a simple .RTF file written in TextEdit keeps track of my characer's information for the game I play in. His name, personal data, information about the story, his ever-expanding "spells known" and "spells readied" lists, his items, feats, and other attributes are all recorded in bulleted lists. Each stat (such as: 60hp) has an indented sub-item detailing if I've lost any hp that day, and why. It really helps me be sure I know exactly where I'm at. I made this in textedit before I really knew about Omni Outliner, but I'm sure that would work just as well for campaign data.

That's really all there is to it. It's a lot of data management, which is fun to us nerds even when it isn't critical for business. That's probably a part of the reason that D&D's glut of rules and statistics give geeks so much pleasure.

Have fun!

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Anonymous Gatsby said...

I initially read it "BDSM d20" and did a double-take.

"My ball-gag of the heavens adds 5 to my AC"

Blogger Razea said...

Ok... I know this is really random and has absolutely nothing to do with your post... but...

Happy (severely) Belated B-Day!!!
(please forgive me!)


I miss you!!! And I'm taking fencing, which really makes me wish you were here! Ahhh...
Email me,K?

<3 Katra/Razea


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