Polls: RPG Tools

D&D Insider was intended to be the big break through, bringing RPGs into the 21st Century but it has failed to deliver the goods. Do any of us use online tools or software as part of our gaming? What do we want online and are we prepared to pay for it? Answer this poll and you will help steer the development of Dingle’s Games range of RPG tools.

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13 comments

  1. I use d6 Fantasy and there are almost no online tools available for this system at all. I use mapping tools and a few other things on my computer several times for EACH adventure I create and I run 2 games a week.

    I would use regularly, several times per adventure, a character generator and an NPC & Monster Generator. I might use a random dungeon generator, but might not. I would almost certainly not use a treasure generator unless I had the ability to add tables to it in some way.

    I would definitely pay 20$ a year for this service, especially if it had a modifiable treasure generator. No question. There are several programs out there that allow you to make tables (tablesmith, nbos) but I just want to toss it a list from notepad with an item on each line and not deal with the code.

    Creating 2 adventures each week, writing for 2 blogs and having a part time job already cost me too much in time and I have no interest in dealing with any type of coding.

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  2. Another thought and something I didn’t see listed above.

    Instead of just a char gen for players, who wouldn’t use most of what you have in mind, how about a char generator and then a page where you can modify and update that character with a pretty printout? I doubt players would pay as much but 10$ a year for that might be sustainable.

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  3. I’ve been using DM genie for a while now and I think it’s a brilliant program, unfortunately I know of no program available for the pathfinder rpg which has replaced 3.5 completely in our gaming group. I would love to see one though 😉

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  4. In our group we use computers a lot prior to the session, but never at the table during the game session itself – we find them just too distracting, fiddly and take up too much space.

    One of my players thinks they’re elitist too with those folks who have laptops swanking off their kewl toys to the folks who don’t. In a way, he’s got a point, and we respect that. So, the game session is pure pen-and-paper all the way, just as Gygax intended. Lovely stuff.

    One of the poll questions asks whether I’d be willing to pay $20/year for an application, and the answer’s no. What I would do though (and have done) is pay $40 for an app that works well. My experience is that subscription models produce lower quality applications with folks paying for programs that aren’t complete purely on the expectation that it will be ready, eventually (*cough* D&D Insider *cough*).

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  5. I think one of the biggest problems game tools face is the sheer number of systems out there and the house rules everyone applies to them. I can’t recall the last time I played a straight up out of the box version of any game.

  6. I’m not sure what DDI you’re looking at, but “failed to deliver the goods”? In what way? In my own experience, and judging by the response online to it, its been pretty successful. You already have an unprecedented level of digital support for the game – a fully functional character builder that can also update, print, and create a forum friendly stat block; the Compendium, which contains every power, feat, race, paragon path from every book (whether you own it or not) and magazine article put out so far and is updated weekly; an encounter builder and a monster builder (both of which you can copy & paste complete stat blocks from); and two content heavy digital magazines that have both maintained a fairly high level of quality so far.

  7. I answered: Other to “Which Game Systems” as Other because:

    I’d like to see a generator that someone could import or create rules templates – I think pcgen was like this? Since I play more older versions and OGL games mainly, this would give me the freedom to have tools for my version and be able to share my generator templates/rules with others.

  8. I answered “other” because I would like to see a nice set of WH40K: Dark Heresy tools for the Mac. I have some for my pc, but I use my Macbook for all my gming.

  9. What Chgowiz said in regards to importing templates for different games.

    I usually stick to free versions of things. With so much free stuff, a product has to be really, really good for me to pay (especially with the economy and my limited gaming budget).

  10. The last poll needs an extra option:
    * No, I’d rather pay a one-time fee, not an annual/monthly subscription.

  11. @Thasmodious : Dude, are you serious? All of the tools were supposed to be ready when the core books were released. The compendium is cool, but the character builder JUST came out. It’s been like a year and half!!

    The main tool, the gametable, probably won’t be out until next year if ever. To me, that is the flagship app of DDi. Its advertised in the back of the core books as if it really existed. I quote “And with DDI, you can take your game online, so you can play with your friends everywhere – wherever they live, wherever you go.”

    I’m glad you like the DDI being offered, but base on the expectations that WoTC gave us, it has been mostly a failure.

  12. I’m also a free user (having paid for the D&D Core Rules already – I’m less than thrilled about the prospect of DDI particularly as I remember TSR’s publishing Dragon articles as canon in hardbacks – how many times can you expect to pay for the same content?) and proud of it.

    I’m keen on open source development as often as not, off-the-shelf software isn’t all that. In addition, I remember numerous fan-supported supplements for off-the-shelf which had long shuffled off the mortal coil (D&D Tools).

    What makes me chuckle is the amount of stuff which could be put online and then adopted as a resource. Creative Commons could be applied; the question is who’s going to start the ball rolling?

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  13. @Tom: the character builder JUST came out. It’s been like a year and half!!

    June 2008 was a “year and [a] half” ago?

    Was it late? Sure. But let’s not confuse facts with hyperbole.

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