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  1. Necrozius

    Necrozius Active Member

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    I would love to share—and discover new—useful gaming aids offered on the web (especially for free!).
    To get things started, here are a few of my personal favourites:

    Tabletop Audio - Free
    Great for DMs who wish to add sound to their game sessions but want to avoid recognisable tunes from movies, tv shows or video games. All tracks are about 10 minutes long, loop perfectly and are named by genre/mood/theme/setting. A huge variety of tracks that you can stream right there or download for later.
    Bonus: has a Sound Pad, which is a dashboard to cue up multiple types of sound effects (looping or otherwise).
    Highly Recommended.
    Link: http://tabletopaudio.com/

    Dongon - Free
    A massive collection of random generators. Just about everything is covered (monsters, encounters, dice, names etc...) and some of it caters to specific games. Includes map generators too.
    Very useful.
    Link: http://donjon.bin.sh/

    Tiamat the Tile Mapper - Free, but requires Sign In for all features.
    Ever need to quickly and easily create a dungeon map? This online tool is a very nice example of such a site. Decent U.I., and nice imagery, but I wouldn't use it to create maps for a published product (well, maybe). Still, useful and effective.
    Link: http://www.rpgobjects.com/tiamat/
     
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    donjon.bin.sh is without a doubt one of the most useful things ever.

    If you go to the Virtual Apple II website, you can run both Dungeon Masters Assistant programs through online emulation. Be forewarned: it is not possible to save the files locally...
     
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    The DMA programs are considered abandonware and are readily available for download after a simple search. They run well in DOSBox and copy/pasting and printing are available using DOSBox SVMs.

    On a related note I have been trying to elicit help building a new AD&D 1e toolset based on newer programming languages and easy to run natively in Windows. I thought I had a partner based on a Facebook discussion, but that seems to have evaporated.

    If anyone is interested in this, please contact me. I don't have a lot to spend, but payment is not out of the question. I even suspect that given the nature of the OGL and OSR it would be possible to set up a project that relies on donations.
     
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    Zudrak New Member

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    Wizardawn's awesome tools are online still, thanks to & Magazine:
    http://wizardawn.and-mag.com

    Difficult to link from Bookmarks from the phone but I'll look to add more later.
     
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    I consider Tabletop Audio a must-have in my game, and miss it deeply if, for some reason, I can't use it. For some reason, I can't get the SoundPad to work, but the library is great and grows all the time. Donjon is wonderful for whipping up an instant dungeon when you don't have time.
     
  6. Necrozius

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    Ooh I'm curious. What browser/device do you use where Tabletop Audio doesn't function? (I'm a Web Developer and thrive on these mysteries)
     
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    OmnusI New Member

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    Nothing too mysterious. I use a tablet/ Bluetooth speaker combination in my game under ideal circumstances. If I forget to charge my tablet or I can't be bothered to bring down the speaker that night, I might eschew it for an evening. Easy things to circumvent normally. Also, games at cons aren't always worth the hassle of getting Wi-Fi access. Then I use my gaming soundtracks.
     
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    The Homebrewery - Free
    An online interface to create your own content for D&D 5e. It has painstakingly mimicked the layout and branding of the official books. If you want to create stuff for the DM's Guild, you don't even need InDesign or other desktop publishing software.
    Very simple to use: no coding knowledge needed.
    Link: http://homebrewery.naturalcrit.com/
     
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    Chaotic Shiny - Free
    Another site full of random generators. These ones stand out to me because they're more focused on cultures, descriptions, settlements and characters rather than encounters or stat blocks.
    Very inspirational.
    Link: http://chaoticshiny.com/index.php
     
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    D&D 5e Single-Use Magic Items - Free
    A simple page from one of my favourite bloggers (Sly Flourish). Each time you refresh this page you get a list (ordered or not) of one-use magic items with listed costs and page references to the Player's Guide spell section. If you want to have the equivalent of Cyphers in your D&D game.
    Very quick to use and handy in a pinch.
    Link: http://slyflourish.com/one_use_5e_magic_items.html
     
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    Scrapbook DMG - Free
    This one isn't a tool, per se, but a blog post that compiled a list of resources that are great contributions to a DM's "scrapbook". I've personally been assembling one of these over the past few months. There are a few web-based tools here, as well as some advice, tables and resources for monsters, treasure and idea-generation.
    Worth looking over sometime: you might find a few valuable bookmarks for your DM toolkit.
    Link: http://iceandruin.blogspot.ca/2015/09/a-scrapbook-dmg.html
     
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    How to be a Great Game Master - Free
    A YouTube channel of GM advice. While some of it is more suited to beginners, I still find a lot of valuable advice in here. He has a series of on how to be a Great Player, which are also great. Notable one: How to be an Evil character, which was particularly fantastic.
    Great to watch when you're bored or to share with new players (or problematic ones).
    Link: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC1F4eMw3W_rHBfxf9_m1hbw
     
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    If you play The One Ring, this site is invaluable for making characters: http://azrapse.es/tor/sheet.html It's an online character generator and keeps up to date with new rules. Plus, it's online, so if you make a character in it, you can access it in any web-browser later.
     
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    Medieval Fantasy City Generator - Free
    A webpage that swiftly randomly generates a map of a... well, medieval city. Four different scales, clean, crisp and easy to use. Hover over different "zones" and it gives you a tooltip of what kind of neighbourhood it is (eg.: craftsmen, slum, market etc...)
    Link: https://watabou.itch.io/medieval-fantasy-city-generator
     
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    Mythras Encounter Generator - Free
    Really handy for building encounters for mythras/Runequest 6. Build monsters, the cults they belong to, and assign spells too.
    Link: http://skoll.xyz/mythras_eg/
     
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    Trilemma.com: I'll See It When I Believe It - Free
    (in response to Tristram's One Page RPGs thread)
    A fantastic blog by Michael Prescott where he posts one page dungeons. They're incredible, system-neutral and very inspiring. If you need more than just a random dungeon map location, this guy delivers a lot. Many have been translated into French and Spanish too. Highly recommended. Had I more disposable income, I'd support his Patreon.
    Link: http://blog.trilemma.com/
     
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    More Audio Resources

    Ambient Mixer - free - a great resource for appropriate background sounds.
    Syrinscape - free to try, some packages cost a bit - you can combine different sounds, ambient and specific, with different levels
    Softrope - similar to Syrinscape
     
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