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I think it's time for a thread for favorite relevant links. Post links here, possibly for later relocation to rptools.net. Cheers! ;)
Here are mine.
http://www.dungeoncrafter.com/ nice bounded mapper, has loads of neat tiles for unboundeds
http://www.harmware.net/ sTile is a seemles tile maker. Not great for any sane persons game. I am not exactly in that category. I think this thing is awesome. Anyone who downloads this has to experiment to learn, or read the incomprehensible tutorials. :( Not a virus, as far as I know. It hasn't messed anything up for me, but it calls itself "Harmware," so there you are.
random mapper, not free :( o well.
http://www.rpglibrary.org/main.php?showgenre=Fantasy&order=category&start=110 make mini terrain tiles, I rather like it for some things, nice for a small, embellished map...
http://www.3rdedition.org/merricb/miniresources.htm a lot of links to dnd minis things, maps, tiles!!!, etc..
http://www.wizards.com/default.asp?x=dnd/arch/pc PC token art
http://www.wizards.com/default.asp?x=dnd/mwa/archive2004 A LOT of maps.
http://www.wizards.com/default.asp?x=dnd/arch/ag Token Art and Maps (same maps as two links above this one). This kicks butt. I have like 300 tokens from here. A must-see.
For more tiles, the dilligent can get them out of many games, with much more detail than many online.
DungeonCrafter is dead (really!)
DungeonForge has taken up the reigns...
The GM's Parlor has lots of Dunjinni user art that is FREE to use (including free liscense!)...
Here is the competition for free game app called Gametable...
(No where near as good, but does have hexes :) , It also has an Initiative tracker and dieroller/chat area that would be good to look at for ideas/improvements.)
Here is a DnD 3.5/d20 Combat app...
(maybe get some ideas to incorporate!)
A database from the d20 SRD. Very handy and customizable
Free, what else...Manager
Information manager, Organizer, Database
Like CC Pro but Free!
Utilities for DM's
Great little tools for online play!
Emryys' Amber Zone
My Traveller site
GRiP Community Boards
Boards for online gaming w/ GRiP and we plan on incorporating Maptool as well...
Just a few... ;)
DCrafter still has some really nice tiles, it's customizable, and theory has it they are making a new version, so even if the program is nowhere near as good as dungeonforge, the site is still worth taking a look at.
The prize of the lot (in my opinion)
AWESOME free art program, use for new overlays, tiles for your boundeds, photo editing (bad), any thing else you can think of... GIMP kicks butt. ;)
Freeware GIF animator, in case these ever support animated GIFs as tokens
Forgot to post these
When I said DungeonCrafter was dead (really) I meant the site is gone! It is a shame because it is as you say very good and was full of resourses.
There is the DC webring...
Some of the people involved can be found on the DungeonForge forums...
Thanks for the submissions, I've created a links page and added many of the links. It should be up in a day or so. Take a look and feel free to post more links.
Yes, but I have all of the DC1 customs, so most of the resources still exist in some form... Sadly, not the DC2 customs. I wonder if they will every get it up again, and where it has gone. Pity....
I believe the people on the DungeonForge (DF) boards are going to put up in the downloads area, the DungeonCrafter (DC) stuff.
it would maybe be nice if the links from the links page opened in a new window.
This is dead usefull
This allows one to explore.bar files, effectively encrypted zips. I use them to beet email security blocking me from sending applications as attachments, even if zips. Most don't know about BARs, so few can deal with them.
Lets you build BARs. Even more usefull.
NOTE that both are tools for Age of Mythology modders, and not general utils. They are wierd. I admit this. Therein lies their true value. Take a look. If I ever do get asked to do a crude auto-install, or email any other app, it will be .bar format. Gmail won't let me otherwise.
Iv'e still got the dc1 customs and dc1, so I could maybe send them if you wanted. many are on dungeonforge now.
One program that I have not noticed mentioned here is OpenRPG. OpenRPG is a usable tool for playing online RPG games that has an integrated chat with dicerolling, map/whiteboard, and game information tree. The developers are working on a new Java version (current version is Python). OpenRPG seems more advanced than RPTools in terms of integration as a complete package but has nothing as nice as any of the individual RPTools packages.
See http://www.openrpg.com/ for some information.
I've now added openRPG to the links (it'll show up later today or tmrw).
I've only taken a brief look at openrpg. Tell me more about the integration aspects that you like. That is, if you could write MapTool to integrate with any other tool in any other way, how would it work ?
OpenRPG currently provides a relatively complete solution to online gaming, and works well for people with slow internet connections. I've been using it along with Ventrilo for a while.
Comparing OpenRPG to RPTools...
OpenRPG Good Features:
- Chat window supports relatively complex die rolling
- Chat window supports big scrollback buffer and can be resized (does not overlay map)
- "Game Tree" supports preparing die rolls etc. ahead of time and sending information to chat.
- Resources such as large map graphics are typically stored on web server so when clients load them they are not pulled through a slow upstream cable/dsl/modem connection. (GM internet connection speed does not limit map load times)
RPTools Good Features:
- MapTool is great. Easy to add and move tokens around. Easy to pan map and zoom. I love it.
- DiceTool, the variable substitution is good, saves a lot of updates.
- TokenTool, fantastic and handy.
- Drag and drop support works well.
- Web Start makes getting the system up and running easy
RPTools Wish List:
- Keep programs loosely coupled so individual components can be replaced but still work together.
- Modify DiceTool to allow it to send dice rolls to the chat in MapTool, or to some other chat system.
- Improve Chat capabilies.
- Add a chat port to MapTool to allow other programs to inject chat, maybe by sending a message to a UDP port. Make this bi-directional (I guess that would be TCP) and you could interface to a separate "ChatTool".
- If chat ports were available, other apps could be written to store adventure descriptions or character sheets and that information could be forwarded to chat when needed.
- Allow mixing of text and dice rolling in chat. For example, in OpenRPG it parses things between  as dice commands, so typing "Attack Roll [1d20+2]" would roll and come out in chat something like "Attack Roll [1d20+2] (15,2) -> (17)".
Thanks for the in depth comparison.
I think you'll be happy with where we're headed:
The tools will stay independent, and using the auto discovery library I wrote you will be able to connect the tools together ad hoc.
I really like you idea of opening a service port that allows other tools to communicate with it. I'll queue it up for features to implement soon after the soon to be released 1.0 :)
Chatting. We haven't focused on the chat very much because there are other tools that focus on and do a great job at chat. However, we are in the process of revamping the entire chat system, which will address the text length and usability issues.
Rolling, that's a great idea to allow in-text parsing of die rolls. I'll put that on the list for post 1.0 implementation.
Thanks again for the great ideas and providing your wishlist :)
I use DM Genie for Campagin and Combat Management.
Added, I'll be doing a web site push tonight with all the new additions.
Fobbo, good to hear from you :)
here are a couple more links.
Great NPC generator
Map Making software
Best D20 RPG newsite I have been to
Tips for role playing games players and GM's
Role Playing Tips
Webblog for GM's has lots of good information for GM's
Sorry I have not posted in a while been real busy at work and home. I may be starting a new game soon and will have more feedback with the new features you guys have been implementing.