Tools & Resources

for Online Social Tabletop Gaming

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List of Tools & Resources for Online Tabletop Role-Playing Gaming

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This section lists the known free virtual tabletop products, sites, & projects that are still usable. Some may be less active than others, but all of these should be usable. If something listed here is no longer working, please let us know and we'll move it to the defunct list.

If you think we missed listing something, please let us know and we'll add it as soon as possible.





Adventurer's Codex 

Summary: Online but more text-based organizer of TRPG data.

Cost: Open source

Platform: Self-hosted – Web

Site: https://adventurerscodex.com/ 

Source: https://github.com/adventurerscodex/adventurerscodex 

Description: D&D 5e gaming system for characters, campaigns, and parties. focused on in-person play.


Components: https://adventurerscodex.com/attributions.html 







Aurora Builder 

Summary: a free tool that lets you create characters for your dungeons and dragons game using the bundled content, your own content, and content created by others. 

License: Free (donation supported)

Cost: Free

Cost Frequency: 

Platform: Windows

Site: https://aurorabuilder.com/ 

Source: 

Status: Active 2020

Description: 

Aurora Builder is a free tool that lets you create characters for your dungeons and dragons game using the bundled content.

Features:

Components: 








Beyond Tabletop

Cost: Free

Platform: Web

Site: https://www.beyondtabletop.com/ 

Source: n/a

Status: Active

Description: 

Beyond Tabletop is a set of tools for RPG players who want to enhance their in-person game sessions with cleanly designed, easy-to-use online character sheets and maps. Our web application is subscription-free and designed to be used on all devices. We currently offer two products - a battle map, which is designed to accommodate many RPG systems, and character sheets, which are built for the Pathfinder system (with more systems on the way!)

Features:

    • D&D 5e

    • Character sheets

    • Simple Maps

Components: 









Critical Compendium

License: Free

Cost: Free (optional donate)

Cost Frequency: 1-time

Platform: Windows, Steam

Site: https://store.steampowered.com/app/1087080/Critical_Compendium/ 

Source: 

Status: 

Description: 

Critical Compendium is a content creation and management tool for D&D 5th Edition. The complete 5.1 SRD is included with support for importing your existing XML compendiums.

FEATURES

- Guided character creation

- Complete character management - hp, attacks, inventory, spells, companions, and more

- Encounter creation with advanced monster and character statistics

- Run encounters with time and initiative tracking

- Export characters to form-fillable PDF character sheet

- Share characters and encounters by exporting to an archive and sending it to your friends

- Import XML compendiums and character and encounter archives

- Complete compendium management - create, edit, and copy anything

- Dice calculator with die hot keys

- Quickly reference rules (DM screen)

Features

Components: 







DiceCloud

Summary: Realtime D&D 5e Character Tracker 

License: Freemium / Opensource options

Cost: Free?

Cost Frequency: 

Platform: 

Site: https://dicecloud.com/ 

Source: https://github.com/ThaumRystra/DiceCloud 

Status: Active

Description: 

Features

Components: 















Mipui

Cost: Free (Opensource)

Platform: Web

Site: https://www.mipui.net/app/ 

Source: https://github.com/amishne/mipui 

Status: Active

Description: 

An online grid-based map editor for games, with real-time collaboration

https://alternativeto.net/software/mipui/

Components: 

    Firebase by Google

    FireSaver.js by Eli Grey

    Game icons by various artists, available on game-icons.net. Also see a detailed artist breakdown.

    Material icons by Google

    Shadowcasting Tutorial by Eric Lippert

    Cross-hatching texture by Syrkres

    node-sanitize-filename Node module by Sam Hocevar

    SparkMD5 by Joseph Myers









PlanarAlly

Cost: Free

License: Opensource: 

Platform: Windows, Mac, Linux, Web, Self-hosted 

Site: https://www.planarally.io/ 

Source: https://github.com/Kruptein/PlanarAlly 

Status: Active 2020

Description: 

PlanarAlly is an opensource Virtual TableTop (VTT) web tool that aims to help you and your players discover the various fictive worlds out there. It's designed to be usable without any internet access to accomodate your dark dungeons and has a variety of features to enhance your immersion like lighting and vision limitation. 

Features

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Rolisteam

Summary: VTT for TRPG

License: Free (Opensource GPL2)

Cost: Free / donate

Cost Frequency: None

Platform: Web, Windows, Mac, Linux. Multilingual.

Site: https://rolisteam.org/ 

Source: https://invent.kde.org/kde/rolisteam 

Status: Active 

Description: 

http://doc.rolisteam.org/overview.html 

Rolisteam is a virtual tabletop software. It helps you to manage tabletop role playing games with remote friends/players. It provides many features to share maps, pictures and it also includes tool to communicate with your friends/players. The goal is to make Rolisteam-managed RPG games as good as RPG games around your table. To achieve it, we are working hard to provide you more and more features. 

Features:

    • Character Sheet

    •     Music player

    •     Drawing tool (to draw map on the fly).

    •     Vectorial Map

    •     Name Generator

    •     Unit Converter

    •     Character Sheet

    •     Rich text Editor.

    •     Dice rolling

    •     secret Dice rolling

    •     Share pictures

    •     Share maps

    •     Fog of war on maps

    •     Playable Character or Player identity (in chat)

    •     PC and NPC positioning on map.

    •     One to One/Many/All Chat communication

    •     Client/Server architecture.

    •     And many others…

Components: 












RPG Map Editor II

Cost:  Free

Platform: Online 

Site: https://deepnight.net/tools/rpg-map/ 

Source: https://github.com/deepnight?tab=repositories 

Status: 

Description: 

Features:

    Full HTML5 support, no longer Flash-based

    Windows version on Itch.io

    Full-screen editor

    Import maps generated by One Page Dungeon (from Watabou)

    Support for special walls, such as caverns, diagonals, etc.

    Ground textures

    Ray-casted lighting & fog

    Multiple skins and many customizable colors

    Texts, numbered elements with automatic legend block generation, text bubbles…

    Icons

    Enemies

    User friendly UI

    Pay what you want, including free! 

Components: 

RPG Map II is completely free to use. All the content you create with it can be used any way you want, including in commercial products.










RPTools, MapTool, etc.

Summary: MapTool & TokenTool active, the others “stabilized” & inactive.

MapTool Summary: MapTool is an online, multiuser, networked, graphical, interactive, programmable virtual tabletop

License: Free (Maptool opensource)

Cost: Free? (verify)

Cost Frequency: 

Platform: Mac, Windows, Linux, iOS, Java

Site: https://www.rptools.net/ -  https://www.rptools.net/toolbox/ 

Source: 

Status: Mixed active, Maptool last update March 19,2020.

Description: 

MapTool: MapTool is an online, multiuser, networked, graphical, interactive, programmable virtual tabletop. Requires Java 6+. It can be used for face-to-face play, or Internet role-playing in real time even if your players are on the other side of the world. MapTool in particular works great with voice-chat services!

    • MapTool - An online, multiuser, network based, graphical, interactive, programmable virtual tabletop.

    • TokenTool - Create quick and simple consistently sized tokens for use with any digital battle mat.

    • InitiativeTool - Keeps track of the flow of encounters. Requires Java 5+.

    • CharacterTool - A configurable tool for managing the number-crunching of building and maintaining player characters.      

    • DiceTool - A general-purpose dice rolling application with programmable buttons and extensive customization.

The tools fall into two categories.

    •     Active tools are still under development and support.

    • Stabilized tools are no longer under active development or support. Some of their functionality has been moved into one of the active tools.

These tools are not a role playing game by themselves, nor are they meant to replace everything at the RPG table. Rather, they are designed to be as flexible as we can make them, usable for a wide variety of gaming systems, from fantasy to sci-fi; from tabletop miniatures games to purely spoken-word games.

The tools aren't built from the ground up for any specific RPG, which is what allows for the great flexibility we have, but as a result, it can be difficult for us to indicate easily to individuals how best to make use of the tools for their specific purposes. Fortunately, the community forums are a thriving, active source of rapid responses to any questions you may have. We take pride in this as one of our greatest strengths and we encourage you to join us there. If the game you want to run is a commonly-found one, there's a good chance you can locate someone who's done most of the fine-tuning for you! At the risk of leaving some out, our users have developed frameworks for D&D3.x, D&D4e, Pathfinder, ShadowRun, nWOD, GURPS, and many others. 

Features:

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Standard Action

Cost: Free

Platform:  Web

Site: https://standardaction.net/ 

Source: 

Status: 

Description: 

Standard Action is a tabletop gaming application designed to be simple to use, but highly customizable. In game, Standard Action features an interactive game board, live chat, dice rolls, a turn tracker, and customizable game piece stat bars. Game masters can take advantage of dynamic lighting, custom map layering, and organization of their maps into separate chapters to bring their game world to life.

Features: 

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This section lists the known low-cost virtual tabletop products, sites, & projects that are still usable. Some may be less active than others, but all of these should be usable. If something listed here is no longer working, please let us know and we'll move it to the defunct list.

If you think we missed listing something, please let us know and we'll add it as soon as possible.

Low cost is generally any products that are no more than $50 one-time purchase or per year. Anything higher than that is listed in the "Premium RPG VTT" list.







Adventure Builder 

License: Commercial

Cost: $5+

Cost Frequency: 1-time per major version?

Platform: Windows, Linux, Web

Site: https://johnnygossdev.itch.io/adventure-builder 

Source: 

Status: Beta

Description: 

Features:

- Creature Browser

- Browse all of the 5e SRD creatures using helpful filters.

- Encounters

- Make as many encounters as you like

- Edit and save notes

- Keep a history of events

- Keep track of the initiative order

- Click on creature actions to automatically roll to hit and damage

- Roll dice using the roll command "roll 1d20 + 2"

- Custom notes for creatures

- Everything is saved so you can pick up and play next time

Components: 








DM Helper 

License: Free

Cost: Free (name your price, suggest $2.00 one time)

Cost Frequency: 

Platform: Windows, Mac

Site: https://dm-helper.itch.io/dm-helper 

Source: 

Status: 

Description: 

The DM Helper will act as your in-game assistance, taking care of the administrative tasks and allowing you to focus on your players, the narrative and the fun!

Key Features

- Presentation of all tool content in a Player's Window. This can be shown to players on an external monitor or shared via streaming tools for either face-to-face or ongoing games

- Full battle support including a full battle map, initiative and hit point tracking, area effects, mass saving throws/damage

- Map visualization, in or out of battles, including fog of war, zooming and an in-map pointer for highlighting items

- A detailed bestiary, pre-filled with all open-source SRD monsters

- A campaign structure for build-up of adventures, encounters, maps, locations, party members and NPCs.

- A quick reference to descriptions of actions/bonus actions/reactions, environmental issues and conditions

- A reference including all SRD equipment tables

- A campaign clock for tracking time and date throughout adventures

- Animation of scrolling text over a background for easy cut-scene creation

Features

Components: 








epicGM 

Summary: Cross-platform Game Master tools to track campaign notes, compendiums and a battle map.

License: Freemium

Cost: $5+ “name your price”

Cost Frequency: 1-time perpetual license.

Platform: Mac, Windows, Android, iOS

Site: https://gavelsoft.itch.io/epicgm 

Source: 

Status: 

Description: 

epicGM is a cross-platform tool offering features to track campaign notes, compendiums and a battle map. It brings a complete suite of tools to help you run your games smoothly so you can focus on bringing the best game experience to your friends and players!

FEATURES

Campaign tool to link your notes to your map.

Creature compendium

Random Table/Encounter Builder

Battle map with tokens and Spell area effects

Cloud Support to sync across devices or to find pre-made adventures.

Fightclub XML support via dropnbox import for compendium, spells, items and creatures.

Features:

Components: 








Foundry VTT 

Summary: standalone application built for experiencing multiplayer tabletop RPGs using a feature-rich and modern self-hosted application where your players connect directly through the browser. 

License: Commercial

Cost: $50 per GM (unlimited players allowed to connect, they do not need to purchase).

Cost Frequency: 1-time. No other costs.

Platform: Self-hosted, 

Site: https://foundryvtt.com/ 

Source: 

Status: Beta currently. Scheduled May 2020 release.

Description: 

Features:

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Premium RPG VTT

This section lists the known premium virtual tabletop products, sites, & projects that are still usable. Some may be less active than others, but all of these should be usable. If something listed here is no longer working, please let us know and we'll move it to the defunct list.

If you think we missed listing something, please let us know and we'll add it as soon as possible

This section lists products that cost more than $50 1-time cost, or per year. This also includes products that may seem inexpensive at first, but due to required DLCs to actually be able to play the desired games, add up quickly to more than $50.








Adventurekeep 

License: Commercial

Cost: $0 / $5/mo

Cost Frequency: Monthly

Platform: Web

Site: https://adventurekeep.com/ 

Source: 

Status: 

Description: 

online toolkit for Dungeon Masters to create epic adventures with ease. Adventurekeep provides state-of-the-art tools for building and running 5e adventures.

Free Features:

    • Free

    • $0 forever

    • Unlimited Adventures

    • 10 Pages Total

    • 5 Map Markers per Page

    • 1 MB Max Image Size

    • 100 MB Image Storage

Pro Features:

    • Pro

    • $5 per month

    • ($60 per year)

    • Unlimited Adventures

    • Unlimited Pages

    • Unlimited Map Markers

    • 5 MB Max Image Size

    • 5 GB Image Storage

Components: 






Astral

Summary: 
License: Commercial
Cost: Free (limited), Pro $10/mo ($8.25/mo if paid annually = $100/yr)
Cost Frequency: Monthly
Platform: 
Site: https://www.astraltabletop.com/ 
Source: 
Status: 
Description: 
Astral Tabletop is the easiest way to create, host, and play tabletop roleplaying games online or in person. Astral started in 2017; a brand new experience launched in April 2019. It was originally launched under the name "Power VTT". It is free. Now you can easily create & run games without wasting much time in the setup. It offers everything a GM i.e. game master needs to facilitate fun and immersive sessions. You can manage chat and combat in one place, it allows you to easily build maps and characters from scratch or use any of our ready-to-play templates. You can also add immersion and visual effects with just a click. 
Features:
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Battlegrounds: RPG Edition

Summary: Battlegrounds: virtual tabletop software designed to enhance your pen-and-paper roleplaying games, whether your players are in the same room, or on the other side of the world.

License: Commercial

Cost: Premium. $14/player, $28/GM. (5 players + GM = $98) + huge increase through DLCs 

Cost Frequency: 

Platform: Windows

Site: http://battlegroundsgames.com/battlegrounds-rpg-edition/ 

Source: 

Status: 

Description: 

Battlegrounds: RPG Edition (aka BRPG) is virtual tabletop software designed to enhance your pen-and-paper roleplaying games, whether your players are in the same room, or on the other side of the world.

BRPG is system-agnostic, meaning it can be used with any RPG system, whether it be Dungeons & Dragons, d20, GURPS, Rolemaster, FUDGE/FATE, Savage Worlds, Shadowrun, or a more obscure system. BRPG supports gameplay in any genre, both online and offline. It's the perfect solution for gaming groups where one or more members have moved away. BRPG is also ideally suited for use with a projector or HDTV in face-to-face game sessions. BRPG is designed to be easy to use; there is never any scripting or XML-editing involved.

BRPG can also be used to play boardgames, wargames, card games, and dice games.

A free Demo version is available for download. BRPG also boasts many artpacks and digital game conversions, both free and commercial.

Features:

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D&D Beyond Tools

Summary:  Source materials, character creation, and other tools.

License: Commercial

Cost: Hero: $3/mo / $15/6 months / $26/1 year.  Master: $6/mo / $30/6 months / $55 / year.

Cost Frequency: 

Platform: Web

Site: https://www.dndbeyond.com/subscribe 

Source: 

Status: Active

Description:  https://www.dndbeyond.com/characters/builder#/ 

Hero Tier: Intended primarily for players, this tier removes ads, allows you to create an unlimited number of characters, add publicly-shared homebrew content to your collection to use within the toolset, and provides early access to new tools.

Master Tier: Intended primarily for Dungeon Masters and player groups, this tier grants all the benefits of the Hero tier, allows you to share all of your unlocked official content with other players within your campaigns so content does not have to be unlocked individually, and provides early access to new tools.

Features:

Components: 




Fantasy Grounds

Very, very expensive!






GM Forge

Cost: $29.99+

License: Commercial

Platform: Steam (Windows)

Site: https://store.steampowered.com/app/842250/GM_Forge__Virtual_Tabletop/ 

Source: 

Status: 

Description: 

GM Forge is a Standalone Virtual Tabletop with competitive features, making it a good affordable alternative. When you buy a copy of GM Forge, your friends join you through their web browser without purchasing a copy. It has all the competitive features in other virtual tabletops, as well as some impressive new innovative ideas built with the average GM in mind.

GM Forge is a sandbox for GMs, and has 6 sample systems available on the workshop with some automation setup for basic play, with the option of downloading additional user created content and mods through the steam workshop!

Active discord channel

Features:

    • Dynamic Lighting

    •     Worldmaps / Map connecting

    •     Online/Offline/Local Network Support

    •     Combat Tracker

    •     Music and Youtube video integration

    •     Voice/Video chat

    •     Drag and Drop inventory/spellbook management

    •     Automation/Auto Calculations

    •     Custom Character Sheets

    •     Full System Builder

    •     Custom Dice

    •     Custom Compendiums

    •     Hand out building

    •     Presentation ready notes (Automating your Notes)

    •     Resource Pages that allow you to share your PDFs and Important images with your party

    •     Modding/Workshop Support

    •     And the list goes on... 

Components: 




Roll20

Costs add up quickly!






Pending

See our Accessible RPG and similar sources until this section is completed.

 





Why Social Games Matter


GenCon TV TableTakes Episode Segment (March 20th):

Video: Neurodiverse & Social Benefits in Gaming, & Importance of Maintaining Social Activities: https://www.twitch.tv/videos/572118823?filter=highlights&sort=time




NBC Article: A million people are pretending to be ants on Facebook — and it could be therapeutic: https://www.nbcnews.com/tech/social-media/million-people-are-pretending-be-ants-facebook-it-could-be-n1204701 





Different Ways/Levels of Socialization & Gaming: Avedon Interaction Patterns & RPGs: https://w3.rpgresearch.com/research/archives/public/rpg-research/rpg-model/avedon-interaction-patterns-rpg-hawke-robinson-summary-20140218d-rev20191201f.png/image_view_fullscreen 





References: _____

Card & Board Games

Online options for social tabletop online card & board games

Ranging from free to fee. If you are aware of something missing, please email info at rpgresearch dot com and we'll update this page accordingly.


 


Tabletop Simulator

Summary: Some sketchiness about licensing and paying creators, since content uploaded by users (lacks royalty payments to creators?) through workshop.

License: Commercial

Cost: ~$20/player (4-pack=$60) (includes 15 base games, then DLC costs of many others around $5-10+/- each)

Cost Frequency: 1-time

Platform: Steam (Windows, Mac, Linux)

Site: https://www.tabletopsimulator.com/ 

Source: 

Status: 

Description: 

Create your own original games, import custom assets, automate games with scripting, set up complete RPG dungeons, manipulate the physics, create hinges & joints, and of course flip the table when you are losing the game. All with an easy to use system integrated with Steam Workshop. You can do anything you want in Tabletop Simulator - The possibilities are endless!

Tabletop Simulator has it all. The base game includes 15 classics like Chess, Poker, Jigsaw Puzzles, Dominoes, and Mahjong. Additionally, there are thousands of community created content on the Workshop. If you’re the tabletop gaming type, we include an RPG Kit which has tilesets & furniture, as well as animated figurines that you can set up and battle with your friends, with even more options in the Chest. There’s even an option for Game Masters so they can control the table!

Features:

    Online sandbox with unlimited games to play how you want.

    Multiplayer physics with objects that collide and interact just how you would expect.

    Create your own mods easily with full Steam Workshop support and 3D model importing.

    Take games to the next level with Lua scripting support.

    Play just like you do in real life; pick up, rotate, shake, and throw any object.

    Up to 10 people can play together on the same table.

    Team system with voice and text chat.

    Save & load individual objects and complete games.

    Hotseat mode allowing you to play locally on the same computer.

    Browse the internet, listen to music, and watch videos in multiplayer, in-game on a tablet.

    Perfect for RPGs – build your very own roleplaying dungeons with our modular tileset, RPG Kit, Multiple States and Tablet (useful for character sheets).

    Great admin tools to enable or disable player permissions and to eliminate griefing in public games.

    360° panoramic backgrounds that change the lighting and atmosphere.

Components: 

Included games: Backgammon, Cards, Chess, Checkers, Chinese Checkers, Custom Board, Dice, Dominoes, Go, Jigsaw Puzzles, Mahjong, Pachisi, Piecepack, Poker, Reversi, RPG Kit, Sandbox, Solitaire, and Tablet. 



Tabletop Playground

Summary: (direct competitor to Tabletop Simulator)

License:  Commercial

Cost:  Unknown (pending)

Cost Frequency:  (unknown, assuming monthly)

Platform: Steam (Windows).

Site: https://tabletop-playground.com/ 

Source: 

Status: Closed Beta. Public release scheduled Q2 2020

Description: 

Experience digital tabletop gaming like never before with realistic physics and satisfying controls. Recreate and modify classic games or build your own and share them with the world. Utilize specialized tools to play niche and complex games with up to 8 players across PC and VR. Get ready for the definitive tabletop gaming experience, with Tabletop Playground.

Join the TP community on Discord to get the latest updates on development and get early access through our Creator's Program initiative with modio.

8 Player Multiplayer

Play solo or with up to 8 players simultaneously online, with cross platform play between PC storefronts planned. Save and resume games at anytime and discover a never-ending selection of games to be played with friends or strangers across the world.

Modern and Satisfying Controls

Featuring powerful physics and responsive, snappy controls, every move and action is as satisfying to do as it is in real life. Whether through a screen, or through virtual reality with and without motion controllers, experience more responsive and fluid gameplay than ever before.

Powerful In-Game Editor

Adjust the rules and enjoy tabletop favorites exactly how you want, or quickly forge your own ideas into original games. The easy to use and powerful in-game editor, coupled with JavaScript scripting to allow for complex rules and actions, means you’re only limited by your creativity.

Specialized Tools For Niche Games

Built from the ground up with greater functionality for war-gaming and niche games in mind. Utilize specialized tools to create formations, measure distances/angles, access movement/dice roll history and use custom measure units. Digital war-gaming will never be the same again!

Realistic Graphics and More Customization

Through the use of Unreal Engine 4, experience the ultimate immersive game sessions you can have playing tabletop games online. Personalize your game space with beautiful and cozy 3D locations and lose yourself in the detailed game pieces and realistic graphics. 

Features:

Components: 






Premium


Tabletopia

Summary: 800+ simulated board & card games on VTT. 

License: Commercial 

Cost: Players, Bronze (Free), Silver ($4.99), Gold ($9.99). Designers Basic (Free), Advanced ($9.99), Pro ($19.99)

Cost Frequency: Monthly.

Platform: 

Site: 

Source: 

Status: 

Description: 

Find other players.

a multi-platform digital environment with instant access to hundreds of licensed board games… Welcome to Tabletopia!

    Online arena for playing board games just like in real life. Play directly in modern desktop web browsers on Mac and Windows platforms, or download on Steam, App Store and Google Play.

    Unique editor for building new board games from scratch and bringing paper games to the digital. No programming skills required!

    Specialized tools for playtesting, demonstrating, promoting, and monetizing your games.

Features:

    • ready game setups

    •     custom camera controls

    •     shuffling and dealing of cards

    •     tracking player turns and game phases

    •     interactive zones with predefined automatic actions, and much more!

Components: 









Battlegrounds Gaming Engine (aka BGE)

Summary: virtual tabletop software for use with boardgames, wargames, card games, and dice games. 

License: Commercial

Cost: $14-$38+ (additional fees per player slot)

Cost Frequency: 1-time per player slot, includes upgrades.

Platform: Windows, Mac

Site: http://battlegroundsgames.com/battlegrounds-gaming-engine/ 

Source: 

Status: 

Description: 

Free demo.

is virtual tabletop software for use with boardgames, wargames, card games, and dice games. It is based on the BRPG codebase, but has been optimized for general gaming. RPG-related features have been removed, and new features and functions added instead. BGE is compatible with all the digital game conversions (and most artpacks) that were already available for BRPG. Future digital game conversions released by Battlegrounds Games will only be packaged for BGE, although they will generally still be usable in BRPG. In addition to allowing you to play existing digital game conversions, BGE is also a powerful toolkit that allows you to create your own digital game conversions, quickly and easily, with no programming, scripting, or XML editing whatsoever. Game designers will find that BGE provides an excellent means of prototyping and playtesting their game designs, and allows them to avoid the hassle of creating print-and-play playtest kits (and playtesters are avoided the hassle of crafting the PNP game, whose components may go through several iterations before they are finalized). Note that for user-created game conversions, you will probably need to own a copy of the game you wish to play. Also, unless you are extracting images from a PDF, you will probably need to have access to a flatbed scanner to scan in your games’ boards and counters.

    • Demo (free, for evaluation purposes, or for playing games while connected to a Gamer Client with one or more free Player Slots available)

    • Gamer Client with 1 free Player Slot: $14.00

    • Gamer Client with 3 free Player Slots: $19.00

    • Gamer Client with 7 free Player Slots: $29.00

    • Gamer Client with 15 free Player Slots: $38.00

    • Upgrade the number of free Player Slots on a Gamer Client: $2 + the difference in price (for example, to upgrade from 3 free Player Slots to 7 would cost $12)

Features:

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Emergency Computer Resources

Temporary emergency resources for computers and Internet access.


Spokane Area

 

Computers are available for free checkout to Spokane Public Schools families through an application process. Information on that is here:

https://www.spokaneschools.org/LaptopCheckout   


The checkout is mostly happening online (very ironically), but there is a

phone number families that can't get onto the webpage can use for support.


Seattle options





National options

 



Need Emergency Internet/Broadband?

National options

Nationally, these companies are providing free Internet:


- Xfinity and AT&T are offering low-cost, unlimited Internet for multiple

families and have opened all their existing Internet hotspots to free

public access (which requires no application or sign-up process):

https://www.internetessentials.com/covid19#undefined&all_Pricingandotherinfo

https://about.att.com/pages/COVID-19.html (Scroll down to "Consumers" and

"Keeping Our Customers Connected"


- T-Mobile is offering reduced price mobile data plans and 10 GB/mo. extra

hotspot mobile data for the next 2 months:

https://www.metrobyt-mobile.com/ongoing-updates-covid-19?icid=home|March15|ongoing


- Sprint is offering extra hotspot mobile data following the same pattern

as T-Mobile:

https://newsroom.sprint.com/covid-19-updates-sprint-responds.htm?INTCID=HPB:ALL:ALL:COVID19:NWS



If you have questions, suggestions, and updates, please let us know and we'll update this page accordingly.

Contact info at rpgresearch dot com or use the " Contact Us " button above.

Here is an extensive (though not exhaustive) list of resources and choices for people wanting to engage in video conferencing options.

Ranging from free to fee. If you are aware of something missing, please email info at rpgresearch dot com and we'll update this page accordingly.



Free Options









Low Cost Options







More Expensive Options









  



Video Conference Software Options

If you have questions, suggestions, and updates, please let us know and we'll update this page accordingly.

Contact info at rpgresearch dot com or use the "Contact Us" button above.

Here is an extensive (though not exhaustive) list of resources and choices for people wanting to engage in video conferencing options.

Ranging from free to fee. If you are aware of something missing, please email info at rpgresearch dot com and we'll update this page accordingly.



Free Options









Low Cost Options







More Expensive Options









  


This section lists the known possibly upcoming virtual tabletop products, sites, & projects that are still usable. Some may be less active than others, but all of these should be usable. If something listed here is no longer working, please let us know and we'll move it to the defunct list.

If you think we missed listing something, please let us know and we'll add it as soon as possible

This is a mixture of free, low-cost, and premium, in no particular order (just sorted alphabetically).









Shmeppy 

Summary: wet erase mat. Online. Play any tabletop RPG remotely. As easy to use as your wet-erase mat: no cartographer degree required.

License: Commercial

Cost: Free to use during Earliest Access, but made clear will charge something in future.

Cost Frequency: Unknown

Platform: Web

Site: https://shmeppy.com/ 

Source: 

Status: In development.

Description: 

Subscription that costs between $0 and $5. Price may vary depending on commitment and so on. 

Features:

Components: 







Talespire

License: Commercial

Cost: projected $20-25 according to site.

Cost Frequency: 1-time

Platform: Windows, Pending on Steam.

Site: https://talespire.com/ 

Source: 

Status:  Pending

Description: 

Kickstarter campaign was funded: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/bouncyrock/talespire 

 online, digital, graphical way of playing classic P&P Role-playing games with your friends. As a DM, build your campaign in-game and invite your players for sessions. To your left you can watch one of our streams to see for yourself.

For more, drop by the Discord and check out the FAQ

TaleSpire is a beautiful way to play pen and paper RPGs online. It's a place where you and your friends build and tell stories together.

We are marrying the beauty and physicality you find in miniatures with the expanse of digital worlds. Our aim is to get rid of everything that gets between you and your stories. And all of this whilst letting people be together regardless of where they are in the world.

TaleSpire is not tied to a specific game or ruleset; if it's role-playing on a square grid we have your back.

TaleSpire has a lot within its walls; let's go on a stroll through the main features.

Building and play are one

TaleSpire is a place where building and play happen throughout the whole play session. Want to destroy a wall to reveal a secret passage? Do it! Want to rain down piles of gold from the heavens? Sure! At any moment the GM (or GMs) can jump into building mode and change anything without interrupting anything else.

You will be able to build anything from tiny one shots to sprawling campaigns. Each board can be up to 30km across and 10km tall. We will be looking to make them even bigger post-Early Access.

A campaign can have as many boards as you can build, and you can copy entire boards — which makes it easy to create alternate versions in various states of disarray if that is what your story calls for.

Build together

Building doesn't have to be a solo activity. Grant other people GM rights to your campaign and build your world together.

Gorgeous sculpted scenery and miniatures

TaleSpire gives you assets that look so good you'll want to claw them out of your monitor.

Control the atmosphere

A necromancer is performing a poignant resurrection that deserves something special! With a click you can dim the lights, bring in the music and captivate your players.

As the GM you can store lighting, weather and music into 'environment pillars'. These let you swiftly change the mood of a moment.

Features

Components: 























GM Forge

Cost: $29.99+

License: Commercial

Platform: Steam (Windows)

Site: https://store.steampowered.com/app/842250/GM_Forge__Virtual_Tabletop/ 

Source: 

Status: 

Description: 

GM Forge is a Standalone Virtual Tabletop with competitive features, making it a good affordable alternative. When you buy a copy of GM Forge, your friends join you through their web browser without purchasing a copy. It has all the competitive features in other virtual tabletops, as well as some impressive new innovative ideas built with the average GM in mind.

GM Forge is a sandbox for GMs, and has 6 sample systems available on the workshop with some automation setup for basic play, with the option of downloading additional user created content and mods through the steam workshop!

Active discord channel

Features:

    • Dynamic Lighting

    •     Worldmaps / Map connecting

    •     Online/Offline/Local Network Support

    •     Combat Tracker

    •     Music and Youtube video integration

    •     Voice/Video chat

    •     Drag and Drop inventory/spellbook management

    •     Automation/Auto Calculations

    •     Custom Character Sheets

    •     Full System Builder

    •     Custom Dice

    •     Custom Compendiums

    •     Hand out building

    •     Presentation ready notes (Automating your Notes)

    •     Resource Pages that allow you to share your PDFs and Important images with your party

    •     Modding/Workshop Support

    •     And the list goes on... 

Components: 














Sometimes old projects come back to life. So even though the products and projects listed here are believed to be defunct, every year or so we find out that sometimes a few come back to life years later, so this is a handy list to periodically update.






Dungeon Sketch (stagnant)

Summary: Dungeon Sketch is a lo-fi tactical combat map for tabletop roleplaying games such as Dungeons and Dragons. 

License: Free (Opensource)

Cost: 

Cost Frequency: 

Platform: 

Site: https://sites.google.com/site/dungeonsketchhelp/ 

Source: https://github.com/timbocek/DungeonSketch 

Status: Inactive over 5 years.

Description: 

Dungeon Sketch is a lo-fi tactical combat map for tabletop roleplaying games such as Dungeons and Dragons. This is meant to replace the whiteboard or graph paper that sits in the middle of a gaming table.

The application provides a vector drawing utility, and a collection of images to use as tokens representing players, monsters, or anything else. There is nothing specific to a particular roleplaying system.

Features include:

* Three layers to draw on: a background, hidden notes for the game master (put your traps there!), and temporary annotations such as spell effects.

* Lots of intuitive draw tools to support any sort of map you want to draw.

* Fog of War: Set up a map ahead of time and reveal it to your players room-by-room.

* Import your own images to use as tokens in the game, or choose from a large library of provided tokens.

* Manage, tag, and filter tokens, so you can easily drop them in as you play.

* Save and load maps, so you can prepare your game ahead of time.

* Color themes ranging from classic whiteboard and graph paper to more thematic colored backdrops.

* Rectangular and Hex Grids.


Dungeon Sketch is Free, Open Source software.

Features:

Components: 











Power Virtual Tabletop power vtt (defunct)

Summary: RPG VTT (defunct)

License: Fremium

Cost: 

Cost Frequency: 

Platform: 

Site: https://www.poweredvtt.com/ (dead)

Source: Mac, Windows, Linux, Web.

Status: Inactive 2+ years.

Description: 

https://www.reddit.com/domain/poweredvtt.com/

https://www.reddit.com/r/PowerVTT/

Features:

Components: 












Questions/Updates?

If you have questions, suggestions, and updates, please let us know and we'll update this page accordingly.

Contact info at rpgresearch dot com or use the "Contact Us" button above.


 


Social Tabletop Gaming Online

by W.A. Hawkes-Robinson for RPG Research 

Updated here: __________


Table of Contents

Resources available to help those without computers or broadband otherwise cut-off 3

Virtual Tabletop Options 4

RPG 4

Power Virtual Tabletop power vtt 5

Power Virtual TableTop 5

Adventurer's Codex 5

Mipui 6

RPG Map Editor II 6

Beyond Tabletop 7

Standard Action 7

GM Forge 8

PlanarAlly 8

Talespire 9

Adventure Builder 10

DM Helper 10

Adventurekeep 11

Critical Compendium 12

DiceCloud 12

Reroll 13

Battlegrounds: RPG Edition 13

Aurora Builder 14

Shmeppy 14

epicGM 15

Dungeon Sketch 15

RPTools, MapTool, etc. 16

Rolisteam 17

FoundryVTT 18

Board Game Arena 18

Vtable, the Virtual Table (previously Game Table) 19

Game Master by Lion's Den 20

Realm Works 20

Campaign Cartographer 21

Battle Map 2 22

Syrinscape 23

Fight Club 5th Edition 23

Fifth Edition Character Sheet 24

Sheet Yourself 24

d20 Calculator (Lion’s Den) 25

DiceShaker D&D 25

Wizards of the Coast Dice Roller 26

Obsidian Portal 26

OrcPub (Defunct?) 27

Dungeon Fog 28

Fractal Mapper, The Keep, Astrosynthesis, (Active?) - Skwyre – ScreenMonkey (Defunct? 2016) 28

3d VTT (Virtual Tabletop) 29

Infrno (Defunct) 30

ScenGrinder (Defunct) 31

Traipse (defunct) 32

 TTopRPG (stagnant) 33

The Dicenomicon (Defunct) 34

Battle Map (Defunct) 35

Epic Table (Active) 36

Vassal 37

Dedicated Websites 38

Defunct / Stagnant 41

Avalomhilly 41

BYOND Tabletop Gaming (Defunct? Revived?) 41

Epical Online (Defunct) 42

GlitterComm (defunct) 42

RPG Tonight (defunct) 43

Scene Grinder (Defunct) 43

TabletopZen (defunct) 44

weRole.com (defunct) 44

V-FORT (Defunct) 45

ViewingDale (Defunct) 45

WebRPG 46

Tabletop Mapper (Defunct) 47

GhostOrb (Defunct) 47

Vellum (Defunct) 48

DNDMapper (Defunct) 49

Online RPG Battle Tool (Defunct) 49

BattlePawn (Defunct) 50

RolePlayingMaster (Defunct) 50

YumiChat (Defunct) 51

TRIS (defunct) 51

AjaxVTT (defunct) 52

Tabletop Mapper 53

RPGWorkbench 54

Virtual Battlemat 54

Online Pen & Paper World 55

Tri Axe Dungeons & Dragons Chat 55

D20Map 56

RPGui 56

RPGui 57

MerpMaker 58

SuiteGM 58

Battle Map v2.0 59

Diavida VTT 59

GRiP 60

tabledice 60

RPG Tonight 61

SyncRPG 61

SimpleBM (short for Battle Map) 62

Fantasy Grounds 64

Roll20 65

David: Astral Virtual Tabletop 66

Conferencing / Chat / Audio / Video 66

Jitsi 67

Discord 68

Skype 69

Google Hangouts (defunct) 70

Facebook 70

Shared Whiteboard 71

OpenBoard 71

Resources available to help those without computers or broadband otherwise cut-off 75

Access to computers 75

National options 75

General Socializing Options You Might Not Know 76

Virtual Tabletop Options 77

Board & Card Game Tools 78

Tabletop Simulator 78

Tabletop Playground (direct competitor to Tabletop Simulator) 79

Tabletopia 80

 Battlegrounds Gaming Engine (aka BGE) 81

Astral 82

d20 Pro 82

HexML 83

iTabletop (fishy… quais-defunct but running?) 84

kLoOge.Werks 84

OpenRPG (Old) 85

Dundjinni 85

GM Friend (Active) 86

AutoREALM 86

TRPG Tools 91

References 94









Those most at-risk are also cut-off.

Resources available to help those without computers or broadband otherwise cut-off

Locally, computers are available for free checkout to Spokane Public

Schools families through an application process. Information on that is

here:

https://www.spokaneschools.org/LaptopCheckout 


The checkout is mostly happening online (very ironically), but there is a

phone number families that can't get onto the webpage can use for support.


Nationally, these companies are providing free Internet:


- Xfinity and AT&T are offering low-cost, unlimited Internet for multiple

families and have opened all their existing Internet hotspots to free

public access (which requires no application or sign-up process):

https://www.internetessentials.com/covid19#undefined&all_Pricingandotherinfo 

https://about.att.com/pages/COVID-19.html  (Scroll down to "Consumers" and

"Keeping Our Customers Connected"


- T-Mobile is offering reduced price mobile data plans and 10 GB/mo. extra

hotspot mobile data for the next 2 months:

https://www.metrobyt-mobile.com/ongoing-updates-covid-19?icid=home|March15|ongoing 


- Sprint is offering extra hotspot mobile data following the same pattern

as T-Mobile:

https://newsroom.sprint.com/covid-19-updates-sprint-responds.htm?INTCID=HPB:ALL:ALL:COVID19:NWS 


Virtual Tabletop Options








RPG






3dVT

https://www.3dvtt.com/ 



Adventure Keep





Epic Table

http://www.epictable.com/faq/




DND Dice Roller

https://www.dnddiceroller.com/ 





    FM Forge

    





  

    Fable top

    Epic Table

    Eclipse Origins

    Spring Engine





Power Virtual Tabletop power vtt

Summary: RPG VTT (defunct)

License: 

Cost: 

Cost Frequency: 

Platform: 

Site: https://www.poweredvtt.com/ (dead)

Source: 

Status: Inactive 2+ years.

Description: 

https://www.reddit.com/domain/poweredvtt.com/

https://www.reddit.com/r/PowerVTT/


Features:

Components: 









Power Virtual TableTop 

Cost: Fremium.

Platform: Mac, Windows, Linux, Web.

Site: https://www.poweredvtt.com 

Status: Discontinued



Adventurer's Codex 

Cost: Open source

Platform: Self-hosted – Web

Site: https://adventurerscodex.com/ 

Source: https://github.com/adventurerscodex/adventurerscodex 

Description: D&D 5e gaming system for characters, campaigns, and parties. focused on in-person play.


Components: https://adventurerscodex.com/attributions.html 





Mipui

Cost: Free (Opensource)

Platform: Web

Site: https://www.mipui.net/app/ 

Source: https://github.com/amishne/mipui 

Status: Active

Description: 

An online grid-based map editor for games, with real-time collaboration

https://alternativeto.net/software/mipui/

Components: 

    Firebase by Google

    FireSaver.js by Eli Grey

    Game icons by various artists, available on game-icons.net. Also see a detailed artist breakdown.

    Material icons by Google

    Shadowcasting Tutorial by Eric Lippert

    Cross-hatching texture by Syrkres

    node-sanitize-filename Node module by Sam Hocevar

    SparkMD5 by Joseph Myers




RPG Map Editor II

Cost:  

Platform: Online 

Site: https://deepnight.net/tools/rpg-map/ 

Source: https://github.com/deepnight?tab=repositories 

Status: 

Description: 


Features:

    Full HTML5 support, no longer Flash-based

    Windows version on Itch.io

    Full-screen editor

    Import maps generated by One Page Dungeon (from Watabou)

    Support for special walls, such as caverns, diagonals, etc.

    Ground textures

    Ray-casted lighting & fog

    Multiple skins and many customizable colors

    Texts, numbered elements with automatic legend block generation, text bubbles…

    Icons

    Enemies

    User friendly UI

    Pay what you want, including free! 

Components: 

RPG Map II is completely free to use. All the content you create with it can be used any way you want, including in commercial products.




Beyond Tabletop

Cost: Free

Platform: Web

Site: https://www.beyondtabletop.com/ 

Source: n/a

Status: Active

Description: 

Beyond Tabletop is a set of tools for RPG players who want to enhance their in-person game sessions with cleanly designed, easy-to-use online character sheets and maps. Our web application is subscription-free and designed to be used on all devices. We currently offer two products - a battle map, which is designed to accommodate many RPG systems, and character sheets, which are built for the Pathfinder system (with more systems on the way!)

Features:

    • D&D 5e

    • Character sheets

    • Simple Maps

Components: 






Standard Action

Cost: Free

Platform:  Web

Site: https://standardaction.net/ 

Source: 

Status: 

Description: 

Standard Action is a tabletop gaming application designed to be simple to use, but highly customizable. In game, Standard Action features an interactive game board, live chat, dice rolls, a turn tracker, and customizable game piece stat bars. Game masters can take advantage of dynamic lighting, custom map layering, and organization of their maps into separate chapters to bring their game world to life.

Features: 

Components: 






GM Forge

Cost: $29.99+

License: Commercial

Platform: Steam (Windows)

Site: https://store.steampowered.com/app/842250/GM_Forge__Virtual_Tabletop/ 

Source: 

Status: 

Description: 

GM Forge is a Standalone Virtual Tabletop with competitive features, making it a good affordable alternative. When you buy a copy of GM Forge, your friends join you through their web browser without purchasing a copy. It has all the competitive features in other virtual tabletops, as well as some impressive new innovative ideas built with the average GM in mind.

GM Forge is a sandbox for GMs, and has 6 sample systems available on the workshop with some automation setup for basic play, with the option of downloading additional user created content and mods through the steam workshop!

Active discord channel

Features:

    • Dynamic Lighting

    •     Worldmaps / Map connecting

    •     Online/Offline/Local Network Support

    •     Combat Tracker

    •     Music and Youtube video integration

    •     Voice/Video chat

    •     Drag and Drop inventory/spellbook management

    •     Automation/Auto Calculations

    •     Custom Character Sheets

    •     Full System Builder

    •     Custom Dice

    •     Custom Compendiums

    •     Hand out building

    •     Presentation ready notes (Automating your Notes)

    •     Resource Pages that allow you to share your PDFs and Important images with your party

    •     Modding/Workshop Support

    •     And the list goes on... 

Components: 










PlanarAlly

Cost: Free

License: Opensource: 

Platform: Windows, Mac, Linux, Web, Self-hosted 

Site: https://www.planarally.io/ 

Source: https://github.com/Kruptein/PlanarAlly 

Status: 

Description: 

PlanarAlly is an opensource Virtual TableTop (VTT) web tool that aims to help you and your players discover the various fictive worlds out there. It's designed to be usable without any internet access to accomodate your dark dungeons and has a variety of features to enhance your immersion like lighting and vision limitation. 

Features

Components: 





Talespire

License: Commercial

Cost: 

Cost Frequency: 1-time

Platform: Windows, Pending on Steam.

Site: https://talespire.com/ 

Source: 

Status:  Pending

Description: 

Kickstarter campaign was funded: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/bouncyrock/talespire 

 online, digital, graphical way of playing classic P&P Role-playing games with your friends. As a DM, build your campaign in-game and invite your players for sessions. To your left you can watch one of our streams to see for yourself.

For more, drop by the Discord and check out the FAQ

TaleSpire is a beautiful way to play pen and paper RPGs online. It's a place where you and your friends build and tell stories together.

We are marrying the beauty and physicality you find in miniatures with the expanse of digital worlds. Our aim is to get rid of everything that gets between you and your stories. And all of this whilst letting people be together regardless of where they are in the world.

TaleSpire is not tied to a specific game or ruleset; if it's role-playing on a square grid we have your back.

TaleSpire has a lot within its walls; let's go on a stroll through the main features.

Building and play are one

TaleSpire is a place where building and play happen throughout the whole play session. Want to destroy a wall to reveal a secret passage? Do it! Want to rain down piles of gold from the heavens? Sure! At any moment the GM (or GMs) can jump into building mode and change anything without interrupting anything else.

You will be able to build anything from tiny one shots to sprawling campaigns. Each board can be up to 30km across and 10km tall. We will be looking to make them even bigger post-Early Access.

A campaign can have as many boards as you can build, and you can copy entire boards — which makes it easy to create alternate versions in various states of disarray if that is what your story calls for.

Build together

Building doesn't have to be a solo activity. Grant other people GM rights to your campaign and build your world together.

Gorgeous sculpted scenery and miniatures

TaleSpire gives you assets that look so good you'll want to claw them out of your monitor.

Control the atmosphere

A necromancer is performing a poignant resurrection that deserves something special! With a click you can dim the lights, bring in the music and captivate your players.

As the GM you can store lighting, weather and music into 'environment pillars'. These let you swiftly change the mood of a moment.

Features

Components: 








Adventure Builder 

License: Commercial

Cost: $5+

Cost Frequency: 1-time per major version?

Platform: Windows, Linux, Web

Site: https://johnnygossdev.itch.io/adventure-builder 

Source: 

Status: Beta

Description: 

Features:

- Creature Browser

- Browse all of the 5e SRD creatures using helpful filters.

- Encounters

- Make as many encounters as you like

- Edit and save notes

- Keep a history of events

- Keep track of the initiative order

- Click on creature actions to automatically roll to hit and damage

- Roll dice using the roll command "roll 1d20 + 2"

- Custom notes for creatures

- Everything is saved so you can pick up and play next time

Components: 




DM Helper 

License: Free

Cost: Free

Cost Frequency: 

Platform: Windows, Mac

Site: https://dm-helper.itch.io/dm-helper 

Source: 

Status: 

Description: 

The DM Helper will act as your in-game assistance, taking care of the administrative tasks and allowing you to focus on your players, the narrative and the fun!

Key Features

- Presentation of all tool content in a Player's Window. This can be shown to players on an external monitor or shared via streaming tools for either face-to-face or ongoing games

- Full battle support including a full battle map, initiative and hit point tracking, area effects, mass saving throws/damage

- Map visualization, in or out of battles, including fog of war, zooming and an in-map pointer for highlighting items

- A detailed bestiary, pre-filled with all open-source SRD monsters

- A campaign structure for build-up of adventures, encounters, maps, locations, party members and NPCs.

- A quick reference to descriptions of actions/bonus actions/reactions, environmental issues and conditions

- A reference including all SRD equipment tables

- A campaign clock for tracking time and date throughout adventures

- Animation of scrolling text over a background for easy cut-scene creation

Features

Components: 










Adventurekeep 

License: Commercial

Cost: $0 / $5/mo

Cost Frequency: Monthly

Platform: Web

Site: https://adventurekeep.com/ 

Source: 

Status: 

Description: 

online toolkit for Dungeon Masters to create epic adventures with ease. Adventurekeep provides state-of-the-art tools for building and running 5e adventures.

Free Features:

    • Free

    • $0 forever

    • Unlimited Adventures

    • 10 Pages Total

    • 5 Map Markers per Page

    • 1 MB Max Image Size

    • 100 MB Image Storage

Pro Features:

    • Pro

    • $5 per month

    • ($60 per year)

    • Unlimited Adventures

    • Unlimited Pages

    • Unlimited Map Markers

    • 5 MB Max Image Size

    • 5 GB Image Storage

Components: 



Critical Compendium

License: Free

Cost: Free (optional donate)

Cost Frequency: 1-time

Platform: Windows, Steam

Site: https://store.steampowered.com/app/1087080/Critical_Compendium/ 

Source: 

Status: 

Description: 

Critical Compendium is a content creation and management tool for D&D 5th Edition. The complete 5.1 SRD is included with support for importing your existing XML compendiums.

FEATURES

- Guided character creation

- Complete character management - hp, attacks, inventory, spells, companions, and more

- Encounter creation with advanced monster and character statistics

- Run encounters with time and initiative tracking

- Export characters to form-fillable PDF character sheet

- Share characters and encounters by exporting to an archive and sending it to your friends

- Import XML compendiums and character and encounter archives

- Complete compendium management - create, edit, and copy anything

- Dice calculator with die hot keys

- Quickly reference rules (DM screen)

Features

Components: 



DiceCloud

Summary: Realtime D&D 5e Character Tracker 

License: Freemium / Opensource options

Cost: 

Cost Frequency: 

Platform: 

Site: https://dicecloud.com/ 

Source: https://github.com/ThaumRystra/DiceCloud 

Status: Active

Description: 

Features

Components: 






Reroll

Summary:  a digital character sheet app for 5e DnD that allows you to create and customise your characters in pixel art.

License: Commercial

Cost: $15+

Cost Frequency: 1-time (per platform?)

Platform: Android, iPhone

Site: https://reroll.co/ 

Source: 

Status: 

Description: 

Reroll is a visual character sheet app for 5e DnD that allows you to create and customize your characters in hand-crafted pixel art.

Features:

Components: 








Battlegrounds: RPG Edition

Summary: Battlegrounds: virtual tabletop software designed to enhance your pen-and-paper roleplaying games, whether your players are in the same room, or on the other side of the world.

License: Commercial

Cost: 

Cost Frequency: 

Platform: Windows

Site: http://battlegroundsgames.com/battlegrounds-rpg-edition/ 

Source: 

Status: 

Description: 

Battlegrounds: RPG Edition (aka BRPG) is virtual tabletop software designed to enhance your pen-and-paper roleplaying games, whether your players are in the same room, or on the other side of the world.

BRPG is system-agnostic, meaning it can be used with any RPG system, whether it be Dungeons & Dragons, d20, GURPS, Rolemaster, FUDGE/FATE, Savage Worlds, Shadowrun, or a more obscure system. BRPG supports gameplay in any genre, both online and offline. It's the perfect solution for gaming groups where one or more members have moved away. BRPG is also ideally suited for use with a projector or HDTV in face-to-face game sessions. BRPG is designed to be easy to use; there is never any scripting or XML-editing involved.

BRPG can also be used to play boardgames, wargames, card games, and dice games.

A free Demo version is available for download. BRPG also boasts many artpacks and digital game conversions, both free and commercial.

Features:

Components: 



Aurora Builder 

Summary: a free tool that lets you create characters for your dungeons and dragons game using the bundled content, your own content, and content created by others. 

License: Free

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Platform: Windows

Site: https://aurorabuilder.com/ 

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Aurora Builder is a free tool that lets you create characters for your dungeons and dragons game using the bundled content.

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Shmeppy 

Summary: wet erase mat. Online. Play any tabletop RPG remotely. As easy to use as your wet-erase mat: no cartographer degree required.

License: Commercial

Cost: Free to use during Earliest Access

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Platform: Web

Site: https://shmeppy.com/ 

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Status: In development.

Description: 

Subscription that costs between $0 and $5. Price may vary depending on commitment and so on. 

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epicGM 

Summary: Cross-platform Game Master tools to track campaign notes, compendiums and a battle map.

License: Freemium

Cost: $5+ “name your price”

Cost Frequency: 1-time perpetual license.

Platform: Mac, Windows, Android, iOS

Site: https://gavelsoft.itch.io/epicgm 

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epicGM is a cross-platform tool offering features to track campaign notes, compendiums and a battle map. It brings a complete suite of tools to help you run your games smoothly so you can focus on bringing the best game experience to your friends and players!

FEATURES

Campaign tool to link your notes to your map.

Creature compendium

Random Table/Encounter Builder

Battle map with tokens and Spell area effects

Cloud Support to sync across devices or to find pre-made adventures.

Fightclub XML support via dropnbox import for compendium, spells, items and creatures.

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Dungeon Sketch 

Summary: Dungeon Sketch is a lo-fi tactical combat map for tabletop roleplaying games such as Dungeons and Dragons. 

License: Free (Opensource)

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Site: https://sites.google.com/site/dungeonsketchhelp/ 

Source: https://github.com/timbocek/DungeonSketch 

Status: Inactive over 5 years.

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Dungeon Sketch is a lo-fi tactical combat map for tabletop roleplaying games such as Dungeons and Dragons. This is meant to replace the whiteboard or graph paper that sits in the middle of a gaming table.


The application provides a vector drawing utility, and a collection of images to use as tokens representing players, monsters, or anything else. There is nothing specific to a particular roleplaying system.


Features include:

* Three layers to draw on: a background, hidden notes for the game master (put your traps there!), and temporary annotations such as spell effects.

* Lots of intuitive draw tools to support any sort of map you want to draw.

* Fog of War: Set up a map ahead of time and reveal it to your players room-by-room.

* Import your own images to use as tokens in the game, or choose from a large library of provided tokens.

* Manage, tag, and filter tokens, so you can easily drop them in as you play.

* Save and load maps, so you can prepare your game ahead of time.

* Color themes ranging from classic whiteboard and graph paper to more thematic colored backdrops.

* Rectangular and Hex Grids.


Dungeon Sketch is Free, Open Source software.

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RPTools, MapTool, etc.

Summary: MapTool & TokenTool active, the others “stabilized” & inactive.

MapTool Summary: MapTool is an online, multiuser, networked, graphical, interactive, programmable virtual tabletop

License: Free (Maptool opensource)

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Platform: Mac, Windows, Linux, iOS, Java

Site: https://www.rptools.net/ -  https://www.rptools.net/toolbox/ 

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Status: Mixed active, Maptool last update March 19,2020.

Description: 

MapTool: MapTool is an online, multiuser, networked, graphical, interactive, programmable virtual tabletop. Requires Java 6+. It can be used for face-to-face play, or Internet role-playing in real time even if your players are on the other side of the world. MapTool in particular works great with voice-chat services!

    • MapTool - An online, multiuser, network based, graphical, interactive, programmable virtual tabletop.

    • TokenTool - Create quick and simple consistently sized tokens for use with any digital battle mat.

    • InitiativeTool - Keeps track of the flow of encounters. Requires Java 5+.

    • CharacterTool - A configurable tool for managing the number-crunching of building and maintaining player characters.

      

    • DiceTool - A general-purpose dice rolling application with programmable buttons and extensive customization.


The tools fall into two categories.

    •     Active tools are still under development and support.

    • Stabilized tools are no longer under active development or support. Some of their functionality has been moved into one of the active tools.


These tools are not a role playing game by themselves, nor are they meant to replace everything at the RPG table. Rather, they are designed to be as flexible as we can make them, usable for a wide variety of gaming systems, from fantasy to sci-fi; from tabletop miniatures games to purely spoken-word games.


The tools aren't built from the ground up for any specific RPG, which is what allows for the great flexibility we have, but as a result, it can be difficult for us to indicate easily to individuals how best to make use of the tools for their specific purposes. Fortunately, the community forums are a thriving, active source of rapid responses to any questions you may have. We take pride in this as one of our greatest strengths and we encourage you to join us there. If the game you want to run is a commonly-found one, there's a good chance you can locate someone who's done most of the fine-tuning for you! At the risk of leaving some out, our users have developed frameworks for D&D3.x, D&D4e, Pathfinder, ShadowRun, nWOD, GURPS, and many others. 

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Rolisteam

Summary: VTT for TRPG

License: Free (Opensource GPL2)

Cost: Free / donate

Cost Frequency: None

Platform: Web

Site: https://rolisteam.org/ 

Source: https://invent.kde.org/kde/rolisteam 

Status: Active 

Description: 

http://doc.rolisteam.org/overview.html 

Rolisteam is a virtual tabletop software. It helps you to manage tabletop role playing games with remote friends/players. It provides many features to share maps, pictures and it also includes tool to communicate with your friends/players. The goal is to make Rolisteam-managed RPG games as good as RPG games around your table. To achieve it, we are working hard to provide you more and more features. 

Features:

    • Character Sheet

    •     Music player

    •     Drawing tool (to draw map on the fly).

    •     Vectorial Map

    •     Name Generator

    •     Unit Converter

    •     Character Sheet

    •     Rich text Editor.

    •     Dice rolling

    •     secret Dice rolling

    •     Share pictures

    •     Share maps

    •     Fog of war on maps

    •     Playable Character or Player identity (in chat)

    •     PC and NPC positioning on map.

    •     One to One/Many/All Chat communication

    •     Client/Server architecture.

    •     And many others…

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FoundryVTT 

Summary: standalone application built for experiencing multiplayer tabletop RPGs using a feature-rich and modern self-hosted application where your players connect directly through the browser. 

License: 

Cost: $50 per GM (unlimited players allowed to connect, they do not need to purchase).

Cost Frequency: 1-time.

Platform: Self-hosted, 

Site: https://foundryvtt.com/ 

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Status: Beta currently. Scheduled May 2020 release.

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Board Game Arena

Summary: play board games online with the whole world. It is a next generation game platform which makes online gaming simpler and more attractive: 

License: Freemium Commercial

Cost: 4 Euros/month (2 Euros if paid annually). Many free games, but pay for premium.

Cost Frequency: Monthly/annual

Platform: Web

Site: https://en.boardgamearena.com/ 

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https://en.boardgamearena.com/premium 

With Board Game Arena you can play board games online with the whole world. It is a next generation game platform which makes online gaming simpler and more attractive:

-- Nothing to install: play straight from your browser, from anywhere, at anytime.

-- Real time: your opponents are online, you play "live" (note: you can also choose to play "turn-based" games with opponents that are not online at the same time than you).

-- Simple: if you know the game, then you know how to play online.

-- Free (some functionality is limited to paid accounts).

Board Game Arena offers a growing selection of board and card games. We specialize in modern adults games ("European style games"). This game platform has been designed to host any kind of game. This flexibility allows us to offer a new game every month.

Board Game Arena Studio is a platform to build online board game adaptation using the Board Game Arena platform.

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Vtable, the Virtual Table (previously Game Table)

Summary: Java-based shared whiteboard and chat client. It is designed primarily to provide an online tabletop interface.

License: Free?

Cost: Free?

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Platform: Java. Windows, Mac, Linux.

Site: 

Source: https://sourceforge.net/projects/gametableproj/ 

Status: Inactive (>3 years)

Description: 

VTable, or virtual table and formerly GameTable, is a Java-based shared whiteboard and chat client. It is designed primarily to provide an online tabletop interface. Draw directly, or place images, that all connected users can see and manipulate. It specializes in simplicity, virtually no learning curve, and ease of use. Shared image files auto-propagate to other uses, which allow them to use a local cache to view shared spaces.

Features:

    • Shared whiteboard / tabletop useful for anything displayed on a table.

    •     Host a server or join as a client.

    •     See all updates made by other user simultaneously in real-time.

    •     Customizable macros.

    •     Status tags for pogs (tokens).

    •     Built-in text chat.

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Game Master by Lion's Den 

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Platform: iOS, Android.

Site: https://apps.apple.com/us/app/game-master-5th-edition/id908176026 - https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.lionsden.gamemaster5&hl=en_US 

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set up encounters, keep track of initiative by automatically rolling for the monster side and letting you input the player rolls, and keep track of the health of all players and creatures. It will even set up to-hit and damage rolls for the monster. The encounters can be saved to a campaign, and you can have multiple campaigns saved.


Game Master is available for the iPhone and iPad, and it supports 5th, 4th and 3.5 editions for Dungeons and Dragons as well as Pathfinder.

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Realm Works

Summary: 

License: Commercial

Cost: $60+ for GM, $5+ for Player.

Cost Frequency: 1-time base, plus every 6 months for server access, additional costs, through content market.

Platform: Windows

Site: https://www.wolflair.com/realmworks/ 

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While Game Master does a great job of managing combat encounters, Realm Works is more about managing your campaign and your world as a whole. The software allows you to keep track of your NPCs, locations in the world, plot lines, etc. While it doesn't include any map making, you can import maps made in other software and place pins on important areas such as encounters and traps. It also helps facilitate the fog of war, so you can let your players explore through the map.

Realm Works is compatible with almost any RPG and is available on Windows. It comes in two varieties: the game master version and the player version.

The Realm Works Game Master Edition comes with 6 months of free server access and one copy of Player Edition. We also realize it takes time to build an epic campaign and offer a 60 day money back guarantee if Realm Works isn’t right for your world.

To use Player Edition, you must invite your player to join the game and have server access, as that is how GMs reveal content to their players. Server access is entirely optional but incredibly beneficial. You can learn more about it on our Server Access Page.

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Campaign Cartographer 

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License: Commercial

Cost: Varies, can be close to $1,000 for full bundle.

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Site: https://www.profantasy.com/products/cc3.asp 

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 Campaign Cartographer by Pro Fantasy is for the serious game master that wants to map out an entire world and fill it in with castles, towers, dungeons, etc.


The basic pack gives you the ability to draw out the campaign world, and with some add-on packs, you can create dungeons, caves and other adventuring areas.

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Battle Map 2

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Cost: $9.99 + in-app purchases.

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Platform: iOS.

Site: https://apps.apple.com/us/app/battle-map-2/id384800918 

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Syrinscape 

Summary: Ambient sounds for RPGs.

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Site: https://store.syrinscape.com/download/ 

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his software will produce sounds ranging from a fire-breathing dragon attacking a town to the simple background of a forest. The sounds are multi-layered, so you can control the screams of the peasants as the dragon swoops down or the grumble of an orc hiding behind the trees.

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Fight Club 5th Edition 

Summary: 

License:  Ads, In-app purchases.

Cost: Fremium with Ads, in-app purchases.

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Site: Appled: https://apps.apple.com/us/app/fight-club-5th-edition/id901057473 – Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.lionsden.fc5&hl=en_US 

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Developed by the same people as Game Master, the Fight Club series of apps keep track of all of your stats from hit points to armor class to strength to defenses. You can also do automatic dice rolls for combat, ability checks and saving throws. Best of all, it includes inventory management and a spell book to view known spells and manage memorized incantations.

Fight Club supports 5th, 4th and 3.5 editions for Dungeons and Dragons, as well as Pathfinder.

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Fifth Edition Character Sheet 

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Platform: iOS, Android.

Site: Apple - https://apps.apple.com/us/app/fifth-edition-character-sheet/id967650851 – Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.wgkammerer.testgui.basiccharactersheet.app&hl=en_US 

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The mere act of creating a character can easily take a half hour or more, but with the Fifth Edition Character Sheet, this task can take mere seconds. OK, perhaps a minute or two, but the rolling of the dice and the racial and class adjustments only take a few seconds. As you progress, the app will help keep track of your changing armor class, hit points, damage, skill proficiencies, spells and even let you take notes. 

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Sheet Yourself

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Cost: Apple: $7.99, Android: $4.99, Amazon: $2.99

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Platform: iOS, Android, Kindle.

Site: https://sheetyourself.com/ 

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If you are looking to go beyond just D&D and Pathfinder, check out Sheet Yourself. This app has many of the same features as the other character sheet apps, but it works against a larger range of RPGs including Call of Cthulu, Magic: The Gathering, Vampire: The Masquerade, Dungeon World, and various d20 games.

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d20 Calculator (Lion’s Den)

Summary: 

License: Commercial

Cost: Freemium, In-app purchases

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Platform: iOS, Android.

Site: Apple https://apps.apple.com/us/app/d20-calculator/id817035968 – Android https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.lionsden.calculator&hl=en_US 

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You might be surprised by the lack of really good 3D dice rollers on Apple's App Store, but you really don't need anything more than d20 Calculator. This app doesn't have the thrills of a 3D roller, but it does allow you to create a complex formula with multiple dice, including dice of different sizes. You can also add in various bonuses to the roll.

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DiceShaker D&D 

Summary: 

License: Commercial.

Cost: $2.99

Cost Frequency: 1-time

Platform: Kindle

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Source: https://www.amazon.com/Pallosalama-DiceShaker-D/dp/B004U74AE6 

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There are a few negatives to DiceShaker. First, you cannot roll multiple dice at the same time beyond rolling two ten-sided dice to get a 1-100 roll. You also cannot add in bonuses to the roll. And while many dice rollers are free, you'll pay (currently) $3 for this one.


But if you want a dice roller that actually feels like you are rolling dice, $3 isn't that much to pay. And DiceShaker feels like you are rolling the dice.

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Wizards of the Coast Dice Roller

Summary: Free online dice roller for D&D.

License: ?

Cost: Free

Cost Frequency: None

Platform: Web

Site: http://www.wizards.com/dnd/dice/dice.htm 

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Status: Active

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Who needs a fancy app when Wizards of the Coast provides one for us? There's nothing fancy here. Just a spreadsheet-style dice roller that lets you choose the number, sides, and modifiers. It will also track multiple rolls in the notes field. Best of all, it is free. 

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Obsidian Portal

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Cost: Basic (free, limited) 15 day free trial, Ascendant $4.16/mo)

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Site:  https://www.obsidianportal.com/ 

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Obsidian Portal is a godsend for GMs, and it works beautifully with any game. This website lets you manage campaigns down to the finest detail. You can build entire websites for your RPG adventures with Obsidian Portal’s handy wiki tool, and the app’s character and campaign trackers make sure you never forget how much experience the party’s earned, or where you left off in the last session. It pretty much does it all – and for free, too. Obsidian Portal is web-based, so you can manage your campaigns from your PC or on the go on any smartphone or tablet.

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OrcPub (Defunct?)

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Site: https://orcpub2.com/ 

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OrcPub.com is a suite of tools for Dungeons & Dragons 5th Edition focused on making tabletop gameplay and preparation quicker, simpler, smoother, and more accessible to more players and DMs. It currently has an awesome character builder; tools for adding homebrew content; a spell, rule, and monster references; and a basic combat tracker. You can add more features to it. You can also change the settings in it. Now you can add any number of features/traits to your homebrew dnd5e races, subraces, and background. It also has an improved desktop and tablet view, which you can enjoy. 

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Dungeon Fog

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License: Commercial

Cost: Free demo, $4.90/mo ($49.90/yr) Premium Subscription, $6.90/mo ($34.90/6-months). Commercial annual $99.90).

Cost Frequency: monthly, and others.

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Site: https://www.dungeonfog.com/ 

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draw your RPG tabletop maps with just a few clicks – No more patching up map tiles! Create multi-level dungeons, terrains or entire worlds in an instant. Generate your GM-Notes automatically and export or print high-res images and notes, or send a Fog of War version for your players to your TV!

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Fractal Mapper, The Keep, Astrosynthesis, (Active?) - Skwyre – ScreenMonkey (Defunct? 2016)

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License: Commercial

Cost: $35, $52, $75, and other prices for different components.

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Platform: Windows, Mac, Linux, Android, iOS.

Site: https://www.nbos.com/ -  https://www.nbos.com/products/skwyre 

Source: https://www.nbos.com/products/skwyre/downloads 

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    Real-time, shared battle maps. See the map change instantly as minis are dragged across the table top or as the GM draws on it.

    Supports multiple campaigns

    Multiple maps per campaign, easily switch between them

    Upload your own maps, textures, and miniatures.

    Integrated chat for online gaming, featuring markdown styling and dice rolling

    Map annotations and text, for marking notes and on the fly map drawing. Annotations include lines, circles, arrows, measuring tool, and text.

    Supports touch-based devices, great for tablets!

    Fully hosted service, no firewall headaches

    SSL encryption. Your connection to the Skwyre server is secure and private.

    Available for Windows (64 bit), OSX (64 bit), Linux (64 bit), Android. (iOS following) 

Looking to re-create that gaming table feel when playing traditional paper and dice RPGs online? Try ScreenMonkey Lite 1.8! ScreenMonkey is a program GM's can use to moderate their online campaigns. ScreenMonkey can be used to play any traditional paper and dice RPG.


Only the GM needs the program - players only need their web browser!


ScreenMonkey is a server program that GM's run on their computer. Specifically, ScreenMonkey is a highly specialized Web Server designed for online gamemoderation. The program features a map display area, several grids for information about characters and NPCs, an event log, and a chat panel. The players in the game (other than the GM) connect directly to the GM's computer with a web browser. A built in announcement system lets GM's announce games in various ways, and provide URL links to the GM's computer. This means the GM and players do not need to mess around manually entering TCP/IP addresses and ports.


GM's have access to the full functionality provided by the ScreenMonkey program. GM's can move and edit all miniatures on the map, set the background picture, set and recall encounters, and see all chat items sent by all players.


Players use a web browser interface. Players can add and remove characters, set character information, move their characters around the map, set and remove facing/looking arrows, and chat.

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3d VTT (Virtual Tabletop)

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Cost: Free (limited use), $4.99/mo subscription.

Cost Frequency: Monthly subscription

Platform: Web, iOS, Android.

Site: http://www.3dvtt.com/ 

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Status: Dev inactive, but program still running?

Description: 

Development appears abandoned/halted, last update 2016-12-06, last community contact 2017-04-20. Developer's reddit-account was alive 2019-02-20. Apps is seems to have some issues but works to some extent, judging by the two positive reviews from July 2019. The fact that Google+ (link defunct)** was discontinued likely also impacted negatively on accessibility.

A 3D virtual tabletop that actually looks like a real one.

    3D just like gaming on a real table.

    Stand your miniatures up to fight.

    View the tabletop from the 3 different angles, including top-down and "over the shoulder".

    Play on your web browser on PC, Mac or iPad.

    3D terrain to get the full exploration experience.

    Great for pen and paper tabletop rpg gaming like Dungeons and Dragons (D&D), Pathfinder, and other role playing games


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Infrno (Defunct)

Summary: Infrno is social networking plus on-line tools, all in the table-top gaming space!

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Platform: Windows, Mac.

Site: http://infrno.net/ (defunct)

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Status: Defunct.

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Infrno is social networking plus on-line tools, all in the table-top gaming space!

Create your personal profile, your game and character profiles, and play with your friends over the internet using video chat, voice chat, and a shared game-table. Never be constrained in your gaming by geography or time again!

Infrno is $4.99 or $14.99 per month for the full experience. An ad-supported, limited 'free lunch' program is also available.

You can:

    find games that work with your schedule, regardless of where they are in the world.

    meet and get to know other gamers from all over.

    have your character can live inside his or her own social networking profile.

    connect and play over the internet, using on-line tools tailored specifically designed to facilitate a robust gaming experience.

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ScenGrinder (Defunct) 

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Site: https://web.archive.org/web/20110904031141/http://www.scenegrinder.com:80/ 

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SceneGrinder™ is a Virtual Table Top for hosting role playing games. 

Your game is always available and always running… no need for special software or downloads. SceneGrinder™ works in Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari, Opera, and Chrome.

With real-time lights and dynamic point of view (walls that actually block what players can see) your scenarios are brought to a whole new level. Each game gets its own wiki and forum.

SceneGrinder™ is NOT targetted at a specific gaming system, such as Dungeons & Dragons® or d20®, but instead allows you to configure your campaign rules right online for any RPG or FRPG. You may also borrow and adapt rules from other members.

SceneGrinder™… "May your game never end."

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Traipse (defunct)

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Site: http://www.traipse-openrpg.com/top-stories/4-pious-paladin  (defunct)

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Cursory Review 2018: No community, Seems abandoned. Traipse Version "Pious Paladin" claims to in Beta on the their homepage, was Alpha in 2011. Estimated to been abandoned around 2012


Traipse is an OpenRPG distribution much like Fedora, Ubuntu, and openSUSE are distributions to the Linux kernel. Traipse is designed to be easy to use while offering superb functionality. Installation with Traipse is a breeze with Traipse Easy! Traipse uses OpenRPG because Traipse is OpenRPG, with a few minor tweaks to add a little where it is needed


Traipse is Open Source and here at Mad Mathematics Laboratories we encourage users to crack open the source and tinker around with it. With Traipse Easy all of the source code is created in a System folder that users can simply delete and then run setup if they break their install too far. Go ahead, break it open. It's fun!


Project Wiki last activity 2011

Download Traipse Pious Paladin

Archived old homepage from 2012

Youtube tutorial from 2010 Guy calls the software old all the way back in 2010…

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 TTopRPG (stagnant)

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Cursory Review 2018: Development ended 2013, last update 2016, no community, available for download

TTopRPG is a free virtual tabletop that can be used to play various RPG's online using a PC with XP or Vista (or a Mac running a Windows emulator - 2 button mouse HIGHLY recommended). I recently heard it also runs well on Windows 7.

I designed it around the minimal utilities I considered necessary to run an RPG game. It isn't yet in an officially released form, as I continue to tweak, rearrange and add new functions as I find them necessary. I primarily use it to run DnD 3.5 games. It can also run 4e games and supports most nWoD die rolls (although other aspects of the nWoD system are not supported). As of last estimation, it seems to have 50 or so users, some worldwide.

Here's what the running application looks like from the DM's side. This screenshot uses the map from Paizo's free GameMastery module D0 - Hollow's Last hope. The PC portraits are the iconics they featured in their first Pathfinder Adventure Path, Rise of the Runelords.

Requirements


The quick instructions: Download and run the two required updates below. Then, a little farther down, you'll find a zip file to extract into its own folder.

TTopRPG 2.0 runs using the .NET 3.5 framework and was developed using Visual C++ 2008 Express Edition. It's expected to run on Windows XP SP2 and Vista (no support for Windows 2000 at this time, even SP4). Currently, it uses GDI+ to render its images, but I'll be updating eventually to OpenGL or DirectX.

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Don't have Service Pack 2 for Windows XP? Get it here.

It is apparently also possible to get this application working on Mac OS X 10.5.4 using the Parallels virtual Windows environment. I haven't seen this myself, but the user said it works well. So, bonus! However, one user reported that ctrl key and right hold functions don't work (such as ctrl selecting multiple icons and right pressing to erase sketches). So I highly recommend you get a 2-button mouse for your system if one is available (although I don't know if you can disable the system's capture of the ctrl key for second mouse button use).

Note: TTop also works with VMWare on a Mac. To host, you may need to set the network between the Mac OS and Windows OS to 'bridged' instead of using NAT.

Caution: I've had one report of an XP machine that still failed to run my app even after running the 2008 Redist and .NET 3.5 installs. I have also read reports of other machines having more severe problems attempting to install the packages. I assume these circumstances are rare, but I thought it only fair to warn you. As with anything, installing these are at your own risk. But they should be reasonably safe, since Microsoft provides them with the intent to update XP and Vista.

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The Dicenomicon (Defunct)

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The Dicenomicon is often hailed as the best dice-rolling app out there, and for good reason, too. It’s packed with features that will totally change your game. That includes pretty, customizable 3D dice that you can roll by shaking your phone. 

The coolest part, though, is just how flexible the app is. You can create your own dice formula to suit your personal gaming needs, and you can save your favorites for easy access. The app also features “exotic” dice shapes including d18, d48, and d60. If you don’t want to juggle a bunch of different apps, The Dicenomicon also lets you manage character sheets in app, and you can access PDFs directly if you need to double check one of the rules. Additionally, Dropbox access means you can transfer all of your notes between devices with ease.


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Battle Map (Defunct)

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Drawing maps on mobile can be tricky business, but Razeware’s Battle Map has got it down. This app for iOS (sorry, Android users) let’s you draft maps on a grid, filling in tiles with backgrounds and props to really set the scene for your players. Tokens serve as markers for players, NPCs, and monsters so you can easily track the action. 

When your creation is complete, you can convert the map to PDF and print it out to share with your group. Or you can make use of the app’s super cool VGA mode, which lets you plug your iPad into an external display to share the map. Using Battle Map’s GM mode, you can then move tokens around the map live as the action unfolds. Alternatively, the newly added online mode lets all players view the map on their personal iPhone or iPad, letting them move their own character across the map. It’s a great option if your sessions mainly take place online via Skype or Google Chat. 


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Epic Table (Active)

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Vassal

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Fabletop (Active)

Summary: Very simplistic virtual tabletop with a built-in rules system. It's easy to use with any genre or setting. 

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Site: http://fabletop.com/ 

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    • Everything you need to play is built in.

    • Chat system with in-character speech bubbles

    • Character sheets & animated dice

    • Customizable battlemat & miniatures

    • Easy GM tools for on-the-fly encounters

    • Works in any web browser, no setup hassles

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Dedicated Websites



Backstabbr



Board18



Dominion.games



Pretend You're Xyzzy



Wavelength Daily







Yucata

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Avalomhilly

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BYOND Tabletop Gaming (Defunct? Revived?)

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    Provides a secure chatroom, powerful dice features, and shared virtual sheets.

    homepage still online in 2019, but front page haven't been updated since 2003.

    Project seem to have discontinued or morphed over the years into a mor general MUD/RPG/game-sharing software that seems to have still have activity and users in 2019 at byond.com

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Epical Online (Defunct)

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    online VTT for play ttrpgs in the browser

    The Web Archive have a functioning snapshot of the homepage www.epicalonline.com from 2014.

    According to the facebook page's last post in August 2015, "it's taking a lot longer to restore this project as we hit a dead end with it and a few Financial problems but do not worry this project will not end." This is the last online activity found of the Epical, as no working snapsots of homepage exists after 2014.

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GlitterComm (defunct)

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    Windows only VTT software, 6.5mb

    txt chat, dicerolling, maps, hp & initiative tracking

    Home page had last post in 2009, Web Archive found last working snapshot of homepage from 2014

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RPG Tonight (defunct)

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    die rollers, maps, fog of war, moveable miniatures, sound effects, text chat, voice chat, customizable character sheets, and online storage for your own images and sounds. Played in browser

    last homepage snapshot from 2011: www.rpgtonight.com/

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Scene Grinder (Defunct)

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    browser-based VTT to play ttrpgs, seemed to have maps, dynamic lighting, chat & integrated dice roller. Supported Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari, Opera, and Chrome.

    Web Archives have last working snapshot of homepage from 2011. www.scenegrinder.com/

    Youtube demonstration of Dynamic lighting (2010)

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TabletopZen (defunct)

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    online VTT project focusing on tabletop & boardgame aspects than for playing TTRPGs.

    Project had a demo on Youtube in 2015 that seems fairly well made, but no activity beyond this have been found.

    The Web Archive have a functioning snapshot of the homepage tabletopzen.com from 2016.

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weRole.com (defunct)

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    "Includes live audio and video chat", "no need for install"

    The Web Archive have a functioning snapshot of the homepage from www.werole.com/ 2011.

    had a free, $5 player subscription, and $10 DM subscription option pricing

    Ran on Flash in the browser

    twitter active last time in 2010.

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V-FORT (Defunct)

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    Windows-only. The site is no longer available.

    working snapshot of http://v-fort.org/ from 2007

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ViewingDale (Defunct)

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    Windows-only. Great zoom feature. No longer sold.

    http://www.viewing.ltd.uk/cgi-bin/viewingdale.pl?category=main&sx=1280

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WebRPG

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    http://www.webrpg.com/gamesystem/

    listed bunch of ttrpg related software, didnt have a dedicated VTT

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Tabletop Mapper (Defunct)

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GhostOrb (Defunct)

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Vellum (Defunct)

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DNDMapper (Defunct)

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Online RPG Battle Tool (Defunct)

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BattlePawn (Defunct)

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RolePlayingMaster (Defunct)

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YumiChat (Defunct)

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TRIS (defunct)

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AjaxVTT (defunct)

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Site: https://linux.softpedia.com/get/GAMES-ENTERTAINMENT/RPG/AjaxVTT-18260.shtml 

Source: https://www.siege.org/projects/ajaxvtt/ (dead)

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Linux-only. Not for the technically-challenged.

AjaxVTT is a "Virtual Table Top" utility for multi-user, web-based battle mapping.


For quite some time I have wanted a way to play old-school, table-top, books-and-dice roll playing games online. I've looked at the packages out there (oh, mine is far from the only one) and found them all... lacking in a way. There's nothing I've come across that happens to do exactly what I want. So, like any developer with too much time on his hands, I decided to make my own.


AjaxVTT is not my first attempt at Internet gaming software. In fact, I've prototyped several VTT systems over the last four or so years, but never really finished any of them. I've also looked at several open source VTT packages and thought about contributing... but for various reasons never did or was never able to.


So what does AjaxVTT do? It's a graphical web-based battle map. No unnecessary bells and whistles, just simple solid functionality that's as close to the real 'table top' experience as possible. In addition to the "battle map," AjaxVTT features a chat system with voice, video, and macros (for things like rolling dice) and very little else.


I first got the idea to create this software when the whole concept of what's being called "Web 2.0" was just starting to develop, and ajax technology was only beginning to find its way into mainstream use. I decided, "hey, what if I took a web-app and integrated d-n-d (drag and drop, not the other definition) functionality with ajax functionality? What would I get?" Turns out, you do that, you get something pretty cool. AjaxVTT is actually the second program I've written to use this combination (the first was a sort of wiki that let you drag elements around the page, sorta like a web-based MS Power Point.)


Now, I know a lot of people who would cry out that a web page is hardly the place to build out a complex, interactive mutli-user application like this. In fact, I sorta agree with that - web technology is hacky, old, buggy, bloated, slow, and unreliable. The fact that it powers as much as it does, and has been built up as much as it has is really kinda impressive. But the bottom line is that, as much as PHP and Javascript are lousy choices to write functional thin client applications in... the end result does work. And it's hellaconvenient to tell an end-user "just go to this URL and you're done." No "pc or mac?" no "install this", no downloads (though, I do have to admit it only works in Mozilla-type browsers right now... open standards my butt).


AjaxVTT is still young and only partially complete. I've released the code under the GPL even though I'm not really sure what I really want to do with the project. Truth be told, I don't actually game that much anymore, and a big part of the effort was just to have done it. Not to do it because it could be done, but because I'm learning a lot as I go, and because there aren't a lot of ajax apps that do something similar to what I'm doing. And that's cool. It's enough to keep me motivated.

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Tabletop Mapper

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RPGWorkbench

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Virtual Battlemat

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Online Pen & Paper World

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Tri Axe Dungeons & Dragons Chat

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D20Map

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RPGui

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RPGui

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MerpMaker

Summary:  Middle-earth Role-playing

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SuiteGM

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Battle Map v2.0

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Diavida VTT

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GRiP

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Update: The site is no longer available.

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tabledice

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RPG Tonight

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SyncRPG

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SimpleBM (short for Battle Map)

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Fantasy Grounds

Classic (current) and Unity (future, early access)

Through website only available for Windows & Mac OSX not Linux. Have to install Wine / Play onLinux to make work in Linux. Need to buy through website not steam to make work?


Classic

Demo

FGC Standard ( $4/mo) or 1-time $39.

FGC Ultimate ($10/mo) or 1-time $150

NO Build Your Campaigns

 YES Play in a game hosted by Ultimate

 NO Play in a game hosted by Standard

NO  Host Games for Standard and Ultimate

 NO Host Games for Demo Players

NO  242 Tokens (Animals, Characters, Monsters)

NO 26 battlemaps for streets, caves, dungeons and tunnels

 Rulesets

YES 2E, 3.5E, 4E, 5E, FATECore, PFRPG, PFRPG2, Numenera, SFRPG

NO Data Libraries

D&D 5e SRD , D&D 5e Basic Rules , D&D 3.5E SRD, FATECore, Pathfinder SRD Libraries

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Roll20


Base Free


Pay once per year “save 15%”.


Base (Free)

Plus ($50/yr ($4.16/mo))

PRO ($100/yr (8.33/mo))

100MB Upload storage

Compendium sharing (1 game / 5 players)

Look for group (2 listings)

Has loadscreen ads

No shared table features

No dynamic lighting

No custom character sheets

No API access

No dev server access

Disabled “All access character vault”

3 GB Upload Storage

No Loadscreen Ads

Shared Table Features

Dynamic Lighting

Custom Character Sheets

API Access

Dev Server Access

All Access Character Vault

Compendium Sharing

3 Games / 10 Players

Look for Group

Unlimited Listings

6 GB Upload Storage

No Loadscreen Ads

Shared Table Features

Dynamic Lighting

Custom Character Sheets

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All Access Character Vault

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5 Game / 15 Players

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David: Astral Virtual Tabletop


Browser-based.


Free

Pro $8.25/mo (save $24/mo paid annually = 

Instant access to character sheets from popular tabletop roleplaying systems

Create immersive experiences using basic weather & visual fx

Choose 10 of your most frequent actions and rolls to put on your character’s action bar for quick access.

1GB storage to upload your own tiles, tokens, and compendiums

Over 200+ tiles, tokens, & sounds included to get you started

Everything in free plus ...

Over 12,000+ tiles, tokens, & sounds included to build elaborate campaigns + brand new content every month!

Create immersive experiences using all weather & advanced visual fx

Choose 20 of your most frequent actions and rolls to put on your character’s action bar for quick access.

20GB storage to upload your own tiles, tokens, and compendiums





Conferencing / Chat / Audio / Video




Jitsi

Summary: Free Web RTC audio/video conferencing, chat, screen share, youtube share, recording, 

License: Free / Opensource

Cost: Free (support options)

Cost Frequency: None

Platform:  Web, Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS, Android

Site: https://jitsi.org/ 

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Use easily and for free: https://jitsi.org/ 

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Google Hangouts (defunct)

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Shared Whiteboard




OpenBoard

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License: Opensource

Cost: Free

Cost Frequency:  None

Platform: Web, Windows, Mac, Linux.

Site: https://www.openboard.ch/index.en.html 

Source: https://github.com/OpenBoard-org/OpenBoard 

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Socializing Distantly and General Well Being






Many of those most at-risk are severely cut-off during lock-down.


Previously only computer access or Internet connection was through:

    • Schools (closed)

    • Libraries (closed)

    • Community centers (closed)


Resources available to help those without computers or broadband otherwise cut-off


Temporary emergency resources for computers and Internet access.


Access to computers


Local example in Spokane

Computers are available for free checkout to Spokane Public Schools families through an application process. Information on that is here:

https://www.spokaneschools.org/LaptopCheckout 


The checkout is mostly happening online (very ironically), but there is a

phone number families that can't get onto the webpage can use for support.


Seattle options?




National options


Nationally, these companies are providing free Internet:


- Xfinity and AT&T are offering low-cost, unlimited Internet for multiple

families and have opened all their existing Internet hotspots to free

public access (which requires no application or sign-up process):

https://www.internetessentials.com/covid19#undefined&all_Pricingandotherinfo

https://about.att.com/pages/COVID-19.html (Scroll down to "Consumers" and

"Keeping Our Customers Connected"


- T-Mobile is offering reduced price mobile data plans and 10 GB/mo. extra

hotspot mobile data for the next 2 months:

https://www.metrobyt-mobile.com/ongoing-updates-covid-19?icid=home|March15|ongoing


- Sprint is offering extra hotspot mobile data following the same pattern

as T-Mobile:

https://newsroom.sprint.com/covid-19-updates-sprint-responds.htm?INTCID=HPB:ALL:ALL:COVID19:NWS





















General Socializing Options You Might Not Know


Most know about things like Zoom, FB, Twitter, Discord, etc.



Other free & open options to look into such as:


G+/Hangouts *dying/dead



Jitsi




Classic IRC


Hexchat


MUD/MUSH/MOO







Virtual Tabletop Options






Decades of our Research Experiments Show Pros & cons to using software instead of just webcams & screen sharing


So keep these caveats in mind before jumping into the VTT world. The Keep It Simple principle very much applies.










Board & Card Game Tools







Tabletop Simulator

Summary: Some sketchiness about licensing and paying creators, since content uploaded by users (lacks royalty payments to creators?) through workshop.

License: Commercial

Cost: ~$20/player (4-pack=$60) (includes 15 base games, then DLC costs of many others around $5-10+/- each)

Cost Frequency: 1-time

Platform: Steam (Windows, Mac, Linux)

Site: https://www.tabletopsimulator.com/ 

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Create your own original games, import custom assets, automate games with scripting, set up complete RPG dungeons, manipulate the physics, create hinges & joints, and of course flip the table when you are losing the game. All with an easy to use system integrated with Steam Workshop. You can do anything you want in Tabletop Simulator - The possibilities are endless!

Tabletop Simulator has it all. The base game includes 15 classics like Chess, Poker, Jigsaw Puzzles, Dominoes, and Mahjong. Additionally, there are thousands of community created content on the Workshop. If you’re the tabletop gaming type, we include an RPG Kit which has tilesets & furniture, as well as animated figurines that you can set up and battle with your friends, with even more options in the Chest. There’s even an option for Game Masters so they can control the table!

Features:

    Online sandbox with unlimited games to play how you want.

    Multiplayer physics with objects that collide and interact just how you would expect.

    Create your own mods easily with full Steam Workshop support and 3D model importing.

    Take games to the next level with Lua scripting support.

    Play just like you do in real life; pick up, rotate, shake, and throw any object.

    Up to 10 people can play together on the same table.

    Team system with voice and text chat.

    Save & load individual objects and complete games.

    Hotseat mode allowing you to play locally on the same computer.

    Browse the internet, listen to music, and watch videos in multiplayer, in-game on a tablet.

    Perfect for RPGs – build your very own roleplaying dungeons with our modular tileset, RPG Kit, Multiple States and Tablet (useful for character sheets).

    Great admin tools to enable or disable player permissions and to eliminate griefing in public games.

    360° panoramic backgrounds that change the lighting and atmosphere.

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Included games: Backgammon, Cards, Chess, Checkers, Chinese Checkers, Custom Board, Dice, Dominoes, Go, Jigsaw Puzzles, Mahjong, Pachisi, Piecepack, Poker, Reversi, RPG Kit, Sandbox, Solitaire, and Tablet. 



Tabletop Playground (direct competitor to Tabletop Simulator)

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Platform: Steam (Windows).

Site: https://tabletop-playground.com/ 

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Status: Closed Beta. Public release scheduled Q2 2020

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Experience digital tabletop gaming like never before with realistic physics and satisfying controls. Recreate and modify classic games or build your own and share them with the world. Utilize specialized tools to play niche and complex games with up to 8 players across PC and VR. Get ready for the definitive tabletop gaming experience, with Tabletop Playground.


Join the TP community on Discord to get the latest updates on development and get early access through our Creator's Program initiative with modio.

8 Player Multiplayer

Play solo or with up to 8 players simultaneously online, with cross platform play between PC storefronts planned. Save and resume games at anytime and discover a never-ending selection of games to be played with friends or strangers across the world.

Modern and Satisfying Controls

Featuring powerful physics and responsive, snappy controls, every move and action is as satisfying to do as it is in real life. Whether through a screen, or through virtual reality with and without motion controllers, experience more responsive and fluid gameplay than ever before.

Powerful In-Game Editor

Adjust the rules and enjoy tabletop favorites exactly how you want, or quickly forge your own ideas into original games. The easy to use and powerful in-game editor, coupled with JavaScript scripting to allow for complex rules and actions, means you’re only limited by your creativity.

Specialized Tools For Niche Games

Built from the ground up with greater functionality for war-gaming and niche games in mind. Utilize specialized tools to create formations, measure distances/angles, access movement/dice roll history and use custom measure units. Digital war-gaming will never be the same again!

Realistic Graphics and More Customization

Through the use of Unreal Engine 4, experience the ultimate immersive game sessions you can have playing tabletop games online. Personalize your game space with beautiful and cozy 3D locations and lose yourself in the detailed game pieces and realistic graphics. 

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Tabletopia

Summary: 800+ simulated board & card games on VTT. 

License: Commercial 

Cost: Players, Bronze (Free), Silver ($4.99), Gold ($9.99). Designers Basic (Free), Advanced ($9.99), Pro ($19.99)

Cost Frequency: Monthly.

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a multi-platform digital environment with instant access to hundreds of licensed board games… Welcome to Tabletopia!

    Online arena for playing board games just like in real life. Play directly in modern desktop web browsers on Mac and Windows platforms, or download on Steam, App Store and Google Play.

    Unique editor for building new board games from scratch and bringing paper games to the digital. No programming skills required!

    Specialized tools for playtesting, demonstrating, promoting, and monetizing your games.

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    • ready game setups

    •     custom camera controls

    •     shuffling and dealing of cards

    •     tracking player turns and game phases

    •     interactive zones with predefined automatic actions, and much more!

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Battlegrounds Gaming Engine (aka BGE)

Summary: virtual tabletop software for use with boardgames, wargames, card games, and dice games. 

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Cost: $14-$38+ (additional fees per player slot)

Cost Frequency: 1-time per player slot, includes upgrades.

Platform: Windows, Mac

Site: http://battlegroundsgames.com/battlegrounds-gaming-engine/ 

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Free demo.

is virtual tabletop software for use with boardgames, wargames, card games, and dice games. It is based on the BRPG codebase, but has been optimized for general gaming. RPG-related features have been removed, and new features and functions added instead. BGE is compatible with all the digital game conversions (and most artpacks) that were already available for BRPG. Future digital game conversions released by Battlegrounds Games will only be packaged for BGE, although they will generally still be usable in BRPG. In addition to allowing you to play existing digital game conversions, BGE is also a powerful toolkit that allows you to create your own digital game conversions, quickly and easily, with no programming, scripting, or XML editing whatsoever. Game designers will find that BGE provides an excellent means of prototyping and playtesting their game designs, and allows them to avoid the hassle of creating print-and-play playtest kits (and playtesters are avoided the hassle of crafting the PNP game, whose components may go through several iterations before they are finalized). Note that for user-created game conversions, you will probably need to own a copy of the game you wish to play. Also, unless you are extracting images from a PDF, you will probably need to have access to a flatbed scanner to scan in your games’ boards and counters.

    • Demo (free, for evaluation purposes, or for playing games while connected to a Gamer Client with one or more free Player Slots available)

    • Gamer Client with 1 free Player Slot: $14.00

    • Gamer Client with 3 free Player Slots: $19.00

    • Gamer Client with 7 free Player Slots: $29.00

    • Gamer Client with 15 free Player Slots: $38.00

    • Upgrade the number of free Player Slots on a Gamer Client: $2 + the difference in price (for example, to upgrade from 3 free Player Slots to 7 would cost $12)

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Astral

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Astral Tabletop is the easiest way to create, host, and play tabletop roleplaying games online or in person. Astral started in 2017; a brand new experience launched in April 2019. It was originally launched under the name "Power VTT". It is free. Now you can easily create & run games without wasting much time in the setup. It offers everything a GM i.e. game master needs to facilitate fun and immersive sessions. You can manage chat and combat in one place, it allows you to easily build maps and characters from scratch or use any of our ready-to-play templates. You can also add immersion and visual effects with just a click. 

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d20 Pro

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License: Commercial

Cost: 30 day trial. Player license: $10  GM license: $50

Cost Frequency: 1-time (per seat/player).

Platform: Windows, Mac, Linux.

Site: https://d20pro.com/ 

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a multi-platform, multi-player Virtual Tabletop (VTT) that takes roleplaying games from around the table to gamers around the world. Experience all the elements of roleplaying with the powerful D20PRO rules engine — speed up combat, roll a natural 20 on integrated dice, play on gigantic gaming maps, and bring character sheets to life. D20PRO specializes in running D&D 5E, D&D 3.5, Pathfinder and Starfinder Roleplaying Game sessions, but easily handles any roleplaying game system!


Free Trial. Buy Once. No Subscription.


D20PRO has everything you need to level up your next RPG campaign, including native d20-system support and features like fog of war, dynamic light, automated combat and more. You can easily create your own campaign content, or download free and premium rulebooks, adventures, tokens, and maps from leading publishers from the D20PRO marketplace.


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HexML

Summary: Free easy access direct through link.

License: ?

Cost: Free?

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Platform: Web.

Site: http://hextml.playest.net/ 

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Status: Active

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https://www.patreon.com/playest 

Tutorial: http://hextml.playest.net/tutorial5.html 

Campaign notes: http://hextml.playest.net/tutorial5.html?sub=5 

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iTabletop (fishy… quais-defunct but running?)

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Platform: Windows, Mac.

Site: http://itabletop.com/ 

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iTabletop is an online gaming environment which allows users to create and play games on the internet, and play with their internet gaming friends using video, audio, and/or text messaging for the players to communicate. This environment does not enforce any specific rules about the game, so you are not limited to playing by any standard rules.

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kLoOge.Werks

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License: Complicated. Commercial?

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Platform: Java. Windows. Mac. Linux.

Site: http://www.kloogeinc.com/ 

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Status: Last updated 2008, but still working/active?

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Seems dated, last version from 2011, can't be downloaded from their page, likely defunct

kLoOge.Werks brings all the best parts of tabletop role-playing to the computer, breaking geographical barriers by allowing you to play over the Internet or LAN. It keeps track of character stats, modifiers, dice, combat and even has a configurable game calendar with time, date and weather conditions.

Chat text, grids, sounds, visual effects and much more are at your fingertips. Since kLoOge.Werks is game system neutral you can play just about any game you like: 6, 10, 20 sided dice or any variety you can

imagine. Game system definitions are kept in text files you can download to make your game play exactly the way you want.

You can use any type of image to represent your characters and maps. Scan, download, draw or render your images, then bring them into kLoOge.Werks where you can set accurate scale so every attack and move can be controlled. You can also import character data from popular character generators.

Features: http://www.kloogeinc.com/features.html 

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OpenRPG (Old)

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License: Free? Opensource?

Cost: Free?

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Platform: Web? (Python) Windows, Linux.

Site: http://www.rpgobjects.com/orpg 

Source: https://sourceforge.net/projects/openrpg/ 

Status: Site last updated 2016.

Description: 

Cursory Review 2018: No development since 2007, still available for download, developer moved on but kept it available as it relates to his other works(RPG material for various game systems)

OpenRPG is The essence of pen & paper roleplaying converted to a Desktop Application. It is not tied to a specific RPG system and expandable by the end users. Free and Opensource OpenRPG is always evolving to meet the needs of it's user base.

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Dundjinni

Summary: Mapping. 

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Produces beautiful maps (especially battlemaps). Recommended.

Note: This software cannot currently be purchased, due to the DJ Store being offline.

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GM Friend (Active)

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License: Free

Cost: Free

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Platform: Web

Site: http://rhysmakesthings.com/gm_friend 

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Free. Runs in browser.

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AutoREALM

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Site: https://sourceforge.net/projects/autorealm/ 

Source: https://bitbucket.org/bmorel/autorealm/src 

Status: Stagnant? (4+ years)

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World Anvil

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Cost: Free (limited), Journeyman ($40/yr), Master ($58/yr), Grandmaster ($105/yr)

Cost Frequency: Annual

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RPG Map Maker (defunct)

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Site:  http://fmteau.perso.neuf.fr/rpgmapmaker/rpgmapmaker.htm (Defunct)

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MapCrafter (Defunct)

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DungeonForge

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MapMaker

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zMapper

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Benny’s Dungeon Map Maker (Defunct)

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