Ah, parenthood. You find that when the baby needs attention sometimes you swap responsibilities so Endymian is currently taking care of our little trog Endymian Jr. and it is I Dragonkitty here to entertain the masses this week with the power of tabletop RPG’s and your Iphone, yes, there is an app for that! Sadly I do not have a Droid available to me so I couldn’t tell you what is available for it, however I am sure there are awesome apps for it too, and I am NOT a Droid hater either, I just happen to have an Iphone and like it. So, here we go, my Five Apps you should look into if you want to be a GM/DM and some of these are even handy to the player. These apps make a casual get together fun without the 5 hour long character creation, and dungeon planning sessions, “Hey Guys, can my character be a dual wielding, dual class Ninja-Pirate with a shoe fetish?!” “Shut up Kerry!!!”
App Number 1: RPG Dice Bag. – The good about this app, most people don’t forget their phone wherever they go, they do however forget dice, or newbies look at you when you say d20 and think you are talking about a bra size. This app allows you to roll multiple dice at one time with the touch of a fingertip. Flip a coin, roll a d4, d6, d8, d10, d12 and d20. Here’s the bad, its easy to double tap and get the roll you want so make sure if players are using it that they have the phone on the table so others can see it. However, if you are the GM who cares? Its your game you don’t have to explain to Billy why your orcs rolled all Nat 20′s and slaughtered his face. He is annoying anyways. This app has a 3 1/2 star rating and it is Free.
App Number 2: GMToolKit-RPG – This app also has dice, however it generates random names for players and NPC’s, also it generates room contents for when your GM’s Cheetos coma has started, and he or she needs a little help telling you that there is a treasure box, book shelf, and banana peel in the room you just barged into. Silently just pass him the antacids and the phone you will get extra leveling points at the end TRUST ME. This app has a 3 star rating and is Free.
App Number 3: RPG Random Dungeon Generator HD – This app is cool. It allows you to generate a random dungeon that includes a map of the dungeon, monsters from D&D4e, traps, treasures etc. You can create a dungeon for 1-8 characters (so yes you can play alone on that Saturday Night you are stuck at home) and they can be characters from level 1-30. Even Bobby with his super Paladin that can kill goblins with “The Look Of Holy Smiting” can play, and you can challenge him. This app is .99 cents (for those of you who haven’t jailbroken your Iphones) This is a new app as well so doesn’t have a rating yet, but I like it a lot.
App Number 4: RPG Sheets – This app allows you to keep track of all your characters in 1 app. It supports d20 v3.5 games. This app has great potential as long as the creators keep up with it and add more support for it. I would recommend keeping an eye out for this one and downloading it if you can get it for free or the support expands. It goes currently for .99 on the app store and has a rating of 2 1/2 stars due to lack of support.
App Number 5 : RPG Scribe – This is another really cool app. It allows you to create and level multiple characters on the D&D 3.5 system. It is more user friendly currently then RPG Sheets however costs more money. It is handy for the GM who is keeping track of a ton of characters. He can input the information right on the spot to his phone, and he doesn’t have to carry around multiple character sheets, or worry about his loyal constituents forgetting to keep track of their points. This is also handy for the players due to the fact they can create and level their own character right on their phone (no more abused pieces of paper tucked in the bottom of Timmy’s backpack…seriously I don’t think that is mayo on it…just sayin).
Enjoy your Tabletop gaming, this is just the tip of the iceberg for the apps Itunes offers for RPG’ing.
Until next time, may the force be with you, and live long and prosper.