Tabletop RPG Resources

Online RPG resources for Players and Game Masters with a focus on D&D 5e:

General RPG Resources

  • donjon: Great resource. Random generators for names, dungeon layouts, magic items, and treasure. Covers AD&D, Pathfinder, D&D 4e, and D&D 5e.
  • PCGen: Open-source software (GitHub link) for character creation. Java based. Supports D&D 3.5e, Pathfinder, and D&D 5e rulesets.

Game Systems

  • D&D, 5th edition: Current version of the classic Dungeons and Dragons. Published by Wizards of the Coast: Traditionally played in a classic, Tolkeinesque, medieval, high fantasy setting. Game system used for my campaign, Deorcost.
  • Pathfinder: An extension of the revised D&D 3rd edition open-source rules (System Reference Document), created and developed by Paizo. A new version of Pathfinder, Pathfinder Second Edition, is under development.
  • Numenera: Science-fantasy RPG set in the dystopian, ruined remnant of an advanced civilization, 1 billion years in the future. Numenera has an inviting rule set and novel method of character creation. By Monte Cook Games.
  • Generic Universal RolePlaying System (GURPS): Generic RPG designed to be used in any setting.

D&D 5e Resources

General Resources

  • D&D Beyond by Wizards of the Coast: The paid portal for all things D&D 5th edition. I find the encounter builder to be particularly helpful although its use is limited without E-Book purchases of source material.
  • 5e SRD (from roll20.net): Searchable index of D&D 5e rules (combat, creatures, characters, etc.).
  • 5e SRD (from 5thsrd.org): Another D&D 5e SRD reference. Their Monsters by CR page is a good free resource for creating combat.
  • 5e SRD (from dnd5e.org): Another D&D 5e SRD reference.
  • Sage Advice Compendium: Official (by Wizards of the Coast lead designer Jeremy Crawford) PDF compendium of questions and answers about the 5e ruleset.

Character Creation

  • Alignment. A through discussion of D&D alignments. It includes a discussion of the connection of D&D alignments to more traditional psychological labels.

World building

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Sean McDaniel, October 2019