We may not like to admit it, but we GM's all need help sometimes with our game. I know, personally, I am strong creatively, but often have problems with the "nitty-gritty" details of running the game. Regardless of your personal strengths and weaknesses, today's column will reveal a few online tools to help you run your RPG session, no matter the system. Know in advance though that some of the tools will be specific to D&D 5E. First off we will examine the different categories of tools we will be looking at and then we will focus upon examples in each.
Let's begin by stating that there are so many different online tools available today to enhance the enjoyment of tabletop rpg's that we couldn't hope to cover all of them in a single article. Please respond to this post and let everyone know about your favorite online tools. The categories that we will be looking at will include adventure design, name generators, npc generators, combat calculators, puzzles and riddles, music and sound fx for gaming, and even some great tips for handouts and props for your game. Let's begin with some adventure design tools.
Have you ever had a problem coming up with a plot or working in a certain genre? If so, then some of these tools may be a help to you:
For general adventure/plot problems, try one of these. I especially like the symbolitron.
For help with calculating 5e encounter sizes, try this.
For help with all aspects of a 5e encounter, this is the tool to use.
Puzzles and Riddles
Do you want to have cool riddles, tricks, traps, and puzzles in your games, but you aren't good at creating these things or just don't have time? If the answer is yes, then some of these sites may be a help to you: