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D&D 5E – Revised Character Sheets are Coming

This is the first of my newly revised Character Sheets. This one 4 pages and is for Clerics only. You can download it HERE.

I will be posting all of the new character sheets in another post as soon as I have them ready.

It is well past time for an update to my form fillable character sheets. (You can find that version HERE.) They are in need of several minor changes and fixes but they have always had a couple of major flaws that the new ones are addressing. The biggest problem is that they have a single sheet for all spellcasters to use for tracking their spells. In trying to handle all classes it doesn’t do a very good job for any specific class. Also, each different class has different things that need to be tracked (such as KI points for Monks or Rages for Barbarians). The other problem is that it doesn’t handle multiclass characters well.
To fix those problems and others I am in the process of creating a separate character sheet for each character class and another one for multiclass characters.

I will be creating a new “Filling in the 5E Character Sheet Box by Box” post for the new character sheets (you can find the existing one HERE.) In the mean time, if you are going to be trying out the Cleric sheet, here are a few changes you need to know about:

  1.    You can’t enter your characters speed directly on page 1. You must go to page 2 and enter the base speed under “Race”. This speed will be displayed in the box labelled “speed” on page 1. Under that box is a grey rectangle where you can enter any adjustments to the base speed.
  2.     Also page 2 is where you do your armor class calculations. Put a check by No Armor, Light Armor, Medium Armor or Heavy Armor and enter the armor class adjustment that your specific armor provides. Your base Armor Class will be calculated. If you are using a shield, put a check there and your shield will be added to the total armor class. That will be shown on page 1. Under the shield you can list a couple of protective items and their boost to your armor class. These will also be added to the AC that shows on page 1. On each type of armor (or no armor) you can add any magical or miscellaneous adjustments.
  3.     I have added a grey rectangle beside each ability’s saving throw where you can enter modifiers that will be applied to those.
  4.     I darkened the grey ability names (STR, Dex, etc.) so they could be more easily read and added a grey rectangle next to them where modifiers could be added at Proficiencies, Passive Perception and Initiative modifier.
  5.     I added a place to enter your current Initiative next to Inspiration. Don’t confuse this with the box labelled Initiative that is next to the box for speed. That box is for your Initiative modifier.
  6.     I added a permanent “coin purse” to the “Other Equipment” list. This will calculate the weight of all of the coins you enter in the “Treasure” box. 50 coins = 1 pound.
  7.     I added a check box (actually a circle) for each line of equipment. Only items that are checked will be used to calculate the “Total Weight Carried”. That should make it easier to track items you have but are not carrying, or perhaps they are inside a bag of holding.
  8.    The biggest change is on Page 4. This page will be different for each Class. It will calculate Spell Slots, Cantrips Known, Spells Prepared, Spell Save DC, Spell Attack Modifier and other things for other classes. I am no longer trying to provide room for spell descriptions. These are best handled with spell cards, or in some cases a printed spell book (refer to my posts HERE and HERE.) I have tried to leave enough room for more than just the spell name. What I would do is enter a symbol to indicate if the spell is (C) concentration, (R) ritual, or sometimes (T) casting time. There is also room to indicate which book the spell is found in if it isn’t from the PHB. For the Cleric and some others, when you get to higher levels there may not be enough room to list all available spells, but there should be enough room to list all of the spells you might want to use. Please let me know if this becomes a problem.

For those of you who are interested, please give this a hard palytest. Try to break it. Let me know if something doesn’t work, needs improvement or if you just have a question. Thank you.

I will try to get the rest of these finished and posted as quickly as I can.

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5E – DM Screen – French Version

Download your free copy here.

Many thanks to Charles Ballerait for providing us with this beautiful French language version of my DM screen. He did mine one better by adding a 4th page with rules for Madness.

D&D 5E – Spell Tracking Cards

Download free Spell (and other class features) Tracking sheet for all classes (PDF) here.

I found these cheatsheet cards for spellcasters posted on reddit by gauchopictures. They are great for tracking used spell slots and other class features.

D&D 5E – Magic Items Crafting Formulas

Check out this excellent post with “Formulas for Crafting Magic Items

5e Magic Items Crafting Formulas

D&D 5E – New Class Guides

The people that run Skull Splitter Dice not only sell nice dice but they provide some good information for players of my favorite role playing game.

They have some well written guides for the different D&D classes and some other guides for Fifth Edition of Dungeons and Dragons as well.

Here are some links:

What is Dungeons and Dragons?
How to Play D&D 5E
A Guide to Surviving the Underdark
DnD 5E Character Sheet for Beginners
Five Best Free Places to Find a D&D Dungeon Adventure
Languages
Best DnD Map Making Tools
Alignment
5E Races
Human
Gnome
Elf
Halfling
Dwarf
Half Elf
Half Orc
Dragonborn
Tiefling
Barbarian Class Guide
Wizard Class Guide
Rogue Class Guide
Fighter Class Guide
Monk Class Guide
Sorcerer’s Class Guide
Cleric Class Guide
Paladin Class Guide
Druid Class Guide
Ranger Class Guide
Warlock’s Class Guide
Bard’s Class Guide

I want to send out a big thank you to Skull Splitter Dice for providing all this great content. You may want to get onto their email notification list for future free content. Also, did I mention that they sell dice?

D&D 5E – Online Tools

Here are some useful web sites that I have ran across over the last couple of years. Perhaps you will find some of these useful as well.

ORC PUB version 2. Here you will find an excellent set of tools. These include a Character Builder, Race Builder, Background Builder, Spells, Monsters, Items, Combat Tracker, Encounter Builder, Monster Builder, Spell Builder, Feat Builder, Class Builder and more.

This is a Dungeons & Dragons 5th Edition Encounter Calculator.

This is a good 5e Random Generator. It has traps, treasure, lots of different items, magic and downtime events.

Redkat’s 5E D&D Tools also has a great set of random generators.

This is a good 5th edition SRD (System Reference Document).

These are rules that I find very useful for Converting D&D3.5 Monsters to 5e

I found a lot of excellent resources on this donjon site.

Merric’s Musings has an excellent list of Dungeons & Dragons 5E Adventures by Level

I haven’t use this NPC Generator, but it looks like it could be useful.

Here is another spell list. It is great at allowing you to sort this list in many different ways.

Create your own document. This allows you to create beautiful documents that look very professional and very D&D like. It requires a steep learning curve, but the final results can be fantastic.

For background music – here is an excellent playlist for Dungeons and Dragons provided by MightyBenj.

Here is an encounter builder by the Kobold Fight Club.

Here are some great DnD 5e Monster Cards by Almega-3 on DeviantArt.

Speaking of Monster Cards. Not a pretty, but here you can customize and print out what you need.

Here is a “create your own RPG cards” site.

Need an interactive map of Faerun?

I’ll finish this list with a reference page I found useful. All About Scales.

 

PS In case you missed it, I have added a “Buy me a coffee” tab to the page links at the top of the screen.

D&D 5E – Combat Tracker

Download free Combat Tracker sheet (PDF) here.

My friend Nicholas sent me this excellent combat tracker. If anyone knows who created it, please let me know so I can give credit to him or her.

Session Notes

Sheet for taking notes during your gaming session.

Download your copy here.

Thanks to Eleanor Saunders who posted this on the “Dungeon Master Paul Weber” Facebook group.

D&D 5e spells by level

donjon.bin.sh is an online collection of random generators and other tools for pen-and-paper role-playing games. Check out all of these excellent generators. The reason for this post is to recommend their fifth edition spell list that can be accessed here:

5e Spell Sheet

You can quickly sort by class, level, which book it is in, etc. Also, if you click on the spell name you get a pop-up with the spells Casting Time, Range, Components, Duration, and (if it is in the SRD) a description. I find it easy to use and very helpful.

Truly Different Magic Systems in RPGs

If you are only familiar with Dungeons and Dragons, you may not be aware of the way magic is handled in other RPGs. Here is an excellent overview:

https://restinford.wordpress.com/2018/10/31/magic-systems/