Your Options For D&D 5E Electronic Tools
  • Your Options For D&D 5E Electronic Tools


    There have been unofficial resources for D&D 5E pretty much since the game was launched, but with the recent release of the 5E SRD under the OGL, some of the bigger players have jumped into the fray. From virtual table tops to character generators, the following software packages explicitly support D&D 5E. Other applications can be used with 5E, of course, but these ones are the ones which are explicit about it. For the moment I'm not including dice rollers or random generators, as there are just too many of those - they're a quick Google search away.





    Out Now

    • Fantasy Grounds. From Smiteworks, this virtual tabletop (VTT) is the officially licensed VTT solution for D&D 5th Edition. It also contains the 5E SRD in its entirely, as well as plenty of licensed D&D material, including the adventure paths (Tyranny of Dragons, etc.)
    • PC Gen. Unofficial character generation software. It has a steeper learning curve than some other solutions, but it supports D&D 5E already.
    • Beyond Tabletop. Calls itself "D&D 5E tools without the baggage". A web app which replaces maps and character sheets.
    • OrcPub. An online D&D 5E character builder. It also has tools like a spell creator, class builder, and so on.
    • Fight Club 5th Edition. A digital character sheet on iOS.
    • Game Master 5th Edition. Also an iOS app, this app helps set up encounters, track initiative, and roll attacks.
    • DM Minion 5E. Another iOS app, this lets you import and track initiative, hit points, conditions, etc.
    • Next Turn. Another app, this combat manager tracks initiative, hit points, etc.
    • D&D 5 Spellbook Cards. For Android, this contains all the spells from the PHB and Elemental Evil.
    • Kobold Fight Club. A very slick web-based encounter builder.
    • D&D Monster Maker. Download and install this software on your PC. I don't know much about this one except that the page talks about 64 C++ .net x86's or something but the screenshot has a nicely formatted monster.
    • RPG Tinker. This is a D&D 5E NPC builder. Elect a template, attribute array, and hit dice, and it does the rest.
    • 5E Spellbook. This is for Android. You have to add the spell data yourself, though.
    • City of Brass. A campaign management suite with 5E-specific tools.


    Coming Soon

    • Hero Lab. The popular character creation software, Hero Lab has been a staple for Pathfinder players for years. D&D 5E is coming to it very soon. Hero Lab is also an iPad app.
    • Realm Works. From the same people as Hero Lab, this is a campaign management suite of tools.


    Other

    • Not so much an app, but Dragon+ is WotC's mobile news app. You can use it to keep with (official) news.
    • And don't forget EN World's brand new mobile skin which is designed to make browsing (unofficial) news easier. Just visit EN World on your mobile device to see it!


    Know of any more? Let me know in the comments and I'll add it to the list!
    Comments 37 Comments
    1. chibi graz'zt's Avatar
      chibi graz'zt -
      Im hoping someone releases a spell book app, similar Spellbook Master for PF, its handy having all the 5e spells handy on my iPhone for cons and running games.
    1. Mercule's Avatar
      Mercule -
      I use DM Minion. It also has a free desktop client that is identical to the iOS app. I actually use that on my Surface, even though I've paid for the iOS app.

      One thing I like about it is that the campaign files are pretty much straight-up XML. I've actually written a couple little tools to hack the data -- mainly, I developed a system for organizing the huge number of encounters for PotA and have a utility that rearranges things to my liking.
    1. Nylanfs's Avatar
      Nylanfs -
      sticks tongue out at Liz and Rob of Lone Wolf
    1. Trickster Spirit's Avatar
      Trickster Spirit -
      I would actually lobby pretty heavily to see kobold.club added to the list - I've found it invaluable for calculating encounter budgets without having to crunch all the DMG math manually each time I idly kick around an encounter for next week's session.
    1. darjr's Avatar
      darjr -
      Links? Please, I beg of you!

      I must check them out.
    1. WackyAnne's Avatar
      WackyAnne -
      Quote Originally Posted by Trickster Spirit View Post
      I would actually lobby pretty heavily to see kobold.club added to the list - I've found it invaluable for calculating encounter budgets without having to crunch all the DMG math manually each time I idly kick around an encounter for next week's session.
      Kobold Fight Club's at the bottom of the "Out Now" list at this time, and since I don't see any update timestamp, it looks like it's been there since the beginning. I, too, am glad it's not being overlooked
    1. ChapolimX's Avatar
      ChapolimX -
      There is also D&D Monster Maker. A software for creating stats blocks very close to the books. It also has a lot of auto-stuff. It's really nice. You can get it here: http://thegeniusinc.com/dd-monster-m...oad/?ref=2.3.3
    1. Morrus's Avatar
      Morrus -
      Quote Originally Posted by ChapolimX View Post
      There is also D&D Monster Maker. A software for creating stats blocks very close to the books. It also has a lot of auto-stuff. It's really nice. You can get it here: http://thegeniusinc.com/dd-monster-m...oad/?ref=2.3.3
      I can't make head nor tails of that page, but I've added it. Thanks!
    1. dpmcalister's Avatar
      dpmcalister -
      For Android I prefer 5E Spell Book https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...lbook&hl=en_GB (it's also available for iOS and Windows Phone as well according to their website: http://analogcursor.com/spellbook/)

      It doesn't have any spells at first - you're just buying the empty shell coded ready - but you can import the spells from this Reddit: https://www.reddit.com/r/DnD/comment...ce_mobile_app/
    1. FallenWyvern's Avatar
      FallenWyvern -
      Hey! I'm the guy who makes the DND Monster Maker. Easiest thing to do for most people is just click the download. If it doesn't run, there's two things that are needed to get it running which are linked on the page. That's all above the picture and below that are the various updates I've done to the application. If anyone needs help with it, I'll gladly assist (best way to get me is at http://thegeniusinc.com/contact-us/)
    1. Trickster Spirit's Avatar
      Trickster Spirit -
      Quote Originally Posted by WackyAnne View Post
      Kobold Fight Club's at the bottom of the "Out Now" list at this time, and since I don't see any update timestamp, it looks like it's been there since the beginning. I, too, am glad it's not being overlooked
      Huh, can't believe I missed that, and the Android spellcards right above it to boot.

      Glad to see a repository of things like this - hey Morrus, forgive me if something like it is already lurking somewhere in the various resources pages, but any chance we could get a fixed "5E resources" repository? Something a bit more permanent than a news article that can be updated over time, like the Release Schedule link up at the top right?

      (I've also always been a fan of those "50 Homebrew Resources for Your 5E Campaign" collection new posts, I know there's the Databases to upload our own homebrew content to, but another thing I'd love to see is an ENWorld curated list of all the other various fan-created 5E resources across the interwebs.)
    1. Morrus's Avatar
      Morrus -
      Quote Originally Posted by Trickster Spirit View Post

      Glad to see a repository of things like this - hey Morrus, forgive me if something like it is already lurking somewhere in the various resources pages, but any chance we could get a fixed "5E resources" repository? Something a bit more permanent than a news article that can be updated over time, like the Release Schedule link up at the top right?
      That's just an article, too - it just happens to have a link to it up there! I struggle a lot of scene space up in that navigation area; it's too crowded already. But if this list ends up getting comprehensive, I'll do something like that.
    1. kelnas's Avatar
      kelnas -
      This would be more helpful if it included approximate price information (free, one-time and data pack costs, monthly fees, etc.). Any chance someone can add that info in comments to the extent they know it?
    1. dpmcalister's Avatar
      dpmcalister -
      Quote Originally Posted by dpmcalister View Post
      For Android I prefer 5E Spell Book https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...lbook&hl=en_GB (it's also available for iOS and Windows Phone as well according to their website: http://analogcursor.com/spellbook/)

      It doesn't have any spells at first - you're just buying the empty shell coded ready - but you can import the spells from this Reddit: https://www.reddit.com/r/DnD/comment...ce_mobile_app/
      As requested. It's $0.99/£0.79 for each version.
    1. Nikosandros's Avatar
      Nikosandros -
      Right here on EN World we have the fantastic Forged Anvil, which is an awesome auto-calculating character sheet. Some time ago, I needed to quickly create a bunch of 10th level characters and the process was very easy and straightforward.
    1. SailorNash's Avatar
      SailorNash -
      I'm using the Lion's Den Fight Club app for iOS. Loving it so far. Haven't done as much with the Game Master one, but the former was well worth the price.
    1. jrodder's Avatar
      jrodder -
      I've been using the 'Fifth Edition DM Tools' on Android. 5 bucks, and imported all the monsters. I bet it will be outdated now that the whole licence thing has come down. Going to see many prettier apps and preloaded with goodies now I am thinking. Anyway, no super intuitive, but really useful to pull up your pre-made encounters, and generally do your bookkeeping for you right on your phone.

      Also, DMDJ. (Via Amazon Store) Very fun to play with to create and manipulate sound ambiance during a game.
    1. daplunk's Avatar
      daplunk -
      Found these also. Very useful.

      D&D 5e Online SRD Database: 5esrd.com/home
      Online Spellbook: dndns.azurewebsites.net/
    1. pepticburrito's Avatar
      pepticburrito -
      Quote Originally Posted by chibi graz'zt View Post
      Im hoping someone releases a spell book app, similar Spellbook Master for PF, its handy having all the 5e spells handy on my iPhone for cons and running games.
      That was one of the first things I made when 5e came out. I created a 5e spell book database using Spellbook Master on OS X, bought the iOS app intended for 3.5/3.75, then transfered the database over.
    1. Remathilis's Avatar
      Remathilis -
      Quote Originally Posted by jrodder View Post
      I've been using the 'Fifth Edition DM Tools' on Android. 5 bucks, and imported all the monsters. I bet it will be outdated now that the whole licence thing has come down. Going to see many prettier apps and preloaded with goodies now I am thinking. Anyway, no super intuitive, but really useful to pull up your pre-made encounters, and generally do your bookkeeping for you right on your phone.

      Also, DMDJ. (Via Amazon Store) Very fun to play with to create and manipulate sound ambiance during a game.
      Do you have a link to the monster file(s), perchance?
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