Podcast #32: Character Sheets as User Interface
  • Podcast #32: Character Sheets as User Interface

    What makes a good character sheet? It’s the first impression any new player will have to a system. This week, Morrus and Peter look to find what features a character sheet needs and how to spot one that will do more harm than good. In the news, we’ve got a new class from one of Dungeons & Dragons 5e’s designers, a streamlined Borg Cube for Star Trek Adventures, more Allies and Adversaries for Fantasy Flight’s Star Wars, and more! Plus a new sketch and Our Favorite Game in All the World!

    What’s Caught Our Eye
    Eigengrau’s Scenario Generator http://eigengrausgenerator.com/
    EN World Random Generator Collection http://www.enworld.org/forum/dnd_portal.php
    Planescape Original Art from Tony DiTerlizzi http://www.enworld.org/forum/content...-of-Planescape
    Robert Schwalb’s Warlord for 5e http://www.enworld.org/forum/content...ion-of-Warlord
    Acquisitions Incorporated Dungeon Manual http://www.enworld.org/forum/content...Dungeon-Manual!
    Star Trek Borg Cube https://www.modiphius.net/collection...cube-boxed-set
    The original Borg Cube (includes miniatures) https://amzn.to/2Mwkpe8
    Star Wars Allies and Adversaries https://www.fantasyflightgames.com/e...d-adversaries/
    Crazed Gamers Gen Con 40 Year Celebration http://www.enworld.org/forum/content...ars-at-Gen-Con
    Secretum Mundi: The Book of the Secret World https://www.kickstarter.com/projects...e-secret-world
    100 Maps of Fantasy Islands https://www.kickstarter.com/projects...antasy-islands
    Iron Monolith and the Tomb of the Sun A’Galla https://www.kickstarter.com/projects...agalla-d20-rpg
    Off the Beaten Path https://www.kickstarter.com/projects...ain-excursions
    Character Sheets
    EN World Character Sheet Collection http://www.enworld.org/forum/rpgdown...?categoryid=34
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    Comments 3 Comments
    1. Aaron L's Avatar
      Aaron L -
      I remember back in 2003 or so I designed a character sheet for 3E (just before 3.5 was released, I think) based on the official sheet in the PHB but with 4 columns of boxes beside the skills and 4 boxes for hit dice, so that there'd be room for up to 4 multiclass options. I also put several boxes for notes in various places around the sheet. I slapped it up on rpgsheets, and within a month there were like 5 other sheets that duplicated my layout. A friend of mine discovered it and was actually pretty angry about it, but I just laughed and felt flattered.
    1. jmucchiello's Avatar
      jmucchiello -
      I have not used an "official" character sheet since I was about 15. I've always worked a new one in a word processor. It's only now that I game online that I find it annoying being locked into a character sheet that does not work for me.
    1. biktin's Avatar
      biktin -
      One thing I have noticed is that most character sheets are unsuitable for older players (50+). Even with correct spectacles on, good light etc. many players seem to struggle with the tiny writing that tries to fit as much as possible on a single page (or on as few pages as possible). In an age of accessibility I'm surprised this isn't more commonly addressed.
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