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D&D 4E 4E WotC Tools dead?

And, BTW, as a DM, I use "Adventure Tools" to build monsters rather a lot. It sometimes goes off on wild math tangents, but mostly is worth it for the convenience, and the reasonably nice printout.

Are there any alternatives for that, to build monsters?
 

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MwaO

Explorer
It is pretty easy to take the MM3 on a business card, take a monster that looks kind of similar to what you're thinking about, and just make a monster on the fly.

Example:
Crazy Alchemist Standard Controller level 8
88 hp, AC 22/NADs 20, but let's drop AC/Will by 1 each and raise Reflex/Fort by 1 each instead. Good at dodging and resisting his own experiments.
Ranged attack +13 vs Reflex, does 16 damage on a hit. Let's make it 2d6+5 with 1d6 splash damage in area burst 1 on a hit.
Encounter burst +13 vs Fort, cold, slows on a hit, 2d6+5 damage, target in center of burst immobilized.

Done. Throw in fun additional things that do 16 damage or give it some interesting traits — say a smoke bomb to give it concealment as an immediate interrupt when attacked. Etc...
 

Joshua Randall

Adventurer
Thanks for the pointer to the Discord, @MwaO

I join @Tony Vargas in lamenting the loss of the Monster Builder as much as I lament the loss of the Character Builder. Yes, you can mentally create monsters with 'MM3 on a business card', but the Monster Builder allowed you to browse all existing monsters for powers to copy. It also created nice office statblocks in the newer format. (In fact, if I have time, I'll try to output the updated statblock format for all the pre-MM3 monsters.)

The Character Builder was an amazing product. I have been a subscriber for 10 years, so they've taken me for, what, $800 or so? Yet I consider that well worth it for all the 4e I've played.
 

Scrivener of Doom

Adventurer
And, BTW, as a DM, I use "Adventure Tools" to build monsters rather a lot. It sometimes goes off on wild math tangents, but mostly is worth it for the convenience, and the reasonably nice printout.

Are there any alternatives for that, to build monsters?

Masterplan.

All the WotC stat blocks are available and can easily be imported into Masterplan. It's not supported by the creator anymore but it's still available - as are the stat blocks.

Thanks for the pointer to the Discord, @MwaO

I join @Tony Vargas in lamenting the loss of the Monster Builder as much as I lament the loss of the Character Builder. Yes, you can mentally create monsters with 'MM3 on a business card', but the Monster Builder allowed you to browse all existing monsters for powers to copy. It also created nice office statblocks in the newer format. (In fact, if I have time, I'll try to output the updated statblock format for all the pre-MM3 monsters.)

The Character Builder was an amazing product. I have been a subscriber for 10 years, so they've taken me for, what, $800 or so? Yet I consider that well worth it for all the 4e I've played.

Masterplan allows you to import powers from other stat blocks.

And the offline version of the Character Builder has just as much utility as the online version. There's also an offline Compendium.

So, yeah, WotC might not be providing the DDi tools but replacements are freely available.
 




Mistwell

Legend
Is there an offline Monster Builder?
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doctorbadwolf

Heretic of The Seventh Circle
Anyone recall what books never got an offline builder compatible update with them? Was it Heroes of The Elemental Chaos or whatever?
 




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