Monster and NPC DataCard Template

pdzoch

Explorer
I have just uploaded Monster and NPC DataCard Template to the downloads area.

This is a LARGE format monster and NPC Data Card template for the Magic Set Editor. Each card will print out to approximately 8x5 card and two will print to a letter sized page.

This template is compatible with the Initiative Tents in this downloads section, which will allow you to create an initiative card to go with these data cards. If you have already started a set with the Initiative Tents, then half of these templates will already be filled out for you.

Because of the large format of this card, you will have MUCH more room to place monster or character details. The text is scaleable, which will aid in readability while permitting the font to automatically shrink as more information is added.

A large washout background allows you to place an image of the character or creature on the card without interfering with it readability.

The heading box is can be customized color coded for easy reference.

You can find the file here in the resource section. Please use this thread for comments.

Below are three samples of the cards from my set using this template.

* Updated*

Latest Version is 2016-11-20

Updated game file now include supported data for creatures from the Monster Manual, WOTC published APs, Volo's Guide to Monsters,
and Kobold Press's Tomb of Beasts.

* Updated*

Latest Version is 2016-11-21

Updated style file now option to add environments to the data card. Environments for all monsters can be recorded to the database, and you can choose to include the environment icons to show on the cards or not. Each environment has its own icon. The Hobgoblin card is an example of the card showing the monster environments.




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pdzoch

Explorer
Do these support a "mail merge" type function for printing from a data source?
Unfortunately, I am unaware of any such feature in the Magic Set Editor. This is why I tend to keep MSE card styles that use similar data compatible.
 

pdzoch

Explorer
*** Updated***

Latest Version is 2016-11-20

Updated game file now include supported data for creatures from the Monster Manual, WOTC published APs, Volo's Guide to Monsters,
and Kobold Press's Tomb of Beasts.

 

pdzoch

Explorer
*** Updated***

Latest Version is 2016-11-21

Updated style file now option to add environments to the data card. Environments for all monsters can be recorded to the database, and you can choose to include the environment icons to show on the cards or not. Each environment has its own icon.
 

Oiche1210

Visitor
Hi! Im Starting with D&D and I really like your cards. I love having vcards for everithing but... im a little lost. For what is the circle at the right top intended for? And the Saves column? Remember im reading the rules and maybe this is a "silly" question when i finish the book. Thamks!
 

pdzoch

Explorer
Hi! Im Starting with D&D and I really like your cards. I love having vcards for everithing but... im a little lost. For what is the circle at the right top intended for? And the Saves column? Remember im reading the rules and maybe this is a "silly" question when i finish the book. Thamks!
I'm glad you like the cards. The circle is the location for the Challenge Rating of the monster or NPC. I probably should have added a label. I also use it as the level of the player characters.

The saves column is the bonus to saving throws. While most saving throws bonuses are the same as the ability score bonuses, the saves column provides a place to specifically list the saving throw bonus should it be different. Lower level monsters generally do not have a save bonus, but higher level monsters do.
 

Satyrn

Visitor
I like the layout. I'm making (gery slowly) a character sheet app for myself, and after that I'll be doing a DM app.

Right now I've just laid out my character's animals in a layout that mimics the standard MM statblock format. It's awfully boring and doesn't highlight the important bits - HP, AC and special qualities - while your layout is nearly perfect for that, and a nearly perfect fit for how I've laid out my character sheet. You've saved me a lot of brain power by giving me a good starting point.

Thank you.
 

pdzoch

Explorer
I like the layout. I'm making (gery slowly) a character sheet app for myself, and after that I'll be doing a DM app.

Right now I've just laid out my character's animals in a layout that mimics the standard MM statblock format. It's awfully boring and doesn't highlight the important bits - HP, AC and special qualities - while your layout is nearly perfect for that, and a nearly perfect fit for how I've laid out my character sheet. You've saved me a lot of brain power by giving me a good starting point.

Thank you.
I'm glad you liked the layout. And I am glad it has given you inspiration or a head start on your own project. It is why we share things on this site.
 

Satyrn

Visitor
I'm glad you liked the layout. And I am glad it has given you inspiration or a head start on your own project. It is why we share things on this site.
Aye. Eventually my project might be in a condition worth sharing. (It's a when I have time thing).

There is one thing I did that might make sense for your PC/NPC cards at least (if not monster ones). When displaying Ability Scores, I put the Mod +Proficiency bonus where you put the saves. That way whenever I need to roll an ability check (including saves) I have ready access to the value to add whether I'm proficient or not.

I simply indicate which saves I'm proficient in with a checkmark (or you could underline the proficent saves, or use some other small visual indication).
 

Zalirae

Visitor
I really like the layout of these cards they are very clean and well made thank you. I do have a question though would it be possible to adjust the size of the cards so that they will print 4 to a page instead of 2??
 

pdzoch

Explorer
I really like the layout of these cards they are very clean and well made thank you. I do have a question though would it be possible to adjust the size of the cards so that they will print 4 to a page instead of 2??
I can do that. I can make them the same size as my large format treasure cards. There will be less room for the data, even if I shrink the fields down. I'll keep the font size readable.

I'll add it to the queue to do.
 

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