OrcPub Is An Unofficial Online Character Generator for Dungeons & Dragons 5th Edition


darjr

I crit!
There's a new 5E tool in town, and it's called OrcPub. "OrcPub aims to be the best suite of online tools available for Dungeons and Dragons. We love all the books, dice, miniatures, and the other trappings of table-top D&D and don't intend to replace the awesome experience it provides, but make it more awesome with tools that keep the game flowing smoothly." It's very slick, uses the D&D basic rules, and is even able to export characters to a full PDF character sheet. Not just a character builder, it also includes a spell creator, a class builder, and a race builder.


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It's in Beta right now, but you can take it for a spin!
 

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red-orc

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Nice catches cbwjm, I believe I have now fixed those issues, thanks. (I'm the developer on the site)
 
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red-orc

First Post
Sacrosanct, very true, I'm hoping there are no issues. I've contacted WOTC about getting explicit permission to use the basic rules and the character PDF, but have yet to hear back from them (I'd imagine they have a lot of requests to wade through).
 
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dmdcdubs

First Post
This is really clean and simple. Easy to use. WotC wouldn't or couldn't ever make something like this. I hope it stays up. Nice work.
Would be nice to have a picture box to upload an image of character.
 


Iosue

Adventurer
Have the basic rules been released as OGL? If not, just because something is distributed freely, doesn't mean it suddenly becomes exempt from Copyright protection.

There is no safety net of the OGL, but previous 5e character generators were hit with C&Ds until they removed all non-Basic Rules material, after which they were okay.
 


Beleriphon

Totally Awesome Pirate Brain
There is no safety net of the OGL, but previous 5e character generators were hit with C&Ds until they removed all non-Basic Rules material, after which they were okay.

Which actually makes sense to a degree since the actual rules are available free WotC has no vested interest in stopping expedited character creation using the freely available rules. That might just be an internal policy position (and it appears to be the case) rather than a legal one, but still it doesn't hurt WotC ability to sell anything.
 

CapnZapp

Legend
Not having computer-automated tools to assist me as a DM hurts WotC ability to sell me things.

No "living character sheet"? Wtf?

No fully searchable fully hyperlinked body of rules? Wtf?

No complete encounter generator, including full monster stats at my fingertips? Wtf?

WotC really needs to be dragged into the 21st century...
 


red-orc

First Post
CapnZapp, those same frustrations are what let me to start writing my own D&D tools app in the first place. What I am counting on in sharing it is that WotC understands players' frustrations and appreciates that I am helping to solve the problem using only data they already make freely available. I heard that there had been an attempt at some officially licensed online tools, but the developer failed to deliver.
 
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red-orc

First Post
I've thought I would like to provide several different options for character sheets, maybe even some level of sheet customization. I'm very open to thoughts on the matter.
 
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Wuzzard

First Post
Great web app. This is elegantly designed.

Probably already on the to do list, but if I create a new spell, and save it (to my browser), it doesn't appear in the spells list when designing a character class or when creating a character.
 

red-orc

First Post
Great catch Wuzzard, I believe I have that fixed now, thanks. Please let me know if you have any other issues.
 
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Ricochet

Explorer
I've been playing around with the website some more, and it really is a great and functional site!

Request: a zip with an offline version. :)
 

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