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D&D 5E – Time Tracking Tool

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DM Tool for Tracking Time

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I have tried several different ways to keep track of time in a dungeon. Years ago I even wrote a “Time Tender” software program. I was thinking of getting a toy clock, or a broken clock that I could turn the hands on. Thinking of clocks, I came up with this simple idea, and it works! Download and print as many of these as you may need. The idea is that you use a pencil to mark off the time as your players explore the dungeon.

 

Each clockface represents one day. One sheet can track 4 days. The hours are marked around the sides. Midnight is at the bottom and Noon is at the top. There are 6 little boxes between each hour. Each box represents 10 minutes. I fill in each box as time passes in the adventure. I find this works well. I say it takes 10 minutes to search a room. I mark off 10 minutes after each combat for searching bodies, recover arrows, clean up, etc. Moving along a cooridor doesn’t take much time unless it is very long or they are being slow. I also mark time for other activities as well: one hour for a short rest, eight hours for a long rest, overland travel time, etc.

There is plenty of blank space to scribble notes.

Enjoy!

D&D 5E – DM Screen – portrait version

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Vertical 5E – DM Screen

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This is for John Edmond and anyone else that prefers a vertical  DM Screen.

You can still get my horizontal version here.

D&D 5E – Condition Cards

Condition Cards

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I re-did my condition cards. I added backs and put them all in one PDF file.

I had a good time designing the smiley faces. I hope you get a kick out of them.

The fronts are form-fillable so you can make changes to them if you want. That allows non-English players to change them to read correctly in their language. Also you can make changes to allow for house rules, or other gaming systems.

When I print them on my ink-jet printer I can’t get the backs to line up exactly with the fronts, so if it doesn’t work for you the only thing I can suggest is to print the backs on separate sheets and put the fronts and backs together some how (paste or clear sleeves?). They are only off about 1/16″ when I print them, so I will just live with the fronts being a little off centered.

I added a “Hidden” and a “Temporary Condition” card. If you play 5E you know that there is no “Hidden” condition. This card can still be used as a reminder that someone is trying to hide. The “Temporary Condition” card is for things like spells that add to armor class or hit points, or some such. It is a catch all for any conditions that you may want to keep track of during combat.

The colors I used match the colors of a set of “ponytailers” that I picked up at Walmart for about $2.00. They are fabric covered rubber bands about 1″ in diameter that can be put around the figures on the battle mat. I used light gray for white and dark grey for black.

Enjoy!

D&D 5E – Condition Cards

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Condition Cards

Here is a set of generic cards that I have filled in with all of the conditions listed in the Player’s Handbook. They are on two separate PDFs. page1 and page2

They are form-fillable so you can make changes to them if you want to and there are a couple of blank cards on page 1.

Enjoy!

D&D 5E – Character Sheet Makeover [rev6]

New look for Character Sheet

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My 5th edition Dungeons and Dragons auto-fill Character sheet has a new – old sheet look. Other than the new look I also added a few things.

  • I added a fourth page just for notes. Many have complained that there wasn’t enough room for all the notes you needed. Or you could use it for your character background. Or both.
  • There is a place at the top of each page labeled #___ . I use this to keep track of my character sheets. I print a new sheet after my character goes up a level, and sometime more often. Before I print it I give it a new number. Or if you have more than one character you may want to note which one this is.
  • The character name is now on each sheet and it is bigger.
  • There is now a spot for listing Rogue’s sneak attack, Barbarian ranges, Monk ki points and Monk martial arts.
  • Total weight carried now works. It adds up the weight of all the items listed above.
  • Below the number of cantrips known there is now a space for number of spells known or available and for sorcery points.

If it isn’t obvious how to use these features, I updated my Character Sheet Instructions: Here

Enjoy!

D&D 5E – Character Sheet – Rev5

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New Character Sheet

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My 5th edition Dungeons and Dragons auto-fill Character sheet is now better than ever! Thanks to your suggestions I made several improvements.

If you print out the blank sheet and fill everything out by hand, you will see a few, mostly cosmetic, changes.

  • The associated ability for each of the skills (displayed in a light grey) has been moved from behind the skill name to in front of the skill’s check box.
  • The ability is also listed to the left of the passive perception box and below the initiative box.
  • A space is now provided for you to enter conditions that always provide you with advantages or disadvantages.
  • The second page was adjusted to allow for more room to describe personality traits and a line was added for equipment based on background.

I think that most of you fill the sheets out on your computer to take advantage of its automatic calculation. That is where I made the most significant changes. (Drum-roll please!)

  • You can now change the calculated skills modifier. You don’t change it directly, but if you click on the grey ability name to the left, you can enter a number that will be added to the score.
  • You can change the passive perception score the same way.
  • It now calculates the initiative modifier and you can modify it the same way.

The other changes were minor.

  • The first weapon’s box has been fixed.
  • The “age”, “height”, and “weight” boxes on the first and second pages have been linked, so changes made in eater will also be made in the other.
  • All boxes where you enter text have been adjusted so the text you enter doesn’t overlap other items (easier to read).
  • The text you enter for  coins is larger.

If it isn’t obvious how to use these features, I have updated my Character Sheet Instructions: Here

Enjoy!

D&D5e – Business Card Character Sheet

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Character Sheet on a Business Card

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I put all the cards on a single 8 1/2″ x 11″ sheet that you can print and cut apart. Download this version HERE.

The Bag of Holding blog had this idea back in 2011, with a 4e version. The ides is that you can put all of your character sheet information on a business card and take it with you in your pocket. Always ready to play!

I created this 2″ x 3.5″ version of my Character sheet. You will have to write small to get everything in. For skills, you can underline the ones you are proficient in. This may not have all of the information that you can put on the full size sheet, but along with a sheet of scratch paper, it should be enough to get by with on those times you forget to bring your sheets with you to the game table.

Enjoy.

D&D 5e – Combat Reference Sheet

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2 sided Combat Reference Sheet

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Many thanks to Jennifer Brahm for sharing her one page (printed front and back) cheat sheet. Using my Quick Reference Combat post as a basis, she created a wonderful game table reference sheet. I simply made a few corrections and cleaned it up a bit.

D&D 5E – Character Sheet Update

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New and Improved Character Sheet

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[Download the newest version here.]

My 5th edition Dungeons and Dragons auto-fill Character sheet has become very popular. Thanks to input from you, I have made some minor changes and added a major feature that will be of value to those of you with Rogues, Clerics and “Jacks of All Trades”.

  • Added a space on the top of Page 1 for your character’s age.
  • Added a line in each Weapon box that can be used for additional information. For example, you may want to indicate if it is a Light weapon, or list other weapon properties, or a description, or a name.
  • Corrected a spelling error (changed “atack” bonus to “attack” bonus).
  • There are some class features with double proficiency bonus on some skills, for example, the Knowledge Domain Cleric and Rogue’s Expertise. The sheet can now calculate those.
  • “Jack of All Trades” adds half your proficiency bonus, rounded down, to ability checks you are not proficient in. The sheet can now calculate those.

If it isn’t obvious how to use these features, I updated my Character Sheet Instructions: Here

Enjoy!

5E – Homemade DM Screen

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Wizards has an excellent Dungeon Master’s Screen. It is well made and good looking and well worth the price. However, It falls short (in my opinion) on the reference material on the DM’s side. I searched for a fan made version and found several that were better than the Wizard’s version, but still weren’t exactly what I had in mind, so I finally broke down and made my own. You can download the PDF file and print it for your own use. There are several ways to make these into a DM Screen. The simplest is to attach the prints to cardboard and tape the panels together. You can find pictures to decorate the Players side to suit your campaign.

Here is what I ended up with.

1)  I felt that 3 panels was plenty. By making them 8 1/2″ x 11″ they are easy to print and to find backings or plastic sleeves to fit them in. I oriented them with the long dimension horizontally to make it easier for the DM to see over.

2) I only listed information that might be needed during play – so no player creation or dungeon creation information.

3) To make it easy to quickly find what you are looking for I organized it into three columns on each panel. Each column has a large title on the top with information related to that topic listed below. The Headings are: Vision, Travel, Combat, Survival, Conditions, Money, Encounters, Objects, and Abilities.

Enjoy!