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Bringing the computer into PnP RPGaming - A Roundup of Software
Recently, I found out that a lot of my friends at work like to game- and not just video games! I hadn't played in several years, though I've still collected the books for 'some day'. The concensus was to play Dungeons and Dragons 4th Edition. That wouldn't have been my first choice, but I found that I liked it after playing- gave the standard RPG some tactical options that hadn't been available before, and made 1st level characters something akin to a protagonist from a fantasy novel rather than just a target awaiting an unlucky critical before he ever had a chance to develop. Anyone who's played a first level wizard with d4 hit points knows what I mean.
After a bit, the DM started getting a bit tired of running his campaign and wanted to play, so I stepped in and said I would DM the Dark Sun campaign which being remade for 4th edition. But I knew that I didn't want to go through the standard preparations that I formerly took- I just didn't have the time since I was older, with more responsibilities. So I looked to a computerized way to run my game...