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Murmur Maelstrom
Acolyte

7 Posts

Posted - 23 Jul 2015 :  02:06:46  Show Profile  Visit Murmur Maelstrom's Homepage Send Murmur Maelstrom a Private Message  Reply with Quote  Delete Topic
Poll Question:
This is a poll asking how many of you are using PCGen as a computer aid for your Forgotten Realms campaigns>

Choices:

Yes
No

(Anonymous Vote)

Delwa
Master of Realmslore

USA
1204 Posts

Posted - 23 Jul 2015 :  02:26:19  Show Profile  Visit Delwa's Homepage Send Delwa a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I voted no. I used to use it, but I quit for multiple reasons. It's not a bad program, but at the time I was using it, (version 3.something) it had many glitches. Skills wouldn't always calculate correctly, attack bonuses would be messed up, etc.
It also took up a ton of memory and slowed down my computer.
It was just easier for me to use other methods.
Now, I'm running 5e, and I really don't need a computer to keep up with everything.
All that said, my father in law uses the latest version for his pathfinder game. He says most of the glitches have been ironed out, but that it still hogs your CPU or memory.
I still just prefer pencil & paper. Technology hates me, so I'd rather just stay in the stone age.

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Xnella Moonblade-Thann
Learned Scribe

USA
226 Posts

Posted - 26 Jul 2015 :  22:56:01  Show Profile Send Xnella Moonblade-Thann a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I've never used it...I use Redblade 3.5e for my 3.5 characters, for all editions (which I include Pathfinder RPG) I use either spreadsheets or a auto-fill .pdf that do the calculations for me (as my math sucks most days and I can't even figure out all the numbers for bonuses and the like.)

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Kentinal
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4274 Posts

Posted - 26 Jul 2015 :  23:11:15  Show Profile Send Kentinal a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I did use in in the past to see what it could do, however as already noted by another the processor demand was high.

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GRYPHON
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USA
520 Posts

Posted - 31 Jul 2015 :  18:43:56  Show Profile  Visit GRYPHON's Homepage Send GRYPHON a Private Message  Reply with Quote
No...
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LordXenophon
Learned Scribe

USA
104 Posts

Posted - 02 May 2017 :  14:05:58  Show Profile  Send LordXenophon an AOL message Send LordXenophon a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I gave it a try, but having to scroll through all the books and reload them was too much of a pain.

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sleyvas
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USA
5229 Posts

Posted - 02 May 2017 :  14:20:46  Show Profile Send sleyvas a Private Message  Reply with Quote
when I ran my 3.5 game, I used etools, paying for all the add-ons from codemonkey, and I was very glad of it. I know they eventually took on pcgen, but by that time, I was hooked on etools (and personally, I found their interface better anyway).

However, everybody that I know of has either switched to pathfinder or 5e. I have used herolab for pathfinder, but I will say I'm not happy with it.... I've seen some very basic screw-ups with AC calculations and such where they didn't take into account max dex and such. I've only been playing 5e the past 2 years.

Alavairthae, may your skill prevail

Phillip aka Sleyvas
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Diffan
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USA
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Posted - 03 May 2017 :  05:18:56  Show Profile Send Diffan a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I use Notebook....

Literally its a notebook and a pencil for my 3.5, 4e, and 5e characters :-)

4E Realms = Great Taste, Less Filling.

"If WotC were to put out a box of free money, people would still complain how it was folded."
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sleyvas
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USA
5229 Posts

Posted - 03 May 2017 :  18:33:35  Show Profile Send sleyvas a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Diffan

I use Notebook....

Literally its a notebook and a pencil for my 3.5, 4e, and 5e characters :-)



God help me, during 3.5.... no way in hell would I have wanted to do that given the builds I used to do..... 5e sure. But with a bunch of different bonus types, synergies, prestige classes and feat prerequisites, etc.... OMG I would have gone nuts. I'll give 3.5 one thing, it was thorough, and well thought through, BUT it did have too broad of a spectrum with its numbers such that the difference between a low level and a high level character became mathematically impossible AND it was so cumbersome that it became something that to me required a program to track all the requirements.

Alavairthae, may your skill prevail

Phillip aka Sleyvas
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RDS
Acolyte

USA
8 Posts

Posted - 03 May 2017 :  19:18:56  Show Profile Send RDS a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I was like Diffan. I use paper most of the time when I'm GMing. I'm tracking stuff with Excel but not doing a very good job of it really. But for the few times I wasn't GMing if I'm not using paper my buddy gave me his extra licence to Herolab when we were playing 3.5. I still prefer paper.

RDS
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Diffan
Great Reader

USA
3290 Posts

Posted - 03 May 2017 :  23:38:40  Show Profile Send Diffan a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by sleyvas

quote:
Originally posted by Diffan

I use Notebook....

Literally its a notebook and a pencil for my 3.5, 4e, and 5e characters :-)



God help me, during 3.5.... no way in hell would I have wanted to do that given the builds I used to do..... 5e sure. But with a bunch of different bonus types, synergies, prestige classes and feat prerequisites, etc.... OMG I would have gone nuts. I'll give 3.5 one thing, it was thorough, and well thought through, BUT it did have too broad of a spectrum with its numbers such that the difference between a low level and a high level character became mathematically impossible AND it was so cumbersome that it became something that to me required a program to track all the requirements.



Eh, it's not too bad. I just statted up an NPC from Unapproachable East with a CR 21. Its an Annis hag Sorcerer/Durthan. Hardest part is the skill ranks and figuring out feat placement based on BAB and prerequisites.

4E Realms = Great Taste, Less Filling.

"If WotC were to put out a box of free money, people would still complain how it was folded."
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sleyvas
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USA
5229 Posts

Posted - 04 May 2017 :  15:12:18  Show Profile Send sleyvas a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Diffan

quote:
Originally posted by sleyvas

quote:
Originally posted by Diffan

I use Notebook....

Literally its a notebook and a pencil for my 3.5, 4e, and 5e characters :-)



God help me, during 3.5.... no way in hell would I have wanted to do that given the builds I used to do..... 5e sure. But with a bunch of different bonus types, synergies, prestige classes and feat prerequisites, etc.... OMG I would have gone nuts. I'll give 3.5 one thing, it was thorough, and well thought through, BUT it did have too broad of a spectrum with its numbers such that the difference between a low level and a high level character became mathematically impossible AND it was so cumbersome that it became something that to me required a program to track all the requirements.



Eh, it's not too bad. I just statted up an NPC from Unapproachable East with a CR 21. Its an Annis hag Sorcerer/Durthan. Hardest part is the skill ranks and figuring out feat placement based on BAB and prerequisites.




Ok, NO FAIR, you spoke the magic words...Hag and Durthan... you are now required to post her history and story so that I can see what you're doing with her. I think its a bylaw around here.... yeah... I think Wooly will back me up on that (pssstttt, Wooly, just say yeah).

Alavairthae, may your skill prevail

Phillip aka Sleyvas
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Wooly Rupert
Master of Mischief
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29790 Posts

Posted - 04 May 2017 :  15:30:59  Show Profile Send Wooly Rupert a Private Message  Reply with Quote
We do have that NPC thread that could be utilized for sharing this particular NPC...

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BARDOBARBAROS
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Greece
555 Posts

Posted - 04 May 2017 :  18:53:10  Show Profile  Visit BARDOBARBAROS's Homepage Send BARDOBARBAROS a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Yes when i need it

BARDOBARBAROS DOES NOT KILL.
HE DECAPITATES!!!


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Diffan
Great Reader

USA
3290 Posts

Posted - 05 May 2017 :  01:37:18  Show Profile Send Diffan a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Wooly Rupert

We do have that NPC thread that could be utilized for sharing this particular NPC...



Thats where I posted her stats. Her backstory is better detailed in the Unapproachable East supplement. I just provided stats for her.

4E Realms = Great Taste, Less Filling.

"If WotC were to put out a box of free money, people would still complain how it was folded."
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killerasus
Acolyte

Brazil
4 Posts

Posted - 11 May 2017 :  06:14:57  Show Profile  Visit killerasus's Homepage Send killerasus a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I thought of using it for my 5th edition campaign, but I'm pretty satisfied with MPMB's automated character sheet from DM's Guild.
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