resource tagged posts

OrcPub Resource Shut down

Last week the resource I had listed, OrcPub, which is a site for making characters for 5e is/has been shut down by WoTC.  To quote ENWorld user Rellott “In a comment on the update he says that he is doing it for legal reasons that, for legal reasons, he would rather not disclose. The assumed cause is that WotC sent him a cease and desist order. This makes sense given the recent opening of D&D Beyond and its character building functions. “. It is because of this that, for now, I have removed OrcPub from the resource section. I have kept the section there for now in case anything else turns up to fill the spot.

I can’t say for sure why the site was shut down but it does raise an important issue, that of copyright/IP in the industry and as a whole...

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Resource – Fantasy Name Generators website

As many a player of RPGs knows, the creation of a character, both for NPCs and regular pcs can be a difficult one. For many, myself included, the name can be the hardest part.

Fantasy Name Generators is one place you can go to help with that issue. There are over 1000 generators on the site spread across several broad catagories

  • Fantasy Names
  • Real Names
  • Place Names
  • Pop Culture
  • Description
  • Other

I won’t go through all of them, as there are so many to list – There is a handy “Random Generator” option to take you , as the name suggests, a random page. I clicked on it and got “Stage Name.”

Each generator has a little bit of an explanation about it. Some of them, like the names, have two options for a refresh, such as giving you female names on one and male names on another button.

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Resource – Magic Set Editor

This weeks resource highlight is the very useful “Magic Set Editor” or MSE for short.

MSE is, in their words, a program with which you can design your own cards for popular trading card games. MSE can then generate images of those cards that you can print or upload to the internet. Magic Set Editor also has a statistics window that will give useful information about your set, like the average mana cost, number of rares, etc. When you have finished your set, you can export it to an HTML file to use on the Internet, or to Apprentice or CCG Lackey so you can play with your cards online.

• Easily create your own cards for Magic: the Gathering, VS System, Yu-Gi-Oh!, and other games
• Create realistic looking images of your cards
• Analyze your set and find ways to improve it
• Play with ...

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Resource – Archives of Nethys

If you want a handy online resource that only deals with official material for the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game, such as for tournaments or similar “official” games, then the Archives of Nethys is for you. A free to use resource, it tells you the location in what book you can find the item you are looking for.

Regularly updated, AoN is broken down into various sections:

  • Deities
  • Equipment
  • Feats
  • Magic Items
  • Mythic
  • NPCs
  • Prestige Classes
  • Races
  • Spells
  • Technology
  • Traits

There are a few other sections that cover licences, projects and ways to help the site maintain itself etc.

People might think, that with something like this, why should I purchase the books or PDFs? Well for a start there is no real artwork to speak off and the art in these books can range from good, to astoundingly amazing...

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Resource – The Phrontistery

This week’s resource is for all your language and word lovers out there. The Phrontistery is, to quote their site – “compiled word lists and language resources to spread the joy of the English language in all its variety through time and space.”

If you want English obscure words and etymology resources: online dictionary of weird and unusual words, word lists, technical vocabulary aids, lipograms, and more, this is the place for you. I have had this in my resource bookmark folder for some time now. It has 7 main sections on the site, with an 8th being for contacting the site operators.

  1. International House of Logorrhea
  2. Compendium of Lost Words
  3. Short Scrabble Words
  4. A Loquacious Location of Lipograms
  5. Glossographia
  6. Numerals and Numeration
  7. Glossaries
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