Useful Links

Mapping Software

Dundjinni
Produces beautiful maps. Highly recommended.
Note: This software cannot currently be purchased, due to the DJ Store being offline.
http://www.dundjinni.com/

ProFantasy
The makers of Campaign Cartographer 2 & 3, and other mapping programs.
http://www.profantasy.com/

AutoREALM
http://sourceforge.net/projects/autorealm/

RPGMapMaker
Mac-only
http://fmteau.perso.neuf.fr/rpgmapmaker/rpgmapmaker.htm

MapCrafter
Note: The link below is now defunct.
http://www.empowergames.com/

DungeonForge
http://www.dungeonmapping.com/df/public_html/

MapMaker
http://www.demonspawn.net/games/map/default.htm

zMapper
http://www.zuggsoft.com/zmapper/zmapperinfo.htm

Benny’s Dungeon Map Maker
Note: The link below is now defunct.
http://www.sev.org/members/bmazur/dndminis/dmm.html

StoneSword.com
Free mapping software that works right in your browser.
http://www.stonesword.com/

Dungeon Tile Mapper
http://www.wizards.com/default.asp?x=dnd/dnd/20061121t

Dungeon Crafter 3
http://www.freenew.net/windows/dungeon-crafter-iii-silver-edition-3033/19872.htm

Hexmapper
Registration to the Yahoo Group is required to download the program.
http://games.groups.yahoo.com/group/Hexmapper_Haven/

HexDraw
http://www.hexdraw.com/

Hexographer
Free and commercial versions available.
http://www.hexographer.com/

Dungeon Demon
Commercial. Windows-only.
http://www.rustyaxe.com/apps/dd/index.php

Grumble Mapper
Donation-ware. Cross-platform
http://evanjacover.com/grumblemapper

Dungeonographer
From the developer of Hexographer.
Free and commercial versions available.
http://www.dungeonographer.com/

Dungeon Painter
Free, runs in a browser.
http://pyromancers.com/dungeon-painter-online

Ortelius
Professional cartography/mapping software.
Mac OS X only.
http://www.mapdiva.com/ortelius/

BG MapEditor
Free; WIP
http://109.123.73.99/hosting/bgmapeditor/#avertissements

Ye Olde Map Maker
http://yeoldemapmaker.com/

Explorations
http://www.explore-rpg.com/

Lior’s Map Creator
Free, Windows-only
http://liors.net/software/map_creator/help/index.html

 

RPG Art

RPGMapShare.com
A highly recommended repository of maps and artwork for RPGs. Be sure to set the Usage Rights for any artwork that you upload here, or it will be promptly deleted.
http://rpgmapshare.com/

Dundjinni Forums
An extremely friendly and helpful community that posts new artwork daily. You might even be able to request a specific prop that you need, and have it a few days later. All the artwork posted on these forums is free to download for personal use, and much of it can even be used commercially.
http://www.dundjinni.com/forums/default.asp

Dundjinni’s Free Download of the Week
Discontinued.
http://www.dundjinni.com/art/dotw.asp

Gaming Aids 

PCGen RPG character generator & maintenance program

Java-based (multi-platform).

http://pcgen.sourceforge.net/01_overview.php

RPG Patsy
A replacement for your pencil and paper character sheet
Java-based (multi-platform).
http://www.rpgpatsy.com/

Roleplaying Tips
A weekly newsletter/e-zine.
http://www.roleplayingtips.com/index.php

DA: The Roleplayer’s Digital Assistant
A game-independent software toolset (Windows-only).
http://www.mjhkstudios.com/DA/Frameset.htm

Map Mage
Lots of different software tools (some free, most for sale, Windows-only).
http://www.mapmage.com/

Turn Watcher
An initiative tracker for GMs (Windows and Linux only)
http://www.turnwatcher.com/

On-Screen DM Screen
A handy online reference tool for d20 System.
http://www.systemreferencedocuments.org/resources/systems/pennpaper/dnd35/soveliorsage/toolsScreen.html

Arr-Kelaan Software’s RPG Tools
Lots of different software tools (free, for Windows 95 only).
http://www.rmcomics.com/ak/tools.htm

Treasure Tables
Advice, tips, ideas, and resources for GMs.
http://www.treasuretables.org/

Music & Sound

The RPG SoundMixer
A tool specifically designed to create music and effect backgrounds for “Pen&Paper” RPG sessions.
http://www.rpgsoundmixer.com/

SoundDogs
The largest sound effects library on the internet.
http://sounddogs.com/

FindSounds
http://www.findsounds.com/

SoundBible
http://soundbible.com/

FreeSFX
http://www.freesfx.co.uk/

Voice Chat

Using these can significantly speed up play of online game sessions, but all users will probably need to have a broadband internet connection. Most of these are available in both Windows and Mac versions.

Skype
Also supports video conferencing (which is not free)
http://www.skype.com/

Ventrilo
Great push-to-talk feature
http://www.ventrilo.com/

Gizmo
http://www.filehippo.com/download_gizmoproject/

Ineen
http://www.ineen.com/

TeamSpeak
(Note: the unofficial and unrelated “TeamSpeex” Mac client is still in beta)
http://www.goteamspeak.com/

Virtual Tabletops

Battlegrounds: RPG Edition

http://www.battlegroundsgames.com/nutshell.html

Fantasy Grounds
Windows-only. Many people like the look and feel of this app, and the 3D dice rolling.
http://www.fantasygrounds.com/

KloogeWerks
Java-based. Steep learning curve, but powerful.
http://www.kloogeinc.com/

ViewingDale
Windows-only. Great zoom feature.
http://www.viewing.ltd.uk/cgi-bin/viewingdale.pl?category=main&sx=1280

D20Pro
Java-based, 2-week free trial license.
http://www.d20pro.com/d20/index.php

ScreenMonkey
Only the GM must pay. Players play free, using their web browser. The GM app is Windows-only. A Lite version is available for free.
http://www.nbos.com/products/screenmonkey/screenmonkey.htm

GRiP
No longer developed, but some people still use it and there seems to be a user community that supports it.
Note: Link updated for GRiP v4.
http://www.rpgrealms.com/grip

iTabletop Pandoren (v2)
Browser-based (requires MS Silverlight, Adobe Flash, and 1 GB RAM) Windows or Mac OS X. Features built-in voice chat, and streaming video/webcam support.
http://www.itabletop.com/

EpicTable
Windows-only.
http://www.epictable.com/

RPG Table
Mac OS X-only (v10.5.8 or greater). No online play in v1.0.
http://www.codechemistry.com/

3DVT
In beta.
No system requirements publicly available.
http://myvirtualtable.com/

3D Virtual Tabletop
Free while in beta, but will be subscription-based when released.
Runs in a browser. Android app also available.
http://www.3dvirtualtabletop.com/index.html

Roll20
Browser-based.
Free while in beta, but will eventually charge for storage space and art pack content. growing every day.
http://roll20.net/


Free Stuff:

OpenRPG
Probably has the biggest user base of any VT app.
http://www.rpgobjects.com/index.php?c=orpg

OpenRPG+
This site hosts the development version of OpenRPG.
http://rpg.wikia.com/wiki/Installing_OpenRPG

MapTool
Java-based. Developers are actively enhancing this program regularly.
http://www.rptools.net/index.php?page=maptool

Gametable
Java-based.
http://gametable.mornproductions.com/Index

Interactive Dungeon
Windows-only
http://www.big12inch.com/id/

RPG Manager

Windows-only. v2.0 is in development, and screenshots for it are now available.
http://www.rpgmanager.net/Home.htm

Playing Fields
Java-based.
http://gdiac.cis.cornell.edu/Projects/2006sp/PlayingFields/index.html

Dices
Windows-only.
http://sourceforge.net/projects/dices/files/dices/

RPG Tonight
Runs in your browser.
http://www.rpgtonight.com

Dungeon Helper
Windows-only.
http://dh.abomb.info/index.php

Avalomhilly
Windows-only.
http://www.avalomhilly.20m.com/

TTopRPG 2.0
Windows-only.
http://www.gamemodel.com/TTopRPG/index.htm

Rolistik
Windows & Mac OS X. In French.
http://rolistik.free.fr/

Virtual Tabletop
Windows-only. Note that the link below is a download link, not a website.
http://64digits.com/users/brighteyes/Virtual_Tabletop_v0.6_.zip

Virtual Game Table (VGT)
Windows-only.
http://www.siliconstorm.net/vgt/vgt.html

Irony Games’ MapMagical Encounter Editor
Java-based, runs in a web browser.
http://pages.infinit.net/pdclarke/mmee/index.html

Map Maker (beta)
MS Silverlight app, runs in a web browser.
http://dnd.gudjonhrafn.com/mm/

Qex
Windows-only.
http://qex.skyfire.ca/

Masterplan
Windows-only. No online component
http://www.habitualindolence.net/masterplan/

Taulukko
Donation-ware.
http://www.taulukko.com.br/

Infrno
Unclear whether this is free for good, or free while-in-beta.
Windows & Mac OS; has video-conferencing feature.
http://infrno.net/base/welcome

RPGrounds
Unclear whether this will free when released, or just while-in-beta.
Will supposedly be a 3D VTT.
http://www.rpgrounds.com/

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