Building a better character sheet

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  1. Thomas D says:

    I loves me the ones over at http://www.sunrainstudios.com/ , but there’s no 4e sheets there. My 3.5 game is switching over to Pathfinder, so I’m transforming the 3.5 sheets from Sun Rain to Pathfinder. Should be done with that this evening.

  2. Baalham says:

    Woah! I’ve spent the last hour sorting out a new character sheet format as I realised yesterday during a session how useless the second page is (all the background stuff tends to be in my head rather than written down). After I finished I popped on twitter and there you are tweeting about the smae thing!

    What’s the point of having your powers listed? You have power cards! What’s the point in listing your magical equipment? All magical items have power cards! etc.

    That’s a good arrangement, but I still don’t like the character sheets for all that black ink. Very draining on my printer.

  3. Greywulf says:

    @Baalham Glad to be of help :D

    I’d love to be able to customize it further, and especially replace those icky black headings with something more printer-friendly. I’d like to be able to create a proper landscape character sheet too. I’m sure there’s a way if I delve in with a text editor. Hmmm……….

  4. Elda King says:

    I don’t like the default char sheet also. It has such silly things as separate parts for attack bonuses and damage and a power list with no way to record what a power does. And it is two pages long, what I don’t like at all… plus power cards.
    Also, I certainly won’t record my character description and background in a sheet – I’ll certainly write down at least a full page. I don’t need a special sheet for it, just some blank sheets of paper.
    So, I made a design myself, with just the cruchy and strictly necessary parts (“background” is there for the eventual FR or Eberron region, for example). It’s not in char builder format (jpg really) because it was made for easy printing: http://www.4shared.com/file/82853133/90604254/DD4E_char_sheet.html

  5. Capt_Poco says:

    Here’s a thought that has come in handy for me: Combat Cards. You take an index card, right your name in the middle. Above your name goes Initiative mod, AC, Fort, Reflex, Will, in that order. To the left goes HP (and bloodied value). To the right goes speed. Bellow goes level, race, class. Bellow these goes feats. On any empty space go your two at wills with boxes around them. Oh, and healing surges and surge values go right bellow Speed.

    Got that? Now, if you flip the card over, and write down all of your skills on the back, you only need to take out your power cards and you’re ready to play.

    Obviously, you’ll have to use a very abbreviated style when writing out your At-Wills, to make sure they’ll fit. Usually just damage, bonus to hit and status effects (or range) are all that is needed. I assume all At Wills are standard, at-will, melee, untyped damage unless stated. I also don’t bother with keywords (when’s the last time you needed to reference a keyword?).

  6. Anarkeith says:

    Nice work, GW. Thanks. I’m currently pondering a party bonus tracker card with basic defenses and attacks as well as a few other commonly buffed stats. I’d hand each player a uniquely colored set of d6s, and let them add those to the sheet when they buffed other party members. They’d be responsible for pulling the dice when the effect ended. Any suggestions on other methods to track buffs in a centralized manner would be appreciated. (We’re using color-coded hair bands on the minis to track conditions.)

  7. Greybunny says:

    It just so happens that I was just starting to look at more customized character sheet layouts when you posted this, with an eye towards recreating the double-sided delve cards that WotC had at GenCon. Impossible to do with the character builder, since you can only rearrange blocks, but there is another way. Take a look at iplay4e as an example of a .dnd4e file parser that creates an entirely new character sheet from raw character builder data. The trick being, of course, that it takes a hell of a lot more work to build a parser and output custom layout than it does to just rearrange some boxes.
    .-= Greybunny´s last blog ..Group vs. Individual Initiative =-.

  8. Elda King says:

    @Capt_Poco:
    You seldom use keywords, but having them written avoids all the trouble looking at the book when you do. Most players know at least their at-wills by heart, and can figure attack bonuses and damage very quickly, but doubt can easily arise about wether Sleep has the charm keyword or not.

  9. Logan Hunter says:

    Hi!

    Any suggestions on how to print off character sheets (.dnd4e files) if I dont have a printer? I’ve tried some online .pdf printers but the dnd files are NOT compatible with anything out there!

    Help! :D

  10. greywulf says:

    @Logan I get good results with the free CutePDF Writer. Use the Character Viewer to see the sheet, then File->Print to CutePDF and it prompts for a filename. It keeps the layout perfectly.

    Hope that helps.

  11. Shamgar says:

    Do you have an updated URL for this? It looks like they changed things around over there and now your link doesn’t work.

    • greywulf says:

      Unfortunately no, sorry. It looks like the offline Character Builder is gone from the official site. Unless anyone else knows differently, of course. Finding anything over there is a mess at the best of times.

      • greywulf says:

        Aaaand I’m an idiot. I thought you were asking where you could get a copy of the Character Builder.

        I’ll dig out my copy of the single page Character Sheet, and re-upload it to a new location for you.

  12. Shamgar says:

    NP – I should’ve been more specific. I’ve got a couple of new players and I think this Character sheet will do a lot better for them understanding how the numbers fit together. I certainly appreciate the extra effort.

  13. greywulf says:

    Here’s a new link to the Character Builder file: http://greywulf.net/files/GreywulfsSheet.csl

    I no longer have Brug’s character sheet on file, sadly.

    Thanks for spotting this!

  14. them20eyes says:

    is there a way you could make this character sheet a “blank” one in pdf format that way i can just hand write everything in there? that’d be amazazing!

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