Building a better character sheet
I don’t like the default 4e D&D character sheet. I’ve said it. There’s no going back now. It’s fine as a worksheet if you’re riffin’ it old skool and calculating the numbers by hand, but as an actual in-play character sheet…… it’s not great. And looks like it took a sip from the ugly jar, which doesn’t help things either.
But all isn’t lost because it’s an easy enough matter use Character Builder to move things around, take out some unneeded elements and the end result could look like this:
Ok it’s not perfect, but for my needs it’s a huge improvement. The layout is split into three columns. The first covers the important in-combat numbers and general crunch. There’s the ability scores, Initiative, Speed, AC, Saves and Hit Points. The centre column gives Skills the importance they deserve by sticking them bang in the middle of the sheet. That’s rounded out with the Race and Class abilities so you don’t end up forgetting any of them in the heat of the moment. Finally, the end column is chock full of role-playing goodness with space for your character’s Background, personality, appearance, mannerisms, languages and equipment. Add a space for your Feats, and it’s done.
One sheet. Add in printed Cards for your Powers, Basic Attacks and Items and you’re good to go. Print it out, fold it up, and……
Standy uppy character sheeties!
:sigh: I’m so easily pleased.
Incidentally, that character is Brug, a 1st level Half-Orc Rogue and escapee from a vile Star Pact Warlock Cult. I love me some club-wielding Rogues with Arcana training. Lovely.
Grab GreywulfsSheet.csl and load it into the Character Viewer (Layout->Load Custom Layout) if you want to try the design yourself. Head into Options->Unlock Panels if you want to have a go at creating your own custom layout. Click and drag to move each panel, or right-click and delete to remove ‘em for good. If you want to resize the panels (some of them are MUCH too big by default!) drag up from the bottom.
So, can you do any better?