This will be the place where I put all of my favorite crunchy DM help that I’ve either found online on different sites [I’ve marked ones that you have to pay for with a (p)], or developed myself. I am going to limit this list to resources that have stuff that can be picked up and plopped directly into a game. I won’t post too many general advice things, although there’s a lot of great stuff out there for that, as well.
I. Building Monsters and Encounters – General Resources:
- The DM Cheat Sheet: Blatantly stolen from Mike Shea’s Sly Flourish site, it has all the number crunch you could ever want for your 4e monsters and encounters.
- Big Bad Evil Guy Meta – For advanced games, particular those at paragon and epic levels. This is a list of meta-powers that solos can use to shake off status effects in interesting ways, as well as make themselves more threatening in general. Use with caution!
- The Status Effect Tree and The Status Effect Tree – Comments – A breakdown of how monster status effects work in 4e, focusing on which debuffs monster cast and at what levels they cast them.
II. Useful Indexes for building Dungeons and Encounters:
- The original Dungeon Master’s Guide, 1st ed.: No link, but the first really amazing index of random dungeons, traps, treasures, etc.
- Fourthcore Alphabet: (p) Really pimps out a dungeon with deadly traps, cool details, possible overlords (my favorite), etc. Mostly for Fourthcore, but can be used anywhere.
- Dungeon Alphabet: (p) An edition-neutral resource that does much of the same things as the Fourthcore book.
- 101 Hazards and Disasters: (p) A great list of different environmental effects to make combat encounters more dangerous, or just to bring them to life.
- Dungeon Room Description Generator: A list of generic room descriptions that really focuses on the five senses.
- Original Adventures: A list of FREE old adventures on the official WotC site.
- Adventure Hook Random Generator: Helpful for getting the party off of their rear ends at the tavern.
- Eureka: 501 Adventure Plots to Inspire Game Masters: (p) This one has starter plots for fantasy RPGs, sci-fi games, and other genres as well.
III. NPCs -names and descriptions:
- Masks: 1000 NPCs for any Roleplaying Game: (p) A wonderful database of semi-fleshed out characters to populate a game.
- NPC Background Generator: Press a button and a rather wordy random description pops up. Still pretty good.
- Seventh Sanctum: A great random name generator (among lots of other things).
IV. Aides for Players:
- Absolutely Basic Character Sheet – Template – This sheet puts together all of the basic stats in one easy-to-read format: HP, attack and damage modifiers, defenses, etc. Great for pure beginners.