Tools or applications to help overloaded GMs keep the game fluid, funny and fascinating (most of these only run under Windows):
- Warhammer fonts – a collection of fonts well-suited to the Old World. To be installed on your PC or Mac if you wish my handouts to be display and print properly.
- Updated WFRP Character Generator – an update (by yours truly) to Thanquol’s remarkable Character Generator. Although far from perfect, it works reasonably well. Though there appears to be an error in the name generation that limits surnames, for humans from the Empire, to those starting with the letters A-G? It also suffers from a (fortunately) rare Runtime Error. So if anyone has any corrections I’d be very interested in hearing from them.
- The Everchanging Book of Names – a small, efficient and very original shareware that allows you to randomly generate names (very useful for creating NPCs). Just be sure to download the Warhammer plug-in that offers names for dwarfs, dark elves, goblins, orcs, elves and skaven.
- Rolz – there are scores of
dice programs out there but this is the only one that I've found
that allows you to easily
share your dice rolls online with other players. If you prefer
something more graphic then try ViewingDale.
- WinAmp – the grandfather of
freeware multimedia players. Though today it stands far more bloated
than it should be, but it does boast at least one feature vital to
using music and more particularly sound effects in roleplaying
games; Manual Playlist Advance,
i.e. it only plays the next track when you decide. This is great
because it allows you to load a whole host of songs and/or sound
effects safe it the knowledge that they won't sound off, one after
the other, which is not only embarrassing but can also ruin your
- IrfanView – a freeware image viewer that is quick and sufficiently versatile. Useful for displaying images and/or documents to your PCs on monitors or screens (more cost effective, better fidelity but usually less immersive than paper).
- TeamSpeak – freeware
application that enables voice communication via the Internet. It
may not provide the best quality sound but it offers the least
hassle. Available in client and server versions. Unless you can
connect to someone else’s server, at least one of you needs to host
a server. Unless your PC is ancient or your connection’s miserably
slow (dial-up), I recommend using the in-built Speex codecs.
- DiceShaker D&D – prolly the best dice shaker for Android as it is quick, pretty and realistic. Moreover the developer integrated WFRP’s atypical D100 at my request!