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"Goodbye, Jean-Luc, I'm gonna miss you. You had such potential. But then again, all good things must come to an end."
- Q, Star Trek: TNG

Searching for Mac RPG Tools

by Ken Newquist / July 24, 2011

I'm in the progress of updating Nuketown's Mac Role-Playing Game Tools page, which has developed an embarassing case of bitrot.

Unfortunately some of the more stalwart tools, like Crystal Ball, as well as one-offs like the Town Creator and D&D Manager, are no longer available, and their sites have gone to the Great Bit Bucket in the Sky. Still others, like Dunjinni, no longer work with under Mac OS Lion and don't seem likely to be updated any time soon.

As such, there's aren't a whole lot of tools featured on the page that are actually still working. And yet, I know from researching my "Summon Web Scryer" columns for Knights of the Dinner Table that Mac compatible tools do still exist. Many of these are Java based apps that are platform indepenent, which may make them even more appealing to gamers who want to share their creations with other players.

Know of a Mac-centric app that deserves promotion? Post it as a comment below, and I'll add it to the features page as I rebuild it.

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Hi,
As a programmer I decided to work towards platform independent tools by focusing on web applications, rather than client installable ones. I'm wondering if you might also be interested in web based RPG Tools? Or are you specifically interested in mac based tools per se?

For the purposes of the Mac RPG Tools, I'm talking native clients, but if you have a web based one you'd like to promote, please post it -- I'll be doing a separate Web Tools feature later on.

Ok, that sounds good. I'm working on a web based RPG program that I could use some feedback on, for sure. The application can be found here: http://www.elthos.com ... it needs some polishing (quite a bit on the look-n-feel side, I think), but the functionality is reasonably stable at this point. It provides a rules system (PDF) , and does the number crunching for it, as well as provide tools for GM World Building. I hope it will be suitable for people who want to have a medium-light weight rules system with computer support. I am currently play testing the system, and so far it seems pretty effective, and overall I find it very helpful for my own game. The downsides are that it does not render consistently across all browser versions (that's actually harder to achieve than I expected), and it uses my rules system, which means it is not really very adaptable to other game systems. Anyway, give it a look if you care to, and I hope you will let me know what you think if you have time. Thanks.

Hexographer, Dungeonographer and the Coat of Arms Design Studio (all made by me) are Java apps. Most of the development is done on a mac first. Each has a free version (which don't install--one is an applet, the others are Java Web Start w/o adding shortcuts) and a pro version which does install. Thanks for considering adding them.

Thanks for the note! I think I'm going to have a section of the Mac RPG tools page dedicated to Java apps to cover programs like these. On a related note, Hexographer and Dungeonographer look very cool; gotta love the old hex-style maps. :)