Busy DM? An excited player? The 5e Companion App is here for you!
Whether you're a busy DM or a bold Player, the 5e Companion App is the app you should always have by your side.
◉ Amazing Character Sheet Manager
◉ 50 + supported races and backgrounds
◉ Full, illustrated bestiary with 760+ of 5e's most reknown monsters
◉ Homebrew content creator
◉ Complete monster stats
◉ Encounter Generator, ready to save you from making tedious encounter calculations ever again! Why not better spend that time raiding a dungeon?
◉ Encounter Manager (and Initiative Tracker), so you never have to roll that 33d20+330 HP when creating a Tarrasque, or even keep track of turns and monster stats. This app does EVERYTHING for you!
◉ More breathtaking features coming soon!
What are you waiting for? Get your game on, delve into some dungeons, slay some dragons, and steal their treasure (or, you know, maybe ask them politely)
◉ Random character generator (hit those little dice buttons!)
◉ Lifted level 20 cap restriction! Enjoy endless character build possibilities!
◉ Small content updates and additions
◉ Bug fixes
Ratings and Reviews
Pretty darn good! Just some inconveniences.
I want to start by saying this app is fantastic!
It has pretty much I all I need, the app just has some glitches. Such as, whenever I finish a character and give them proficiencies in a ability (such as insight or stealth) from a background and I click on the background to look at what proficiencies it gives me it’ll take them away and I have to give myself the proficiency bonus again. Also every time I level up it’ll go down the list of what new abilities I get which is good, but it goes down by level. So say I’m a level 10 fighter, it’ll show what new feat I get and whatnot but then it’ll also tell me everything I already know I have again like extra attack, superiority die, etc. Other than that I wish there was some more items in the armor category like all the magical armor. And for some reason the app says a Maul does 1d6 damage when it actually does 2d6 same with the greatsword. If you ever update the app again and fix all this I’ll be very grateful! Keep up the great work because your app is amazing and the best character sheet app out there because I can basically do whatever I want with it and it helps a lot!
Decent App but...
I would like to say that this is a good app and useful for one wanting to play D&D.
However, there are some content fixes/suggested additions I would like to point out.
1) Some Spellcasting classes listed incorrectly. (ie: Paladin being listed as a Full Caster class when it is a Half Caster class.)
2) Ads take quite some time to load, making leveling up multiple levels at once annoying. (And maybe decrease the Ad Removal price a bit? Maybe to 1.99 or .99? Not trying to pressure you or anything, just something I think many people would like, considering other apps with the same content are less pricey.)
3) Newer expansions such as Wildemount not included, which we could add ourselves, but it can take a while adding the different Archetypes, Spells, etc, which isn't something that I'd imagine some people want to do when there are other apps with the newer expansions accessible easily.
4) Maybe add counters for things like Action Surge? It took me a bit to try and find where it is listed, and you need to memorize how much you have used, which could be put in notes, but an charge count would be appreciated.
Overall, I think that this is an app with great potential, and I thank you for listening to what I have to say.
Hi XeroStudios! Thanks for pointing these out!
I'll be releasing a content update in the following weeks and fixing these issues soon after that :)
Delightful and ever improving
To begin, I’ve had this app for well over a year, now! I’ve always looked forward to any new updates, and I had the beta version on my old phone. It really is my favorite companion app! Especially for homebrew or quick monster stats.
On the other hand, though, I really wish there was an index for magic items outside of the inventory. I know that may be pushing it with Wizards’ trigger happy copy right team, it would be greatly appreciated!
I’m also experiencing a glitch that, when I try to filter the school of spells I’m looking for, the app crashes. Also, when I’m making a character, the creator will close out if I temporarily move to a different app. Even if I don’t actually close it out! These didn’t used to be issues, but they makes things difficult.
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A New Dungeons & Dragons Companion App Will Help Declutter Your Tabletop Experience
Being surrounded by stacks of rulebooks and reams of character sheets while you play has been part and parcel of the Dungeons & Dragons experience from the very beginning. And while many players have begun using phones and tablets to make their tabletop lives easier, Wizards of the Coast is finally offering their own solution.
Over the weekend the company officially announced D&D Beyond, a new app made in partnership with Curse media that will let players look up rules, check inventories or manage their character’s stats all from the convenience of a unified interface from their phone or tablet. Designed to work with the current fifth edition of D&D, Beyond is meant to give you more space and time to actually play games,instead of leafing through pages of adventure guides because you forgot the bonus to persuasion roles an Ancient Brass Dragon has. Here’s a hilariously over-dramatic teaser trailer for the app that shows a little bit more of how it works:
There’s been plenty of virtual tabletop and third party tools like Beyond for quite some time at this point—to the point Wizards has even sold official D&D content through them—so it remains to be seen what Beyond will bring to the table outside of the official branding. And there are questions about just how much it will all cost, too: is there going to be a future where buying the physical copy of a D&D adventure or rulebook comes with codes to access it on Beyond? Or will fans who still want physical editions and the convenience of an app like this have to fork out twice?
For now, we have to wait and see. If you’re interested in trying Beyond, you can sign up for a beta ahead of its rollout this summer at the link below.
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D&D Beyond, the companion app for Dungeons & Dragons, has officially launched
Dungeons & Dragons’ digital toolset D&D Beyond is now available on mobile and PC, after launching into open beta earlier this year.
The app includes utilities designed around fifth edition, including a rules compendium and character creator (plus a digital character sheet), as well as support for fan-made homebrew content, which can be shared online with others.
The app itself is free, but offers the ability to buy sourcebooks through the app, adding the content to the library. There’s also a subscription option, split into two tiers, that unlocks the ability to create unlimited amounts of characters (the free version is limited at six), use public homebrew content and share purchased books with players instead of needing to buy it separately. The lower hero tier is $26 (£20) a year, while the higher master tier is $55 (£43) annually.
Developer Curse has confirmed that it is working on further features for the app, including a dedicated mobile app, encounter builder and combat tracking. Upcoming adventure Tomb of Annihilation will join D&D Beyond when it’s released later this autumn.
Curse added that more than 200,000 players took part in the beta, making over 240,000 characters for D&D campaigns. That’s a lot!
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The 4 Best Apps for Running Dungeons & Dragons From Your Phone
While Dungeons & Dragons is traditionally a pen-and-paper role-playing game, you can also play it remotely using voice chats and online virtual tabletop simulators (VTTs). But did you know you can run the world’s most popular role-playing game right from your phone?
For those who have already switched away from running the game out of a three-ring binder at the kitchen table, moving from desktop to mobile is a simple change that can save you even more time, space, and effort.
There are two main ways of running D&D from your phone: using a selection of apps that you switch between as you go, or using one catch-all app. We'll look at both.
Running D&D From Multiple Mobile Apps
D&D can seem overwhelming, but all you really need to run the game is:
- A combat tracker that lets you roll dice
- A compendium where you can look up specifics about rules, items, spells, and other miscellanies
- A campaign diary where you can plan and log the adventure.
- Voice chat
The multi-app method is recommended for DMs who are already comfortable running the game, or who want to simplify their experience of running.
1. 5e Companion App (Combat Tracker)
The main benefit of running D&D from a mobile device is that you can streamline everything, so it’s best to seek out a combat tracker that focuses on essentials.
You need the following:
- See what a monster’s abilities are during combat
- Look up spells, status effects, and other stats on the fly
- Adjust health and set status conditions
- Re-arrange the turn order mid-combat
- Add and remove combatants mid-combat
The 5e Companion App from Vladimir Pomsztein checks all these boxes. The only downside is that this app does not include a dice roller, but there are easy solutions for this.
Most simply, you could roll your own dice, using all the free physical space that isn’t being taken up by books, binders, or computers. Or you could grab a separate app, like RPG Dice Roller on Android or Dungeon Dice on iOS, and quickly jump over to it when you need to roll.
Download: 5e Companion App for Android | iOS (Free)
2. D&D 5e Rulebook (Compendium)
Experienced Dungeon Masters may be able to leave a rulebook app out of their mobile DMing needs, but new DMs will benefit from having some resources available.
Specifically, you'll want to have these references handy:
- Gameplay rules
- Specifics for items and equipment
- Character information, like race and class abilities
- Stats and rules for spells, monsters, and magic items
D&D 5e Rulebook is a lightweight, attractive app that lets you quickly and easily look up rules using simple keywords. You can zoom to the part of the rules that’s relevant at the moment. This is a massive improvement over thumbing through a physical rulebook or skimming a lengthy webpage.
You can also check out the details of items players might find or want to buy, like armor, weapons, or magic items. It also helps players manage their characters by quickly referencing race and class options, feats, spells, and more.
The apps also lets you “favorite” a page that you need to check often—a life-saving feature in any reference tool.
But the best part about D&D 5e Rulebook compared to other compendiums is how lightweight it is. It only takes a bit of space to store a wealth of easily accessible information. The whole point of running D&D from mobile is to speed up and simplify the process of running the game, so a lightweight, no-frills rules app is a must.
Download:D&D 5e Rulebook for Android | iOS (Free)
3. Game Master Journal (Campaign Diary)
Even if you're running single-session "one-shot" games, it's handy to have your game notes close by when running. A good campaign diary should let you:
- Plan out the major beats of the adventure
- Create NPCs and locations
- Import custom content
It also needs to be simple and easily organized, so the expansiveness of worldbuilding doesn't overwhelm your focus on playable content.
Game Master Journal is a good choice that prioritizes these points. Change the Miscellaneous tab's name to "Plot" or "Story," and use it to organize the plot of the adventure. The rest of the app functions as a quick-to-use worldbuilder for even the least experienced writer.
When you create an NPC, you'll be prompted to add where they're from. Name the town for now, and fill in details later. You can add specific locations within towns, and the templates provided for each category help guide your creative process without restricting your freedom.
Download: Game Master Journal for Android (Free)
Voice Chat Apps
There are many voice calling platforms that let you participate in a conference call while you run other apps. For the purpose of running D&D, the only ability you really need is for the calling app to run in the background. This allows you to keep your game-specific apps open even while chatting.
See the best free gaming voice chat apps for some great suggestions.
4. Game Master 5th Edition (Catch-All App)
Using a single app is more friendly to new DMs. Many apps with enough functionality to run a game of D&D by themselves also include extra features like random generators and tutorial popups. These can help a new Dungeon Master evade writer's block and master the process.
Game Master 5th Edition is our pick for a catch-all app that lets you run Dungeons & Dragons fully from your phone. It includes everything you need to run the game, like:
- A dice roller accessible from any screen
- A combat tracker that lets you view monster stats, re-arrange turn order, track statuses, and more
- A comprehensive compendium of rules, item information, spell lists, class info, and more, accessible from any screen
- A random encounter generator based on encounter environment, challenge level, type of creature, and more
- A campaign manager that divides each campaign into chapters, and each chapter into encounters
- Detailed NPC building and character tracking
Game Master 5 was the only catch-all app we found that delivered on all these necessities. It uses a clever menu tray that lets you roll, consult rules, or look up compendium info from almost any screen.
In combat, the process is even more streamlined, as you can add a condition, roll an attack, or ability check straight from the monster's stat block.
The only aspect really missing is a location information tab. However, each campaign and adventure includes three tabs (characters, adventures/encounters, and notes) and lets you add images to notes. Because of this, it's simple to set up your important locales as notes with maps and other visuals attached as images.
The app also offers a one-time payment to remove ads and increase the number of encounters, adventures, and campaigns you can create. It's well worth the payment for the time and effort it will save you.
Despite the wealth of features available, this app keeps your screen clean, so you don't get overwhelmed. That's the main benefit of running D&D from your phone, after all: it's simplified, streamlined, and you only have to deal with what's on your screen at the moment.
Download: Game Master 5th Edition for Android | iOS (Free, premium version available)
The Best Way to Run D&D From Your Phone
Using a catch-all app like Game Master 5th Edition is the optimal choice in many cases. But Dungeon Masters who are running homebrew adventures or settings may want to use a more detailed campaign diary like Game Master Journal as well.
This pairing will not slow you down at the table, since the campaign diary is used between sessions to record progress notes, update NPC relationships, and flesh out locations ahead of time. And if you want to get really fancy, there are many more apps available to enhance your D&D experience!
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Natalie Stewart is a writer for MakeUseOf. She first became interested in technology in college and developed a passion for media writing in university. Natalie's focus is on tech that is accessible and easy to use, and she loves apps and devices that make life simpler for everyday people.
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An official Dungeons & Dragons companion app is coming for 5e
Wizards of the Coast has announced that it is developing an official companion app for Dungeons & Dragons’ fifth edition.
D&D Beyond is being created with the help of communications platform Curse, which is owned by the livestreaming giant Twitch, and will include a variety of digital tools to help run a campaign.
Among the utilities built into the app – which will reportedly run on any device, including smartphones, tablets and PC – will be a rules compendium, character builder and digital character sheets. It will also work offline.
According to Curse’s product lead for D&D Beyond, Adam Bradford, the service will offer both free and paid accounts, with premium content (such as class-specific items) and the ability to subscribe to manage a greater number of characters and access advanced tools, including support for fan-made custom content.
Bradford admitted that a price hasn’t been nailed down, but added that the app wouldn’t feature microtransactions.
“We aren't forcing anyone to buy the content in small chunks – it can still be bought all at once,” he wrote on Reddit. “It's all just flexibility.”
There’s no word on a release date for D&D Beyond yet, but you can sign up for the app’s beta now.
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