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Track initiative, character conditions, and more on any DM screen. For a look at the different sheets of tabs, click on the "Quick Preview" link above. 

The kit includes 37 different tab types:

  • Player Character, Monster (2 types), NPC, Ally, Your Turn
  • Blinded, Charmed, Deafened, Frightened, Grappled, Incapacitated, Invisible, Paralyzed, Petrified, Poisoned, Prone, Restrained, Stunned, Turned, Unconscious
  • Death Save (Fail), Death Save (Success), Stable, Dead
  • Concentration, Inspiration, Reaction Used, Ready Action, Other
  • Lair Action Active, Legend Used, Recharge
  • Advantage, Disadvantage, Spell Effect, Roll to End Effect,
  • "More Problems" tab extension for those unfortunate monsters suffering many effects at once.

Fill the PC and Monster tabs out by hand after printing, or use the PDF form fillable options before printing. Forms can be saved for reuse.

Want to customize the tabs for your game? Do you want to track different conditions, spell effects, or other information than what is provided in the kit? Do you run the same adventure often and want to create tabs for the specific monsters used? Use the customizable tabs to add your own text to the front and/or back of the tabs. Add images to the front of the PC and Monster tabs. (Note, image functionality varies by PDF reader, including image file type allowed. Image functionality is not available on all PDF readers. Tested with Adobe Acrobat Reader and Foxit Reader.)

5 fully customizable tab types:

  • Player Character (Front and back: character name, class, level, race, faction, player Name. Front only: image. Back only: AC, HP, Passive Perception, Vision type and distance)
  • Monster (2 types)/NPC/Ally, (Front and back: Name. Front only: Image. Back only: AC, HP, minimal notes)
  • Condition tabs: Long and short.

Keep organized and find the right tab quickly during the game using one of two rack types:
DM Screen Tab Rack: Two racks designed to hang on the DM's screen to minimize loss of table space. It works with the official standard D&D screens or most any other screen type. 
Tabletop Tab Rack: A simpler rack folded into a sawtooth shape to hold the tabs. It sits on the table top.

Storage options: Assemble the included custom box to store the DM Screen Tab Racks with the tabs still in place. Other storage suggestions are also included.

Printing on cardstock is highly recommended, but thick or regular paper can be used.

Cutting and folding is required to use the tabs and the racks. Assembly of the optional storage box requires glue or tape.

Formatted for US letter sized paper.

The tabs are also usable on table tents and miniatures.

About the Author: Sterling Hershey is a veteran game designer in the worlds of Dungeons and DragonsStar Wars RPGs and more. He is one of the authors of the silver ENnie Award winning  D&D Monster Vault: Threats to the Nentir Vale, as well as the designer of Adventurers League adventure DDEX1-07 Drums in the Marsh and numerous adventures and articles in Dragon and Dungeon magazines.

Sterling's other DMs Guild offerings are:Roaming Chult, Drums in the Marsh Map Pack, and  Uncommoners (10 Backgrounds).

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Darren B November 22, 2016 12:00 am UTC
I keep getting the error message "Cannot find or create the font 'JSL-Ancient'" when trying to fill out the player character tabs. Instead of letters, my typing produces black circles. This happens on multiple operating systems (Windows and MacOS) and on both Acrobat Reader DC and Acrobat 9 Standard. Any help?
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Sterling H December 07, 2016 4:55 am UTC
Sorry for the delay. I was remiss in checking in of late, through the holidays. I'm sorry you're having difficulties. I haven't run into this problem before, and haven't had anyone report it. I tested it originally with Acrobat Reader DC, so I would have expected it to work with it. I don't think you need JSL ancient installed on your computer, the PDF should have it. However, the font is a free font that is on the original creator's website (and others): . You might try and install it and see if that helps. You might also try downloading the DM Tabs file again just in case something odd happened. I also tested it with Foxit Reader, so that's an option if you're willing to install it.

I did run into an issue in testing where Foxit Reader would show the text in some other font like arial when typing, then switch to the right font either afterwards or on printing (can't remember which now). However, I just tried it again and it looks like the latest version...See more
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