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Dungeon Master Excel Toolkit

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COMPLETE RE-CODE OF THE NPC GENERATOR! Holy crud folks, if you liked the old one this update (in my humble opinion) will blow your socks off. I redid it from the ground up with two things in mind: make the descriptions organic and ready to read to the player, as well as make it run quickly and efficiently.


Encounter Builder 2.7

  • Simplified UI
    • Plain grey color scheme allows the color to really pop and grab your attention for quick browsing of information
  • Character Management
    • Handles up to 10 players
    • Automatic calculations of carrying capacity and push/drag/lift limits, as well as other commonly used information, are present for easy PC management.
  • Powerful encounter manager
    • Automates creature health randomization according to MM health rolling rules
    • Pages for encounter building using the rules from the DMG and XGE
  • Initiative Tracker
    • Automatically sorting initiative order tracker
    • Automatically roll creature initiatives with a button push
    • Detects creature health and factors that when rolling initiatives
  • Includes basic monster information for all WoTC monsters
    • If you find a monster I missed or misnamed, or an error please let me know!
    • You are able to add homebrew monsters to the monster library manually
  • Quick Reference search windows
    • Using Excel's Userform interface allows for easy search
      • Status Effects
      • Magic Items
      • Mundane Items
      • Chance Encounters
        • Many encounters courtesy of Ivan Cannon
      • Spell Lookup
      • Light, Weather, and hazardous terrain look up
    • Allows for random choices of all items, and chance encounters
    • Hotkey Enabled
      • Ctrl + l to open window
NPC Generator 3.0
  • Random
    • Name generator using XGE and other sources
    • Race randomization based on demographic percentages
    • Gender
    • Weighted Occupation
    • Appearance generator using a custom algorithm
      • Supports all races with unique descriptions
    • Talents
    • Mannerisms
    • Interactions with others
    • Ideal
    • Flaws or Secrets
  • Location storage
  • Can save NPCs for future reference
  • The descriptions are generated ready to read to players and only has the information that you need!
  • Everything is customizable if you dive into the data sheets, or you can use as it is!
  • In version 3.0 I finally gave the generator the attention it needed.
Character Builder 2.3
  • Includes basic race and class info
  • Gives race and class matchups based on modifiers
  • This is a good starting point, but this should not be used in place of the book info.
 
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Baelin D April 16, 2019 12:07 am UTC
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First off, I want to say that this is AMAZING. I essentially work in Excel full-time for my job and this spreadsheet is a work of art.

I'm encountering an odd bug when I attempt to edit data in the sheet. The excel program on my laptop crashes (2018 laptop, i7 8th gen processor, Win 10) every time I attempt to save the file after editing it. I have no clue what's causing this issue, and have tried clearing out some of the formatting and deleting unnecessary images or macros to try and trim down the sheet (even though it physically pains me to alter any aspect of this glorious project).

Any suggestions regarding fixing this crashing issue?
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Lincoln S April 18, 2019 2:31 pm UTC
CREATOR
Yeah, so which sheet are you trying to alter? What version of Excel are you using? Is it when you alter specific data, or any data? Does it save successfully when you don't change anything? Which version of the sheet are you using? Have you tried re-downloading?

I can try my best to help!
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Rob. G March 30, 2019 2:00 pm UTC
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Very good work. As a suggestion, I could recommend some things for the Initiavite Tracker sheet (Encounter Builder).

Maybe you could implement a little square of rounds counter on that sheet, with 2 buttons (to add or subtract 1 each time you click), you have space under the Players cell. Maybe another little square of time counter below to add hours and minutes with buttons (this would make it easy to control the DM a record of how many hours have passed and what time of the day they are ... the DM according to the event that is being completed can be adding or substracting minutes or hours, and so you can control better when controlling the duration of the spells of the players)

Next to the "Order" cell, you could put another cell with the name maybe "Monster Tracker hp" ..... with 4 squares "Name", "Total hp", "Current hp" and "Injuries" for example. In the box of Injuries you could put a function of autosum (each time you...See more
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Lincoln S April 03, 2019 7:37 pm UTC
CREATOR
Thanks a million for the feedback! I wish I could get feedback from all of my users!

To address some of the comments:

Concerning passive perception: YES! That's actually a bug! I'll fix it in the next rev.

As for STR, DEX Proficiency bonus, Height, etc: I leave those in because I play with a lot of newbies so I don't want to be constantly asking them what their carry capacity, AC, etc. But also because i like to reference stuff like height, weight, or the type of armor they're wearing for when i'm describing a short hallway, or if the players need you lift another PC, or what have you.

If you want to get rid of stuff just go to view>Show headers>highlight the rows you want hidden>right click>hide. With that said, I think in the next rev I'll make a menu to select what information you want shown on the player handler. Good feedback!

It might be a bit though, because I am working on a 3.0 version of the NPC generator right now and I recently...See more
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Ronald P March 28, 2019 3:02 pm UTC
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Is there a way to add homebrew creations to the encounter builder?
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Lincoln S April 03, 2019 7:14 pm UTC
CREATOR
Yes! You can just add more rows to the Creature library! Let me know if it's not working!
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Tyler B February 19, 2019 9:33 pm UTC
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Would it be possible for you to publish a short 'How to' video on utilizing all the awesome features of the Toolkit? (Specifically the Encounter Builder) I love what you've done here, but I feel I could get more out of the toolkit if I properly knew how to use it but I'm not super Excel savvy.
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Lincoln S February 20, 2019 10:08 pm UTC
CREATOR
I'm glad you like it!

I never thought about that... Ummmmmm... maybe? It'll be awhile before I get around to it, but now that you've suggested it it's on my radar!

For now, do you have any specific questions that I could answer? I really try to make it as intuitive as possible.
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Cody L December 04, 2018 2:40 am UTC
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So i have been using this alot since i purchased it, however I just moved to a Mac laptop and apparently rowsource does not work on macs so the encounter sheet is unusable on Macs.. any plans to make a compatible version? I've been trying desperately to alter the code to allow it to work on my mac but three days in and I have been unable to get it to work
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Lincoln S December 05, 2018 7:13 pm UTC
CREATOR
Oh jeez! I had no idea! Let me look into it. Which aspects aren't working? That should only effect a couple of user forms, which ones are failing?
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Werner S January 26, 2019 9:10 am UTC
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VBA on OS X misses functionality that is available on Windows, but fortunately there is an easy work-around for the RowSource() problem. Simply explicitly set the List property of the control to the named range using the Range() function. For example

Replace:
LstEncounters.RowSource = "SavedEncounters"

With:
LstEncounters.List = Range("SavedEncounters").Value
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Lincoln S February 04, 2019 12:34 am UTC
CREATOR
Thanks! I'll fix this in the next version. I want it to be as universally compatible as possible.
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Sebastian W October 19, 2018 5:50 pm UTC
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Hey! I'm in love with this tool, but! I am having a huge problem. When i hit the View/Load Button on the Encounter Builder it gives me an error code 80020005, and something with ColumnWidth.

In VBA, when i try to debug it shows that something is wrong with this string:

Public Sub PullLoadView()
EncounterBrowser.Show
End Sub

Where string number 2 ( EncounterBrowser.Show) is highlighted :)
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Lincoln S October 26, 2018 4:25 am UTC
CREATOR
I'm glad you like it!!! I worked hard to make it decent!

Thanks for all the info. Have you saved any other encounters? Hopefully I can have this fixed by the next release!
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Louis R January 27, 2019 1:51 pm UTC
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Hey there ! Had the same problem but the solution is quite easy. Just change your Excel language settings to English (if it's not the case already). Apparently it messes up with the column width if you don't use the same parameters as those used for the creation of the document. It fixed it for me ! Hope it works for you ^^
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Lincoln S February 04, 2019 12:33 am UTC
CREATOR
Thanks for investigating this, and thanks for posting it here!
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Jared D October 11, 2018 5:31 am UTC
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This looks like it took a lot of work. Great job!

I do have some issues though with the Encounter Builder 2.5.1 sheet.

1. In the Encounter Builder tab it is very difficult to find the monster you want to select. You have to click the arrow to scroll through them manually. Scrolling causes it to jump down, and you cannot type in the monster name and have it auto-complete. In addition, whenever you select a monster, it shows N/A for CR level.

2. In the Readied Encounter tab it accurately pulls out the CR level like it should on the Encounter Builder tab. However, B2, the Difficulty cell, gives an invalid name error and doesn't show the difficulty rating. That same Invalid Name Error pops up in H15 on the Encounter Builder tab.

3. In the Player Manager tab you have an Invalid Name error on the cells that are supposed to show Exp Until Level Up.
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Lincoln S October 17, 2018 9:33 pm UTC
CREATOR
Oh jeez! I will get right on fixing those bugs. Thanks for letting me know!

Unfortunately, there's not a ton that I can do for the drop-down thing due to excel limitations, though I will take another look and see if I can't find a better solution.
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Lincoln S October 17, 2018 9:47 pm UTC
CREATOR
Jared, What monster are you selecting that is causing the error? Also, you may want to try redownloading the file because I am not seeing the player-manager tab but at all. I will be publishing a 2.5.2 version with more bug fixes soon, but I want to make sure that the bugs that you are seeing have been addressed first.
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Ezra H October 04, 2018 3:54 am UTC
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Does this have to be used through Excel? I'm using a different program that can run the file and some of the cells appear to be calling on things that don't exist and it's causing errors. For example despite putting in a character's Dex the Initiative modifier cell doesn't update.
EDIT: It seems to be an issue with trying to call upon formulas that were not downloaded with the file
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Lincoln S October 04, 2018 8:21 pm UTC
CREATOR
I built it using Excel 2016 and haven't tested it with any other programs. It relies very heavily on custom VBA formulas so if the program can't run vba the whole sheet will fall apart. What is the program you are using? I can always look into it.

Also, make sure your sheet is set to automatically calculate rather than manually calculate.
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Cody L October 03, 2018 9:28 pm UTC
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The award EXP button keeps throwing a runtime error 9 subscript out of range.
Debugger is identifying this line "If CDbl(splitit(1)) >= 5 Then"
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Lincoln S October 04, 2018 8:27 pm UTC
CREATOR
Fixed! It was an error with my custom rounding function that would break if the exp value was already a whole number. Try it in version 2.5.1.

Thanks for reporting the bug! I appreciate it.
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Paul H September 08, 2017 4:00 am UTC
PURCHASER
The "Active" Cell on the Player's tab doesn't work. Drop down list doesn't pull up and when your right click to force the list, the choices don't make any sense. I would think it would be "Yes/No" but it pulls up a bunch of random seeming stuff, including the players name. Concentration and Shield cells also doesn't seem to work properly. This is great looking product but there are a couple of initial bugs.
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Lincoln S September 27, 2017 11:27 pm UTC
CREATOR
Thanks for the feedback! I will fix this in the next rev!
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Lincoln S September 29, 2017 5:18 am UTC
CREATOR
Updated! The issues are hopefully fixed!
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