by Mike Shea on 20 March 2017
A curated list of tools for running fifth edition Dungeons & Dragons games. Bookmark this list to keep it on hand.
5e Campaign Worksheet: A single-page worksheet with rules summaries, random names, and a focus on your characters and their backgrounds.
Kobold Fight Club: The most popular D&D 5e encounter building tool. Useful for random encounters and as a general monster index.
Name Generator: One of a thousand name generators. Useful for bars and inns as well as people.
Ancient Monuments: Random ancient monuments including interesting random environmental effects.
Relics: Single-use Magic Items: Single-use magic items based on interesting combinations of physical objects.
Random Traps: A trap generator that mixes magical and physical effects with two connected traps.
Monsters by Challenge Rating: The official list of Monster Manual monsters by challenge rating.
Random Spell Tables. A set of charts for determining a random spell. You can also just roll up treasure and hope for a spell.
donjon.bin.sh 5e Tools: A fantastic selection of 5e tools including an encounter size calculator; spell, monster, and magic item indexes; a great random treasure tool; and even a magic item shop generator.
Character Sheets and Pregenerated Characters: A large set of official blank character sheets as well as pregenerated characters for many classes from levels 1 to 10. Includes the excellent starter set character sheets.
Tables of the Dungeon Master's Guide: An index of the tables in the DMG, including the most valuable tables.
Note, we'll keep updating this as we become more aware of great and useful 5e D&D tools. Let us know!
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