With the launch of the 4th edition of Dungeons and Dragons, Wizards rolled out something called DnD Insider, promising tools for both player and GM to make gaming life easier and more fun.
I was excited at first, then I realized that everything even remotely cool was 'coming soon' and that Wizards was going to charge for all these services. Major disappointment.
But now, things have changed. Wizards has launched several of their tools to make gaming life easier and the current flagship is the 'DnD Character Builder'.
Updated monthly, this tool has rules for all races available, all current weapons, armor, feats, skills, everything. You can add in homebrew rules to suit your taste of make 'legal' characters that can be used in tourneys.
One of the really cool things is, after you make your character, you can print it off along with power cards detailing all the powers your character has, so no more flipping through the library keeping track of what you can do!
(of course, this also means you don't have to buy the power card packs Wizard is selling!!)
There are other tools available, the monster compendium, encounter creater, power detailer, et al, but right now I am geeking out over the character builder itself. It just makes life so much more simple!
Can't wait for the dungeon mapping program to come online. Man, I want that.
Anyway, what do y'all think? Anyone even playing 4th ed aside from Ashes and me?
"It's supposed to hurt. It's an ass whuppin!"