Wednesday, September 24, 2008

RPG Character Sheets

I don't know if you've paid a lot of attention, but there was quite the kerfuffle lately over Wizards of the Coast's D&D Character sheets packet, as it costs about $1 per sheet.

Now, you can also download the official sheets. If you like them.

I don't. For D&D sheets, I'll usually go to Mad Irishman Productions. In fact, I like most of the Mad Irishman's sheets.

To be honest, I very rarely like "official" sheets for any game. has a huge variety of official and unofficial character sheets for thousands of games. When I have an odd game idea or a game blend, I'll occasionally put together a sheet for it - I did a Stargate: SG-1 game using the Synergy system (the system used for Blue Planet V2). RPGSheets hosted it until a fairly recent server crash.

I really feel for the sheet designers - it's not easy fitting enough information for some games onto one or two pieces of paper. It's a tricky balance deciding how many skill spaces to put onto a sheet or how much room for equipment. It's one reason a well-designed sheet is such a thing of beauty.

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