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Tool to generate character sheet PDFs


This question must be asked a lot, and I don't know if this is the right section of the message board, so I apologize in advance, but I'm looking for the tool that was used to generate this character sheet.

I've seen this format with other characters linked around here, so I was hoping someone could help me. I'm also open to suggestion to other tool, something that I can use to keep track of effects and whatnot during a session.

Thanks a lot.


Pathfinder Adventure Path, Roleplaying Game Subscriber

I think thats probably a Hero Lab output.

Hero Lab

I am suspecting it is, but I've been trying to find Hero Lab outputs to compare and I haven't been able to find any similar to this one that are explicitly stated to be Hero Lab outputs. The ones I've found (that are explicitly stated to be Hero Lab outputs) are from old versions and look different.

I downloaded the Demo version of Hero Lab to confirm but it doesn't have the Output Hero Statblock available, and I don't really want to pay the price of the program just based on a hunch.

I tried the Hero Lab version for the Beginner Box and the output statblocks aren't similar the ones I've linked. Unless one can modify them somehow I don't think it was made on Hero Lab.

If anyone can direct me to the tool that generated the one I linked, I'd be deeply grateful.

Silver Crusade

Pathfinder Comics Subscriber; Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

There are some details that make me pretty sure it started its life as a Hero Lab statblock output - for example some weird capitalization patterns that look like our inconsistant capitalization patterns, and the fact that "hp" is not capitalized when every other header is capitalized really clinches it, but I think it's been heavily edited by hand after output, then transferred from text to pdf - we can't currently generate the superscript APG that you see in the spells list, for example.

(the capitalization issues are already on our bug list for improving the statblock).

I'm sorry to say that this sort of prettying up of out current statblock output is something we want to be able to generate, but we have not had the time to make those improvements.

Silver Crusade

Pathfinder Comics Subscriber; Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

Here's the BBCode version of the statblock output from Hero Lab for one of my characters:

Male Human (Varisian) Horizon Walker 1 Ranger (Guide, Skirmisher) 6
CG Medium Humanoid (Human)
Init +4; Senses Perception +12
AC 23, touch 14, flat-footed 20. . (+8 armor, +3 Dex, +1 natural, +1 deflection)
hp 53 (7d10+7)
Fort +8, Ref +9, Will +3
Spd 30 ft.
Melee +1 Mithral Flail +10/+5 (1d8+5/20/x2) and
. . Javelin +7/+2 (1d6+4/20/x2) and
. . Longspear +11/+6 (1d8+6/20/x3) and
. . Masterwork Cold Iron Longsword +12/+7 (1d8+4/19-20/x2) and
. . Masterwork Cold Iron Shortsword +12/+7 (1d6+4/19-20/x2) and
. . Sap +11/+6 (1d6+4/20/x2) and
. . Starknife +9/+4 (1d4+4/20/x3) and
. . Unarmed Strike +11/+6 (1d3+4/20/x2)
Special Attacks Ranger's Focus +4 (2/day)
Str 18, Dex 15/17, Con 12, Int 12, Wis 10, Cha 12
Base Atk +7; CMB +11; CMD 25
Feats Clustered Shots, Double Slice, Endurance, Improved Two-weapon Fighting, Point Blank Shot, Precise Shot, Quick Draw, Two-weapon Fighting
Traits Tracker of the Society, Varisian Wanderer: Perform (Dance)
Skills Acrobatics +2, Climb +9, Diplomacy +9, Escape Artist +2, Fly +2, Handle Animal +5, Heal +4, Intimidate +5, Knowledge (Arcana) +2, Knowledge (Dungeoneering) +5, Knowledge (Geography) +10, Knowledge (Local) +2, Knowledge (Nature) +12, Knowledge (Planes) +5, Knowledge (Religion) +2, Linguistics +11, Perception +12, Perform (Dance) +12, Perform (Percussion Instruments) +4, Perform (Sing) +2, Ride +2, Stealth +12, Survival +8, Swim +7
Languages Abyssal, Aklo, Celestial, Common, Draconic, Infernal, Osiriani, Ancient, Sylvan, Thassilonian, Tien, Varisian
SQ Boots of Friendly Terrain: Underground, Cold weather outfit, Hunter's Trick: Trick Shot (Ex), Hunter's Tricks (3/day) (Ex), Map Maker's Kit, Temple (empty) (1/session), Terrain Bond (Ex), Terrains: Swamp (+2 bonus) (Ex), Terrains: Urban (+2 bonus) (Ex), Track +3, Wild Empathy +7 (Ex)
Combat Gear +1 Mithral Flail, +2 Mithral Breastplate, Javelin (10), Longspear, Masterwork Cold Iron Longsword, Masterwork Cold Iron Shortsword, Sap (2), Starknife (10); Other Gear Alchemist's Fire Flask (2), Amulet of Natural Armor +1, Bag, Waterproof (empty), Beacon of Good, Bedroll, Belt of Incredible Dexterity, +2, Blanket, Boots of Friendly Terrain: Underground, Boots of Friendly Terrain: Water, Case, map or scroll (empty) (5), Climber's kit, Cloak of Resistance, +1, Cold weather outfit, Fishhook (4), Flint and steel, Green Faith, Handy Haversack (78 @ 61.5 lbs), Holy symbol, silver: Desna, Ink (1 oz. vial, black), Liquid Ice (2), Map Maker's Kit, Musical instrument, masterwork: Drum, Parchment (sheet) (40), Potion of Cure Light Wounds (2), Pouch, belt (empty), Pouch, belt (empty), Pouch, belt (empty), Rations, trail (per day) (5), Ring of Protection, +1, Rope, silk (50 ft.), Scroll: Restoration, Lesser, Sunrod (5), Temple (empty) (1/session), Waterskin, Wayfinder, Shining (empty), Wrist sheath, spring loaded (empty) (2)
Boots of Friendly Terrain: Underground Gain a Favored Terrain or increase bonus by 2 if already have same.
Clustered Shots Total damage from full-round ranged attacks before applying DR
Cold weather outfit +5 Fort save vs. cold weather.
Endurance +4 to a variety of skill checks. Sleep in L/M armor with no fatigue.
Hunter's Trick: Trick Shot (Ex) As a standard action, the ranger can make a ranged attack that ignores concealment (but not total concealment), soft cover, and partial cover.
Hunter's Tricks (3/day) (Ex) Various tricks.
Map Maker's Kit +2 Circumstance for Survival to avoid becoming lost.
Point Blank Shot +1 to attack and damage rolls with ranged weapons at up to 30 feet.
Precise Shot You don't get -4 to hit when shooting or throwing into combat.
Quick Draw Draw a weapon as a free action. Throw at full rate of attacks.
Ranger's Focus +4 (2/day) (Ex) +4 to hit and damage focused target.
Temple (empty) (1/session) Can use Heal for Day Job rolls. Free cure mod/lesser restoration if activate.
Terrain Bond (Ex) Allies within LOS and hearing gain +2 Initiative, Perception, Stealth, Survival and don't leave tracks within your favored terrain.
Terrains: Swamp (+2 bonus) (Ex) +2 to rolls vs Swamp.
Terrains: Urban (+2 bonus) (Ex) +2 to rolls vs Urban.
Track +3 +3 to survival checks to track.
Tracker of the Society You gain a +1 trait bonus on Initiativen checks and a +2 trait bonus on Survival skill checks made while traveling through any of your favored terrains.
Varisian Wanderer: Perform (Dance) +1 to Perform (Dance) checks, Perform (Dance) is always a class skill for you.
Wild Empathy +7 (Ex) Improve the attitude of an animal, as if using Diplomacy.

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I see. That's a possibility worth contemplating.

Here's a question though, I can only test the Output Hero Statblock feature of the Beginner Box version, because the Demo has it grayed out, but does it differ from the Demo one? I ask because the statblock I generated has some minor differences, like only listing the ability modifiers rather than their total score or not explicitly listing size or race.

Also, does any version include the portrait from the personal tab on the statblock? Or is that a manual modification?

Can I, assuming I have the content purchased of course, manually add a single feat from the APG while not making any other options available (if my GM for example only allowed me to take a single feat outside of the core rulebook, and I don't want the clutter). Can I modify or add entries to the outputted statblock (like describing the character's arcane bond item or other items in their possession, or even an entry for relationships or organizations ran by the character) or would I need to do that by hand?

Thanks a lot for your time.

Silver Crusade

Pathfinder Comics Subscriber; Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

There are differences between the statblocks between the purchased version and the beginner box version - what I've posted above is the version of the statblock from the purchased version - the goal in each case is to match how statblocks are presented in that version of the Pathfinder game.

Statblocks in HL don't have portrait options. The full character sheets do, though (even in demo mode, you can look at the print preview in order to look at the full character sheet).

Using APG content or not is an all or nothing choice, I'm sorry to say. The closest you could come to that is to turn on the APG only at the very end of character creation, so that up until then, you're not seeing any APG content.

The statblock output defaults to text (and has options for html, rich text, bbcode, or wikitext), so you could add any text you wanted if you copy the statblock that's generated into a text editor and then started working.

Gotcha, I've been eyeing Hero Lab for a while and it looks like a pretty robust and versatile tool, not to mention that it's very intuitive and easy to use, so I will be picking it up soon. While it would be ideal if the aforementioned modification and customization options were already implemented, it's evident you guys are committed to consistently improving your product. I think that's commendable and I congratulate you for it.

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