Here's the first prototype of my highly customized character sheet


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Link to Google Doc

Now, I'm not a user interface or graphic designer, but I put this together because I have a set of very specific requirements and problems. This character sheet prototype is meant to meet the following goals:

Goals:

1. Printer friendly, with no dark areas that bleed through my cheap paper

2. Hand writing friendly

3. Usable by the visually impaired

4. Amenable to drastic house rules, like doubling the number of class feats you receive.

5. Transparently track proficiency and ability boosts throughout a character's career

6. Put all combat relevant actions and focus spells in one easily accessible place near weapons

7. Have space to record spells known from advancement and in-game acquisition

8. Allow fast and easy transcription of key statistics from HeroLab, since HeroLab's printout is an unusable mess

9. Provide lots of inventory room for all the odds and ends we drag around, as well as space for easily tracking consumables

Here is the overview of intent:

Sheet Walkthrough:

Pages 1 and 2:

The idea is that pages 1 and 2 will be printed front and back on one sheet of paper, and will contain all character build information. This will serve as the heart of the character, and may not even be necessary to bring to each game if you don't expect to level. Keep this sheet tucked at the back of your clip board or folder. Very little on these pages will ever need to be overwritten or erased, so this sheet should last a long time.

All of the proficiencies and ability boosts are contained on page 1. In the TEML boxes, there is enough space to write the level at which you acquired that level of proficiency.

All feat choices are contained on page 2, with enough room to add lots of bonus feats. It mirrors the class advancement table in each class's rulebook entry.

Page 3:

This page is the combat or action sheet. Most values can be copied directly from Hero Lab, and the calculations are subsumed into the final displayed values. Where proficiency level is important, a letter can be appended to the bonus total (ex. Acrobatics: 12E). I included the equation to calculate most values in case some special scenario occurs during play.

The biggest feature of this sheet is the 12 lines to write down actions from class feats, focus powers, and innate spells. This will allow a much smoother play experience when you start collecting lots of combat options at later levels.

Page 4:

This page can be printed on the back of page 3, but it doesn't have to be. It's a straightforward inventory sheet with lots of space for usable items like wands, potions, and ammunition

Pages 5 and 6:

The caster pages, which don't need to be printed for non-casters.

Page 5 has a very compact means of writing the spells you know throughout your career. It has a generous number of slots (58) for wizard spell hoarders. The number of actions and description spaces have been omitted since almost every spell our group casts is with the full spell description close at hand. The [P/S] column lets prepared casters mark a spell as prepared (with a number to indicate multiples) or a spontaneous caster to mark a spell as Signature.

Page 6 has a straightforward familiar block and a multiclass casting block that's a slightly shrunk version of page 5.

I am eager to hear feedback or criticism. I've made this in google docs so that anyone can take it and customize it, but be forewarned: I got reeeaaaal crazy with tables.


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I like the idea. Having that first page include character creation boxes is pretty cool.

I notice a few titles that are wrapping the table header columns instead of being 1 line; bulk on page 4, Lvl on page 5 and 6. And it's showing up as 7 pages. I assume those are unintentional.

Edit: Oh, looks like it got updated. I'm seeing a similar wrapping on Encumbered:


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oconnor0 wrote:

I like the idea. Having that first page include character creation boxes is pretty cool.

I notice a few titles that are wrapping the table header columns instead of being 1 line; bulk on page 4, Lvl on page 5 and 6. And it's showing up as 7 pages. I assume those are unintentional.

Oh man, you're right. It didn't show up like that for me but did when I tried to print it.

Here's a link to a pdf version that should be fixed


What are the Training Source and # columns on the first page for?


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oconnor0 wrote:
What are the Training Source and # columns on the first page for?

Those are meant to track where you got skill training from and how many. It can be hard to remember exactly all the sources, especially if you want to retrain something or your GM gives you training as a reward.

I'm debating adding a note column to indicate which skill choice is enforced by which source...

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Nik Gervae wrote:
I still don't understand why T/E/M/L need to be separate boxes. You just write the numeric value for training rank in a single box.

I think that's why Hero Lab opted to go for a "Total bonus + Letter" format for skills and things. "+20M" for master, for example. On the combat sheet (page 3) I left out the TEML boxes, and just gave a sum location.

The box format of TEML in my mind is better for increasing a value over time without having to erase. I decided to go all in and also use the box format to show when you got something by writing the level in the box (if you want, I guess they could still be check boxes).

This lets Page 1 not only show all your current proficiency levels in an organized manner, but also lets a GM vet it, or give you an idea of when you acquired the proficiency. This should make it much easier to retrain things that have given you boosts.


Where do focus points go? I'm not seeing it on page 3, 5, or 6.


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oconnor0 wrote:
Where do focus points go? I'm not seeing it on page 3, 5, or 6.

Could probably use the Cantrips column on the spells "Daily/Used" bars for focus.


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Neat sheet! I love the concept of using the first two pages as reference.

One stylistic choice does confuse me a little - I see you included a "1" in the trained section for unarmed by default, which makes sense since all characters are at least trained in Unarmed at level 1.

Why not do the same thing for unarmored, Fortitude, Reflex, and Will, since those will also never be lower than trained at 1st level?


Is there an updated version of the character sheet with the same changes as made in https://docs.google.com/document/d/1CPK5KB1677pb6q9PJcSIEyCwvc6G3182Qrs93dm sPS4/view ?


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My latest version of the sheet

PDF version
And yeah, that stray 1 was just left over from when I was deleting a bunch of stuff!


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oconnor0 wrote:
Where do focus points go? I'm not seeing it on page 3, 5, or 6.

Sorry, I didn't include a spot for Focus points because I plan to use a token tracking system, and thought having all your focus powers listed in one place would be easy to count up how many points you should have, especially since the maximum is always three.

I might change my mind on that though, in the interest of being thorough


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Version 4:
Doc Version

PDF Version

Consolidated some of the skill space to make room for more magic att/dcs, and focus points. Also a small spot for some class notes.

Also trimmed up room on the weapons area for more note space

Cleaned up the familiar a bit more and made room for more familiar/master abilities

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