Here’s a great list of online resources that can help out aspiring GMs.
Credit to /u/Apollonaut13 for putting together the majority of this amazing list. See the ever growing Google Doc here.
They include Random Generators, Map Creators, Character Creators, Art databases, campaign hosts, virtual tabletops, forums, and player finders. Enjoy!
If you’re just getting started and want some general advice on ‘How to be the best DM?’ Read my free guide here. If you’ve stumbled in here when you’re looking for how to Optimise your player character, check out our compilation of 5E Charop Guides here.
With all that out of the way, let’s get stuck into the fun bits that make your game mastering experience easier.
DM Reference Tools
Disclaimer: This list by no means includes everything on the internet pertaining to D&D, because that list would go on forever, growing daily. These are some of the gems that are worth a look.
If you have any suggestions for material/links to add to this list, please leave a comment below or reach out on Twitter.
You can also host your own mirror, or contribute to the project via GitHub. With all the Unearthed Arcana material released, data entry is appreciated!
[OneDrive] Dungeon and Game Master Tools
A great shared drive using Microsoft’s platform full of Tools for Dungeon Masters regardless of the version you’re running.
Check it out here. Here’s a OneNote template to get you started with the SRD rules.
If you’re interested in more resources, there are scans of old modules, maps, and even home-brew rules available to browse through.
- [Google Drive] EVEN MORE Dungeon and Game Master Tools
- [Reddit] The Complete Hippo (absolutely magnificent)
- [Google Sheets] Spell List and [dnd-spells] Another Spell List …. AND ANOTHER SPELL LIST
- Printable Spell Cards
- [Google Sheets] Tables for food, drinks, liquids, armor/weapons
- Equipment List …… Shop List with stock …. and some Shop Names … and MORE SHOP NAMES
- Role-Playing Tips
Discord Chat Servers
Discord is a free proprietary VoIP application designed for gaming communities. Discord runs on Microsoft Windows, macOS, Android, iOS, Linux, and in a web browser.
There are a number of free communities you can connect to with DISCORD and chat to other game masters about lore building or general D&D stuff.
- Discord and Dragons invite link
- RoosterTeeth Community D&D & Tabletop Games discord server
- Discord Tabletop invite
- /r/WorldBuilding server
Subreddit’s To Look Through
- D&D Subreddit – SEE SIDEBAR for more links
- Worldbuilding Subreddit – SEE SIDEBAR for more links
- DnDBehindTheScreen – DMs helping DMs
Generators & Tools
An Excel sheet for randomly generating almost everything a DM needs to run a town (NPCs, shop names, store inventories, prices, etc.) by Laetha
- RP Tools
- Random Generators and Calculators
- Point-Buy calculator
- Dice Roller
- Random Terrain generator (advanced)
- Random City Map Generator
- Weak Magic Item generator provides flavour for items weaker than +1 but so much more interesting
- Sane Magic Item Prices
- Effects for Magic Weapons
- Inspiration for Magic Item Sets
Music and Sound for a D&D Game
- [/r/DnD] Spotify Playlists for atmosphere and mood-setting
- Ambient Noise Soundboard (advanced)
- Ambient Noises (simple)
- Another Soundboard , and another!
- [Music, Images on DropBox] Matt Mercer’s playlists during Critical Role
Maps and Map Packs
- Mapping Pack and 10×10 modular map tiles
- Inkarnate – Comprehensive in-browser map-making software
- Small Area Maps
- Large Area Maps
- Map Maker Forum
Official Wizards of the Coast 5e Character Sheets.
Click on the links on the official page to download D&D character sheets. These files are zipped pdfs; you may print and photocopy them for your own personal use.
ForgedAnvil D&D 5E Character Generator
This is a great character generator that uses Microsoft Excel. I highly recommend it and use it for all my games. If you’ve got MS Office and want to build your hero on your computer, this is a great resource.
- [DiceCloud] Simple Character Manager webapp
- [Google Drive] Editable PDF Character sheets – Right-click, Make a copy, it’ll go to “My Drive”
- Pre-Generated Characters
See the above pictures on Imgur here.
- Dark Souls D&D homebrew monsters
- The Bloodborne Armory – Bloodborne Weapons for 5e D&D
- Gunslinger Homebrew option 1 with an Expansion
- Gunslinger Homebrew option 2
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