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    question about buying 5e manuals for FG

    Hello,

    Complete newcomer here, at least to VTTs and DM-ing. Regarding the FG-converted manuals for 5e:

    Am I correct to think that the included 5e OGL content is a subset of what is contained in the DM Guide, PH and MM?

    Could you give me an idea of the amount and types of content that would be added by purchasing the manuals, and what restrictions I would face if I tried to set up a campaign without those manuals?

    Would not having those three manuals installed cause other WotC or 3rd-party 5e modules to fail or have gaps in their info (similar to missing dependencies in the Linux world)?

    Thanks for your help,

    Kevin
    Last edited by k410; May 7th, 2018 at 12:06. Reason: original post restored after a badly timed move to the 5E forum

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    Hi k410, welcome to FG.

    You might find this post helpful. The answer depends on whether you are going to be a DM or a player; and if you are going to DM whether you run published material or do your own thing. If that post doesn't answer all your questions post back with the specifics.
    If there is something that you would like to see in Fantasy Grounds that isn't currently part of the software or if there is something you think would improve a ruleset then add your idea to the wish list http://fg2app.idea.informer.com/

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    i cant find where exactly, but the 5e basic free rules should be included in the newest 5e ruleset. i was sure that was posted by someone with the release of 3.3.5.

    if you buy something like Mordenkainen's Tome of Foe,s you will probably need the paid for 5e ruleset feaures, menaing you might want the PHB and or DMG.


    a standard license i think gives you access to most of the core features of 5e. i still ahven't learned all what the licenses do except to cripple the software so you cannot use FG to actually play games for free with online people, however if you don't want to save the campaign and use FG in a face to face game, the demo version should be fully functional for all you need. though you would have to load everything from a module that you write by hand in XML, since the demo version has the /save feature disabled.

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    Thank you both!

    Zacchaeus, thank you for writing up that very informative post in your link!

    After just two or three days of research and consideration, I have already bought a Standard FG license. One of the main factors was the large amount of FG-enabled content available.
    Last edited by k410; May 7th, 2018 at 12:14.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shadzar View Post
    i cant find where exactly, but the 5e basic free rules should be included in the newest 5e ruleset. i was sure that was posted by someone with the release of 3.3.5.
    Correct, the latest update included access to the 5e SRD and Basic rules with only the demo version.

    Quote Originally Posted by shadzar View Post

    i still ahven't learned all what the licenses do except
    You too would benefit from reading this.
    If there is something that you would like to see in Fantasy Grounds that isn't currently part of the software or if there is something you think would improve a ruleset then add your idea to the wish list http://fg2app.idea.informer.com/

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    This is exciting! I might actually gear up to be a DM creating my own adventures, so those three manuals are on my list for sure.

    This new direction started just this past Wednesday afternoon, when a page about RPG mapmaking showed up in my Facebook feed.

    That led me to see what mapmaking apps were available these days, and on the way I learned about VTTs as well (which I hadn't heard of, despite them having been around for about a dozen years, it seems). That just lit up my head.

    So now, out of the blue, I'm thinking about becoming a DM this year, especially since FG would make so much of it so easy. I picked up a few Kindle books as well re: how to be a DM.
    Last edited by k410; May 7th, 2018 at 12:48.

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    Good stuff
    If there is something that you would like to see in Fantasy Grounds that isn't currently part of the software or if there is something you think would improve a ruleset then add your idea to the wish list http://fg2app.idea.informer.com/

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    Hi,

    Welcome to the forums. Be sure to check out the Fantasy Grounds College - an awesome "live" resource for asking questions and learning about FG and it's capabilities.

    Fantasy Grounds College/

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    Thank you, Garth -- I sure will.

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