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so how many of you use a laptop to keep track of your character… 
9th-Jan-2009 08:15 pm
so how many of you use a laptop to keep track of your character during play?
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10th-Jan-2009 01:38 am (UTC)
I use my latop for that.
10th-Jan-2009 02:22 am (UTC)
I have The Only Sheet, and I keep up with it on my wife's laptop when she's not using it. I also use it to DM.
10th-Jan-2009 02:47 am (UTC)
one of the guys who dm's in our group uses one when he runs games. out table gets a little cramped so i don't think i'd have room to use a pc to track stats but if i ever get the asus eee i have my eye on i might start.
10th-Jan-2009 02:55 am (UTC)
I use a laptop both as a DM and a player. I use Heroforge and Spellforge character sheets and .pdf versions of some books.
10th-Jan-2009 03:13 am (UTC)
Players using laptops annoy the hell out of me when I'm DMing. They generally take up table space that could be used for a Battle Grid or a million other things. I also like them having a printed-out character sheet so that they're not tempted to fiddle with fine-tuning and crud when they should be focusing on being in-character.
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10th-Jan-2009 07:51 pm (UTC)
True, but it's much more obvious when they haul out a Spell Compendium midgame, whereas keys clattering could be anything. I realize this makes me sound a bit anal.
10th-Jan-2009 04:38 am (UTC) - They generally take up table space that could be used for a Battle Grid or a million other things
i see your point but at the table we play at, there are up to six adults, at least three sometimes four sets of books, dice, notebooks, minis, a mat, pens and pencils, i like to draw (no one's complained yet because i distract easy and it helps me focus) so i often have a sketchpad and assorted drawing stuff, there's more than one knitter at the table (takes less space than my drawing so i may switch), and sometimes a toddler. he's always there but not always at the table. if one or two of us started using a small netbook (one of the 9"x10" models) and each netbook replaced a notebook and a set of books, i think we'd have MORE room. a full sized notebook like i have now just wouldn't work. too big. but the small ones? i think they might actually help.
10th-Jan-2009 07:55 pm (UTC) - Re: They generally take up table space that could be used for a Battle Grid or a million other thing
You can store more than that on your netbooks. There are automated battle grid systems out there. Actually, you could each have your own little separate table if you wanted with that, since you don't need the big one. And actually, you can communicate that stuff just as easily over conferencing software, so you don't have to blow the travel time getting to peoples' houses.

Except that at this point, you're each at home playing WoW instead of a tabletop pen-and-paper RPG.

I realize this was a bit of a "slippery-slope" fallacy-riddled argument, but it was fun to write out. ;)
11th-Jan-2009 12:49 am (UTC)
I agree with you, actually. I don't allow cell phones or laptops at the table when I'm GMing, I feel it's really rude.
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10th-Jan-2009 04:14 am (UTC)
I use pen and paper only. I still haven't fed the computer with the players' diary I hold.
10th-Jan-2009 04:52 am (UTC)
For the Skype/maptool game I play in I do, but that is online anyway ;p

At the normal table I have my laptop out (so I can look up stuff in the SRD and the books I have on PDFs, as well as other random stuff that we're curious about), but so far I printed out paper sheets for my character. It means that I can close the laptop if I need to, and I don't have to scroll down to see abilities (though if I play a character who's complicated enough, I might go ahead and try out an Excel-type sheet).

I use my laptop when I'm DMing for the same reason (to look stuff up), though I've started just leaving the notes on my laptop rather than printing them out in order to save paper.
10th-Jan-2009 03:15 pm (UTC)
When I DM, I use a spreadsheet for keeping track of the campaign time, spells in effect, HP of enemies when in combat, initiative, and XP calculations. Since I've been using the "Armor as DR and the "Defense Bonus" rules from Unearthed Arcana, I've also been using it to keep track of creature conversions.

In addition I also have a copy of the d20srd.org pages stored locally, which help save some time looking things up.
11th-Jan-2009 03:06 am (UTC)
One of my players uses a laptop. She has the books on there, a dice roller (starship battles go SO much faster when you can type 24d12 *CLICK* instead of roll roll roll roll roll roll roll roll roll...), and various other spreadsheets and campaign info. She also takes notes.

Personally, I use my own laptop for DMing. I use a dual-monitor setup with one monitor facing away from the group and the second monitor is actually my living room TV, where I display things like pictures of people/places they are interacting with, or the battle map which I make in GIMP.

The group loves it.
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