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(Aid) The More Better Indispensable Character Formfolio $5.95 $2.98
Publisher: Creative Mountain Games
by Andrew B. [Featured Reviewer] Date Added: 03/31/2007 00:00:00

This is one of those handy little products that I'm glad someone else took the time to design. Essentially, this is a PDF of character record sheets that can by typed on directly and then printed for use at the gaming table. Those who own a full version of acrobat can save changes for later use. The main sheet is a fairly standard d20 character sheet. There is room for the usual stuff: stats, skills, saves, combat, etc.

In addition, there are sheets for tracking spells and spellbooks. You can either customize your spell list by typing known spells directly on to the blank sheet, or you can use any of the premade sheets that already list the standard spells for each character class. Where appropriate, these sheets contain room for class specific notes, such as a favored enemy section for rangers or a turning chart for paladins. As a bonus, there is a sheet listing the summon monster tables from the PH.

I've always been a bit anal-retentive when it comes to character sheets. I like my sheets to be very neat and organized, and what better way to accomplish this than by typing directly to them on the computer? The only drawback is that I lack a full version of acrobat, so I'd have to redo the sheet every time I want to level up my PC. Not a fault of the product itself, but it does limit its usefulness to a significant portion of the audience. I'm assuming, of course, that most people don't have a full version of acrobat available. If you do, then you won't have this problem.

I would also have liked a few more character sheets. The included generic one is good, but if you don't like it then you're not going to get much use from this product. By using the advanced features of Acrobat, its possible to give the user some control over the sheet's appearance. Unfortunately, The More Better Character Formfolio doesn't take advantage of any this, which I think is a bit of missed opportunity.<br><br><b>LIKED</b>: Overall, though, this is a useful product that's worth the low price. Having the spells already written out for you is nice, especially for clerics. If you like typing your characters and then printing them up, you'll love the More Better Indispensable Character Formfolio. I can see this being particularly useful to people designing session for conventions, where you don't want to challenge strangers to read your handwriting when giving them premade characters.

Oh, and the name is just awesome. I can't convince my word processor program that formfolio is a real word, but I know I've added it to my personal lexicon.<br><br><b>DISLIKED</b>: As I typed a PC onto this sheet, I found myself wishing for a few features. For example, it would be nice if I could type something next to the spell names on the spell sheets, such as a page number for quick reference during play. Also, a few variants on the standard character sheet would have ensured that the Formfolio found a home in anyone's campaign.<br><br><b>QUALITY</b>: Excellent<br><br><b>VALUE</b>: Satisfied<br><BR>[THIS REVIEW WAS EDITED]<BR>



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Creator Reply:
Some found the Formfolio was not as useful as it could be because they did not have the full version of Adobe Acrobat, and therefore could not save a filled in form. However, it has since been shown me that this Foxit Reader allows precisely that (and is free).

http://www.foxitsoftware.com/pdf/rd_intro.php

Very nice to be able to adjust your character between games and, also, make up a number of spell lists for various standard occasions, such as traveling in the wilderness, traveling in a dungeon, spending time in town to rest, spending time in town to research, etc.

All clean and easy to read.
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