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CrystalBall... Pen and Paper Role Playing Game Utility for Players and Game Masters: Character Generator, create your own custom Character Classes, custom Races, and custom Creature Classes! Random Treasure Generator based on Encounter Level, Experience Award Calculator, Treasure Generator, Quickly create any character class from the SRD (System Reference Document). Generate your own Monsters to throw at your players. Combat utility for GM's to keep combat simple and moving quickly. Generate literally millions of random names for People and Places. A must for any Mac Game Master.

What's New

Version 3.2:
  • Website and E-Mail information in the program updated to the new website.
  • Compiled as a Universal Binary so that CrystalBall will now runs natively on Intel based Macs now.

Requirements

Mac OS X 10.4 or better

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The V Member IconReview+2
The V
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I have used CrystallBall DMing for a while now, and I must say I like it. It has loads of features while remaining easy to use. It has most of the features I would want. It has easy character generation, and you can make your own races (or input them from the D&D manuals) with ease.

The combat manager is nearly perfect, but it is also what I have a little problem with; I cannot seem to be able to make creatures do skill checks in it. Also, there is no map for visualization of the combat. A very simple map with very simple graphics could make it easier for me as a DM as I/we have never (and will never) use(d) miniatures. This is what keeps the features from getting a five, and lands on a 4. And I feel the different skill checks are so important they, too, cause the main rating to drop.
What's more on features, XP division works perfectly, but only if your party is all in one level. If there is level differences you need to calculate manually. Not an issue for me and my players, so as far as I am concerned it does not matter.

Graphics and sound get a 5. They are not beautiful, but simple and the simplicity serves the application's function as a DM tool, allowing the DM to focus on the game at hand instead of aesthetical details. Nice.

Stability, 5. It has never given me any problem. Neither on my old Powerbook, nor on my new intel-based one.

Playability 5. It is easy to use yet holds powerful features and loads of potential in the hands of an apt DM.


All in all, this is _THE_ best DM tool I have tried. I love it and warmly recommend it. It is well worth the asking price.

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Version 3.1.8
albinosoldier314 Member IconReview+0
albinosoldier314
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This is by far one of the best character managers I have ever seen. It combines completely seamless customization programs (make your own race/class in 5 minutes!!!) as well as incredibly detailed and easy-to-use character creation methods. This generator is twice as detailed as any paper character sheet you'll ever come across. What's just as good is the combat manager, covering every possible situation, even those unmentioned in the core rulebooks. What strikes me is the fact that this seems tolkien based, not forgotten realms based. I think forgotten realms is for dumbasses and tolkien was a complete genius. Good job.

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Version 3.1.7.2
CrystalBall (Developer) Member IconDev+0
CrystalBall (Developer)
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Not officially! We have published CrystalBall under the Open Gaming License 1.0a:

http://www.wizards.com/D20/article.asp?x=dt20010417g

P.S. We are not longer having download problems.

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Version 3.1.7
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Anonymous
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however, it should mentioned that CrystalBall is really for D&D, and not really very helpful for GM's of other Role Playing Systems. but the die roller is really nice! 8-)

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Version 3.1.6
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Anonymous
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I am having bandwidth problems with mac.com. Please be patient until I can find a better way to host the file. If you know of a source to host the CrystalBall files or mirror them please email the developer.

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Version 3.0.8
ferretlover Member Icon+0
ferretlover
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Very well made program. Extremely helpful to new players as well as useful for experienced GMs.

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Version 3.0.8
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Downloads 8,867
Version Downloads 1,521
License Shareware
Date 14 Mar 2009
Platform OS X / PPC 32 / Intel 32
Price $20.00
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