File - Welcome
What is PCGen?
PCGen is a character generator and maintenance program aimed at supporting any
and all d20 games. PCGen is meant to be easy to modify to suit your own
campaign, and users are encouraged to share their creations. Our highest
priority is supporting published d20 material - our secondary goal is to
support as many houserules as possible.
Is PCGen OGL or D20?
Right now it isn't, but in the next few weeks we should be OGL and D20
compliant. We'll make a big announcement when we get the official seal of
approval from Wizards of the Coast.
Where is Wotc's non-SRD material?
Wotc has told us that once we are OGL and D20 compliant they will discuss
with us the possibility of getting permission to include all their non-SRD
material. We are working at full speed to help make that come true! :)
Wotc has been very gracious with us and helpful in explaining what changes are
necessary for both OGL and D20 compliance. We will definitely keep everyone
appraised of any developments in our discussions with Wotc.
For D20 Games Publishers:
Please read our OpenLetter to all D20 Games Publishers at
We'd love to convert your material for use with PCGen. Once we have your
permission we'll be glad to work up the files and then send them to you
for your approval before we include them in any release. This is a free
way for your material to get widespread use without without giving out so much
detail that purchasing the material is no longer necessary. Email me
(merton_monk@... Bryan McRoberts) or post on our yahoo message board if
you'd like more information.
Where are the official releases of PCGen?
Currently PCGen is released at http://pcgen.sourceforge.net
How often are releases?
We try to put out a beta release every week. Now that we have a production
release available (3.0.0) we'll put out a new production release when we
reach significant functionality milestones - that will probably happen every
When will you support my favorite d20 book?
We've created a webpage (http://pcgen.sourceforge.net/SourceConversions.php)
which will list all materials included in PCGen, their status (how 'complete'
the conversion is) and give you an idea of what other source books we're
working on. This page is brand-new so it doesn't have everything yet, but
hopefully it will be up-to-date soon. If you want to make comments on our
pages at pcgen.sourceforge.net or give corrections, volunteer to help convert a
particular source, or anything else that would affect the website, we have a
yahoo group dedicated for just that purpose.
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/pcgenwebsite is the place to go for those
Where can I discuss PCGen and interact with the developers?
If you login to http://groups.yahoo.com/group/pcgen you can check out the PCGen
page from which you can view and post Messages. If you have any questions about
PCGen, that's the place to send your question. Most of the developers hang out
there on a regular basis, and a number of other very involved non-developers
are also available to answer any questions you might have.
Is there a FAQ for PCGen?
You bet - a fan based one can be found at http://pedertest.officeline.no/pcgen/
and if you have any questions that aren't covered there that you think should
be - let him or us know! We want to make learning how to use PCGen as easy and
frustration free as possible.
Where/How do I report Bugs or request features?
You can submit a bug either by posting a message to the yahoo group with [BUG
REPORT] in its title, or by going to Bug page at the sourceforge site and
entering a bug there directly. We commonly refer to the feature requests as
FREQ for short, and you can either post a message with [FREQ] in the title or
enter it directly in the FREQ list at the sourceforge site. In both cases, the
more detailed a bug/FREQ is, the more likely it will be addressed in the near
future. We prefer FREQs be posted at the yahoo group initially so others can
help iron out any details or brainstorm on how to improve the functionality.
What do I need to run PCGen?
PCGen requires Java JRE 1.3 (this can be found at www.sun.com), which means it
will run on any OS that supports that version of Java. This means that Max OS
8 & 9 users will need to have Virtual PC since those OSes only support Java
1.1.8. There are 2 zip files which make up a PCGen release. We've chosen to
name the files xxx_part1of2.zip and xxx_part2of2.zip (where xxx is the version,
so 242_part1of2.zip for release 2.4.2). Unzip both files (part1of2 and
part2of2) into the same directory and you're good to go. Java 1.4 is now
available from Sun for most platforms (except Mac OS X), and it seems to run
java better, so we recommend that for users. Development is currently being
done using java 1.3, so you can use that if that's what you already have. We'll
convert our development to use java 1.4 once Mac OS X also supports it.
What's available at the yahoo site?
In the Files page there are a number of folders you should know about - there's
Campaign+Central folder where lots of user added Campaigns are available.
There's a folder for new character sheet templates that aren't
included in the standard releases, and there's a folder for Character PCG files
when users have problems that they need help diagnosing. Users who want to send
in corrections or updates to anything that's included in the official releases
of PCGen should upload those files to http://sourceforge.net/tracker/?atid=450173&group_id=36698&func=browse where one of us, including our very own
Portal to the Negative Plane, will make sure it gets included in the next
Is there an "on-line" version of the documentation?
Yes - at
There's a "Troubleshooting" guide there if you have any trouble getting PCGen
Thanks, and welcome aboard!
Bryan McRoberts (merton_monk@...)
Author and Chief Code Monkey of PCGen
Active is a loose term, but when I last checked, membership was over 7,000.On 5/1/17 10:49 PM, John Kantner jkantner@... [pcgen] wrote:How many active members of this group are there? Any idea, Andrew?On Mon, May 1, 2017 at 9:10 PM, Andrew drew0500@... [pcgen] <email@example.com> wrote:
Those settings were set up before my time, but at a guess, back then we had a lot more people who exhibited troll-like tendencies, started flame wars, and generally didn't play nice with others. Since that really isn't the case any longer, I can turn off the monthly repeating messages.
AndrewOn 5/1/17 4:13 AM, Eric 1ballistic1@... [pcgen] wrote:Not so much annoying as odd...usually you get this kind of thing once?So, is anyone else getting the templated welcome emails every month?i'm getting the Welcome, the Greetings from Moderator Monkeys, and the MonkeyTeamsExplained ones over and over.