MERTON MONK: [pcgen] File - Welcome
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> 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
> few months.
> When will you support my favorite d20 book?
> We've created a webpage
> 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
> 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
> 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
> 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
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Is there an "on-line" version of the documentation?
Yes - at
There's a "Troubleshooting" guide there if you have any trouble
Thanks, and welcome aboard!
Bryan McRoberts (merton_monk@...)
Author and Chief Code Monkey of PCGen
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PCGen's release site: http://pcgen.sourceforge.net
PCGen's FAQ: http://pedertest.officeline.no/PCGen
PCGen's alpha build: http://rpg.plambert.net/pcgen
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