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.
Where is Wotc's non-SRD material?
All of the SRD material (a subset of what is in the PHB, DMG, MM and PsiHB and can be found at http://www.wizards.com/D20/article.asp?x=srd) is included in
the free releases of PCGen. The non-SRD material (Defenders of the Faith,
Sword and Fist, Forgotten Realms, Dark Sun, etc. all TM of Wizards of the
Coast) will be made available at www.codemonkeypublishing.com. For more details
about this, you can check this out:
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. We put out a production release whenever we reach a significant milestone in terms of functionality and we certify that the release is stable after rigorous testing.
When will you support my favorite d20 book?
We try to get everything in that we can as quickly as we can. We've made our process more formal as our project has matured, so now we have "data monkeys" who test the data, then send it to the publisher for their approval before it gets included in our releases. This takes a bit of time and we only have so many monkeys working on the data, so if you want to jump in and help out on the book(s) you're specifically interested in, post a note about it on the message board and we'll put you to work!
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.
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 3 zip files which make up a PCGen release. Unzip all three
files 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@...)
Code Monkey Publishing, Co-Founder
Author and Benevolent Dictator 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] <firstname.lastname@example.org> 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.