In my last post I talked about gaming with an iPad and those astute readers will have noticed that I failed to mention anything about combat management. I used to use an app made by a company that no longer appears to exist and while functional it was a bit buggy and prone to crashing at the most inappropriate moments. So I decided to see what was available since I downloaded it about 18 months ago.
My interest was piqued by a paid for app called DM Minion Pathfinder by Goathead Software, it looked like it did everything I wanted and a bit more to boot. Where the product shines is the integration with Hero Lab, the ability to upload portfolio files from Dropbox is amazing.
This is the first screen you have to work with, here you define the name of the adventure.
Then with that defined you can import characters from Dropbox. Any of the pcs here can be imported without needing you to do anything special with the stat blocks.
Then you can add monsters to the adventure either by manually creating them, importing a Hero Lab character or by using the PFSRD monsters already in the software.
Here is an example of what is displayed on the monster list; you will add these adversaries later on when you build an encounter.
Now we move onto creating an encounter. You will still need to refer to the guidelines for the XP budget for the encounter.
The final step, an enc0unter all built and ready to run using the intuitive combat manager. Running the combat is painless, you can roll the players initiatives if you want or use the slider bars to select their infinitive scores and the app will roll all the monsters initiatives as well as their hit points. If you really want to be hands on with it then you can roll the monsters hit and damage rolls yourself; something you may have to do as there appears to be a bug in rolling to hit when the weapon being used has a different critical threshold.
Is the program worth less than £3? I would have to say yes as there is a lot of options packed in under the hood to make it worth buying. It would be good to have the attack bug resolved but it is a highly usable combat manager and a useful tool.