Last updated on April 24, 2020
It didn’t take long for me to fall in love with the app Encounter+. It took some getting used to, but I knew it was the perfect tool for me five minutes into my 1st session. The session was a tremendous success, but there was one thing that bothered me throughout. I was missing the custom Game Master’s Screen I made for Game Master 5. While my digital DM screen was nothing fancy, it had everything I needed on a regular basis. I could quickly pop it up, refresh my memory on a particular rule, and jump back to the action. No app switching needed.
The importance of that last detail became painfully obvious the minute we entered combat. With Encounter+ serving as my VTT and initiative tracker, switching apps to look up a rule brought the players along with me. It didn’t ruin the moment, but it was less than ideal. I needed to replicate that screen in Encounter+.
Fortunately, this was not a difficult task. In fact, the built-in note management features in Encounter+ were perfect for it. While GM5 made you use a single, monolithic HTML page, Encounter+ allows you to create groups, sub-pages, and link between those pages quickly and easily. While not as robust as a full-featured note management application like OneNote or Evernote, it is more than good enough for what I wanted.
The module is far from complete. I have a lot more I would like to do with it, but I felt it was time to share. You can download a copy here.
Just a couple of quick points.
- I created this resource for me. I’ve short-handed some of the rules. Brevity is important in this format and I wanted just the highlights. Feel free to edit however you see fit.
- Editing pages with tables is problematic. You MUST edit them in the HTML view and you need to be careful. You can break the page very easily.