Primer on XML and the Fight Club Compendium

Last updated on February 11, 2020

Yesterday, I posted a new video on my YouTube channel. A video that is long overdue. In this video, I explain the basics of Extensible Markup Language (XML) and how it is used in Fight Club 5. I will let the video do most of the work, but the XML format is what makes it easy to export, import, and share compendium content.

In the video, I cover the basics. What XML is and how it works. I cover the basics of organizing data, formatting, and adding comments to your own custom compendiums. It is a high-level overview, but one that should help you get started managing your own D&D content. I also explain the basic data types used by Fight Club 5 and the various fields that drive the application.

If you want to look at an example, you can download the compendium included with Fight Club 5 or you can download mine. You can find links to the files on my compendium page. The most recent update and the changes it implemented are posted here.

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to ask. You can find me on reddit at or on twitter on at

Thank you for stopping by & happy gaming,
Donald Farland

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