Inspiration has suddenly hit: I’m going to try to review apps that assist players and GMs in RPGs, whether they are dice rollers, character sheets, and so on. Biases: I’m a Hero System fanatic, so I look for things that will work with the Hero System. Also, I only own an iOS device, so I don’t know if these apps are available for Android.
Dicenomicon’s Roll Box. Note the dice at the bottom: tapping them throws one die of that type into the roll box. For 3d6, just tap “d6” three times. More dice are available by swiping to the left.
Today, I thought I’d start by reviewing The Dicenomicon by gandreas software (Download it on the iTunes App Store, $5.99US).
The Dicenomicon is a system agnostic dice-rolling app. You can use it any number of ways: there is a bar on the bottom of the screen that you can tap for a quick roll of dice, or you can use the very powerful dice macro system.
Here, in this macro example, we see that it will roll 8d6 and display the results in Stun and Body for the Hero System (Champions).
The type of dice available to roll is simply staggering, including some (such as the d9) that I did not know existed. It can handle open-ended d% rolls (like Rolemaster), dice pools (such as ShadowRun and StoryTeller), and the BODY and STUN of the aforementioned Hero System. You can save die macros in your favorites for quick access to the rolls you use the most often for your game.
This is the character sheet for D&D 4th. Just about everything on this screencap is tappable, and will automatically roll the appropriate dice (usually a d20), compare it to a Difficulty, and display the results.
Probably the most staggeringly powerful function of the app is the character sheet ability. You can download a template for a character sheet and put in all your pertinent stats (Characteristics, Skills, Powers, etc). All you have to do is tap the appropriate ability on the character sheet (such as the Fortitude Saving Throw in the above screencap), type in the target number and any modifiers and Dicenomicon will automatically roll the appropriate dice for you and tell you the results. Unfortunately, there are only templates for a few systems (d20 and Pathfinder among them).
Now, to the bad: there is an annoying bug where every once in a while an extra set of dice will appear in the roll box, particularly when you shake the device to re-roll. Also, occasionally, the dice will just freeze in mid-air.
The support is better than I’ve seen with some apps, but could still use some work.
There are also some peculiarities and annoyances in the die roll macros, too, such as parts of the “if-then-else” clause will just disappear with no rhyme or reason. Parts of it are also woefully under-documented, and if they are documented, not very easy to get to or find.
All in all, this is a good app to assist players and GMs. It could use some more full templates for more systems (such as the Hero System, alas), but is powerful enough to assist players of any system, regardless.
My Grade: B+