RPTools is the Millennium Falcon of RPG Software

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MapTool Light and Sight

RPTools is a brand of open-source programs designed to enhance traditional pen-and-paper role playing games. They can be used for face-to-face play, or Internet role-playing in real time even if your players are on the other side of the world.  MapTool (which is our free virtual tabletop application) in particular works great with voice-chat services! These tools are not a role playing game by themselves, nor are they meant to replace everything at the RPG table. Rather, they are designed to be as flexible as we can make them, usable for a wide variety of gaming systems, from fantasy to sci-fi; from tabletop miniatures games to purely spoken-word games.

Note: For help with MapTool and other RPTools installation and issues, please see the RPTools Forums.

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Devin Night’s New Token Packs

Devin Night is a freelance artist/illustrator and a long time friend to RPTools. He kindly donated art packs available for download in MapTool. Outside of MapTool, you’ve likely seen his work in products from Rite Publishing, Grey Matter Games, White Haired Man, and many others. Devin has his own online VTT token store and recently… Continue Reading

Gogots Maps and Mapping Objects

Community member Bhoritz found some great parchment-style maps by Gogots on Deviantart. The artist also provides all the mapping elements to make your own. Gogots gives the authorization to use the maps and elements to post or publish for non-commercial products. There is an associated YouTube channel with explanations on how to use the resources (if you… Continue Reading

Thomas Chapman’s Video Tutorials

One of the strengths of RPTools is the community of users who take the time to make life easier for others. Another strength of MapTool is its incredible flexibility and the vast number of options open to a gamemaster. However, that flexibility comes at the cost of a learning curve that may seem daunting. We… Continue Reading

MapTool Dev/Test Version 1.4.1.8 Available for Download

MapTool Dev/Test Version 1.4.1.8 Available for Download

MapTool 1.4.1.8 is available for download from http://www.rptools.net/ by clicking on the Download link in the top toolbar. The commit log is available via the GitHub page but many of the changes were related to the build system and automation; I’ve tried to separate them in the spoiler area, below, but no guarantees. (MapTool 1.4.1.7… Continue Reading

Object Embedded VBL

With the upcoming release of MapTool 1.4.2, GMs will be able to add a layer of Vision Blocking to stamps and tokens. This means Players will be able to see an object but that object will block all light and sight from passing through it. This comes in handy for doors, statues, vehicles, and large… Continue Reading

MapTool Dev/Test Version 1.4.1.6 Released

MapTool Dev/Test Version 1.4.1.6 Released

The last (hopefully) Dev/Test version in the 1.4.1 series is now available for download from http://maptool.craigs-stuff.net/test-builds/. The 1.4.1 series saw a large number of major changes which will now be rolled into the forthcoming 1.4.2 production release. We’ll only release a 1.4.1.7 if more testing is required. As with all Dev/Test builds, be sure to backup your… Continue Reading

MapTool Dev/Test Version 1.4.1.4 Released

MapTool Dev/Test Version 1.4.1.4 Released

The RPTools craftsmen produced a new Dev/Test MapTool version for you to try. Adventurous GMs should consider trying it in one of your games but be very sure to save a backup copy of your campaign first. There will likely be one more Dev/Test release before we increment to 1.4.2.0 so please take some time to try… Continue Reading

MapTool 1.4.0.5 Released

MapTool 1.4.0.5 Released

This release corrects a few small bugs affecting isometric map ‘figure’ stamps along with a fix for Draw Tool images. This is likely the last version of the 1.4.0.x series and represents our latest production release. Please upgrade as soon as practical. Bugfixes Resize free size figure tokens (Jagged) Fixes for Z-Order on free sized… Continue Reading

Draw Explorer: Get/Set Properties

Draw Explorer: Get/Set Properties

With the release of Maptool 1.4.2 you will have the ability to get a drawing’s properties and apply those to another drawing.   You can try this functionality in the Dev/Test Build of MapTool now but we don’t recommend using Dev/Test for your gaming sessions unless you’re the adventurous sort. Drawing properties are the selections… Continue Reading