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PostSubject: So how do you track your updates?   Thu Jul 16, 2015 9:44 am

So I am curious. With all the updates to the rule system, how do folks keep track of them? Do you print them up and stuff them in your books? Do you use post it notes to make reference? Do you put them in a binder or make a electronic archive?

I am sure there are tons of cool ideas out there. I use a binder that I also throw in my house rules in for the big stuff. I also use post it notes to make a reference to other sources in the hard cover books.
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PostSubject: Re: So how do you track your updates?   Thu Jul 16, 2015 10:12 am

I have all of the official errata and clarifications in PDF format on my iPad with all of my PDF books. We don't always remember what rules have been updated/errata'd, but we do have them at the table to reference while we're playing.

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PostSubject: Re: So how do you track your updates?   Thu Jul 16, 2015 2:07 pm

Mostly, we just use the CBLoader version of the character builder for character related rules and the Rules Compendium for everything else. Monsters use whatever the stats say because its not worth the effort to adjust ones that are wonky when you can just grab one that does work from elsewhere.

Its not exactly elegant, but it works.
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PostSubject: Re: So how do you track your updates?   Thu Jul 16, 2015 2:33 pm

Do you have an offline version of the Compendium? I once got one, but there are some odd things in the database and some items don't link to their actual compendium entry. For example, when I try to view the Stealth skill, I get "fire damage" or something like that.

So I'm looking for a better database...

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PostSubject: Re: So how do you track your updates?   Thu Jul 16, 2015 9:03 pm

Unfortunately, I do not have an offline compendium, hence using the Essentials book version for rules and just playing the monsters as they appear (though we use the Vault, Threats to Nentir Vale, MM3 and Dark Sun Creature Catalog way more than we do MM1 or 2).

One of the reasons for my 4E legacy project is specifically because of how sucktacular character creation is going to become once the CBLoader finally dies on us. I mean, its always doable... I've been writing my own sheets since about six months after 4E's launch because that way I can fit everything on one page... but to not have the options available at the push of a button would be a lot a more work.
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PostSubject: Re: So how do you track your updates?   Fri Jul 17, 2015 7:45 am

Character creation is definitely where errata has the biggest effect. If you need to have the latest version of the powers and updates to classes and races, having a builder, either CBLoader or the online builder is almost essential.
If you define your game otherwise, no big deal.
Fixing monster stats and pulling the right ones is not that bad. Maybe just a little longer prep time if you are using an older adventure, but no more time if you are writing your own encounters.

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PostSubject: Re: So how do you track your updates?   Fri Jul 17, 2015 11:37 am

In the last campaign that I ran (which just finished up), I found that I was using some solos from MM1. And the party had a much easier time defeating them. So I definitely recommend that a DM spend a bit of time updating the creatures to the most recent stats.

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