Ask The Readers: Gaming-related Android apps?

Android Logo Since I own an iPhone (and later an iPad) I’ve looked for ways to use these devices at the gaming table. Over the last years a lot of gaming-related apps have been released for iOS, from apps providing you with background music and environmental sounds, dice rollers, iniative trackers and map creation tools. Nowadays I mostly use my iPad at the game table to a) view PDFs and b) play background music on it. But iOS is only one of the popular smartphone operating systems out there.

I also recently decided that my next phone will be an Android device, so I am looking for interesting Android apps that can be used around the game table. Alas I haven’t followed the Android scene that closely in the last years, so I ask our readers for help. What are your favorite gaming-related Android apps? What are your experiences with using Android devices at the game table? As always any comment is highly appreciated!

Michael Wolf is a German games designer and enthusiast best known for his English language role-playing games blog, Stargazer's World, and for creating the free rules-light medieval fantasy adventure game Warrior, Rogue & Mage. He has also worked as an English translator on the German-language Dungeonslayers role-playing game and was part of its editorial team. In addition to his work on Warrior, Rogue & Mage and Dungeonslayers, he has created several self-published games and also performed layout services and published other independent role-playing games such as A Wanderer's Romance, Badass, and the Wyrm System derivative Resolute, Adventurer & Genius, all released through his imprint Stargazer Games. Professionally, he works as a video technician and information technologies specialist. Stargazer's World was started by Michael in August 2008.

5 thoughts on “Ask The Readers: Gaming-related Android apps?”

  1. I sometimes use “Sylloge” for browsing the 4e compendium though it’s not very usable and have used the “D&D Spellbook” to manage my characters spells.

  2. There actually are a couple of tools I know of.
    I myself use “Dice Bag” as an emergency dice supply. It even emulates FUDGE Dice and one can configure the dice to explode, keep results etc.
    There are apps for Pathfinder since our DM uses them to set up encounters and keep track of the XP (if we survive them) but I couldn’t name any details.
    A short research shows that there a various App projects for other RPGs but I don’t know anything about quality or customer satisfaction.
    As a whole I dare say that iOs-Apps for GMing may be more common but I abolutely not sure.

  3. Dice Bag is an awesome Dice program so make sure you get it. I also have a random name generator, random village name generator and a random tavern name generator. The aren’t perfect, but useful when I don’t feel like naming my random NPCs Bob,Sam or Charlie

  4. I use Songs and Dragons which lets me setup audio scenes for encouters pretty easily. There are some other tools which I’ve tried out too, RPG Tracker seems like it has potential, RPG Intiative Manager works well enough and I’ve just installed and started playing around with Dungeon Master Dice Roller.

    My biggest issue is that I don’t play DnD or Pathfinder and most of the tools out there are for those games. I really wish there were tools for Legend, Call of Cthulhu, Dark Heresy or just good useful system agnostic stuff.

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