I really need a way to organize the characters in my campaigns


They come, they go, they die, they are replaced, they need to be saved for later.  I need some ability to organize them a bit, put them in the order I need them in for easy viewing, etc.  I'm sure this will instantly be taken care of and I'll be using these new features tonight.  However, should that not happen, please do consider it for your next update.


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  • GamingMegaverse
    Posts: 3,001

    My favorite hack of characters is still Kallak's http://dangerous-kalamar-4.obsidianportal.com/characters

    I personally used wiki pages- here is a list of all the player characters for my game when I still used OP


    Just trying to help out.

  • cgregory
    Posts: 780

    I organize my characters other the standard PC, NPC by using unicode characters in front of their names.

    For example, if you zoom down to the bottom of my character list you'll notice that Bryan and Jaiyana do not appear to follow alphabetical order, because their names are prefixed with the unicode character I use for dead characters.







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  • Johnprime
    Posts: 252 edited September 2017

    Interesting way to handle dead characters cgregory, thanks for posting!

    With my western, if a PC dies, I change them to an NPC and change their status to show that they are dead.

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  • cgregory
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    I also add a border around the dead characters based on that unicode.

    img[alt*=" "] {

        border: 10px solid transparent;

        border-image: url(https://db4sgowjqfwig.cloudfront.net/campaigns/124016/assets/662330/SkullBorder.png) 30 round;

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  • friendlypickle
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    Sadly, I'm not a coder.  I run a very large campaign and have nearly 100 characters loaded in it at the moment, and it's just unwieldy.  This seems like a very simple feature to add, just give me some additional options besides Player or NPC please, and let me alphabetize them and I'll live with it, though subfolders would be ideal.  The WIKI may be an answer though for the subfolders. and will take a look at it as an option, but I'll miss using the character sheet.

  • cgregory
    Posts: 780

    You could use the wiki to organize your characters and in your wiki link to the character sheets.

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  • Bortas
    Posts: 645

    Not a direct solution, but I've been playing with adding a small skull and crossbones to my NPCs, and giving the PCs just a bit more flair of a background, maybe worth considering.



  • byss66
    Posts: 7

    Tags can help somewhat. I have my NPCs tagged with 'deceased', 'friendly-npc', 'neutral-npc', the names of cities they come from, factions they're in, etc.

    The caveat being that it's not easy to combine two tags (e.g., friendly npcs in City X), and that the tags are viewable by your players so they can't give away too much info.

  • twiggyleaf
    Posts: 2,014 edited October 2017

    I agree with byss66 that the TAG function (Top Right in Character Edit Mode) is very useful and I have used this very effectively in my campaign, firstly to categorise characters, and then to find them quickly and easily using the FILTER function in Character Quick Search.  

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  • kwiebe227
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    Agree with byss66 and cgregory. Without being a coder, you should be able to use a combination of tags and wikis to organize and link to your character sheets.

    That being said, having more than Characters and NPCs as categories could be very useful. I'd imagine filtering based on category and tag. 

    Example: You check a box next to NPC and another next to Deceased. Then you type in your tag and suddenly you're looking at deceased NPCs that have a specific tag. Quick and easy.

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