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Character Builder Complete: Celtic
Publisher: World Builders Guild
by Timothy B. [Featured Reviewer]
Date Added: 06/29/2011 16:10:13

A 36 page, form-fillable character folio with a celtic theme. "Builder" is a bit of a mis-nomer, there is nothing here that contains rules, but nearly everything is here to build a character of any class. For d20/OGL 3.x.



Rating:
[4 of 5 Stars!]
Character Builder Complete: Celtic
Publisher: World Builders Guild
by brenda d.
Date Added: 05/09/2006 00:00:00

This is a great product, very detailed, hope to see more of this company's products<br><br> <b>LIKED</b>: the great detail<br><br><b>QUALITY</b>: Excellent<br><br><b>VALUE</b>: Very Satisfied<br>



Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Creator Reply:
Thanks for your comments. Indeed you will see many more products from WBG. Keep an eye out for new border and font styles for the Character Builder line.
Character Builder Complete: Celtic
Publisher: World Builders Guild
by Peter I. [Featured Reviewer]
Date Added: 04/20/2006 00:00:00

Character Builder Complete: Celtic is a pdf product from new publishing company World Builders Guild. This is their first product, a character record sheet, and the 'complete' version of the product - two other versions, 'essential' and 'core', also being available which have a lesser number of sheets than the 'complete' version. The term 'Celtic' in the title is a reference to the character sheet style, in particular the borders on each of the 38 pages of this pdf. In the future one would assume to see the same sheet in a different style.

The presentation of this product is very professional. The sheets look very good to the eye, and the covers and overall look of the product is very appealing. It's a high quality presentation on the layout and editing fronts, and the use of original artwork by David Deen enhances to overall quality even further. The artwork is a nice addition to some of the pages, as it presents a visual depicting of the intent of each page or page section. For example, the notes page has a picture of ink and quill.

Of the 38 pages of the pdf, 32 contain the character record sheets, of which, going by the table of contents provided, there are 21 different sheet types. The spell sheets consist of more than one page, and some of the sheets such as the sheet for the details of any adventure contacts are duplicated as well. The intent of the product if for players to simple print out and use those sheets that are relevant to their character. The pages are ink-light and so should make for easy printing.

Judging by the number of sheets and looking through the details of each, there isn't a lot, if anything, that is left out of the product. All the bases are covered nicely, including support for psionic characters. It's a very complete character record sheet, and does a good job of providing all the information that one would expect would be needed to record.

Layout and overall usability of the sheets looks good. Information of a similar type is lumped together nicely and for a given situation you can find most of what you need on a given page. That said, there is not support for any of the features that pdf files could allow, and these sheets are only for printing and then hand-written filling in. It would've been handy to be able to enter in the details on a pdf form, for example, so that the professional looking sheet also looks good with typed text. Character sketches and familiar sketches for which there is room could then make use of custom computer images or other form of image available from a variety of art sources.

Each sheet contains ample room for as much detail as one could imagine to use, with plenty of white space to enter information into. While this is a good idea, it results in a character sheet that will probably be at least 10-15 pages in length, so if you're looking for a short character sheet on a few pages, this is not it. On that note, it would've been extremely helpful to provide an additional sheet that simply provides a summary of important details - kind of like a quick glance sheet to just check something without having to look through the 15 pages of sheet to find what you want, even if that is well organised.

There are a few very good sheets within this pdf, one of them being the tracker sheet which allows you to track progression from 1st to 20th level. This is very useful, although I would've also preferred a way of tracking skill ranks at each level as well. The spell knowledge sheets (for the details of frequently used spells), the multiattack sheet (for characters will multiple attacks) and the sheet for summoned monsters are all very useful and good additions to any character sheet.

Some of the sheets were probably not the best. The spell list for wizard characters, for example, contains six separate blocks of information on one page. These can either be used as single spell levels (in which case there are too few) or for all spells (in which case spells won't be organised by level). The cleric and sorcerer sheets roughly suffer from this problem as well.

Overall I think this is a well-presented, high quality looking character sheet, that players with an attention to detail will find excellent value. Those looking for a shorter character sheet might find the amount of space provided for details cumbersome, but there are some good sheets, and others that may not be so useful and could be considered 'bare' given the amount of white space. Certainly the product could've benefited from using more of the features inherent in pdf files, such as forms.<br><br> <b>LIKED</b>: Very good and professional looking product, with complete character record sheets and some useful additional sheets such as the tracker sheet and summoned monsters sheets. Art was a good addition to the pdf sheets.<br><br><b>DISLIKED</b>: The product doesn't make any use of pdf forms so entries need to be printed and hand-written. Some of the sheets could probably have done a little differently to make the more useful, such as the spell list sheets. Players looking for shorter character sheets might not find much use for this product.<br><br><b>QUALITY</b>: Acceptable<br><br><b>VALUE</b>: Satisfied<br>



Rating:
[3 of 5 Stars!]
Creator Reply:
Thanks for your comments. We agree that Character Builder as a PDF should have editable form fields and bookmarks. So we have upgraded our product. Character Builder Complete now has bookmarks, a linked Table of Contents and editable form fields. We appreciate your feedback, keep it coming.
Character Builder Complete: Celtic
Publisher: World Builders Guild
by Andrew B. [Featured Reviewer]
Date Added: 04/10/2006 00:00:00

Character Builder Complete: Celtic is a collection of character record sheets intended to serve as a multi-page character sheet for your D&D (or d20) PC. The word Celtic in the title refers to the graphical style of each page, all of which feature Celtic knot-work borders and other graphics.

There are a fair number of sheets here, ranging from a character description sheet, to spell sheets, to sheets for tracking multiple attack options. Every sheet is nice to look at. The designers chose a font that is stylized without being difficult to read, and the aforementioned borders give the sheets a nice, professional look. Some of the pages contain added graphics, such as the wizard spell sheet, which features an illustration of a spellbook and twin magical staves. These illustrations are well placed, filling what would normally be dead space, and they really add to the sheet?s appearance. Other graphics, such as those found on the cleric spell sheet, are less subtle and tend to distract from the actual information.

The best use of art was found on the equipment page, where different sections featured small graphical representations of what they might contain. One region has a small potion and scroll, which I imagine is where I?d list my character?s potions and scrolls. This is the sort of design that can really increase the ease and speed with which I find things on my character sheet, and thus can really make a product like this stand out from the crowd. I also appreciated the return of the shield-shaped box for listing Armor Class. Maybe it?s all those years of second edition, but I miss that shield! It seems to make finding my character?s AC noticeably faster.

Looking in more detail at the sheets themselves, I found things that I liked and some things that didn?t really work for me. The format for listing classes is one of the better designs I?ve seen in a D&D character sheet. With open multiclassing and prestige classes, it?s not uncommon for characters to have two or three classes. This format is easy to read and easy to work with. Other sections of the description sheet are less useful. The areas for general appearance, personality, mannerisms, etc. were too short to allow any kind of detailed information. Other things, such as date created and bloodline seemed like filler.

Some pages amounted to nothing more than blank lines with titles. Why not include things like racial traits already, with a different sheet for each standard race plus a blank sheet for customized or house-ruled races? Rather than a bunch of blank lines for listing feats, why not a more structured listing for the feat?s name, page number, and perhaps a quick summary? I know I could write all that in the space provided, but I could do the same with a blank sheet of paper. The paper wouldn?t look as good, granted, but it seems like the designers could have given us a little more.

I rather liked the page called ?Tracker.? This is a sheet designed to track the various adjustments a character experiences over level advancement. Things like hit points gained at each level, saving throw progressions, and feat selects all have their place here. I can see this sheet as a tool for planning the long-term development of a character. It would also be nice for the rare instances when it?s important to know exactly what you rolled for hit points at level X. Maybe not the most common thing at the gaming table, but interesting nonetheless.

The spell sheets for the various magic-using classes were some of my favorites. While the information is pretty standard (spells per day, spells known, etc.), the format and graphical additions make for a very nice-looking sheet. I also liked the Spells/Powers sheets, which provide a simple means of recording the basic info of frequently cast spells.

Character sheets, I think, are like art: they?re very subjective. I probably want different things out of a character sheet than you do. Character Builder Complete does a pretty good job of trying to cater to everyone?s tastes with a wide variety of useful sheets. I liked something about pretty much every sheet here, and at least a few will probably get printed out and used as-is in my D20 campaigns.<br><br> <b>LIKED</b>: The strongest part of this product is the visual design. The sheets are very professional-looking, and the small amount of art generally adds to both the ascetics and the usability. The character building sheets presented here are worlds above the standard ?official? sheet, and would definitely work as a means to track and organize a D&D character in most campaigns.<br><br><b>DISLIKED</b>: With the PDF format as its base, I can?t help but wonder why the designers didn?t better utilize acrobat?s capabilities. There are no bookmarks to help you quickly find the sheet you?re looking for. Worse, why not include editable forms that the user can type to and print out? With such professional-looking sheets, it seems almost a shame to mess them with hand-written character stats.

Finally, while I rather like a lot of these sheets, I can?t help but compare them to a host of very similar downloads available for free all over the web. If Character Builder Complete offered a few more features or a wider variety of sheets (perhaps customized to d20 classes) then they would have likely earned a higher score.<br><br><b>QUALITY</b>: Very Good<br><br><b>VALUE</b>: Disappointed<br>



Rating:
[3 of 5 Stars!]
Creator Reply:
Thanks for your comments. We agree that Character Builder as a PDF should have editable form fields and bookmarks. So we have upgraded our product. Character Builder Complete now has bookmarks, a linked Table of Contents and editable form fields. We appreciate your feedback, keep it coming.
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