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There are several sales on digital tools for D&D and other table top RPGs going on. Since this is probably fairly limited interest, I figured I would just bundle everything together in here.

D&D Beyond
The official toolset for D&D, provides digital versions of offical books and search, character creation and management, encounter creation and running tools.

Through December 5th, all books are on sale for $19.99 [dndbeyond.com] (excluding preorders). It does stack with bundle discounts if you already own the bundle but need to add a new book. The $20 for a $30 book I think has been their best sale price recently, which they typically only offer this time of year.

Roll20
Roll20 is a virtual table top for D&D and other games. They provide the whole service through a subscription (no license to purchase, on separate machine/cloud provider needed).

Humble Bundle
Humble Bundle has a couple of RPG related bundles on sale now:

The Black Friday RPG Bonanza Bundle [humblebundle.com] is available for $25, containing PDFs of modules and supplements for D&D, Castles & Crusades, Bunnies & Burrows, and Dungeon Crawl Classis from Goodman Games and Frog God Games.

The Maps Bonanza Software Bundle [humblebundle.com] is available for between $1 and $30 (depending on how much you want). It includes up to a Campaign Cartographer 3+ lifetime license, add on modules, and map packs. Campaign Cartographer lets you create maps ranging from battle maps to galactic maps. I think the software is pretty powerful but there is a learning curve to it.

DungeonFog * NEW *
DungeonFog is a web based map maker (primarily battlemaps).

Until December 25th you can get 25% discount on the premium annual subscription using the coupon code WINTERWONDERLAND [dungeonfog.com]. The subscription is normally $49.90 for the year, so it should bring it down to $37.43.

Also, each day until December 24th they are giving away "a small present every day" [dungeonfog.com]. You can claim them until December 31st.

Foundry VTT
Foundry VTT is virtual table top software supporting D&D and many other games. It just the license, you have to provide the machine or find a cloud service to host it.

It is on sale until December 1st for $37.50 [foundryvtt.com], a 25% discount. I don't think it has been on sale much, if ever, before.
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The Forge
The Forge provides cloud hosting for Foundry VTT, as well as a marketplace for Foundry modules. You still need a Foundry license though.

Currently there is a 10% sale for subscriptions [forge-vtt.com] using the coupon code BLACKFRIDAY21 which is ending today.

They also have modules on sale [forge-vtt.com]. Some of them say that you can download the modules to use outside of their service.
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Fantasy Grounds
Fantasy Grounds is another virtual table top. You purchase the license and provide your own machine to run it on.

The licenses are on sale until December 1st, 1:00 PM EST for 25% discount [fantasygrounds.com] They also have items such as modules and books on sale.
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jdeezy asked this question on 11-30-2021 at 12:54 PM
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I can't tell you how complete, but there is apparently a Foundry module (https://gitlab.com/asacolips-projects/foundry-mods/pbta).

There are several different PBTA character sheets available in Roll20. I'm not sure about Fantasy Grounds. You can go into their marketplaces and search for rulebooks or modules by name or publisher to see if they have that stuff available, which might give an indication of the level of support.

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I've used Foundry and The Forge during the pandemic. I really love the versatility of Foundry and how much features it has compared to Roll20. The upfront cost vs subscription is a tremendous value. I couldn't get selfhosting right because I just didn't have time to troubleshoot but The Forge was dead simple set up.

Really the two products are both amazing and I might pick up a Forge subscription again.
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Humble Bundle also has 3D models on sale for those who have a 3D printer and game IRL
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On D&D Beyond, if you have the 50% off coupon for the Player's Handbook from the D&D Essentials Kit, the coupon stacks and the price of the PHB ends up being $9.99.

Primarily use physical books, so I had been holding out for a D&D Beyond sale just to see if it worked!
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I've played since the basic edition back around 1982ish. I've had so many softcover and hard cover books over the years that I've lost count. These days I tend to use my laptop, phone and pdf versions of the books more so than pencil and paper. I even roll digital dice these days, and my case of dice that I've collected over the years is gathering dust. I know, say it's ain't so, don't make me give up physical dice! Great sale. Thanks OP for gathering up all these D&D related deals.
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Do any of these work with PBTA?
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On D&D Beyond, if you have the 50% off coupon for the Player's Handbook from the D&D Essentials Kit, the coupon stacks and the price of the PHB ends up being $9.99.

Primarily use physical books, so I had been holding out for a D&D Beyond sale just to see if it worked!
The Essentials Kit codes are the gateway to getting sucked into D&D Beyond! First you start with the adventure and the PBH, then you buy a class or race from another book for a couple bucks each, then a few more, until you see that for only $10 you can buy the remainder of the book. That becomes a few more books, until you're buying whole bundles! EEK!

I still buy physical books too, but it is a great tool for helping players build and manage their characters as well as for the DM preparing and running the game. Have fun with it.
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Do any of these work with PBTA?
I can't tell you how complete, but there is apparently a Foundry module [gitlab.com].

There are several different PBTA character sheets available in Roll20. I'm not sure about Fantasy Grounds. You can go into their marketplaces and search for rulebooks or modules by name or publisher to see if they have that stuff available, which might give an indication of the level of support.
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Quote from iamamoogle :
On D&D Beyond, if you have the 50% off coupon for the Player's Handbook from the D&D Essentials Kit, the coupon stacks and the price of the PHB ends up being $9.99.

Primarily use physical books, so I had been holding out for a D&D Beyond sale just to see if it worked!
Thanks, didn't even realize there was a code in the Essentials kit lol
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Foundry is the best VTT software I've ever used. I use to be a Roll20 PRO subscriber who used scripting and other features but after switching to Foundry I will never go back. Sooooo much easier to setup your game and use. Even out of the box the program quality is 1000x better than Roll20 with tons of additional features and capabilities. I actually got mad at Roll20 when I first started using foundry because they steal so much money from people and offer a subpar product.

One thing to be aware is that you cannot buy book content in Foundry like with Roll20. (Maybe you can in The Forge? But I don't think so.) But who wants to buy multiple copies of books on multiple platforms anyway? Not I! I just use a certain module that connects to 5eTools and boom, I'm good to go.

Another difficult thing with foundry (for some people) is setup for online play. The Forge is awesome for bridging that gap. But if you're a little tech savy there are better cheaper ways that allow for more customization.

I host my game on AWS and use a custom domain (URL) for my players. A custom domain costs around $12 for a year (using Google Domains). I then sign up for an Amazon AWS Free Tier account. With that Amazon will give you a small server which you can run for free for a full year. Then just use the following github repo to deploy a fully secure and online version of foundry! Seriously super easy to do and I highly recommend!
https://github.com/cat-box/aws-foundry-ssl
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I've heard of people running PBTA on foundry, and I think it's been done with Fantasy Grounds.

I'd point anyone looking for VTT software to Foundry or Fantasy Grounds.

Roll20 is good for quick throwdown games or maybe finding groups but the payment model (subscription + buy the books) and the way that the core engine is just a glitchy mess for browser hosting is not good for long term.

Foundry is probably the most agile as far as development and you can't beat the pricing model ($50, or currently $37,50 for a license to run unlimited players, and the only install restriction is that you can't host players in two places at once), not to mention it has online hosting support. If you're doing 5e, I'd look into the Plutonium module and the Rivet browser extension, but that's about all I'll say...

Our group is running on Fantasy Grounds currently. It's pricey for an ultimate license, and they expect you to buy books, but at the very least I'm not stuck in a subscription fee system so I own the license and the books, and the adventure books more or less give you a completely scripted adventure with maps with the line of sight drawn and all that. The core of Fantasy Grounds is old but they've moved it over to Unity engine a while back. So far the improvements are good, the line of sight system is great, but overall the engine still feels a bit clunky, particularly the UI. Lot of powerful stuff you can do with Fantasy Grounds, but I'd say Foundry is closing that gap.
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Holy crap what a collection!
I own foundry and a fair bit of stuff on DNDBeyond.

Foundry is amazing 🤩 community creates so much stuff that has been incorporated into the main releases and Atropos (the dev) is super responsive and in tune with the community that functions through the foundry discord.

Protip: start with base app and add extensions only one at a time as you get used to them, don't be me and go crazy with a bunch of em and just get massively confused by everything 😂

DNDBeyond makes creating characters a breeze from official content. Encounters, maps, and flavor text all there and importable into foundry via module extensions created and run by the community it's all great.

thanks OP, liked and repped
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Is the name supposed to be a pun on bed bath & beyond?
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My son asked for several digital books from this site. Could I buy the Player's Bundle [dndbeyond.com] as a gift
and then he can select the 4 books he wants?

He wants:
Xanthar's Guide to Everything
Tasha's Cauldron of Everything
Dungeon Master's Guide
Monster Manual

Thanks in advance. I have no idea what I'm doing on the D&D site.
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Quote from dvdapex :
My son asked for several digital books from this site. Could I buy the Player's Bundle [dndbeyond.com] as a gift
and then he can select the 4 books he wants?

He wants:
Xanthar's Guide to Everything
Tasha's Cauldron of Everything
Dungeon Master's Guide
Monster Manual

Thanks in advance. I have no idea what I'm doing on the D&D site.
During checkout, you'll have an option to buy a book or bundle as a gift. You'll receive a code that you then gift, and the recipient can redeem it on D&D Beyond to claim it. See this link [dndbeyond.com] for some more details.

Buying the players bundle as a gift would just give him the PBH, TCoE, SCAG, and XGtE. It wouldn't let him substitute the DMG or MM for two of them.
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