It is very likely that if you are an iPhone owner and a D&D player there is one app that you have been longing for ever since you picked up the device from the store – a native application to store your D&D character on that understood the game. There have been other ways to store your character – pdf’s, spreadsheets, word documents, google docs, etc – but to have an actual app that assisted in the game – that was the holy grail. And now it is here – i4e.
i4e from Cordax Software allows you to put in your basic stats, keep track of your skills and feats and even goes to far as to keep track of what powers you have used. If you have an encounter or daily power and you use it, the app can keep track of short and extended rests to help you manage what your character has available to use. Above all, it does all of this in an easy to use and straightforward fashion that makes it pleasant to operate.
Unlike apps designed for the 3.x version of D&D, i4e has to tread a fine line between making things really easy for you and respecting the copyright on the game. With no plans announced to release 4e in the same manner as the 3.x game until Wizards of the Coast build their own app (and why haven’t they?) this is how it is going to remain. So what does this mean? Well, you are going to have to build your character from the ground up. This means entering all of the power information and feat information yourself. Hopefully in a future release the developer will add a way to import and export this information so that you don’t have to keep on entering it every time you create a new character.
From their website:
- Multiple characters (never be without your favorite character again as long as you have your iPhone with you).
- Track hit points and healing surges as well as temporary hit point usage.
- Track powers including calculated hit bonus and damage values including assignable weapons and implements that will be factored into the power usage.
- Track power usage (All types of powers, as well as ones that burn healing surges or return hit points from their usage).
- Easily accessible list of skills with the bonuses for your level and current ability scores.
- Track your feats.
- Usable for NPCs and PCs.
- Fully supports any custom skills or powers, only basic melee and ranged attack, second wind and basic skills added by default
A couple of things we’d like to see in future versions are ways to import and export characters (few people will want this as their primary character management system I’d imagine, and it’d be a great tool for GM’s). We’d also like to see a way to import and export lists of powers and feats. It would also be great to have a simple die roller in the app so that you didn’t have to quit the app to use a die roller on your iPhone as well.
Overall, this is a great solution to storing your character on your iPhone and I look forward to seeing what the developer does with this in the future.
i4e is in the App Store for $3.99 (iTunes Link)