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DMayhew469 April 5th, 2014 04:50 AM

Stock Characters
 
So does anyone know how to create stock characters for the Encounter Builder? Not being able to do this makes the EB useless for the 4e game system.

RavenX April 5th, 2014 06:02 AM

Same way you build NPCs / Monsters. You build a portfolio of them and then rename the portfolio... Whatever.stock and it changes them to stock encounters. Lone Wolf cannot provide them due to not having a license with WotC.

You will want to enable data file debugging so that you can "Prepare the portfolio for distribution" first before renaming it, but that is the general idea.

RavenX April 5th, 2014 07:02 AM

Just to be thorough, you have run the D&DI downloader right?

Mathias April 5th, 2014 08:27 AM

In Hero Lab's Tools menu, choose "Explore Folders...Game System Data Folder". Note where that folder is. Once you've created the NPC or Monster you want to add to the encounter builder, save the file to that game system data folder, instead of to the default save location. Then it will be added to the encounter builder. The change in file extensions that RavenX mentioned is no longer needed.

RavenX April 5th, 2014 08:43 AM

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Originally Posted by Mathias (Post 179872)
In Hero Lab's Tools menu, choose "Explore Folders...Game System Data Folder". Note where that folder is. Once you've created the NPC or Monster you want to add to the encounter builder, save the file to that game system data folder, instead of to the default save location. Then it will be added to the encounter builder. The change in file extensions that RavenX mentioned is no longer needed.

Hmmm... I'll have to read more about this. I tip my hat to the code team. You've found a simpler way of doing things.

I'm worried though because I remember using the monster data in 4e in hero lab before. Is the downloader still grabbing the data?

Griffonbait August 26th, 2017 04:16 AM

This has been of great help. Thanks!

I finally got HL to be able to create 4e encounters - yay!

I know I can enter in each monster from the 4e books, but I do not want to reinvent the wheel.

Does anyone have, or know of, a 4e Monster Manual(s) portfolio (.por) or stock (.stock) file(s) with the monster details already entered? Even if not completed, at least it would be a start.

At this point, I am adding the monsters that my players encounter. It is slow progress, but I am sure others must have made up their 4e monsters, and now either have them stored away, because they have moved on to 5e, or are still using them for encounter building.

I am also using Real Works (RW) and linking in my D&D4e game to HL portfolios. Is there another way (easy/hard) to get data from RW into HL?

Any ideas would be welcome, other than switching to 5e (I play that too).

Cheers

RavenX September 2nd, 2017 07:25 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Mathias (Post 179872)
In Hero Lab's Tools menu, choose "Explore Folders...Game System Data Folder". Note where that folder is. Once you've created the NPC or Monster you want to add to the encounter builder, save the file to that game system data folder, instead of to the default save location. Then it will be added to the encounter builder. The change in file extensions that RavenX mentioned is no longer needed.

So I no longer have to rename my stock files as .stock anymore?

Paragon September 4th, 2017 09:03 PM

I don't think it ever was as long as you have individual portfolios.


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