Campaigns are a way for you and friends to roleplay with your characters without having to do all the laborious paperwork. You can join as many campaigns as you want and use whatever character you want in each campaign. We have tried to support as many different campaign running styles as possible so it is quite open as to how you want to use the system. Each campaign will have many players, and each player may have a character. If you have a character assigned to you in a campaign you can make use of the characters data to streamline player interactions, such as adding your powers in with your messages, or showing all other players your current health etc, which we will get onto in more detail below. However it is important to remember that without a character you will not be able to make full use of the campaign system, although it will still let you participate. The campaign system is broken down into 3 main areas, the main part of it is the chat system which we will come to last.


Campaign Details

The campaign details area provides information on the campaign as well as who is playing within it. dnd4ed-campaign-details-diagram 

1) Dashboard Link This will take you back to the dashboard from the campaign screen. The campaign will continue to run in your absence, and you will get all the updates when you next revisit the campaign, so never worry about logging off mid campaign or navigating to other pages. 
2) Campaign Details Page This will take you from the other campaign sections back to this one. 
3) Player Details Page This will take you to the player details page, which is covered in the next section. 
4) Campaign Details This shows the campaign details, such as what the campaign is called, who created it etc. If you are the campaign creator you can edit the campaign name and password from there too. 
5) Invitation Code This is the code used to invite other players to your campaign. 
6) Player List This is the list of players in the campaign, the pictures are pulled from Gravatar based upon the email address, so you can change it on there.


Player Details

The player details area contains the list of players characters, so you can view other players characters as well as send your own to other players incase they are missing it. dnd4ed-player-details-diagram 
7) Character Details Each character in the list will have an entry, much like the character snippet on the dashboard page. This will differ a little in each game system but the overall list should be similar. 
8) View Character This will load the character sheet for the given character, however you will need to load the link as a new tab or window if you want to remain on the campaign page. 
9) Send Character You will only see this option if this is your character. It will allow you to send your character to all other players in the campaign, this can be helpful in case someone in the campaign is missing that character or you have updated the character outside of the campaign. 
10) De-select Character You will only see this option if this is your character. It will allow you to stop using this character for the campaign and allows you to pick another one if you wish. 
11) Character Owner This shows which player is in control of that character.

Chat Area

The chat area is the main focus of the campaign page, it allows the players to interact with each other via their characters. It will track all conversations and all character data used within the campaign. dnd4ed-chat-details-diagram 
1) Other Players Messages All messages sent from other players is displayed on the left of the screen, each message will comprise of the portrait of the speaker and the message they say. 
2) Message Input Area This is where you can enter messages to other players, you can also embed character data within this which will be covered in the advanced section below. 
3) Send Message Button This button will send the message to all other players, you can also press the enter key within the message input area to send the message too. 
4) Your Messages All messages you sent will be displayed on the right of the screen, showing your player portrait and the messages which were sent. 
5) Log off This will log you out of the system, this will take you out of the campaign page and back to the homepage. 
6) Account Details This will take you to the account details page, it will load up within the same window by default. 
7) Plugin Browser This will allow you to access the plugin browser page, it will let you include or load any plugins.


Advanced Features

As part of the chat system integration with character sheets there are some advanced commands you can embed into your messages to harness this power. Here are a list of global features which will work across all systems:

Quotation Marks

You can enclose text within double quotes to emphasise that it is a spoken by the character and distinguish it from any other type of text. An example of messages containing double quote text

Out Of Character (OOC) Messages

You can start any message with ooc: and it will mark the message content as being out of character and will display the message differently to normal text. You can also use parentheses to just indicate a small amount of text as out of character.

Important Text

You can surround any text with asterisks to make it stand out more, this can be used for character actions or other text you want to be bold and stand out more. chat-important-example

Dice Rolls

You can embed dice rolls within your message, to simplify rolling various checks or attacks. Dice rolls should be input as typical dice notation between square brackets, such as [2d6] will roll 2x 6 sided dice. The dice rolls occur on the server so it is secure and fair, you can put any numbers you want in here so any dice systems are supported. Once a dice roll has occurred the result will be displayed in place of the dice notation and a tooltip can be loaded to contain the actual roll results. Just to confirm here are a few examples, [1d20] [2d10] [50d75]

Image Embedding

You can embed images within your messages to assist with showing players clues or what a creature or scene looks like, to do this you just need to include the url to image within your message. such as http://d20tools.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/D20Logo-WhiteBg-withD.png, this would then put the image into the message. You can embed as many images in as you want.

Character Data Embedding

You can embed your character data into your messages, to simplify perception checks or other character reliant interactions. All variables are embedded using the @ sign followed by the variable name, so for example @perception would embed the characters perception score into the message. All embedded variables will display tooltips describing the embedded variable. Each game system supports different embedded variables, and some support more than others, you can visit the specific game system campaign pages for embedded variable lookups.


For more information on each system visit the links below: Dungeons & Dragons ® - 4th Edition Game System Campaign Features