(Ed: Well shit, I just skimmed the reddit page and saw they will be shutting down orcpub but they have moved it to https://www.dungeonmastersvault.com/ – I just learned this and orcpub is still up so I’m leaving all this here for now. I will be playing with Dungeon Masters Vault and hope to make an updated post) (Source: https://www.reddit.com/r/orcpub/comments/bjzb9v/orcpuborcpub2_to_be_shut_down/ – At the bottom it mentions April Fools and Orcpub is still up sooo…. I’m just going to leave this here….)
First and foremost I want to emphasize that I’m not on the bleeding edge of roleplaying news. I don’t keep up on what classes are going to be rolling out from the Unearthed Arcana(Artificer anyone?). As much as I should I haven’t read all the books. Now don’t get me wrong because that doesn’t mean I don’t enjoy my role playing because I do, I just take it as meaning I don’t get all into min-maxing and character options because I’m probably cut and dry compared to most people. Which brings me to bringing up this website;
I found this place some time ago when I was looking for character building websites to just see what was out there and could help me out. Now, straight off the bat I need to mention this site isn’t super helpful without importing some things which I will link towards the bottom. Wizards pulled some copyright things in 5e and I guess some things(most?) are not open source anymore so this site can’t use a lot of stuff straight out of the book. You can sign their petition to try to help get licensing to orcpub2 by Wizards by signing their petition here but its past its time and had 34,000 some signatures.
I personally have about 5-6 characters saved on here because my last DM said he might be running something that would kill us so I just spent a few hours and punched a few guys up. Some mean more to me than others.
The biggest thing I personally use it for though is the character builder which imho is spectacular and smooth as butter. It tells you whats missing, what needs to be filled in and makes everything nice and pretty for you. It can even spit out a nice looking pdf for you.
Now, here is the caveat with this site like I mentioned above, Wizards put some conditions on their material so their can’t use some(many!) sources. You can import sources in though if they are in certain formats. You would be looking for .orcbrew files. There are people out there that create these files of the Wizards sources that you can take and import into Orcpub which make the site much more than it is straight out of the box. I recommend their reddit page.
You will want to join their discord server at: https://discordapp.com/invite/cdThAG5 – Once on their server you will want to take a look around and you should find the orcbrew area. Take that file and goto My Content -> Content List then to Import and upload. Boom, should be done. Check the boxes for the sources you want and don’t want. Hit “expand” to see what alls included in the source. Get to making some characters.