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    5E Automatic Effects

    5E Automatic Effects

    Important Update, see this post

    Instantly add effects for all items, spells, class features, race traits and feats found in the 5E Core Rulebooks!

    for player characters and non-player characters/monsters!

    5E Automatic Effects is a series of modules to aid Game Masters and Players by automatically adding coding effects in the 5e D&D ruleset on the Fantasy Grounds virtual tabletop platform.

    These modules pre-build all possible custom and spell effects for your equipment, magic items, spell scrolls, spells, class features, race traits and feats, organized into separate modules for each book. Each book will be added to the 5e Automatic Effects bundle as it is completed, allowing you to purchase the entire collection at a discount!

    Although the 5e Automatic Effect modules can be used stand-alone, they were designed from the grounds up to work created to work with the Equipped Effects Extension (FG Forge link), created by SilentRuin and listed for Sale on the DMsGuild. When used in conjunction, adding coding effects is as simple as adding an item to your character’s inventory or creating a character with the built-in character wizard - the extension handles everything else!

    Spell effects for every spell
    Every spell created as a spell scroll (with effects)
    Class features for all PHB & DMG classes & Archetypes
    all racial abilities coded
    All feats coded
    Spell effects for magic items from DMG
    Spell effects for all equipment
    Not only for your players, but also for your NPCs
    Lighting and vision effects for items with ambient light
    NPC statblocks included in spells and class features
    Organized into easy to filter groups for effect searching
    with short summaries for every feature, trait and feat

    5E Automatic Effects Player's Handbook (latest update 14-09-2021)

    5E Automatic Effects Dungeon Master's Guide (latest update 06-09-2021)

    5E Automatic Effects Xanathar's Guide to Everything (latest update 06-09-2021)

    5E Automatic Effects Sword Coast Adventurer's Guide (latest update 14-09-2021)

    5E Automatic Effects Monster Manual (latest update 14-09-2021)

    5E Automatic Effects Volo's Guide to Monsters (latest update 06-09-2021)

    5E Automatic Effects Mordenkainen's Tome of Foes (latest update 06-09-2021)

    5E Automatic Effects Tasha's Cauldron of Everything (latest update 14-09-2021)

    5E Automatic Effects Van Richten's Guide to Ravenloft (release 14-09-2021)

    5e Automatic Effects Bundle (20% discount)

    Want to try it out first: Try our PWYW demo:

    5E Automatic Effects Elemental Evil Player's Companion (last update: 06-09-2021)

    Adventure Effects modules:

    5E Automatic Effects - Lost Mine of Phandelver is the first of the adventure effects modules, created by WeezelD, and includes over 100 effects to augment your LMoP campaign. This supplement is a great way to learn more about how 5E Automatic Effects will enhance your Fantasy Grounds game play, bringing almost effortless effects management to GMs and players.

    @WeezelD has made a NEW fantastic in-depth video covering all aspects of this bundle! Big kudos to him as he did a fantastic job:

    Upcoming Release:
    - Eberron: Rising of the Last War
    Last edited by Aridhro; October 18th, 2021 at 19:21. Reason: LMoP release
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    How to use the module

    Go to Library > Modules and load the 5E Automatic Effects Module
    The module will be accessible by players (default). Change this if you like
    Load the Core Rulebooks related to the module(s)
    Click the Spells sidebar button to find the powers
    Select one of the following groups:
    <li>5e Automatic Effects Feats</li>
    <li>5e Automatic Effects Items</li>
    <li>5e Automatic Effects Class Features</li>
    <li>5e Automatic Effects Race Traits</li>
    <li>5e Automatic Effects Spell Scrolls</li>
    <li>5e Automatic Effects Spells</li>

    You can filter under spells:
    - by Level for spells and spell scrolls
    - by Source: <Class> for spells, <Class ' > for spell scrolls, class features, <Race> for Race Traits and <Feats> for Feats

    Under the Effects Sidebar Button, you can now find different custom effects.

    For those who have noticed some performance concerns when opening the Effects window while using 5eAE, MeAndUnique released an extension that helps speed things up substantially by adding support for paging in the Effects window. https://www.fantasygrounds.com/forum...510#post610510

    Under the Effects Sidebar Button, you can now find different custom effects, which need to be applied to the combat tracker when characters equip the related item.

    Because some powers interact with certain NPCs , you will find brand new NPCs under the NPCs sidebar button in Group ‘5E Automatic Effects’. These are light sources for lighting effects, arcane objects created by spells, sentinel weapons with special vision, …

    You can also find some items, which are linked in the powers. E.g. Monk unarmed strike (phb), Black Dragon Scale Male (dmg)

    You add a power to your character by click and dragging it to the Actions Tab of your character sheet.
    You can also add a custom effect from the Effects sidebar button to a character on you Combat tracker

    The actual custom and powers will be explained further.

    (NEW) All spell and power descriptions were replaced with links to the official core rulebooks by Smiteworks. Host and client have access to these if they own the related official source book.

    If a Dungeon master wants non-player links to be available to players for lets say magic items in the Dungeon Master's Guide, we offer folllowing solutions:
    A) Share all files at once! You only need to share the following Story to your players (recommended)
    Story: SHARE ME !!
    B) Share the links one by one in the actual power/spell description
    C) Share the full Dungeon Master's Guide by allowing it to players in Library > Modules

    With Equipped Effects

    When using equipped effects, created by SilentRuin (see link below), you can all do the above automatically with extra functionalities. Most of which are explained in the Fantasy Grounds forum post.

    - Create a character, using the character wizard or by another method. You can also import a (pregenerated) character, but if you do, always remove all the existing powers and spells in the action tab, before placing the character in the combat tracker.
    - If you use the character wizard , the spells you can choose from for your spell casters will generate the 5e equipped effects spells to your action tab.
    - Place the character on the combat tracker : All abilities (features, traits and feats) and equipped items (if identified) of the character will auto load the respective powers in the Action tab.
    - Give the character whatever item you like from the related core rulebook
    - identified items will be visible to player and GM in both CT and character sheet action tab
    - Level a character: all powers for new abilities will also automatically load in the action tab.
    - (NEW) If you toggle the Equipped Effects option "Display first link" on, the link to the official sourcebook will be replaced with the actual description of the spell/power, if you have the official sourcebook loaded in your campaign.
    - More details provided below.


    This will break Equipped effects Automatisation!
    DO USE the Summary Display option to add info. Know if you doublecick a power, the summary will be displayed in the Chat.

    Class Features and Race Traits and Feats

    This module contains all Class Features and Race Traits and Feats of the respective core rule book.

    Add your character to the combat tracker, add/remove an ability by hand or by leveling up, and all related powers will automatically be added to the action tab in the right group <Features>, <Traits> or <Feats>.

    The only things to take care off:
    - Setup ability modifiers per group
    - Make groups for features like e.g. channel divinity, nl. features who share uses and/or ability modifiers
    - Some Abilities indicate to choose a power in the [notes]. Click on the power link, find the desired powers (f.i. fighting style, eldritch invocations) and drag the power to the action tab.
    - Set the number of uses when there are more uses per day, rest, ... This is often equal to an ability modifier or determined by your character's level.
    - Setup the appropirate healing, damage dices if you start your character at higher level, than the level you get this ability for the first time. See ability description in [note] for more info.

    Spells and spell scrolls

    As you may already know spells and spell scrolls are practically the same thing. And that is also the reason why they are both featured in the 5eAE PHB module (and not in 5eAE DMG module). The only major difference is their Saving Throw DCs and Attack Roll modifiers. For spells the DCs are calculated from the spell caster’s ability modifier, while for scrolls the DCs are fixed depending on the spell’s level. Don’t forget to add your spell ability modifier to the spells power group. This will not be needed for spell scrolls. Some healing effects on spells state you heal f.i. 1d4 plus ability modifier. For spell scrolls, I decided to use a fixed ability modifier, related to the spell’s level. If you want to use the caster’s ability modifier, you need to change this in the effect. Feel free to ask me how to do this.

    For every spell and spell scroll you will find a short summary of the spell’s casting time, range, components and duration. Toggle the Display to Summary at the bottom of the Action tab to see it next to the spell’s name.

    Spells can be added in the character wizard, as intende by Fantasy Ground Unity. The only difference: when the 5e Automatic effects are loaded, FGU will prioritise the module's spells in stead of parsing them from the core rulebooks.

    Adventuring gear and Magic Items

    The list of items, searchable via Source in Sidebar Spells has
    - Adventuring Gear
    - Armor
    - Potions
    - Rings
    - Rods
    - Scrolls
    - Staffs
    - Wands
    - Weapons
    - Wondrous Items

    For adventuring gear and magic items, equipped effects makes the power available in the action tab, if you equip an item and deletes it when you unequip an item. Likewise a custom effect is added/removed on the combat tracker, if there is one available

    Important requirements for the items to show:
    - Character is placed on the combat trakcer
    - The item is identified

    Items that need attunement only have magic effects when attuned (= identified, extension wise). Unidentified items that do not need attunement will show custom effects on CT (only for gm), but not in the actions tab.
    Identified items will be visible to player and gm in both CT and character sheet action tab

    The CURSED keyword, as used in Equipped Effects is also coded into cursed items. CURSED items can't be unequiped.

    Item templates for weapons and armors

    For magic weapons and armors I decided to use the magic item template instead of every single specific magic weapon or armor. You will find an ‘Armor of Acid Resistance’ and ‘Dragon Slayer’ instead of a chain mail of acid resistance and a dragon slayer battleaxe. I did this for the following reasons: (1) Less is more: one effect that functions for 20+ items or even homebrew items, (2) Compatible with equipped effects when using the items from the core rulebooks; (3) Easy to adjust or suit to your own desires. Remember you can always copy a spell or custom effect to your campaign database and modify it. Equipped Effects will always check your campaign database first.

    Some armors have multiple combinations of effects. For these I made specific armors, you can find under the Items tab, which will match with their specific effect. Example: the DMG only provides the item “Dragon Scale Mail Armor” and I made you the Red, White, … variants to match their respective’ RESIST: fire’ or ‘RESIST: cold’ effects.


    I have started to add some conditions. This is a non limitative list you can find on top of the custom effects in the Effects sidebar. If you have conditions you like to be added, please let me know.

    Lighting and Vision

    All features, items, spells, ... who need lighting and vision effects are done.
    I also made "light source" NPCs which can be used to cast light effect everywhere on the map.

    Effects explained
    (moved to post #3)

    Feedback & Updates

    All feedback is welcome. Post your feedback here or on Grim Press’ discord server.
    Fixes to the modules will be uploaded to DMsGuild on a weekly basis. In the meantime, you can always ask for help to fix issues yourself.

    Thank you for your support
    Hope you will like it.

    Last edited by Aridhro; July 8th, 2021 at 11:15. Reason: Effective Pageantry
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    The effects explained

    Every power in these module series is preceded by one of the following tags (which isn’t copied to the combat tracker when applying the effects):

    indicates it is an equippable or equipped effect: Activate effect when equipping or let equipped effects do this for you automatically. These effects can also be found under Custom Effects in the Effects tab.

    $ indicates a situational effect which will be added to yourself. These will not activate automatically and always need to be activated by the player (or dm). Because they are set to self, you don’t need to target before you activate the effect.

    # indicates the effect can be targeted to another creature or yourself. First target the creature(s) and click on the effect button or click and drag the effect to the target.

    $# indicates you need to use the special functionlality “Shift + target (click or drag)”. This is an effect that resides on yourself, but with the prerequisite of one / more targets. Every time this tag is preceding an effect, please check the spell description. There should be specific effect notes to clarify how it works.

    The following tags can be found within some of the effects:

    [note] indicates there is a ‘special effect note’ which can be found in the spell description:
    Effect notes are added to help players figuring out effects
    All spell effect description are full item or spell (scroll) descriptions
    Any location where this module is linked to other modules it will be marked as appropriate using the standard acronyms. F.i. (DMG), (PHB), but also (5eAE PHB).

    Some abilities (class, race, feat) have plenty of links inside the descriptions. Many of which have powers who can be added to the action tab.

    [npc] indicates the effect can be targeted to an NPC who is provided in the spell description
    Use the Apparatus of Kwalish with full stats, successfully read a scroll of animate objects and activate those objects with full stats and even blindvision. If your players want to cast daylight, use its ‘light source’ npc to cast the daylight spell by applying the effect to that light source.

    Custom effects can be visual by GM only or to all (‘eye’ toggle). The custom effects are default visible to all. Only the cursed items are set to be visible by gm only.

    If you want to know how some effects work, feel free to visit the Fantasy Grounds Wiki.

    Charges: The powers have charges or uses. This means you should see checkboxes in front of item powers. If a dice is used to determine the number of charges, I used the maximum value. Uses which are determined by your level or an ability modifier can't be automatically added. In that case, you need to adjust them yourself in the preperation mode (see button on the action tab).

    Instructions for the NPC Features:

    5e Automatic Effects NPC Features (spell list group)
    - Search the feature's name in the spell list
    - Open the feature's spell power by clicking on it's link
    - Drag the chat box balloon (example below) to the line in the combat tracker you want to update. It should easily add the effect to the existing text in the combat tracker.

    With Equipped Effects

    When using equipped effects, created by SilentRuin, you can all do the above automatically with extra functionalities. Most of which are explained in its Fantasy Grounds forum post.
    Equipped-Effects-Extension (FG Forum)

    First: check if the option "Translate NPC Power" in the sub category "Equipped Effects (GM)" is toggled ON;
    Next: Add the NPC from the related core rulebook module to the combat tracker.

    All NPC features that needed updates will have their unique new effects add next to the feature name!
    Equipped effect simply matches the feature name with the spell power name. When it finds a match, the effects defined for that spell power will be translated to the combat tracker effects language.
    A lot of features in D&D 5e are purely generic. The same feature is used for different NPCs.
    For the ones that aren't generic and differ from monster to monster, see following section.

    No more mismatches
    Since the latest update of the equipped effects extension (October 12th 2021), it is possible to attach certain powers and custom effects to a specific NPC.
    While "Sneak Attack" autoloaded for all character and monster abilities called this way, "Sneak Attack_Assassin" only works for the Assassin's feature. With this great update we can help solve a lot of mismatches.
    The new spell power or custom effect (Feature_NPC) needs to namematch the feature/action/trait (part in front of undescore) and the NPC's name (part after the underscore). See equipped effects extension forum for more information.
    We do all in our power to update the modules with NPCs to the new npc feature naming standard. Follow the Grim Press discord or 5eAE forum thread for upcoming updates.
    If you want to see what is possible since the equipped effects update, add an Aberration from the Monster Manual to the combat tracker.

    The effects explained
    Permanent traits are created as custom effects, which autoload when adding NPC to the combat tracker.
    [(note) 'text']: Several spell powers only have a note. Although they are automatically created as an effect between brackets [...], they are not intended to be used as such. The are simple notes.
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    Note with equipped effects extension:
    • Item equipped - CT custom effect applied based on ID rules for equipped effects - spell/power added to PC (actions tab).
    • Unequipped item - effects and spell/powers (if present) are removed.

    Aridhro has provided a ton of details outside of this simple click and forget powerful .mod combined with .ext. Including all the lighting gear (and spell/magic items where applicable - looking at you fairy fire).
    Last edited by SilentRuin; March 31st, 2021 at 00:37.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rob2e View Post
    A little competition is never a bad thing, right? Only folks who win are the customers!

    Do you play 5th Edition D&D? Are you always looking for exciting new supplements & content?
    Check out Grim Press' list of community products available on the DMs Guild!
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    Seems a bit like stepping on someone else's toes to me. Rob did all this coding several years ago, and now you come along with the same thing?!?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jiminimonka View Post
    Seems a bit like stepping on someone else's toes to me. Rob did all this coding several years ago, and now you come along with the same thing?!?
    This Grim Press product was created from the ground up to work with our Equipped Effects Extension to automatically add effects to the combat tracker & the the action tab for items and spells. We made it work as a stand alone offering for folks who prefer not to use extensions, but the intension is that everything is done automatically.

    The community appreciates the work Rob as done to get coding effects in the hands of FG players - his success on the DMsGuild certainly speaks to this. People who have purchased Rob's stuff are absolutely encouraged to keep using it, as the content is great.

    However, we are presenting another way for folks to achieve a similar result, but in a manner that we think adds more value for the end user.
    Last edited by Grimlore; March 30th, 2021 at 21:16.

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    Check out Grim Press' list of community products available on the DMs Guild!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jiminimonka View Post
    Seems a bit like stepping on someone else's toes to me. Rob did all this coding several years ago, and now you come along with the same thing?!?
    So is the same said for all the extensions people do that are similar like the height extension or RFI or other things like that? I don't see anyone complaining there..... I just think it's a bit silly to think only one coder/person/team can be the sole proprietors for anything when it's being developed outside of Smiteworks? Let's not let this turn into a bashing thing.... I would think having a choice is the root of capitalism.... and everyone has a choice on where they want to spend their money.... or maybe not spend it at all and learn to code things themselves.....*shrugs*

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jiminimonka View Post
    Seems a bit like stepping on someone else's toes to me. Rob did all this coding several years ago, and now you come along with the same thing?!?
    This kind of misinformation should not be stated unless you actually looked at the offering - which I know you have not. I have never seen any ones "stuff" and Aridhro went on his own to design this from ground up with his own rules/flair for things and I made my stuff respect .mod file data. If you are claiming all the effects and powers I've written for things in my own campaigns are some how "copying" someone else's stuff because we all write stuff in SmiteWorks effects coding - I'm going to straight up OBJECT. I don't know all what Aridhro did but I do know that he pretty much did what I do - and just looks at rules and Smiteworks and implements it. Granted his special codes - NPCs - scrolls etc. are pretty clever but I can't do what your doing and claim its the same because I have not seen the other stuff. Neither have you.

    I don't doubt there are some things there is only one way to do things with in terms of extensions and powers but NOBODY gets to claim it except Smiteworks.

    There are a billion D&D modules out there - data - rulebooks - etc. And they ALL seem the same to me. I detest DATA. And when asked to do this data crap and put it into my stuff I refused because I like doing software base architectural stuff. Telling me anything I did is the same as someone else's is not true, as I've written all my stuff in the blind.

    And I've been EXTREMELY careful not to comment on some of the other extensions out there which I literally BLOW out of the water. As in NO COMPARISON IN POWER OR ABILITY. But I don't go post in peoples threads about that. So.... I get others are not like that.

    But this whole thing? Tempest in a tea cup. Entertaining - but in the end irrelevant. My opinion remains the same - EXTENSIONS = RISK. Data changes - people do their own - people sell it - people put it out for free. Go find what fits you best and leave the infighting to those who care.

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