Groups are only available in the Gamemaster version of Character Tool 3.
A character may be part of one or more groups, which is a way for the user to organize the characters stored in the application. There are two types of groups. Dynamic and Normal.
In the printing section, one or more groups may be selected and a combat list or combat cards may be printed. See printing.
Normal groups A normal group, or static group, contains one or more characters which are assigned to the group one by one. A character may be part of more than one group, but only one character may be added to a group at one time.
it is possible to add an character as a clone - a clone is a copy of a character which has the same stats with the exception of Initiative and Name. A Clone will be denoted with Italics in the group member list and also have a tag “[Clone of XXX]” appended to the name.
The possibility to clone a character allows for quick generation of a group of opponents to the characters. For example, the GM needs to create a group of bandits quickly - he already has a Major character bandit created and fleshed out, and adds this to the newly created group “Wilderness Bandits”. Then he adds seven clones of the first character and prints out the a combat list.
To create a new group, select the button “Add normal group” - this will bring up a dialog which asks for the name of the new group. The name must be unique.
To add a character to a group, select a group in the list of groups. Then, in the right hand part of the window, a character is selected in the list Character Name and then the button “Add to group” is selected. To add a clone, do the same but hit the “Add clone to group” button instead.
Deleting a Normal group in the list of groups will not delete a character from the application.
Dynamic groups A dynamic group is similar to the Normal group with some differences - firstly, the members of the group are assigned dynamically depending on five parameters: Campaign name, Title, Species, Occupation and PC/NPC. Also, it is not possible to a character or clone to a dynamic group.
Thus it is possible to create a Dynamic group called “Player Characters” which lists all characters with the type “PC”. Or a Dynamic group called “Shek Pvar PCs” which lists all player character Shek Pvars. A Dynamic group is signified in the List of groups with a “D” in the list of groups. If a new Shek Pvar PC Major character is created, it will show up right away in the Member list.
To create a new Dynamic group, enter information into the parameter fields in the bottom left part of the window and then hit “Add Dynamic group”. This will bring up a dialog which asks for the name of the new group. The name must be unique.
Deleting a Dynamic group in the list of groups will not delete a character from the application.