Live GameScreen

Live GameScreen is a tool for visualizing the world that your roleplaying game characters inhabit. It creates a more immersive tabletop environment by putting you in the scene while at the same time removing some of the more tedious bookkeeping involved in playing many games.

Live GameScreen provides a powerful console for the Game Master to track player and non-player characters, including health,initiative, status, or whatever else is appropriate for the game system.It provides a full-screen player window to display character portraits and backdrops which can be changed as characters come in and out of a scene or whenever the setting changes.

With Live PlayerScreen (new in version 2.5), you can view the same player screen on another PC on your local network, or even over the internet (for G+ Hangouts and Skype games).

Live GameScreen lets you import your favorite art for character portraits and backdrops. Most image file formats are supported and you can even package them up into a single save file for convenience and portability. (Just make sure you have the proper rights to the images before distributing a packaged save file.)

Live GameScreen comes with “generic” game systems that can be used with any RPG. It also has specific support for the following systems based on official published game rules:

  • Dungeons & Dragons™: 3rd, 3.5th, and 4th Editions (Wizards of the Coast / Hasbro)
  • Pathfinder™ (Paizo Publishing)
  • FATE: Fate Accelerated, Fate Core, Spirit of the Century, Dresden Files, and Diaspora (Evil Hat Productions)
  • Icons (Stephen Kenson / Adamant Entertainment)
  • New World of Darkness™ (White Wolf Publishing)
  • Apocalypse World (Vincent Baker)
  • Monsterhearts (Joe McDaldno)

System Requirements

  • Java 1.5 or later.
  • A second monitor (or external monitor for tablets, handhelds, and notebooks) to display the player screen.


Development Credits

This software is a joint effort of Dana Fried and Matthew Highcove. Additional design input is provided by Blake Mutschler and the rest of the crew at Fun-N-Games in Blacksburg, VA.

Live GameScreen © 2009-2013 Dana Fried and Matthew Highcove