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–  Why Buy Hero Lab?  –

The best way to find out whether you should buy Hero Lab is to simply download the free demo version, or the free Hero Lab Starter Edition application, and take them for a test drive. But if you're looking for more reasons, here they are!

If You're a New RPG Player...

...then you know how daunting it can be to leaf through page after page of descriptions, charts, tables, and stat blocks to figure out what your character can do. Hero Lab automates all the information you need, so that you can:

  1. Hero Lab's validation mechansm prompts you through character creation, and ensures that invalid options will be flagged on-screen and reported for easy correction.
  2. Leave the math to Hero Lab, as all applicable bonuses, penalties, and modifiers will be automatically applied when you choose the corresponding options.
  3. Play around with different options and see their effects on your character before you decide how to create the character, allowing you to make the choices that are best for you and for your character.
  4. Print out your character's information and head straight to the game table for your next game.
  5. Have detailed information for all skills, equipment, spells, etc. right at your fingertips, greatly reducing the amount of time spent flipping through the pages of multiple rulebooks.
  6. See the cascading effects of changes within the Summary Panels, eliminating surprises when one change impacts other facets of your character.

If You're a Veteran RPG Player...

...then you can save precious time with Hero Lab, no matter how well you know the rules:

  1. Verify the legality of your character instantly with real-time validation, eliminating the need to track all the inter-dependencies in your head.
  2. Let Hero Lab handle all the calculations while you experiment with all the options, allowing you to optimize your character for play.
  3. Keep all of your character information in one place with Hero Lab's Journal, instead of crowding notes into the margins of the character sheet or on a sheet of scrap paper.
  4. Utilize Hero Lab's In-Play mode to automatically re-calculate the effects of temporary conditions (e.g. poisons), letting you focus solely on the game instead of being distracted by the bookkeeping.
  5. Leverage Hero Lab for multiple game systems, using a single, consistent, intuitive interface for all the games you play.
  6. Add your own custom elements to the data files, or make adjustments for your own house rules, using the tools available in the Authoring Kit.

If You're a Casual RPG Player...

...then Hero Lab can help you stay on top of the rules, even if you can't quote verbatim from the latest books:

  1. Experiment with different choices and selections, with all dependent calculations displayed in real-time, so there's no guesswork on the effect of a certain skill, option, or piece of equipment.
  2. Rules validation is automatic and in real-time, with detailed information about what rule was violated and possible options for resolving the issue.
  3. Game information is sortable and searchable by a multitude of criteria, so you don't have to hunt through a stack of rulebooks to find just the right weapon, item, spell, etc.
  4. The Journal lets you write notes about anything you choose, so that even when your game group goes for months between games, you can always pick up right where you left off.