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Main Article: Game Management

The Game Settings Page


Getting to the Game Settings Page

Where to find the Game Settings options on the Game Details Page

When looking at the Game Details-page of one of your games, underneath the game's title is a button labeled Settings (it's the one directly right of the Looking for Players button).

Clicking on this button pulls a drop-down menu and the very first option on the list is "Game Settings". Clicking this option will open that game's Game Settings page.

Game Settings

Some of the following options are only available to Roll20 Subscribers. Listed here are ALL of the potential setting options available on the Game Settings Page

Public Access

This option is only available to Plus and Pro subscribers. This setting called "Allow public access to this game?" is a Yes/No toggle. If enabled, anyone who views the game's Game Details Page can view any public journal entries (those with their permissions set to "All Players" in-game) from the Content on the Game Details Page. Any visitor to the Game Details page can also read the game's chat archive, as well as read and post on the Game forum. This Setting is disabled at default.

Game Background Image

An Example of the Animated Background "Field" displayed on the Game Details Page. A Pro Subscriber Feature

This option is only available to Plus and Pro subscribers. Roll20 offers a couple of backgrounds that you can add to your game's Details Page as well as your Looking for Group listing (should you choose to list it). At default, no background is chosen, but you can choose between Magic, Matrix, and Field backgrounds by clicking on the radio button under each option.

All of the available background options are animated! If you hover your mouse over the thumbnails of the backgrounds, you can preview the animation. Only Pro subscribers have access to animated backgrounds. Plus subscribers will have a static image display of their chosen background.

Character Vault Options

The toggle to enable players from importing their own characters to the game.

Allow players to import their own Characters?

This setting enables or disables whether a player can export their character(s) from their Character Vault into your game.

The Character Vault, which you can find under the Tools site menu, is a feature where players can store their character journal (including character sheet, token and character portrait if available) from any of the games they are currently in, for safe keeping. Importing your character to the Character Vault is available to all account tiers.

Importing a character into a game requires the game's creator to either be a
info or
info subscriber, OR the game having been created with a module that grants Full Vault Access. See Vault Access Levels for details.

The vault access for the current game is listed underneath the setting option for clarity.

Game Default Settings

The following options are Page and Token settings that will be pre-set whenever you create new Pages or Tokens in-game.

Page Defaults

The way these Page Default Settings are ordered will look nearly identical to how the Page Settings window appears in-game. Every single option is available here with the exception of Play on Load, Delete Page, and Archive Page options.

Token Defaults

The Token Default Settings options are a mix of available settings from both the Basic and Advanced tab from the Token Settings window in-game.

The available Token Default Settings available here are:

  • Bar 1 Current and Max values
  • Bar 2 Current and Max values
  • Bar 3 Current and Max values
  • Aura 1 (Radius, Color, Square toggle)
  • Aura 2 (Radius, Color, Square toggle)
  • Tint Color
  • Show Nameplate Toggle
  • See & Edit Player Permissions for:
    • Name
    • Bar 1
    • Bar 2
    • Bar 3
    • Aura 1
    • Aura 2
  • Light Radius
  • Dim Light Radius
  • Light Angle
  • All Players See Light Toggle
  • Has Sight Toggle
  • Sight Angle
  • Sight Multiplier

Saving Game Default Settings

At the bottom of this section is a blue button labeled Save Defaults. This saves ONLY the changes made in this section.

Compendium Settings

Compendium section of a game

Compendium System

You can integrate one of the Roll20 Compendiums into your game so that you and your players can look up rules while you play or to help with filling out character sheets. "Determined by Character Sheet (Default)" is what is set at default. If your game is using a character sheet template that links to a i Compendium, the game will automatically choose that Compendium to include in your game. For instance, the "D&D 5E by Roll20" character sheet template links to the "D&D 5E" Compendium. If you're running a game without a character sheet and wish to have a Compendium available in-game, you'll want to use the drop-down menu here to manually select the desired Compendium you want to use.

Compendium Sharing

You can share your purchased compendiums with players in your game. See Compendium Sharing for more detailed instructions.

Compendium Selection


Compendium Selection

Choose which expansions are included in your game. You can limit the expansions available to you and your players in both searching the i Compendium-tab, and the Charactermancer.

If there are expansions that players own but you don't, excluding these compendium in your settings will also prevent the player from accessing it in that game.

Character Sheet Template

The search field for Character Sheets Templates

This dropdown menu is the exact same one that is seen when you create a new game. The Game Creator change the desired character sheet template at any point and time via this option on the Game Settings page. Selecting the character sheet template from the dropdown menu and the sheet's features, author information, and a preview thumbnail image of the sheet displays below the dropdown menu when a sheet is selected.

The dropdown menu can also be searched with keywords, which can make it easier to find your game. Try more than once if you don't find your game at first, or search for the name of the games system group, if your game/sheet is closely associated with other, such as Powered_by_the_Apocalypse(PbtA) or Storytelling System.

info users can select Custom, after which they get access to the Sheet Editor, and can set the code themselves, like copy the code of existing sheets form the Roll20 Sheet Repository.

Default Sheet Settings

Default Sheet Settings will determine default values & settings for any new character sheets added to the N Journal. These settings are unique to each sheet template, and may vary greatly in what options they contain(some sheets don't even have them). The sheet's author is the one who have created the Default Sheet Settings.

If you make a new game and don't change any of the settings, they will start with the default values for the template.

If you want to apply these settings to existing character sheets in the game, go to y My Settings in-game, and press the Apply Default Settings-button.

Some of the Default settings for the Official D&D 5E sheet.

D&D 5E by Roll20 Character Sheet Default Settings

Here are the available setting options for the D&D 5E by Roll20 character sheet:

D&D 5E by Roll20 - Sheet Default Settings
*Sheet Type: This option sets the sheet default to either PC or NPC style.
  • Roll Queries: When making d20 rolls, this setting dictates how the roll is output. The available options are Always Roll Advantage, Advantage Toggle, Query Advantage, and Never Roll Advantage.
    • Always Roll Advantage will roll two d20s on every roll in case of Advantage or Disadvantage. The expectation is that if there is no Advantage or Disadvantage you use the left most result.
    • Advantage Toggle adds three new buttons to the top of the sheet (this available for both PC and NPC modes) so that you can toggle advantage on a case by case basis.
    • Query Advantage gives your a prompt every time a roll occurs. Before the roll is made, a prompt appears to ask if the roll is a Normal Roll (only one d20 is rolled), Advantage, or Disadvantage.
    • Never Roll Advantage always rolls a single D20 on any given roll, expecting the player to roll a second time in case of Advantage or Disadvantage.

  • Whisper Rolls to GM: This controls how rolls are listed in chat. The available options are Never Whisper Rolls, Query Whispers, and Always Whisper Rolls.
    • Never Whisper Rolls makes every single roll from the character sheet a public roll in chat.
    • Query Whispers will provide a prompt for the player when they roll from the character sheet. They're given the choice to roll openly in chat or whisper it to the GM (/gmroll).
    • Always Whisper Rolls will whisper every single roll from the sheet to the GM (/gmroll).

  • Auto Roll Damage: This option is a toggle between Don't Auto Roll Damage and Auto Roll Damage and Crit. If the sheet is set to "Don't Auto Roll Damage", rolling an attack from the sheet will only list the roll to hit. You will need to click on the roll template in chat to roll for damage. If "Auto Roll Damage and Crit" is selected, the damage roll is automatically included each time you roll an attach on the sheet.

  • Add Character Name to Templates: This option is an On/Off toggle. When set to off, character names are not added to the roll template, and are only displayed as normal in the chat tab as the player/character selected as 'Speaking As'. Turning this option on takes the character's name on the sheet being rolled from and adds it to the roll template. This can be useful for players representing multiple characters.

  • Inventory Type: This sheet has two different styles for tracking Inventory: A Simple and a Compendium Compatible (complex) one. The complex style is compatible with the D&D 5E Compendium. This includes granular item amounts/weights, weight and encumbrance tracking, sorting, AC calculations, automatic attack generation, and more. The Simple option provides a text field for item lists for players who want more manual control over the sheet.

  • Encumbrance: When turned On, the sheet uses the "variant encumbrance" rules on 176 of the Dungeons and Dragons Player's Handbook. When turned Off, the sheet disables the variant rules and only uses a basic over limit inventory weight check.

  • Ammo Tracking: If turned on, the sheet tracks ammo automatically if the game is using the D&D 5E by Roll20 Companion API Script (Pro Subscription Feature) in tandem with the D&D 5E by Roll20 Sheet.

Saving Your Settings

At the very bottom of this page is a blue button labeled Save Changes. It is very important to click this button before leaving this page in order to apply any changes you made to the Game Settings.

Applying Setting Defaults to Existing Content In-Game

The Default Settings In-Game Applier

Character Sheet, Default Page, and Token Default Settings that you changed on the Game Settings page can be applied to existing content within a game. With the game launched on your browser, go to the Sidebar and click on the y icon to bring up the My Settings tab. Scroll down to the bottom of the tab until you find the Apply Default Settings button underneath the Experimental Features section. Clicking on this opens up a dialog box that's sectioned off by Page, Token, and Sheet settings.

For each default setting you have changed on the My Settings Page, a checkbox will appear under its relevant category. Check each option you want to apply across the entirety of the game. When you're ready, click on the Apply Settings button. A confirmation alert will appear alerting you to how many Pages, Tokens, or Character Sheets will be altered. Click OK through the alert to begin the setting conversion. A process bar will appear at the top of the Apply Default Settings dialog box as Roll20 begins converting your existing tokens, pages, and character sheets to the desired changes.

Depending on how many items are in your game, a settings conversion may take anywhere from a couple seconds to a couple minutes to complete. You can cancel out of the applying process at any time by hitting the ESC-key.

Reverting Back to Standard Settings

If you found you've made a mistake or you wish to revert a change you've made with the applier, simply return back to the game's Game Settings Page and change the desired settings back. Relaunch the game and then run the settings applier again.

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