While I love my collection of Pathfinder RPG books, they are actually a bit of a pain to have at the gaming table, especially when you’re running a combat that involves monsters from all three Bestiaries. I have looked at some length for a solution to this problem, there just didn’t seem to be a ‘physical’ way to do it. Our dining table just doesn’t have that much room for piles of books or papers. Nor is there really a practical place to put a laptop.
This problem led me to search for a suitable iPad app that would do the trick. While I could have kept a browser with various tabs open, I felt that I had to be missing that perfect app that would handle all of this for me.
Finally, I stumbled upon the answer. I have tried various apps for both iOS and Android, and a few for Windows as well, and was disappointed every time. Then I found Combat Manager, a free Windows app that also happened to be available for iOS at a very reasonable price. A few sessions later, and both my hubby and I are using to help run combats in our respective games. I was impressed that the iOS version allows you to save groups of monsters to use in combat, so I can prepare ahead of time and just open up the file when a particular combat comes up.
Combat Manager also allows you to look up feats, spells, monsters, rules and treasure for the Pathfinder system. You can even advance monsters to make them a bit tougher. It really is a fantastic app and worth checking out.