The Must Have Foundry VTT Modules are a line of VTT modules designed to fit in with any tabletop game. They are designed to be lightweight, durable and multipurpose. Although they are designed to be used as a supplement to the game itself, each module has plenty of already-designed art and maps to use without modification.
This week I’ve been enjoying a new module released for the Forge by Must Have Foundry. It’s this week’s Must Have Modules, and if you’re not familiar with them, my guest, the must-have modules are a series of mods that the author of the module releases for free in order to spread the word about their mods in order to demonstrate that their mods are worth paying for.
Hi guys, it’s JH with a another exciting post for you all. We have another 8 free Foundry VTT modules to share this week, and since Foundry has released this months free games, let’s go ahead and share a few of the free modules that were released with those this month.
We’ve been running three games a week using FoundryVTT for the last several months.
While Foundry is a fantastic tool right out of the gate, it’s the Modules that really set it apart from other RPGs like Roll20 and Fantasy Grounds. Open source modules are a great approach to take your game to the next level.
There are several fantastic third-party/community modules available that are a must-have for gamers. If you know of any more, please let me know in the comments section and I’ll add them to the list.
VTT Modules from the Best Foundries
Modules for Improving Quality of Life
- (Module Link) Combat Utility Belt (Beta) — This module is also one of my favorites. It has a lot of useful features. Play around with it and adjust it to your liking!
- Deselection (https://github.com/Sky-Captain-13/foundry/tree/master/deselection) — A simple but essential QOL module. Deselecting tokens is much easier. A must-have item.
- Token Info Icons (https://gitlab.com/jopeek/fvtt—token-info-icons) Is a set of icons for tokens (https://gitlab.com/jopeek/fvtt—token-info-icons). Passive Perception, Movement, and AC on a character token may all be seen with this handy DM tool.
- BetterRolls for 5e (Module Link) – A module for DnD5e that modifies some sheet functionalities on Foundry VTT Character sheets. It enables for fast, compounded item rolls, ability checks, saving throws, and just about every other roll in 5th Edition DnD.
- Improvements in Midlife Quality of Life (Module Link) Checking whether attacks hit, auto-rolling damage, and other interesting processes are possible. You’ll probably have to pick between this and BetterRolls.
- Companion module for Beyond20 (https://github.com/kakaroto/Beyond20/).
- If you utilize DND Beyond in any way, this is a must-have. Allows you to utilize your character sheets, dice rolls, and other resources. Some of my players prefer to roll from DNDBeyond directly.
- The Furnace (https://github.com/kakaroto/fvtt-module-furnace) is a GitHub project by Kakaroto (https://github.com/kakaroto/fvtt-module-furnace).
- It was one of the first modules I installed, and I can’t imagine my life without it. This one brings great QOL and features to Foundry. It has the following features:
- Advanced Drawing Tools: New drawing tools with a variety of pattern fill types, a new HUD, and a variety of choices.
- Advanced Macros: Call macros with parameters or straight from chat using async script macros, handlebars templating, recursive macro calls, and async script macros. The macro editor now has syntax highlighting, fullscreen mode, and a test run button.
- Divide Journal: To split a journal entry into several entries, use the split option from the context menu.
- Tokens : As the GM, you have the ability to activate or disable token vision for yourself. You can also use an actor folder to deploy several tokens at once in a scenario.
- Combat: To rapidly change the initiative value in the combat tracker, double-click it.
- Playlists: Adds a ‘Now Playing’ section and conceals sound controls until they are hovered over. It aids with the precise adjustment of low-level volume levels.
Modules to Make Your Game More Interesting
- Another useful QOL module is Chat Damage Buttons (https://gitlab.com/Ionshard/foundry-vtt-chatdamagebuttons-beyond20#foundry-vtt-chatdamagebuttons-beyond20-edition). After a roll, adds tiny icons to auto-increment/decrement damage on tokens.
- D&D 5e Conditions (https://github.com/trdischat/conditions5e) — Simple module that removes all the standard Foundry condition icons and replaces them with D&D specific ones. Also marks tokens with damage overlayes. Pretty fun.
- Pings (https://gitlab.com/foundry-azzurite/pings) — A simple module that allows players to ping the map, which then appears graphically.
- Polyglot (https://github.com/kakaroto/fvtt-module-polyglot) is a fvtt module that allows you to switch between languages. It was successfully installed. I haven’t tried it yet, but it seems to be useful. Allows for some linguistic role-playing by requiring only PCs who understand the language being typed (spoken), with garbled information appearing in the chat window if they do not.
- Moerills-fvtt-modules/token-mold (https://gitlab.com/moerills-fvtt-modules/token-mold) This is fantastic! Especially if I’m dropping a large number of monsters and want to create their HP at random, among other things.
- Virtual Tabletop Assets – D&D Beyond Integration (https://www.vttassets.com/assets/vtta-dndbeyond) — Fantastic module to let you import D&D Beyond content into your world.
- Calendar/Weather (https://github.com/DasSauerkraut/calendar-weather) + About Time (https://gitlab.com/tposney/about-time). Players will never ask me, “What time is it?” again.
- Because I can’t get accustomed to Foundry’s default NPC sheets, I created BetterNPCSheet5e (https://github.com/syl3r86/BetterNPCSheet5e).
- FX master (https://gitlab.com/mesfoliesludiques/foundryvtt-fxmaster) is a beautiful and sophisticated tool for map effects like clouds and rain, although I haven’t used it much yet. Most of the time, I simply forget about it after more essential stuff.
- Shops, treasure troves, and party shared loot are all covered by the NPC Loot Sheet (https://gitlab.com/jopeek/fvtt—loot-sheet-npc-5e).
- BubbleRolls (https://gitlab.com/mesfoliesludiques/foundryvtt-bubblerolls) — Displays dice roll results in a chat bubble or popup above the character. It’s kind of amusing. I’ve used it before, but not right now.
Using Foundry VTT Modules for the First Time
Modules enhance or replace functionality within Foundry VTT. Most modules consist of a module.json file that describes the module and contains some metadata about it, and a <module name>.js file that contains the module code. Some modules also include css and html files.
The Community Modules wiki page and the Community Modules Repo are both good places to look for community-created modules.
Using the manifest URL
- In a web browser, go to the Foundry setup page.
- Select Add-on Modules from the drop-down menu.
- Select Install Module from the drop-down menu.
- Copy the Manifest URL and paste it into the Module you’re installing.
- Install should be selected.
- Placing the module files under resourcesapppublicmodules<module name> inside your Foundry VTT installation folder.
- The Foundry VTT server should be restarted.
- Re-enter Foundry VTT as the GameMaster.
- Select Help from the drop-down menu.
- Click Manage Modules under the game system heading (eg. D&D 5th Edition)
- Place a checkbox next to the newly installed module’s name, then click Update Modules at the bottom of the list to activate it.
The Foundry VTT API, which is described on the official Foundry VTT site, is used to create modules.
Modules that you like the most
Let us know which FoundryVTT modules you’re utilizing in your installation. As we test new things, we’ll keep adding to the list above.
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