Best Answer bluesguy , 11 September 2017 - 04:41 PM
As the creator of the HCM I am happy to answer your questions.
- It works on any system capable of running a full Java VM. So if you can run Hero Designer on your Surface Pro then you can run HCM.
- You must own Hero Designer because HCM uses output files from Hero Designer.
- Easy to use? Yes/No ;-). There are things about the UI that I don't like but it functions.
- Touch friendly? I have no idea
- Print Speed Charts? Don't need to because HCM uses an export from Hero Designer. The exported file contains all the information about the character(s) needed to manage combat.
- Add/Remove Characters quickly? If you have the exported file, adding is easy. Deleting characters is very easy from a combat session.
- You can change a character's speed mid-combat. Unfortunately this feature, works but there is a long standing bug where you might have to hit the OK button a few times before the dialog goes away. I have tried to figure out what is going on but I can't (setting breakpoints in the debugger hasn't helped, trace output hasn't helped, it's an evil bug that will truly celebrate when I squash it - can you tell that I hate that bug).
You have a big gaming group. I have run HCM with 6 player characters, multiple major villains, and armies of goons. Getting through phase 12 still takes a while but you don't have to deal with book keeping (how much stun did that goon take).
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