The thermal printer is ubiquitous in today’s world, mostly found whenever we have to get a receipt from somewhere. They’re cheap, fast, and easy to use. They are also easy to use and affordable. [Daniel] found out, they’re also pretty straightforward to re-program and use for other things than a three-foot-long receipt from a drug store. He’s adapted them to serve as a key tool of the dungeon master in his D&D games.
The Epson Standard Code is the most popular thermal printer standard. But the real joy of this project lies in the user interface. He’s made it possible to build templates and other D&D-oriented sheets quickly via HTML, so the dungeon master can print out character sheets, items from the game, maps, or anything else they might possibly need at the time. It’s all highly configurable to whatever needs arise, and the interface works on Mac, Windows, and Linux.
All of the project code is located on Daniel’s GitHub page for anyone looking to try this out. This standard is also used by most thermal printers. So, even if you don’t have a roll of paper, it’s possible to find cheap ones and use them as long as they are available. If you feel the thermal paper reminds you of your youth, this could be because it was used by the Game Boy Printer.