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PCGen - Who does what?
Last Edited: Aug 19th, 2009

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You'll quickly notice the PCGen has a Monkey theme. Bryan McRoberts chose "Chief Code Monkey" as his title when he first made PCGen available to the public, and later adopted the title of Benevolent Dictator. Other teams formed to focus on different aspects of PCGen, and all have taken to referring to themselves as Monkeys. In the Documentation provided with PCGen and in the About box of the actual software we try to list everyone who has contributed to PCGen in chronological order.


In keeping with the Monkey theme a ranking system has evolved as a way to express appreciation and confer status to those who have contributed their time and energy to the project. The highest rank is that of Silverback, the Silverbacks are the leaders of the teams that make up the PCGen project and hold seats on the Board of Directors. The Silverbacks have a 2nd for each sub team. Promoting Monkeys is generally the privilege of the teams Silverback. The ranks are (in decreasing order) 2nd, Chimp, Gibbon, Tamarin, Lemur. The rank of Lemur is conferred when a volunteer first contributes something useful (whether it be large or small to the project).

Joining the project

PCGen is an Open Source Software Initiative and as such relies entirely on the efforts of many volunteers. The project is always in need of more volunteers, if you would like to join we would love to have you. The easiest way to join is to post a message to the pcgen message board with the subject of "I want to help" and you will be contacted by a Tracker Monkey and asked what area you would like to contribute to. You may also contact the Silverback of a team you are interested in joining directly. A list of the Silverbacks can be found in the BoD

Board of Directors

The Board of Directors (BoD) is the steering committee of PCGen, its members consist of the Team Leads from each team. It had overall governance of the project and is lead by the Chair Monkey.


This team works on the medium and long term gnarly architectural issues for PCGen, dealing with things such as Internationalization, replacing the data layer etc.


This team works on the Java code, fixing Bugs and developing FREQs.


Content encompasses Data, Documentation, Output Sheets and other non-Java code project files.


This team works on the data for all the books you load in PCGen. They help answer data questions at the PCGenListFileHelp. They have pcgen_experimental group where they actually work on the different books we're trying to get into PCGen.


This team works on the Documentation, this is a massive effort combing How To guides, Data and OS tags, FAQ and much, much more.


This team works on the output sheets which are used to export to character sheets in PCGen. These templates involve XML, XSL, PDF and HTML/XHTML.


This is the team that administers the project as a whole. They amongst other things monitor the yahoo site and consist of two sub teams.


They also prioritize all Issues and provide assistance to all teams in a co-ordination role.


This team gathers all the elements and compiles the code to create the packages that are released to the public.


This team is the newest formed team; it's first tasked with finding a permanent website space to call home and building a fully operational website to facilitate our many needs. Once phase I is completed they will monitor and maintain the website. They have a tough job currently of merging our many groups and websites into one unified and professional website with the full capabilities we already enjoy today, plus more enhancements.

Public Relations

The PR team covers dealing with the various stakeholders in PCGen's community, in particular the Publishers.

Publisher Liaison

This team servers as the contact for all the Publishers. This way all contact with Publishers can be more easily managed and consistent.


This team is named after the Open Gaming License that made the popularity of 3e/3.5e possible. This team makes sure that all material included in PCGen meets any license requirements (not just the OGL).


This team deals with PCGen's advertising budget and where and when the advertising should occur.

That should just about cover it!

Chair Monkey - BoD, Moderator

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