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Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Fri, September 16 2016 5:03 PM UTC +00:00

About

Houserule.com is a tabletop role-playing website we've been using to run and play our campaigns for years now.  Each campaign has its own web page, blog, wiki, and tabletop - all working together to create a complete experience.

Having a single place to write session summaries, enter campaign information on the wiki, and then jump right into the tabletop to play has been very rewarding.  We would like to bring this experience to everyone, but our servers are small and weak (like halflings), and we don't have the funding to enter Beta.

With your help, this Kickstarter will place us on a track to release House Rule to everyone.  We will upgrade our servers and enter the Beta phase.  Our backers here at Kickstarter will get in on the ground floor!

If you're interested in learning more, we stream all of our games on twitch and upload those recordings to our Youtube Channel.  You can also visit our 2015 ENnie nominated blog.  Read on and you'll get a taste of what House Rule has to offer.

The first step into tabletop role-playing is the hardest. Experienced groups can be intimidating to play with, and you may not even fully understand what role-playing really is. We would like to lower that barrier of entry by promoting the online live-streaming of games. Want to see a role-playing session in action? Just watch one!

A picture of our Livestream page.  Or just check it out yourself!
A picture of our Livestream page. Or just check it out yourself!

 

 

        

Finding a group to play with is the next step to getting involved. We'll offer a Group Finder that will allow you to search for groups looking to play online or offline. You can search for whichever type of game you wish to play and find one that fits your schedule. See a game that sounds interesting? Send a friend request to the Game Master or simply request to join the game.

Looking for a game to play.  These seem interesting...
Looking for a game to play. These seem interesting...

 

 

House Rule will provide tools that allow you to create and develop your campaigns online. Whether you're running an online or offline game, the campaign will have its own page that your players can visit to learn more about the campaign or message each other. This includes a blog and wiki for your campaign as well as game materials that can be accessed on your campaign's website and in the tabletop.

A blog post for Mystic Realms summarizing the session I threw all the monsters at them at once!
A blog post for Mystic Realms summarizing the session I threw all the monsters at them at once!

 

The wiki is also entirely graphical - you do not need to know anything about wikis or syntax to use it. Your wiki pages are also integrated everywhere on your game page and in the tabletop. Reference wiki articles in your blog posts, comments, and even chat.

The Mystic Realms top wiki page.
The Mystic Realms top wiki page.

 

Create wiki links using a link button or by right-clicking.  No confusing wiki syntax!
Create wiki links using a link button or by right-clicking. No confusing wiki syntax!

Character Sheets

You may create your own character sheets or import ones we have already created. You can go as simple or complicated with these as you like. One character sheet may be a simple set of fields the player fills in. Another sheet may be an advanced sheet that does your math for you and makes your stats available to use in your macros!

A PC turned NPC in an ongoing game at House Rule!
A PC turned NPC in an ongoing game at House Rule!

 

Editing some values.  I'm sure he will survive . . .
Editing some values. I'm sure he will survive . . .

Game Drawings

You can create game drawings - anything from maps to calendars. Share these drawings with your players, link them in your blog and wiki, and use them directly in the tabletop.

A map of Mindrelia.
A map of Mindrelia.

 

A map of the players' kingdom.  Lot of darkness still... probably safe though.
A map of the players' kingdom. Lot of darkness still... probably safe though.

 

Game Documents

You can also make text documents, be they notes for yourself or handouts for the players.

A document of GM notes, complete with fragmented thoughts, unknown outcomes, and copious spelling errors!
A document of GM notes, complete with fragmented thoughts, unknown outcomes, and copious spelling errors!

 

 

        

If you choose to play online, we will support that with our own House Rule Tabletop. This will be a good chance to play with old friends and continue gaming as schedules get harder to manage. The tabletop is integrated with all of your game materials, wiki articles, and blog posts. You will be able to upload your own music, create macros, develop your own character sheets (or use ours), and chat with your friends through video or text.

Our friend Ed has a special ability, but only on two 20's in a row...  Probably won't ever happen right?
Our friend Ed has a special ability, but only on two 20's in a row... Probably won't ever happen right?

The chat on the right includes a personal chat channel for each player in the game! You don't need to enter any text commands to have a private conversation - just click their name and chat away.

A private chat is used to resolve a long distance communication spell.
A private chat is used to resolve a long distance communication spell.

Dice may be rolled directly in the chat by typing the roll, ex: 2d6 to roll two six-sided dice. We support various modifiers including difficulty-based rolls, exploding dice, and tallying glitches (with more on the way).

You and your players will be able to create macros on the tabletop to assist with rolling. These macros may use values from your character sheet as well!

The tabletop is able to display any of your game materials, as well as Battleboards - grid maps for resolving tactical situations. Feel free to add tokens to the battleboard using images from your hard drive or ones found on the web! Each token has a full range of permissions, and the GM may set certain tokens to 'Persistent'.  These special tokens automatically appear on all of that campaign's battleboards!

A battleboard our friend Ed made for some popular dystopian future game :p
A battleboard our friend Ed made for some popular dystopian future game :p

 

 

Change the background and grid of your board so it fits the setting!
Change the background and grid of your board so it fits the setting!

 

 

Battleboard tokens may be created from any old image. We'll help you find the one you're looking for.

The GM is searching for dragons in this one. (Oh no!)
The GM is searching for dragons in this one. (Oh no!)

You manage your own music, which can be uploaded at your leisure. Attach an image and title to a song to give your game some added ambiance.

An epic song begins playing as the players find themselves fending for their lives in a strange dimension.
An epic song begins playing as the players find themselves fending for their lives in a strange dimension.

If you like details, draw some walls, give the players some lights, and turn on lighting.

Can he get to the evil mage on top of the temple?!  /spoilers
Can he get to the evil mage on top of the temple?! /spoilers

 

 

Reward Details

All Supporters will be credited at houserule.com. You will also receive a Supporter badge on your profile page, a House Rule backer chat sticker, and a big thank you!  The chat sticker may be used when playing on the tabletop, chatting on your friends list, and making blog posts (and anywhere else we can put it)!

  • Credited at houserule.com
  • Supporter badge on profile page
  • Unique backer chat sticker

All Supporter rewards!

All Adventurers will receive Standard Beta Access.

Standard Beta Access: You'll be one of the first to be invited to House Rule's closed beta.  With Standard Beta Access you'll have access to all of House Rule's campaign creation tools - blog, wiki, battleboards, and music.  If you play online with your friends, you'll be able to use Google Hangouts for live video chat.  When you get into the beta, you can run your campaigns for friends who aren't in the beta yet.  We don't know exactly how long the beta will last, but we're aiming for less than a year.

Being the first in the beta, our Adventurers will be able to give early feedback to help House Rule grow and mature.  We'll also be putting together social and community events for beta users.  Some of these will be tutorials and Q&A where you can ask us questions and make requests.  Others will be more about splitting off into groups and trying out a module or making some characters and having fun together.

  • Credited at houserule.com
  • Supporter badge on profile page
  • Unique backer chat sticker
  • Standard Beta Access
  • House Rule Social and Community Events

All Adventurer rewards!

All Champions will receive a limited edition House Rule T-Shirt!  There will be an additional shipping fee based on your country of origin.  The shirt design isn't finished yet, but it will be exclusive to our champion supporters (future shirts will not use the same design).  It will also look very cool and will say "We Game to Please" on it :p

You'll also receive 3 Standard Beta Access friend invites.

  • Credited at houserule.com
  • Supporter badge on profile page
  • Unique backer chat sticker
  • Standard Beta Access
  • House Rule Social and Community Events
  • Standard Beta Access for 3 friends
  • Limited edition House Rule T-Shirt

All Champion rewards!

As a Paragon, you'll get Premium Access during the Beta and for 3 months after release.

Premium Beta Access: Use House Rule's built-in video chat at the tabletop!  Premium access will also grant you additional storage space (amount of space TBD).

Only 1 premium account is required at the table for everyone to use the built-in video chat.  The built-in video chat features individual volumes as well as muting audio and hiding video.

Premium Access after Beta: After the beta, Premium Access will also afford you an ad-free experience.  We don't know at this time what our pricing will be for Premium Access, but we'll do our best to make it as affordable as possible!

 

You'll also get to create an /emote that will forever live on in the House Rule tabletop and chat! 

Custom Emote: Basically, you get to create a text command that every future user of House Rule may use.  These emotes may be used in tabletop chat, friends list chat, and anywhere else we can think to put them.  You'll send us the command and the emote, and we'll put it in!

Example:

Command: /omgrollz

Emote: Drothtar just can't roll above a 5!  LIKE EVER

Content will need to pass our lax review board (Ebo).

  • Credited at houserule.com
  • Supporter badge on profile page
  • Unique backer chat sticker
  • House Rule Social and Community Events
  • Standard Beta Access for 3 friends
  • Limited edition House Rule T-Shirt
  • Premium Beta Access
  • Premium Access for 3 months after release
  • Create a custom /emote

All Paragon rewards! 

Mythic backers will receive a House Rule lapel pin!  This pin will have the House Rule logo on it and will serve to distinguish any Lady or Gentleman that dons it.

Instead of 3 months, all Mythic backers will receive a free year of our Premium Access after release for them and the friends they invite to beta!

  • Credited at houserule.com
  • Supporter badge on profile page
  • Unique backer chat sticker
  • House Rule Social and Community Events
  • Limited edition House Rule T-Shirt
  • Premium Beta Access
  • Create a custom /emote
  • Premium access for 1 year after release
  • Premium Beta access for 3 friends
  • Premium access for 1 year after release for 3 friends
  • House Rule Lapel Pin

All Mythic rewards!

All Legendary backers will receive a limited edition House Rule die!  It will be a single high quality die (probably a d20).  Our design is not finalized for this, but it will certainly have the House Rule logo on it.

We will also make characters for you to use in your role-playing game. Everyone can use a couple extra villain runners, right?  We'll try to accommodate what you're looking for here and make at least three characters for you - more if we can.

  • Credited at houserule.com
  • Supporter badge on profile page
  • Unique backer chat sticker
  • House Rule Social and Community Events
  • Limited edition House Rule T-Shirt
  • Premium Beta Access
  • Create a custom /emote
  • Premium Access for 1 year after release
  • Premium Beta Access for 3 friends
  • Premium Access for 1 year after release for 3 friends
  • House Rule Lapel Pin
  • Limited edition House Rule physical die
  • We'll make characters for you

All Legendary rewards!

Star in a 1-shot played with us online at houserule.com! You choose the system, and we'll work with you to make it happen!

You're welcome to either play or GM, and we'll stream the game like we always do.  We'll make an evening out of it and just have some good old fun.

  • Credited at houserule.com
  • Supporter badge on profile page
  • Unique backer chat sticker
  • House Rule Social and Community Events
  • Limited edition House Rule T-Shirt
  • Premium Beta Access
  • Create a custom /emote
  • Premium Access for 1 year after release
  • Premium Beta access for 3 friends
  • Premium Access for 1 year after release for 3 friends
  • House Rule Lapel Pin
  • Limited edition House Rule physical die
  • We'll make characters for you
  • Star in a 1-shot played with us at houserule.com

All Legendary rewards!

Star in a 1-shot played online with us at houserule.com, where we'll all be costumed!

You may choose to join in the fun and wear a costume if you like, but it isn't required.

  • Credited at houserule.com
  • Supporter badge on profile page
  • Unique backer chat sticker
  • House Rule Social and Community Events
  • Limited edition House Rule T-Shirt
  • Premium Beta Access
  • Create a custom /emote
  • Premium Access for 1 year after release
  • Premium Beta access for 3 friends
  • Premium Access for 1 year after release for 3 friends
  • House Rule Lapel Pin
  • Limited edition House Rule physical die
  • We'll make characters for you
  • Star in a 1-shot played with us at houserule.com. We'll wear costumes during the game.

 

 

Risks and challenges

In order to release House Rule, we need to improve our server infrastructure and start beta testing with a larger pool of players. An initial pass at the software development is already done, and we are currently in closed alpha.

Some of the tools we have developed have been used by us internally for years, while others are brand new and in early iterations. However, anything you see pictured or described here is already functioning.

And don't worry, while physical servers are our only barrier to get started, our software development will not be stopping. We are very excited to hear feedback and implement requests and suggestions from you!

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    Note: Only 1 premium account is required at the table to use the built in video chat.

    You'll also get to create an /emote that will forever live on in the House Rule tabletop and chat! Want it so when anyone types /tirade, their character goes on a rant about how they can't roll above a 5? Here's your chance. Submissions must pass our lax review board (Ebo).

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