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€5,523
pledged of €10,000pledged of €10,000 goal
76
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Fri, June 22 2018 8:56 AM UTC +00:00

About

The story continues... 

Although our first campaign did not reach its goal, the story of YARPS continues! You can find our entire statement here. Learn more about YARPS on www.yarps.net or follow us on Facebook.

In this section you can find all the latest news and updates. Detailed information about YARPS, its features and other topics can be found in the following chapters or on our website.

If you like to stay in touch with us and get all the latest updates, you can follow us on Facebook.

Show me examples! 

Englisch Version:

Taking your feedback seriously, we have recently worked on visual examples of how YARPS will work and look like. Today we can proudly announce that our UI & workflow example video is ready in english as well as in german. We are looking forward to your feedback!

Deutsche Version:

Wir haben eure Rückmeldungen ernst genommen und in den vergangenen Tagen mehr Anschauungsmaterial für YARPS erarbeitet. Heute können wir mit Stolz verkünden, dass unser neues Video über die Oberfläche und Arbeitsweise von YARPS fertig ist. Viel Spaß, wir freuen uns auf euer Feedback!

The Q&A video is here! 

English

Beside of our illustrative video, we have also produced a Q&A video about YARPS. In this video, Simon and Stefan discuss community questions about YARPS and its features. This video is only available in german but of course we created subtitles for our English-speaking audience. However if not everything is becoming clear in the subtitles, probably because one of the two - no names here ;-) - is speaking a bit to fast, don't hesitate to put your questions in the comments or drop us some lines! We will be more than happy to answer all of them.

We are looking forward to your feedback!

Deutsch

Neben dem Video zur Oberfläche und Arbeitsweise von YARPS haben wir auch ein Video mit Fragen und Antworten zu YARPS produziert. In diesem Video diskutieren Simon und Stefan Fragen aus der Community zu YARPS und seinen Funktionen. Solltet ihr noch weitere Fragen oder Anregungen haben, schreibt uns eine Nachricht oder einen Kommentar! 

Wir freuen uns auf euer Feedback.

DUNGEONFOG supports YARPS

Zur deutschen Version (German Version)

We proudly announce that we are officially supported by DUNGEONFOG, the online map maker for RPG. We already agreed with the team of DUNGEONFOG that we will connect our tools to allow the users to benefit from the strengths of both of them at the same time. 

FaRK supports YARPS

Zur deutschen Version (German Version)

We proudly announce that we are officially supported by FaRK, the german fantasy and roleplaying convention!

Zur deutschen Version (German Version)

YARPS helps you master the challenges of creating lively fantasy worlds, planning and evolving exciting stories and exchanging RPG-related ideas in an entirely new way with the assistance of our uniquely crafted digital tools.

Have you ever dreamed of a role-playing tool that... 

...organizes, visualises and links all of your ideas and materials, never loses or forgets anything and on top of that even automatically updates your relevant content as your story progresses?

...can tell you at any time which PC or NPC has when been where and what has happened back then?

...automatically compiles all required up-to-date background information for each session, even when using elements which you prepared years ago?

...alway provides every information you need, even when your PCs 'surprisingly' don't do what you had planned out for them?

...enriches your maps with several interactive features on par with the maps application of a certain well known search engine?

...lets you create individual portraits for your PC and NPC at ease, instead of rummaging through the web looking for some more or less suitable images?

...provides plenty of elaborate ideas from fellow roleplayers if you don’t find the time or leisure to prepare every last aspect and detail by yourself?

...allows you to market your role-playing creations, from a single element to a whole setting or campaign with just a few clicks?

We believe that it is about time to unite the creative liberty granted by RPGs with both the infinite ideas of the RPG community and the capabilities of digital technology all in one custom application. In the next few paragraphs we’ll show you how YARPS will take that leap. We are fully convinced that YARPS will provide a whole new experience for role-players who lay an emphasis on playing in lively game worlds enriched by detailed storytelling. More than that; we are excited to answer all of your questions to further illustrate the infinite possibilities lying dormant in YARPS. 

YARPS Core Features: Create and manage your worlds and stories! 

The heart of YARPS consists of a powerful narrative database with countless customizable attributes and relationships that intelligently manages all the elements of your worlds and stories. Locations, characters, factions, creatures, items, and more are woven together by YARPS into a smart network, so you can keep track of them at all time and access an abundance of compilations and information. 

YARPS UI Mockup of a Character Detail View
YARPS UI Mockup of a Character Detail View

(Learn more about world elements here.)

YARPS also allows you to plan and document the ongoing evolution of your world in your database. The YARPS network of your world enables you to comfortably combine elements to scenes, adventures, and campaigns, and depict the course of your story in timelines. While doing so, YARPS continues to automatically compile your chronicles as you mark sections of your stories accordingly. 

YARPS UI Mockup of the Session View
YARPS UI Mockup of the Session View

(Learn more about story elements here.)

YARPS Special Features: Enrich your game with portraits, maps, music and more!

The special features include:

  • the portrait generator for creating individual character portraits,
  • the map manager, which provides your maps with many interactive features, 
  •  the calendar manager, which allows you to create your own calendar and that does all the time calculations for you, 
  • the music manager, an innovative control of background music, where you associate elements with music to create themes for locations, characters, and other elements, 
  • a personal notebook to add bookmarks and personal annotations to.

(Learn more about these features in our comprehensive FAQ)

YARPS Content Hub: Find or sell all kinds of role-playing content!

Finally, at the YARPS Content Hub you can trade all of YARPS’ elements with the community - from a single location to entire worlds and campaigns. The Content Hub comes with state-of-the-art search and filtering capabilities and a sophisticated rating system. Furthermore, YARPS analyzes individually for you how well the offered contents could suit your world. Right from the start, the Content Hub also offers the complete content of the Argenekon, a diverse fantasy world with numerous locations, characters, factions and stories.

(Learn more about the Content Hub and the World of the Argenekon in our comprehensive FAQ)

YARPS is not just another world or another story. Also, it is not just a cloud storage for your notes. YARPS is a smart application that understands and manages your role-playing worlds and stories. It provides everything you need to bring your kind of role-playing to the next level of immersion and vividness. It is the forge where your fantasy becomes a living universe.

Because you love to experience exciting and complex stories in convincing, vivid worlds. Because you love to see your world and story constantly growing and evolving - with every session you play. Because you love to come upon new points of reference for your stories by browsing the clearly illustrated descriptions and relationships of your world and your past adventures. And, last but not least, because you share our belief that the role-playing of all of us could extremely benefit from a community that is able to share its numerous great role-playing ideas easily at a large Content Hub where you can find new inspiring elements at any time and integrate them into your world with just a few clicks.

Although most of YARPS' features already exist as an alpha version or a proof of concept, the professional development and the market launch of such an ambitious application entail further cost-intensive arrangements, including:

  • finalizing the function logic (back-end development) 
  • designing and building a nice intuitive interface (UI/ UX Design & front-end development) 
  • creating illustrations and character portraits 
  • creating professional translations 
  • meeting legal demands / getting judicial counsel 
  • providing a server infrastructure for the initial run 
  • preparing the technical implementation for the scalable live operation

Over the last months, the team behind YARPS has spent a lot of time to prepare and realize these steps. In collaboration with investors of our personal environment 15.500 € have already been placed or are bound by contract. To finally complete YARPS, we need another 10.000 €. This sum covers a soft cushion for incidentals and the incoming taxes and fees.

YARPS requires an extensive, fail-proof infrastructure and will keep expanding continuously after its release. Therefore it relies on a steady income. In favor of a clear, pleasant user interface we intend to realize this income without advertising. All the same, we want to offer you YARPS at a fair price! So we will calculate the cost according to the sum generated here at Kickstarter. By all means, the monthly charge for the Core Features should not exceed 5 €, respectively 9 € for the Special Features. And look out! The charges incur per group, not per person. This means, an average sized group of role players is allowed to share the cost without difficulty. Plus, there will be the possibility to pay your expenses by adding content to the Content Hub!

Behind YARPS is a community of role-playing enthusiasts, most of whom can look back on nearly twenty years of experience in numerous pen & paper and live action role-playing games. Our joint RPG started with Advanced Dungeons & Dragons. After sampling many systems and worlds, we finally came to the decision to create our own setting and rules. The Argenekon and YARPS, back then simply the name for our pen & paper rule system, were born. 

YARPS and the Argenekon were developed conceptually and substantively over the years. Thereby, the aspect of rule development gradually took a back seat and questions regarding the content and conceptual issues for the creation of credible, lively worlds became more important. In 2016, we began to develop a prototype for the YARPS web application explicitly designed to create and manage complex worlds and enable their use in role-playing. At the end of 2017, we decided to start a company and bring the project to market. The Better Than Life UG (haftungsbeschränkt), a german company with limited liability, was finally founded in March 2018 and currently acts as the project owner for the financing campaign on Kickstarter. The company is managed by Stefan Weidemann who is also responsible for the technical development of the project. 

YARPS is also funded by private investors that provide some of the capital needed for the market launch.

The YARPS Project Team

Risks and challenges

The development of YARPS faces the same main risk as most software-projects: growing complexity resulting from an increasing number of features. YARPS combines all sorts of different features. Though most of them are available as an alpha version or a proof of concept, the risk of deceleration remains, either in single features or during the integration of different features. For this reason, while developing YARPS, we focus on a test-driven development method and on a stringent modularization of every single feature. Thanks to the test-driven development, complications between newly formed and existing parts can be identified quickly and removed at an early stage. In case of severe intricacies, the unitized structure of YARPS will enable us to release accurately interacting parts within our time frame, even if some modules need further adaption.

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    All of the above, plus access to the closed beta and feature surveys where you'll have the opportunity to express your opinion on the implementation of certain features.

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    Alles bereits genannte, plus: Du erhältst Zugang zu den geschlossenen Beta-Tests und zu den Feature-Umfragen, bei denen wir dich nach deiner Meinung zur Ausgestaltung von bestimmten Features befragen.

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    All of the above, plus free access to the YARPS Core Features for 18 months after public release. Your YARPS account will be credited as "Adept".

    Deutsch:
    Alles bereits genannte, plus: Du erhältst für 18 Monate freien Zugang zu allen YARPS Core Features. Dein YARPS Account bekommt den Titel "Adept".

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    Creator

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    All of the above, plus free access to the YARPS special features for 18 months after public release. Your YARPS account will be credited as "Creator".

    Deutsch:
    Alles bereits genannte, plus: Du erhältst für 18 Monate freien Zugang zu allen YARPS Special Features. Dein YARPS Account bekommt den Titel "Creator".

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    Explorer

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    All of the above, plus free access to all premium content in the world of the Argenekon, available from the Content Hub. Your YARPS account will be credited as "Explorer".

    Deutsch:
    Alles bereits genannte, plus: Du erhältst freien Zugang zu allen Inhalten aus der Welt des Argenekons, die zum Start von YARPS im Content Hub verfügbar sind. Dein YARPS Account bekommt den Titel "Explorer".

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    All of the above, plus receive early access to the Content Hub for providing your content even ahead of the official launch. On top of that, all of your content (including future contributions) will be highlighted in the Content Hub. Your YARPS account will be credited as "Merchant".

    Deutsch:
    Alles bereits genannte, plus: Du erhältst bereits vor dem Start von YARPS Zugang zum Content Hub um deine Inhalte bereitzustellen. Darüber hinaus werden deine Inhalte im Content Hub besonders hervorgehoben. Dein YARPS Account bekommt den Titel "Merchant".

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    Game Master

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    All of the above, plus PERMANENT free access to all core and special features of YARPS available at public release. Your YARPS account will be credited as "Game Master".

    Deutsch:
    Alles bereits genannte, plus: Du erhältst UNBEFRISTET freien Zugang zu allen YARPS Core Features und Special Features, die beim Start von YARPS verfügbar sind. Dein YARPS Account bekommt den Titel "Game Master".

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    Patron

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    All of the above, plus additional PERMANENT free access to all future features and extensions of YARPS and all future premium content in the world of the Argenekon. On top of that, you will have the possibility to directly contact the YARPS developers to answer your questions. Your YARPS account will be credited as "Patron".

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    Alles bereits genannte, plus: Du erhältst UNBEFRISTET freien Zugang zu allen zukünftigen Funktionen und Erweiterungen von YARPS und zu allen zukünftigen Inhalten aus der Welt des Argenekons. Zusätzlich bekommst du die Möglichkeit, die Entwickler von YARPS direkt zu kontaktieren, wenn du Fragen hast. Dein YARPS Account bekommt den Titel "Patron".

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