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Fable Streams LLCBy Fable Streams LLC
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Fable Streams LLCBy Fable Streams LLC
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$3,340
pledged of $50,000pledged of $50,000 goal
85
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Tue, September 4 2012 4:03 AM UTC +00:00

About

Playing anytime, anywhere with anyone is what HazzaH is all about! Pen-and-paper RPGs offer some of the best gaming experiences of any gaming medium. Let me date myself with this analogy: Vinyl records can give you a better quality sound than digital, but you can’t listen to vinyl in your car or carry your entire collection around very easily. It’s no different with pen-and-paper RPGs—you have to walk around hauling a backpack filled with 20 pounds of rule books, adventures, dice, pencils, paper, erasers, game mats, markers, character sheets, sticky notes, and your laptop. Worse still, with your hectic life, crazy schedules, and responsibilities, it is difficult to get everyone together for a game night, even when you can all agree on a place to meet.

HazzaH was built on two ideas: convenience and preserving the tabletop feel.

Convenience: Convenience means using the power of your mobile devices to bring people together to play their favorite RPGs without having to carry 20 pounds of books.

Tabletop feel: Preserving the tabletop feel means that although HazzaH is an app, it's not a video game. Rather, HazzaH is a toolkit that allows you to game the way you always do. You are bound only by your imagination.

HazzaH is a set of tools bundled into one iOS app (an Android version is planned as part of our stretch goals) to bring tabletop RPGs to the smartphone and tablet age. Most pen-and-paper RPGs share several similar features: dice, maps, initiative tracker, character maker, campaign maker, and minis to represent characters and those they are destined to fight. HazzaH will give you all this plus in-game text chat, the ability to create characters and 3D game maps, the ability to print and export characters and maps, and RPG specific rule references and much more. 

Players can use their iPhones to make characters, roll dice, and move their avatars (digital minis) on a 2D tactical map that updates the Game Master's device (GM). The GM uses an iPad to keep track of player positions. The iPad can be hooked up to a flat screen or projector to show everyone the game map. GM’s can also use the iPad to design their own 3D maps, create and manage campaigns, and share them with others via Bluetooth or e-mail. 

HazzaH supports multiple rule sets and even a “No rules set” mode. The tool comes standard with the Pathfinder PRD that adds on to the "No rule set" features to replicate your tabletop: 3D-rendered minis, virtual map maker and game surface, campaign maker, initiative tracker and (of course) a 3D polyhedral dice simulator. The tool suite comes standard with 300+ character minis, creatures, and environmental objects such as like walls, floor tiles, trees, weapons, and equipment—all fully rendered in 3D.  

Rule sets add features like creature stats, a character maker to keep all your characters, and provides context sensitive help for when you need to reference skills, feats, spells and more. Want to share your characters between devices or create a printable character sheet? No problem! The tool is also versatile and expandable. Future releases will include additional rule sets, minis, 3D pre-made-maps and map objects, adventures, weapon and equipment and much more! All readily accessible from your mobile device to help you customize your games any way you want to. 

There are many ways to get together for a game using HazzaH. It’s ok if your group only has one iPad. The Pass-n-Play feature lets everyone share a single iPad (which can be connected to a high-def TV with an adaptor—not included). Additional iPhones or iPads, however, can connect to a host iPad device. Pass-n-Play uses Bluetooth to connect devices together, so you need to be in the same room to connect. 

Using wireless connectivity (part of our stretch goals) lets players connect via Wi-Fi or broadband from anywhere in the world. With either Pass-n-Play or Wi-Fi/broadband, HazzaH lets you use text with others connected to the game session from within the application. And, another of our stretch goals adds voice-over-IP to let you talk directly to your players without ever leaving the app.

Fable Streams was founded in September 2010 by two childhood friends, Carlos Castaneda and Juan Artigas, who played pen-and-paper RPGs for nearly thirty years and got this crazy idea to start a game company while striding through the halls of GenCon that same year. Our plans and strategies have changed along the way and it took a long time to generate enough capital, garner sponsors and partners to get us on our way.

So who exactly are we? Well, here a brief background of the co-founders and our some of our friends, partners and sponsors:

Carlos Castaneda is the Chief Executive Officer of Fable Streams LLC, chronic workaholic and self-professed control freak. He has over 20 years experience in bringing talented people together to make things happen. About half of those decades he worked as a senior IT project manager for a global IT services company where he managed large application development, enterprise transformation and operations projects with annual revenues exceeding US$100 million. Yet, he never thought of merging his nearly thirty years passion with pen-and-paper RPGs and gaming with his professional life until he co-founded the company in 2010. Now, he has enough roles to be the envy of any workaholic: CEO, CFO, publisher, lead designer, art consultant, editor, author, portfolio manager, program manager, project manager, Game Master, rules lawyer, Transmuter Wizard, director of operations, accountant, finance manager and anything else that needs doing. He does (very reluctantly), however, from time to time, let others convince him to share in some of the fun.

Juan Artigas, officially is the Chief Technology Officer and Marketing Director for Fable Streams LLC, but unofficially he is the right-hand man and MVP of the company.  A visionary in his own right, he will take on whatever task needs doing and runs with it. An Electrical Engineer by trade with decades of experience in academic research and corporate sales, his networking and management skills has allowed Fable Streams become a reality.  

And You Films is a video services and production company run by three hugely talented guys trying to make it in the film making business. What they often lack in budget, they make up with talent, tenacity, good humor and endless innovation.

SDSol Technologies builds apps that turn heads and get users hooked.  With over 12 years of experience developing applications, SDSol builds web and mobile solutions for established businesses and up and coming start-ups.  They deliver the types of apps that get you talking and keep you engaged.  With a team of over 50 developers, they take care of every level of your project; from UI/UX, to back-end system architecture and functionality.  

Threefold Studio is a digital branding agency driven by the sole purpose to craft experiences that inspire their clients, consumers and users alike. In the world of communication, the experience is everything.

Armed with Fraps, and sportin’ Fedoras, they are all business from the hat down. Like the folks at Fable Streams, they are passionate about taking brands from awesome to HazzaHsome! Yeah, they’re corny like that ;) They know that it takes a combined approach to take a brand to the limit. They know how to tie marketing and PR strategy together with creative and brand development, to provide an interactive experience for people to fall for any brand!

Making HazzaH a reality has been a slow process because at first we could only devote a limited amount of time to the effort because of our other full time careers. Steadily but surely we met a lot of good people along the way that shared our dream and partnered or sponsored the project to help make it a reality. Since early this year we’ve been working full-time on this project and our partners have also been hard at work. HazzaH is actually very far along, but we’ve reached a point where we need your help to complete it. Up to this point, Fable Streams and HazzaH has been self-funded—we’ve used much of our own capital, and the generous and gracious contributions of our family, friends, partners and sponsors. However, we need $50,000 to get us through the final push and complete the project.

Your support means that you want to be part of the vision, the dream, of revolutionizing how pen-and-paper RPGs are played today. Your support joins your conviction with ours that together we can bring this amazing gaming art form to new and experienced generations of gamers alike. I know this sounds grandiose and a bit cheesy, but we have to be dreamers to abandon our previous careers to make this dream a reality. We are not that crazy, however. We’ve seen it at work with our own eyes. Throughout our two-year journey, we’ve played RPGs with people that had never seen a twenty-sided die, and had a very different definition of “roleplaying games”. Yet, to the person, we made them believers—to the person, they saw the potential and the advantage of using mobile technologies to bring people together to play a pen-and-paper RPG. We’ve seen kids, whose hands were figuratively fused to a wireless controller, who never heard of this gaming style, play with us and jump up on their chairs as they rolled dice to make a killing blow. We’ve seen parents share experiences with their kids, and adults from very different walks of life make new friendships by sharing a gaming experience with us—that’s the power of RPGs and your support confirms that there is still room for old-school games in a new digital age.

To complete HazzaH we need $50,000. That will include:


Additional enhancements to the HazzaH RPG Player’s Toolkit (iPhone), including local connectivity and shared gameplay with iPad game host device, and tactical map view. 


You contribution will also help to finish the HazzaH RPG Toolkit (iPad) that serves as the host device for Pass-n-Play and local connectivity game sessions. It comes complete with a 3D map maker, Pathfinder PRD Character Maker, Campaign Maker, 300+ 3D models (includes creatures, character avatars, environment features and pre-made 3D maps), 3D Dice roller, text Chat, and much more.
 Your continued support will make the experience even better.

We've also set a set of stretch goals.  

At $100,000 we can take the experience to Android phones and tablets and at $200,000, take on the world with Wi-Fi and Broadband connectivity. At $250,000 we can add Voice-over-IP. At above $250,000 we will start to make DLC to add tons more 3D models, starting with the complete Bestiary for the Pathfinder PRD, more pre-made 3D maps and objects and take the show on the road to spread the good news to other game developers and publishers to add even more rule sets for other RPGs! 

All of us—the two gamers that started this whole thing, our sponsors, and partners, can’t wait to have you share the vision to transform pen-and-paper games and bring them into the mobile age.

So, come on join the movement and help make something truly special (oh, and of course, get some goodies along the way).

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    Our eternal gratitude + A virtual fist bump + You get your name in the credits on the hazzahrpg.com website!

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    DOWN WITH PAPER!
    All of the above + A free download of the HazzaH RPG Player’s Toolkit for iPhone/iPod Touch + You get your name in the credits on the website as a DOWN WITH PAPER! backer. Go green and show your friends you don’t need a paper character sheet!

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    FRIEND OF HAZZAH
    All of the above + 2 free DLC packs for the HazzaH app (adventure and bestiary packs) + You get your name in the credits of the HazzaH app for iPhone/iPod Touch and iPad as a FRIENDS OF HAZZAH backer

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    HAZZAWESOME!
    All of the above + 1 additional free DLC pack for the HazzaH app (TBD) + HazzaH branded USB flash drive containing: digital PDF of the HazzaH concept art book + HazzaH ringtones, HazzaH iPhone wallpaper + HazzaH desktop wallpaper + HazzaH stickers + You get your name in the credits of the HazzaH app for iPhone/iPod Touch and iPad as a HAZZAHSOME backer *Please include $15 for international shipping.

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    MARACA CHAMPION
    All of the above + HazzaH emblazoned MARACA (a stylish conversation piece for your work desk, a fabulous tool to bring unruly gamers to silence, or just the most random reward ever offered in a Kickstarter campaign!) + 11" x 17" HazzaH poster (TBD) + The official "HazzaH Backer" t-shirt + HazzaH sticker pack + EXCLUSIVE to this pledge level - get your name in website and app credits as a MARACA CHAMPION. *Please include $15 for international shipping.

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    WIELDERS OF THE FIST
    All of the above + 2 HazzaH foam pumped fists (so that you can really yell “Hazzah!” in style) + HazzaH branded soft case for iPhone 4/4s + "HazzaH Core Rules" embossed case for your iPad and other HazzaH stuff disquised as a clunky rule book + Get your name in website and app credits as WIELDERS OF THE FIST. *Please include $15 for international shipping.

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    GUILD MEMBER LEVEL
    All of the above + Soft cover edition of the HazzaH concept art book autographed by the designers at Threefold Studio + Full-size color HazzaH poster signed and numbered by the artists, Jose Varese and Juan Fernandez of Creature Entertainment + EXCLUSIVELY designed 3D weapons pack for the HazzaH app (set of 20 weapons) for Kickstarter supporters of this pledge level and higher only + Get your name in website and app credits as a GUILD MEMBER LEVEL backer. *Please add $15 for international shipping.

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    COPPER LEVEL
    All of the above + iPhone 4/4s hard shell case with a drawing by Dennis Calero of Marvel Comics with your choice of one of 5 HazzaH characters + Soft cover book of Dennis Calero's artwork for HazzaH + Get your name in website and app credits as a COPPER LEVEL backer *Please add $15 for shipping for international shipping.

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    BRONZE LEVEL
    All of the above + EXCLUSIVE TO THIS LEVEL Get your name on a the HazzaH Wall of Heroes, a unique map object that can be used by players to create maps in the iPad app. + Get your name in website and app credits as a BRONZE LEVEL backer.

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    SILVER LEVEL
    All of the above + iPad hard shell case with a drawing by Dennis Calero of Marvel Comics with your choice of one of 5 HazzaH characters + EXCLUSIVE backer only Hazzah adventure for the iPad + Get your name in website and app credits as a SILVER LEVEL backer. Please include $15 for international shipping.

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    GOLD LEVEL
    All of the above + EXCLUSIVE TO THIS LEVEL: ORIGINAL 11” x 17” PAPER PENCIL ART OF ONE OF A KIND CONCEPT SKETCHES OF THE 9 FATES OF SANCTUARY. This comes straight out of our personal collection. There are only nine in existence, signed by the artists, Jose Varese and Juan Fernandez from Creature Entertainment. First come first served! You get to pick which of the nine you want + Get your name in website and app credits as a GOLD LEVEL backer.

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    PLATINUM LEVEL
    All of the above + Get turned into a statue and put into the app as a 3D map object players can use in their maps (Released with the first downloadable Map Pack, date TBD) + Get your name in website and app credits as a PLATIMUM LEVEL backer.

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    DIAMOND LEVEL
    All of the above + EXCLUSIVE TO THIS LEVEL: Become an NPC in the app that players can interact with. + Special Limited Edition hard cover book of Dennis Calero's artwork for HazzaH, signed and numbered by the artist + Get your name in website and app credits as a DIAMOND LEVEL backer.

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    MITHRALL LEVEL
    All of the above + EXCLUSIVE TO THIS LEVEL: Become a level 1 playable character that players can use during gameplay + iPad 3 with custom iPad wallpaper featuring your character + a set of EXCLUSIVE digital dice only you and your friends can download from our DLC store + Get your name in website and app credits as a MITHRALL LEVEL backer.

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    OVERLORD
    Previous rewards + a fully paid trip to Coral Gables, Florida to meet the owners of Fable Streams, the creators, designers, and the creatives that made this whole thing possible + a private game session using HazzaH run by the game developers (or you can run it, if you want to). You must be able to travel to Coral Gables, Florida—International Visa and passport costs not included + Get your name in website and app credits as an OVERLORD backer.

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