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Obsidian Portal is a great tool for your game, but it could be better...A LOT better. We know what it needs, so help us reforge it!

Stretch Goal #5 - Natural Editing - $75,000

It's a long way, but we can get there!
It's a long way, but we can get there!

I've been excited to announce this goal for a while. We've always wanted to make the process of editing your campaign pages much more organic and natural, and now we have the chance. Watch the video for a quick demo of what we mean by "natural editing"

There are some significant technical challenges here, which is why the stretch goal is so aggressive. I still think we can hit it, especially as we approach the final push that most Kickstarters get.

As with the other stretch goals, this will be a post-reforging target. My best estimate right now is that we can launch this sometime in December of 2013. I wish I could promise it sooner, but this gets to the very core of Obsidian Portal and I don't want to under-emphasize the difficulty.

Mega Stretch Goal - Extra Month at $75,000

For every $10k we raise over the initial goal, we will be able to extend the premium Ascendant time for every backer (Hasted Ascendant and above) by 1 month. We've already achieved 6 extra months! So get out there and tell your friends. The more backers we bring in, the more Ascendant time everyone gets!

She can't take much more, captain!
She can't take much more, captain!

Update - Additional Years Available

By popular demand, we're offering additional years as an add-on purchase. Simply pledge an additional $35 on top of your chosen backer level for each additional year you want. More details and examples down below the backer levels.

Stretch Goal #4 - Custom Campaign URLs - $50,000 - ACHIEVED

Part of the reforging is an overhaul to make things look better, so we think everyone would like to make their page URLs look nicer as well. Every campaign will get its own subdomain (ie. “mycampaign.obsidianportal.com”) and Ascendant campaigns can set up their own raw domain (ie. “mycampaign.com”).

There will be significant technical challenges with this stretch goal, both in making sure that old URLs do not break and also making sure that all your old links to characters, wiki pages, items, and so forth automatically redirect to your new custom campaign URL. We don’t want to underestimate the difficulty here, so as with our File Storage stretch goal, we’re shooting to complete this stretch goal after the main reforging process. Our target date for the custom URLs would be mid-October 2013.

Stretch Goal #3 - File Storage Locker - $35,000 - ACHIEVED!

We’ve always wanted to expand our image upload to include files of any type. Every campaign has files they need to share, like PDFs of your world’s history or MP3s of your campaign theme music. If we hit this stretch goal we can add a spot in every campaign to store and manage all your shared files, so it’s easier to keep all your campaign materials in one place.

Plus, if we can hit this stretch goal, we will be able to increase the storage size limits for both free and Ascendant campaigns. The free limit will climb to 250MB and the Ascendant limit will rise to 10GB. That should be plenty of space to share everything your group needs.

Note: For this and all future stretch goals, we are targeting a post-August release date. We will do our best to get as much completed as we can by August, but we want to be realistic and open about our timelines. For the file storage locker, we’re aiming for sometime in September.

Stretch Goal #2 - Names! Names! Names! - $20,000 - ACHIEVED!

Since the beginning, I've wanted a good, solid random name generator as part of the character creation and management. So many times I've been staring at my players, mouth hanging open, waiting for a name to come out. They had asked about an NPC I hadn't prepared, and I just needed a name. Here, let me explain:

So what are the particulars of the name generator?

  • A variety of different naming "genres". You'll be able to quickly switch between Elven-ish, Dwarven, guttural Ork (think lots of Ks and Xs), and so forth.
  • Fast! - It will be right there when you need it, ready to give you the name you need and keep your players in the game.
  • Integrated - Instead of just spitting a name at you, you'll be able to create a new barebones character on the fly with the name pre-generated. So, when your players ask about that random new NPC 3 months later, they will be tracked normally in Obsidian Portal, just like all your other characters.

Stretch Goal #1 - Reworking the Maps - $10,000 - ACHIEVED

The campaign maps have been one of our favorite features since the beginning, but just like everything else, they need some work to make them better! If we hit this goal, we will be able to make the following improvements:

  • Deeper zoom levels for Ascendant maps - 5 instead of the current 3
  • Higher resolution images - 4096x4096 pixels instead of the current 1024x1024
  • A library of map markers - Different colors and shapes. Imagine dropping crossed swords to mark a battle, a tower to mark a wizard's abode, and a cave for...a cave. That's the idea.
  • Better connection with the rest of your campaign - Add markers for specific characters and/or wiki pages, instead of only the general purpose markers we have now.

The maps are already fun. Now let's reforge them into something truly useful and awesome!

Obsidian Portal Reforged

Obsidian Portal is the award-winning online campaign management system for tabletop role-playing games. We want to revitalize the existing Obsidian Portal by increasing its functionality, adding new features, and cleaning up the design. We are taking the strong core that is Obsidian Portal, heating it up in the furnace, and reforming it into a sleeker and sharper tool. A better Obsidian Portal will make your life easier as a game master, which will make your game the best it can be. That’s what “reforging” is all about.

Improvements

To provide you with the best possible experience, we’ll revamp the most frequently used parts of the site and rework them so that they’re easier to use. We will be examining every page for ways to make them flow better, provide the information you need, and allow you to navigate and manage your campaign faster and easier. The redesign will add more features to enhance your gaming.

A perfect example of this is our plan to create a campaign dashboard that will put the most important details of your campaign right at your fingertips. The dashboard is just the first of many changes that will fundamentally enhance Obsidian Portal and make it a much better tool than it is today.

A very rough draft of the new dashboard
A very rough draft of the new dashboard

We’ll be supporting these functional changes by improving the overall design of the site. We’ll take our current site and give it a consistent look and feel that will make it more intuitive to use—not a button here and a link there, but a cohesive design strategy.

With more of your support, there’s even more we can do to make Obsidian Portal the most robust campaign management system. If we make our original goal, keep an eye out for stretch goals for additional improvements.

Back us now and get a year of premium Ascendant membership at a reduced price when you back at the Ascendant level.

Why Obsidian Portal?

It’s free to use and built from the ground up, for gamers by gamers. We host a huge community of tabletop RPG players who are all looking to get the most out of their tabletop gaming experience. You play your campaign and we help you manage it. It’s that simple.

With Obsidian Portal, you can manage your tabletop RPG campaign from any computer, anywhere. You can tell your story and get recognized for your innovation and creativity. Now help us take Obsidian Portal to the next level!

Benefits to Backers

  • A year of premium Ascendant membership (Hasted Ascendant level and above). Not a GM yourself? No worries, the Ascendant time can be gifted to your GM!
  • Cool backer-only souvenirs like campaign maps, custom map markers, profile badges, t-shirts, letterpress cards, and more
  • The opportunity to have a hand in the reforging process. All backers will receive developer updates along the way for an exclusive look at the design process. Plus, Tinkerer Ascendant level and above will be able to provide feedback during the design and beta testing.
  • A slicker, more useful, easier to navigate Obsidian Portal. A better Obsidian Portal will make your life easier as a game master and improve your game.

My Backstory

When I started Obsidian Portal in 2006, I knew I needed to set aside some real time and focus hard to make progress. To accomplish this, I quit playing video games altogether and told myself I wouldn't play again until the site launched. If you're a gamer like me, then you know how hard that is, and also how much time that can free up. I accomplished some amazing things in those first 9 months, and it's thanks to that dedication that Obsidian Portal is where it's at now.

Fast forward to now. Over the summer, I have the chance to focus on Obsidian Portal almost full time. Plus, I have a team of designers and programmers lined up to help out. So, in the spirit of what it took to launch, I'm once again swearing off video games and putting my nose to the grindstone. It will be a hot and sweaty summer, but by GenCon in August we will have some awesome progress to show for it!

You've seen what I can do by myself on nights and weekends. Now let me show you how awesome we can be with a real team working near full time!

Backer Level Details

  • Your name or username on a special Obsidian Portal page listing Kickstarter backers.

  • Your name or username on a special Obsidian Portal page listing Kickstarter backers.
  • A badge for your Obsidian Portal profile identifying you as a Reforger.

  • Your name or username on a special Obsidian Portal page listing Kickstarter backers.
  • A badge for your Obsidian Portal profile identifying you as a Reforger.
  • A postcard thanking you for supporting us in the Reforging process.

Example of the finished postcard thank you
Example of the finished postcard thank you

  • Your name or username on a special Obsidian Portal page listing Kickstarter backers.
  • A badge for your Obsidian Portal profile identifying you as a Reforger.
  • A postcard thanking you for supporting us in the Reforging process.
  • 1 year of Ascendant subscription time (a 20% discount off the normal price of $39.99/yr) - You can choose to redeem the subscription time immediately following the Kickstarter or wait until the Reforging is complete in August.

  • Your name or username on a special Obsidian Portal page listing Kickstarter backers.
  • A badge for your Obsidian Portal profile identifying you as a Reforger.
  • A postcard thanking you for supporting us in the Reforging process.
  • 1 year of Ascendant subscription time (a 12.5% discount off the normal price of $39.99/yr) - You can choose to redeem the subscription time immediately following the Kickstarter or wait until the Reforging is complete in August.

  • Your name or username on a special Obsidian Portal page listing Kickstarter backers.
  • A badge for your Obsidian Portal profile identifying you as a Reforger.
  • A postcard thanking you for supporting us in the Reforging process.
  • 1 year of Ascendant subscription time - You can choose to redeem the subscription time immediately following the Kickstarter or wait until the Reforging is complete in August.
  • Access to the beta forum to discuss the reforging and provide feedback as it progresses
  • A special badge for your Obsidian Portal profile identifying you as a core member of the Reforging process

  • Your name or username on a special Obsidian Portal page listing Kickstarter backers.
  • A badge for your Obsidian Portal profile identifying you as a Reforger.
  • A postcard thanking you for supporting us in the Reforging process.
  • 1 year of Ascendant subscription time - You can choose to redeem the subscription time immediately following the Kickstarter or wait until the Reforging is complete in August.
  • Access to the beta forum to discuss the reforging and provide feedback as it progresses
  • A special badge for your Obsidian Portal profile identifying you as a core member of the Reforging process
  • A limited edition t-shirt available only to Reforger backers.

  • Your name or username on a special Obsidian Portal page listing Kickstarter backers.
  • A badge for your Obsidian Portal profile identifying you as a Reforger.
  • A postcard thanking you for supporting us in the Reforging process.
  • 1 year of Ascendant subscription time - You can choose to redeem the subscription time immediately following the Kickstarter or wait until the Reforging is complete in August.
  • Access to the beta forum to discuss the reforging and provide feedback as it progresses
  • A special badge for your Obsidian Portal profile identifying you as a core member of the Reforging process
  • A limited edition t-shirt available only to Reforger backers.
  • Early access to the beta server to play with the updates and new features as they are developed.
  • A handmade letterpress card inviting you to the beta program.

  • Your name or username on a special Obsidian Portal page listing Kickstarter backers.
  • A badge for your Obsidian Portal profile identifying you as a Reforger.
  • A postcard thanking you for supporting us in the Reforging process.
  • 1 year of Ascendant subscription time - You can choose to redeem the subscription time immediately following the Kickstarter or wait until the Reforging is complete in August.
  • Access to the beta forum to discuss the reforging and provide feedback as it progresses
  • A special badge for your Obsidian Portal profile identifying you as a core member of the Reforging process
  • A limited edition t-shirt available only to Reforger backers.
  • Early access to the beta server to play with the updates and new features as they are developed.
  • A handmade letterpress card inviting you to the beta program.
  • A custom video made by the talented Mikhail Twarogowski, who composed our Kickstarter video for us. The campaign videos will be a composition of text, images, and some background music in one of our pre-set themes: Fantasy, Sci Fi, or Western. If you'd like your video in a different theme, just ask (before the Kickstarter ends!) and we'll see if we can do it.

  • Your name or username on a special Obsidian Portal page listing Kickstarter backers.
  • A badge for your Obsidian Portal profile identifying you as a Reforger.
  • A postcard thanking you for supporting us in the Reforging process.
  • 1 year of Ascendant subscription time - You can choose to redeem the subscription time immediately following the Kickstarter or wait until the Reforging is complete in August.
  • Access to the beta forum to discuss the reforging and provide feedback as it progresses
  • A special badge for your Obsidian Portal profile identifying you as a core member of the Reforging process
  • A limited edition t-shirt available only to Reforger backers.
  • Early access to the beta server to play with the updates and new features as they are developed.
  • A handmade letterpress card inviting you to the beta program.
  • Co-host the Haste Podcast with Jerry and Micah. Pick the topics, or let us choose them for you. We will thank you on the podcast and then record a regular episode. Make sure you're comfortable talking on-air, since we'll be asking your opinion and thoughts on all the topics!


  • Your name or username on a special Obsidian Portal page listing Kickstarter backers.
  • A badge for your Obsidian Portal profile identifying you as a Reforger.
  • A postcard thanking you for supporting us in the Reforging process.
  • 1 year of Ascendant subscription time - You can choose to redeem the subscription time immediately following the Kickstarter or wait until the Reforging is complete in August.
  • Access to the beta forum to discuss the reforging and provide feedback as it progresses
  • A special badge for your Obsidian Portal profile identifying you as a core member of the Reforging process
  • A limited edition t-shirt available only to Reforger backers.
  • Early access to the beta server to play with the updates and new features as they are developed.
  • A handmade letterpress card inviting you to the beta program.
  • A custom-made art piece by Brian Patterson of d20Monkey. Brian can illustrate you, one of your characters, or a scene from your game, all in full-color and in his signature style. Curious? Check out d20Monkey.com and get a glimpse of his genius/madness!


  • Your name or username on a special Obsidian Portal page listing Kickstarter backers.
    • A badge for your Obsidian Portal profile identifying you as a Reforger.
    • A postcard thanking you for supporting us in the Reforging process.
    • Access to the beta forum to discuss the reforging and provide feedback as it progresses
    • A special badge for your Obsidian Portal profile identifying you as a core member of the Reforging process
    • A limited edition t-shirt available only to Reforger backers.
    • Early access to the beta server to play with the updates and new features as they are developed.
    • A handmade letterpress card inviting you to the beta program.
    • You are an Immortal! You will have unlimited Ascendant level access to Obsidian Portal for as long as there is an Obsidian Portal.

  • Your name or username on a special Obsidian Portal page listing Kickstarter backers.
  • A badge for your Obsidian Portal profile identifying you as a Reforger.
  • A postcard thanking you for supporting us in the Reforging process.
  • 1 year of Ascendant subscription time - You can choose to redeem the subscription time immediately following the Kickstarter or wait until the Reforging is complete in August.
  • Access to the beta forum to discuss the reforging and provide feedback as it progresses
  • A special badge for your Obsidian Portal profile identifying you as a core member of the Reforging process
  • A limited edition t-shirt available only to Reforger backers.
  • Early access to the beta server to play with the updates and new features as they are developed.
  • A handmade letterpress card inviting you to the beta program.
  • A custom map, made by the awesome Matt Workman, who created our great path-to-funding map and the backer level illustrations. Matt will make a high-resolution illustration map for a continent or country in your campaign world. If you have any questions, just ask and we'll be happy to answer.

Add On - Additional Ascendant Years

If you want to get a multi-year Ascendant membership, we'll extend the $35/year price for as long as you want to go. Simply pledge an additional $35 on top of your chosen backer level and we will grant additional Ascendant years.

  • Example 1: HIGH ASCENDANT ($100) + free bonus months (6 x $0) + 2 additional years (2 x $35) = $170 = 42 months of Ascendant membership, plus all the other benefits of HIGH ASCENDANT
  • Example 2: HASTED ASCENDANT ($30) + free bonus months (6 x $0) + 1 additional year (1 x $35) = $65 = 30 months of Ascendant membership, plus the other benefits of HASTED ASCENDANT.

As you can see from the examples, the additional months from our Mega Stretch Goal only count toward your first year that's part of your backer level, not any additional addon years.


Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

There could be programming or design challenges that we have not anticipated, but considering that we have been running Obsidian Portal successfully for 7 years, it's doubtful that there will be any obstacles that are insurmountable. We may have to ratchet back our ambitions a little, but we have a long proven track record of under-promising and over-delivering when it comes to updates on Obsidian Portal.

Probably the biggest risk is missing the target deadline of August 2013. In that unlikely case, we will make sure to keep all backers up to date on our progress and update our timelines as things progress.

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