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Although it's pretty easy to create Savage Worlds characters by hand, sometimes you just need a better way. Maybe you're making a bunch of characters, like for a convention game, and making them by hand takes too long. Maybe you want for an easy way to make a nice-looking character sheet that you can save and print off when you need. Or maybe you're using supplementary books and you don't want to spend time flipping through pages to find new Edges or searching the PDF to find what you're looking for.
Wild Card Creator can solve these problems. It lets you quickly and easily make Savage Worlds characters in a fraction of the time it takes to manually make them. Afterwards, you can save your character and print it out or e-mail it to your GM or a friend. Wild Card Creator comes preloaded with all the content from Savage Worlds Deluxe, so you can get started right away. And best of all, it's really easy to add custom content, even from supplementary settings.
Wild Card Creator will initially be released DRM-free for Mac, Windows, and Linux. If enough money gets raised, I'll begin work on an iPad and Android tablet version (see the stretch goals below).
Any PDF, Any Setting, No Extra Cost
If you've ever bought another character creator for any system, you know the frustration. You've got a whole book of cool character options, but it's not in the character creator program. You could spend hours typing it in, or in some cases, you can fork over $5-$10 for the same content you already own.
Wild Card Creator solves the problem. If you own any published Savage Worlds PDFs, Wild Card Creator will be able to import any new Races, Edges, Hindrances, Gear, or other character options from them without you paying anything more! If you've got the PDF, you've got the content.
There's a lot of Savage Worlds settings out there, but the ultimate goal of Wild Card Creator is to be able to have full support for all published PDFs within 1 year of the initial release. Kickstarter backers will get a chance to vote for which settings and PDFs they want access to first, so all your favorites will be there.
The following companies have already given me their express permission to make Wild Card Creator work with their full line of PDFs:
- Pinnacle Entertainment Group: Deadlands, Hell on Earth, Deadlands Noir (another Kickstarter project), Rippers, 50 Fathoms, and all the other first party settings
- Reality Blurs: Agents of Oblivion, Runepunk, Realms of Cthulhu, Shaintar, Ravaged Earth, Iron Dynasty
- Triple Ace Games: Hellfrost, Sundered Skies, Necropolis 2350, Wonderland No More, All for One
- Gun Metal Games: Interface Zero, Totems of the Dead
- FunSizedGames: Streets of Bedlam (another Kickstarter project)
- Adamant Entertainment: Thrilling Tales, Mars
- Mystical Throne Entertainment: Faith & Demons: The Rising, Judgment Day, Mercenary Breed
- Battlefield Press: Sherwood, Gaslight Victorian, Kaiser's Gate (another Kickstarter project), Double Spiral War (another Kickstarter project)
- Daring Entertainment: War of the Dead, Hellspawn
- Arc Dream Publishing: Kerberos Club
- Silver Gryphon Games: Wellstone City
- RPG Objects: Darwin's World
- GRAmel Publishing: Beasts & Barbarians
- Mutha Oith Creations: Low Life
- StoryWeaver: HAEL
- Super Genius Games: Strike Force 7
- Atomic Overmind Press: The Day After Ragnarok
- Savage Mojo: Suzerain
- Apathy Games: Temporal Probability Agency
- Green Ronin Publishing: Savage Worlds Freeport
That's quite a lot of Savage Worlds settings, so Kickstarter backers will get to choose which settings will have their PDFs supported in the initial release and which ones will have their PDFs supported later in free updates. Again, all of these will be supported within 1 year of release.
Made for Savage Worlds
Wild Card Creator is made exclusively for Savage Worlds and great effort has been taken to make sure that Wild Card Creator lets you create them as easily as possible. Everything is supported, from Arcane Backgrounds, to third-party setting rules. And as a diehard fan myself, I've made sure to include all of the little things that make the system special, like allowing Smilin' Jack to be a possible Wild Card icon.
Houserule to Your Heart's Content
Wild Card Creator is designed with modularity in mind and you'll be able to easily include your own Races, Skills, Edges, Hindrances, Gear, and other character options. You can also export them into a file that you can share with others.
Although Wild Card Creator won't be able to automatically import PDFs of Homebrew settings or fan-made Savage Conversions, you will be able to manually add the content very easily. Upon release, I will have examples for importing a few homebrew settings that I've chosen into Wild Card Creator.
Export Exactly How You Want To
When you're done creating your character, Wild Card Creator can export it several different ways. The most basic, is as a standard Savage Worlds stat block like you might find in published books. You can also export into an "expanded" stat block with more information or onto a custom XML layout. You can even create a table tent character sheet.
But the coolest way to export your character is directly onto any form-fillable PDF character sheet. With Wild Card Creator, you can create a character in the program then export it like this:
You can read more about the character output formats here!
The funding goal for this Kickstarter is enough to get Wild Card Creator released. However, if we raise more money, then everybody who pledges reaps the rewards!
REACHED! $4,500 — All copies include over 150 pieces of art from Storn Cook, artist for the Fantasy Companion, Supers Companion, and Necessary Evil, which you can use as character portraits.
REACHED! $6,000 — A free update after the November release date will allow you to create armies for Savage Worlds Showdown, Pinnacle's miniature game based on Savage Worlds.
REACHED! $8,000 — Immediately after Wild Card Creator is released, work begins on an iPad and Android tablet version of Wild Card Creator and all backers will be able to get it for half off when it's ready.
REACHED! $8,250 — Wild Card Creator will be able to export into Fantasy Grounds II format, so you'll be able to send your characters directly to the popular virtual tabletop program.
REACHED! $9,000 — All copies of Wild Card Creator will include art from Cheyenne Wright, three time Hugo award winning artist for Deadlands Noir, 50 Fathoms, Necessary Evil, and other Pinnacle settings, which you can use as character portraits. In addition, Cheyenne Wright has generously agreed to create a custom character portrait for all characters submitted as part of the Heroic and Legendary Wild Card tiers.
REACHED! $9,500 — The default appearance of all user interface elements in Wild Card Creator (backgrounds, buttons, etc.) will be replaced with a custom appearance reminiscent of the Savage Worlds books.
More than $9,500 — With even more money pledged, Wild Card Creator becomes better in lots of little ways. Maybe I add a new feature I hadn't considered or I include even more art for character portraits.
Anyone who pledges at the Novice Wild Card level on up can optionally choose to get a CD copy of Wild Card Creator in addition to the digital download. Just add $5 to your pledge for shipping in the United States or $10 for shipping anywhere else in the world.
Kicking it Forward
I pledge that 5% of all profit from the finished product will be used to help fund other people's dreams through Kickstarter. Check out KickingItForward.org for more information!
Good question. The main thing that the money does is provide me with the means to spend my evenings working on Wild Card Creator, rather than working at McDonalds. The money also goes towards website fees, advertising, paying artists for the use of their work, and royalties to Pinnacle Entertainment Group.
Yes! Go to http://www.journeymangames.net/wild-card-creator-paypal-payments/ and follow the instructions.
Unfortunately no. There are way too many of them out there and I can't write the code to properly import each and every one. But you'll be able to manually import it quite easily and share a file containing all the fanmade stuff with others.
Check out Update #7: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/657350477/wild-card-creator/posts/300633
Most likely, yes! I'm looking into the logistics of doing it and seeing if I can get translators lined up, but I do fully intend to support the Polish and German versions of Savage Worlds.
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