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What Is Tavern Keeper?

 Tavern Keeper is an online community for Tabletop Roleplaying Games - a fast, easy to use, mobile & tablet-friendly way to create campaigns, play-by-post roleplay, and create an in-depth profile for your characters.

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 What is the goal of this campaign? 

Tavern Keeper wants to take your Tabletop RPG to the next level with a Dynamic Character Sheet engine. Whether you’re new to Roleplaying Games or an old vet, this tool will help players get up to speed quickly with a new game system by providing an intuitive interface based on the unique requirements of the gaming system you choose. Tied into our Campaign management tool, Looking for Group interface, and addictive play-by-post Roleplaying, it’s the central hub for Tabletop RPG’s online!

Top Level Summary: What we want to build

It is Two Parts: Dynamic Character Sheets, and a ‘House Rules’ Manager, starting with the Fate Core and Savage Worlds systems.

  • Character Sheets, in two formats: a Simple, Beautiful form, and a Dynamic, guided Calculator that knows the system you’re playing.
  • A House Rules Manager: GM’s can build out and attach a House Rules “guidebook” to a campaign, or extend a system’s Dynamic Character Sheet for their players. This project will build a House Rules Manager for the Fate Core and Savage Worlds systems!

 Two Parts - Beautiful Forms, and Dynamic Character Sheets

The first, and simplest thing we want to offer is awesome looking stat sheet forms for any system.  
These would be an open format, with values you would fill in yourself. 

Features:
1. Save your stat sheet as a PDF, for fast reference on your tablet or print out for the table

2. Collapseable sections which would persist to PDF version (collapsed sections would not be shown)

3. Repeatable elements like gear or skills would be added on-demand - no more giant empty list of form fields!!

4. "Game Mode" view, which serves as quick reference and easy access to in-game aspects like Bennies (Savage Worlds) or Fate Chips (Fate).

 These Forms would be freely available to any character on Tavern Keeper (no subscription required, no upfront cost!)

 

The dynamic character sheet takes the “form” to a whole new level by knowing the details of the system you are using and helping you create your character based on those details!

A Dynamic Character Sheet would:
1. Know about the Skills, Strengths, Weaknesses, Attributes, Spells, etc of a given system.
2. Would know the multiplier of bonuses based on things like Level, Race, Profession
3. Would calculate the totals of numbers based on values you enter from the above 
4. Serve as a guide for new players to a system build their characters more easily
5. Introduce people to new systems they may not know about

 The Fate Core Dynamic Character Sheet would be free and available to everyone. (More on that, below!)

All future Dynamic Character Sheets would be a small, one-time purchase for your account, unlocked to use on all of your characters, forever.

The Building Blocks to build anything

A very powerful aspect of this tool will be the fact that many systems have similar and re-usable components. None are exactly the same, but once we build an interface around things, like class selection, spells, stat calculation, and so on, we build the foundation to create a tool that can be a sandbox for custom homebrew systems.

Which systems are you going to start with?

The first systems we will build as our pilot will be the Fate Core and Savage Worlds systems! 

We chose Fate Core because it’s widely used and it's contents are Open Sourced. Fate is a simpler (deceptively so!), more open-ended mechanic -- perfect for the House Rules Manager.

We have added Savage Worlds thanks to a partnership with P.E.G. which allows us to use their fantastic system and create supporting materials from their library of Sourcebooks!


We'll also be offering a number of popular Sourcebooks to compliment these systems! Check out the update here.


 
 A very important aspect of playing RPG’s is building your world, and that often includes the rules you use. Fate Core is a great example of an RPG that promotes GM’s and Players creating their own rules to play by. Because of that, we want to build a House Rules Manager which would allow GM’s to create rulesets, add skills/abilities/gear, and  anything else to their campaigns. Here’s how it will work:


 
The House Rules Manager would be a feature for subscribers only.

The Dynamic Character Sheet for Fate Core would be free to everyone, with the House Rules Manager as it’s ultimate compliment.
As we can further develop other systems, we’ll integrate the House Rules Manager tool into those systems as well!


 1. Character Sheet Forms, available for free to everyone, for every system we build now and in the future.

2. Dynamic Character Sheet Calculator available for a small one-time fee per account for all characters

Fate Core’s Dynamic Character Sheet would be FREE to everyone.

Savage Worlds' Dynamic Character Sheet will be available for a small fee, with a big discount to subscribers.

3. House Rules Manager available to subscribers only, ties into dynamic character sheets and also creates House Rule Books you can tie into any campaign!

Every backer tier we offer provides you with enough Gems to buy at least one system, or try the House Rules Manager for a month (in addition to Tavern Keeper’s other benefits).

Subscriptions are guaranteed to start at $5/month, but may be higher at final release. 
Backers lock in the lowest possible rate we’ll ever offer!

Backer Perks

We've just added a slew of new backer perks, for any tier! 
Randomocity 1 year Print and PDF subscriptions!
 

Exclusive "Minion" T-shirt - $20 Add-on, FREE for $75 & up backers!
 
 
 How much would it cost?

The simple form version of every system we support will be free to anyone to use within Tavern Keeper, without any upfront cost or subscriptions.

The Dynamic version of that system can be unlocked for a small one-time fee per account, between $3 - $12, depending on the complexity of the system. Once unlocked you’d have it for ANY character you create on that account.

The Fate Core Dynamic Character Sheet will be FREE to everyone, forever!

Why The Fee?

Firstly, the ongoing creation, updating, and support of these character sheets will take both time and money. 

Secondly, many of the game systems we want to support will fall under IP (Intellectual Properties) - with which a partnership or licensing deal may need to be made. 

Charging a small a-la-carte fee for access allows us to:

  • Pay for IP royalties if needed
  • Build, Maintain, and Support the site and product
  • Find, Create and Promote new systems!

Subscribers to Tavern Keeper will get discounts on these prices, up to 30% off the non-subscriber price, in addition to other account perks.

How long will it take?

We have committed to delivering the first round of these features to our backers (through beta testing & beyond) 60 days after we start the project, with regular (weekly or more) updates throughout the building & testing process. We plan to officially start development of this project in January 2014.

We will release the free open form version in advance of the Dynamic Stat Sheet for all systems.

Backers that have access to the beta site will get the latest and greatest as we build it (much, much sooner than 60 days - more like weeks after we start), with the unique position to provide feedback that will drive the details of how we implement these features.


And now, for the goodies~!

And here's a more detailed explanation of each backer tier:


We're down to the wire now, so we've tweaked our goals a little bit to help sweeten the pot for ALL of our backers!

100 Backers: Character API for 3rd Party Use

That's right, we'll create an API that you can plug into other apps like Virtual Table Tops and personal websites! We'll provide detailed documentation on how to use the API, and also provide you with an example jQuery-based widget that will display your character's bio, stats, and recent journal entries.

This feature will be available for free, forever for ALL Backers! This will be a subscriber-only feature in the future!

Even if you back us for only $1, you will get this feature. 

$6,000 Stretch: Character Inventory Management

Keep track of all of your character's gear and loot! All of your essential goods will have a weight, description, "tagging" and labeling capabilities. You'll also be able to search and filter by these values!

BACKER BONUS!: Any backer $50 and up will get the Campaign Shared Inventory Manager for FREE for ALL of their campaigns, forever! This will be a subscriber-only feature to everyone else!

Risks and challenges

We've done our best to mitigate as much risk as possible up front by developing our platform and testing it with our users, and do as much homework as we can on the development challenges we will face when building this product.

However there are always unknowns such as unexpected technical failures, injury or illness that could prevent one of us from working, or an unexpected technical hurdle that causes significant delay.

We will communicate with our users and backers every step of the way to keep them informed of the status of this project, good or bad!

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    THE STARTER: Choose between $5 worth of Gems or a 1 Month Subscription. Also awards "The Starter" title to your TavernKeeper account!

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    THE BELIEVER: Choose between $60 worth of Gems, or 12 Months Subscription! Also awards "The Believer" title to your TavernKeeper account, and gives you BETA SERVER ACCESS.

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    THE GROUNDBREAKER: Choose between $60 worth of Gems, or 12 Months Subscription! Also awards "The Groundbreaker" title to your TavernKeeper account, and gives you BETA SERVER ACCESS, Priority Feedback & Support, and VIP Access to Pilot Games & Feedback Hangouts with the Devs/Founders.

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    THE INFLUENTIAL GM: Get a 12 Months Subscription, and $10 worth of gems for EACH of your group members (up to 6). Also includes BETA SERVER ACCESS for you and up to 6 members of your gaming group, Priority Feedback & Support, VIP Access to Pilot Games & Feedback Hangouts with the Devs/Founders, and "The Influential" and "Game Master" titles on your TavernKeeper account!

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    THE ILLUSTRATED PLAYER PACK: You will receive $80 worth of Gems, BETA SERVER ACCESS, Priority Feedback & Support, and VIP Access to Pilot Games & Feedback Hangouts with the Devs/Founders, and "The Illustrated" title,
    Plus ART:
    A Monochrome Digital Illustration of one of your Tavern Keeper Characters, delivered in 4”x6” resolution digital format for unrestricted personal use.
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    THE ILLUSTRATED GM PACK: Get a 2 Year Subscription, and $10 worth of gems for EACH of your group members (up to 6). Also includes BETA SERVER ACCESS for you and up to 6 members of your gaming group, Priority Feedback & Support, VIP Access to Pilot Games & Feedback Hangouts with the Devs/Founders, and "The Influential" and "Game Master" titles on your TavernKeeper account, as well as "The Illustrated" title,
    Plus ART:
    A Monochrome Digital Illustration themed for your
    Tavern Keeper Campaign, with up to 3 Characters or NPC’s, delivered in 8”x10” digital format for unrestricted personal use
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    THE TAVERN KEEPER: You will receive $80 worth of Gems a 5 Year Subscription, BETA SERVER ACCESS, Priority Feedback & Support, and VIP Access to Pilot Games & Feedback Hangouts with the Devs/Founders, and "The Illustrated" and "Tavern Keeper" titles,
    Plus ART:
    A Full Color Digital Illustration of one of your Tavern Keeper Characters, Printed 8”x10” and Signed, along with a digital copy for unlimited
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    THE EPIC TAVERN KEEPER: You will receive $80 worth of Gems a 5 Year Subscription, and $10 worth of gems for EACH of your group members (up to 6). Also includes BETA SERVER ACCESS for you and up to 6 members of your gaming group, Priority Feedback & Support, VIP Access to Pilot Games & Feedback Hangouts with the Devs/Founders, and "The Influential", "Game Master", "The Illustrated", and "The Game Changer" titles on your TavernKeeper account!
    .. PLUS LOTS O ART:
    A Full Color, “Movie Poster” style Painting of your most epic Campaign, featuring up to 6 Players/NPC’s, printed to 18” x 24” and signed
    (3 copies), along with a digital file for unlimited personal use.

    (shipping US only, digital files to anywhere)
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