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Exercise your imagination, not your dice-rolling hand. The most popular and useful GM aid software is back!
Exercise your imagination, not your dice-rolling hand. The most popular and useful GM aid software is back!
Exercise your imagination, not your dice-rolling hand. The most popular and useful GM aid software is back!
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Exercise your imagination, not your dice-rolling hand. The most popular and useful GM aid software is back!

TableMaster II Gamemaster's Aid Software

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In the 1990s, TableMaster, the one and only Spare Time Generator, was an unprecedented gamemaster's aid program that made it easy to translate any written random generation table for roleplaying games into a computerized form. Originally an MS-DOS program, it was left behind by years of operating system upgrades. Now it's back and better than ever.

TableMaster is the key to creating a fully-detailed RPG world. Instead of having to roll up the descriptions of dozens of things such as NPCs your players could meet, the contents of pockets they might pick, or events for an area just in case they visit, you can produce such things in moments with TableMaster.

Anything you can imagine and write up a table for, you can convert to TBL, TableMaster's scripting language. Did you write a set of tables that creates highly detailed star systems for your SF game, only it takes fifteen minutes to create a single system? In that fifteen minutes you can set it up for TableMaster and then generate dozens and pick your favorites. When your players ask "We look out into the street; what do we see?" do you have to say "Just the usual"? A TableMaster table can give you answers as detailed as you want.

The tables that come with TableMaster and the ones available in Table Packs are easy to customize for your specific campaign. This can be as simple as putting the names of important NPCs in the proper lists (for example, "Mayor Bon Osrick" instead of "the local mayor") or as much as adding whole new subtables to further describe something. Creating new tables from scratch is almost as easy. In addition to the complete language reference in the manual, there will be a tutorial on the website and as a PDF.

This is a real TableMaster table:

.table Gems
.roll <1d6>
1-3 emerald
4-5 ruby
6 diamond

You can start with something simple like that and add more types of gems, subtables for size, flaws, special characteristics, value in whatever monetary system your game uses, and more. No programming knowledge required!

The ease of creating and sharing tables is why TableMaster was a gamemaster's essential tool 20 years ago, and why people have asked for a new version ever since Windows left it behind.

Now it's back, and it will be available in both Windows and Macintosh flavors. (note: add 1 month to expected delivery date for the Mac version) All the old Table Packs are being reworked and improved, and there are two new ones in development; one of those will be released at the same time as the TableMaster retail launch, expected in August.

TableMaster is back and better than ever!

Please note that the estimated delivery times for TableMaster itself are for the development builds and beta access; the final version should be released in Q3 2016. Swag, T-shirts, etc., will be shipped immediately after the KickStarter project closes.

STRETCH GOAL: $3,000

More tables. I'll add additional tables to the basic tables that come with TableMaster, boosting it to 60 tables. (there may be a slight delay in this, as getting the Table Packs finished first matters, but I'll email out the bonus tables to backers directly as soon as they're ready)

TableMaster: the Spare Time Generator
TableMaster: the Spare Time Generator

 

Risks and challenges

TableMaster is already running and 90% complete; the screenshot on this page is an unedited view of its state as of today. A more complicated than expected debugging process might delay the release somewhat, but the chance of this being longer than a month is very slim. After all, I already wrote this program once before! (although this is essentially all new code, as the internals have been changed to take advantage of new compiler and system features) The Macintosh version may be delayed slightly more, as it's a significant platform difference. The compiler I'm using can build for multiple platforms, so any delays should not be long, though they may occur.

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    TABLEMASTER (Digital): The full version of TableMaster a week before official release PLUS participation in the beta test, including development builds and access to the exclusive beta-test forums. Your name in the PDF manual.

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    TABLEMASTER (Physical): The The full version of TableMaster including CD and hardcopy manual a week before official release PLUS participation in the beta test, including development builds (digital) and access to the exclusive beta-test forums. Your name in the PDF and printed manual, plus the swag.

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    TABLEMASTER & TABLE PACK (Digital): The digital version of TableMaster and beta access as above, plus one table pack of your choice (including the newest one)

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    TABLEMASTER & TABLE PACK (Physical): The digital version of TableMaster and beta access as above, plus one table pack of your choice (including the newest one) sent to you, plus the swag.

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    TABLEMASTER WITH EVERYTHING (Digital):The digital version of TableMaster and beta access, plus all six Table Packs (including the newest) sent to you, including the swag.

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    TABLEMASTER WITH EVERYTHING (Physical): The physical version of TableMaster and beta access, plus all six Table Packs (including the newest) and the swag,

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    EVERYTHING PLUS! - The physical TableMaster, all the Table Packs, the NEXT table pack to be released, the swag, and an exclusive "Kickstarter Backer" Wintertree T-shirt.

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    GAME CLUB SPECIAL! 6 copies of TableMaster, 15 Table Packs (your choice), a TableMaster T-shirt, 6 special tokens, a set of the swag, a TableMaster poster, and a bigger thank-you in the manual. (also available to game stores)

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    GAME STORE SPECIAL - UPGRADED! - 12 physical copies of TableMaster to sell in your store, 30 Table Packs of your choice, TableMaster with all the table packs for yourself, a countertop/shelf display, 10 special tokens to give out as desired, two sets of the swag, two TableMaster T-shirts, promotional signage and handouts, and a bigger thank-you in the manual. (also available to gaming clubs)

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