Update: Please See Rewards Section for Updates to Backer Rewards!
Unfortunately I can't edit the existing rewards to add the upgraded reward content for the original $35 and $50+ reward tiers, so please refer to the rewards section below for complete details.
Infinitas DM is an app for mobile platforms designed to improve world crafting and exploration for pen and paper RPGs.
Infinitas DM doesn't want to run your game for you, but instead looks to enhance the experience you already love as pen and paper role players. With the ability to create worlds filled with all of your lore and characters and share them with players on a secondary screen's "Player's View;" map making, story organization, and world exploration are more convenient and organic than ever before.
Create your campaigns, modules, and one-off's on your smart device and explore them organically with players using Fog of War to conceal unreached areas. Edit maps and draw notes in real time, visible to the players or exclusive to the GM/DM.
Along with better map making and viewing is easier organization of your lore, NPCs, and quests. Place markers directly on the map that link to your lore documents and pull them up on the fly to view them while playing.
A complete, in-depth walkthrough on how the app will function can be found on our website at http://www.infinitasdm.com
Having both played pen and paper RPGs and run my own campaigns for many years, there are two aspects I always wished could be easier. Managing worlds, npcs, quests, and lore and being able to use big complex maps without going broke at the copy store or putting my players to sleep drawing out each one room by room while we play.
There are a lot of really good digital campaign tools out there, but none of them ever really hit the mark for what I wanted to do with them. I wanted a tool that let me have all of the power and convenience of a digital solution without being forced to play online or from a bunch of individual laptops.
I also didn't want something that takes over every aspect of the game. I like rolling my dice, I like keeping character sheets on sheets of paper, I like playing with everyone in the same room. That is what drove me to create Infinitas DM.
How It Will Work
There are two core aspects to Infinitas DM's operation. Creating and Playing your campaigns. That said, both of these functions are served from the same interface, available at the same time.
Creating A Campaign
World building starts in the Atlas. The Atlas has a 3 tier hierarchy used for organizing maps. The tiers are named Worlds, Continents, and Locations, but the name's purpose are simply to symbolize the overall organizational structure they represent. Worlds could easily be Planes, Planets, or even Factions. Continents could just as easily be regions as individual starships. The possibilities are limitless.
Once you have your locations created, you can assign maps to them. Maps can be both loaded and assigned from this menu.
Maps can be added or created in one of three ways. They are either captured with the device's camera, imported from an image file, or created within Infinitas DM.
Populating Your Maps
Once you have your maps assigned you can get to adding document files to them, easily accessed by either browsing for them in the Documents Tree or by accessing them directly from the map with Map Links.
Map links are great ways to quickly access your encounter notes, NPC dialog, Store lists, Quest information, highlighting Points of Interest, or even linking to other Maps.
The Documents you link or browse to are created and viewed in the Documents Tab, an easily accessed panel that slides out to occupy the right third of the screen and can also be maximized to occupy the entire screen.
Creating and Playing Maps
The tools that allow you to draw and populate your own maps are the same tools that you will use in-game to play and edit them on the fly.
New maps, notes, sketches, and more can be added with the Pencil and Line tools, and removed with the eraser.
To keep notes, temporary drawings for spell effects, and the map background separate and easy to edit, Infinitas DM has a 4 layer system. The background (either a map you have loaded or one of the four backgrounds chosen at map creation) layer is not select-able or editable.
Above that is Layer 1, which is intended to be used for drawing any additional map background imagery. Layer 2, which is ideal for adding notes, sketches, and temporary effects. The last layer is the DM Layer - a layer that is only visible on the GM or DM's device and is not displayed on the Player View. This is great for notes, traps, and other details that the players are not meant to see.
All three of those layers can easily be selected, hidden, or disabled at any time.
Fog of War
Fog of War is easily added and removed with the drawing tools and much like them can be added in various colors to simulate spells and effects that would limit visibility for your players.
For the GM or DM, Fog of War is semi-transparent, while for the Player View it is opaque.
The DM Drawer
The final piece of Infinitas DM's interface is the DM Drawer. This is a set of tools that is pulled out from the left side of the screen containing access to the Atlas, Tokens, Stamps, an assortment of additional funcionality for the Pencil tool, as well as Save and Exit functions.
Budget and Goal
While a great deal of work has already been completed for Infinitas DM, it is mainly centered around the design, artwork, and interface. Aside from rewards, shipping, and Kickstarter/Merchant fees, the entirety of the remaining funds will go to paying for the programming to put all of this work together.
In order to keep the goal as low as possible, I am absorbing all of the art and design costs myself, including all non manufacturing and shipping costs for backer rewards.
The good news is we already have an extremely talented programmer on board for the project. Between the two of us we have more than 20 years of professional experience in videogame and software development.
The first stretch goal has been released! As we grow closer to each stretch goal the next will be revealed.
REWARDS UPDATE -
ALL backers pledging $35+ will receive access to all platforms supported at launch (android, iOS, etc). That includes any platforms added as stretch goals!
Additionally, the original 15 $35 rewards and all $50+ backers have been upgraded from Beta Access to Alpha Access. That means even earlier access to pre-release builds of the app while it is still in development!
Teeth of The Bloodwolf Mini-Campaign
Teeth of The Bloodwolf is a short narrative driven campaign that takes place in a game-neutral fantasy setting. The story of this campaign takes place in Dirusholm, a secluded town in the wooded mountain country of Moldovar.
Deep in shadow and mist a forgotten clan seeks to restore glory to their ancient name, but at what cost?
Along with a complete narrative and branching decision paths, encounters have been supplied with rough outlines to allow adaptation into any game system, party size and level.
See more about this reward in Backer Update #8
The Adventurer's Kit is a campaign file that includes a completely fleshed out town map, including NPC's, Quest Starters, and more. The kit will also include several general-use maps that can be used along with the town to inspire or expand upon your own campaigns.
UPDATE: Because we hit our funding goal 2 days early this reward has been upgraded to also include a complete dungeon!
See more about this reward in Backer Update #6
Monkeyblood Design Map Pack
We are excited to be able to offer our backers a set of 20 hand-picked maps from Monkeyblood Design. The pack features a variety of different maps including dungeons, overworld maps, outdoor maps, and even a few sci-fi maps. We are very pleased to be able to offer these to our backers as a great way to inspire, extend, and improve upon your own campaigns.
See more about this reward in Backer Update #7
Infinitas DM T-Shirt
These are the two T-Shirt designs we are considering (artwork not final). The final design will be chosen in a poll to the backers and will be printed on black T-Shirts available in men's Small, Medium, Large, X-L, 2X-L, and 3X-L. Shipping to USA is included in the reward cost, $5-10 additional costs will apply to shipments outside the US.
UPDATE: Now with 50+ $75+ backers both designs will be printed on each shirt - one on the front and one on the back!
See more about this reward in Backer Update #7
For the top reward tiers, custom artwork will be provided by both the Infinitas DM creator Dan Sandberg and professional illustrator Katheryn Glade. Here are a few examples of the type of art you can expect.
See more about this reward in Backer Update #9
Risks and challenges
With the design and almost all of the art assets completed for Infinitas DM, the biggest challenge we face during development will be deciding on a method for sharing the second-screen Player's View that will work best for the majority of users.
We are currently evaluating a number of display options, but in order to make the best decision it is going to take a bit of experimentation as well as the input from our backers.
Thanks for taking the time to read through our message and for checking out Infinitas DM!
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