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MAJOR UPDATE FOR BATTLEBARDS. 

PLEASE DO NOT PLEDGE. OUR NEW KICKSTARTER WILL BE LIVE SOON! THIS KICKSTARTER WILL BE CANCELED SHORTLY.

Follow our NEW Kickstarter Preview Page HERE.

Battlebards has been off to a roaring start! We’ve had the good fortune to be featured on over a dozen podcasts, radio shows, and have had so many write-ups on blogs which has allowed us to open a dialogue with the gaming community at large and we discovered that we can do even better.

We are over 70% funded with plenty of time left to reach our $10,000 goal but we’re gearing up for a major change. Since launch we have received an incredible amount of inquiries about Battlebards. Everyone loves the audio, but we have come to the conclusion that the subscription model isn’t ideal. Many would prefer to actually purchase and download the audio outright, and we wouldn’t be Battlebards if we didn’t adapt.

Ultimately, we are here to serve you and the entire gaming community. If our current model is not going to work for the majority of gamers, it’s our responsibility to own up to that right now and make the appropriate changes in order to ensure the longevity of Battlebards and our community.

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Spotify meets Tabletop RPGs -- Battlebards is the most expansive Tabletop Audio Library and Tools ever assembled to make your campaigns simply epic. And, everything is accessible straight through your browser.  

Tailor-made background music inspired by fantasy races, voiceover scripts written to bring life to everyday NPC interactions, and a colossal array of bone crushing, spell fire blasting sound effects... this is immersive gaming at its best for the Player and the GM.  

Let's kick this off the right way, with your party entering inside of an ancient Dwarf Temple. Go on, close your eyes, take it all in, and just imagine.

Starting with a library of over 500 custom-created tracks we plan to grow it to over 1000+ by early 2016 with new tracks being added monthly. We also have some great tools to help you organize your audio and even create your own custom tracks for your campaign straight from the browser. 

But, first, let's show you how your campaigns can be elevated with the right dose of some killer audio with a Mini Quest, courtesy of Alex from Battlebards GMing and Matt Ballert from TableTopTorch.com Playing.  

Using audio in gaming isn’t new, GMs have been using movie OSTs, YouTube and free sound effects libraries for years but all of these resources are scavenged, repurposed, and sometimes jarringly inserted. Not anymore. Here is a taste of our Audio Vault, custom built.

Imagine describing the ghastly scene of a Dark Elf sacrificial ritual at one of their wicked temples while playing the following track…

Making a loud ‘bang’ to accent the effect of a Beholder missing its disintegration eye ray and blasting apart the back wall during a fierce, chaos packed combat is one thing, playing the following track while asking your player to make their save check is another…

When this Red Dragon shocks your unassuming party with a roar of fiery death, they'll be trembling.

Using the same voice you used for the last 10 NPCs you introduced in the city is one thing, playing the following track on the following trip to the tavern is another…

Want to listen to more? Here yah go!

The Process

Our team is comprised of veteran GMs that have decades of experience using audio while at the gaming table. As such, every piece of audio in our Audio Vault has been painstakingly created for use IN-GAME.

Our process begins with a ‘creative brief’ that describes the purpose and uses for the score. We open up for custom auditions from the best composers, voice talent, and sound effects gurus. These guys are tagged to serious projects like Street Fighter, Diablo 3, League of Legends, Dragon Ball Z, Tango and Cash, etc. We select the right artist to work with and go through a refinement process to produce the master track.

In all, the entire process from idea to masterpiece takes up to 50 hours per track!

Scaling the Audio Library  

We are scaling our audio library significantly while supporting the artist community that is making our dreams a reality. We are entering into licensing agreements with composers and voice talent to stream tracks they create in this Campaign in return for royalties that the artists rightfully deserve.

Easy to browse & easy to search, Battlebards must be built to keep you fighting the evil horde and not an unintuitive site. The search bar is going to be our BFF. Start typing in what describes the audio you seek and *BAM* options just pop up in real-time. Play it immediately or add it to your playlist for later.

Easy to browse and search for just the right tracks for your games. (Current Working Design - Not Necessarily Representative of Final Look)
Easy to browse and search for just the right tracks for your games. (Current Working Design - Not Necessarily Representative of Final Look)

As seasoned gamers, we know that scrambling for the right audio file is death at the gaming table; it's completely unacceptable. The Battlebards Soundboard brings audio closer to the GM than ever before.

Multiple Playlists to customize your games. (Current Working Design - Not Necessarily Representative of Final Look)
Multiple Playlists to customize your games. (Current Working Design - Not Necessarily Representative of Final Look)

The Soundboard is a way to seamlessly integrate audio at the gaming table. Organize it however you like with our audio and with your own personal audio collection (The Lord Tier and above). Create Playlists for your next epic scene or even for frequently used sound effects.

With the Mixer (Champion Tier and above), create your own dramatic scenes that’ll leave your players with Mt. Dew spilling from their lips by controlling the layering, cropping, and timing of various tracks together to create a seamless masterpiece.

Imagine an apocalyptic mix that starts off with a barrage of fireballs impacting the side of a castle wall. Maybe you want 5 fireballs, or maybe 15? Thought so, you sicko. Organize the mix to play the fireballs all together for a single deafening BOOM or maybe have them impact the castle wall sequentially. The choice is yours.  

What Can The Mixer Do?

  •  Combine Tracks together to score something totally new.
  • Layer together over a dozen tracks to script the perfect Mix for your campaigns. Maybe you want to kick thing off with a tavern owner greeting the party followed by voices of drunken fighters arguing in the background, and finishing it off with the sounds of metal clanging as they strike swords. Easy.
  • Crop your tracks so you get just the sound you're looking for. 
  • Audio Fading. Want a sound effect to fade in? Or a voice over to fade out? Maybe some cross fading between tracks? So do we. 
  • Speed Control. Slow things down to really capture that dramatic moment or speed things up to highlight heavy action. 
  • Loop. Imagine a town being bombarded by one too many fireballs. The sound of destruction can go on for hours in-game. Just loop your mix and hear the violence for as long as you like. 
  • Volume Control per track. Create mixes where your players hear the distant echo of a voice in the background while your Bard is playing a loud song in the foreground.

Note: The images above are for illustrative purposes only. They are not representative images of the final product.  

Share Your Mixes!  

You'll be making some awesome mixes, and we want you to be able to share your masterpieces with the entire Battlebards community! The number of unique and inspiring mixes we can create together is staggering and it just means more great options to enhance each of our in-game scenes!  

Here's Alex giving us a taste of what the Mixer can do using an older prototype application from our last Kickstarter Campaign, Realmsound 2.0. Note: This example is intended to highlight how the Mixer operates using a previously built application. It is NOT the Battlebards Mixer.

Note:  

  • Graphical depictions of the Mixer are purely for illustrative purposes only and do not reflect the actual look-and-feel of the finished product. 
  • Videos showing the functionality of the Soundboard/Mixer are from an application developed during our last Kickstarter campaign and does not reflect the exact functionality or look-and-feel of the new Battlebards Soundboard/Mixer

No Net? No prob. Presenting Offline Mode. Rocking your GM's Basement of Technological Doom since 2015. How does it work?

We know how you game and the internet isn't always available. Sucks, but we have you covered with Offline Mode. Use Battlebards even WITHOUT net access. Yeah, we're excited for this one too!

Get online access to the entire Battlebards Audio Vault and monthly additions. That’s 500+ painstakingly created Audio Tracks at the start of the service along with hundreds of Mixes created by the Battlebards community! This is JUST the beginning! From there we plan to increase our library to 1000+ by mid-2016. There’s going to be more audio available than you can fit in a Bag of Holding!

500+ AMAZING TRACKS  

  • 300 Music, Sound Effects, Monsterscape, and Soundscape Tracks
  • 200 Language, Merchant, Townsfolk, and various Character Class Voice Over Tracks 

What Else? 

  • 2 Months Membership to the service anywhere on a desktop/laptop/tablet browser with net connection

In addition to accessing everything the Apprentice Tier offers, the Adventurer Tier opens up The Soundboard which makes infusing your game in audible context painless!  

THE SOUNDBOARD  

  • Create unlimited Playlists of your favorite tracks and organize them for your gaming sessions. Perhaps load up one playlist with ambient background music and use another in real-time for casting of spells and racial language voice overs 
  • Play multiple tracks concurrently and customize tracks on the fly 
  • Share your Playlists with the community and vote for your favorite ones 

What Else? 

  • 6 Months Membership to the service anywhere on a desktop/laptop/tablet browser with a net connection 
  • OFFLINE MODE! No access to internet? No problems! Turn on Offline mode and sync your selected tracks for offline play! 
  • Custom Kickstarter Profile Badge for Pledging at the Adventurer Level on your Battlebards Profile Page! All future subscribers will always know that YOU were the reason for why the service went live. 
  • Exclusive KS Renewal Rate: $4.00/month (11% off discount off of Standard $4.50/month)
  • Stretch Goal 1 Eligible!

In addition to accessing everything the Adventurer Tier offers, the Champion level opens up the Mixer.  

THE MIXER  

  • Create your own custom scenes for your games and share them with the Battlebards community. Maybe use the Infernal Language for spell casting and then have it fade out as the sounds of a crackling Lightning Bolt Spell explodes with dramatic effect. The options are wide open. 
  • Share your creations with the rest of the Battlebards community and integrate other creators' mixes into yours! Endless possibilities to discover just the right mix for your games. 

What Else? 

  • 12 Months Membership at this Tier 
  • BETA Access! The moment we launch into Full Beta you will get your access pass before we open Battlebards up to the public at large. Expected: October 2015 
  • Custom Kickstarter Profile Badge for Pledging at the Champion Level on your Battlebards Profile Page! 
  • Exclusive KS Renewal Rate! $4.50/month (18% discount off of Standard $5.50/month)
  • Stretch Goal 2 Eligible! 

Note: Creating Mixes can only be done from a Desktop or Laptop browser.

In addition to all the awesome stuff the Champion Tier brings you, The Lord Tier gives you access to Battlebards Cloud.

  • Upload your own personal audio collection to Battlebards 
  • Access your tracks from anywhere you have an internet connection on your desktop/laptop/tablet 
  • Create custom Playlists and Mixes combining your tracks with those on Battlebards. 
  • 5 Gigs of online space made available to you. That’s about 1250 average mp3 files. 
  • Exclusive Bonus Cloud Storage! For Kickstarter Backers we’re DOUBLING the space to 10GB! This will not be made available to anyone that isn’t a Kickstarter Backer.

What Else?

  • 15 Months Membership at this Tier 
  • Alpha Access! You’ll get first dibs to use the service before anyone else! Expected: September 2015 
  • Custom Kickstarter Profile Badge for Pledging at The Lord Level on your Battlebards Profile Page! 
  • Exclusive KS Renewal Rate! $5.00/month (23% discount off of Standard $6.50/month)
  • Stretch Goal 3 Eligible!

In addition to The Lord Tier brings you, here are a bunch of fun additions to make your experience even more awesome:

  • 18 Months Membership at this Tier 
  • 10 Gigs of online space made available to you. That’s about 2500 average mp3 tracks 
  • Exclusive Bonus Cloud Storage! For Kickstarter Backers we’re DOUBLING the space to 20GB! This will not be made available to anyone that isn’t a Kickstarter Backer. 
  • Our Original Soundboard/Mixer App! We developed a Soundboard/Mixer App after our last Kickstarter and we would love to share it with you while we prep Battlebards. After the Kickstarter Funding period ends, you can start mixing away with our current Windows/Mac compatible Soundboard App! Checkout an early walkthrough of the Soundboard below to get a deeper glimpse into what it can do.
  • Battlebards Council Invite! Become a trusted adviser to the Battlebards Team! We will need input and guidance to determine new audio and features for the service. You will also receive preferential treatment for all new perks and offers.

What Else?  

  • Custom Kickstarter Profile Badge for Pledging at The Planeswalker Level on your Battlebards Profile Page! 
  • Exclusive KS Renewal Rate! $5.50/month (26.7% discount off of Standard $7.50/month)
  • ALL Stretch Goals are Eligible!

Some of our most accomplished Composers and Voice Talent from the TV and Video Games industries are creating something EXTRA special just for you. The Demigod Tier gives you 4 more custom pieces of audio that you will have VOTING rights on! And they are gifted for download.  

Here is the Custom Audio you will be creating:  

  • 2 Music Tracks in .WAV/.mp3 formats 
  • 1 Sound Effects Pack in .WAV/.mp3 formats 
  • 1 Voice Over Script in .WAV/.mp3 formats 

You will get to help decide what exactly these audio pieces will be. Think we need an Underground Soundscape? How about a music track featuring life deep in a Hobgoblin Stronghold? Be a part of Battlebards history by being the first to shape these premium tracks! 

What Else? 

  • 24 Months Membership at this Tier 
  • Audio Vault Pack 1 - 150+ Tracks for Download from the current Battlebards Audio Vault.See the Add-Ons section below for more details! 
  • Custom Kickstarter Profile Badge for Pledging at The Demigod Level on your Battlebards Profile Page!
  • Exclusive KS Renewal Rate! $5.00/month (33.3% discount off of Standard $7.50/month) Yep, that's The Lord Tier rate you're getting!

LIMITED TIER! Our Crème de la Crème. In addition to all the amazing stuff of The Demigod Tier, The Battlebard Tier is THE Tier for the loyalist and true believer in what Battlebards stands for!

What do you get? A LIFETIME Membership to Battlebards. Yep, all the cool new audio and features that we build will be yours to access and you’ll never have to put down a cent more for it!!

What Else?  

  • Audio Vault Pack 2 - 150+ Tracks for Download from the current Battlebards Audio Vault. See the Add-Ons section below for more details! 
  • Custom Kickstarter Profile Badge for Pledging at The Battlebard Level on your Battlebards Profile Page!

For those seeking downloadable audio, these Add-On packs are for you. All the Audio Vault Tracks below are owned by Battlebards and were lovingly crafted by our team prior to this Kickstarter. The tracks will be provided to you at the end of the Kickstarter funding period in high quality .WAV & .mp3 formats.  

Simply add an additional $75 to your Pledge for each Pack and specify which Pack you want (if only getting one).

Notes:  

  • To backers of our last Kickstarter: Realmsound Project 2.0. A majority of these tracks were sourced during our last Kickstarter campaign. 
  • Audio Vault Pack 1 & 2 DO NOT include any new audio we are sourcing from this campaign 
  • Audio Vault Pack 1 is included as a reward for The Demigod Tier 
  • Audio Vault Pack 2 is included as a reward for The Battlebard Tier

Once funded it's all about the Stretch Goals. And, we are excited to include you as part of the creative process for every track labeled "By Backer Vote" below.  

We will be licensing various versions of the tracks listed in the Stretch Goals below. The best versions we will actually purchase and gift to you as exclusive .WAV/.mp3 files for pledging at a Stretch Goal eligible Tier!

Note: All Audio-Based Stretch Goals will be gifted as .WAV/.mp3 files and will also be available to stream on the Battlebards service.

The following is how your generous pledges will be used to get the service off the ground with what has been promised.  

Audio Sourcing: We will be creating and licensing over 100 new tracks covering music, effects, scripts, languages, soundscapes, etc. at the base funding level.

Development of Battlebards: Aside from hiring freelancers for art and design, development is entirely in-house. We simply need the basic necessities (food and rent) to “survive” the critical months of development ahead.

We also produce some fun videos in an effort to help with how to use audio in games through our videos “Beyond the Title” and “Audio in Gaming”. One example:

Battlebards is brought to you by the team behind the successful Kickstarter Realmsound Project 2.0. Over the past 3 years we have spent over $25,000 creating an epic Audio Vault that is the basis for Battlebards.  

Our team of gamers is comprised of 4 founders (Alex @SoulCollectorXX, Arya @mridulmp, Kyn @kynchaturvedi, Mike) who have been playing tabletop games for decades. And we just LOVE fantasy audio and how it adds to the gaming experience.

Risks and challenges

Timelines are always a challenge when developing software. Admittedly our earlier Kickstarter, The Realmsound Project 2.0, did suffer from delays due to unforeseen challenges with the development environment we chose to use along with an untested team. And though it was later than we had initially hoped, we delivered what we promised.

This time around we are using an in-house team we trust and a well-supported development environment. We have also begun prototyping the service ahead of the launch of the Kickstarter in order to minimize development hurdles. Developing technology always has its wild card moments where unforeseeable issues do creep in, but our projected estimates have been created taking these possibilities into account.

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