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The next generation of virtual tabletops. Built for mobile and touch devices. Play with your friends in real life!

We free you from the mess to let you play your game on your terms.

Beyond Tabletop is a web application that replaces both the physical maps and character sheets used in RPG tabletop gaming.

Our features include:

  • A mobile gaming system that is specifically optimized for touch-screen devices and requires no installation
  • A simple virtual battle mat that lets you quickly place tokens, draw with a pen or shapes, and collaborate with your friends on battles
  • Fully customizable character sheets with the flexibility to create your own lists, resources, and macros
  • Cross-platform syncing of your account with that of your invited friends lets you play in real life or exclusively online!

Our Kickstarter gives you access to the amazing tools we’ve already developed...

Beyond Tabletop is already a working application, so you can get an account as soon as our Kickstarter is funded. Reward tiers will include alpha and beta access at lower prices than when we launch and special discounts deals for groups of five (the classic GM and four players group).

...and lets us take our product even further!

We’ve already replaced physical battlemats and paper character sheets. With your help we’ll be able to develop a true offline mode, so you can create maps and characters without an internet connection. The next time your device connects to the internet, your changes will sync with your account automatically. We're also working on developing a hexagonal grid option for the map and a set of game master tools to manage monsters, players and events. And finally we also plan to create native apps for the Android and iOS markets and expand our character sheet offerings by supporting customer-created character sheets and building system-specific character sheets.

Why pick us over other online tabletops?

Beyond Tabletop is the next generation of virtual tabletops and character sheet management. Our product gives you the advantages of online play in real life and the benefits of real-life play online.

  • Play from anywhere or anything. Beyond Tabletop runs in any modern web browser, so you're free to connect to your game from anywhere, even when you're away from your desktop. In-person games are also enhanced when your touch devices are finally part of the game, rather than just a distraction.
  • Be ready for anything. Our tools allow game masters to be more spontaneous with their encounters. They can spend less time making their software work with their campaign and more time playing it. Character sheets are flexible and simple--they work with any RPG system!
  • Start playing right away. There's no software to install or complicated documentation to decode. Check out our homepage to see a demo of how easy and fun the map is to use. It’s so fast and easy and we've made some videos called 60 Second Encounters where we draw ready-to-play battles in a minute or less.

We use Beyond Tabletop in our weekly games, and we hope you will too.

When you have an account with Beyond Tabletop (which you can get by sponsoring us on Kickstarter), you can create your own tables with unique URLs and invite your friends. The entire experience is synced up over the internet and it supports both real-life and online play. If one person can’t make it to a game they can just join your table online while everyone else plays in person.

Or you can use Beyond Tabletop to enchance your purely real-life game. In our weekly game, we use two tablets and the map-syncing feature to allow the players and the GM to more fluidly interact with the map during encounters. Our GM keeps a map on one tablet and the players share a map on the other. This way, the players can strategize without the GM hovering over them. And the GM can easily control monster movements in real time ... and plot the players' demise.

Beyond Tabletop is the best app for your tabletop gaming. It’s the best of both worlds: A simple, fast, tabletop and customizable, electronic character sheets — both of which you can use in real life or online.

We hope you’re as excited about Beyond Tabletop as we are! You can sign up for updates on our homepage or back this project to get exclusive updates. If you have any questions, you can leave a note in the comments section.

Thanks, and happy gaming!

Upcoming Features!

There are a number of features we’re really excited to add to Beyond Tabletop. Our alpha and beta users will help us determine which of these features will be implemented first!

Offline Mode. In Offline Mode, you'll be able to make changes to existing characters and maps without an internet connection. Once you return to an area with internet access, your device will sync back up with our servers.

Hexagonal grid. The default grid will be squares, but you'll be able to choose hexagonal from the settings panel. Tokens will automatically align with the hexagonal grid.

Background images. The amount of image storage space per user will be determined during our Closed Alpha and Closed Beta phases. This feature will allow you to upload your own map images to be placed underneath the virtual tabletop.

Native Android App. We'll release a native Android app in the Android online marketplace. This application already works on Android devices via web browsers; this addition would be a convenient, stand-alone app.

Native Windows 8 App. We'll release a native Windows 8 app in the Windows online marketplace. This application already works on Windows 8 devices via web browsers; this addition would be a convenient, stand-alone app.

Native iOS App. We'll release a native iOS app in the Apple online marketplace. This application already works on Apple devices via web browsers; this addition would be a convenient, stand-alone app for iPhones, iPads and other iOS devices.

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

One of the biggest challenges we're looking at if this project is funded is getting Beyond Tabletop in the Android, Windows 8 and iOS marketplaces. We have a list of upcoming features we want to work on which include having an app ready for the marketplaces at the same time we open our application to public Beta.

FAQ

  • Beyond Tabletop offers three different types of accounts in this Kickstarter--Player, Game Master, and Party. Player accounts can be purchased for a one-time fee, and Game Master account are subscription-based. A Party account is a collection of 4 Player accounts and 1 Game Master.

    Player accounts can join any tables they're invited to, but they cannot host a game. They have limited storage on our servers: 1 saved map and 5 saved character sheets.

    You can get a Player account for a one-time cost of $25 or $40. The $25 Player account gets you into our Closed Beta Phase. The $40 account gets you into our Closed Alpha Phase and lets you start playing as soon as this Kickstarter is funded!

    Game Master accounts can host multiple games and join any game they're invited to. Game Masters have expanded storage on our servers: 25 saved maps and 100 character sheets. These limits may change as we receive feedback during our Closed Alpha Phase. When we complete our set of Game Master tools (our next priority), only Game Master accounts will have access to them.

    Game Master accounts are $7 for a month or $30 for a year (64% savings over monthly!). Getting a Game Master account during the Kickstarter makes sure your monthly or yearly rates will never go up as long as your subscription is active. You can cancel your account at any time and will retain access through the end of the period you paid for. Sign up for $30 one-year account to get access to our Closed Beta Phase! If you're interested in Alpha Phase access as a Game Master, check out our Party accounts.

    Party accounts are special package deals for groups of 5. A Party consists of 4 Player accounts and 1 Game Master account. The Game Master account in this pack will be assigned to the person who pledges at the Party reward level. Once the Kickstarter is funded, we will contact you for the email addresses for each of the players you wish to include in your party. Party accounts are all eligible for our Closed Alpha Phase, but these accounts are limited, so be sure to grab one while they're still available!

    Party accounts are $80 or $160. The $80 tier includes four Player accounts (normally $25 each) and a one-year membership for a Game Master account. The Game Master account will rebill at $30 per year. The $160 tier includes eight Player accounts (normally $25 each) and a two-year membership for a Game Master account. The Game Master account will rebill at $30 per year.

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  • If this project is funded, Beyond Tabletop will immediately begin its Alpha Phase of development. Everyone who signed up with a reward that qualifies for alpha access will be given accounts and will be able to start using the application. This will occur when the 30 days of this Kickstarter ends (around the end of April).

    During the Alpha Phase, we'll work on scaling up the application to support more than ~1000 users, we'll get feedback from alpha testers to find out what features they would like to see added, and we'll take care of any bugs that come up.

    We expect the Alpha Phase to last about a month, so we'll begin the Closed Beta Phase in early May. At that point everyone who signed up with a reward that qualifies for beta access will be given accounts and will be able to start using the application.

    During the closed beta, we'll be making sure our application performs for a larger group of users and getting ideas about how we can grow the feature list based on user feedback.

    If everything goes well, we'll open access to the public in an open beta by June, at which point any backers who didn't already have an account will be given access.

    We also want to make sure this is clear: your service during closed phases does not count against your membership time. For example, if you signed up for a one-year game master membership, your one year doesn't start until we bring the application to the public for the open beta. This means that if closed development time goes longer than expected, you get more time to use our application for free.

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  • Our video doesn't get into the details of the character sheet builder. Our character sheet has three sections:

    Stats - each stat has a name and equation. You can use any other stat in an equation to arrive at a final value. For example if I make a stat named "STR" with an equation of "16" I could make another stat called "STR_MOD" and its equation would be "({STR}-10)/2". In your equations can use standard math operators including: +-*/%() and any other stat name that doesn't cause an infinite loop. In addition to numbers and other stats (we call them variables), you can also add dice rolls to your equation. For example you could set up a stat called "FORT" with an equation of "{1d20} + {FORT_BASE} + {CON_MOD}". If the application detects you have a dice roll in your equation, it displays it on the character sheet as a button. This way, you can click the button to automatically roll the stat/macro, and the result is shown on your screen and delivered to any tabletops you are connected to.

    Here's an example of how stats and macros look on the character sheet right now:

    http://cl.ly/image/3c2y0Q243f1M

    That additional field on the right of the FORT/REF/WILL saves is a miscellaneous modifier for adding on-the-fly, temporary or circumstantial additions or subtractions to your rolls.

    Lists - each list has a name and description. Lists are for things like Feat, Traits, Languages, or anything else that has a name/description combo you'll want to keep close for quick reference.

    Spellbook - The spellbook is similar to the lists section, in that each spell has a name and description, but also three additional fields for spell level, spells prepared, and spells remaining. This will let you keep your spellbook up while you play and keep track of how many spells you have left as you use them during a game day.

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  • We want as many people to be able to use this as possible and would like to have some sort of free account. Right now we are offering party packages as a way of giving free accounts to GMs. If the kickstarter is successful we will hopefully be offering more types of free accounts. In the meantime, the demo of the map on our website will give you a chance to try out the map functionality before you have to pledge anything!

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