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SpellTag: An Augmented Reality Role Playing Game (Canceled)

SpellTag is laser tag LARPing with 3D-printed wands and software spells. Visit our project at www.SpellTag.com

SpellTag: An Augmented Reality Role Playing Game (Canceled)

SpellTag is laser tag LARPing with 3D-printed wands and software spells. Visit our project at www.SpellTag.com

$681
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17
backers
Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Oct 26 2014
Last updated October 26, 2014

About

Think of laser tag, but for mages, sorcerors, witches, and wizards... think of being able to combine your magical weapon and enchanted items (wand, sword +1, sceptre, staff, amulets, you name it)  into your own unique character, and gain experience, new magical skills, and exciting new additions to your gameplay each and every time you play!

SpellTag equipment can be linked to a smartphone, giving players access to a constantly-updated online treasure trove of sorcery and gameplay. Keep your character from game to game, level up, and return to the battlefield with exciting new enchantments and abilities.

Playing is easy!  Basically, two or more players each have a Wand  or other magical item, that fires spells at their opponents. Players face off, or hide behind stuff, and begin firing spells via their electronic wands at each other. Light effects signal the firing of spells, and as you take more hits, your Amulet  or Wand will grow dimmer and dimmer, until they go dark from lack of health and you are knocked unconscious.

Augmented Reality and the Universe Within

In SpellTag, players of the game have knowledge and connection to the elemental forces of nature that allows them to perceive gaming elements that exist invisibly to the real world. Decorum Decks are cards with printed patterns that are recognized by the SpellTag App and display secret enchantments, settings features like health fountains, vaults to search, and spells that trigger gameplay for every magic user. This is really where the game shines, as players will be able to create their own augmented reality spells that will be incorporated into the game. 

In SpellTag, you use real wands, containing open-source electronics to fire spells at an opponent's wands (also containing awesome open-source electronics) and subdue them, hopefully before your opponent does the same to you! You can also play SpellTag with or without the smartphone app, because the amulet and wand can connect in a standalone mode!

SpellTag Technology

We have been slaving over our enchantment tables, mixing Arduino-based electronics and 3D printing into items that will enhance your cosplay, character building, and live action role play into an entirely new experience.  With Arduino, we have been able to create rich and flexible hardware with features such as virtually limitless spell casting capabilities, gesture controls, and display effects.  You can use the wands, amulets and other enchanted items together as a standalone kit, or tether them as a set to a smartphone to achieve enhanced gameplay features.

Our smartphone application enables a player to make and wirelessly connect their own inventory of enchanted items, weapons, wands, and amulets, not to mention the ability to gain experience and level up within the game. 

If we can meet our initial goals, then we have a short list of amazing features that we would like to develop into the app that will serve to enhance gameplay.

A prototype LOL Module in the works.
A prototype LOL Module in the works.

Electronics, the Light of Life Modules and Amulets

At the core of very set of  SpellTag gear is the Light of Life Module (LoL Module for short) comprised of a customized Arduino compatible shield, a super tiny Arduino microcontroller, a bluetooth radio, accelerometer, and an RGB LED display. Its quite a lot to pack into a wand, but we've managed to get them to fit quite comfortably in our prototypes.  

The Noble Wands:

 There are six elements that can be utilized to create magical spells, and each has its own strengths and weaknesses. Each wand and amulet is directly influenced by  a single element, though a magic wielder might mix and expand his list of items as he or she strives ever closer to true mastery of all of the elements. 

Each Backer of the Noble Wands and the levels above will be able to pick an element type for their Wand and Amulet kits in a survey given out upon the successful completion of the campaign.

 Air- The House of the Holy Magus- given the freedom and seemingly invisible force of air, the House of the Holy Magus became the most powerful diplomatic messengers in the world. Their abilities to harness Air in speed and skill gave them powers to move. 

Water-The Covenant- Healers and physicians in peace, but in battle the powers of water can cut sharper than any blade. Some say the temperance of water is always in flux, to change. But in truth, the discipline required to control the element is a requirement of such constitution, many fail to advance in its ancient secrets.

Fire- The Ember Temples- Both revered and feared for their talents and mastery over fire, graduates of the Ember Temples were highly sought after as cleansers of the Earth, and as warriors capable of driving chaotic fires straight into the hearts of their enemies. 

Nature- The Druids- Wardens of the Wilderness have long created peace and tranquility throughout the Earth, providing it with wild spans and great forests. These are their bastions to keep darkness at bay and protect the Earth. 

Earth- Mountain Guardians-The Guardians have long kept vigil after the days of the First Great War, they alone were entrusted with the memories of the travesties that had been wreaked upon the Earth. Their blessed weaponry was entrusted with powerful defensive magic, imbued with the power to defend the world in perpetuity.

Void- Agents of the Darkness, masters of no element, but of the corruption of the elements into their own dark designs. Some say that merely touching the Void once changes your life forever. 

Who We Are:

David Ultis- Captain, commander, sage visionary. David has been making things since he was a young child, and is a life long auto-didactic engineer and maker of all things. Usually he makes cool science-y stuff for education and open-source hardware endeavors, but ever since he thought of making SpellTag he just.can't.stop.making.wands. David's favorite word is "Imbue."

Reign Morgan- The "Reign Morgan Anomaly" is a fixed-flux collection of atoms comprised of unknown elements that first appeared almost 30 years ago. In recent years, sightings and effects of the Reign Morgan Anomaly have been seen in many projects, both hardware and software, manifesting innovations that had never been seen before. About three years ago, David Ultis and the Anomaly struck a devil's deal of sorts that they call friendship, and since then have collaborated and consulted on numerous projects. The SpellTag smartphone app is developed in its entirety within the core nucleus of the Anomaly. 

Jim (Zheng3) Rodda- We've enlisted renowned 3D printing artist and Kickstarter veteran Jim Rodda to design SpellTag's Noble Wands. Jim's best known for bringing Barbie-Compatible 3D-printed medieval armor into the world with his Kickstarter, Faire Play.  Jim has been designing in 3D since Dumbledore wore short pants, and we are blessed by the gods to have him on our team for SpellTag. With Master Zheng's 3D-fu, SpellTag wands will peerless, fit for the hands of the greatest practitioners of magic.  

The Design Team- Blindfolded, shackled, and led to the secret lair in which SpellTag has been created, the design team gave image and symbol to the game. We are very grateful to include Joe Taormina and Andrew Goodman on logo design, and Dawn Hosie makes the web presence come alive.

Prototype Amulet 3D Printing
Prototype Amulet 3D Printing

HOW WE MAKE STUFF

For the last 6 years we have been immersed in development of projects and products within the open-hardware industry, and specialize in bringing manufacturing tools like 3D printing, lazors, and CNCs for fabrication on many educational scientific projects and workshops. We are the guys that people usually come to in order to manufacture their own new ideas. We have refined our skills and abilities to provide a level of craftsmanship and detail that one cannot find in items that are mass produced. Even if we are faced with a large volume of backer rewards to provide, we have the skills and passion to provide hand crafted items that carry a personal touch.  It is our goal to provide a level of care and attention to detail deserved by those who care to join us in this endeavor. 

PLEASE JOIN IN! TOGETHER WE CAN MAKE THIS GAME THE BEST IT CAN BE!

Risks and challenges

SpellTag is a unique idea that a very great many people could take to heart and use in their own unique projects and creative ambitions. For that reason, we intend to foster an open community of characters, developers, enthusiasts, and players to join together to create something truly built inside and for a deserving community of people worldwide. In short we don't want fans, we want friends, fellows, and collaborators.

If SpellTag will be mass produced, it will be produced by the masses, so providing a well supported set of resources and hardware, ongoing stories and scenario and genre generations, and support for fan-made industries are going to be the biggest challenges to balance in order to keep the game alive and growing. For that reason, we intend to release developments to the community as soon as they are manifested into working prototypes, giving members of the SpellTag community a progressive level of immersion and, open ownership, and support for anything they might want to use for their character and gaming experience.

We have acted as experts in our field of creative development of many open-source hardware, educational projects, and production with 21st century manufacturing tools. We are ready to show our skills and begin making not only the structure of this game, but vital free and educational resources covering construction and making of the hardware, to full curriculum that harnessing role play as the ultimate learning tool that anyone can use to make and explore SpellTag.

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    Show your pride for gaming with some super sweet and stylish SpellTag Logo vinyl cuts!

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    FANCY PANTS COMMEMORATIVE KEYCHAIN!

    For those that love the idea of the SpellTag game, and would like to contribute at this level, or those above, we'll be making lasercut SpellTag elemental logo keychains, complete with your backer number and an AR tag of your choice of elemental icon. Thank you for showing your love of gaming!

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    -SUGGEST A SPELL-
    You will be invited to suggest the title,cause and effect, and display effects of your very own spell that will be incorporated into the SpellTag Spellbook with the rest of the great conjurors of the Ages! Think about it! Everytime someone casts "Stephen's Slime Bog" they'll think of you!

    Backers at this level will also receive the printed, signable and somewhat illegible Rules of Conduct for SpellTag, the Ex Pacto Wanda.

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    DECORUM DECK!

    Totally jazzed about SpellTag, but nervous about exercising your new and controversial open wand carry rights? Not a problem! Backers at the $29 level will receive their own deck of Decorum Cards, fit for cloak and dagger wars waged on the table,or as conversation starters at the ol' Conclave. Each card in the deck triggers in-game augmented reality items, spells and enchantments, and augmented reality scenery from the Universe Within.

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    SPELLTAG SWAG!

    Ever wanted your very own t-shirt, that had tons of cool geeky LED's in it and glowed in the presence of orcs? Awesome, but would you settle for glowing in the presence of nerds? Any way you have it, you'll be getting an interactive t-shirt, with the SpellTag logo literally emblazoned and glowing in all of its holy cosmic glory for all others to feast their eyes upon.

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    Single Item Electronics Kit

    You'll get a LoL Module Kit, ready to program and imbue your wand or weapon with the ancient elements of magic!

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    Single Wand Electronics Pack + Decorum Deck

    Backers at this this level will receive a single electronics kit for the creation of their own DIY prop and wands. This particular style of kit includes an integrated receiver for spells, so it can take as well as fire spells. Backers will be able to choose from several shapes of electronics kit, ranging from wands, amulet style, or wearable.

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    -SPELLTAG CRAFTER'S PACK-
    For those aspiring spellcasters who see fit to craft their own wands and amulets, maybe to fit a costume or their own custom items and weapons, we are able to offer our L.o.L. Modules as a DIY kit. They offer the same features and full programmability for players, but require some assembly inside a wand of the user's making in order to be used. Each Crafter's Kit comes with a fully assembled Amulet and Wand electronics DIY kit.

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    -SPELLTAG CRAFTER'S PACK-
    For those aspiring spellcasters who see fit to craft their own wands and amulets, maybe to fit a costume or their own custom items and weapons, we are able to offer our L.o.L. Modules as a DIY kit. They offer the same features and full programmability for players, but require some assembly inside a wand of the user's making in order to be used. Each Crafter's Kit comes with a fully assembled Amulet and Wand electronics DIY kit.

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    - THE NOBLE WANDS-

    Backers at this level will receive a fully assembled and pre-programmed SpellTag Wand and Amulet. Each wand and amulet will be crafted based on the element of the Backer's choosing. Each wand and amulet set will ship in a limited edition padded kit box, personalized to the wielder of the items within.

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    - CRAFTY DUELING PACK-

    In lieu of seeking out various wraiths, rogues, and ne'er do wells to vanquish, you might want to seek a friend! Get a sweet deal on your SpellTag Crafter's Packs, in league with a friend. Best Advice: Pick a good friend, someone you would constantly like to try and annihilate until you have no breath left in your body.

    Backers will receive 4 total electronics sets of SpellTag LoL Modules, 2 wands, 2 amulets

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    5 Wand Guild Pack-

    Backers at this tier will receive 5 full LoL Module Electronics Kits, ready to enchant your own DIY wands and battle for the salvation of the Universe!

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    -THE NOBLE DUELING PACK-

    Backers at this tier will receive NOT ONE BUT TWO! custom 3D printed SpellTag Noble Wand sets. Ready to do battle right outta the box. Play with a friend and do your damndest to send them to the Infernal Pits of Doom and stuff!

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    -MAKER SET-

    The Maker Set captures a really fun spirit of the art and craft involved with making a hardware driven game like SpellTag. Backers of the Maker Set will be invited to draw concept art of what they would like their own personalized wand and amulet to look like, and walk with us through its manifestation from their idea to not only a real object, but THEIR OWN 3D printed, custom prototype wand and amulet set. You can even name it and we'll display the models you create in our great Foundry of Relics.

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    CRAFTY GUILD PACK- For those creative groups of magic wielding makers that like to get together and build things, the Crafty Guild Pack yields just enough of the guts and gizmos for you to go nuts and outfit your clan with 10 electronics kits for SpellTag Wands and Amulets.

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    -GUILD PACK-
    Form your own league of kinsfolk and take on the Universe Within together! Backers at this level will receive a total of 10 LoL Module Electronics kits, comprised of SpellTag Noble Wand and Amulet sets, ready for you and your close cronies to craft into an arsenal of arcane melee weapons.

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    ASTRALLY PROJECTED WIZARD'S WORKSHOP!

    From the deep lairs where SpellTag is being created, the creators themselves will meld their minds together, and project their very souls via Hangout, or Skype... and guide up to 5 aspiring mages, 'mancers, witches, and magi in the creation and calibration of their own SpellTag Wands and Amulets. Hardware will be shipped in advance to one location.

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    WIZARD'S WORKSHOP!

    From the deep lairs where SpellTag is being created, the creators themselves will emerge and fly to you on the wings of giant metal gryphons, and personally guide up to 10 aspiring mages, 'mancers, witches, and magi in the creation and calibration of their own SpellTag Noble Wands and Amulets

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