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FatesjokeBy Fatesjoke
First created
FatesjokeBy Fatesjoke
First created
$145
pledged of $5,000pledged of $5,000 goal
5
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Sat, December 31 2016 1:00 AM UTC +00:00

About

Need-

In autumn of 2015 I was living in Arizona and reading Facebook updates from friends that were playing a roleplaying game together. Not having a lot of free time locally to connect with a group I was envious as roleplaying is one of my favorite hobbies.  

I looked online for virtual tabletop platforms and while I was impressed with some of the options out there, after checking a few of them out I felt detached from the experience and a little frustrated at the learning curve. I couldn’t find a single platform that had an easy, friendly interface, but also the features to encompass all roleplaying has to offer.

I had recently started work on a web-based RPG and decided to try my hand at building a set of tools for remote tabletop playing that had an authentic tabletop feel while still having the advantages of the modern computer and cloud-based environment we are possess today.

Intro page on the main module.
Intro page on the main module.

Beginning-  

I started Digital Steward as a web-based application that was designed to include everything from character creation and management to campaign design and execution. I wanted to make sure the program was intuitive and flowed with the way characters are created but also have an authentic tabletop "feel" to it both visually and systematically, something that I found lacking in other platforms.

I opted to use the Wizards of the Coast 5e gaming system under the OGL and downloaded the SRD to use as the basis for the ruleset of Digital Steward's engine. As simplified as the ruleset may be today, it still presents logistical challenges on the backend. Every obstacle overcome has developed Digital Steward into the program I envisioned when I first started laying out the screens in my comp book.

Name and race selection in main module.
Name and race selection in main module.

 

 

Present-

A couple of months ago I decided that desktop was not the ideal way to go and Digital Steward needed to be mobile, which would better fit anyones needs. I began porting over the entire program which in some ways meant a total rebuild. But I did it and the open beta for the Android version is available now.  

I also refined the cloud-database tied into Digital Steward during this time. Using Google's Firebase, Digital Steward now sends all character data to a secure database tied to a player's account.  

Using this database, Digital Steward can retrieve a character's data on any device it is installed on. This allows a player to manage their character as they continue their campaign- increase experience, levels, wealth or add/remove items and equipment as well as add to the story of your character. The database is also connected to the Digital Steward website where you can print your own WotC official customized character sheet.

Rounding out your character's stats.
Rounding out your character's stats.

 

 

Future-

The roadmap for Digital Steward is extensive. While the main module is packed with features (did I mention 5e official resources are viewable in the app?) there are always things I want to get in there (on demand dice rolling for starters).  

And that's just the main module. I've already started work on the Dungeon Master module which allows for tailoring allowed races, classes, items, etc. It also features the entire list of 5e monsters and magical items. Dungeon Masters will be able to build encounters, scale them to the party's level and customize the treasure gained.  

But that's not it, not at all.  

I've begun work on the Campaign module; this will be where the Dungeon Master and players connect to engage in the true roleplaying experience using instant messaging, visual tools and complete access to characters.  

This is where the characters you've created and the world the DM has made come together in magical ways.

Time to go shopping.
Time to go shopping.

 

 Features-

Dungeon Master-

♛ Online and Offline preparation

♛ Custom player limitations (races, classes, items, etc)

♛ Campaign design

♛ Encounter generation

♛ Record keeping done for you!

♛ Instant access to system rules

♛ Monster catalog built in

Player-

✯ Online and Offline character creation

✯ Printable Character Sheets

✯ Instant character generation

✯ Custom character story and background

✯ Item and equipment tracking

✯ Automatically level up

✯ Track the history of your character

✯ Keep real-time notes of things to do

✯ Equip and unequip items as needed

Party-

❈ All your data backed up to the cloud

❈ Communicate with your party or individual members

❈ Shared world and local maps

❈ Shared viewable dice rolling results

❈ Constant online part updates

❈ Internet connection means anyone can play anytime & anywhere!

Main module character sheet with detailed drop-down shown.
Main module character sheet with detailed drop-down shown.

 

 

Risks and challenges

Time is my biggest challenge. Money is the second.

Development of Digital Steward has come a long way since I first sat down and started working on it. Being an indie developer means that my time is split between work, social activities and then "playing" with my "game" (as so many have said). It also means that as a monetary priority Digital Steward is pretty low on the list.

I've created this Kickstarter to enable me to fully invest in Digital Steward and help make it become a program that will enhance the roleplaying gaming experience on new levels for so many fans.

These funds will also allow me to find talented visual artists to create work for Digital Steward; because I am horrible at visual art and while the open source community is awesome and filled with talented people, Digital Steward needs more consistent art.

Expanding the reach of Digital Steward is another goal of this Kickstarter. Not just in terms of getting the word out (which I certainly hope happens) but also in the platforms I can develop for (currently I am only an Android developer, not iOS even though I know I can port to iOS without any real challenges).

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    Level 1 Human Barbarian

    Leave your mark on RPG history and the Fatesjoke Studios website!

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    Level 2 Dwarf Fighter

    Leave your mark on the website AND in the development of Digital Steward modules!

    Early beta access will allow you to help guide the development of Digital Steward's connected modules.

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    Level 3 Halfling Rogue

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    Level 4 Gnome Cleric

    Everyone wants their own relic!

    At Level 4 your name will be used in the creation of 1 of 20 unique magical items included in the Dungeon Master module of Digital Steward.

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    Level 5 Half-Elf Ranger

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    Every Level 5 backer will be able to submit a character used in the first full length adventure module released for Digital Steward!

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    Level 6 Elf Wizard

    Consulting Specialist!

    For a very limited number of backers this will be the premier position to find yourself in all aspects of Digital Steward development.

    You will receive regular behind the scenes updates on development and have the opportunity to share your thoughts on the direction Digital Steward goes from here. Not just the main module, but all connected modules and services.

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    Dungeon Master

    Only the Dungeon Master knows and sees all.

    All Dungeon Master level backers will receive codes to unlock all paid features in the main Digital Steward module as well as all future released modules.

    Dungeon Master level backers will NEVER have to pay for functionality or features from Digital Steward.

    And since the power of a Dungeon Master isn't limited to just one world, these backers will be able to unlock features from any existing apps and/or games from Fatesjoke Studios.

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