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About

Q: What is it? 

A: TERRORFORMER is like a Digital Necronomicon* / Random Generator - that takes advantage of the tools and tables within Fantasy Grounds, a popular software program for Virtual Table Top - to produce unlimited named, statted and detailed Monsters for D&D5e and Pathfinder. (Labelled as DND5e and PF1 in the rewards)

*The Necronomicon is a fabled book created by H.P Lovecraft that was made famous in the 'Evil Dead' movies and is  bound in skin and inked in blood with ancient incantations and spells with the power to call down the Dark Gods or Old Ones from distant dimensions.

TERRORFORMER is similar in nature to my previous "Super-Table" 'Squareware' which was funded on Kickstarter and has since proven popular among Fantasy Grounds users as a means to generate endless detailed stories and descriptions for Every key aspect of Fantasy RPG for 5e: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/gametilewarehouse/squareware-rpg-tools-for-sparking-the-creative-bra 

 Squareware Features shown numbered: using over 10,000 variables and 500 tables.

TERRORFORMER acts as a sequel or expansion - (though it is not necessary to own Squareware to use Terrorformer) and offers to take the pain (and time) out of making unique monsters or being unable to use existing ones due to IP, by generating an enormous amount of information necessary to quickly construct a fearsome new random Monster NPC in seconds. Or - hundreds, in minutes. It currently has the ability to generate the following monster variants and details:

Using Fantasy Grounds suite of tools TERRORFORMER neatly outputs an entirely unique and terrifying monster in neatly organized categories with every click. This screenshot sample from within Fantasy Grounds shows the first part of a sample monster that has been generated of the legged variety and a long flow of information any of which can be immediately transferred to the chat box for players to view by clicking on the small white speech bubbles or dragged into a waiting NPC sheet. To the far-right is a list of just some of the ten thousand, hundred thousand, endless, names Terrorformer can randomly generate meaning you'll never be short of some fantastic and cool name for your new beastie - or you can use the one your monster is automatically assigned.

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The existing prototype spits out mostly OVERKILL TPK / LVL 20 type monstrosities right now but I would like time to refine the module and add a variety of additional features and programming and I am therefore seeking funding to be able to spend time on it to:

  • Create two versions, one for 5e and one for Pathfinder 1
  • Produce CR Rated Monsters 
  • Refinement of Name allocation to Creature Type
  • Build a Visual Interface that allows Custom Monster Creation
  • Specific Categories for Custom Monster Design
  • Legend Table: which crafts a backstory/Legend for the Monster
  • Refine output ratios and the strength of the monster
  • Tweak the descriptions and text to produce flawless and more detailed results
  • A Visual matrix similar to that created for Squareware which gives you a picture-based cockpit to operate Terrorformer and select from the various tables to pick and choose your own Monster details will also be created.

BELOW: SAMPLE PROTOTYPE CONCEPT for The CUSTOM MONSTER BUILDER - Would ideally include tokens for all of the major and minor features of the monster so you can build what you created by dragging and dropping components then taking a screenshot of the build. [This sample is just a rough concept]

If you're tired of your players predicting your monsters or having intimate knowledge of their weaknesses from familiarity with the bestiary and taking down your fiercest beasts with a *ahem* well-placed dagger - shake it up violently with TERRORFORMER and present them with things the likes of which No-one has ever seen randomly combined, pre-named, statted, described and ready-to-go - using traditional 5e/PF data. 

Create unforgettable special monsters for special occasions or every occasion - and help me to create this sequel to Squareware: and the ultimate monster generator for DM's and Fantasy Grounds users everywhere.

 Additionally I have some further expansions I would love to add:

 NOTES ON THE STRETCH GOALS:

  • Additional Monster Types would include many more types inc. Plant, Beast, Undead and more. (specific to the Rulesets)
  • The Hand-drawn (digitally coloured) components would feature approximately a few hundred features and a dozen or so monster bodies in a similar style to the Custom Monster shown in the sample above. (This is my art).
  • The pre-packaged Monster Bestiary would include 75 monsters rolled using Terrorformer and the details copy and pre-pasted into NPC data fields as a special Fantasy Grounds Module accompanying Terrorformer for either 5e DnD or Pathfinder. (or both).
  • Custom tokens would include top-down matching tokens for the 75 monsters in the Bestiary with art by myself, Devin Night or Bernado Hasselman (based on whichever artist is available for the commission - and both excellent token makers).

I'm also VERY PLEASED to announce that following repeated requests for it - I am going to be creating and offering in this campaign a Pathfinder 1 version of SquareWare. I have not added all of the possible arrangements of pledges so as to control the number of choices available - if you do not see a reward that suits your needs, you can add SquareWare for 5e (currently available but I felt some backers might like bundled with Terrorformer) to your pledge manually by simply adding $32 to it. If you want both SquareWares for 5eDND and PF1 and they are not listed in your pledge, just add $64 to your pledge amount.  A Survey will be sent to you after the campaign ends to gather data on your respective choices.

I am partnered with Fantasy Grounds Smiteworks LLC, who will be given the data from the campaign and will assign you your rewards digitally. When it has collected all the data Fantasy Grounds will send backers a code and a website they can visit to claim their rewards directly from Fantasy Grounds. This connection means any updates I make to the software will be cycled through to ALL users of the product within Fantasy Grounds.

Squareware took me several months to make and was released as a Beta Version which was thoroughly tested for two months, a few issues resolved through feedback - and then an Alpha edition released. Only two very minor issues have been reported since the Alpha release (As minor as a link needing a space to work properly). So I take exceptional care to iron out any bugs even before the Beta Release. 

Q: What is Fantasy Grounds? 

A: Fantasy Grounds is Virtual Table Top Software that allows you to Host and Play Online Table Top Games including RPG using a vast range of tools that make it easy to calculate the maths, keep track of information, record significant data and run your adventures with ease. 

As Doug Davison from Smiteworks Fantasy Grounds LLC says: "Your favorite RPG game systems are playable with FG. While you can play ANY game on Fantasy Grounds, these systems allow you to buy preloaded content that is ready to play. Less prep time for the GM means more playtime for the players and a more enjoyable online experience overall. Even for those wanting to run their games in person, Fantasy Grounds helps keep all your information handy and helps keep the game moving along at a fast pace." 

Disclaimer: > While permission has been given from Doug Davison from Smiteworks LLC for Game Tile Warehouse to use the Fantasy Grounds name and release an official licensed Fantasy Grounds module for TERRORFORMER - and I am officially licensed to create content for FG - the views, opinions and project expressed here do not represent the views opinions or projects of Smiteworks or its representatives. I will be solely responsible for managing and fulfilling the campaign and its content and distributing its rewards. Smiteworks accepts no liability. 

Please note: You will need at least a Standard Fantasy Grounds License to run Terrorformer as intended which will be supplied as a stand-alone module that is imported and loaded within Fantasy Grounds to access its features. This license must be bought separately from this campaign. You can check out pricing and details here at the Fantasy Grounds store:  https://www.fantasygrounds.com/

Q: What is Shared IP, how does the License Work?

A: Essentially, it means you don't have to worry that whatever you create cannot have it's name used, or data shared or described or in some way violate copyright infringement or intellectual property. The license extends to you virtually unlimited ability to create and include your unique creations inside your adventures - and adventures containing Terrorformed monsters may even be sold commercially. The only restriction is that you cannot sell any kind of collective Bestiary or List made using Terrorformer* - though you are entirely free to make one or a multitude for private use. With a Terrorformer license (not to be confused with a Fantasy Grounds license) you are also able to include a reasonable amount of Terrorformer monster generations in your commercial module or venture, i.e. up to 45 for a campaign, a few dozen for a module - or you can use it to generate names for things you sell, or the monsters for your boardgame in progress, or to find the name for your next adventure that you want to sell - therein giving you vast freedom to use the Terrorformer to greatly lighten your workload and generate easy to use monsters. Shared IP means that the names generated by Terrorformer can be used by anyone, even for commercial use - but they cannot be owned by any single party but remain custody of Game Tile Warehouse and the commercial licensee allowing GTW to allow all creators freedom to use and re-use any TF content and not reach a situation where an iconic monster cannot be named or mentioned. :) 

(* I may consider one-to-one project permission if you grant me a copy of the Bestiary)

Users are free to share generated Terrorformer names and monsters freely however they like privately and/or publically - but will require a license if they wish to use them in commercial projects/products.

Terrorformer is compatible for DND5e and Pathfinder Rulesets and uses the Fantasy Grounds Engine. Please note once more that a monthly subscription or one-time-purchase standard or higher license with Fantasy Grounds is required to run Terrorformer (or SquareWare).
Terrorformer is compatible for DND5e and Pathfinder Rulesets and uses the Fantasy Grounds Engine. Please note once more that a monthly subscription or one-time-purchase standard or higher license with Fantasy Grounds is required to run Terrorformer (or SquareWare).

Risks and challenges

This is familiar territory with little to no risk. The bulk of the core prototype for the module is complete (in a useable state) but needs greater refinement and editing to produce a truly remarkable program. Tokens have been limited to a manageable commission even on short notice for an artist to help prevent delay - though as I would be sourcing third parties for this aspect, I cannot guarantee the token aspect of the project will be delivered with the rest of it - but I am confident of it, [and if necessary, also capable of doing them myself should my artist fall through.] All rewards are digital so no shipping times, I am a licensed creator for Fantasy Grounds where dozens of my map packs, Squareware and token packs are available commercially - and have completed a similar project previously well before time and to promise.

I am a professional dedicated to delivering on time and to promise and this campaign will be no exception. I am always on stand-by to answer any questions you may have and an active supported in the Kickstarter community. Check my message replies to see comprehensive follow-up and support for all my backers even post-campaign since I began using Kickstarter three years ago. Or you can also view my previous project listings statuses below. Short of personal injury nothing in my power will prevent this kickstarter from being completed on time.

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Kris McDermott

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