About this project
HeroSheets is the ultimate tabletop app for PFRPG campaigns. You can generate characters & level up characters, roll attacks & saves, look up spells and access your character on your iPhone – all in one simple package!
I love tabletop RPGs. I love playing through campaigns, GM’ing, and generating characters. What I don’t love is rulebooks. When playing a complicated character, you often need two or three rulebooks at once. Leveling up your character? Forget about it! It only gets worse when you’re running a game and need to track all your monsters and NPCs as well. That’s why I made HeroSheets! Right now a HeroSheets membership includes:
- Contains the entire OGL PFRPG CRB SRD (with new books coming soon), allowing you to generate characters from scratch in minutes.
- Automatically calculates hit points, skill modifiers, Favored Class bonuses, and class abilities as you level up. Does all of the bookkeeping for you.
- Has a comprehensive listing of feats and abilities, letting you instantly search or look up new powers. Never be stuck looking for the right feat again!
- Has getting-started instructions and optimization guides for core character classes. Perfect for new players!
- Stores characters online, letting you access them instantly from your computer or iPhone.
With your help and Kickstarter, we're going to turn it into the ultimate suite of GM tools, featuring:
- A complete Spell Compendium linked to your sheet, so casters can just tap a spell on their spell list and instantly get its full description!
- A NPC Generator for GMs, for creating an unlimited supply of well designed, unique NPCs & monsters for your players to encounter and battle.
- A complete Bestiary for looking up monsters, letting you use standard monsters or instantly generated advanced opponents!
- Even more features if we hit our stretch goals!
Currently, HeroSheets runs on every OS with a web browser, your iPhone, or any tablet device. It's entirely online, letting you access your stored characters from any internet-connceted device. The iOS app even stores your character offline. It's perfect for gaming groups that hate being distracted by rulebooks or laptops at the table.
We've just unlocked the Android & iPad app stretch goals! Read more about it at the bottom.
HeroSheets is a membership-based service that runs entirely online. When you back our Kickstarter, you get access at one third the regular rate! Donate just $5 and you get access for four-months to all the player tools, or chip in a bit more to get unlimited characters & NPCs and some awesome swag!
We've also heard from you that a monthly or annual fee is less ideal than a single, up-front payment. For that reason, we introduced Immortal Membership that grant you access to the "Lite" plan in perpetuity! No monthly or annual fees, but all of the same great membership features as a regular subscriber. Backers above $75 can choose between an Immortal Membership or one of the standard plans. If the "Lite" plan isn't enough characters for you, you may add-on $25 to your pledge upgrade your subscription permanently to the "Pro" plan, which gives you unlimited characters.
If you back at the $30 level or beyond $75, you get a sweet t-shirt! Here's a mockup:
We also have a few limited availability rewards for our most generous supporters that get your custom content into the database! Ever had a custom spell or magic item you really wanted to show off? Want to get your favorite character enshrined in the featured characters database? One lucky game master will even get their own game world entered into the database as the first included game world for HeroSheets!
Creature & Character Illustrations
Back at the $250 level and you'll get a custom inked illustration of your character or creature for the bestiary by fantasy artist Levi Gilbert. You'll send him the basics about your creation and he'll draw a 7x11" inked drawing of your character and mail it to you. It'll also show up online in the HeroSheets bestiary! Check out a sample below - he is awesome!
Okay, enough about backer rewards. Time you show you what HeroSheets can do and how it’s going to revolutionize the tabletop!
Character Generator (Exists Now!)
HeroSheets is already one of the fastest, easiest character generation methods around, letting you make characters from scratch in minutes. Check out the video below and see!
HeroSheets is the perfect tool for the mobile gamer, and we're going to make it better. You can store character sheets online:
Instantly level-up characters without the bookkeeping:
It even supports custom content and magical items. Tweak your character to support your campaign's house rules or his unique stats.
Players already have great things to say about HeroSheets - here's a story a user sent me last week.
My Barbarian (level 13) died in a horrible accident, and I decided I wanted to check out a Paladin. I figured that since I've played Pathfinder long enough, I could just print out the sheets and fill it in by hand. Well...2 hours and 13 printed pages later, it still wasn't right. I gave up and entered the character in [your app]. It took about 20 minutes to get everything setup at level 13. At the same time, my wife did our taxes in TurboTax and it only took her 45 minutes and 0 sheets of paper - Chris, from Pennsylvania
Kickstarter Base Goals
One of the most frustrating parts of playing a spellcaster is looking up all your spells, or searching through your entire spell list for that one spell you need. HeroSheets will fix that with its searchable spell compendium! Look up spells instantly on your tablet, or search by level, class, name, effect, range, saving throw, etc. You can even tap a spell on your character sheet, and a mini-window will open giving you all its vital stats. Never slow down the game again.
Fighting humanoids can be a pain—at least if you’re the GM. You either have to generate a million new characters, or use pre-gens that make enemies feel generic and ineffective. No more! After this Kickstarter, HeroSheet’s will include a new NPC Generator. This streamlined version of the regular character generator lets you create NPC allies and antagonists in minutes, auto-calculating skills, HP, spells, and more.
The third feature we’ll add to HeroSheets when this Kickstarter hits its primary goal is the searchable bestiary. Instantly look up monsters and show their terrifying images to players.
Macro Support (COMPLETE)
If our Kickstarter hits its ask, we’ll be able to add three awesome new features. But what if we do better than our ask? Hero Sheet’s first stretch goal is full macro support. Tap a character’s skill and instantly make a skill check. Tap a weapon and select “Full Attack” to launch your flurry. Tap a Fireball spell and instantly roll damage—and be reminded of your save DC.
This feature is fully compatible with the bestiary, and is perfect for GMs running monsters or NPC’s they may not be familiar with. No more slowing down the game while you try to look for missing modifiers!
HP and Spell Tracking (COMPLETE)
If HeroSheets hits the $3000 mark, it will destroy the last piece of bookkeeping at the table! No more keeping track of HP or spell slots remaining—HeroSheets will do that for you! This feature also works with the Bestiary and the NPC generator, making it easy for GM’s to track HP and spells for groups of monsters or opponents.
Familiars and Animal Companions (COMPLETE)
Hey! Listen! You should use HeroSheets to keep track of your familiar! Right now, you have to keep track of your familiar on your own, but if this Kickstarter hits the $3,750 level, you’ll be able to just tap your Familiar class ability, and bring up a window-in-window with their stats. Also tracks familiar HP, abilities, skills, and touch spells they’re currently holding!
Custom Content Generator (COMPLETE)
HeroSheets already supports custom items and content, but if this Kickstarter hits the $4,500 mark, HeroSheets will get drastically improved house rules and custom monsters support. Create fully custom feats, familiars, spells, classes, and more!
Pregen Character Archive (COMPLETE)
HeroSheets already lets you make a character in minutes, but what if you're being mugged by gaming bandits and you need a character right now? If this Kickstarter hits the $5,250 mark, HeroSheets will included an archive of one hundred custom made pregens including tactics guides and backstory writeups. Perfect for GMs who need a quick NPC, or new players who need a pre-generated rules-legal character.
Android App (COMPLETE)
We think our iPhone app is a great way to take your HeroSheets character to the table. All of the bonuses, equipment, spells, etc right at your fingertips - and it doesn't even require internet access! However, we haven't had a chance to support Android yet. If we hit this stretch goal, HeroSheets will create an Android application that matches the functionality of our iPhone app.
Some of you have asked about device support - this app will support phones, 7" and 10" tablets. The layout will be optimized for 7" tablets, but it'll look great on your other devices as well. No NES style graphics like the iPhone app on your iPad.
Native iPad App (COMPLETE)
The iPhone app HeroSheets has now is awesome. However, if you use it on your iPad, it doesn't run at the native resolution. This is especially a downer if you have a fancy new iPad with a Retina display. If we hit this stretch goal, we'll design & release a HeroSheets HD iPad-only app so that you can take your character on your iPad in style!
ALL STRETCH GOALS COMPLETE!
HeroSheets copyright HeroSheets, LLC 2014. All rights reserved. Pathfinder is a registered trademark of Paizo Publishing, LLC, and the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game is a trademark of Paizo Publishing, LLC. Paizo Publishing, LLC does not suggest compatibility nor endorse this product. Image above “Dungeons and Dragons (meets Warhammer...)” is copyright (c) 2011 Nomadic Lass and made available under a Attribution-commercial-Share Alike 2.0 license
Risks and challenges
HeroSheets is already built to the degree outlined above. This campaign dramatically extends the functionality, which comes with the standard risks of developing any software. I've already implemented the key pieces of infrastructure and all the new features have been extensively outlined. Any unforeseen disasters to the developer or hardware could impact timelines. New features will take time to implement and bugfix, but all backers will have access to beta test the features before they are live and before their subscription begins.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
HeroSheets is software you access through your web browser at app.herosheets.com - there is nothing to download or install. The recurring membership fees covers hosting, storage and other infrastructure costs and grants you access to every feature in HeroSheets, the iPhone app, professional back-ups of your character, and free content upgrades. There are no additional fees for extra rulebooks or content.
Heard loud and clear! Please check out our new LICH reward level, which allows you to become an "Immortal Member" and get access to HeroSheets in perpetuity without paying by the month or year. This includes free content updates, backups of your character, etc.
Backers at the $75 & up reward levels may choose between an Immortal Membership and the regular subscription plan of their choice.
All backers will immediately gain access to the HeroSheets Beta server and can start creating characters right away. GM Tool features will also show up there as they're developed. Once the Kickstarter features have been implemented, your characters and monsters will be migrated to the live server and your subscription will begin.
HeroSheets customers will have 3x credit applied to their account commensurate with their donation level. For example, if you back at the basic level, you'll have a $15 credit applied to your account. You'll also get access to the beta server.
There are 3 membership levels you can access for HeroSheets: Lite, Pro and Unlimited. All 3 have exactly the same features, with the only difference being the maximum number of characters you can have at once. With the "Lite" plan, you can create up to 10 characters. Pro lets you make unlimited characters, and Unlimited gives you 5 extra accounts to share with your gaming group.
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