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About

Hail fellow gaming enthusiasts and well met!

For a long time now I have wanted to build a method to enable people to play hobby tabletop games with their friends overseas. I have experimented with many approaches to make this happen, including projectors, elaborate web cam setups, etc. But unfortunately nothing really worked well...until now.

It just so happens that I'm a long-time Virtual Reality enthusiast, and with the recent launch of the Oculus Rift, it hit me – like the proverbial light bulb – that it'd be possible to play tabletop games in virtual reality on this device. Ever since that realization I've been working tirelessly to complete this project and I hope that you will like it.

Public Beta

The launch of this Kickstarter campaign will coincide with the release of the first public Alpha for Windows PCs. Because this game is designed for virtual reality, the initial beta will only support users who own both an Oculus Rift and a Razer Hydra or Sixense STEM controller. 

The next alpha release will include rift + mouse mode and not require any extra input device. This release is planned for January.

The immediately following alpha release will include support for a regular PC with a mouse and keyboard. This release is planned for late February. 

Leap Motion or Nimble support is also in the future plans and very likely.

Extended Platforms

As of the initial Beta build, GearVR support is feasible. Further experimentation using GearVR equipment will take place some time in the next month, with this being a dedicated goal towards the next step beyond Beta testing.

The game rooms are designed to fit within a 16 foot circle, which is the tracking range of the upcoming Sixense STEM controllers. This room size was used in anticipation of being able to play in a completely un-tethered tracking volume (Holo Deck mode). 

Risks and challenges

The process of scanning models using photogrammetry is very CPU heavy and requires considerable server resources. Due to this, I have to use some pretty beastly hardware for creating models from your video uploads. This hardware is very power hungry and somewhat expensive to host. Your contributions will help to purchase these machines and ensure that the servers can continue to be professionally hosted and maintained for the foreseeable future.

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    Buy the HobbyVR team a beer. Because programming and network administration lead to drinking.

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    Out sincere thanks, and a special Kickstarter HobbyVR account that will allow up to 20 completed model scans.

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    A special Kickstarter HobbyVR account that allows up to 50 model scans, and an early-backer t-shirt for your in-game avatar.

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    A special Kickstarter HobbyVR account that allows up to 125 models and all previous tier rewards.

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    A special Kickstarter HobbyVR account that allows up to 300 models and all previous tier rewards.

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    Pledge $250 or more About $250

    BUSINESS EDITION - A multi-tenant account that allows you to provide HobbyVR as a service at your business establishment or club, with sub-accounts for your friends and customers. This account supports a 500 model quota.

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    PREMIUM BUSINESS EDITION - A multi-tenant account that allows you to provide HobbyVR as a service at your business establishment with sub-accounts for your friends and customers. This account supports a 1250 model quota.

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    ENTERPRISE EDITION - A dedicated model processing server (managed by HobbyVR) with no model quota limit and an optional private HobbyVR shard. As this type of server has a high power draw, there is a monthly hosting fee of $250 for this service.

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Funding period

- (60 days)