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Automagically calculate attack & damage rolls on your phone--focus on the D&D 3.5/Pathfinder adventure, not the arithmetic.

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About this project

All backers at the “Basic Adventurer” level and up will now receive the app for iOS and ALL other platforms we release on in the future (includes tablets). This Kickstarter is still for the iOS version of the app but we plan to develop for Android shortly after iOS is released.

Pre-Gen Character Sneek Peek!

Tem the Lucky
Tem the Lucky

Compatible with D&D 3.5 and Pathfinder. Runs on your iPhone.

Click to zoom. Attack and damage roll screen; feats screen
Click to zoom. Attack and damage roll screen; feats screen

Features: Overview

  • Supports Pathfinder Core Rulebook

  • Supports Dungeons & Dragons 3.5 PHB & DMG

  • Stores all relevant character information (stats, class, level, feats, equipment, etc)

  • Save multiple characters!

  • All combat relevant feats from supported materials

  • All weapons from supported materials

  • Comprehensive list of conditional modifiers (flanking, invisible, etc)

  • Easily edit weapons giving them magical properties (enhancement bonus’s, flaming, keen, etc)

  • Calculates attack and damage rolls based on your characters stats, weapons, equipment, feats, active spell effects, and other miscellaneous modifiers

  • Choose to have the app roll for you or roll yourself and we’ll tell you what to add

Time is precious, especially considering that for many it’s not easy to meet and play regularly.

Everyone who plays tabletop RPG’s has been in this situation. The game is chugging along as your party goes deeper into the dungeon when suddenly combat breaks out! It’s a fast paced, edge of your seat, life or death situation! Swords are clanging, magic spells flying, explosions, more monsters appear, you are immersed in the experience...

Oh wait, wait, wait, “Hey Bob, did you add +2 to your last attack roll from the bard song?” No? Well that last attack would have killed the monster and then then it wouldn’t have interrupted the Wizard casting fireball and the party would have survived!”

It all comes to a screeching halt. The immersion is broken.

Perhaps that’s an extreme example but we all know that combat often plays out with the players acting like accountants (no offense to accountants). You add up bonuses on fingers, scribble temporary modifiers down on scrap paper, every time you roll a d20 to attack you go through that mental checklist to make sure you’re not forgetting something. Another effect of this is the time it takes to do all that every round of combat.

Think of how much time all the players spend during a session making sure they have done the math properly on their rolls. That is valuable time everyone could spend playing rather than adding/subtracting.

We think Rich Burlew sums it up pretty well in his comic Order of the Stick #34

What we have and why we need your help

#1 is... A burning desire to put it all together!

We have a robust prototype of the calculation engine—the part that knows if feat x is appropriate when you’re throwing a longsword. This part was hard. It’s already in the cloud, too.

So we know our idea is implementable (the hard part’s done).

We’ve got the app’s functionality listed, have lots of sketches, and have done static mockups of the main screens.

The game is pretty complex, and your phone screen is pretty small. We need your help so we can focus and make a product that is worthy of your gaming sessions.

The more we raise the faster we can bring RPG Attack! to you (and other platforms).

Who we are

Tom Hansbury – Tom left a job trading in finance to pursue his passion for games and technology. He has been playing RPG’s and designing his own board games for over 20 years.

Favorite Character – Half-Orc Fighter

Stephen Fitzpatrick – is a rules lawyer savant.  He prefers to be called 'precise' or 'detail oriented'.  He's actually sort of obsessive.  He has a degree in Mathematics and studied astrophysics for fun. He went to math camp AND space camp, he's that kind of nerd. He also draws.

Favorite Character – Elf Wizard

Will Jessop – Fourteen years of experience programing stuff. Seriously he’s good at it.

Favorite Character – Gnome Rogue

Here’s how our app works

Here's an exhaustive list of everything we support from the Pathfinder core rules


Rage, Greater Rage, Mighty Rage

Rage Powers: Animal Fury, Powerful Blow, Strength Surge (rage power), Surprise Accuracy

Bardic Performances: Inspire Courage, Inspire Greatness

Cleric domain powers: Destructive Smite, Destructive Aura, Touch of Good, Touch of Law, Bit of Luck, Vision of Madness, Hand of the Acolyte, Inspiring Word, Wooden Fist, Strength Surge (Domain Power), Battle Rage

Natural attacks

Fighter: Weapon Training, Weapon Mastery,

Monk unarmed damage, Flurry of Blows, Maneuver training,

Smite evil, Divine Bond,

Favored enemy, Hunters Bond, Quarry

Sneak attack, Bleeding Attack,

Claws (abyssal), Strength of the Abyss, Touch of Destiny, Claws (draconic)

Diviner’s Fortune, Aura of Despair, Hand of the Apprentice,

Dragon bite,

Precise Strike

Weapon Trick (lore master)


Agile Maneuvers, Arcane Strike, Blind Fight, Combat Expertise, Improved Disarm,Greater Disarm, Improved Trip, Greater Trip, Critical Focus, Deadly Aim, Improved Critical, improved grapple, Greater grapple, Mounted Archery, Spirited Charge, Point Blank Shot, Far Shot, Precise Shot, Rapid Shot

Many Shot, Power Attack, Improved Bull Rush, Greater Bull Rush, Improved Overrun, Greater Overrun, Improved Sunder, Greater Sunder, Throw Anything, Shield Master, Two-Weapon Fighting

Double Slice, Improved Two-Weapon Fighting, Greater Two-Weapon Fighting, Vital Strike, Improved Vital Strike, Greater Vital Strike, Weapon Finesse, Weapon Focus, Greater Weapon Focus, Weapon Specialization, Greater Weapon Specialization,


Broken Weapon, Dazzled, Energy Drained, Mounted Ranged Combat, Entangled, Fatigued, Exhausted, Flanking, Invisible, Higher Ground, Prone, Shaken/Frightened, Sickened, Squeezing through a tight space, Grappled, Charging, Range penalties,

Bonus(& Penalty) types:

Luck, Insight, Morale, Enhancement, Profane/sacred, Competence, Untyped, Inherent, Size, Circumstance.


All core weapons,

Bane, Defending, Flaming (burst), Frost (burst), Shock (burst), Keen, Merciful, Throwing, Thundering, Vicious, Anarchic, Axiomatic, Holy, Unholy, Wounding, Vorpal

Unique Items & other equipment:

Unique weapons simply have their enhancement bonuses and other effects added normally.  That’s why we allow overrides.  This allows you to put in home-brew material as well as weapons, items, feats, etc.  from other sources and other versions of the game.

Similarly, items like bracers of archery which add competence bonuses to attack can be managed by simply updating the appropriate bonus type.

About our special rewards

Adventure: Heir Line Fracture -
Our very own adventure PDF designed to be played in one or two sessions for 4-6 players level 7.

You and your fellows are elite members of your Lords household; a wizard adviser, the head scout for his men at arms, and several other capable warriors and adventurers. When the Lords daughter and heir is kidnapped by one of his most powerful and ambitious vassals and a coup is attempted through force of arms, you are assembled to fight off the usurpers assassins and rescue the Lords daughter before she can be forced to marry the betrayer.

Sketches -
Your very own fantasy themed sketch drawn by Stephen Fitzpatrick.
Donors at the “Epic Party” level may request a personalized character portrait! Describe your character and Steve will draw it!

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Thanks for checking out our project! After reading through we hope you share the same enthusiasm for RPG Attack! that we do! It’s something we wish we had at our gaming table and hopefully we can share our vision with you too.

Follow us on Twitter @orclabapps

Risks and challenges

We’ve done a lot of the hard work designing an interface and architecting a calculation engine. The engine is flexible enough to be as compatible with house-rules as we need, which was not trivial, consider this a challenge-faced! Putting it all together should be a smooth process but there could always be unforeseen problems that will hold up development. We’ll certainly be keeping our backers up to date on our progress.

The implementation will be harder than your average app, but we’ve got experience with projects like Cornell's DARPA Grand Challenge (, so we're up for the challenge.

Also the zombie apocalypse would probably delay things…

Learn about accountability on Kickstarter


  • Our plans are to work on an Android version after releasing the app on iOS. We want to focus on one platform at a time and deliver the best product we can for our users.

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  • Yes! Our code-base is already running on both iOS 6 and the latest iOS 7 beta (v6, released on aug 15th).

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    An original drawing by Stephen!

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    Special thanks in our app for your support!

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    Stephen will drive up to 120 miles (from New York, NY) and personally DM our rewards adventure for you and your group.

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Funding period

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