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Nimble & flexible, Roll20 brings the best of tabletop gaming online, focusing on storytelling & camaraderie, not rulesets or mechanics.
Nimble & flexible, Roll20 brings the best of tabletop gaming online, focusing on storytelling & camaraderie, not rulesets or mechanics.
1,580 backers pledged $39,651 to help bring this project to life.

One Week to Go!

Posted by Riley Dutton (Creator)

When we announced our 18-day Kickstarter, several people told us that we wouldn't be able to raise $5,000 in that time.  They were spot on -- we couldn't have done that.  But YOU keep exceeding expectations, pushing us past $18,000 with a full week left of fundraising.  Because you've "Liked" us on Facebook, tweeted about us, and shared us on your favorite community message boards, we're soaring past levels of interest we had only dreamed about. 

You've raised the bar, so we've been spending our time trying to return the favor.

Today we're pleased to show off our very first documentation page, an in-depth look at the dice-rolling functionality of Roll20. It features detailed, easy-to-understand descriptions of all the dice rolls we support (including several new ones!), as well as an interactive way to test them out right on the page. One of the amazing things about this project has been the feedback from various gaming communities about the needs of their game; there are several new options available based on your requests, but implemented in a way that remains easy-to-use, and without negatively impacting the experience of those players using more basic functions.  

This is just one piece of the Help and Documentation site that we're building to accompany Roll20. We want to make sure that everyone can get the most out of this software, and that can only happen with excellent documentation. We're committed to having outstanding support for Roll20, not just help as an afterthought.

Also today there's a new video highlighting improved gameplay and additional interface functionality; both of which have seen constant behind-the-scenes improvements since our initial overview video. Particularly we're highlighting our new quick-access radial menus for tokens and a new deck system to support games that use cards. And, as always, there's more on the way.

We'll continue working on expanding and streamlining the system as much as we can before the Beta opens to Hero ($25) and above pledgers in early May.  Know that for all the money and effort you're putting into Roll20, we're doing our very best to live up to your faith in us.  We like the added pressure of increased funding, and like having the "problem" of wondering how much more the pressure will increase.  With a week left, we honestly don't know-- but we expect you'll keep helping us to look higher.


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    1. Thomas Brabbin on

      (By this Sunday, I mean next Sunday, AFTER it actually comes out.)

    2. Thomas Brabbin on

      @Riley Dutton: Thanks for your response, I am really hyped for this. I should be using it in an actual session this sunday. I hope to get the hang of it as soon as possible. Sorry for my excited deluge of questions!

    3. Riley Dutton 2-time creator on

      @Thomas We do have plans to have a sort of "generic" card that just has the name of the card on it, yes. You can do as many decks at once as you want. Right now you can only "draw" the cards which is why they stay on the deck like that, but in the future we have plans to expand the system to let you deal cards to specific players who would then have "hands", and possible even drag the cards around just like a token so you can just place it wherever you want on the tabletop. And the deck is modifiable at any time, so you can add or remove cards during the game as needed.

    4. Thomas Brabbin on

      Would it be possible to do quick text cards, like if you have cards that you can't find digital images of and don't have access to a scanner?

      What about multiple decks at the same time, ala Gamma world's Omega Tech and Alpha Mutation decks?

      Moving the card images across the table instead of just on top of the pile?

      How about having a library of cards that you can modify on the fly easily, like if you want to remove certain cards?

    5. Riley Dutton 2-time creator on

      @David I think (if I understand what you're saying) it already does all of that! You can have as many decks as you want. In each deck you add however many cards you want. For each deck you upload an image to serve as the back for that deck, and then you upload an image to serve as the face for each card in the deck. So that's the process I used to create the playing cards deck shown in the video, but I could have just as easily created a Gamma World Alpha & Omega deck, for example. Hope that helps!

    6. David Green on

      It might be beneficial in later iterations to include multiple decks that can be configured independently (different backs, different cards, etc).

      Question: I couldn't tell from this video, but can you specify how many of each card are in the deck?

      Keep up the awesome work!

    7. Riley Dutton 2-time creator on

      @George The possibilities of the Deck of Many Things has not been lost on me as well :-)

    8. George Voinquel

      Ooooh. That pack of cards feature makes me imagine playing as Deadlands 'hucksters', or using the Deck of Many Things in D&D. Or maybe just playing Baccarat in Spycraft because why not. I do hope you can get hands working, it would open a lot of possibilities!

    9. Riley Dutton 2-time creator on

      @Anifantatic Thanks!

      @Chris: It's mostly going to pay for hosting! :-)

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      Chris Clouser on

      I shiver with anticipation (as do my players).

      ps. Holy crap, almost twenty-two thousand bucks. You have my permission to buy yourselves some nice hats or something.

    11. Anifanatic on

      This is an excellent video showing what steps you have taken to break away from the pack, so to speak. Excellent new additions, amazingly simple to use, very versatile.

    12. Riley Dutton 2-time creator on

      @Paul Thanks for your support! Much appreciated.

    13. Paul Croyle on

      REALLY looking forward to beta testing this puppy, so I just pledged and subbed to your newsletter (I suppose this counts as Power-gaming?).
      Cam-chat option is great, all the dice mechanics you've added are great, in-house + customisable content is great, and the fact you just log in to a single website instead of downloading clients is fantastic (my gaming group have tried the latter option and we always ended up having trouble with people not being able to connect due to tedious firewall or router issues).
      Looking forward in seeing what else you add to this beast. Good luck!

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      Daniel Kappers on

      Yeah i was thinking more than 3, just as an extra button with "add bar" or something, but yeah it probably would crowd it a bit..

      The thing about showing it to a special player is that it would give some possibilities to take advantage of the IT, to display spell effects. As in D&D there is a spell which makes the caster aware of the health status of the opponent creature, so it would be cool to be able to show that effect by letting him see the bar, instead of having to whisper him continually to create the illusion of him knowing the health status of the creature

    15. Riley Dutton 2-time creator on

      @Daniel 1) When you say additional bars, do you mean more than 3? Right now we're only planning on including 3, since otherwise it gets pretty crowded around the token. 2) By default only the GM sees the bars. You can toggle it so that the players see the bars as well on a per-bar, per-token basis. We're not at this time planning on adding support for only showing it to a specific player, though...

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      Daniel Kappers on

      Some xtra questions and i'm sorry if they have already been asked, but:

      1. Is it possible to create additional bars for a specific token? it would be cool for NPC's or encounters in D&D.

      2. Is it possible to edit the bars so that they can only be seen by a single player and the GM, or just only visible to the GM?

    17. Riley Dutton 2-time creator on

      @Daniel Thanks! :-)

    18. Riley Dutton 2-time creator on

      @Zachary We didn't show it in that video, but if you watch the Demo Video on the project homepage, toward the end we show the Macros being used. They can basically store any snippet of text, so it can be a formula with additional text, yes.

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      Daniel Kappers on

      Awesome-sauce! just didnt quite get that from the movie, so had to be sure :) thanks alot! keep up the great work, its really nice to see you using so much time answering our comments, compared to so many other people who just ignore their community :)

    20. Zachary Hearn on

      This may just be me not paying close enough attention, but will players be able to save and edit macros for rolls, including the VS Fort or For Initiative type of messages? And will you be able to private roll with a player other than the GM? Your tabletop looks hecka cool right now, keep up the good work!

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      Weimann on

      White Wolf does a lot with exploding dice and variants thereof. In Exalted, exploding dice doesn't actually provide a new roll but simply counts as two successes. Would it be possible to add some variant of that? Dice that would normally explode and be rerolled instead provide a flat number of additional successes?

    22. Riley Dutton 2-time creator on

      @Daniel What you're describing is exactly what you do. So basically for each "card" you define in the deck, you give it a name and then upload an image for that card. You also upload one image for the whole deck to represent the "backs" of the cards. So you should be able to do that no problem.

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      Daniel Kappers on

      Cant wait till this is being released! How much costumization will be available on theese cards? Because with my team i am using a "Harrowing Deck" which i have turned into cards that actually create an event, at the time is is being drawn. So it would be really cool if it would be possible to upload pictures onto the cards


    24. Riley Dutton 2-time creator on

      @Sean I will definitely look into adding that. I just used the double-exclamation mark for Shadowrun-style exploding dice, though (where the new roll is added to the first one and it's treated like a "single roll"), but I'm getting a feeling the syntax may be in flux, anyway :-).

    25. Sean Riedinger

      Another quick functionality request: Could you allow for multiple 'levels' of exploding dice? Several White Wolf games, as well as a few others I've seen, have dice explode when you get results -other- than the top one. For example, 9-again is extremely common in Promethean. The syntax could be multiple !, one for each exploding number. So "/roll 7d10!!>8" Would be a roll of 7 dice, looking for successes on 8-10, and exploding on both 9 AND 10. Any chance that could get worked in, or something like it?

    26. Riley Dutton 2-time creator on

      @Michael @Jonas Gotcha. As I was thinking about it, I realized that really any game system could be construed to work that way. For example you could say that a D&D attack roll vs. AC could be written (1d20+5)>15. I just never thought to use it that way since in D&D it wouldn't be worth typing in the extra part of formula since it would be easier just to look at the result and say "that's less than 18". I will certainly look to add that functionality if people will use it! Might be the sort of thing where we wait and see how the beta goes and then the Savage Worlds players (and others) can let us know if it would be quicker to include that functionality or if it's quicker just to glance and compare in your head.

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      Michael Jacob on

      Savage Worlds damage rolls work that way. Multiple exploding dice are added and compared to a target number, the target's toughness. /roll (1d12+1d8+1d6)>8 => (8+3+5=16)>8 = 3 successes (or 1 success and 2 raises).

    28. Riley Dutton 2-time creator on

      @Jonas Thanks for the feedback. Is there a game system in particular that works that way (compares the sum of multiple rolls versus target instead of comparing each roll versus target)? Just curious.

    29. Jonas Dorn on

      Nice roll system! One thing that surprised me: When I type "/roll (3d6)>3" I expect that the parentheses mean that the result of the three rolls is added before check for success. Instead, there is 0 Success. This syntax should either compare the sum of the roll (preferred), or return an error.

    30. Riley Dutton 2-time creator on

      @Chris @Matt Thanks for your support!

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      Chris Clouser on

      Riley, this new video is looking fantastic. Mind is approaching blown. I'm boosting my pledge; I need in on this *soonest.*

    32. Matt C on

      Above and beyond Riley and team. Well done!

      I have been gathering players and gaming resources in great anticipation for testing. I was very excited to find the application, share it with fellow gamers and look forward to supporting the platform well after the kickstarter is over.