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Steve RadabaughBy Steve Radabaugh
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Steve RadabaughBy Steve Radabaugh
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About

Post Campaign Update - Reflection and Looking Ahead

Hello, my name is Steve Radabaugh. I have created two iPad apps for character tracking for indie Role Playing Games, both of which were well received by players and GMs. You can check them out on the app store here and here. In the process of creating these apps, I started to think a lot about what would be possible if a whole new game was created with tablets in mind. Tablets & Titans is the result of that dreaming.

Everything you need to play Tablets & Titans will be contained in the app. You will not need to buy additional books, dice, or even pencils. Optionally, You will be able to use miniatures and a map. The default campaign setting included will be a generic fantasy that you'll be able to use to tell your own stories. Additional settings will be available for more variety of play.

In Tablets & Titans the devices that the Players and the Game Master (GM) use will be in constant communication with each other. Did the attack your character use on that ogre poison him? In traditional RPG systems, someone would need to keep track of that poison damage, but in Tablets & Titans, your device will automatically relay that information to the GM's device and the damage will start ticking away.

The Prototype in the middle of combat
The Prototype in the middle of combat

The goal is to have an RPG that is tactical yet lets the devices handle the mechanics so the players can focus on the parts that they enjoy.

The top left device is the GM, the others are connected to it as players.
The top left device is the GM, the others are connected to it as players.

The game will be modular so that you can play the way you want. Do you want combat to use a grid for miniatures that you have on the table, or do you want to use zones for mini-less play? Do you want to run a fantasy game or something modern? Perhaps you want to use pieces of fantasy in your modern game to make an urban fantasy setting? The goal for Tablets & Titans is to integrate seamlessly with the tabletop RPG setting to which your players have become accustomed.

Instead of character classes, you have 3 points to allocate to different focuses when you create your character.
Instead of character classes, you have 3 points to allocate to different focuses when you create your character.

Tablets & Titans uses a "Focus" system alongside the traditional attributes and skills that are a tabletop staple. This allows players to create a character that more closely matches their concept instead of being pigeonholed into a particular class.

For Example: If you want an assassin that dabbles in magic, then you would put two points into Nimble Melee and one into Magic. As your story progresses, and your character levels up, you will gain access to abilities from trees that are defined by the Focuses that you choose.

Behind the screen there is a simple system for calculating actions. Rather than using a straight roll, all rolls are 2 ten-sided dice plus modifiers. This still allows for a spread of results, but normalizes the probabilities. After you roll to attack, your opponent will roll a dodge or parry. The damage that you do will be influenced by the spread between those two rolls.

For Example: Liliandra is shooting an Orc with her Long Bow. She rolls 2d10 and gets 5 and 7 for 12. She adds the attack modifier, the bow's modifier, and her base ranged attack which add up to 12 for a total of 24. The orc rolls 2d10 and gets a 4 and 3 for 7. He then adds his base dodge score: 4 for a total of 11. That results in a hit with a spread of 13. The spread gets multiplied by Liliandra's level (of 2) then divided by 4. The resulting 6 is then added to the damage of the weapon combined with Liliandra's base attack. In this case, that is 14 damage total. But of course all these calculations will be done for you.

I am targeting both iPads and Android tablets for release. The prototype will run on a first generation iPad, so right now the required minimum OS is 5.1. I do not yet know what versions of Android will be supported, but I will endeavor to support as many devices as possible.

I am asking for $5000 initially to help me turn the prototype into a production ready app and develop the android version. This will help cover art assets, equipment, and a modest amount to help with living expenses while I work on the project.

Here's a fancy pie chart to show how this breaks out.

Yes, that breaks down to $2000 for living expenses. I've already put over a month into this project, plus a month running this campaign, and I'm hoping to get a couple more months out of that $2000. That doesn't seem like much to live on, but I have a very supportive family. I'm hoping that the sales of future modules will make this worth it.

If this campaign does not succeed, I will still work on this project on the side, but much much slower, without art, and the android version may be off the table. I'll also be very sad.

I intend to release the app with the player only module for free. The GM module will be a $10 in-app purchase. There will also be other additional modules (Adventures, Campaign Settings, Character Options) that will be in-app purchases. 

Backing at the $15 level and above will get you a copy of the app with the GM module ($10 value) plus 3 adventures for the generic fantasy campaign ($12 value). You will also have access to all content unlocked by stretch goals. You will of course also get everything at lower levels. So, that's a $22 value for $15 (or $12 if you're an early bird). Of course as stretch goals go, that value will only increase.

The $25 level will get you everything at the $15 level plus a copy of the PDF Player's Guide and GM's Reference that will be exclusive to this Kickstarter Campaign. You can also add the PDF Player's Guide or GM's Reference to any other pledge by adding $5 to your pledge level. ($23 for Early Bird with both PDFs, or $55 for iOS Beta with 1 PDF)

Backing at $40 or $50 gets you into the beta test for your chosen platform. Since the game right now runs over local wifi or bluetooth play, I'm giving every beta tester 2 copies. If you can get 2 of your friends to also back at a beta test level, then you'll have enough for a full gaming group. You'll also have access to exclusive Beta Tester only forums where you'll have input on the final product. 

Wait, why is it cheaper to get the Android beta than the iPad beta? iPad beta testers will get access to the beta by January, where the Android testers will have to wait until the Android version gets to beta level.

Backing at $100 or $250 gets your personal touch put in the game. You get to either design a monster or one of the default player characters that will exist as an example for people new to the game.

Backing at $3000 will bring me to your house for a night (or afternoon) of gaming. I'll fly to wherever you are (in the continental US). I'll load the beta on your devices (or bring some of mine if you don't have enough) and we can play late into the night. I will stay at a local hotel, so you don't need to worry about my snoring.

2 Additional Adventures
Every backer at the $15 level and above will get 2 more adventures bring their total up to 5 pre-written adventures to go through.

Modern / Horror Module
Every backer at the $15 level and above will also get the module to play modern or horror games. It'll have modern technologies and skills plus horror elements.

Necromancy
Every backer at the $15 level and above will have access to the Necromancy magic type for players and an expanded selection of undead monsters for GMs.

Sci-Fi Module
Every backer at the $15 level and above will receive the Sci-Fi Module. This will contain everything needed for a Sci-Fi campaign including futuristic technologies and skills. It will also have monsters/enemies that are more suited to a Sci-Fi campaign. 

Phone Layout - Now in base goal!!!

$5 - Player's Guide PDF
The Player's Guide will be a valuable resource on how to play Tablets & Titans as a player. It will give examples of how to build different character archetypes using the Focus system, and tips for playing the game. It will also contain a reference of each of the skill trees and equipment. Plus more.

$5 - GM's Reference PDF
The GM's Reference will contain advice for creating fun and balanced adventures for your players. It will also have a listing of all of the monsters within the game with a breakdown of their stats. Plus more.

*while both of these will only be given in PDF version, you will have the rights to print them for your own use.

Special Thanks to Derrik Nau for the Tablets and Titans splash image.

Risks and challenges

I already have a working prototype of this app on iPad, and I have several apps already in the iTunes App Store. That said, developing for android will be a new feature for me. My degree is in Computer Science, and it didn't take me very long to pick up what I needed in order to develop for iOS. I anticipate android being a little more difficult, but I am confident that I'll pick it up with no trouble. I'm already looking into using the alljoyn SDK for networking the two different OSes.

Many Kickstarter projects have difficulty with their timelines. I've tried to be generous with my timelines but there are always things that come up. I will keep my lines of communication open with my backers as I am a firm believer in transparency. Because nothing in this project will need to be shipped, I will release the stretch goals as they are finished. The backers will at least get what is promised at the base goal by the release date given.

You might be concerned that this is an ambitious project for a one man team. I prefer to think that makes me agile. Eventually, I would like to expand to a larger operation, but for now my operating costs are minimal, and I can keep focused on the project.

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