I discovered the tabletop world about 4 years ago. The feeling of exploring endless possibilities with a group of good friends and great enemies was something I'd never known. No video game had ever immersed me and challenged me as much as this! Our DM always liked to have music playing in the background to help build the immersion, but the constant YouTube searches and use of tracks everybody knew from games or movies could be time consuming and unconvincing. So a few years ago, I thought... hey, why don't I write a collection of music myself, that's created specifically for this kind of thing? And why don't I stream it on a website that takes away all of the hassle of searching for the right track? Now, ever since, I've been pouring my heart and soul into making it happen!
On release, the collection will consist of approximately 50 tracks but I aim to continue expanding and adding more tracks until there is copious amounts to choose from for every possible situation!
Aside from being streamable in various places and on various websites including YouTube, iTunes, Spotify, etc. the collection will have it's own website where tracks can be streamed by selection from a list or by simply clicking on one of the "event" buttons! These buttons will play randomly through a selected list of tracks tagged for that event! These buttons will include things like "Town", "Battle", "Boss Battle", "Dungeon", "Suspense", etc. So whenever you need a change in mood, just hit the button!
Why Do I Need Kickstarter Funding?
In this day and age, if you want something done well, it costs money. Usually a lot. I don't want this collection to be half-heartedly whacked on some cheap/free Wordpress site with an awful layout, impossible navigation and ugly design. I don't want to be uploading the tracks in 192kbs mp3 quality to save space. Put simply, I don't want to make it difficult for you to download/stream/access/listen to these tracks, and I don't want to make them unpleasant to listen to. In fact, I want it to be as easy as humanly possible for you to bring background music to your games. I want you to use this website because it is easier than using YouTube/Spotify/iTunes Music or any other website when it comes to tabletop background music.
This is where Kickstarter comes in.
By hitting my Kickstarter goal, I can afford to have a completely original website built from the ground up. Designed with a single purpose of allowing everybody to bring background music into their game nights and sessions like never before! I've already spoken to and locked in a web development company, the domain name (www.tabletopmusic.com) has already been purchased, and once funding hits, design starts! That's really all there is to it!
As you'll read below in the stretch goals, customisable playlists will really take all of this to a whole new level. However, it adds a whole new layer of complexity to the design of the site and a lot more hours for the team to build. Nonetheless, this feature could potentially change the way we use music in tabletop games entirely! See the below stretch goal for details.
I sincerely hope that you all agree how amazing this kind of flexibility and usability would be for tabletop players who love using music to build immersive atmospheres. Not only that, but all the music you hear will be 100% original, like walking in to your own personal game!
First off, here is a massive 12 minute teaser featuring snippets from tracks in the collection!
Check out the first full-track samples here! With many more to come!
Wander into Wilderness is a track about exploring a mysterious and magical forest. Its wistful, yet relaxing and peaceful tone brings a mystic aura and captivating sound to your adventure. This is the first project-requested track in the collection, created on request for Vindicated Entertainment. Check out the backer rewards to see how you could get your own custom track for your project!
Temple of Fragmented Dreams is a track about an abandoned and mysterious temple that holds great power and valuable treasures. It's reputation of power and wonder is preceded only by its reputation for traps and danger. Are the adventurers prepared to take the risks that come with exploring it?
Sword of Hearts is a track about the battles that reveal the truth in ones heart. Only by fighting with ones true colours on your sleeve can you truly be called a warrior.
This track is about the wonders of exploring the wilderness. It's beauty and magic are only limited by how much of it you choose to explore.
If you'd like to see a preview of the site, check it out here!
You can even grab some free downloads for the sample tracks above!
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$6000 - Customisable Playlists!
If this stretch goal is met, I feel it will add a whole new level to what this collection can bring to the table!
This feature has the potential to completely change the way we use background music in tabletop games. Tracks can be arranged in a certain order to follow campaign stories. While GMs are writing notes for new sessions, planning events or doing any of their usual GM tasks, then can create a playlist (or multiple playlists) that will follow it! Your background music can now be planned the same way your sessions are! But don't forget, that the random track "event" buttons are always there, for those (incredibly common) times where nothing goes to plan...
Additionally, not only will you be able to create custom playlists for your sessions, but you'll be able to make an account on the website, save your setup and access it again on another device! Setup on your computer, play from your phone! Set up at home, play at your friends!
$10,000 - Streamable Playlist of Atmospheres and Non-Musical Background Sounds, Which Can Be Played Simultaneously With Music!
This feature will give you even more flexibility with the moods and atmospheres you add to your gaming sessions! Take one of the ambient forest music tracks and overlay it with some ambient bird sounds and a waterfall! The characters then walk into a small village? Change the waterfall to some light chatter and footsteps! Or maybe your characters are running through a battle field, clashes of steel and war cries all around. Chase/escape music accompanies them, until they run into a giant ogre, the next boss! The soundscape remains the same, but the music changes to an epic boss fight!
$20,000 - Horror Expansion
This stretch goal will mean the creation of an expansion designed for spectacular nights of horror games! Zombie infestations, mutant uprisings, abandoned mental hospitals, if you're always looking to push your fear to it's limits and immerse yourself in terror, this is the expansion for you!
$35,000 - Sci-Fi Expansion
This stretch goal will mean the creation of a second expansion for use in sci-fi settings! Exploring open space, ship ambience, light blade and plasma gun battles, space station cafeterias, it'll all be in here!
Projects Already Supporting Tabletopmusic.com
Otherworlds is a future fantasy tabletop roleplaying game designed by Vincent Baker. It's easy to play, and built around interacting with the story, rather than the rulebook. The track "Wander Into The Wilderness" was composed on request for this game. If you'd like a track for your own game, check out the Request A Track backer reward!
Spellslingers is a card game of wit and wizardry. Cast spells and eliminate your competition! This game embraces "Blood Magic" as a great track to sling spells to!
Marblegate is a Webcomic written and illustrated by Brett Neufeld, and Silverleaf is series of Dungeons & Dragons videocast play sessions set in this world. With Brett as the DM, it follows the adventures of Argyros the Warrior-athlete, Clades the demon-hunting ranger, and Dale, the dungeon-delving thief. Silverleaf is officially the first live-play tabletop show to embrace The Adventurer's Collection!
Of Dice and Men is a professional Game Master business run by Jeremiah Billing. His D&D sessions take you into a completely original world that is constantly changing, growing, building and destroying. His business was the first to embrace The Adventurer's Collection and is always requesting new tracks and exploring ideas to continue taking the immersion of his world to a new level!
“I'm very excited for whats to come for “The Adventurer's Collection Tabletop Soundtrack.” Having hosted hundreds of tabletop game events these last few years and using this professionally designed music, I can say that without a doubt, this has truly elevated my games. Sure, we can all find iconic music we all enjoy and play that instead, but I've found for those of us that want to create a unique tabletop experience of our own, with its own identity, this music allows that to happen.” -Vincent Baker of Vindicated Entertainment
"I've worked back and forth with Alec for a while now and his music has always been top quality. I think this is the perfect move for him since he can bring his love of music and his love of adventure games together and enhance not only his experience but everyone else's at the same time. I'm really excited for this project to move forward and can't wait to collaborate with him on it in the future." - Vasilios Kiriako Moutafis, Animator - Toybox Game Studios
"I've had the pleasure of both collaborating with Alec on multiple projects and hiring him myself. The quality of his previous work along with the vast amount of experience he has in the countless styles of music required to create a collection such as "The Adventurer's Collection Tabletop Soundtrack" ensure that should the campaign succeed, the finished product will be well worth the money. I couldn't recommend another composer or audio producer more than Alec, and would gladly support any of his musical endeavours." - Sam Luff, Freelance Composer and Songwriter
"The Soundtracks I've used made by Alec were nothing short of amazing. They served to create some of the most memorable scenes in my time as a DM. I've had several players grow attached to certain tracks due to what their characters have experienced while they've been playing. I couldn't recommend them higher. If this project is funded I can tell you, you won't be disappointed in the slightest." - Jeremiah Billing, Lead Game Master - Of Dice And Men
A Closer Look At The Dice!
Risks and challenges
Aside from the challenges that come with every project, like lack of time and putting together the startup costs (thus the hope of help from Kickstarter) there are very few major challenges with this project.
The biggest challenge is one I have been researching thoroughly and it will be the most important part of this project, creating a website with a simple, efficient and user friendly interface to allow easy streaming of tracks and intuitive search functions for locating certain tracks, types of tracks or playlists. This will save from those awkward moments of "Ok you walk into the room and... hold on... just gotta... where's the track I want... it's... no... AH! This one! Ok... what were you guys doing again?"
I've already spoken to various website designers and am confident that with enough financial support, this challenge can not only be overcome, but can constantly be built upon to make the interface, search systems and intuitiveness unrivalled in this area!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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