There’s something very special in Booth #3039 at Gen Con this year – us! Come along and tell us all your hopes and dreams for 3D Virtual Tabletop, we’re keen to hear how you use it and what you need from the app to get the most out of it at your table.
You’ll also be able to see the app in action on a big screen. 2013 RPG Superstar Steve Helt is using it to run adventures from Rise of the Drow: Prologue, and it’ll be displayed on a 32-inch HDTV for all to see. It’s been set up by AAW Games who are sharing the booth with us this year.
Booth #3039 is in the top right corner of the exhibitor’s map, so should be easy to find.
Now for something completely different.
When you can all get together around a real tabletop, the best terrain I’ve seen is the 3D tiles from Dwarven Forge. I’m not associated with them at all, just a fan, but I missed out on their first Kickstarter so I wanted to let you know you can participate in their second Kickstarter, caverns, for another day or two. I’ve coveted Dwarven Forge’s tiles from afar for years and happily backed their Kickstarter so that I can finally get my hands on some. The artist behind it all, Stefan Pokorny comes from a classical painting and sculpting background and it’s great to see someone of his talent bring their skill to bear on this hobby that we all love.
You can find their Kickstarter at: http://kck.st/1ftWrem
Backers of the Kickstarter who pledged at a level which included Immediate Access can now use 3D Virtual Tabletop in a web browser on Windows and Mac. This is an early verison, I’m currently working on it to bring it up to the same level of functionality as the iPad, iPhone and Android versions. If you’re keen to see this for yourself but don’t qualify, you can use the late pledge page to gain Immediate Access with an existing pledge or even back it for the first time.
Thanks for your support during the 3D Virtual Tabletop Kickstarter, pushing it to be funded to 1,100% of our initial goal. The real highlight for me was talking to people in the last 24 hours, getting to know the community. Not only did players and GMs rally around, but publishers and artists also got involved, so many thanks to Adventure-A-Week, Alyssa Faden, Battle! Studio, Darkraven Games, Dramascape, Frog God Games, The Game Mechanics, Kaitlynn Peavler, Kobold Press, Legendary Games, Lord Zsezse Works, Mayhem in Paper, Modiphius Entertainment, and Wayne Reynolds.
Now it’s time to let you know how you’ll be getting the goods from the Kickstarter. I’ll be using Backer Kit to manage the add-ons. They recommend waiting 2 weeks before getting info from backers to ensure that all payments have gone through. I’m still getting a few payments trickling through so in about a week I’ll be starting things up with Backer Kit. You’ll be able to choose the add-ons that you pledged for and also purchase any additional ones that you want. If you’re having any trouble with Amazon payments for this Kickstarter you can pay directly with PayPal to firstname.lastname@example.org. Use the same email for PayPal as you do with Kickstarter and I’ll be able to match it up with what you pledged.
If you missed out on the Kickstarter completely you can make a late pledge for a limited time to get in on the action. Visit the Late Pledge Page and you can still get the great deals and exclusive offers via PayPal. I’ve been in the position before where I only found out about an awesome Kickstarter after it had ended, or went back to pledge only to find out that it had already finished, so I know what its like to want to give something and not be able to. People have already taken advantage of this opportunity so I’ll keep it going for a while longer.
The delivery date on each Kickstarter reward is for the initial $5,000 version. Immediate access will be available in October, early access in November, and the public release in December. New releases will be made rapidly after that as each stretch goal is finished. Immediate access backers will be able to experience them as they are implemented, and early access backers will get them 4 weeks before the general public. The subscription that you get with a reward begins with the public release in December.
The immediate access version will first be available on iPad & iPhone, then Android, then Web Browser. Since the Kickstarter campaign was run in the middle of a software development cycle, the immediate access version will be updated frequently after it is initially made available so that it begins to work properly.
My focus now and in the months to come is on turning 3D Virtual Tabletop into the amazing app that we all know it can be. The enthusiasm I’ve had from gamers is heartwarming, you’re obviously as keen to see this happen as I am. Thanks for your support on the journey.
The tentacle-filled wartime roleplaying setting of Achtung! Cthulhu is coming to 3D Virtual Tabletop. Fresh off a massively successful 2,000% funded Kickstarter, the creators of Achtung! Cthulhu, Modiphius Entertainment, have graciously offered a selection of their terrifying creatures and dramatic maps to committed backers upon reaching the next stretch goal. Even if you don’t want to lead a team of heroic investigators behind enemy lines, you can still use the creatures in a game of any genre where you need horrific monsters, and you’ll have 3 more mysterious locations to explore, a Nazi underground outpost, a Nazi base and an Elder Thing Outpost!
All backers need to do to get the Achtung! Cthulhu content on their virtual tabletop is to pledge at the Battalion Plus level or higher and help spread the word to make this project hit the $22,000 mark. The Battalion Plus reward will additionally grant backers all assets from other content stretch goals that are unlocked before the project ends. Modiphius Entertainment will also be providing a wider range of Achtung! Cthulhu maps and minis in the in-app marketplace.
As we get closer to 300% funding of the 3D Virtual Tabletop Kickstarter, it has gained momentum and some new artwork for backers. This new art comes from the Deck of Legends Kickstarter which is also on now. The Deck has all the cards in a normal 52 card deck, plus 2 jokers, but they are richly illustrated with a range of characters, locations, monsters and items, depending on their face value. This turns the Deck into a wonderful tool that can expand your game, with its use limited only by your imagination.
The good news is that the characters and monsters from the Deck, a total of 24 creatures in all, are going to be available as stand-up miniatures inside 3D Virtual Tabletop, if you back it at least at the $9 Swordmaster level. You also benefit from backing the Deck of Legends because as their stretch goals are hit, any additional artwork produced will also be available in 3D Virtual Tabletop.
If you were on the fence about supporting the 3D Virtual Tabletop Kickstarter, now is the time to back it so you can make your dreams come true. Once you’re a backer you’ll be able to vote on which stretch goals you’d like to see happen soonest. Whether it’s a Windows version or dice rolling that you’d like to use in your game, you have the power to influence the priority.
You can help the stretch goals that you want get funded by spreading the word:
With now less than 24 hours to go before the start of the 3D Virtual Tabletop Kickstarter, it’s time for another sneak peak. The screenshot below highlights 2 of the rewards that are going to be available during the campaign. The miniatures are from a Human Adventurers set and a Half-Orc set by Battle! Studio. They are waging war on a map provided by Adventure-A-Week. I’m grateful to have these two on board and their enthusiasm for the project bodes very well for the future.