Swordsmith Productions, developer of the Wildside Gaming System and other gaming titles announced the release of a free app designed to be used with all tabletop RPG systems (including homebrew systems). Lead developer on the project is Leigh Grossman, author of the original Wildside Gaming System and 15 other books. A “Who’s Who” of fantasy illustrators contribute to the app’s lavish visuals, under art director Randy Lagana. Lead programmer is longtime corporate developer Rowena Grossman. Coding and development for the app is being funded through a Kickstarter campaign.
The app is designed for both for both remote gaming and at-table gaming. Among the app’s cutting-edge features: Players can roll up, store, and use characters from multiple games on mobile devices (including phones) as well as via the web, so favorite characters are never lost or unavailable. GMs can push information to characters, create robust campaigns, and also draw from 10,000+ monsters, spells, and treasure items built into the app. Dice can be configured in any way the GM desires, and rolls can either be viewed by the whole group or hidden. In-app chat allows for full party conversations, as well as “note passing” to a GM or side conversations. Advanced world-building tools make it easy for a GM to start up a game with little prep time, or to spend hours tweaking a pre-planned or commercially purchased game.
Award-winning artist Dave Seeley says: “If you’re an RPG gamer, check out this Kickstarter campaign for a ground-breaking Gaming System app. Enhance and expand on your pen and paper RPGs, while simplifying the accounting. Come on over to the Wildside. It’s developed by an uber-talented team lead by SF luminary Leigh Grossman. It will feature my art, along with art from fellow art buds Tom Kidd, Stephen Hickman, Bob Eggleton, Donato Giancola, Alan Beck, Randy Lagana and Judy York. Please consider jumping on board this fantastical voyage, and helping spread the word.”Longtime gaming industry professional James Carpio said “The Wildside Gaming System is one of those games not many have heard of, but has a huge cult following here in Connecticut. Very versatile system with an old school aesthetic. Anyway Leigh has been working on a really cool app to accompany the game. Take a look and if you can, help him get this funded.”
According to Grossman, “This is an app for how tabletop gaming is evolving. I love gaming books and old-school games and I am thrilled by the resurgence of RPGs. But I am always losing character sheets and having to slow down to find notes and charts in different places. And there’s always someone who can’t make a game but would love to play remotely. This will let remote gamers feel like they are still sitting at the table. At a time when everyone is overscheduled and gaming sessions may be short, anything that speeds up the paperwork means more time I can spend on making the world come alive for my players.”
This free app will make gaming easier and more accessible for all tabletop RPG players. Information for favorite games will be easily available on multiple platforms, and easily updated. It uses modern technology to recreate the feel of the early days of RPGs, when you could have a spur-of-the-moment game anytime you had a free moment without having to spend time gathering dice, character sheets, and overscheduled friends together.
The Wildside Gaming System (wildsidegame.net) was first published as a book in 2004, by Wildside Press, LLC in Rockville, Maryland. An oldstyle gaming system with a focus on worldbuilding, it was followed by a number of tie-in books including The Wildside Book of Loot, Crusade of Kings, and Koboldly Where Gnome has Gone Before.
To view the kickstarter, please visit http://kck.st/22L1ld0
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