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Troedel
01-30-2013, 10:44 AM
I would like to bring a little Kickstarter Project to the attention of all the gamemasters around here. Realm works is a nifty little tool to manage all campaign related stuff in one program, it can handle maps and reveal the partialy to the players, itīs even a great tool to create your own fantasy setting in a conveniet way.

All that is explained much better and in more detail on the kickstarter site. Iīve been in the initial closed Beta test group from the start and must say that it will be ( and is at the current state ) a great tool.

Iīm in no way related to the creators other than mentioned above. This must sound as an advertisement and perhaps upon release the price will be a downer. I donīt know about that as nothing financial is out there. There will be a cloud service, cost unkown,too. If a post like this is unwanted let me know, Iīm not sure it is ;)

Just have a look and decide for yourself.

Realm Works - Streamlined RPG Campaign Tools by Lone Wolf Development — Kickstarter (http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/610004753/realm-works-streamlined-rpg-campaign-tools?ref=category)

torstan
01-30-2013, 10:48 AM
I know the Lone Wolf guys very well (I grew up with one of them and introduced him to D&D... ) and I'm sure they'll put out a great product. Definitely worth looking into.

Troedel
01-30-2013, 11:18 AM
Small World out there ;)

mearrin69
01-30-2013, 11:39 AM
I'll second this. I've been in the closed beta for a couple of months now and have very much enjoyed using the product. I've used it to input and flesh out my own setting and have recently begun entering information for a couple of future games I will run with my group. I have not tried out the player-sharing side of the application, but the campaign management portion is already quite powerful. I personally can't wait to see how the final product shapes up! Good luck to the LWD guys. I'll probably kick them some cash even though I believe my beta participation has already earned me a copy.
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NB I've used everything from paper notes in binders to Microsoft's OneNote to NBOS' The Keep to organize my campaigns. RW is, by far, the most advanced, custom-designed tool I've seen so far. And it keeps getting better!

torstan
01-30-2013, 11:53 AM
How's the map integration?

mearrin69
01-30-2013, 12:06 PM
I think it works well. If you have a location topic (or a special location-derived topic like a settlement or region) you can add a map item as a snippet and then you can go load up a map image. On the image you can add pins for points of interest and link those to existing topics. You can also (haven't tried it) control how much of this players see if you decide to share it...so you can show only explored areas.

It's very cool as implemented already and I expect it'll get better. One thing I'd like to see, in addition to pins, is "areal features"...so, you could outline something like a forest or region and have it link to a topic and still have additional pins for points of interest within that area. Just a need I've run across.

One more, general feature, that I'm happy about is the auto-linking. When you make an entry it scans the database for things you've already created and suggests linking them. If I've got a person topic called "Torstan" and a sub-item there that says you created "Beautiful Map #37" and then I create an entry for Cartographers Guild as another topic and put Torstan under members, it'll ask me if I want to link to the existing Torstan topic. Not only that, but I think you can highlight a term and then create a new topic based on that word. Seems to me these features, and some others, the perfect campaign *creation* tool...above and beyond its data entry and management features.

As I write this I hope I'm not violating my NDA. The program is a beta and all features are subject to change...but I believe this basic functionality is likely to stay.
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Troedel
01-30-2013, 12:07 PM
Basicly you import a map as jpg. It is hidden in player view and you can reveal custom shapes to them. You can place pins on the map that can be linked to your content. Map zooming and panning is possible so even large maps with lots of details can be managed. I designed a region of my setting by taking a map, marked the points of interesst and fleshed out content, linked it together and went into further detail as I went along. It was fun doing it that way. Think of the Paizo Kingmaker map ( not the map, I donīt like that one ) but the marked plot hooks and landmarks.

@mearrin69 Any chance of getting your Lonewolf Forum name?

mearrin69
01-30-2013, 12:10 PM
Here's a screenshot of part of my campaign setting entered into RW.
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Edit: @Troedel: Same as here.

Korash
01-30-2013, 12:17 PM
The initial price was alluded to, but do they actually have a price set yet or in mind? At work they are blocking shopping sites....

mearrin69
01-30-2013, 12:25 PM
I don't know anything about price, actually. I believe they're still figuring it all out...though I really don't have any direct knowledge of this.
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Troedel
01-30-2013, 01:23 PM
I do not know anything about it. But assuming a small discount you can take a look at the backer levels.

Beautiful map by the way ;)

Geronimo82
02-02-2013, 08:22 PM
As long as LW doesn't use the same money grubbing license system as Army Builder OR the weak update server for Hero Lab, I might pick this up. Wouldn't mind the fees if you didnt have to pay for the program up front. And that update servers cuts my connection do to lag every update, never mind I can download whole games through Steam. And if the Kickstarter is a clue, the cost is ~$35. That's the first tier that actually gets you a copy of the game. If they add some backer rewards, I might jump on, as it is, I'm not.

mearrin69
02-02-2013, 08:44 PM
I do believe there will be usage fees, as your data will be stored in their 'cloud'...at least that's how I understand it to work. Would be nice if there was an off-line way to work with it, but I understand why they're doing it this way.
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Geronimo82
02-03-2013, 03:19 AM
Really? Ugh, hope its not like that. Would be a major minus. I'd prefer google drive or drop box for my online storage needs, but I don't see that happening.

Jaxilon
02-03-2013, 06:13 PM
Why the cloud? That's not something I guess I understand yet and it's certainly something I do NOT trust.

I know, "It's the future" and all that but seriously? Do people ever realize how much they are giving away using the internet to store personal information? I'm probably a bit less trusting than I need to be but hey, it doesn't hurt to be a little paranoid these days. :)

I was wondering if this had a way to store your data on your own drive and not use the cloud at all. It just seems to me like it's a way to keep you hooked into paying down the line if you want to keep access to your creation. That's a turn off for me. I don't even use Photoshops cloud to store my stuff.

Redrobes
02-04-2013, 06:21 AM
Basicly you import a map as jpg. It is hidden in player view and you can reveal custom shapes to them. You can place pins on the map that can be linked to your content. Map zooming and panning is possible so even large maps with lots of details can be managed. I designed a region of my setting by taking a map, marked the points of interesst and fleshed out content, linked it together and went into further detail as I went along. It was fun doing it that way. Think of the Paizo Kingmaker map ( not the map, I donīt like that one ) but the marked plot hooks and landmarks.
That sounds exactly like my app (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qELcbKXdRm8)... and since mine hasn't been a roaring success what makes this one different and worth kick starting ? Oh well, best of luck with it anyway !

Also, I do hope that this -> "With our patent-pending Fog of World™ technology..." is a tongue in cheek phrase or at least something different to the fog of war of what must be in 30 years worth of games by now not to mention all the VTT apps out there. I would not be impressed with a kickstarter to raise $100K just to spend it on lawyers to screw over the RPG community.