I’m thrilled that so many judges and players in the DCC community continue to find great value in the free tools. Whether it's the character generators (29,500,000+ peasants created!), The Crawler's Companion dice-rolling and reference app, our custom spellbook utility, or one of the easy to use demon, dragon, or magic sword generators, each tool has been built with the simple purpose of making it easier for everyone to enjoy the Dungeon Crawl Classics Role-Playing Game!
As usual, at the end of the Free Tools Pledge Drive I'm left stunned by the generosity of the DCC community in both providing prizes and donating to the cause. We’ve raised almost $6000! All server and development fees have been covered, I’ve replaced my aging iPad Pro (an essential element of my development process), and I’ve upgraded my Mac to a model that should serve faithfully for many years to come. New devices have been purchased to add to the ‘testing pool’, and we’ve ended up with a little cushion left over to meet needs for the coming year. Thank you one and all: you are amazing.
Normally (after waiting for a few late pledges to drift in Sunday morning), I work immediately to get all the adventure codes and prize questionnaires out on Monday and Tuesday. But this year things will be delayed a few days. My family is leaving Monday morning to drive down to the tiny town in Idaho where my Mom spent many sumer days at family gatherings when she was a child, and where we’ll at last be gathering for her memorial and burial next to her Mom, Dad, and sisters. I’ll likely have some free hours to work on things during the trip, but I'm guessing it will be Thursday, after I return home, before I can really get going on the tasks. Thank you for your patience.
Again, I can’t really express how deeply I appreciate everyone’s kindness and support of the free tools. You make it all possible!
The tools are free, and will always be free. But there are a number of expenses associated with creating, maintaining, testing, publishing, and hosting the free tools, including server costs, development fees, the need for new hardware, mobile devices for testing, and various software expenses. These would be challenging for me to cover, but the incredible generosity that the DCC community demonstrates during our annual drives continues to meet all these needs, and more!
The specific funding and development goals for 2022 remain quite simple. In a nutshell, Level 1 (raising $1000) will cover basic server costs, development fees, and other expenses, Level 2 ($2250) will provide funds for needed hardware/device purchases (primarily a new iPad Pro which I use for most development tasks, since it is by far the easiest way to work with my nerve-rattled hands), Level 3 ($4000) will help purchase a more powerful m1 Mac. Funds beyond these levels will be used to continue to beef up the main server, pick up an Android testing device, and help me invest as much time as possible on the tools. :)
To participate in this year's drive, just click on the PayPal button below, and give in any amount you can. You can receive cool rewards! (To get your prizes just provide your preferences in the form at the bottom of the page.)
(As noted below, if you give $10 or more, but less than $40, let me know in the form at the bottom of the page which free adventure you'd like to receive! If you give $40 or more, you'll receive every current Purple Sorcerer title, and you'll be added to the Purple Sorcerer Patron page. If you already have a particular adventure, I'm happy to send codes to a friend's account.)
If you're going to receive a Special Treasure for being a top donor, I'll contact you requesting your list of top choices, as well as your address for mailing physical items. Unless otherwise noted, physical treasures are only available to pledgees in the United States, unless we work out special arrangements. Thanks to all of you who continue to support the free tools!
(To streamline things, I'll send out the adventure codes at the end of the drive in one rush. Thank you!)
In addition to the amazingly generous folks who give to the drive, there are others in the community who provide stunning, often unique prizes. Many items in this pool of goodies are distributed randomly to lucky winners who donates $10 or more.
There are also special treasures that can be claimed by those who are especially generous. (The most generous backer has first choice in this pool, and so on).
The drive ends on July 16th at midnight. A few straggling donations always come in until the morning of the next day, so at that time the random prizes will be determined, and I'll begin contacting the most generous donors.
The special treasures available to this year's most generous donors are, as usual, amazing! The list includes (with likely more to come):
Development this year is going to continue to focus on long in the works projects. Since the HTML version of the Crawler is finally in the wild (HUZZAH!), the next targets are the Mutant Crawl Classics upper level character generator, MCC support in the new HTML Crawler, and additional language support in the 0-level generator. Of course, Dying Earth is out there along with a host of other smaller projects, so the endless parade of things I need to get to continues!
In previous years I've invited those who donated to provide a 'small upgrade' suggestion for the generators, and a number of the suggestions made their way into the tools. Features suggested by the community have included:
Everyone who donates to the pledge drive this year is encouraged to use the form below to send me a "small upgrade" suggestion as part of your pledge. I'll use this list as my to-do tickler when I'm in the mood to make small updates to one of the tools. So think about how you use the tools, and imagine what little enhancement might make your judging life easier. It can be for any of the existing tools: I'm eager to hear from the community to see if patterns emerge!
The incredible support of the DCC community makes this all possible. Thanks to each and every one of you who supports the free Purple Sorcerer Games tools!
Note: Since the DCC community is so dispersed nowadays, please share the drive in your favorite online haunts to get the word out, and if you’d like to donate something to the prize pool, please let me know: it would be most gratefully welcomed, as I would love to expand this year's pool of prizes!
It's always a thrill to see the tools at a table where everyone is having a great time. A few years back I whipped together a quick slideshow of images posted in the previous month to the DCC Rocks Facebook group, showing off the tools in action!
(If anyone needs an image removed, just let me know!)