The 2017 Free Tools Pledge Drive Has Been A Smashing Success!
We raised almost $3900! The funds have purchased two new mobile testing devices, will cover many basic costs to run the servers the tools run on, and most critically, will allow me to replace the aging MacBook required to work in the Mac/iOS world... thank you, thank you!
Over the next couple days I'll determine the prize winners, contact folks about adventure download codes, and arrange polls for the dev goals that will need pledgee input (the new character sheets and 3rd party classes). There will soon be a flurry of messages as I begin to wrap things up!
I'm excited to begin work on the Mutanteer's MultiTool and other cool new utilities that will be added to the Purple Sorcerer Site. As mentioned, I hope to complete most of the things this summer, but depending on my health, it might take longer. It will all get done, but sometimes my body enforces a more leisurely pace...
Thank you one and all for your incredible support: those who generously gave, those who provided incredible treasures, and those who did both! You truly make the tools possible.
Goal #1... met! ($400 for basic maintenance) I'll be adding three additional character sheet styles to the generator... Thank you! Goal #2... met! (Additional $400 to fill out device testing pool) I'll be creating a powerful DCC monster generator! Thank you! Goal #3... met! (Additional $400 to fill out device testing pool) I'll be adding a selection of 3rd party classes to the upper level generator! Goal #4...KABOOM! Met! (Additional $1800 to replace MacBook) I'll now be creating a companion to the Crawler for MCC: The Mutanteer's MultiTool! Thank you! Extra Goal #5... met at the last minute! ($1000 for better machine, new tools, etc) I'll be updating the 0-level party and upper level generators to streamline adding additional languages! >>Read more about these development goals
Those who donate most generously will be able to choose from this list of cool treasures. (I'll go from the top donor on down until they have all been chosen).
Two medallions only handed out to tourney winners and close friends: 'Dungeon Crawl Classics' and 'Warlord of the Purple Planet'
Resident genious Terry Olson has provided a stack of playtest notes and original maps and chart from Escape from the Shrouded Fen!
The man himself Jim Wampler has contributed a 15-figure set of classic 1978 Grenadier Gamma World style miniatures based on new molds and struck in pewter!
The coolest man in DCC: Jurgen Mayer, has offered a limited gold foil edition of the Chained Coffin for European donors!
The king of sticks Andy Action has donated a stack of DCC modules! (You can't have too many, and can always share duplicates as prizes at cons to spread the love!)
Artist Eric Thomas Hunt (Gone Barleycon) has graciously offered three pieces of original artwork he's created that can be used as you like (even for publication). Two pieces will go to a 'generous donor', and one will be in the random pool for anyone who gives $10 or more! (I've simplified this: previously I had pieces going to three recipients, but I've decided to ease up the coordination issues for Eric).
Herb Mallette (who created those super cool neolithic MCC tokens) has offered to write a 2-3000 word short story about your DCC character based on character/personality description in either general fantasy or Vancian style depending on the winner's preference. Such a cool, unique prize!
New! The Thick Skulled One himself, Stephen Newton, is providing a Thick Skull Adventures Package: PDF copies of Attack of the Frawgs, Haunting of Larvik
Island, and Stronghold of the Wood Giant Shaman, along with the print version of Attack of the Frawgs!
Anyone whose donates $10 or more receives a free Purple Sorcerer Games adventure PDF of their choice (let me know in your RPGNow email address confirmation message or your PayPal message), (if you donate more than $35 you'll receive the complete lineup of Purple Sorcerer PDFs!).
If you give $10 or more you're also in the running for the following randomly distributed prizes:
Seven doners will receive the entire lineup of Purple Sorcerer PDFs!
One lucky donor will receive a Purple Ticket: free PDF's of every adventure Purple Sorcerer Games produces until the end of time! (Including early access to the PDF while we wait during the print proof process).
One lucky random donor who gives more than $35 will also receive a Purple Ticket!
New! The amazing folks at Sanctum Secorum have donated two copies of their very limited Free RPG Day companion issue (their first hard copy release) to the prize pool!
Five donors will receive packages of the full Nebin Pendlebrook's Perilous Pantry Battle Map Image Sets from artist Frank Turfler. (These are really cool!)
Three winners will receive custom character illustrations from descriptions you provide to Herb Mallet!
One winner will receive PDF's of every issue of Crawling Under a Broken Moon offered by Reid San Filippo!
One winner will receive a PDF copy from the upcoming 'Umerican Survival Guide' from Reid San Filippo!
One winner will receive a PDF copy of Marzio Muscedere's Death Slaves of Eternity!
New! Fan John Potts has chipped in two print adventures: The Emerald Enchanter and Moon-Slaves of the Cannibal Kingdom!
As mentioned, the point of the drive is to support the development of the free tools. This year the 'big goal' is to raise enough funds to replace the aging laptop required to publish to the iTunes store. To encourage giving, I've developed the following 'Development Goals' of projects I'll add to the existing pool of tools as we reach various levels. I hope that I will be able complete all of these goals this summer, but depending on my health, this might represent my output for the next year. :)
At $400: Custom Character Sheets. Pledgees will choose three character sheets created by the DCC Community, (and there are some beautiful ones out there) to be added as style options in the character generators! (As we reach this goal, I'll create a post for folks to nominate their favorites: once we clear the sheets with their creators, I'll set up a voting process.) These funds will be used to cover all the various and asundry expenses related to developing, publishing, and maintaining the tools.
At $800: The Monster Generator! I've been working at this sporadically for months and months, but will dedicate 'above and beyond time' to wrap up the tool. Judges will be able to adjust sliders for Gonzo and Power, and the generator will do the rest: producing fully-stat-blocked monsters as unique as DCC demands! (I even have hooks in the code that might some day be used to produce paper-miniatures on the spot of your creations). These funds will be used to add a non-ancient android phone or iPhone to the mobile testing pool. (Most likely a refurbished iPhone 6).
At $1200: 3rd Party Character Classes. As with the custom character sheets, the community can vote for their favorite 3-5 (depending on how complicated they are) 3rd-party classes, and I'll add them to the upper level character generator! These funds will also be used to add a non-ancient android device or iPhone to the mobile testing pool. (Most likely a durable, middle of the road Android that runs Android 6 with a promise of 7 upgradability). (Update: This proves to be the first 'device pool' purchase: a Moto 5G. It covers all the bases: solid middle tier performance to demonstrate how things work on a non-creaky device. Sturdy screen so it should last for while. And it comes stock with Android 7 so I can test on the latest software. Thank you!)
At $3000: The Big Daddy... The Mutanteer's MultiTool! I've debated on this long and hard, as creating an app for Mutant Crawl Classics based on the Crawler's Companion will require both a huge commitment in initial development and in maintenance of the app down the road. (For example, I currently maintain and publish eight versions of the Crawler's Companion (iOS, Google Play, Amazon, Android Sideload, Sideload Classic, Sideload Legacy, Windows, and Web). Adding another separate app to the pool will double this load. This is one reason I'm looking at a fairly powerful and capable Mac that would act as my main development tool for the next 3+ years, so I can combine all this work onto a single platform).
At $4000: Extra Goal... Additional Generator Language Support. If we go crazy and reach this level, I'll get serious about updating the code for the Zero and Upper Level Generators to more easily support additional languages. I've been contacted in the past by noble German and Brazilian fans who have already did much of the necessary translating in German and Portuguese. Once the streamlined code is in place, it will be much easier to add additional language as time goes by! (The reason this is a fairly hefty jump in pledge level is that there is quite a bit of work in adding, and more importantly maintaining additional languages. If there are any major changes to the generator, it needs to be coordinated with all the new languages, so it's committment I don't take lightly.) These funds will either go towards a more powerful computer that will last additional years before needing to be replaced, or for addtional devices or tools, or all of the above!
I can't express how deeply I appreciate everyone's support: you truly have made it possible for me to continue pushing the DCC tools forward. I'm typing this on the iPad Pro that last year's drive helped purchase. (And on which all the current Crawler testing and work on the monster generator has occurred, along with much more!) The touch screen monitor, trackball, and wireless keyboard the drive purchased last year have been instrumental in making desktop work even possible for me! Building and refining these tools is a wonderful creative outlet during stretches that can be quite tough health-wise: I'm thrilled that many of you continue to find value in them. So thank you, one and all for your continuing support in helping make this all possible: I hope we have a very successful drive for 2017!