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posted by Nate on 8/23/16 in Site News

It is with sadness that Overworld Digital Publishing announces we will no longer be updating SyncRPG or publishing new content. This was not an easy decision, but after three years of hard work and many late nights, we were unable to secure a core base of users to effectively monetize our product line. With server and business costs mounting, we have decided to discontinue the project. The SyncRPG website and synchronization feature will remain online and continue to function for a long time yet, but we will not longer be adding new features or fixing bugs.

Thank you to everyone who gave us a shot, played in one of our games, or watched any of our streams. We had a great time and greatly appreciate your interest. It's been fun!

~Joe and Nate

Discuss 'SyncRPG is retiring' on the SyncRPG forums

posted by Joe on 5/24/16 in Tech Tuesday

We’re happy to announce a new version of the SyncRPG VTT available for download, version! The previous versions of the VTT were based on MapTool 1.3, but recently the developers have released version 1.4 and moved the source to GitHub. If you’re curious about what new features have gone into the recent MapTool releases, you can read about them on their blog under “Announcements.”

The SyncRPG VTT is now an official fork of their project, which will make it a breeze to pick up all the new features, enhancements, and bug fixes that go into MapTool. Expect regular updates! I’m also planning to work with the core MapTool devs to implement new features common to our projects, and help address any issues our users find. Please report all bugs and problems on our new GitHub issues page!

If you’re loading a campaign file or map created in the older version of the SyncRPG VTT, you may get a popup regarding the version number. Everything is compatible, so dismiss the window and re-save your file.

Additionally, we’ve released a new version of the Pathfinder Autosheet. The sheet you know and love has been maintained and updated by Reddit user darthmarth28, and we’ve taken the updated sheet and make it compatible with SyncRPG. Many new classes have been added to the sheet, including prestige classes and a bunch of amazing classes from Dreamscarred PressPath of War and Ultimate Psionics.

I’ll be using both going forward in the Riverford Freelancers and upcoming Rescue of Doniert Ironvale sessions! As always, if you’d like to play with us, or would like help getting your own games up and running, swing by our Google+ Community or the SyncRPG forums!

Discuss 'A New VTT Release, and an Updated PFRPG Sheet' on the SyncRPG forums

posted by Joe on 4/19/16 in Tech Tuesday

I've been itching to share what's been going on here, but I didn't want to interrupt the flow of the Captured by Adventure Tips series. I want to make my task list and current goals more public, both to help the community understand where we're going, and partially to hold me accountable!

As of the last post I had just started a playthrough of that adventure, and as of last week we finished! Telothar, Birbin, Vulmar, Jorlaug, and Looge all escaped the Dankwood jungle and defended the frontier town of Gotian from the orc raid they inadvertently brought upon it. We played for three-hours every Saturday, and finished the adventure in just six sessions. You can check out the games broken down to individual encounters on the Captured YouTube Playlist.

I've also continued to run weekly games of the Riverford Freelancers, which are no-commitment one shots open to the public. We've had a good number of new people show up over the past month, including two who were completely new to RPGs and virtual tabletops. As I talked about awhile back, the tools we use to run our games help new players jump right into the action. A party with two greenhorns and one veteran were able to get through four encounters their first night, from not knowing what a d20 was to killing their first troll in three hours. All of the sessions and encounter videos are archived on the Riverford Freelancers YouTube Playlist.

Coming up with interesting quests for the Freelancers to choose from every week has been a good deal of work, but I've enjoyed statting up some of the character ideas I've had floating around in my head as NPCs. I've also introduced new encounter tables and "ongoing events" that persist between sessions, so the choices made by one group of adventurers affect those that play in the following weeks. All in all it's been a rewarding creative effort, and the people playing every week seem to like it! Let me know if you'd like to join!

A WIP screenshot of the "GMless Murderdungeon"

A WIP screenshot of the "GMless Murderdungeon"

I made some progress on the "GMless Murderdungeon" I mentioned in my last post, but it's still not in a solid enough state to share. Currently it takes a CR range and an "enemy theme" like "undead" or "orc", and generates rooms by picking two random tiles from our library and then rolling randomly on a table to decide if it generates:
  • a single CR-appropriate enemy.
  • multiple enemies of a single type.
  • multiple monsters of different type.
  • an event, which cause effects on creatures in adjacent rooms.
  • an environment change, which cause effects on all creatures in the dungeon.
  • nothing.

It works… mostly. The open items for it are tweaking the tile-picker code to initially favor tiles that will open up the map better, passing over the various "dead end" tiles for at least the first few rooms generated, and to create the interfaces so that users can add their own events and environment changes into the system. I'm hoping to have it completed by the next time I do one of these posts.

Finally, I've recently did a fresh import of the latest community bestiary. You may have noticed more of those blank-faced tokens on the site, and that's because the number of monsters and NPCs available more than tripled overnight! We're working with members of the community like MartinHeZ to get everything matched up with art as fast as we can! If you'd like to help, shoot Joe a message or head over to the SyncRPG Google+ community!

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