Shard Tabletop still have three weeks to run on Kickstarter and are about 200% on their fundraising target of $12,000. The logos of Kobold Press, Petersen Games, Nord Games, Realmwarp Media, Underground Oracle Publishing and Sly Flourish among others surely help!
However, the pitch video for the virtual tabletop is a practical and conscience demo. We go from filling in a character sheet, to running an encounter, and it takes mere minutes. That’s absolutely a help. You can check out the details on the project page.
Shard won’t suit all gamers. Right now, at least, the virtual tabletop is focused on 5e support.
How is it different from all the other virtual tabletops? Well, Shard say they’ll work on ease of use, multi-device support and breadth of content. Those are familiar claims but, in fairness to Shard, if it still feels as if those are things that virtual tabletops can use to stand out from the crowd then perhaps they’re precisely what developers still need to focus on.
Kobold Press are important launch partners. All subscribers will get the Core Content Pack from the publisher as a result.
Shard offers four subscription tiers, which is a little more than most, and they are; free, adventurer, gamemaster and gamemaster pro.
A pledge of $19 will get you one year of adventurer tier and all bonus content whereas a promise of $59 is needed for a year of gamemaster level access. Gamemaster Pro costs $99.
You can pledge higher to unlock additional content or workshop passes.
You will get some money back too. After launch, once the prices were fixed in by the system, Shard decided to lower them and so these higher tiers also come with $20 in credit as do the early bird levels. It’s worth checking towards the bottom of the Kickstarter page for the adjustments.
Finally, content from the virtual tabletop’s publishing partners will be available as add-ons once the Kickstarter closes.
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