With the Dice Calculator published to many platforms, good analytics coming in, almost 1000 users, and decent feedback so far, I thought it would be a good time to being thinking about my next project.
I would like the next project to be larger in scope, and to help me explore new concepts and development on the different platforms, possibly including things like advertising or in-app purchases, or something interesting.
When I first started showing the Dice Calculator to some friends, almost immediately, the requests came in for other features that would help make their gaming experience easier. Things like an initiative tracker, health tracker, character sheet, etc… Also, other game master aids such as random dungeon generation, encounter generation, random tables from the books, etc…
This lead me to an interesting question. Could I design a companion application where you could show up to a game with nothing other than your device and be able to play the entire game.
I like it. Clear, simple vision. With a model like that, I could imagine in-app purchases where you could add additional rules sets, or support networking with friends, etc…
Quick side note: I’m not in this to make money, and my history with role-playing games has ingrained in me the notion that the vast majority of role-players don’t have a lot of money. Well, at least they didn’t when I was originally playing a lot. Today, when I look at the price of books, starter sets, dice, DnDInsider subscription, etc… I’m left with the feeling that a lot of the players are just older versions of those who played a lot when I was younger, and they must somehow have more disposable income. This may require some actual market research. If most people don’t have extra income, then I definitely don’t want to make my application less accessible to folks just for me to experiment.
So, with that vision, I’ve started designing my next project… the
RPG Table Companion
As I do development on this project and design items, I hope to keep the blog updated and solicit feedback. I hope you come along for the journey.