As anyone who has ever played Dungeons and Dragons can attest, tabletop role-playing comes with a lot of rules. Getting through an adventure can mean wading through thousands of pages of them -- in bestiaries, player handbooks and other hefty tomes. It's a problem that gamers Chris Matney and Evan Newton of Trapdoor Technologies know intimately.
Courtesy of Trapdoor Technologies A screenshot from Codename: Morningstar's Kickstarter video.
"Tabletop gaming has a lot of maintenance time that's required to play the game properly," says Newton, Trapdoor's producer. "You spend up to an hour a night of gaming looking up rules and trying to figure out how things work."
But soon, there might be an app for that. Trapdoor, a digital publishing company based in Boulder, is trying to lower the learning curve for paper-and-pen role-playing with Codename: Morningstar, a new, cloud-based suite of storytelling and game-management tools designed to replace tabletop gaming's traditional piles of printed books and dice.More »