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015 – Developing a Campaign Management & Worldbuilding tool with Kathleen of Worlds Unending

 

In this episode, I chat with Kathleen of Worlds Unending, an upcoming app for campaign management and worldbuilding. We connected with Worlds Unending a few months ago when Brenton did a guest post on their blog, and I’ve been watching their progress and announcements ever since. I try to bring you all a variety of guests from not just different crafts or industries within tabletop gaming and geekdom, but also people from different periods of their business. We’ve chatted with folks that are super established and popular, people in the middle of kickstarters, store front owners, but today, we’re learning from someone who is right in the thick of development. I think that Worlds Unending is going to be an incredibly useful tool for helping folks develop their own worlds and unvierses, and it’s really cool hearing about the process of developing something this complex with a group of friends. I think y’all will really enjoy hearing from Kathleen.

Before we jump into today’s episode, there’s a few updates for you. First up, we just released a new map pack on DM’s Guild for Candlekeep Mysteries. Brenton went through the whole book and decided on 16 locations that he felt could use a battle map. He spent several weeks preparing them for you, and it’s our first publication where the maps are in full color, not just black and white. You can find it by either going to DMsguild.com and searching for LIghtheart Adventures as the author, or you can go to lightheartadventures.com/shop to find all our DM’s Guild and DrivethruRPG publications in one spot.

Next, we do have a Patreon for Lightheart Adventures and Roll Play Grow. You have options on whether you’d like to follow the adventurer track, which will get you maps and adventures, or the merchant track, which gets you some fun bonuses around this podcast like contributing questions to upcoming guests, a project spotlight on the show, and more. You can also support the show by subscribing, sharing with your friends and leaving a review! Reviews are super important for this show to be able to grow, so if you’ve been hanging out and you like what you’re hearing, please drop me a review on your podcast platform of choice.We’ve only got one apple podcasts review, and it’s from before this show even dropped its first full episode, so I would very much love to hear from y’all and see if we can get that review number up.

Okay, let’s go chat with Kathleen. 

Time Stamps & Screenshots

  • 00:00:00 Introduction
  • 00:03:44 Kathleen Introduction
  • 00:08:03 What is Worlds Unending going to be?
  • 00:09:20 Worldbuilding features
  • 00:15:31 Marketplace
  • 00:17:50 How did you come together as a team?
  • 00:21:45 Choosing to use Kickstarter
  • 00:23:00 Finding Alpha & Beta testers
  • 00:24:49 Networking while your app is still in development
  • 00:28:19 Plan for pay structure post-Kickstarter
  • 00:31:03 Keeping your volunteer team motivated
  • 00:34:08 Screenshot descriptions of the current build
  • 00:34:18 Screenshot 1
Screenshot of Worlds Unedings' demo showing existing links to Universes and a button to create a new universe
  • 00:34:50 Screenshot 2
Screenshot from Worlds Unending demo: chowing the ability to add attributes for Characters such as backup, background, nationality, occupation, and allies
  • 00:35:40 Screenshot 3
Worlds Uneding demo screenshot showing a sample of a new character named Augustus. You can see items in his backpack, the selected nationalisty, enter an occupation, and enter in a background
  • 00:37:12 Screenshot 4
Worlds Unending demo screenshot showing the ability to higlight a word, right click on it, and select from a list of existing tags
  • 00:41:14 What has been the most challenging part?
  • 00:43:36 What has been the most rewarding part?
  • 00:45:14 Timeline for testing & Kickstarter
  • 00:47:48 Wrap-up

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