Kickstarter Coming Soon

Things may have seemed a bit slow around here lately, but we’re busy behind the scenes getting things ready for some big changes coming in the summer. We’ve got a lot of ideas and we just need the resources to do the work, so we are going to be running a Kickstarter!

We will be releasing more details soon, but the basic plan is to take the awesome core that is Obsidian Portal and reskin and reshape it to be a much friendlier and sexier modern website. I know that redesign can be a scary word to a lot of people, but trust us that we want Obsidian Portal to not just look better but also work better.

Stay tuned for more details, and the actual campaign should be launching within a few weeks!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>

  1. I’ve only recently discovered Obsidian Portal. I haven’t invested yet, but with this news I’ll probably hold off for the new site. That said, I anticipate the Kickstarter. I love kickstarter programs and love what I’ve seen of this site.

    • Thanks for your support Jeff! We’re glad you’re liking the site too, hopefully if you already like it you’re about to like it a whole lot more :)

    • Whoa! Rest assured we won’t be starting over, and even if we did we’d be writing our own code. Too many security concerns with using a well-known platform like that.

      • Nah, it’s more that Drupal is a PHP-based system that also has a lot of built-in assumptions and constraints. With our own codebase we built exactly the system we wanted for tabletop RPGs.

        Seen another way, Drupal is like the D&D of RPG systems. It’s great in most cases, but sometimes not perfect for what you want. Sometimes you have to build your own to get it exactly right.

      • I’ve always found Drupal to be more of a GURPS-like CMS. Very generic and universal, applicable to all tasks. If you’re missing any functionality, all you need to do is write a module (if an applicable one doesn’t already exist). But as you mention below, PHP isn’t your skillset so fair enough. Not going to expect woodworkers to make something out of metal (or substitute whatever non-connotational materials you desire for the analogy).

      • I certainly never called anyone an idiot, nor did I say the platform was bad. It’s simply not something we’d consider for what we do here at Obsidian Portal.

  2. Not sure how difficult the option is, but I would totally support a kickstarter to get Obsidian Portal as some kind of Android app.

    • Developing a native mobile app is something we’ll likely never do, or at least not something I see us doing anytime in the near future. It’s very costly, time consuming, and just another thing to worry about bug fixes for, among other things.

      We are however, very dedicated to our web based interface and rest assured that we’re taking a strong look at the function and performance of the mobile version of the site.

      • Perhaps a kickstarter down the road for an app? I just think an app that ran a compressed version of the site so that we don’t need to use a browser. If its completely out of the question it really doesn’t affect me, but mobile Dungeon Mastering? Yes please.

      • Making the site easier to use on a mobile device is definitely on our roadmap. Sometimes a native app is the right direction, and other times just making the website more mobile-friendly is the way to go.

        If things start off well with the Kickstarter, keep your eyes out for some stretch goals. *wink* *wink*

  3. I also just discovery Obsidian Portal recently, and am enjoying it very much. My biggest concern is that I never lose my work.

    • That’s one of our top priorities, we never want anyone to lose their work. We also want everyone to know that their work is theirs and that we do not own your content in any way.

  4. I can’t wait to see what you guys unveil in the kickstarter. Maybe we can get a small piece of the puzzle in the next Haste episode?

    By the way, you guys are doing it right. You guys have made a lean, kickass website. I’ve been a supporter since I discovered you guys and will happily throw some money at your kickstarter when you announce it. Most of all, your love for the hobby comes through on Haste and is reflected in your work.

    Keep up the awesome work guys!

  5. I’m on board for any changes. And, while I’m sure this is already a consideration, I just thought I’d pitch the request out there (just to confirm)…

    “Please don’t break my existing campaigns?”

    Here’s to hoping the new features won’t cause any major issues with pages and records for existing campaigns.

  6. Justin, like Jerry said, this is probably our number one concern. We don’t want to be paralyzed to the point that we can’t move forward, but we also don’t want to steamroll over all the hard work people have put into their campaigns.

    We’re hoping that we can meet somewhere in the middle and that ultimately, the redesigned site will be friendlier to personalization and easier for individuals to theme and customize.

  7. Pingback: Page not found | Words In The Dark

  8. My hopes rest with Justin’s and my faith lies in Obsidian Portal to get it right. It has been my home from home since discovery and I hope a little furniture update just mean a comfortable home with all MOD CONS. :)

  9. My hopes rest with Justin’s and my faith lies in Obsidian Portal to get it right. It has been my home from home since discovery and I hope a little furniture update just mean a comfortable home with all MOD CONS. :)

  10. I am very excited about this! I will get the word out as much as I can!
    Just hope it is a little ways away- just got back from vacation…. money is tight right now.
    Micah, this statement is everything all of us are hoping for- “We’re hoping that we can meet somewhere in the middle and that ultimately, the redesigned site will be friendlier to personalization and easier for individuals to theme and customize.”
    I think your discounted level idea is awesome!
    Please, however, go back to having the COTM on the home page.