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Realm Architect looks like an awesome modern VTT

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Realm Architect is an attempt to make a next-gen virtual tabletop experience, while also keeping it simpler to get into and keep running. It also looks great and it's confirmed to get Linux support now too.

They say that it "completely changes the way you create and play TTRPG campaigns, makes it easier than ever before to set up entire worlds, or Realms as they are called here, and removes the time-consuming stress of preparing everything down to the most minor of details".

It's currently crowdfunding on Kickstarter, with the initial €22,000 goal smashed very quickly and it's now sitting around €86,000. Thanks to the current funding level, we now have Linux support fully confirmed.

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Features:

  • Drag & Drop: The ease of use in Realm Architect is next to none, with zero coding required. Every essential element is right there for you to drag & drop onto your map.
  • Easy to use codex: Whether you want to upload your own character sheets and monster manuals or use existing ones, it's as easy as the click of a button.
  • No notes required: Our automated systems keep track of player HP, status effects, and even buffs & boons that affect your die-rolls. No need to write anything down, we do all the grunt work for you!
  • Build Realms, not maps: You can navigate from the world map, to a town center, and waltz into the inn with a few clicks, no need to load separate scenes.
  • Plug & Play: Realm Architect will have ready-made content for you to adventure through. Choose from campaigns made by experienced GMs and veteran publishers and find whatever your thrill-seeking heart may require.
  • Make it your own: the UI will be customizable so the look & feel of the interface matches your campaign. Going for a Lovecraftian horror setting or a cyberpunk sci-fi thriller? Everything is possible.

So why yet another one? It all comes down to time and easy of use it seems. They think they can do better than the likes of Foundry VTT, Roll20 and others.

Check it out on Kickstarter.

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slaapliedje May 17, 2023
Ha, so many Virtual Table Tops. My current game is using FoundryVTT, previous one was using Fantasy Grounds Unity. Amusingly I think FoundryVTT may actually require more CPU resources than Fantasy Grounds... As it uses WebGL, which most browsers will just eat power. I ended up switching from my Yoga 9 setup to my little mini computer, as the battery would drain faster than it would charge...
Purple Library Guy May 17, 2023
This is interesting but I have a couple caveats. First thing is, it might be too maximalist for me. Seems like it's a tool that wants to be everything for you and have you put everything into it and take advantage of their way to organize the stuff. And I mean, it seems like a pretty good way to organize the stuff, but I'm not sure I really want that. If nothing else, if I've organized all my bits and pieces by slotting them into their maps in this nested way, how do I get all that out again? I store my RPG stuff in document files on my thumb drive (backed up to my computers) that I can open on any computer whether it's got internet access or not. If I'm using Roll20 and all I've done is shoved a couple maps on there and taken advantage of some dice rolling features, I can still do that. But this thing seems to want all my stuff to live in the cloud, set up their way, and the results of pulling out the data, if I even can, might be pretty incoherent.
Side note, their organization seems very dedicated to the physical--information is all attached to a place or maybe a person. A lot of the information about my campaigns is about cultural institutions or history or stuff, it's not really geographical in nature, and I don't want to organize it into snippets attached to places.

Second is, they talk about putting in systems other than D&D, but it's hard to be sure how well that's likely to work. From the way they talk the rest of the time it seems quite D&D-centric.

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(And frankly, I don't like D&D; I don't think it's a very good roleplaying game. D&D was the pioneer and I started playing it back in about 1981 and had countless hours of good times (and a bit of drama and angst). But it hasn't changed that much since then. I've actually been playing some lately because my group felt like doing some retro gaming; we started off going back to 1st edition, then eventually shifted to 5th to see where D&D had gone since then. Still in the end stage of that right now, and I can have fun with it because I have fun with those people. But 5th edition . . . to its credit in a way, it's still fundamentally the same system. It's better in that it's gotten rid of a lot of inconsistencies and some needless complications. And, it's given character classes a few more goodies and options, so that you can have two fighters and they don't, like, fight exactly the same. But it's still very, very combat oriented--if anything, 5th edition seems to have less non-combat skill availability than 1st edition with all the extra books did, and there are still very few spells for doing sort of useful or basic things that aren't about killing people. And the class system remains very restrictive, if anything somewhat more restrictive than 1st edition because multi-classing is totally useless and unworkable. Don't get me wrong, they had to nerf that because in 1st ed it was massively overpowered, but it was also the only way to get any flexibility in your character concept, and now it's gone, so all you've got is those little choices of perks within a given class. In the end, the scope for both roleplaying and character design is very limited in D&D compared to points-based systems with skills and stuff. It's not a good system unless you're strongly oriented towards hack&slash, and even on that level I'm getting kind of bored with it.)

TL;DR I don't want to play D&D, I want to play GURPS or Hero System or stuff like that, and even GURPS my group has decided we prefer 3rd Edition to 4th overall (although we import one or two little 4th edition features), and I'm not confident this thing will actually and practically let me do that.


Last edited by Purple Library Guy on 17 May 2023 at 4:48 pm UTC
slaapliedje May 17, 2023
Quoting: Purple Library GuyTL;DR I don't want to play D&D, I want to play GURPS or Hero System or stuff like that, and even GURPS my group has decided we prefer 3rd Edition to 4th overall (although we import one or two little 4th edition features), and I'm not confident this thing will actually and practically let me do that.
From my understanding GURPS players have pretty much latched onto FoundryVTT, it's the only one that has any sort of 'officially unofficial' support for the system. Thought admittedly it is 4th edition, and not 3rd. We switched to 4th edition for the game we were playing pre-COVID, but there are definitely things I like about it more than 3rd, and things that I don't (like the dropping of PD, and assuming everyone basically just has a +3 to active defenses... like you're still doing the math there...)

The things they definitely fixed that were/are broken in 3rd edition are the languages / literacy. Things they broke though are the indexing / book layout. I maintain 3rd edition has far better layout, and it's much easier to find rules.
Purple Library Guy May 17, 2023
Quoting: slaapliedjeWe switched to 4th edition for the game we were playing pre-COVID, but there are definitely things I like about it more than 3rd, and things that I don't (like the dropping of PD, and assuming everyone basically just has a +3 to active defenses... like you're still doing the math there...)
I definitely have mixed feelings about 4th. I agree with you about PD. I like that ST and HT are cheaper than DX and IQ because almost all the skills are based on DX and IQ. It's much easier to build a brawn-based character in 4th edition; in 3rd it's quite hard unless your character is from a naturally strong race. I don't like the simplification of having all the skills max at 4/level instead of mental skills being cheaper. The fact is that a decent mental-oriented character tends to need way more skills than a physical-oriented one, whether it's a wizard or a psionic or just a scholar or engineer or mad scientist. So with 4/level for both physical and mental, suddenly you got physical combat types can push their key skills through the roof while mental oriented characters are half-assed. I like a couple of the combat options in 4th, like the "deceptive attack" where you take a -2 to hit for every -1 to the opponent's defence; we've totally backported that into our 3rd edition games. I kind of like the bonus for defined skill groups thing.


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denyasis May 17, 2023
I just use discord and Qownnotes.

These tools seem really interesting to me, but also seem very overwhelming. Like the amount of "pre-work" and setup and learning just scares me off of trying.
crabel May 18, 2023
I am currently not playing at all, but I started with AD&D, went to 3.5 then and disliked 4th Edition immensely. In the mean time I played MERS,Rolemaster, Vampires, Deadlands and Hell on Earth, Shadowrun, ...

I really liked a little German system called ERPS (classless, with some houserules) and Savage Worlds. I found that I prefer mostly classless systems. But a few years ago my longtime group broke up, family, work, ... and I currently don't have the time/energy to start again.

Anyway, I guess, in case I start playing again, it will be online, so I am generally interested in stuff like this. And if there are more competing tools, that's fantastic. More options and more ideas and approaches. So, I hope, this will work out.
slaapliedje May 18, 2023
Quoting: crabelI am currently not playing at all, but I started with AD&D, went to 3.5 then and disliked 4th Edition immensely. In the mean time I played MERS,Rolemaster, Vampires, Deadlands and Hell on Earth, Shadowrun, ...

I really liked a little German system called ERPS (classless, with some houserules) and Savage Worlds. I found that I prefer mostly classless systems. But a few years ago my longtime group broke up, family, work, ... and I currently don't have the time/energy to start again.

Anyway, I guess, in case I start playing again, it will be online, so I am generally interested in stuff like this. And if there are more competing tools, that's fantastic. More options and more ideas and approaches. So, I hope, this will work out.
The thing that amuses me lately is people standing behind Alignment. They mostly dropped it in Pathfinder 2e (with it only really being required by divine characters, which makes sense with the lore, and trying to get a deity to give you special powers.) But having played GURPS for a long time, that has no class restrictions, no levels and no alignment, but has advantages and disadvantages and quirks that are a literal 'this is how you play your character, and you get points for following how you created your character' guide, it's just weird to me that people will defend using alignment that tries to put you in a 9 grid box of 'this is how you should act'.

It made sense when it was applied to factions within the universe, but just doesn't work in any other setting. Class restrictions are kind of the same for me. Like why can't you have a wizard who is good with a sword? Gandalf wasn't half bad with a blade, and most fantasy worlds are at least 80% based on Tolkien's writings. Pathfinder 2e is doing a 'remaster' after all of the OGL nonsense that Wizards of the Coast attempted to do, so that'll be interesting, but at least they're ditching Alignment finally.

Maybe we should get some of us together and pick a game to play and try out Linux based VTTs (I need a reason that I spent so much silly money on Fantasy Grounds).
DrMcCoy May 18, 2023
Yeah, not for me. Looks far too "closed off" and limited to me. Seems to be very keyed to D&D only, everything integrated with no way to mess with any of it.

I'm very happy with Foundry VTT, because I can actually mess with it. I can write JavaScript macros that operate on the actual data structures of the entites. I can modify the databases and how it'll behave then is a known quality. I can export thing into JSON, change thing within and then import it again.

And I can host Foundry VTT, multiple instances, on my own little rented server. I don't have to host the GM client on my own home machine.
slaapliedje May 18, 2023
Quoting: DrMcCoyYeah, not for me. Looks far too "closed off" and limited to me. Seems to be very keyed to D&D only, everything integrated with no way to mess with any of it.

I'm very happy with Foundry VTT, because I can actually mess with it. I can write JavaScript macros that operate on the actual data structures of the entites. I can modify the databases and how it'll behave then is a known quality. I can export thing into JSON, change thing within and then import it again.

And I can host Foundry VTT, multiple instances, on my own little rented server. I don't have to host the GM client on my own home machine.
Honestly, I think FoundryVTT picked all the right elements to get people to use it. Server based, 50 dollar flat license, where publishers can either sell their content, or tHe systems are free. And it runs in a browser.

Edit: side note, this morning I did web benchmarks for some webgl info for FoundryVTT... somehow Edge installed through Flatpak was 100 points higher than Chromium and Konqueror. Firefox was about 280 less than Edge.


Last edited by slaapliedje on 18 May 2023 at 7:08 pm UTC
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