2020 Free Tools Pledge Drive

The winners have been announced! See them on the Purple Sorcerer Blog


I’m thrilled that so many judges and players in the DCC community continue to find great value in the free tools. Whether it's the character generators (nearly 13,500,000 peasants created!), The Crawler's Companion dice-rolling and reference app, our custom spellbook utility, or one of the easy to use demon, dragon, or magic sword generators, each tool has been built with the simple purpose of making it easier for everyone to enjoy the Dungeon Crawl Classics Role-Playing Game! (With the current troubles, I thought use of the tools would drop, but we've actually seen a 50% increase in traffic over last year. Very cool.)

Time Remaining in the 2020 Drive

($1000 Level 1 Basic Maintenance Goal: 100% Complete! Thank you!)
($2000 Level 2 Needed Hardware Goal: 100% Complete! Thank you!)
($3000 Level 3 Hardware and Server Upgrade Goal: 100% Complete! Thank you!)
($4000 Level 4 The DCC Community is Unreal Goal: 100% Complete! Thank you!)
The 'You Continue to Amaze' Goal: 114% ($1131)

Why We Have a Yearly Fundraiser

The tools are free, and will always be free. But there are a number of expenses associated with creating, maintaining, testing, publishing, and hosting the free tools, including server costs, development fees, the need for new hardware, mobile devices for testing, and various software expenses. These would be challenging for me to cover, but the incredible generosity that the DCC community demonstrates during our annual drives continues to meet all these needs, and more!

The specific funding and development goals for 2020 are quite simple: in a nutshell, Level 1 (raising $1000) will cover basic server costs, fees, and other expenses, Level 2 ($2000) will provide funds for needed hardware/device purchases, Level 3 ($3000) will provide for additional devices and libraries, as well as beefing up the power of the main server. (Year after year I think the current 'device pool' is sufficient, only to be proved wrong by issues on some recently released phone, tablet, or chromebook. Be it 'too hi-res', or 'too low-res', or 'too fast', or 'too slow', or "good grief what's up with this freaky resolution!" there is no replacement for actually testing on the real thing, and each device added to the pool eventually helps out dozens, if not hundreds of users.)

Giving

To participate in this year's drive, just click on the PayPal button below, and give in any amount you can. You can receive cool rewards! (To get your prizes just provide your preferences in the form at the bottom of the page.)

(As noted below, if you give $10 or more, but less than $40, let me know in the form at the bottom of the page which free adventure you'd like to receive! If you give $40 or more, you'll receive every current Purple Sorcerer title (including the new The Crypt in Cadaver Canyon and the Sullenlands Adventure Omnibus and Guide (previously only available for our Kickstarter backers)), and you'll be added to the Purple Sorcerer Patron page. If you already have a particular adventure, I'm happy to send codes to a friend's account.)

If you're going to receive a Special Treasure for being a top donor, I'll contact you requesting your list of top choices, as well as your address for mailing physical items. Unless otherwise noted, physical treasures are only available to pledgees in the United States, unless we work out special arrangements. Thanks to all of you who continue to support the free tools!

(To streamline things this year, I'll send out adventure codes and additional personal thanks at the end of the drive in one rush. Thank you!)

Prizes! Prizes! Prizes!

In addition to the amazingly generous folks who give to the drive, there are others in the community who provide stunning, often unique prizes. Many items in this pool of goodies are distributed randomly to lucky winners who donates $10 or more. There are also special treasures that can be claimed by those who are especially generous. (The most generous backer has first choice in this pool, and so on). The prizes this year are astonishing... more pics coming!

The drive ends on July 12th, at which time the random prizes will be determined, and I'll begin contacting the most generous donors.

Special Treasures

The special treasures available to this year's most generous donors are, as usual, amazing! The list includes:

Random Prizes

2020 Development Goals

The Sorcerer

2019-2020 was a fairly difficult year in terms of development. For six months, I dealt directly with the decline and eventual death of my Dad, and this impacted me creatively in ways I couldn't have imagined. This combined with a run of bad health basically stopped me in my tracks. But after my pop's passing, I slowly started getting the bug again, and in the past 6 weeks I've pumped in about 200 hours finishing off the HTML version of the Crawler's Companion that is replacing the app store versions, as well as making significant updates to the Upper Level Character Generator. (Learn more about the status of the app store versions).

Completing this new version of the Crawler will finally allow me to move forward on the MCC version. Other goals for this year include finishing long-in-development projects like the Monster Generator, the Upper Level MCC character generator, adding Portuguese, German, Spanish, and French labeling to the zero level party generator, integrating the Sorcerer's Grimoire into the Upper Level Generator... and a new goal of adding some Lankhmar support to the generators! Obviously, there will be plenty of things to keep me busy for the next 12 months.

Last year I invited those who donated to provide a 'small upgrade' suggestion for the generators, and a number of the suggestions made their way into the tools. Features suggested by the community have included:

Everyone who donates to the pledge drive this year is encouraged to use the form below to send me a "small upgrade" suggestion as part of your pledge. I'll use this list as my to-do tickler when I'm in the mood to make small updates to one of the tools. So think about how you use the tools, and imagine what little enhancement might make your judging life easier. It can be for any of the existing tools: I'm eager to hear from the community to see if patterns emerge!

Your Info

Type 'PSG' (without quotes) to prove you're not an Orc.

Thank You

The incredible support of the DCC community makes this all possible. Thanks to each and every one of you who supports the free Purple Sorcerer Games tools!

Note: This is the second year we haven't been able to rely on Google+ as the central hub for organizing and running the Free Tools Pledge Drive. As a result, we all continue to be a bit dispersed these days, so please share the drive in your favorite online haunts to get the word out, and if you’d like to donate something to the prize pool, please let me know: it would be most gratefully welcomed, as I would love to expand this year's pool of prizes!

The Tools in Action

It's always a thrill to see the tools at a table where everyone is having a great time. Last year I whipped together a quick slideshow of images posted in the previous month to the DCC Rocks Facebook group, showing off the tools in action!

(If anyone needs an image removed, just let me know!)