Yesterday Wizards of the Coast announced a new project Codename: Morningstar (see Introducing Codename: Morningstar for more). Initially details were pretty sparse and the article was buried within the news archives instead of being on the D&D front page which led many to theorize that it was posted prematurely. Even today - now that the date has been changed on the article and Codename: Morningstar has taken their webpage from a bland and meaningless screen to one that actually provides you with some information - the damned article is still buried in the archives and not on the front page.
At first we knew next to nothing about Codename: Morningstar or about it's parent company, Trapdoor Technologies. Thankfully +Russ Morrissey and the EN World community has been really digging into this program and they've found out a lot of information about it (see D&D Licensed Tools: Morningstar for some of the most in depth coverage on this story).
Here's what the new page has to say about Morningstar.So Codename: Morningstar is clearly going to be an online tool but there's an aspect of it that really has me intrigued. ". . . Once the tool launches all the latest D&D adventures and content will be available to download as they are released . . ." (Codename: Morningstar).
You found us! Now roll for insight.
Hello, my name is Evan Newton, and I am the Producer for Codename: Morningstar.
We are a small group of artists, designers, and engineers who have the honor of building a powerful set of digital tools, in partnership with Wizards of the Coast, for the 5th edition of the Dungeons & Dragons Tabletop Roleplaying Game.
So what exactly is Codename: Morningstar?
Codename: Morningstar is an integrated toolset and rules knowledgebase for Dungeon Masters and players. It combines rules, character sheets, and adventures together into a clean interface that allows fast and easy management of a face-to-face game. But, to be honest, that’s not all it will offer.
Here are just a few of a large list of features we’re developing:
In addition, I’m excited to share that (once the tool launches) all the latest D&D adventures and content will be available to download as they are released, simultaneously with the physical versions.
- A powerful and customizable character sheet
- Fast, guided, character creation
- Adventure management and tracking as a DM
- Party communications between players
- Simple rules search, bookmarking, and annotations
- Online or offline play
Our goal with this toolset is to make it simple and powerful. As huge fans ourselves, we want Codename: Morningstar to be as flexible as possible while preserving the essence of the D&D tabletop roleplaying experience. We can’t wait to let you play with it.
However, the truth is, we need your help. In order for us to bring you the best companion to your game, we need your thoughts and suggestions. How do you play? If you had the chance to design a digital tool for 5th edition, what would you want?
Let us know what you think through Twitter and Facebook. I’ve got more updates coming up very soon, including an FAQ and information on how to sign up for our Beta program. (Codename: Morningstar).
Clearly this is going to be a subscription based tool, but if the price is right then that statement alone has made me interested enough to give it a shot. If I can get everything as the day it launches at a reasonable price then that's pretty awesome.