|A Pocketful of Grim Peril
An overview of the WFRP Toolkit, an app now available on the iTunes Store
|Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay | Published 26 May 2010||Rating||31 votes|
Last week, we announced the release of the WFRP Toolkit, an app that allows players to manage, record, and analyse dice rolls for Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay. Since then, the gaming community’s enthusiasm for this stylish and convenient new app has been notable. But if you still haven’t checked out the WFRP Toolkit, or are curious to learn more about its functionality before you dive in, we’re happy to present this brief overview.
Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay’s innovative dice system opens up a world of story-telling options, providing far more information and flavour than mere hits and misses. With each roll, players are able to see how the check succeeded or failed. Was he too reckless, or simply unlucky? Perhaps a player succeeded in a task, but at a cost he didn’t anticipate... or perhaps he failed at his overall goal, but still managed some small benefit. With this groundbreaking system, your narrative hooks are limited only by your own imagination.
The WFRP Toolkit for your iPhone and iPod Touch offers this wealth of potential in the palm of your hand. But how does it work, specifically?
Upon starting the app and after viewing the title, you’ll be greeted by a welcome screen that presents a convenient list of the most recent news items from FFG’s website. From here, you can browse the latest updates for your favorite game. If you want more information on any of the articles listed, simply tap one for a quick shortcut to the full posting on our website.
Otherwise, tap the large “start” button to begin using the WFRP Toolkit.
When the main screen appears, you will see two metallic plates (as in the image to the right); the Dice Plate appears at the top of the screen, and the Options Plate appears at the bottom. Between these two metallic plates is the application’s background, the field on which your dice will be rolled.
Simply tap any of the dice on the Dice Plate to add them to your field. By default, the Dice Plate displays characteristic, conservative, reckless, and expertise dice. Don’t see the die you need? Drag the Dice Plate horizontally right or left to display a selection of challenge, fortune, and misfortune dice! Finally, to make the Dice Plate and Options Plate appear or disappear, tap and hold the background. This will remove these extra options, leaving only the gorgeous three-dimensionally rendered dice on a textured leather-like field. Now it’s time for the best part!
Once you’ve selected the dice you need, the real fun begins. Simply shake your iPhone, or iPod touch to “roll” your dice. A realistic sound effect will accompany the jostling and randomization of whichever dice you’ve selected, recreating the tactile joy of tossing a fistful of dice!
Want to reroll certain dice while leaving others on their current rolls? No problem. Once a dice pool has been created, you can tap any die to select it. When you select a die, the other dice fade out to indicate that they are not part of your current selection (tap any of these faded dice to add them to your current selection). Now when you shake your device, only the dice you have selected will roll. Additionally, you can remove selected dice by tapping the large X in the lower left corner of the screen, or invert your selection with the button in the bottom center.
From this main screen, a number of convenient tips and summaries are available. Should you need a refresher on the name or purpose of a certain die, simply double tap that die to open the Rules Tooltip, a screen that briefly summarizes its rules. You can also single tap the background with two fingers to display the Results Summary screen (pictured at the right), where you’ll get a quick glance of your results and the ability to save them!
Finally, by tapping the Scroll Button at the right side of the Options Plate, you’ll bring up the Application Menu, which allows you to quickly access a wealth of information about your previous rolls. The Log (pictured below, left) displays a visual summary of all saved dice rolls, along with the date and time you rolled them. The Stats screen (pictured below, right) shows a wide variety of statistics for the current session, including average pool size, challenge level, success and failure rates, and other helpful information. Additionally, the Options button allows you to customize some of the WFRP Toolkit’s features to your individual preferences.
With the WFRP Toolkit on your iPhone or iPod Touch you can have the convenience of a full set of WFRP dice at your fingertips. Its intuitive design ensures a seamless fit into your WFRP sessions, and the statistical data it offers will aid you in your Old World adventures. Perhaps best of all, however, is its visually stunning interface, which delivers the same high level of quality Fantasy Flight Games has become known for. The perfect blend of form and function, the WFRP Toolkit is an indispensable weapon for any hero hoping to survive the grim peril of Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay.
Head to the iTunes Store and download the WFRP Toolkit today!
Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay is a roleplaying game that sets unlikely heroes on the road to perilous adventure, in the grim setting of Games Workshop's Warhammer Fantasy world. Players will venture into the dark corners of the Empire, guided by luck and Fate, and challenge the threats that others cannot or will not face.
From sceenshots it doesn't seem to give which dice rolled what (e.g., was the success from characteristic or expertise die). As the GM booklet says, one of the nice things about this dice system is that in reading results and seeing where succes, failure, boon, bane came from you can narrate more - you failed because of your reckless stance not because of the foe's armour etc.
Would be nice if App kept that up.
Wow, people concerned about spending $2.99 on an app. How things have changed! Also, I think we can probably relax and assume that making this app isn't somehow taking resources away from making the WFRP products we're all looking forward to. I think this may be useful as a GM when you don't want to reach for the dice, throw them and count them while you've got lots of other things to do. But frankly, at $3 who cares, it's fun!
Now sorry but for me this is a kind of product that I will not buy. I got my dice so why do I need this app for?
When I saw todays news for WFRP I thought it was a joke. I'm a huge fan of WFRP and I want to know more about coming up products. I want to know more about what the future will bring. We still don't know how much pages will The Winds Of Magic have, how many cards and so on. So I'm hoping that this week we will see more about the future prodects for this line. I want to see more detailes form the new products and more new products!
So I agre with PrinceLucifer - I don't care about this app. I want to see more new stuff for WFRP not another overview of an app or even worse another app.
FFG show us more from the future of WFRP! Please!
Looks nice but even though I am a big fan of WFRP I will pass on that. There are two things that would have to happen for me to choose the app: On one hand it should be more than just dice... (Character generator or even an electronic character management to replace the cards on the table for example) On the other hand I am not really a fan of the Apple-world... I always have my Tablet-PC Notebook (running Windows 7) around when playing RPGs, so it would be nice to get a Windows version as well...
I think this is a wonderful first foray into the arena. I, however, won't be picking it up at this price point. I have a plethora of dice as both my players and myself are big fans of the tactile dice experience. If I were younger (and thus more inclined to game on the fly/trips/etc) I might be persuaded.
However, if/when FFG release a more full-fledged management app (character/NPC manager, card reference, or similar) I will happily throw down the ducats.
Would love to see this app for the Palm Pre as well!
@The Spaniard. so it does, i guess i kind of missed the obvious because it wasn't as tactile as shaking my phone like a maraca.
Droid version please.
When you tap on the additional yellow die, it effectively rolls onto the board, providing a result. There should'nt be any need to re-roll, just tap on an additional yellow dice and double tap for the results screen.
Does this make sense to you?
While I don’t play WFRP, I love that you’ve made this FFG! I dream of the day you release a fully fledged Character sheet/Advancement/combat die roller/GM screen app for ipad or the inevitable slew of android tablet pcs. :)
Here, here with the PC thing Wytefang said.
Can you just please release this for normal PC users, too? That might be a good idea - not everyone (gasp!) owns a stupid iPhone or an Ipod Touch. Thanks.