Hi, my name is Stuart and my role at Nonagon Three is that of Wordsmith, Opinion Giver, 3D modeller, Tea-Boy, Data Entry Minion, Publicity Co-ordinator and anything else that doesn’t require skill in programming or art, and I would like to share with you why I think we are doing what we are doing.
So… What are we doing?
What is a Companion App?
Well.. It’s not a game. People would ask me how our game was coming along and I would say “Great… But it’s not a game, its…” and I would try and describe it, and then, after going through this a few times, the perfect term wandered through my head. It’s a Companion App!
According to the consensus of the online dictionaries I consulted whilst writing this surrounded by the joyful screams of happy children and flying foam balls at the local indoor play area (The joys of being part of a development team, a parent and having a full-time job, you find ‘peace and quiet’ in the strangest places) the definition of a companion is:
“One of a pair of things intended to compliment or match each other or their needs”
“An assistant or someone with whom one spends a lot of time or with whom one travels”
“Someone engaged to accompany, assist or live with another in the capacity of a helpful friend.”
I do like a good “with whom” don’t you?
This hits the description of what we are trying to achieve with The Ultimate Games Master Companion App perfectly.
What would a helpful friend do for you when you are sat down engaged in a Role Playing adventure with your buddies? Remember to actually bring your character sheet for you (yes, we’ve all done it)? Keep track or your equipment? Remind you of the details of the spell, or that your ability means you get advantage on dexterity saving throws?
How about handing out a map to fragment to everybody or quietly modifying everyone’s stats as they were poisoned the moment they entered the swamp.
That helpful friend could then break out his lute and play some soft background ditty as you discuss whether to bribe the waitress or the barkeep or just kill everyone in the room.
Your GM’s friend could bring up the stats of the horrors he is about to unleash upon you and pop the flavour text the GM added earlier on his screen, and with their third arm make clinking and scraping noises (why is it always scraping noises Justin, WHY?)
And that companion could do all this from ONE App.
One Companion App that doesn’t intrude on the adventure but stands by to be helpful when you want it to, because one of the many joys of Role Playing Games (other than shouting I cast Fireball!) is that none of the rules are set in stone, you are not limited to the actions you can take and you should be able to be immersed in your character and your adventure with a Companion that doesn’t intrude, but helps you concentrate of the adventure.