A new Virtual Tabletop (VTT) platform, Alchemy RPG, is set hoping to revolutionize the way we play tabletop role-playing games online. Designed to increase immersion and reduce prep time, the platform focuses on enabling people to tell great stories without being overwhelmed by tools.
After entering Early Access last year, the Alchemy RPG team has been working hard to refine the platform for its version one release. A demo for players and gamemasters is available to test the platform. They have now partnered with major publishers such as Free League Publishing, Paizo, Modiphius, Chaosium, and more to launch a Kickstarter campaign on Tuesday, April 25th.
Alchemy will offer exclusive versions of popular titles like Mörk Borg, Tales From the Loop, and Coriolis from Free League Publishing. Each Enhanced title comes with a custom themed Alchemy interface, original score, looping ambient soundscapes, motion overlays, and an animated title screen.
“Alchemy brings our titles to players and Gamemasters in a new way. This digital tool creates an atmosphere that adds to the cinematic quality of our IPs. Free League is excited to be a part of the Alchemy Kickstarter campaign, and we’re looking forward to bringing even more titles to the platform later this year.”
—Tomas Härenstam (CEO, Free League Publishing)
The Kickstarter campaign will offer four thematic Content Decks (Fantasy, Futures, Horror, and Modern), each containing ten cards, as reward tiers. A fifth deck, featuring all 50 content cards, will be available exclusively in a box set collection. These decks will include campaign settings, adventures, and supplements from renowned creators like Paizo, World of Darkness, Modiphius, Magpie Games, Kobold Press, Hunters Entertainment, and Chaosium. With an MSRP of $120, backers can secure these decks for over half off the retail price.
In addition to exclusive Kickstarter benefits, Alchemy Version One also promises an expanded feature set, including fog of war, grid customization, video chat, and Streamer Mode,
Currently, the early access version of Alchemy RPG is already available, and publishers like Hitpoint Press and Free League Publishing have already joined the marketplace. This innovative VTT platform aims to offer a more immersive and user-friendly experience compared to other platforms like Foundry, which focuses more on customizability.
Alchemy RPG’s focus is on creating a theatre of the mind experience that encourages storytelling and reduces the need for extensive preparation. The user interface, music, motion graphics, and maps are all designed to be easily set up and adjusted on-the-fly as the game evolves.
The platform offers support for various game systems, starting with D&D 5e and Pathfinder 2e. The team is also working on systemless use of Alchemy, allowing users to build their own custom systems.
Alchemy RPG will offer a monthly subscription of $8, although users can create an account and start using the platform for free with limited access to games, characters, and content.
With the Kickstarter campaign set to launch in less than a week, RPG enthusiasts can look forward to a more immersive and user-friendly experience for playing their favorite tabletop games online.