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Character Builder updates for the week of March 5th!

Hello Everyone!

This week’s new assets come from the theme “Winter Wonderland”, and we are happy to add another long hairstyle to the lineup!

We had some bug fixes go live after our email went out last week, including bugs relating layering issues. That means long hair and beards are ready to use! Now go forth and create!

Kickstarter #2 Update

We decided to delay the launch of our Kickstarter to give us a little more time to get people excited! If you haven’t already, you can follow the campaign and be notified at launch: https://bit.ly/3uvOj7A

Our new anticipated launch date is March 16th!

We also have something special planned– exclusively for backers of our first Kickstarter who also support the second campaign.

NOTE: We’re still working on the full platform (scene builder and story animator), these additional funds will help us introduce additional character options, without losing momentum on the rest of the features in development.

A Sneak Peek?

Speaking of continuing to work on new features, we are getting closer to launching our character token options! What do you think of this updated Builder layout as well??

Soon you will be able to download your characters tokens, ready to use in your online games!

Lunar New Year Exclusive Assets

Remember we still have our Lunar New Year Assets available to to those who secure a Hireling or Hero membership by March 27th! Be sure to unlock these exclusive assets by creating or upgrading your account at www.beneverending.app.

As always, thank you for your support. See you next week!

Character Builder updates for the week of February 26th

Hello, Everyone!

This week we have added more assets to our Year of the Ox promotion, which will only be available to those who secure a Hireling or Hero memberships by March 27th! Be sure to unlock these exclusive assets by creating or upgrading your account at www.beneverending.app. We will have some additional weapons in this promotion as well, so stay tuned!

Our Devs have been hard at work testing new features and crushing bugs related to asset layering. Those updates should go live today around 3 pm EST!

Kickstarter

We mentioned launching a second, smaller Kickstarter to fund some new body types (since people have been asking for those). We finally have more details to share!

NOTE: We’re still working on the full platform (scene builder and story animator) these additional funds will help us introduce these additional character options, without losing momentum on the rest of the features in development.

We’ve already begun work on these new body types, and are happy to share a sneak peek! How awesome are these Barbarian, Bard, Wizard and Paladin assets as well?? I can’t wait to see what else our artists come up with!

We’re finalizing tiers and rewards, and are including something special – exclusively for backers of our first Kickstarter. Don’t miss out!
Please follow (and share) our Kickstarter page so you don’t miss anything – https://bit.ly/3uvOj7A.

We couldn’t do this without you all, thank you for your support!

Team Spotlight: Kristi

What is your name?

Kristi She/Her

What is your position?

Director of Development

Okay, but what do you do?

Types on keyboard and makes magic happen lol.

What’s your preferred TTRPG?

DnD

Tell us about your favorite character you’ve created and what system it was in.

I created a cat girl (aka a tabaxi thief) wielding dual swords in a dnd 5e one shot. She was quick and mysterious and had a huge fluffy white and gold tail and cute matching ears.

On a scale of 1-10, how weird are you?

What would be the title of your autobiography?

This Antisocial Being

What’s your go-to weapon?

Dual swords

Why did you join NeverEnding?

I really like animation and storytelling, but since I am not super great at either, I thought that this project NeverEnding is creating is a perfect tool for people like me who want to partake in these kinds of activities. I love the customizability and endless amount of uses this project has (other than just for games). And I also get a chance to put my skills to use. Plus, Jamie is so passionate and organized which makes all the difference in a start-up.

Character Builder updates for the week of February 19th!

Hello Everyone,

We hope you are all staying safe and warm this week!

As we mentioned last week, we are adding assets from the theme ‘Year of the Ox’. We extended our offer for these limited edition assets to include anyone with a Hireling or Hero membership in March! Now is a great time to sign up or upgrade your membership at www.beneverending.app.

Hmm… It seems like a Rogue Mask must have snuck into the new releases as well!

Updates & Bug Fixes

  • Unfortunately the long hair and beard layer fix took longer than expected. However, we have the issue fixed and we’re testing the solution before making it live. If the fix doesn’t cause any bugs, it should be live by Monday at the latest!
  • Member achievements are now permanent
  • Characters can wear pants and skirts at the same time
  • Lunar New Year Achievement added

Looking for Streams

As we’ve mentioned before, we are a proud sponsor of the D&D Surprise Party stream on Twitch!

We are looking for more TTRPG streams and podcasts to sponsor. More specifically, we are looking for newer, smaller streams to work with! Send us your recommendations at hello@beneverending.com or on FacebookTwitter, or Instagram!

Sneak Peek

We’re continuing to work with our Disability Advisors on developing an inclusive collection of art assets. These crutches are our newest ones!

Kickstarter

Using feedback from our subscribers and social media following, we plan to launch a new Kickstarter in March. This will allow us to add additional body types and character options. We will keep you updated on our progress!

See you next week, thank you!!

Character Builder updates for the week of February 12th!

Hey Everyone!

This week’s new assets are from the theme: ‘The Woodfolk’, and we are excited to share our first long hairstyle!

You may have seen on our Kickstarter and Blog updates that we are working though a bug with the beards and long hair. We’ll have that sorted out before the weekend is over!

Other Bug Fixes:

Optimized character lists, settings page, and UI/UX designs

Lunar New Year

Happy Lunar New Year! All through February, Hireling and Hero tier members will receive special “Year of the Ox” assets including, weapons, horns, and more! Not a member yet? Head over to www.beneverending.app and sign up! (It’s on Sale!)

New Pricing

Nearly 1,000 people are using the Character Builder! We’re celebrating by making access even easier!

Monthly membership is now ONLY $1/month with a 30 day free trial, and the Annual membership is ONLY $9/year with a 60 day free trial.

All of our Kickstarter backers already had significant time added to their memberships/subscriptions. We’ll also compensate our backers with in-app currency (once we roll it out and/or special assets). You can read our full update on our Kickstarter Page!

D&D Surprise Party

Last week, the cast of D&D Surprise Party revealed their new character art, created in the Character Builder! Be sure to check out their stream, Wednesdays @ 7pm ET on Chaotic Tiefling Production’s Twitch Channel!

Advisory Panel

We’ve been continuing our work with our panel of Disability Advisors, with another meeting last week. They are providing us with great advice and insight, and we have some sneak peeks and concepts to share with you!

What do you think? Share your thoughts with us on FacebookTwitter or Instagram!

Thank you for your support, see you next week!

This week’s Character Builder update

Hello Everyone!

This week’s new assets come from the theme “A Sneaky Shoulder to Lean on” AND BEARDS! We mentioned they were coming soon, and they are finally here!

Bug Fixes

  • Improved asset loading times, making the creation much smoother
  • Updated account creation process

New Features

Last week our Community Page went live, allowing you to the public profiles of NeverEnding users, and now you can view all public characters and their bios! Be sure to head on over to your profile on www.beneverending.app, make it public, and do the same with your favorite characters.

You’ll also notice we updated the ‘More’ tab in the Character Builder. You now have more options, and can access your library right from this screen.

Coming Soon

We found this amongst the Goblins… we’re not sure what it means yet. Stay tuned!

News

Yesterday we had round 2 of our disability panel. We are excited to share what we’ve come up with, we’ll have some new previews for you next week!

February 12th is the Chinese New Year! This year will be the Year of the Ox, and we will have some new art assets to celebrate. Here’s a sneak peek at what our artists are working on:

Black History Month

February is Black History Month, and we want to take extra care to continue uplift and empower Black Creators. Each day in February, we’d like to support someone in the community. Please share your favorite Black Creators with us on Twitter!

New Users

The more users we can bring to NeverEnding, the more cool stuff we can continue to create for all of you! If each of our subscribers referred one new user, we’d hit our goal of 2,000 new users. Please share your creations with your friends and on Social Media, tagging us (@beneverending on Twitter, FB, IG) and using the hashtag #OCbyNE.

Thank you, as always!

This week’s Character Builder update!

Hello Friends,

Only 2 more days to save! For the month of January, you can get a whole year of access for $19!

This week we have LOTS of exciting art options for you to try. The new armor pieces are from the theme “Swash Me Buckles!”, and we have also added another set of horns and our first tail!

Thanks to our friends at Chaotic Tiefling Productions, and their weekly show DnD Surprise, we have added a bird head option! Paired with the new wings we added last week, you can now create your favorite bird characters like Aarakocras and Kenkus.

The cast of DnD Surprise will be creating all their characters in the builder, so stay tuned! Check out DnD Surprise, including the Aarakocra ‘Squall’, on Chaotic Tiefling Production’s Twitch Wednesday nights!

Kickstarter Backers

Those of you that backed our Kickstarter, hopefully saw our most recent update that includes some news about the Scene Builder, and some sneak peeks! Head on over to our Kickstarter updates page if you haven’t seen it yet.

Another Kickstarter? 

We briefly mentioned this in a previous email, but we want to share more information.

We don’t want to slow down the development of the Scene Builder, or the production of promised stretch goals and add-ons. At the same time, it’s important to develop and make available some additional body type options. We also want to fund the development of a wheelchair option in the character builder. So… Kickstarter?

We’re gathering feedback before launching a Kickstarter with a $1,000 goal to develop in new body types. We’d have stretch goals for additional body types and anthropomorphic character options. Is this something you’d support? We’re still working hard to deliver on the many promises we’ve made and I hope you can clearly see the progress. Can we count on you to spread the word to friends and support us again?

New Features!

New features are live TODAY!

  • Our community page is live, allowing you to view public users.  Head on over to your profile and make it public and add some info!
  • We’ve updated user profile options.
  • The Character Library will have a new look (frames, buttons highlights).

Remember, if you aren’t seeing new assets and features, do a hard refresh!  If you’re on Windows, press CTRL+F5. If you’re on Mac, Press CTRL+SHIFT+R.

We hope you’ll enjoy all the new assets and features we’ve added this week!

As always, THANK YOU!

We Don’t Have to Devolve Into Tribalism. We Can Build A New Tribe.

Tribalism is rampant. People are disengaged from each other. It’s nearly impossible to share a different viewpoint in a way that changes someone’s mind, let alone their heart. But what if it doesn’t have to be this way?

If we go back to the earliest days of our history, when our oldest ancestors were nomadic and life was simply about survival for one’s self, family, and yes – tribe, we’ll discover something that remains true to this day. Members of your tribe were not bonded by blood. They were not even bonded by common goals (after all, these goals often put different tribes on competing, rather than cooperative, paths). 

In our earliest days, bonds were built from shared experiences, from trust. They were built and cemented by stories around the fire. Why? Because shared stories created moments of empathy and shared understanding. Empathy and shared understanding led to closeness and trust, a sense of belonging.

Today, the stories we consume are primarily controlled by just a few major studios. They’re created for profit, filled with special effects, story hooks, plot holes, and formulas. Netflix, Prime TV, Disney, and others have created a firehose of content that lacks authenticity and with little more purpose than to overrun the senses and provide an escape from each other and even from ourselves. It’s no wonder that sites like TikTok and YouTube that provide a creative outlet for self-expression thrive. Yet, even these places are missing something fundamentally necessary. Meaning. Connection.

There is nowhere we can go online to experience the same sense of entertainment and connection that we hunger for on an almost genetic level. The further we have traveled from that small circle around the fire, the more elusive the experience of deep belonging, of shared understanding has become. Facebook, Instagram, Twitter – all these sites engage users in endless scrolling as they search for the moments of empathy, shared understanding, and connection that escape us. It’s because the stories there have no real meaning.

It doesn’t have to be like this. It can be different. We’ve launched NeverEnding to make it better.

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NeverEnding seeks to build a new way to reignite that community fire, by creating a unique space not just to share and experience stories, but to craft them too. Through stories we can highlight our experiences, our culture, our shared humanity. Stories can be funny, dramatic, weird, amateurish – it doesn’t matter. It doesn’t matter because as soon as we put real, robust, easy to use storytelling tools into the hands of everyday people, something magical can happen. We can expand that once small circle around a fire to encompass the whole world.

When we experience the simple story of a family dinner in Mumbai, we share an experience that communicates the commonality of family everywhere. When someone else in Ireland shares a story of heartbreak and then rediscovered love, we see a reflection of our own experiences. When another shares a story of adventure once told by their ancestors before a life of struggle on an American reservation, we are transported with the same sense of awe and wonderment and hope. Through these stories, we discover moments of empathy and closeness. We expand our tribe.

The world is growing, changing at an ever more rapid rate. Everywhere we look, we seem to be pulling further and further apart from one another. We’re less connected, more isolated than we ever have been. But you don’t have to feel alone. There is a better world on the horizon. NeverEnding isn’t just a story. It’s a journey, and I hope we can share it with you.

Be a part of our new tribe, so that together, we can build a better world. One story at a time.

This week’s Character Builder Updates!

Hello Everyone!

This week we have some very exciting asset and feature additions!

Our armor set this week is from the theme ‘Oh Holy Stats!’ (…because they’re a cleric, get it??). We have also added bird and bat wings and a set of antlers.

All of these assets, except the bird wings, are for Hero Tier and higher, but never fear! You can upgrade your account in January and get a whole year of access for only $19! www.beneverending.app

We have also fixed the following bugs this week:

  • Character Builder crashing
  • Loading time issues

New Features!!!

We have 2 new features going live this week:

  • Your characters will auto save as you are working on them.
  • Parts now highlight as you are coloring them, so you can easily see what piece you are working on!
Note: If you are ever unable to see any of the new art or features, try a hard refresh: CTRL+F5 for Windows, and CTRL+SHIFT+R for Mac.

Coming Soon

Stay tuned next week for a big update!

A handy-dandy create new character button, expanded options in your profile, the ability to show off your characters and browse characters created by others, and you’ll be able to search for players who are looking for a group or DMs looking for players!

Some Great Advice

Thursday we did the work of reviewing how users might create characters/avatars with amputations, prosthetics, and wheelchairs. Our disability advisor panel offered us feedback and advice to ensure that we avoid stigmatizing experiences, while allowing people to create heroic disabled characters. We are looking forward to getting these assets live!

A big sincere THANK YOU to our first round of disability advisors:

@dynamic_reacts

@washington826

@FootlessJo

@stuartdhughes

@Gouldsyndrome

An Awesome Interview

Last week our founder had a chat with the folks over at Grit Daily about his background and how NeverEnding began! Check out the full article here.

Speaking of how NeverEnding began, this Sunday is our very first birthday! It’s crazy to think it’s only been a year, thank you all for helping us make it awesome.

See you next week!