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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!

This week’s Character Builder updates!

Hello Everyone!

If you haven’t upgraded your Free Villager Tier account yet, guess what? Now is the perfect time! If you upgrade to the Hero Tier by January 31, you’ll save $5. That’s right a whole year for just $19. (Want to buy it for your DM or a player? Email us at hello@beneverending.com we’ll take care of it for you.)

www.beneverending.app

This week we are introducing assets from the theme ‘El Naturale’!

Coming Soon

Beards! Soon you’ll be able to build the Dwarf of your dreams!

We are continuing the work of adding prosthetics to the character builder. These will be great for people with or without disabilities to make cool new characters! We have 2 types so far: Wooden and Magical Energy. What do you think?

How about a Contest??

We’re gauging interest for a NPC (Non Player Character) Creation contest we’d like to host! Share your thoughts with us: https://forms.gle/27cvP2MaRNcu6yPB6

DnD Surprise Party!

Hopefully you caught the premier of DnD Surprise Party on Twitch Wednesday. We are very happy to be their sponsor and even more excited to meet the characters we’d be creating art for!

Check out their first episode “Welcome to Saltmarsh” on Chaotic Tiefling Production’s Twitch. If you aren’t familiar, the players each had a Session 0 with the DM, but had no idea who they’d be playing with until this first episode!

New Feature Reminder

Last thing. You’ll soon be able to browse other people’s profiles (if they’re marked public) and see who is looking for a game and what game system they prefer. So, take advantage of this opportunity to get your profiles updated!

Thank you, and see you next week!

This week’s Character Builder updates!

This week we have added 3 new assets for our Character Builder for our Hero Tier and up! This set’s theme is: ‘Going Rogue.

NEW FEATURE ALERT!

Coming soon, users will be able to browse public profiles and characters. You’ll also be able to see who is looking for a group or player! You can change your privacy settings and update your info in the ‘Profile’ section of the Character Builder.

There are even more exciting things happening over here:

Next Week

We have the honor of attending the first-ever virtual CES (Consumer Electronics Show)! We will be presenting and answering questions January 11th-14th. Wish us luck!

Speaking of Growth

We have grown from 144 users on December 1st to OVER 700 users today! To celebrate, we have decided to extend our holiday sale. Users will continue to be able to upgrade their free account using code MERRY2020 and receive 90 days free until January 14! But all through January you’ll receive an even BIGGER discount if you sign up for a full year. We’re reducing the Hero Tier subscription to $19 for a year’s worth of access! Thank you all for your support!

Commissions

If you recall, some of our Lifetime Tier Kickstarter backers received character commissions, and we finished the first one! Meet Magnus Blackthorn:

Our artists are looking forward to tackling the rest of the commissions!

Another Kickstarter? Maybe.

In last week’s email we mentioned seeking out additional funding for the development of some additional body types, prosthetics and equipables. We are considering a Kickstarter to help fund these important features, so NeverEnding is more inclusive and welcoming to everyone! Wheelchairs would be an important stretch goal. We’d love to hear your thoughts on the project and if we should do it. Send us an email at hello@beneverending.com if you are interested!

Chaotic Tiefling

Lastly, we are thrilled to announce that NeverEnding will be the Official Sponsor for the first season of “DnD Surprise Party” by Chaotic Tiefling Productions.  You can catch the show Wednesday January 13th on their Twitch channel or uploaded later to their YouTube.

Thank you, as always!

Dear NeverEnding, Nick’s Nuptials

Dear NeverEnding,

I am married to one of the sweetest young ladies ever. However, she’s unfamiliar with TTRPGs but humors me anyway. On game day, she’ll even put a batch of cookies into the oven for me and my pals before she leaves the house so that we can play in peace. The problem is my birthday is coming up. She’s been dropping hints about a great D&D gift that she’s ordered from Etsy for me. I really want this sweet 6 pocket dice bag but I’m afraid that I’ll end up with more dragon figurines or a wizard cape that she made one year. Is it bad taste to just give her an amazon wish list?

Sincerely, Nick, most definitely not a Wizard

Nick, let the Mother of Dragons sit you down for “the talk” about marriage and gaming. We’ve all gotten copies of the Forgotten Realms of Faerun while we were in the midst of a campaign for Eberron by some well-meaning loved one who was “doing their best” to get us something nice. It’s called faking it. Just do it. D&D is about fantasy and being inclusive. So, do your best to include your spouse in your world as much as she can be. I bet that she vacuums around your game table and moved her autumn wreath craft project to another room so that you’d be more comfortable. It’s okay, just employ some of your acting skills and be genuinely grateful.

Team Spotlight: Kelci

What’s your name?

Kelci Crawford

What’s your position?

Chief Creative Officer. I’m in charge of what the platform (including the character builder) looks like, and I aim to keep the style consistent.

Who’s your favorite character you’ve created? In which system?

Ollie the half-orc druid, in D&D 5e. She’s a LOT of fun to roleplay and a LOT of fun to cast spells with.

What inspires you?

Jeff Smith’s comic, Bone.

What ancestry (i.e. race) + class would you be (from any ttrpg)?

Tiefling or half-orc

FOR SURE a Barbarian, Path of the Ancestors.

What do you hope people get out of the platform?

I hope people can use our tools to tell the stories that have been itching in their brains to get out in visual form. So many people I’ve met over the years have said, “I want to tell this story but I can’t draw!” I hope this platform helps inspire them, and give folks the tools they need to FINALLY get their stories out to the world.

New Art Assets and Bug Fixes (& a SALE!)

Holiday Special! Upgrade your free account to Hireling using code MERRY2020 to get 90 days free!

Hello Everyone,

Starting this week, we will be sharing weekly updates with art asset additions and bug fixes in our Character Builder! Enjoy!

We will be having a much larger update on December 22nd, but these new assets are live NOW!

We’ve also fixed some things:

Now, when you pick a body color, heads and ears automatically update to the same color.

On the “Share” Tab, your character name is now visible and we updated the additional text.

We fixed the issue where certain ears had crashed the app.

We fixed the armor assets that weren’t displaying properly on the body.

Pricing has been updated to correctly show the ACTUAL price for the character builder ($3 per month/Hireling or $24 for the year/Hero).

(New Feature) You can now enter information about your character in the cool “Character Bio”

We have seen that some of the assets aren’t perfect, and we are working on it!

We hope you are enjoying the Character Builder Beta, and we can’t wait for you to see what’s in store for our update! Thank you!

Holiday Special! Upgrade your free account to Hireling using code MERRY2020 to get 90 days free!

Using NeverEnding to engage your Players and Audience

It feels like it’s a golden era of TTRPG Streams and Podcasts. For streamers, it’s also a lot of work! Not only do you need to focus on your game, but also keeping your players and audience engaged. Character and NPC art can do a lot to add just a little bit more “oomph!” to your livestream. If you don’t have an artist on your team ready to churn out an ever changing line up of NPCs and you can’t drop a few hundred dollars every month, you might feel like all this character art is out of reach. But, we have you covered!

With NeverEnding’s Character Builder you can breathe life into your NPCs and create a more immersive experience for everyone.

Sneaky Pete and Mistral, NPCs created in NeverEnding’s Character Builder Beta

NeverEnding is loaded with art assets to customize your NPCs and characters – different bodies, heads, eyes, and armor are just a few of the tings you have to choose from. There’s literally millions of unique character combos you can create and save.

Our Character Builder offers unlimited save slots for your neverending list of NPCs, plus some spares for when you need one on the spot! With the tagging feature (coming soon) you’ll be able to keep your characters organized by location, campaign, or whatever works best for your planning needs.

Give your players and audience characters they can connect to visually. Think of all the additional fanart opportunities you’ll create by having official character art!

Mateo and Katya, NPCs created in NeverEnding’s Character Builder Beta

NeverEnding comes with a personal license for all your creations, but we also offer commercial licensing on a sliding scale, making it affordable for any budget! In fact, some small podcasts, streams, and DMsGuild publishers end up being able to use NeverEnding’s character art for Free!

Reach out to us at happiness@beneverending.com for more details and to see what you qualify for.

We can’t wait to see what you create! Create a free account at www.beneverending.app today!

We Are LIVE! (& a Dec. 22nd Update!)

Yes! We’re finally LIVE!

Hello, friends! Hopefully, you’ve seen the news and had a chance to visit us at https://www.beneverending.app/ to try the Beta of our Character Builder. It’s a lot more fun than the old Demo version, so enjoy!

If you didn’t back us on Kickstarter, you can still try the Character Builder FREE. Just go in and create a Free account. There’re lots of free character assets, plus you’re welcome to upgrade at any time to access even more. If you do upgrade, you’ll enjoy regular additions of new character assets!

Feel free to share your characters and spread the love with the hashtag #OCbyNE – because the more friends we can get creating characters the more we can add to the app.

As a reminder, let’s check out what you’ll find in the Character Builder Beta:

• Upgraded UI
• More Customization
• Coloring your character and assets
• A few weapons and shields
• Saving your character to your library
• Creating a character bio
• Customizing your personal profile

We’re working on an update for December 22.
With that update you’ll be able to add backgrounds to your character. You’ll also be able to add backgrounds to your profile page and use one of your characters as your custom avatar. Characters will start with default hands, too. Plus, we’re working on quick and easy sharing to Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Stay tuned for even more coming soon. This will include an updated color picker, making it way easier to get just the perfect color you want. And a color history, so you don’t have to fiddle to find that perfect shade of blue you just used.

More assets are coming as well, like helmets, masks, wings horn, tails, and so much more.

We’re also working hard to finish up everything for quick and easy pose changes. AND soon you’ll be able to switch heads and bodies and keep all the same facial features and armor, so you can see what your character would look like as a buff lady or a short and stocky dwarf. Speaking of dwarves – stay tuned for beards as well.

Lastly, we’re expecting the first version of the NPC generator to be released in January. We think you’re going to love it!

Last But Not Least
We’re putting out a cattle call for Focus Group members! Just fill in this handy dandy form and let us know if YOU want to get a sneak peek at designs and features.

Plus, you get to tell us your opinion! Who doesn’t like telling people their opinions???

That’s all for now. Try out the Character Builder and tell your friends!

-Jamie

A Huge Big Giant Thank You!

This year has been a whirlwind for all of us at NeverEnding. With the launch of our company in January, a successfully funded Kickstarter in June, pitching to and being selected by the Glide Innovation Fund for a $25k grant in August (thank you, GLIDE!!!), a Beta Launch just this month, and a feature update scheduled for December 22 in a few days – well, we’re a little worn out! Even though we’re crazy busy, we believe it’s important to always make time for gratitude. At NeverEnding, we have a LOT to be thankful for (not least of all, you, dear reader).

We also very much want to thank NEOSVF (Northeast Ohio Student Venture Fund) and YBI (Youngstown Business Incubator) for awarding us first place (as well as $10,000 and $5,000) in their respective pitch competitions. It’s a strange mix of supremely motivating and very humbling to have so many business professionals say they believe in the potential of what we’re trying to create. We’re very grateful.

The funding we have received from GLIDE, NEOSVF, and YBI has allowed us to hire additional team members and work on building new and better features for all of you! (NPC Generator anyone?) Every single penny of investment is going into making this the best suite of apps possible.

Thank you to all the companies and people investing their time, treasure, and talent with us. Thank you for following along on this journey. And thank you to anyone and everyone who voted for us in the YBI competition as well, we couldn’t have done this without YOU!

Jamie accepting our check from YBI!

Launch Day in 3…2…1…

It’s true! No more delays! 

Launch Day of The Beta is December 1!

Will we be launching the Beta without a bunch of the features, like being able to set your Profile Avatar as one of your saved characters? You betcha! But don’t worry, those features that you didn’t ask for and probably aren’t excited for are coming soon! Whoooo Hooo! *sigh*
Sorry, I’m a bit punchy this morning. Blame the lack of sleep xP

If you’re a Backer you Should (that’s the operative word) get an email on launch day to the address we have on file for you, inviting you to sign into the app. You Should (again, operative word), be able to see your subscription length. For many of you, you’ll notice it’s a LOT longer than you probably anticipated. That’s because your subscription length is based off our anticipated launch of the main feature you backed (character builder, scene builder, story animator) – AND the fact that our dev team made the subscription lengths divisible only by 365…. We didn’t want to ask them to correct that right now, because given everything else they’re doing, they just might crack. So… yeah. Our oops is your big win. 🙂

In all seriousness, let’s list the most important features of the builder that ARE going to be in the Beta:

  • Upgraded UI
  • More Customization
  • Coloring your character and assets
  • A few weapons and shields
  • Saving your character to your library
  • Creating a character bio
  • Customizing your personal profile

What ISN’T in there, but coming soon:

  • Helmets
  • Base layer (to make your character hairy, scaly or in body stocking)
  • Wings
  • Horns
  • Tails
  • Poses (this one is a big priority for us, we just ran into a big bug)
  • Tokens
  • Social sharing of your character, character bio, personal profile
  • More assets! (including add-ons)
  • NPC Generator

What about character sheets? 🙁

You might be notching what is NOT on the list is a character sheet option. We’re exploring the best way to handle this, given how many different systems there are. If we get enough users, we’ll approach D&D Beyond, Roll20, Fantasy Grounds, and World Anvil about allowing an easy import function, so you can just import your character image into whatever tool you’re using. In absence of that, we’re also exploring ways you might upload your character sheet and quickly/easily identify the editable fields. BUT we are Not there yet! So, patience, please.

Do You Wanna Build a Snow Ma… Erm… Better App?

We’re putting out a cattle call for Focus Group members! Just fill in this handy dandy form and let us know if YOU want to get a sneak peek at designs and features.

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeoJ3n4o8uF6mayRiKiOPlLKKKee5Qz-iVpFGJGZs8Gxvtynw/viewform

Plus you get to tell us your opinion! Who doesn’t like telling people their opinions???

That’s all for now. Wish us luck for a good launch!

 Jamie