Wizards of the Coast announced today a new licensee, Trapdoor Technologies, who will be responsible for providing digital support for the fifth edition of Dungeons & Dragons:
Trapdoor is working on an integrated toolset and rules knowledge base to support the new edition of Dungeons & Dragons. Combining rules, character sheets, and adventures together into a clean interface, Trapdoor's goal is to create tools for Dungeon Masters and players that will allow for fast and easy management of their game. Known for now as Codename: Morningstar, the tools will have a limited playtest at Origins Game Fair.
This isn't the first time Wizards of the Coast has tried to provide comprehensive digital support for the Dungeons & Dragons license. I've previously reported how a murder/suicide likely derailed the 4th Edition's plans for a more digitally integrated platform that might have eventually led to a Massive Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game (MMORPG).
So who is the company taking on a task where so many have failed? According to Trapdoor Technologies' LinkedIn Profile:
Trapdoor Technologies is a Boulder, CO-based pioneer in enhanced digital publishing software. Our flagship product, The Story Machine™, is a scalable, automated, cloud-based publishing engine offering integrated interactive features for digital books, documents, and periodicals. Published for tablets and smart phones running iOS and Android, our interactive digital applications are focused on simplicity and leveraging how people actually learn, explore and play.
It's become clear that Wizards of the Coast has finally embraced the importance of a digital strategy in supporting Dungeons & Dragons -- first with its PDF support of older editions and more recently the release of Basic Dungeons & Dragons for free in PDF format.
To learn more about Codename: Morningstar, Trapdoor Technologies and how to participate in the upcoming beta, visit codenamemorningstar.com.