Open5e is creating an ad-free source for 5e rules and tools.
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patrons

$10
per month

What is Open5e?

Open5e is an open resource of 5th edition Dungeons & Dragons rules and tools that currently serves over 125,000 players, DMs, and content-creators every month. (Fun fact: you guys really love reading about monks!)

We also have firm stance on remaining ad-free: you will never see an ad or a link to a store on Open5e. That's a big part of why we're asking for your support to make this resource better.

You can join the Open5e Discord if you want to talk about rules, references, homebrew, development, art, or just running great games.

So, why a Patreon now after more than a year?

Currently Open5e.com runs on a free hosting service. This has worked well until now, but leaves it struggling to handle growing traffic. It also imposes limits that keep us from fulfilling some long-standing requests like improved search and a proper API.

To do these awesome things, the site will need to move to a more robust (and more costly) setup.

This Patreon will initially cover a few things:
  • Real hosting with an actual database!! 🤓
  • New content like art, flavor text, and tokens
  • Ongoing development of new features

When will we see results?

Art and content has creators already lined up, and will begin to appear as soon as we hit the relevant goals.

In terms of development, we plan to launch a patron beta of the new site within a few months of having costs covered. We should be able to relaunch the existing site another month or two after that.

The technical risk here is low. We already have the data we need, and the existing site shouldn't be too hard to recreate; we learned a lot building it the first time! That said, there's a decent amount of planning and setup required to get everything stood up. There will also be a solid amount of work to get things like search and content listing working properly.

What about the art?

You may have noticed a few pieces of art kicking around Open5e already. These are all by Open5e's official artist, Violet Kirk (who also runs Dragon Scale Maps). She's committed to start regularly adding more after we hit our $50 goal!

Our first goal will include monthly additions of popular monsters and items. Later goals will include adding (free!) downloadable tokens as well. All this art will all be licensed Creative Commons Non-Commercial Derivative. That means you'll be free to use and remix it in any homebrew content as long as you're not charging for it.

Here's a preview of the kind of quality content you can expect to see more of: 



For developers, what's the future look like?

As you can see at our Github (we're open-source!) Open5e was originally built using a Python-based documentation generation tool called Sphinx, which provided everything you see today basically out-of-the-box. It was a great start, but its limitations have become more and more obvious over time. Simple ideas like adding tags on 3rd-party content or exposing an API of our content are unsupported in Sphinx, requiring a whole separate build process or a lot of Python development.

So the first big project will be to rebuild the site in a more flexible, API-driven stack. This will enable a wider range of folks to contribute to and consume our content. The current plan is a Python/Django backend serving up (public!) search and content APIs with a Vue.js frontend. A bit hipster, but also increasingly popular for data-driven sites like this. Hopefully this will be accessible to folks with a wide range of frontend and full-stack development skills.
  
Tiers
Acolyte
$1 or more per month 0 patrons
You are a cultist of Open5e! You'll get access to special Discord role and polls about new features. We're planning some special backer-only goodies for the future.
Includes Discord rewards
Knight
$3 or more per month 2 patrons
As a knight of Open5e, you will get special beta access to any new tools or features we're working on, as well as early access to new art and tokens.

You'll also receive exclusive polls and a private channel with us to drive new development in a way that will help you the most in running your games.

Includes Discord rewards
Noble
$5 or more per month 1 patron
Just like a real noble, you will be grand and important but won't get any actual special powers.

You will get our undying thanks, we will do what we can to show our appreciation. We're honestly not quite sure what that'll be yet, but we'll be talking to you to figure it out.

Of course, this will include your own ultra-private channel in our discord.
Includes Discord rewards
Goals
$10 of $25 per month
We can host a session! 

At this point, we will be able to cover the minimum costs for a new hosting solution that meets our current usage needs.
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What is Open5e?

Open5e is an open resource of 5th edition Dungeons & Dragons rules and tools that currently serves over 125,000 players, DMs, and content-creators every month. (Fun fact: you guys really love reading about monks!)

We also have firm stance on remaining ad-free: you will never see an ad or a link to a store on Open5e. That's a big part of why we're asking for your support to make this resource better.

You can join the Open5e Discord if you want to talk about rules, references, homebrew, development, art, or just running great games.

So, why a Patreon now after more than a year?

Currently Open5e.com runs on a free hosting service. This has worked well until now, but leaves it struggling to handle growing traffic. It also imposes limits that keep us from fulfilling some long-standing requests like improved search and a proper API.

To do these awesome things, the site will need to move to a more robust (and more costly) setup.

This Patreon will initially cover a few things:
  • Real hosting with an actual database!! 🤓
  • New content like art, flavor text, and tokens
  • Ongoing development of new features

When will we see results?

Art and content has creators already lined up, and will begin to appear as soon as we hit the relevant goals.

In terms of development, we plan to launch a patron beta of the new site within a few months of having costs covered. We should be able to relaunch the existing site another month or two after that.

The technical risk here is low. We already have the data we need, and the existing site shouldn't be too hard to recreate; we learned a lot building it the first time! That said, there's a decent amount of planning and setup required to get everything stood up. There will also be a solid amount of work to get things like search and content listing working properly.

What about the art?

You may have noticed a few pieces of art kicking around Open5e already. These are all by Open5e's official artist, Violet Kirk (who also runs Dragon Scale Maps). She's committed to start regularly adding more after we hit our $50 goal!

Our first goal will include monthly additions of popular monsters and items. Later goals will include adding (free!) downloadable tokens as well. All this art will all be licensed Creative Commons Non-Commercial Derivative. That means you'll be free to use and remix it in any homebrew content as long as you're not charging for it.

Here's a preview of the kind of quality content you can expect to see more of: 



For developers, what's the future look like?

As you can see at our Github (we're open-source!) Open5e was originally built using a Python-based documentation generation tool called Sphinx, which provided everything you see today basically out-of-the-box. It was a great start, but its limitations have become more and more obvious over time. Simple ideas like adding tags on 3rd-party content or exposing an API of our content are unsupported in Sphinx, requiring a whole separate build process or a lot of Python development.

So the first big project will be to rebuild the site in a more flexible, API-driven stack. This will enable a wider range of folks to contribute to and consume our content. The current plan is a Python/Django backend serving up (public!) search and content APIs with a Vue.js frontend. A bit hipster, but also increasingly popular for data-driven sites like this. Hopefully this will be accessible to folks with a wide range of frontend and full-stack development skills.
  

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Tiers
Acolyte
$1 or more per month 0 patrons
You are a cultist of Open5e! You'll get access to special Discord role and polls about new features. We're planning some special backer-only goodies for the future.
Includes Discord rewards
Knight
$3 or more per month 2 patrons
As a knight of Open5e, you will get special beta access to any new tools or features we're working on, as well as early access to new art and tokens.

You'll also receive exclusive polls and a private channel with us to drive new development in a way that will help you the most in running your games.

Includes Discord rewards
Noble
$5 or more per month 1 patron
Just like a real noble, you will be grand and important but won't get any actual special powers.

You will get our undying thanks, we will do what we can to show our appreciation. We're honestly not quite sure what that'll be yet, but we'll be talking to you to figure it out.

Of course, this will include your own ultra-private channel in our discord.
Includes Discord rewards