New Music for the RPGers – Tabletop Soundtrack

Role playing games are a great way to spend time, especially with a group of friends. They can be greatly immersive and background music helps with the immersion. A well crafted and well placed musical accompaniment can take a game from just good to astounding. I mention this because today I am looking at … no … listening to a Kickstarter project from Australian local Alec Shea; The Adventurer’s Collection Tabletop Soundtrack.

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At first, when I glanced over the Kickstarter page, I thought it would be just another CD of music, but this goes much further than that. Alec has composed a whole slew of music (which I have been listening to as I write this), but the delivery system is what makes this venture more interesting. Instead of just making various tracks available to download or sending out a bunch of CDs, Alec has envisioned a streaming-based system accessible on various devices. There is no mention about cost in the project, so one can only assume the service will be free once live. A user will be able to go onto the site, www.tabletopmusic.com, and select various tracks to play while gaming. There will also be ‘Event’ buttons that will play pre-selected tracks for certain occasions. Events can be situations like Town, Boss Battle, Dungeon or Suspense.

So if the service will be free, why support the Kickstarter?

Beyond just giving support to someone who only wants to help others by supplying good music, a number of rewards are on offer. Lower tiers give access to downloads and instant access to new tracks, as well as an option for physical CDs. Higher tiers, all the way up to $1000, are for licensing rights to some or all of the music. At the time of writing, there are only 5 days left on the Kickstarter, and the goal has been met. So far, no stretch goals have been met but one is ever hopeful for at least the first. One of the tiers even offers a couple of coated sandstone D6s. That is awesome.

I do not claim to be an audiophile or even someone who knows much about music at all. But I know what I like, and I know what will suit a role playing game. I listened to 30 tracks ranging in style and content for many different themes. All the tracks were composed well. The theme of each track comes across nicely. I can see myself using these tracks for games I run. So far, the majority are very suitable for a Fantasy setting, but could be used in other genres as well. A key part of the music is the fact that it’s not intrusive. Good background music must be able to instill the feeling while not being overly loud or dramatic, and this music does that very well.

Go check out the Kickstarter link below, and if you can spare some money, I suggest supporting Alec in this project.

The Adventurer’s Collection Tabletop Soundtrack Kickstarter

Tabletop Music website

Tabletop Music Youtube

Tabletop Music Facebook

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