So, I could NOT be more excited to share this news, and say that…
…WorldAnvil is now integrated into one of the best up-and-coming virtual tabletop systems out in the wild, FoundryVTT!
What is Foundry VTT?
Foundry Virtual Tabletop (Foundry VTT for short) is an application built specifically for experiencing multiplayer tabletop roleplaying games with your friends and party members over the internet. Foundry VTT works using modern web technologies. One player (the host) runs an application that hosts the game server, and other players can connect using a web browser.
As a “virtual tabletop”, the software provides a set of digital tools which are designed to imitate and expand upon the experience of playing a game in-person with your friends. Support for character sheets, rolling dice, exploring battle maps, and moving heroic tokens are just a few of the many features which enable this experience. Foundry Virtual Tabletop goes well beyond the basic feature set, though, with rich dynamic lighting, fog of war, audio playlists, video chat using webcams, and way more. Foundry VTT gives you everything you need (and then some) to forge thrilling and memorable moments with your gaming group!
What’s the story behind Foundry VTT?
Foundry VTT officially released on Friday, May 22, 2020. But development of the software began in August 2018, and was in pre-alpha development from August 2018 through November 2018. And it was in closed Alpha testing until February 2019. From February 2019 until May 2020 the software was in closed Beta testing with a large and dedicated community actively working together to get the software ready for release. The beta testing process is now over and the software is available for all of you to enjoy!
Where did this integration come from?
I’ve been talking with Andrew, the sole developer of Foundry VTT, for quite some time now. Even with our busy schedules, we always wanted to work together and bring the Anvil closer to the Foundry! The release of the first version of World Anvil’s API made that possible, and we’ve worked hard to bring our applications together. Now you can enjoy a seamless experience in and out of the session! Andrew and I both share an infinite love for roleplaying and creation – our only real difference is our focus. Andrew wanted to make sure that while you’re playing. you can have the ultimate tactical and vibrant experience. And I wanted you to make sure that, when the session ends, your worlds and stories stay safe and organized. Interestingly enough, the person who brought us together is the person who makes sure you have the most beautiful battle maps and maps for your campaigns – the one and only Caeora!
How do I connect World Anvil to Foundry VTT?
The video above will show you in detail what you can do! Your starting point will be getting an API key that you can add to your Foundry VTT server. You can do that by clicking on your avatar on the top right of the World Anvil interface, and then “API Keys Management“. All Guild members (Journeyman, Master, Grandmaster, Sage, and the whole of the Inner Sanctum) have access to create user keys and link them to applications. (Keep in mind, though, only Grandmaster+ can request an application key).
What can you do with the World Anvil – Foundry VTT integration?
In essence, by integrating the two services, you’ll be able to bring your articles from World Anvil world into Foundry VTT! Once they’re there, you can always refresh them, but this means that you don’t have to jump around through multiple windows or tabs when running your game. Everything will be right at your fingertips.
Where do we go from here?
Both myself (Dimitris) and Andrew (Atropos) have a lot of ideas of what else we can be working together to bring to you in the future… but we’d love to hear your thoughts as well! Images, Timelines, and statblocks are certainly the big ones, but I bet there’s much more you’d like to see!
What else do you want from the World Anvil – Foundry VTT integration? Please let me know in the comments below!