Sound effects for gaming? There’s an app for that.
As many of you know, Toxic Bag was initially formed to create sound effects for game masters to use in their role playing game sessions. In all, we created four CDs worth of effects, as well as a CD full of battle backgrounds from various wars. The first four discs are the Game Masters Collection, and they’re available from Toxic Bag or on Amazon.
Recently we were approached by Dale Barnes, a developer of apps for Apple’s iPhone and iPad. Dale’s other work includes a mobile reference app for the Hero System Sixth Edition. He wanted to make an app to access the Game Masters sounds directly from the iPhone and iPad. We went forward with it and are pretty pleased with the result.
When we first introduced the Game Masters Collection in 1996, one of the small obstacles to including sound effects in a pencil & paper game was that not everyone plays in the same room with their stereo. Many things have changed since then, and playback from a computer or iPod makes using the Game Masters discs much easier. The Game Masters Collection iPhone app makes it easier still, with scrollable menus of all the sounds for quick access and the ability to save a favorites list so that all the sounds for a given adventure are in one place. The Game Masters Collection is now portable enough to use in a LARP or at a convention, and as always the broad range of sounds means the GMC is useful in any number of genres.
The basic version of the Game Masters Collection app is free, and comes with a starter set of sounds from each of the four CDs, as well as several previously unreleased sounds. Unlocking more sounds from each volume requires an in-app purchase.