What's New

As of April 24, 2020

Astral Pro is extended free until the end of May. Continued progress on site performance and new roll flags coming soon!

Astral Pro Extended Free through May

Happy Friday, Astralnauts.

Back in March, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we decided to open up all paid features on Astral and make them free for everyone to use until the end of April. Our goal was to help groups continue their tabletop roleplaying campaigns, even if they needed to play them while social distancing or self-isolating.

Now April is nearly over, but the need for remote gaming remains. The Astral team has decided to extend the offer of free Pro features through the month of May. We sincerely hope this extension will help folks who may be struggling with isolation.

Anyone already subscribed to Astral will still enjoy May for free, as we will automatically credit your account. Your next statement will reflect the credit applied.

Help support Astral

We have seen an incredible amount of new GMs and players over the past month and have been overwhelmed by your support and feedback. If you are enjoying Astral and are in a position to help us offset our server costs at this time, then we are offering a 30% discount on annual subscription plans purchased before the end of May. Use the promo code PLAYATHOME during checkout to get a year of Astral Pro (originally $99.99) for just $70.

As always, thanks for being an Astralnaut. Game on!


Changelog

We continue to address reported issues and requests. As always, we are very interested in your feedback.

Enhancements

More requests from the community were addressed this week:

Fixed

Thank you to everyone who reported issues this week.


In Progress

We continue to work diligently on your requests and feedback; please let us know your thoughts on Discord or the forums.

Sitewide Performance and Responsiveness

We continue to make progress on the performance issues related to high volume traffic. We’re monitoring some already implemented performance enhancements and will be iterating further on this in the coming weeks.

Screenshot of online status

In an effort to be more transparent regarding the performance of the site, GMs and players will now notice a “Session Health” signal bar next to connected participants' names that will indicate the strength of that participant’s connection to Astral's servers. Each participant's connection health indicates their own latency to the Astral servers; the other players' connections are not affected. If your friend has a poor connection to the game, booting them from the game won’t help anyone!

Advanced Roll Syntax

We’ve completed brainstorming and testing for some advanced roll syntax features that we mentioned last week:

One advanced flag we were not able to finalize this week is the ability to count failures in addition to successes. dp counts successes, but if a certain threshold of failure has dire tidings (20 in Star Trek Adventures, for example, introduces Consequences), they are not counted but simply ignored. This means as a player/GM, each die roll will need to be inspected to see if any 20s were rolled). That doesn't vibe with our desire to make rolling as hands-off as possible, so we'll be working on a new flag to enable the counting of these failure ranges.

These advanced roll syntax changes will be available for testing in beta next week. We're continuing to monitor the Advanced Roll Syntax feature request, and we encourage everyone to share their use cases for the new flags and let us know what you think about these changes.

📣 We're Listening

We're continuing to look at the forums for feature requests, support tickets, and Discord to hear what you all have to say. Please don't hesitate to reach out and voice your feedback. Our table always has an open seat, let us know what you think.

That's all for now!

Thanks for reading and for being a dedicated Astralnaut! We look forward to bringing you more updates from the Astral Plane.

- Team Astral