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What is 3D Virtual Tabletop?
It is a virtual tabletop application that allows you to play pen & paper roleplaying games, as well as strategy/board games with others, as you would sitting around a real table, limited only by your imagination. It can be used on iPad, iPhone and Android devices. Update: Thanks to achieving stretch goals it will now be available in your web browser on Windows and Mac, and also as an app on Windows 8 and Windows Phone.
3D Virtual Tabletop is about recreating the physical experience of using miniatures or tokens on a map.
Other virtual tabletops today look nothing like this simulation. They leave your poor character defined by what the top of their head looks like. What's more exciting? A full-body view where you can see a character's pose as they stand up to fight and stare down their enemies! Don't you want to see the ogre or dragon towering above your party, so that you can more fully experience what they'e going through?
Now, for the first time ever, you can use a virtual tabletop that looks and feels like the real thing.
Play games like Pathfinder, Dungeons & Dragons, Savage Worlds, Rolemaster Classic, Castles & Crusades or Call of Cthulhu. Maps and miniature portraits are easy to add from anywhere, even for use with BattleTech or other tactical combat games.
What makes 3D Virtual Tabletop special?
FAITHFUL AND IMMERSIVE VISUALS
The first thing that puts 3D Virtual Tabletop ahead of the pack is its faithful visual representation of the physical items on the tabletop, be it an RPG map or a board game layout. The virtual miniatures look almost exactly like the real "pawn" style minis, a piece of printed card slotted into a plastic base.
SUPER-INTUITIVE 3D NAVIGATION
It's really easy to zoom in and out and manipulate the map to see it from any angle, from top-down to over your character's shoulder. Using the intuitive touchscreen to rotate, pivot and zoom makes navigating a dream.
NATIVE ON MOBILE
3D Virtual Tabletop improves on all the existing alternatives as a native mobile app. This allows it to look amazing and incorporate the touchscreen. Because it's running on your tablet or mobile, it doesn't hide you from your friends around the table and takes up much less space - more room for snacks!
What have you done already?
A basic version of 3D Virtual Tabletop is already available, that works standalone on a single device.
Here's a brief walkthrough of that version:
Current features include:
- Import your own maps and miniatures from photos on the device.
- Set the size of a miniature when you import it.
- Pinch-to-zoom on the map to get an overview or focus close in on the action.
- View the tabletop from any angle, from top-down to over your character's shoulder.
- Minis change to a flat token when viewed from above.
You can get it on the Apple App Store for iPhone and iPad, Google Play for Android and the Amazon Appstore for Kindle Fire and other Android devices. You can also check out an online demo that runs in your browser: 3D Virtual Tabletop Online Demo
What will be included in the new release funded by Kickstarter?
- CROSS-PLATFORM SHARING. Share the tabletop in real-time with other devices, including between iOS and Android.
- CUSTOMISED ACCOUNTS. Log in (with Google+) so that your own maps and minis that you bring in will be available on all of your devices.
- SQUARE AND HEX-GRID COMPATIBLE. Turn off snapping to the square grid to allow freestyle placement, including use with hex grids.
- MAP AND MINIATURE MARKETPLACE. A wide variety of maps and miniatures to instantly include in your game. Along with 12 free maps already provided by Dramascape and 150 free minis, you'll find high quality paid content from:
- Battle! Studio
- Kobold Press
- Legendary Games
- Lord Zsezse Works
- Mayhem in Paper
- Modiphius Entertainment, creators of Achtung! Cthulhu
- Back this project at the $9 Swordmaster level or more and you'll also have 24 additional minis from the Deck of Legends Kickstarter that recently finished.
Additional Features from Unlocked Stretch Goals
- Turn on/off grid overlay (Will work with different colored maps)
- Miniatures automatically turn to face the camera (You can turn this on/off)
- Rotation buttons for precise and easy orientation of minis
- Zoom and positioning of miniature picture when importing
- Automatic miniature numbering
- Silhouette shape for miniature card
- Map and miniature searching and organising
- Loading and Saving of Scenarios / Encounters
- Hidden miniatures
- Zoom of map and grid when importing
- Condition markers
- Guest Account
- Available in web browser on Windows and Mac
- Line of sight & 3D Terrain
- Hex grid
- Group movement
- Ruler when dragging miniatures without grid
- Edit imported maps & miniatures
- Count squares/hexes when moving
- Miniature naming
- Undo miniature movement
- Glowing miniatures in different colors
- Elevations for flying miniatures
- Track if a miniature has been moved
- Snap miniature orientation to grid
- Clear all miniatures
- Dice rolling
- Map creation with map tiles
- Google+ Hangout integration
- Area of effect for spells etc
- Custom dice
- Initiative / turn tracking
- Stat tracker for hit points etc
- Round / turn counter with reminder for effects
- Long Miniatures
- Colored bases
- Free-form text notes for each miniature
- Map annotations
- Sharing of handouts
- Windows 8 (including Windows RT) version
- Windows Phone version
- 3D props like tables & chests
- Import maps & miniatures from PDFs
- Full 3D miniatures
- Set miniature background / border color
- Different image for miniature back face
- Mini-tiles for terrain features like pit traps etc
- Lock in top-down view
- Card decks
Additional Content from Unlocked Stretch Goals (you need to back the project at Battalion Plus or higher to receive these)
- Goblin Camp map
- 12 terrifying stand-ups from Achtung! Cthulhu, along with 3 maps
- The 5 maps from the Special Backer Offer, 1 from Frog God Games and 4 from Legendary Games
- 3 full PDF adventures and maps from Adventure-A-Week
- 10 heroic fantasy miniatures from Mayhem in Paper
See the Stretch Goal section below for more details on these
UNLOCK STRETCH GOALS by spreading the word! You can let other gamers like you know by using the links below.
I use this product in my own weekly Pathfinder game so I want to see it become more capable too!
Thanks to fanatical support from the community we have lit up many of our stretch goals already. From the latest survey we have a whole new set of stretch goals, and we're almost at the next one. Look below the map for a brief summary of each goal.
Oh no! While striding down the Hall of the Sword lighting up the braziers for the stretch goals, we have triggered a magical trap and been teleported into a labyrinth!
Help us run through the maze as fast as possible to light the stretch goals so that we can escape and enter back into the Hall of the Sword.
After lighting up all the braziers of the stretch goals to reach the end of the Hall of the Sword, it's time to head down the path to the tavern to celebrate.
Back at the tavern after our hard won victory. It's time to have a drink and tell tall tales that the minstrels will repeat across the land to let everyone know what we have accomplished.
Stretch Goal Details
Automatic Miniature Numbering: When you add more than one miniature of the same type on the map, it will have a number displayed with it so everyone knows which one you're hitting.
Silhouette Shape for Miniature Card: When you use a transparent PNG image or have a white background, instead of the shape of the card being a rounded rectangle, it will be a rough outline of the silhouette of the creature. Your character really will look like they are standing there. Update: This has been partially implemented since unlocking the goal, as you can see in the video.
Map and Miniature Searching and Organizing: Search and sort your maps and miniatures to easily find the one you're after. If you pick the Battalion or Colossus levels, you'll more than 300 minis to look through. With Folders and/or tagging, whether playing different genres, or looking for something specific, you can rapidly select the one you want without interrupting play.
Loading and Saving of Scenarios / Encounters: Save how your session ended so you can get started right away next time. Prepare an encounter and load it in an instant to keep the momentum of play going at your table. This also works well if you run multiple games, you can pick up where you left off for each one separately.
Hidden Miniatures: Lay out your dastardly foes on the map, but keep them hidden so the player's don't know their characters are walking into an ambush. Useful for friends or foes that are invisible/hiding/plane shifting or just to increase suspense.
Zoom Map and Grid When Importing: This will make it very easy to get the map set up exactly how you want it, no more fiddling around, or importing the same map 3 times to get it set up the way you want. Super convenient pinch-to-zoom when importing maps, for both the map and the grid squares. Getting everything lined up pixel perfect will be a breeze.
Condition Markers: Whether your character is poisoned, bloodied, stunned or whatever else may befall them, always be aware of their condition with a status marker on their miniature. Each status marker will have the name of the condition as well as a distinct color to let you quickly assess how much trouble they're in.
Guest Accounts: You don't have to get your whole gaming group to sign up all at once. Work around that one person in your group that never pays for anything, no matter how many hours they spend playing the game. When you create a game for others to join, you'll get 1 free guest spot so that a person without a subscription can connect to the tabletop on your device. You can also pay for extra guest accounts that anyone else can use to connect to your virtual tabletop, and when you join someone else's game, these extra guest accounts that you paid for will add to the guest account "pool" which anyone else can use to join that game. A chance for your friends to try it out to find out for themselves how awesome 3D Virtual Tabletop really is.
Web Browser Based: Enjoy the wonderful view of 3D Virtual Tabletop on your Windows PC or Mac through your web browser. Like the online demo which is currently available, it will use the Unity Web Player plugin so you get to experience all the graphical goodness. Both mouse and touch input will be supported so you'll be equally at home on a desktop or lounging around with a touchscreen laptop or tablet.
Goblin Camp Map: From the amazing artists at Lord Zsezse Works, a highly detailed map of a goblin camp hidden away in the forest. Pledge at the Battalion Plus level or higher and get this added to your collection inside the app. See the update about this map for more information and a close-up look at some of the features in the map.
Achtung! Cthulhu: Fresh off their massively successful 2,000% funded Kickstarter, Modiphius Entertainment are offering a selection of their terrifying Cthulhu Mythos creatures and dramatic maps to committed backers. Even if you don’t want to lead a team of heroic investigators behind enemy lines, you can still use the creatures in a game of any genre where you need horrific monsters, and you’ll have 3 more mysterious locations to explore, a Nazi underground outpost, a Nazi base and an Elder Thing Outpost! Back at the Battalion Plus level or above to make these available to you in the app. They will also be supplying a wider range of map and minis in the in-app marketplace.
Line of Sight and 3D Terrain: After walls and doors have been quickly laid down, you will only be able to see the parts of the map that your character can see. As you move your mini around, the new parts of the map that your character can see will become visible automatically. This will also include an optional a fog of war or permissions based movement to prevent players from sweeping their miniatures across the map to reveal the whole thing. The 3D Terrain will start out with 1 default set, primarily for marking visibility. You'll be able to hide it and have it still block sight, if it doesn't match your setting. Other environments and genres will be added over time.
Hex Grid: Set up the hex grid for a map when importing it, including pinch-to-zoom for both the grid and map to get them aligned in seconds. You'll also have the option to snap to the hex grid during play and a grid overlay which you can turn on and off that will work with a map of any color.
Rangefinding: (Expanded descriptions for these labyrinth stretch goals coming soon)
Ruler When Dragging Miniatures Without Grid
Edit Imported Maps & Miniatures
Count Squares/Hexes When Moving
Undo Miniature Movement
Glowing Miniatures in Different Colors
Elevations for Flying Miniatures
Track if a Miniature Has Been Moved
Snap Miniature Orientation to Grid
Clear All Miniatures
Dice Rolling: Beautiful 3D dice roll in front of your eyes before settling on the number that determines your fate. With this initial dice goal you will have the 6 standard dice sizes that you would normally get in a set: 20, 12, 10, 8, 6 & 4 and the ability to roll multiple dice of each type. For those playing around a real table with the visceral experience of physical dice, this feature will be unobtrusive enough or concealable to keep the virtual tabletop viewing area clean and clear.
Map Creation with Map Tiles: Rather than using entire maps, you can import or purchase map tiles and lay down them down next to each other on the tabletop to create your own map. They'll conveniently snap to the grid so that they line up perfectly and you'll be able to rotate them, also snapping to the grid orientation, to create the twists and turns that you need for your scenario.
Google+ Hangout Integration: Have 3D Virtual Tabletop work seamlessly in a Google+ Hangout with the convenient text, audio and voice chat that it offers. This is not just useful for the web browser version because when you’re on a smartphone or a tablet you can run a Google+ Hangout in the background and still have audio chat while you’re playing with 3D Virtual Tabletop. You can also do text chat if you switch back to the Hangouts app, and even start up the video chat again if you need it, this time while 3D Virtual Tabletop is running in the background. This means you can still get good use out of Google+ Hangouts if everyone is on a different device, some on a laptop or desktop and others on a phone or tablet.
Area Effect for Spells etc: Overlay a shape on the map to indicate the area of effect of a spell, trap or similar. Several shapes will be included by default such as square, rectangle, cone and sphere. The shapes will also have alternate versions that are aligned to and formatted with square and hex grids in mind so that you know exactly which square or hex is effected. You'll also be able to color them appropriately to identify effects that have a long duration and will be on the map for a while.
Custom Dice: Adds the d2 (coin) and ability to create dice with your own text or images on each face. Great for FATE.
Special Backer Offer: This backer bonus for reaching the end of the Hall of the Sword has two components, the Altar and the Sword.
The Altar. A place to play, five maps made available for you in 3D Virtual Tabletop from two of the most well known third party publishers for the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game.
Frog God Games is supplying one of the maps from Rappan Athuk, the classic mega-dungeon which they updated for the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game and Swords and Wizardry rules. It's a good old-fashioned, First Edition dungeon crawl that this map lets you get your feet wet with. One of their core promises is that "Our maps will be outstanding" and you can see what they mean with The Mouth of Doom. The map is the property of Frog God Games, all rights reserved.
Legendary Games is providing all four of the maps from their Cold Mountain Adventure Path Plug-In, which is ideally suited for the Kingmaker Adventure Path. Inside the app you'll find a river ford map for the Ansit Ford encounter, a forest trail for the Bloody Victim encounter, a small village map for representing Gloym and a waterfall map for the Falls of Istria. You can find out more about how these locations are used by buying their PDF.
All you need to do to add these maps to your collection in 3D Virtual Tabletop is to back at the Battalion Plus level or higher.
The Sword. Companions to take with you, as thanks for making this Kickstarter so successful, the price of the Immortal Guest add-on is now reduced from $99 to $50 each, so that you'll always have someone there to watch your back.
Initiative / Turn Tracking: Cycle through and show your current place in a small list of the visible miniatures on the table, highlighting and focusing on each one when it's their turn. Drag miniatures along this list to set their new position in the order. You can leave this feature turned off and it will remain hidden if you don't need it.
Stat Tracking for Hit Points etc: Count up or down, with the value displayed publicly or kept private. Set up multiple color coded trackers of any numeric values to show the vital information for your game at a glance. It'll only show the trackers that you set up so you won't even see them if you don't want to use them. When counting down you'll be able to show a visual indicator for % remaining.
Round / Turn Counter with Timing Reminder for Effects: Is the lamp oil still burning? How many rounds has your summoned creature got left? Answer all these questions and more with a counter that increments every round. You'll also be able to link the counter with areas of effect on the map and conditions on miniatures, giving each one a duration that will trigger a reminder to dismiss it. Know exactly when and what you're dealing with.
Long Miniatures: Miniature bases that are longer than they are wide for things like motorcycles and horses. The miniature image will be used for left/right rather than front/back.
Colored Bases: For quick identification of different factions, change the color of the ground they stand on.
Miniature Notes: Free-form text notes for each miniature that you can use to keep track of anything, no matter what the game type, game system or house rules you choose. They can be either private or visible to all players.
Map Annotations: Add text, arrows and other markers to the map to let the whole table know what's going on and exactly where its happening.
Three Full PDF Adventures & Maps from Adventure-A-Week: Back at the Battalion Plus level or higher and get the maps inside 3D Virtual Tabletop and the full PDFs for the adventures shown below.
Sharing of Handouts
Windows 8 and Windows Phone Version + 10 Miniatures: Includes Windows RT. Even if you don't use Windows, there's something in this stretch goal for you, 10 extra fantasy miniatures from the One Monk Miniatures line by Mayhem in Paper. All you need to do to make these available for you in the app is to pledge at the Battalion Plus level or higher. Below is a picture of what their real-world counterparts look like.
3D Props Like Tables & Chests
Import Maps & Miniatures from PDFs
Full 3D Miniatures
Set Miniature Background / Border Color
Different Image for Miniature Back Face
Mini-Tiles for Terrain Features Like Pit Traps etc
Lock in Top-Down View
Every Single Stretch Goal Has Been Unlocked
Will it be available on Windows, Mac, Linux or online in a web browser?
Being built on Unity means that 3D Virtual Tabletop can be brought to these other platforms, and more. There is, however, a significant amount of native integration work required for each new platform, to enable things like importing your own maps and minis so easily. The initial goal is for iPad, iPhone and Android. Update: Thanks to achieving stretch goals it will now be available in your web browser on Windows and Mac, and also as an app on Windows 8 and Windows Phone.
If you want it to be available on another platform, spread the word about this campaign to as many people as you can, so that we raise enough money to exceed the initial goal and can start talking about stretch goals. Drum up enough support for the platform of your choice and it may end up as a stretch goal!
Why does this need funding?
3D Virtual Tabletop has been created using the free version of the Unity development platform. New features such as sharing the tabletop with other devices have been implemented using a trial version of Unity PRO. This lets me test the app but I cannot release it yet. Publishing the app to make it available to you requires a full license of Unity Pro, with the iOS Pro and Android Pro add-ons.
I need to raise $5,000 minimum to have enough to buy the full licenses and release the latest version of 3D Virtual Tabletop, so that you can use it in your games.
Funds raised over this amount will contribute to additional developments to the product. If it all goes well, we'll release more features as higher amounts are reached.
What Will It Cost in the Future?
To make it as easy as possible for you to use, with a smooth network experience, everything is run through a central server. The cost of this adds up so we need to charge something... but I'm trying to price it as low as I can so that it is accessible to as many gamers as possible. It will cost a mere $0.99/month for network connectivity.
Charging a monthly fee, even though it is so tiny, ensures that the service will be around for a long time, while being continually improved. You'll reap the rewards of making 3D Virtual Tabletop happen, for years to come.
Thanks to the great people who're helping make this possible:
- Bruce Braun, our US project manager
- My weekly gaming group, for letting me experiment on them: Chris, Daniel, Domonique, Emma, "H", Jordan, Kingsley & Matty
- The BizDojo, for the campaign edits and advice
- The DM who got me back into D&D after a long hiatus, Bevan
- DramaScape for supplying the maps within 3D Virtual Tabletop
- Lord Zsezse Works for supplying the great maps for this page
- Other friends, family, testers, and understanding early users... you know who you are!
Reward Level Clarifications
If the reward level gives you a subscription but doesn't mention iOS, Android or Web Browser, like the Veteran and Immortal levels, then your subscription applies to any and all versions of the app after they are released. If you have both immediate/early access and a subscription, the subscription starts from the public release date so all of the time you get from immediate/early access is extra time.
The delivery date for the Immortal +5, Immortal +10 and Immortal Colossus +5, Immortal Colossus +10 rewards should be Nov 2013 since it grants 4-week early access.
Early Access: If your reward level does not include immediate or early access to the app, you can add 4-week early access to the Android or Web Browser version by adding $21 to your pledge.
Immediate Access: If your reward level does not include immediate or early access to the app, you can add immediate access to the Android or Web Browser version by adding $51 to your pledge.
Guest Accounts: You can add on as many 12-month guest account subscriptions as you want for $9 each. You can also extend guest accounts for as long as you want for $9/year.
Immortal Guest Accounts: A guest account that is valid forever, was $99 each, but now reduced to $50 each with the achievement of the Special Backer Offer stretch goal. These will only be available during the Kickstarter.
Miniatures: The miniatures from the Battalion level are also available at higher reward levels, all you have to do is add $8 to your pledge above what is required for that reward. The value of the reward level must be higher than Battalion. This is an astounding amount of minis for such a low price.
Travelling Bard: If you've pledged at $99 or higher, for $30 you can make your character famous like in the Bard reward level! Have him or her made into a virtual miniature with a portrait digitally inked and flat colored by Tim Jenkins of Battle! Studio. Your character will be included in the default set with the app, so they can participate in adventures with gaming groups all around the world! You'll also be able to manifest your character in the real world with an image file suitable for printing out to assemble into a paper mini.
Castle Ravenstein: Get all 6 levels of the massive Castle Ravenstein added to your map collection in 3D Virtual Tabletop for $39. You’ll also get the digital download so you can print it out or use it in any other digital platform. Alternatively if you back this project and also back Castle Ravenstein at the basic pledge level, you will get the castle in 3D Virtual Tabletop too.
Castle Ravenstein + Darkraven Fantasy Soundscapes: Get the Castle Ravenstein add on plus more than 15 hours of background audio in 64 tracks from Darkraven Fantasy Soundscapes for a total of $99. These sounds won’t be integrated into the app, but they cover more than half a dozen different environments, from towns and ships to your typical dungeon and wilderness areas. Alternatively if you back this project and also back Castle Ravenstein at the $99 level, you will get the castle in 3D Virtual Tabletop too.
Map Tiles: A huge collection of over 600 map tiles from Lord Zsezse Works covering different genres and a wide variety of environments for only $50. This is a deep discount off the normal price that cannot be offered again. They will be available for you to use in 3D Virtual Tabletop for creating maps. The terrain types include paved paths of various sorts, river, beach, sea, rough paths, a bandit camp, contemporary gardens, magical gardens, sealed roads, swamp, cave, underground bunker, volcano, lava, mountains, desert, dead land, crypt, winter forest, World War I and II trenches and astral plane. For more detail you can check out Lord Zsezse Works' Ground Sets, all of them are included. You will also get the PDFs, in addition to them being ready inside the app. This add-on is available to all, no matter the reward level.
Your feedback and comments have added a few more things to the roadmap for 3D Virtual Tabletop. They are presented in no particular order.
- Import and export of map and miniature placements
- Set miniature rotation with buttons
- Dynamic lighting
- Display of character sheet
- Lock tokens in lie flat mode
- Change the background of the tabletop from plain black to an image you import, such as a starfield
- Stacking counters
- Link one map to another at the entrance/exit
Risks and challenges
There are no major risks associated with this project. A simpler version of this app has been released that you can play with right now. Additional technical risk has also been eliminated by testing many of the new features using trial software.
One issue that does remain is the ability to get the app to perform well on the huge number of Android devices available, since there are too many for me to test on. Use of the Unity engine reduces this risk as it designed to run on a wide range of hardware, however, the experience will be smoothest on higher-end devices.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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