About this project
Tabletop Connect is a first of its kind virtual tabletop.
Tabletop Connect is a system-neutral 3D virtual tabletop that lets you connect with your friends to play role-playing games just like you’re around a real table.
Here's a look at setting up and running a session:
You play in a true 3D environment—with miniatures, terrain tiles, physics simulated dice, character sheets, and handouts—you can almost feel the dice in your hands.
Unlike the currently available virtual tabletops, Tabletop Connect puts you right at the gaming table. Use “real” 3D miniatures on maps built using terrain pieces, just like you would if you were gaming face-to-face. Even the character sheets and handouts have a real-world look; organize them on the tabletop however you’d like.
Tabletop Connect solves the common gaming problem of, “what can my character see?” With real-time lighting and shadows, combined with line-of-sight, you’ll know for certain if you can see that goblin or not.
With automatic mapping, the underlying map is permanently revealed for any areas the players have seen. You can forget about manually setting a fog-of-war.
You won’t be counting squares anymore. The movement cost for players is displayed right on the map. You can even customize the distances into color-coded walk, charge, and run.
You won’t find faster mapping software. The click-and-drag interface lets you quickly layout your map. Click. Drag. You've made a room. Click. Drag. You've added a hallway. You can even save your work as a 2D, top-down map,
Character sheets can be created from any source that can generate a JPEG or PNG graphics file. You’ll be filling in your strength or to-hit numbers just like would on any real character sheet.
You can make custom "cardstock" minis from any image.
With 3D dice and real physics simulations, you’ll have the satisfaction of rolling handfuls of dice for the big attack. Seeing the dice hit the table is so much more gratifying than seeing “10D6 = 32” in a text window.
No DRM. You can install Tabletop Connect on as many computers as you need. Keep a copy on your desktop computer and install another on your laptop for when you’re on the road. The only restriction? You won’t be able to use the same license more than once during the same session.
Mac and PC versions. You'll have access to both Mac and PC versions.
You can try it out, right now. When you make your pledge, you’ll have immediate access to the alpha version and you’ll continue to get bi-weekly updates throughout development.
Tabletop Connect is constantly evolving. Here's a preview of some experimental features that didn't make the alpha to look forward to:
This stand-alone feature is perfect for face-to-face gaming or inviting friends to watch your on-line tabletop game. Spectator mode displays the accumulated visibility of all players and displays them in a single map view. No license will be required to use this mode.
And those are just the features that exist now. There’s more to come:
Webcam and voice chat - Integrated support for webcams and voice. No more relying on Skype.
Support for hexes - Not everyone plays on grid.
Big miniatures - You’ll want to have giants, dragons, huge aliens, or radioactive monsters
Animated objects - Doors, gates, and traps. Watch them activate right on the map.
Height - Add depth to your maps, indoors and out.
Curved and angled walls - Take your maps off the grid.
Ranges and Area-of-effect - See just what you can hit and who gets effected.
Improved object support - Drop in props and decorations where and how you’d like them.
Status indicators - See your remaining hit points and other stats right on the map.
Multi-page character sheets - Whether it’s double-sided or multiple pages, give your players some room for their characters
Troupe play - Let your players control more than one character at a time.
Journals - Take notes and keep track of your campaign.
Dice and character macros - Let the program handle the effect of the roll and reduce the complexity of rolling up characters
Save sessions - Save the session so you can pick up right where you left off.
Improved UI - Better integrated UI with improved usability.
Preview of up-coming models
Many terrain types are planned
Dungeon Crawler – Everything you’ll need to build and stock your dungeons: stone walls and floors, heavy wooden doors, gates, pit traps, stairs, columns, statues, fountains, and so on.
The Local Tavern – All the bits for a fantasy village: interior and exterior walls, doors, tables, barrels, kegs, and other furnishings.
The Great Cavern – Stalactites and stalagmites, rough floors, rocky walls, columns, arches, and an underground river.
Metropolis – A modern city setting with building facades, roads, sidewalks, newsstands, phone booths, parking meters, fire escapes.
Hi-Tech Industrial – Go inside the ultra-modern mega-corporation. All the furnishings you’ll need for that secret espionage mission, or an assault on the super-villains headquarters.
Dirty, Spacer Bar – Everything for the town or star port on the edge of space. It’s “The Local Tavern” in a galaxy far away.
Starship Deck Plans – Build the bridge, engineering decks, cargo holds, sick bay, and living quarters aboard your starship.
Into the Wild – Outdoor pieces for forests and fields: trees and plants, rocky outcroppings, fallen logs, rope bridge, river and streams.
Swamp Thing – Outdoor pieces for stagnant water, banks, cattails, mangroves, and walkways along with the special Witches’ Hut.
Desert Storm – Sand dunes, bunkers, palm trees, an Oasis, and a Bedouin camp.
You’ll have your say. Throughout development, you can provide feedback and make feature requests. No one knows better than you what you need to truly enhance your gaming experience.
Social Media Incentive. Share this project on Facebook, Google+, or Twitter with the hashtag #tabletopconnect and you'll get a extra miniature. (Limit 1 miniature for each social networking platform.)
As an added bonus, David Okum of Okum Arts Games has generously provided his Darkfast Classic Fantasy Set Zero as special in-game miniatures. David's unique manga inspired cardstock miniatures brings lots of personality to the tabletop. Be sure to check-out his other collections for when you're gaming around your real table.
Todd Gamble and Jonathan G. Nelson of Adventure-A-Week have extended a special offer to Tabletop Connect backers. Add $45 to any backer level and you'll receive a 6 month subscription to Adventure-A-Week. That's a 25% discount on 65+ adventures designed for D&D 3.5 and Pathfinder Roleplaying Game with 160+ maps in GM, Player, and VTT formats.
Add $10 to any GM's Edition backer level and get 6 additional miniatures.
Add $15 to an any GM's Edition backer level and get 1 additional terrain set.
Add $25 to any GM's Edition backer level and get 4 Player's Edition licenses.
(Note: These add-ons are cumulative, e.g., $10 gets 6 additional minis, $15 gets 1 additional terrain. The two together is $25.)
The Tombs - $25,000 (Unlocked)
You'll receive The Tombs map from PBE Games set-up and ready to go. This includes an additional custom terrain set that you can use in any of your sessions.
Cards and Deck Support - $27,500 (Unlocked)
Support for decks of cards you can shuffle, draw from, deal to players, and play to the tabletop. You'll be able to use a standard deck of cards or create your own custom decks.
Okumarts Minis - $30,000 (Unlocked)
You'll get to choose a set of minis put together by David Okum of Okumarts Minis from one of his collections: Darkfast Fantasy, Retrospace, Serene Fist, or Whiplash Trigger.
Geomorphs - $32,500 (Unlocked)
Support for geomorphs. Quickly put levels together by dropping in and rotating prefab terrain tiles. We'll include a set of Dungeons in Blue from PBE Games already set-up, but you'll be able to design and share your own tile sets.
Folios - $35,000
Bind your sheets together in a virtual book with a cover for easy reference on the tabletop or to quickly share with other players and GMs. Create campaign reference guides, monster manuals, etc.
Okumarts Minis 2 - $37,500
You'll get choose another set of 10 minis put together by David Okum of Okumarts Minis from one of his collections: Darkfast Fantasy, Retrospace, Serene Fist, or Whiplash Trigger. This will bring your total number of Okumarts minis to 30!
Risks and challenges
There are always risks with software development. As such, there are no guarantees that the planned features will all make it into the final product. However, the alpha version provides a solid-framework to build upon.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
Not everyone runs just one OS. You'll get both PC and Mac versions.
Tabletop Connect requires Windows XP or later, or Max OSX 10.5 or later. It’s been tested on both modern high-end computers and some older configurations. The lowest specs tested so far are an AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual Core 2GHz, 2GB RAM, NVidia GeForce GT 240 1GB, with Windows 7.
Probably not. There are many features still to come and, while every effort will be made to maintain backwards compatibility, there are no guarantees. Running one-shots is highly encouraged. Find out what works and what you’d like to see improved.
You’ll choose which miniatures and terrain sets you want by the end of development. In the meantime, you get to help drive what will be available. Whatever your preference for genre, whether it’s fantasy, sci-fi, modern, 1920s investigators, or something else, you’ll help decide the final assets.
The instructions for downloading the alpha version are in Backer Update #1.
Yes. For the duration of the Kickstarter campaign, you may share the build with others in your group.
Yes. GMs will be able to join or host sessions.
There is currently no support planned for importing custom models, though additional types of image based tokens are being explored.
No. Tabletop Connect does not run on Android or iOS devices.
Yes. You will be to customize dice with your own images and values. You can see a quick preview of this in Update #10.
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