Ways to Play! Tabletop, Couch Mode, & Distance Mode explained!
We’ve had a few questions to clarify how you play Eon Altar, so today we want to talk a little bit about our typical set-up, and various other ways you can play!
The Tabletop Videogame
Our dream is to play videogame in a way we love, socially – around a space, with our friends, face to face. Last year as we were seeing the proliferation of smartphones and tablets, we realized now was probably the right time to create this type of experience. Around the shared tablet is the ideal way to play Eon Altar
Right now all devices connect with WiFi. We have Bluetooth working exclusively between iOS devices, like iPads and iPhones, and we’re investigating connecting through local device hotspots, cross-platform Bluetooth, and online through mobile-network connection. We’ll keep you updated!
We know not everyone has a tablet to share, but most everyone has a TV or a monitor! In Couch Mode you use a TV instead of the shared tablet. The Smartphone Handset now also acts as a controller to move your character around the world. Other mechanics, like fighting other players for loot, will be moved onto the Handsets as well with each player trying to grab loot first as it pops us.
Couch Mode already works with PC, and at launch we’ll support Airplay with your iPad and Apple TV and as well as WiDi / Miracast.
We’re investigating an Xbox Smartglass and PS3 / PS4 option as well. That’s a longer ways off but we’ll keep you updated as we get further into production!
What if you can’t get all your friends together every time you want to play? We know that pain too! Each session we gather for our campaigning our group in D&D or Shadowrun, we may have someone out of town, or out sick. But just like how people play D&D over Skype, and people even played chess over telegram, we want to make sure you can play with your friends. It’s not the ideal way, but it works!
Distance Mode lets a PC player log into a session with his friends that are playing in a group. In a single window, you see the exploration view and your ‘Handset’ menu pops up out of the corner, like any normal PC game. You control either through touch or mouse, while seeing what your fellow players are doing. Jump on your favorite chat system like Skype and it’s almost like you’re right there!
We have investigated other modes, like Pass & Play and Single Shared Device Play. We haven’t committed to them just yet, but we hope to make the game even more accessible and add more functionality in after launch! That’s the beauty of episodic release – we can continually make it better and make sure it plays the way you like to play it!
If you have any more questions, as always, head over to the comments section!