As we play games on our consoles or even our computers, from Dungeons and Dragons to World of Warcraft, technology around us is changing. We might sigh and hope that it can slow down so we can catch up. However, as we already know, the world never stops changing. Technology grows stronger and more quickly with each passing year. Just a few short years ago, who would have thought that we would carry a computer in our pockets that can talk to a watch on our wrist?
Screens have taken over our lives, both at work and in play. However, the tabletop gaming world hasn’t really seen any major technological advancements. That has all changed over the last couple of years with the availability of virtual tabletop software.
Picture this: you want to play Dungeons and Dragons, but you can’t find a local gaming group that you want to play with. Remove the bulky bag of books, bags of dice, erased pencil marks on paper character sheets… and replace it all with a virtual tabletop. Your party can be anywhere and it can feel like you’re in the same room. From Roll20, a Google Hangouts extension, to Fantasy Grounds, which integrates licensed content directly from publishers, there has been a ton of innovation in the virtual tabletop space in a short period of time. The newest entry into this space is called Tableaux.
There may be some flaws with using a virtual tabletop, though. Any software can be compromised. But, in my experience, being part of a gaming group requires a level of shared trust. Weeding out the bad seeds won’t take long. Additionally, there will likely still a bit of a disconnect, since you’re not physically in the same room.
Despite these potential shortcomings, though, we’re excited for the future of virtual tabletop gaming! Here’s an early look at Tableaux. Let us know what you think in the comments!