When Will He Stop?

Tabletopia logo

I’m afraid I have another Kickstarter to mention. Only bumped into this one just now, so it’s not part of a conspiracy to empty your wallet. Honest. However, this one was just too good to pass up on. I’d say it was worth at least a cursory look by any gamer: Tabletopia.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/tabletopia/tabletopia-the-digital-platform-for-board-games/widget/video.html

Can’t work out how to make the video appear, so I’m afraid you’ll just have to click on the link above.

If they manage to deliver what they promise then it will be a really worthwhile development, and rather exciting for both players and designers.

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4 Responses to When Will He Stop?

  1. captainglen says:

    There was a previous KickStarter called Tabletop Simulator, which offered pretty much the same thing. Both systems fail to offer rules enforcement. I personally think rules enforcement is an essential feature. It just a physics simulator with table top pieces. It sounds really cool, but in practice it’s not actually very useful. Tabletop Simulator is already available in early access on Steam so people can play it straight away unlike Tabletopia. I find myself playing Catan, Carcassonne, Ticket to Ride and Small World from boardgame apps on either Android or Steam far more than on Tabletop Simulator simply because they have rules enforcement.

    • Quirkworthy says:

      A good point. I find the whole thing intriguing as it’s clearly in the middle of evolving. As a group, I don’t think that gamers have settled on the “right” way to game online. Whether the enforcement of rules is a deal breaker for most people remains to be seen. Personally I think I need to get some hands-on experience with this before I decide. My guess is that it might well be one of those things that depends largely on who you’re playing with – just like FTF games 🙂

  2. Pikaraph says:

    Hi Jake !

    Thanks for sharing, I forwarded it to a friend who’s a game designer (Blam! reediting Cloud 9 under the name of Celestia), he’s really interested in the product to make a playtest room !

  3. ChardunZer0 says:

    I’d love to see traditional publishers release their games digitally on a platform like this. How fun would it be to play Dreadball with a buddy (or total stranger) halfway across the world?

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