RPG Table Online Turns Long-Distance Gaming Into A Video Game

By Ryan Winslett 2012-10-12 11:57:09 discussion comments
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Sometimes it can be extremely difficult to get a group together for a night of questing through your favorite tabletop roleplaying game. That’s where Game Table Online comes in. Already known for allowing players to get together and play a wide variety of tabletop board games virtually, the company has now launched “RPG Table Online,” a suite of tools that makes it possible to play an RPG with your best buds, no matter where you happen to be.

Honestly, I’m all for this. I used to play in a weekly World of Darkness campaign with some friends until we all spread to the furthest corners of the globe. Something like RPG Table Online sounds like it would make the occasional game an actual possibility.

Here’s a statement from GameTable Online about their newest tech: Remember when you used to get together with friends to play a roleplaying game like Dungeons and Dragons? The glory of assuming the role of a fantasy hero and dispatching vile monsters with your sword or spell, exploring the universe as a space mercenary, or saving the world as your favorite superhero. Then reality set in: school, jobs, kids of your own, friends moving away and any host of commitments. GameTable Online has launched RPG Table Online so you can play any role playing game on your schedule with friends and other gamers around the world.

All you have to do is log in to the official website. The core experience is free and doesn’t even require a download. At your disposal will be all of the basic tools for running and playing a game, including a dice roller, map and dungeon creator, character and monster token system, initiative tracker, campaign notebook, character sheets and integrated voice chat. The core content is fantasy based, but you can purchase additional tokens, tiles and backgrounds to customize the game to your taste. Or you can just use the adequate core set and just use your imagination. You’re playing an RPG, so I’d assume you’re pretty good at that.

More content, tools and themes are on the way, and GameTable is working with various RPG companies in an effort to get custom character sheet templates into the application.

It may not be the ideal setting for a tabletop session but, thanks to the wonders of the internet, you and your friends can now at least pretend like you are once again gathered around the same table, killing orcs and saving the princess.
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