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Ever had the urge to play a board game but none of your friends were around? Had this great idea for a game you want to create? Looking for people to try your game? Or do you just want to throw stuff around? Tabletop Playground got you covered!

Take a seat at a virtual gaming table like you would in your own living room and invite all your friends. Create all kinds of things and enjoy watching them roll, bounce and slide over the table. You make your own rules! But it's not just a physics simulation: Tabletop Playground has additional features for objects like dice or cards. For example, you can stack, shuffle or deal cards, and put keep your cards hidden from other players.

You can start playing right away with the included classic board games, or head to the Steam Workshop to find games created by the community. If you don't find what you're looking for, use the in-game Editor and create it yourself! You can make your own game boards, pieces, dice, card decks, tables, and more!

Features

  • Multiplayer physics simulation for up to 8 players simultaneously
  • Interact with objects like on a real gaming table: pick them up, rotate, knock, drop or throw them
  • Support for interactions that aren’t possible in reality: copy and paste, modify object’s colors, dimensions, friction, and much more!
  • Measure distances and angles, or create formations for wargaming
  • Save and load the game state at any time
  • Many different backgrounds, both panoramas and full fledged 3D environments
  • Beatiful graphics using Unreal Engine 4
  • Oculus Rift and HTC Vive support, playable with and without motion controllers
  • Includes classic games like Chess, Go, Backgammon, Checkers, and standard cards used for games like Poker, Rummy, or Black Jack,
  • Easily create your own games using the in-game Editor using custom images and 3D models
  • Find more games created by the community on the Steam Workshop
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What's on the table?

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Hi, in this post I'd like to talk about the different objects that you can interact with in Tabletop Playground. Currently, there are 7 different object types implemented: standard objects (e.g. cube, ball, pawn,…), dice, cards, card holders, containers, cardboard figures, and tables. All of them have certain properties that should enable you to have a fun virtual tabletop game experience.

You will probably not use all of these object types in every game you choose to play: some are more useful for board games or card games, others may come in handy for wargaming. So, let's have a closer look!

Standard objects


Many games include elements that are simple standard objects (in Tabletop Playground those are also called “Generic” objects). They don't have any special behaviour – just imagine a pawn, or chess piece. In a game you would mostly interact with these objects by moving them over your game board. By the way: game boards are also standard objects!

Standard objects are mostly characterized by their physical properties. But you are able to influence those! Change the appearance (colors, roughness, or make them metallic) of an object, or play around with the scale. You can also define the bounciness and friction. Just try it out – it's a lot of fun to watch your objects slide on the table without friction.

Dice


Dice are an important part of many board games. Tabletop Playground includes six standard dice shapes. When you throw dice, they will spin randomly and all players get notified with what you threw once they settle. Using the Editor, you can create dice in any shape!

Cards


Cards are the only component of pure card games, but they are used in many other tabletop games as well. Tabletop Playground includes standard playing cards. But you can also create your own cards – in a rectangular, round or even hexagonal shape. Cards can be flipped and stacked, and card stacks can be shuffled.

Card Holders


In many games, you will want to organize a hand of cards, or keep your cards hidden from other players. Card holders help you do that: you can drop cards on a holder and order them as you would in your hand. Each card holder can have an owner. This means that cards on the player's holder are not visible to other players.

Containers


In some games, you need an infinite supply of certain objects (like go stones), or you want to grab a random piece out of a selection of objects (think of the letters in Scrabble). For these situations, the container object type is what you need! You insert items by simply dropping them onto the container. And you can drag them out either randomly or in a defined order, such as first in-first out.

Cardboard figures


Cardboard figures don't have any special behavior: they are just a convenient way to get figures into the game, if you only have a 2D Image. You create the figures in the editor of Tabletop Playground. You can select a round or rectangular base, or use your own base model. Then, all you need is an image and you have a 3D game piece!

Tables


Surprise: the action in Tabletop Playground takes place on a table. The game comes with a selection of eight different tables, but you can also create your own tables for custom games. You can get creative with what a “table” can be: for example, you could create a miniature golf lane course! However, the main property of tables is that they are unmovable and serve as a surface for your game.

That's it for the quick overview of all currently implemented object types. You can create your own versions of all of them using the editor, which I will talk about in one of the next posts. If you want more details, head over to the knowledge base that just went online with the first articles about object types. I still have ideas for several additional possible object types, which will get introduced as Tabletop Playground continues to evolve.

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Announcing Tabletop Playground

Announcing Tabletop Playground

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Play any kind of tabletop game you want online! Tabletop Playground is coming to Steam Early Access this year.

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richtofen115
richtofen115

But what's going to entice me to get this rather than play tabletop simulator? There are so many of these games trying to do Tabletop Sim, if you want to succeed do something they don't, find what they're lacking.

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Hi richtofen115, thanks for your comment! I created Tabletop Playground because I wanted a way to remotely play tabletop games with my friends. I started back in 2014 when Unreal Engine 4 became available and continued to work on it while similar games emerged: Tabletop Playground offers more realistic graphics, it has a strong focus on enabling anyone to easily create their own content using the in-game Editor, and it includes unique features such as color schemes or movement history. I hope this quick overview answers your question. More information is coming over the next months on tabletop-playground.com!

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