This Might Be The Most High-Tech Tabletop RPG Ever

I was running out of PAX East last Saturday. I had to catch a bus. But I wanted to check one last cranny of the show floor to make sure I wasn't missing anything. I'm so glad I did, because I nearly missed Eon Altar. What, you've never heard of it?

Eon Altar is a tabletop role-playing game made for tablets and phones. Up to five players use phones or tablets — Android, iOS, Windows 8 — to control their heroes in a Dungeons & Dragons-style quest. A tablet sitting on a table between them serves as the game board. The tablet doesn't need to be gigantic, but the game's developers at Flying Helmet Games decided to use a freakishly large one for their PAX East demo.

Each player sees their character's stats on their own screen and can choose combat options through their personal interface. They can pick up loot and move their characters on the big tablet.

In battles, players roll dice by shaking the screen in their hands. The dice roll out onto the tablet on the table.

Here is the hurried video I shot of the game, as the minutes were ticking down to my exit:

I had to dash off. But, yeah, I'm glad I saw that. Eon Altar is five months into development. Follow future developments at the game's official site.


Comments

    awesome idea, but can you play this over the internet with the central board being a screen/view?

    playing like the would so hurt my back and shoulders

    Last edited 30/03/13 2:40 pm

    I dont even play these games, but it looks cool.

    Seems a bit more Diablo: Wii U Edition rather than D&D, but I still want one. =P

    It's also really making me want a Syndicate game using this tech. More screens would be pretty pointless in a single player game but for some reason it still sounds perfect to me.

    Last edited 30/03/13 6:03 pm

      Who says it has to be single player? Syndicate on the SNES was four player >_>

      wtb XCOM where we each control a single soldier using this tech! Our own fields of view and such would be awesome.

        Oooo. That makes me think Dawn of War II. Every tablet is assigned a unit and you have to complete the missions with team work.

          Except then you get all the baggage that comes with Games Workshop >_> Also I guess you'd have to find someone to make it, since Relic don't have access to that license any more iirc.

            Even without Relic and Games Workshop's problems it'd never happen. Way too niche. Still a fun thing to think about.

    Ever since Microsoft first announced the Surface, I've been dreaming of playing computerised board games. Takes away all the tedious manual calculations.

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