When gamers nowadays think of “games” they think exclusively of video games. They seem to have forgotten how fun it can be to get together with friends and bust out the snacks and drinks to play a good old board game. Tabletop Simulator is a video game, but it is also kind of a board game.
So what is it?
Well. It’s a video game in which you play board games. Or card games. Or pen and paper games. Or dice games. I think you get the point. If it’s a game that you usually play away from the PC or any console and on top of a table, you can probably play it in Tabletop Simulator. And in VR.
But how does it work?
So the game comes with a bunch of traditional games like Backgammon, Chess, Poker, Checkers, Mahjong and a few more. But you can also spawn objects like cards, pawns, dice and figurines. So you can actually play anything that involves the components that the game provides you.
So only classic games?
Not even close. Tabletop simulator has a huge library of Steam workshop assets, objects, boards and full games. And since it the workshop is user created content and it’s not the game’s fault what the community makes, you can find almost any licensed tabletop game in there. So you wanna play monopoly? Easy. How about Sheriff of Nottingham? Got it. Secret Hitler? Yup.
But why not just buy the real games?
I definitely think that you should buy all the games that you want to play. Be it a video game or a tabletop game, but what if you and your friends live far apart? What if you can’t find a physical copy of the game that you want to play?
Imagine you want to play Dungeons and Dragons with your friends but most of you are busy during the day, with your education or work. But you are hardcore and you decide that you can miss out on some sleep and play during the night. Maybe it’s a creepy campaign that would be cooler during the night. You start to think where you can get together to play and it turns out that you don’t have a place where you won’t disturb your significant other, parents or roommate. So what do you do. Just play it on Tabletop Simulator.
Or you have always wanted to get into the Warhammer 40k board game but you don’t know if you are going to like it. Oh, if only there was a way to try it out before you invest in buying it and all it’s seemingly infinite number figures. I think you get where I’m going. And you can play them in VR. You can even choose the table you play on and your surroundings. The best part is that if you get mad you can flip the table and call it a night.
So I should get it?
I think I just listed out a few reasons why Tabletop Simulator is amazing. And trust me, there are many more. The controls are great, there are animated figures, you can have a tablet on the table with which to access the internet without breaking the immersion and the list goes on and on. Berserk Games really did an outstanding job and created a game that will be forever relevant.