A lot of folks have gotten into, or gotten back into, tabletop gaming over the last year or so. Tools like Tabletop Simulator and Roll20 have made DnD something that anyone can do at any time. And here’s an excellent project that uses Roll20 and Raspberry Pi to build an amazing interactive gaming tabletop. Here’s more via The MagPie Magazine
The real magic for this interactive table comes from Roll20 – it’s a free online service that is normally used to let people remotely connect to each other for a TTRPG game. As well as being able to talk to your group and GM, you can roll dice within the app and control tokens of your characters.
It also allows a GM to display a map that has a ‘fog of war’ – areas that the players cannot see. From their computer, they can reveal the map as the players explore. Sign up for an account – if you’re the GM, you might want a secondary account to act as the ‘player’ account for the screen.
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