In this experimental LP series, we are going to try and work together to build an original game for the PC Game Tabletop Simulator
What is Tabletop Simulator?
Tabletop Simulator is a PC game where users can play tabletop RPGs and board games online with friends. Built into the game itself are the Microsoft Default series of games like Checkers and Chess, but DLC Packs include well known tabletop classics like Tiny Epic Galaxies, SUPERFIGHT and Zombicide.
But what I feel makes me play this game are the Mods, people can create and build their own RPG, Card and Board Games. (And sometimes shady-bootlegs of familiar Hasbro Properties)
What Mods Do You Recommend
Rather it’s the latest D&D or some variation of Clue, there is something for everybody in Tabletop Simulator, I am gonna list off a few of my favorite mods from Tabletop Simulator, but trying my hardest to not post any that haven’t gotten original developer approval.
Pokemon Master Trainer is as faithful to that one Pokemon Board Game that you remember as a kid with the pokemon pogs. Defeat the Elite Four essentially though deck building.
The Game of Life It has the spinning wheel, and the ability to get into debt because you have six kids, so it’s just as faithful to the board game as you can get.
Connect 4 is a favorite because of how it’s well modeled, You can build something like this, if you had the modeling background.
Hotel is a fantastic moded game that has set pieces and a fun board to play with. I might like it a bit more than monopoly
Foodtown Throwdown is strictly just a card game, where you gotta get ingredients to make something on the menu, but could always be screwed over by your opponents as they also try and race to get items.
Trivial Pursuit has all the trivia and board game ability you come to remember from the board game, with some original questions thrown in as well.
The Game of Internet has an approach similar to Sorry, where the movement is based on what card you drew, but could have dire consequences about where you go, okay, it’s also self-promotion.
doodler. is a quick-draw game that has a ton of scripting in it, where players draw items and have to guess which is what.
Deck Quest also takes the familar RPG tropes and turns them into a fun, and funny card game to play when you have friends online and want a quick RPG to play.
Draw It! is pictionary, that’s about it. but there are thousands of cards available for people to play with.
Rank’d is a game where friends have to guess how you ranked five random items in order from best to worst. You could also play it more casually where you all rank at the same time and see who matches. I also made this and I feel bad for promoting my own stuff.
Tabletop Simulator offers us plenty of things to work with in our project, rather it’ll be a Card Game, a Board Game or an RPG. Here are some things to consider, each with their own pros and cons.
The Basic Pawns in this game come in nine different colors, as the maximum amount of people at a table is eight, Going clockwise on the color wheel. It’s easier to understand for a board game, requires less art, but at the same time, is as basic as a tabletop piece can get.
Dice in this game are anywhere from a D4 to the classic D20, and the Board Game Classic D6 in a variety of colors. The Colors could be different on each one, meaning you could have rules in place where certain colors gain while others lose, or just create a bootleg version of Farkle.
The Toolchest is full of fun tools to use in this game. Notecards can be used for players to write down their stats OR write down answers. MP3 Player can be used to listen to music to get people invested in a game. The Counter can be used positively or negatively to keep score if you were doing a game involving points. Tablets have access to the internet, giving people access to dictionaries, rules, or message boards to respond to. The Digital Clock defaults to the current time on your computer, but can be used to count up or count down, it only tracks exact seconds. Infinite Bag is a bag that can only contain one item in infinite quanities, such as coins, marbles, or poker chips. The regular bag can act as a randomizer where contents can be placed in the bag with random things drawn. And if you don’t know what a calculator does, I can’t help you, sorry.
And the holy grail of them all - The CUSTOM sets, you want to create a board? You got it. A Customized Deck of Cards? How many do you want? Let’s Do It! A Custom Dice can be made, as well as Figurines (Candyland Style) and Models and Tokens can be programmed as well, but I lack any experience in 3D Polygonal work, so this would need to be done by somebody else in the community.
There is also a few items that are helpful, such as a Blindfold (pressing the “B” key blinds you) and the ability to “flick” for a skill game or draw for a drawing game.
Progress in our Game
Currently, we have made zero progress, as we have just launched this experimental interactive LP. This will have a mix of screencaps, images, and possible video, when the game is near completion, I hope that many of you will test out the game, and play it with others here on Let’s Play Zone. YOU DO NOT NEED A COPY OF THIS GAME TO JOIN IN THE DISCUSSION, JUST TO PLAY THE FINISHED CREATION
It’s a collaboration piece, so I hope you all can help me out and contribute in any way that you can, rather it’s art, rules, ideas, you name it.
Currently we are on the pre-production phase, we are coming up with ideas for games, generating ideas for something to develop.
FEBRUARY 6 2017 UPDATE:
I’m gonna need one sentence descriptions for what our game is gonna be about.
- “Finding out the Killer through deductive reasoning”
- “Friends Answer Personal Questions and Players Guess”
- “Robbing a bank and getting as much money without getting caught”
It could be as outrageous, comical or as interesting as you want it to be.
We are currently voting for the game you want to see and help create, you can vote in the poll below.
(I also screwed up and should have double posted for the ONE SENTENCE DESCRIPTION section, but oh well, too late now)
We just created the rules of the game which is currently available in this post
One player is the killer, the rest are detectives.
One player must kill the others (and live) to win.
The Rest must find the killer before being killed themselves (by the killer or sabotaging detectives)
If the killer dies, new killer emerges (with accusation cards returning)
During 1 v 1, it’s a battle of the death (or surviving with the correct accusation)
We have made some updates to the game, which was posted here featuring graphics and card updates suggested by posters in the thread.
We also have a template for cards right here: http://i.imgur.com/NYMG1li.png
And we even had some footage of the game itself!
This is what was the 2nd to last step to completion of “Death Til Dawn”
What Are We Gonna Do Next
PlayTesting is the fun part of the game, where we all try and play the game and figure out if anything is confusing or game breaking, then try and come up with ways to fix it or improve it.
The start of this section is over here, as well as a poll to determine if the thread is satisfied with the game and it’s creation, so next month we could start our NEXT game.