Latest in Gaming

Image credit:

Surfacescapes puts Dungeons & Dragons on Surface, makes your d20 obsolete (video)

Tim Stevens
10.20.09
Share
Tweet
Share
Save

Sponsored Links

We've seen some fancy applications for Microsoft's Surface, the touchable, strokable, caressable computing device/big-ass table, but not a single one has made us twitter in nerdy glee like Surfacescapes. Created by a team at Carnegie Mellon University, it's an implementation of Dungeons & Dragons in 3D, something that has of course been done dozens and dozens of times before, but this is different. Way different. It brilliantly brings the tabletop style of play to Surface, with players moving real figurines over virtual battlefields, rolling virtual d20s and d6s to deal real damage against digital dire wolves and the like, opponents who can move and attack automatically. Sure, it takes some of the imagination out of the experience, but it'll also make re-rolling your character a heck of a lot easier -- not to mention eliminating the dungeonmaster's folder of magic, mystery, and crudely drawn maps.

All products recommended by Engadget are selected by our editorial team, independent of our parent company. Some of our stories include affiliate links. If you buy something through one of these links, we may earn an affiliate commission.
Share
Tweet
Share
Save

Popular on Engadget

The 2019 Engadget Holiday Gift Guide

The 2019 Engadget Holiday Gift Guide

View
Blackstone HyperTek electric motorcycle smashes all molds

Blackstone HyperTek electric motorcycle smashes all molds

View
What's on TV this week: 'Shenmue III'

What's on TV this week: 'Shenmue III'

View
iFixit pulls apart the 16-inch MacBook Pro and sees little has changed

iFixit pulls apart the 16-inch MacBook Pro and sees little has changed

View
Apple's latest iOS 13 update fixes Mail, background download glitches

Apple's latest iOS 13 update fixes Mail, background download glitches

View

From around the web

Page 1Page 1ear iconeye iconFill 23text filevr