Dungeons and Dragons played on the Microsoft Surface
by Mark R
It has been decades since I have played Dungeons and Dragons (D&D). Decades. I’m not certain why I ever stopped. Maybe because I realized that playing D&D gave you an automatic label of “geek”.
However, this team from Carnegie Mellon has developed a D&D that can be played on Microsoft’s Surface. There is a video of it after the jump if you want to see it in action, and I highly recommend that you do, even though it is quite long. And you thought the SCOPE augmented reality game looked neat.
The video shows that players can put their miniature figures on the Surface, and it will automatically give the stats on the display.
As for the Dungeon Master’s (DM) role, he or she can make maps, and then go in for closeups and scroll with some device exists that outside of the surface. You’ll have to watch the vid to see what I’m talking about. It would appear that the DM is linked to the Surface with a laptop for their own personal privacy.
Now, the whole Dungeons and Dragons game is dependent on dice, and it appears that there is a kind of virtual dice that the character can “roll”.
Even though I am not in the Role-Playing Game scene any more, I can see how this technology could take off. However, we are a long way from having a Surface in every household. Honestly, I can’t help but love the Surface and want one for my very own.