We thought it was pretty cool when D&D went from being pen and paper only to being represented in video games.Â It was even cooler when we saw D&D being played on a Microsoft Surface, but the details of how accessible to the public those inevitably expensive table-like-devices will be is still unknown.Â What about tech and implementation more accessible, more affordable, and already available to the general public — what about a very similar idea to Skylanders?
What if you could have a figure of your character that fits in your pocket and contains all of the information pertaining to your D&D campaign?
- Store your entire character sheet in your character figure.
- Place your figure on the surface and it comes to life on the board/surface/tv/whatever tech is being used.
- The D&D campaign could be streamed to any available device: iPad, iPhone, TV, Computer, Microsoft Surface, Consoles (especially the Wii), etc.
Dungeon Masters could program monsters and the campaigns ahead of time.Â When a monster is encountered, the Dungeon Master pulls out the monster figure and places it on the board/portal device.Â All calculations, abilities, loot, and every D&D detail is already accounted for because it is transferred to the game by the figure.Â Battles can play out graphically on the streaming device and results of all actions are then transferred to the figure; details including up-to-the-minute health, spell usage, listen checks, modifiers, and etc.
New content, new areas, and anything the dungeon master wants to add to the campaign need only be set on the portal/surface and it is then available on the screen.Â Players are given only what the dungeon master wants them to see and control is still in the hands of the players. Need to use a potion? Set the potion item on the portal, it scans in and heals you.Â There are so many possibilities.
Watch the video below and just imagine it being D&D.
If this already exists, we implore you to link us so we can promptly go out and buy it.