TaleSpire: Tabletop Role Playing On Your PC
These were obviously not the RPGs that people grew to know in the action-based video game world such as Final Fantasy, Dragon Quest, Darkest Dungeon, and the like, but open worlds contained in the player’s imagination limited by nothing but the DMs story and a dice roll.
A developer called BOUNCY ROCK ENTERTAINMENT is attempting to blur those lines a little more with a software title called TaleSpire.
TaleSpire is a game-building software/game available on PC through steam and attempts to maintain the tabletop feel in a virtual space with digitized static miniatures to represent heroes and monsters. The DM has the tools to create a suitable virtual tabletop space complete with floors, walls, statues, secret passages, underwater areas, and allegedly much more, in time, on their end, and in traditional TTRPG style, keeping all of it hidden from the players until they choose for it to be revealed as the story plays out.
The dice rolls are rolled in-game by both the player and DM, so no need to run out to the games workshop to purchase a twenty-dollar set of dice for this dungeon crawling adventure.
The game building is done, as traditional TTRPG separate from the actual gameplay in advance. The DM builds the campaign before inviting the ones doing the adventuring to play. They build the adventure complete with whatever twists, turns, monsters, secret passages, or nonplayer characters they require to tell their interactive story to the group of participants.
The players choose their digitized miniature representation of a hero of whatever race, sex, or species the game currently offers, on the TaleSpire website it is mentioned that more options are coming including the ability to design a unique miniature through a character-building type mechanic and even import your own design.
Other than the game being digital software or a “video game” it retains its tabletop roots as close as possible. The animations are few, the characters are static being moved by the participants onscreen as if they were IRL chess pieces. The atmosphere, structures, paths, pieces, and parts the DM has to work with look amazing with tons of options and only limited to their imaginations.