Tabletopia is a digital platform for board games. Think of it as a central hub where gamers from all over the world can gather to play tabletop games online.
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Release Date: Mar 28, 2016

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Why Early Access?

“After more than two years in development and the browser version in Beta since early 2015, we are now focused on the standalone version of Tabletopia for Steam.

We entered the Early Access program in the hopes of including the many passionate tabletop enthusiasts into our development process.

We are very eager for your feedback about Tabletopia as a whole and the Steam version of it in particular, as this enables us to continuously improve our service.”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“We are planning to be in Early Access until Fall 2016.”

How is the full version planned to differ from the Early Access version?

“Our main target will be to add new global features, such as community related features, gameplay enhancement, support of new game mechanics and overall usability and optimization of the user experience.
  • Versions for iOS and Android devices (with cross-platform play)
  • Improved turn based gameplay (incl. PBEM)
  • Advanced Hot-Seat mode
  • Player matching 2.0, guilds, and other community features
  • In-game hints and tutorials
  • Special tools for wargames and RPG
  • Smart selection and automation
  • Undo command
  • Game notation
  • In-game text chat 2.0
  • Built-in voice chat
  • Custom hot keys
  • New game objects and features
  • Smart counters
  • Object sorting, deck previews and management
  • Context help for game objects
  • Special visual effects

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“Tabletopia already features 200+ licensed board games, and more are added every day in partnership with their designers and/or publishers.

All the games are fully playable from day one and can be shared via a web browser with people who don’t have Steam or Tabletopia accounts. Only one account is needed for the whole gaming group.

If you purchase Early Access you will also get access to our Workshop, giving you the ability to create, playtest, and publish your board games on our platform.”

Will the game be priced differently during and after Early Access?

“Tabletopia will be free-to-play after release. You will not be charged for any games from our basic catalog.

Also, you will be able to purchase our premium accounts for more awesome benefits and features:
Silver ($4.99/month): access to premium games and expansions, more games played simultaneously
Gold ($9.99/month): private gaming rooms, ability to invite guests to premium games

Upon release, all our Early Access supporters will receive complimentary Gold access for one month and a special badge!”

How are you planning on involving the Community in your development process?

“Any feedback, concerns, or criticism are very valuable to us. We understand how important the community is. After all, we are creating Tabletopia for you.”
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July 29

Tabletopia Update - July 29th, 2016

Hi all,

With the latest Tabletopia update, we’ve fixed crashes on Windows 32-bit version of the Tabletopia.

Specific changes include:

  1. Fixed: crash issue on PC x86 machines
  2. Stability and performance improvements
  3. Overall improvements & bugfixes

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July 26

Learn & Play: Hansa Teutonica and Planetarium

Live Events on Saturday July 30 and Sunday July 31



New weekend and new games to play with our team! Come play Hansa Teutonica and Planetarium with us!

  • Date and time Hansa Teutonica: July 30 at 5PM (UTC)
  • Date and time Planetarium: July 31 at 3PM (UTC)

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About This Game

What is Tabletopia?

Tabletopia is a digital platform for board games. Think of it as a central hub where gamers from all over the world can gather to play tabletop games online.

Tabletopia already features 200+ licensed board games and counting. All the games can be shared via a web browser with people who don’t have Steam or Tabletopia accounts. So, only one account is needed for the whole gaming group!

What does Tabletopia offer?

  • Advanced digital arena for playing board games in an experience almost like gathering around a real table.
  • Hundreds of licensed board games, including both designer classics and recent hits.
  • Ability to create your own games with no programming knowledge required.
  • Specialized tools for designing, playtesting, demonstrating, and monetizing your board games.
  • True cross-platform experience: available now on PC, Mac OS X, coming soon to iOS and Android devices.
  • Public and private game tables, matchmaking system, ratings and reputation rankings, etc.
  • Automated game setup, shuffling and dealing of cards, tracking player turns and victory points, and many other automated features.

What do I pay for?

Purchase Tabletopia on Steam to gain full access to the service right now via your Steam client. Once Tabletopia is released, you will receive one free month of Gold access. After that, your account will be switched to Bronze with free access to all basic games.

Will I pay anything after release?

No, Tabletopia will be free-to-play after release. Once your premium account expires, you will be switched to Bronze account with free access to our basic catalog.

Or you can choose to purchase one of our premium accounts for more awesome benefits and features:
  • Silver ($4.99/month): access to premium games and expansions
  • Gold ($9.99/month): private gaming rooms, ability to invite guests to premium games
Find more about these accounts on www.tabletopia.com.

How do I play games on Tabletopia?

Tabletopia is a sandbox system. That means no AI to enforce the rules, so you still need to read the rulebook to know how to play the game.

Choose a game from our extensive library, create a table, send the link to your friends, and let the game begin. Or go to Find&Play section and join an already created table. It’s that simple!

Why Tabletopia and not other similar services?

  • Officially licensed games. All the games in our catalog are fully licensed and created in partnership with their designers and/or publishers.
  • Friendly interface. Tabletopia is developed by professionals with maximum usability in mind. Its friendly interface, intuitive actions, built-in tutorials will make your gaming experience smooth and easy.
  • Amazing visuals. Tabletopia boasts outstanding 3D graphics and top-notch quality of all game components and visuals. It also features a flexible camera with refined controls and custom settings.
  • Digital advantages. Being a sandbox system, Tabletopia provides numerous advantages of a digital product, such as automated game setup, shuffling and dealing of cards, tracking player turns and victory points, etc. Game objects can be rotated, flipped, locked in place, and decks of cards can be shuffled and dealt from at the click of a button.

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows 7 / Windows 8 / Windows 8.1 / Windows 10
    • Processor: 1.2 GHz, 2 cores
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 1024 MB
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 7 / Windows 8 / Windows 8.1 / Windows 10
    • Processor: Intel® Core™ i3 or higher, 1.5+ GHz, 2+ cores
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 1024 MB, DirectX 11 or higher, discrete video card
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    Minimum:
    • OS: Mac OS X 10.6 or newer
    • Processor: Intel® Core™ i3 or higher, 1.5+ GHz, 2+ cores
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 512 MB
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    Recommended:
    • OS: Mac OS X 10.6 or newer
    • Processor: Intel® Core™ i3 or higher, 1.5+ GHz, 2+ cores
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 1024 MB, discrete video card
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
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Mostly Positive (59 reviews)
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Christ Guitar
( 5.2 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: July 9
Had fun playing some Village and Nations dice game. Controls are good. Wish some rules or game phases where automated. Keep the games coming!
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(♣) Fenrir the Frenzied
( 1.3 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: July 8
Super awesome idea

Pros:
Lots of Board Games (for free)
Allows you to make your own board games and upload!!! SUPER SICK.

Cons:
Next to no players online (you can fix this by buying and playing the game!)
Plan to move to a monthly sub fee for premium access to all board games (I'll not be part of that!)

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MWMDragon
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: July 2
150MB download.. Did i seriously just pay $11 for a redirecting program that takes me to a website :(
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Dominea
( 0.2 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: June 26
Haven't been able to join a single game. :( I don't get it. I don't actually see anyone playing online. Do I have to specifically setup my own games at home? What's the point, when I can just play the real thing locally.
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Arnorec
( 10.0 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: June 6
I’ve been following Tabletopia for a long time and finally decided to buy the Early Acces to see if it’s any good.

What I liked about it:

I can play board games anywhere and any time. I don’t need to wait for a game night to play with friends.
I can pause the game if I cannot finish it and continue later.
Huuuge amount of games! Very many titles I really wanted to try but could not before. I can now.
Awesome graphics, all games look great and components are top quality.
New games appear very often. Many games that are published have not yet been released.
User-frienldy interface with good controls.

Things I don’t like are few and mostly concern the Early Access nature of the game:
Few people online to play with. So now I mostly play with my friends (I send them the link and they can play in browser).
No automated matchmaking and ratings. But AFAIK the developers will add them later.
Mostly only English games, which is not my native language. I would like to have games more multilanguage games.

Overall, I like it a lot and recomment to try. And hope that the developers will continue improving this product and making it more enjoyable.
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Sparrow
( 14.5 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: June 6
I've played several games already, and I must say I'm really impressed.

First of all, what's most appealing to me, is the opportunity to try new games that I would never be able to try in "real" life. And what's more cool, is that many of those games are not yet avaialble in print! And I can try games I'm not sure I want in my real collection to see if I like them first! In a nutshell, I can discover so much more games with Tabletopia, and that's what I like best. And they're all licensed, so I'm not pirating or stealing in any way!

Also, I love that I don't have to wait for a game night to play with my friends. We live rather far away and can only arrange game nights once every two weeks. But with Tabletopia, I can create a room, send a link to my friend and jump right into action! No need to arrange anything, drive anywhere, and so on. I can have a game night literally anytime I feel like it.

Also I like it that I can save the table in case I need to dash and just come back to it later and start from the same place.

What else is great, is that the experience is much more lifelike than one might have thought. With 3D and excellent graphics, you almost feel like playing a real game. Much more so than on BGA, for example.

Sure, the controls need time getting used to. And that's my main complaint. At first it is rather hard and takes a lot of time. My advice will be to learn the hot keys, it gets considerably easier with them. Sure, it's still no replacement for moving the pieces with your own hands, but, let's be frank, with games like Scythe or Anachrony, I might never get the chance to put my hands on those games, in the first place.

All in all, I do recommend to give Tabletopia a try!
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RaveN
( 5.4 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: June 4
There'are some things I like and some things I don't. But on the whole, Tabletopia looks really good to me and I do recommend checking it out!

What I like is:
- I can play very many board games with very many people. It's a cool concept. I can play with friends who don't have accounts (just send them the link) or I can meet new people from the other side of the globe.
- The platform has a lot of cool games many of which are not yet in print. New games appear really often. I basically can play new games every day.
- It will be free after release, and the Early Access is also reasonably priced, IMO: you get full access to all games until Fall (according to info here on Steam) and that for only $10. Later I will see if I want to purchase the account or just continue playing for free.
- Everything looks super beautiful. Amazing graphics and 3D.
- The interface is very friendly.
- It runs on Mac and on PC and soon they will add tablets.

What I don't like (and these are rather small things, on the whole, but they bother me):
- That the game does not count your victory points for you. But I read that the developers will add this feature later on, so that will be fixed.
- I don't really enjoy all the fiddling with the components, it's harder than analog games. I wish for the game to have two options: for hardcore gamers who want to handle all components themselves and AI-mode for people who don't. The hot keys help, though.
- The game really eats up a lot of battery.

So on the whole, a thumb up from me here!
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Nekro G
( 2.3 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: May 31
Product received for free
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I have been looking forward to this one, Tabletopia is a game in which you can play board games Similar to Tabletop Simulator

Loading took a little more than a minute, I thought it froze at first.
First thing I see is nice menus, I like the way the interfaces are set up here better than Tabletop Simulator, looks very Clean.

There are not near as many active players compared to Tabletop simulator, so there are few active games, at least when I tried it there was only 3.

I see less classic games, and more independent games here, which is not a bad thing, it actually adds value to both games, as I can see them as different.
But was dissapointed not to see games like Scrabble, Mastermind, Monopoly, etc.

I think the graphics and the way all the menus are set up are great, they really shine in this department over TableTop simulator. Everything is drawn better and the colors are much more vibrant.

However, Tabletop simulator, has much more Gameplay mechanics.

One big thing I like that it seems you can do, is bounce between different games.

I hear rumors of subscription models to play some games, while this will drive some away, especially if they have to pay a base price for the software first (UPDATE it seems that base price on steam includes 1 month of gold), If the mechanics are tweeked to be improved and the graphics stay as clean, it might be worth it.
I looked it up and gold would be around $9.99, and I don't think at about $9.99 a month is worth it, but I might be willing to pay $4.99 a month for silver, thats only $60 a year, to play unlimited games online.
If they can work the price down to $4.99 this would be economicly a value worth the subscription.
I love the fact the community lets you create games, and that if you want can monetize them.

The biggest thing plauging it so far is the lack of players, Its hard to find people to play with at this time, and that makes it hard to be a game to just keep playing, hopefully the gamer base booms when the subscrtiptions set in, as that will really add lots of replay value if the community is large.

Overall the game is Fun, This will probably turn out great even, I just wish more bigger game companies were on board.

Pros:
+ Lots of Games you've Never Played
+ Some Classic Games like Checkers, Chess, Cards & Reversi
+ Chances for Indy game makers to make money
+ Beautifully Designed Menus & Interface

Cons:
-Not Classic games like Mastermind, Sorry, Life, Scrabble, Monopoly etc or anything else mainstream basically
- Monthly Cost to have full access
- Not as much mechanics as Tabletop Simulator
- Not a lot of people online playing yet


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EMPulse
( 10.3 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: May 18
Over the past few days, I have tried to either set up (i.e. host a game) or join an already existing game, but in every case I have been unable to play a single board game through this software. The hosts for games already set up seem to be perpetually afk, and the games that I set up don't get anyone to join regardless of the title.

Further, the price tag listed for this software is, I suppose, money to pay for the opportunity to create your own game through their board game software and then, through the software, to sell it to people who'd be interested in playing the game online with others. That part seems well done, but I'm not sure real life board game makers will ever make any real money through this portal or that real life board game fans will accpet paying $10 for an online version of a board game when they could buy the real one for $30 from Amazon and be able to enjoy it with friends/family for the rest of their lives.
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Curse Broken
( 5.2 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: April 30
Game - Tabletopia
Creator(s) - Tabletopia Inc.
Reviewer(s) - Curse Broken

Tabletopia is a pretty realistic board game simulator, similar to Tabletop Simulator. First of all, the game is going to be paid until it gets out of the early access state, then it will become F2P. As of now, the game is stable, has some pretty interesting features as well as some bugs such as low resolution textures, weird dice rolls and it's also lacking game options. The experience it offers is pretty good and it ensures replayability, it works really good with steam's community features, the board game are well reproduced and it certainly doesn't feel like a cheap game. One thing that makes it stand out of the crowd though is that you can play it with people that don't own the game by providing them with a link that would allow them to join your current game via their browser. I have found several design issues such as representing languages with flags when flags are used to represent a country or a nation, but languages are often spoken across national borders, this thing can clearly confuse or offend players.

Pros:
+ Dedicated dev team and designers
+ Works really good with steam's community issues
+ Ability to play whatever you want with people who don't own the game
+ It offers overall a pretty good experience
+ Lots of board games to choose from


Cons:
- Several graphical bugs
- Lacks game options
- Some issues with the design


Verdict:
7/10
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18 of 26 people (69%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.1 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: July 2
150MB download.. Did i seriously just pay $11 for a redirecting program that takes me to a website :(
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4 of 7 people (57%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.3 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: July 8
Super awesome idea

Pros:
Lots of Board Games (for free)
Allows you to make your own board games and upload!!! SUPER SICK.

Cons:
Next to no players online (you can fix this by buying and playing the game!)
Plan to move to a monthly sub fee for premium access to all board games (I'll not be part of that!)

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178 of 257 people (69%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.5 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: March 29
I just had to try it.
In short: doesn't do anything that Tabletop Simulator doesn't aready do and anything it does and anything it does it does worse.
It also feels more sluggish, the control scheme isn't good and it feels awkward to do basic things like grabbing multiple tokens from a single bag.

Steam integration, an online profile and playing on browser just pasting a link to your friends is indeed a nice feature.

I'd play both TTS and this if this was free2play and had to pay for DLC to play forever.

But has SUBSCRIPTION! The devs are clearly out of their mind if they plan to charge monthly for something that another software already does better charging only once. Not to mention that if you want to create anything you have a very limited storage, a limited number of saved setups, a limited number of creations and if you want to have more space you have to pay more.

Just stay away from this, TTS is just better in every single way. Just hoping things don't go as planned and the Tabletopia devs change their minds about their business model, only then this might be a viable choice. For now this is just unthinkable.
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79 of 106 people (75%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
1.6 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: March 29
What I liked:
- Game setups are ready-to-play based on the number of players in a room, you just have to know the rules.
- Wonderful Steam integration, shows who plays what inside the game, and who can be invited.
- Awesome interface, very 'social'-ish, makes finding a game and communicating quite pleasant experience.
- Great game catalog, helpful filters and previews, bookmarks.
- Room system, lobbies, ability to watch others play.
- Cross-'platform' play with the browser players.
- Overall polished, 'adult' look and feel, and optimization.
- Little things like:
-- Turn timers and notifications.
-- The playing hand is always on the bottom side of the screen.
-- Little icons of the actions on the hand cursors. Really helpful when you see what others are doing right now.
-- The camera locks at 0-90-180-270 degrees while turning around, just feels really nice.
-- Camera states (0-9 different positions to switch freely and an overlook).

What I didn't like:

- Horrible synchronization. I had to leave the table and return several times because I wasn't getting any messages and no updates on the screen (stuff others did), while all my messages and actions were actually transmitted to the others properly. I had no idea when I was desync'd, no errors, nothing.

- Clunky camera controls. While not exactly bad, the degree of a camera's turn on Z-axis is really narrow, and the transition while zooming in and out is weirding me out.

- The physics. It's kind of there, but I don't feel it while interacting with objects, and it's also weirding me out.
- Dice rolls. These are just horribly animated and not actually randomized by a physical roll, which is one of the points emulating a table with physics.

- Context menus of the objects are weird and very unintuitive. When you right-click an object, it presents you an action wheel, and the actions available are dictated by an object type, so some objects have, for example, 6 actions and others have 3, so the action wheel is divided by 6 and 3 parts accordingly. The weird thing is, if these two 6-action and 3-action objects share an action, which you want to use, the first one might have it somewhere top-left, while the second might have it at the bottom. The action icons are not helpful at all, because they look really bulky and therefore similar. Because of that, you can't just quickly click through what you want to do, and actually have to look over all of the icons, find the one you need and only then click it. I guess it's easier to show an example: http://i.imgur.com/MEJJrc3.png and http://i.imgur.com/KFy3EN1.png look at the 'Rotate' button. It's really unintuitive when the same element moves and forth between different objects. It's even more weird when the same objects have different actions, like http://i.imgur.com/zQDiHMW.png and http://i.imgur.com/efME3i8.png . I'd rather see the unused actions greyed out instead of having to search where to click.

- Some textures like the game boards, for example, are really low-res, but that's the problem of the people who ported it, I guess, and not the Tabletopia developers.

- Room system. Although I said I liked it, I have to say it needs some rework. Some people create rooms and are clueless that they have to shut them down after they play by clicking 'Abandon', because they leave them open and close the game, leaving a lot of 'ghost' rooms in a room browser. People join these rooms, hang around for a bit hoping to play, but the host is not even online, so they just leave. What I mean to say, they need to make the rooms temporary, for example, if the host is offline for half an hour, the rooms is shut down automatically, or make an option of temporary/permanent room which defaults to temporary, so they're left open only when a host is consciously making it permanent.

- Game options. Where are they really? I'd really like to change some keybinds, camera smoothness, graphics (High-Medium-Low option in an in-session menu doesn't cut it). Not a lot of control over the game.

- 'Back' button, but I guess it's just me being an idiot. After a session at the table, going back to lobby and pressing 'Back', hoping to return to main menu, sends me back to the table. This happened every single time I went from a table to a lobby.

Neutral:
- Couldn't figure out how to add anyone to the friends list.
- When I was testing Scythe, I noticed that the small objects like the resources and the workers have textures stretched across their surfaces, despite being simply single colored, which created some color/texture artifacts near the edges (because of the texture compression): http://i.imgur.com/l63RwXo.png http://i.imgur.com/owgLBSu.png Seems to be an issue with Scythe, haven't noticed this in other games. I guess, only standard pieces are colored in-code, and the custom models have to be textured even if they're single colored.

What I don't want to discuss:
- Monetization system. I just don't care.
- Legal vs illegal rant. My review is only about the game mechanics.
- Comparison to Tabletop Simulator.

In conclusion:
Although the 'meta' part of the game feels complete and looks really great, I can't really recommend it because the main part - the 'playing board games' part - is clunky, mainly camera controls, the physics, the context menus, mouse controls, the dice rolls, the lack of control over the game options. Sure, the assets, the objects, the game setup look nice and all, but the main process of using them feels broken to me right now.
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Recommended
2.6 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: March 29
PLEASE NOTICE THAT YOU'RE PAYING FOR EARLY ACCESS, YOU WILL BE ABLE TO PLAY THIS FOR FREE AFTER LAUNCH. OR SUBSCRIBE FOR A MONTHLY FEE.

Yes, it's Tabletop Simulator clone. Yes, right now it's slighly behind it in terms of development and content. Now, let me explain you, why I think it's better and why I supported it even before steam version.

What is the difference then?


It's...... THE MONEY!

Tabletop Simulator
costs 20€ and it gives you access to their workshop with dozens and dozens of, well let's just say it - illegal content - popular commercial games, that were uploaded someone with a scanner and a free afternoon. Now don't get me wrong here, TBS has a lot of original content and also 8 official DLCs, but let's be completely honest here - it would lose a huge part of content, if every workshop game, that was uploaded without permission of its rightful author/publisher, got taken down.

Tabletopia
has a different approach to this issue. It has subscription based business model, think of it like Spotify with board games - you can play for free with some restrictions or get some more options for a monthly fee (please note, that although prices stated below are directly from devs website, they may change in the future or after release). The 3 types of membership are:

Bronze - Free, access to free library of games. Ideal for casual board game player.
Silver - 5€/month, premium library access. For passionate gamers.
Gold - 10€/month, premium library access and GAMING ROOM - play premiun titles with guests you invite. It's the GM package basicly. For less than 2 fastfood meals a month you can play any game from the premium library with anyone that has internet connection and a browser.

Also every game in their library is added with permission and support of the original author/publisher. This means, that on top of better quality assets and stuff, part of your money goes to the people tha actually made the game. This unfortunately means, that there are not that much games available right now, because not everyone can just upload things. But the library is slowly and surely growing and new titles are added each week or two.

So can you see the difference now?

tl;dr
Those 10€ are for early access. You will be able to play this for free. Or you can subscribe for a monthly fee. Think of it like Spotify with board games.
Tabletopia has better approach to rightful content owners (authors/publishers) and fair business model for players.
Games night scenario - everybody has to own TBS to play vs. one guy having Gold membership inviting the party to his room.
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Not Recommended
0.3 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: April 8
As of right now I can't recommend this. However, if you want to fund something with potential I would recommend that. This is the hardest choice I've come across in my video game lifetime. The ONLY 2 reasons this game can compete against Tabletop simulator is to
A) fund the developers
and
B) have a easier time finding games with strangers. through a system of oranized games.

However, this will burn a hole in your wallet, and it might burn a hole in it faster than you play board games and thats not cool. Board games take time and not being able to know how many board games I can play in a month really makes me feel sick buying a monthly purchase. Not only that, the speed of this game may not live up to it too. Regardless if the developers get 70% of the revenue (So I've heard). How do we know (OUR) favorite developers will tag along too? Some developers may still be completely against the digitilization of their products which makes me believe that this game will have severe limitation to games. I have made mods for games in Tabletop simulator and have even gotten permission to put the game on the workshop by lead designers of the game. Game designers love to at least get their game out there because they know that when people will like it a lot they will buy it.

I own all the games I play on TTS and I use it as a tool to test, play around, modify, or rebalance games before and after I buy them with the click of a button. If someone doesn't buy a board game but plays it on TTS. Chance are they weren't ever going to buy it anyways. And if they did then the developers win. If they don't then its not a loss cause. This is always a problem in the digital age especially with things like Intellectual property. I believe this game will only be playable for people with Too much disposable income or people that just got really lucky were all their favorite developers have latched on to this.
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52 of 89 people (58%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.1 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: March 29
Want to pay for Early Access, then get stung by subscription based model to play the decent games post-launch? Go right ahead.

Otherwise. Avoid.

I'm returning mine for a refund.
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32 of 59 people (54%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
2.1 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: March 29
Tabletopia is a fantastic product that is worth the subscription.

Unlike TTS, Tabletopia is supported by the publishers and the designers. This means that most games are created by the publishers with the help of people at Tabletopia, which is fantastic because it means every game features the original art assets. Since TTS is community-created, every game features scanned art. This is why the components in Tabletopia look so crisp and infinitely better than TTS.

Thankfully, Tabletopia does not feature the wonky physics engine of TTS, so you don’t have to worry about a tiny error ruining the game. The interface is slick and easy to navigate. Shuffling and bag drawing is simple. Rolling, while not as fun without the physics, is still incredibly easy. Each game has pre-defined starting setups to make things simple. The interface is bright and beautiful. Every game looks like its original counterpart. All of this combines to make you feel as though you’re playing the real game at a table surrounded by friends.

I’ve played many Tabletopia games with the designers of the game! This is just an amazing experience. Many people upload their prototypes to the system so you can experience the game WAY before it hits stores.

The problem most people will have is the payment structure. I understand there are a lot of poor students that play games and they can’t afford 10 dollars a month. If you can afford it, however, it really is the best option. TTS does not provide ANY money to publishers or designers. Tabletopia, on the other hand, contacts each publisher and makes sure it has permission to produce a game. They get original art assets and provide the publisher/designer with a cut of the monthly profits based on the popularity of the game. This is fantastic, since designers are not rich people. I’m a big fan of knowing that some of my money is actually going to the people who are making the games I love and enjoy.
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8 of 13 people (62%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
10.0 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: June 6
I’ve been following Tabletopia for a long time and finally decided to buy the Early Acces to see if it’s any good.

What I liked about it:

I can play board games anywhere and any time. I don’t need to wait for a game night to play with friends.
I can pause the game if I cannot finish it and continue later.
Huuuge amount of games! Very many titles I really wanted to try but could not before. I can now.
Awesome graphics, all games look great and components are top quality.
New games appear very often. Many games that are published have not yet been released.
User-frienldy interface with good controls.

Things I don’t like are few and mostly concern the Early Access nature of the game:
Few people online to play with. So now I mostly play with my friends (I send them the link and they can play in browser).
No automated matchmaking and ratings. But AFAIK the developers will add them later.
Mostly only English games, which is not my native language. I would like to have games more multilanguage games.

Overall, I like it a lot and recomment to try. And hope that the developers will continue improving this product and making it more enjoyable.
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Not Recommended
10.3 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: May 18
Over the past few days, I have tried to either set up (i.e. host a game) or join an already existing game, but in every case I have been unable to play a single board game through this software. The hosts for games already set up seem to be perpetually afk, and the games that I set up don't get anyone to join regardless of the title.

Further, the price tag listed for this software is, I suppose, money to pay for the opportunity to create your own game through their board game software and then, through the software, to sell it to people who'd be interested in playing the game online with others. That part seems well done, but I'm not sure real life board game makers will ever make any real money through this portal or that real life board game fans will accpet paying $10 for an online version of a board game when they could buy the real one for $30 from Amazon and be able to enjoy it with friends/family for the rest of their lives.
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