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Enjoy traditional tabletop games and RPGs? SmiteWorks have release Fantasy Grounds Unity into Early Access recently along with Linux support.

A much expanded and improved version of Fantasy Grounds, which originally released in 2004 and does not support Linux. This new version does, built (as the name might suggest) with the Unity game engine giving them a lot more tools to work with.

Need to know what it is, not heard of it? "Fantasy Grounds is a dynamic system for playing a host of different roleplaying games online. It is used by hundreds of thousands of gamers worldwide to connect and play popular games such as Dungeons and Dragons, Pathfinder, Savage Worlds, Call of Cthulhu, and so many more. This type of program is commonly referred to as a ‘virtual tabletop’, or VTT, due to their ability to emulate various parts of an RPG session in digital form."

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Turns out they actually had a Kickstarter campaign to fund it, back in 2019 this raised $509,343. Linux as a supported platform was part of that, so it's great to see them deliver. They even took on new developers recently, as noted in a Kickstarter update who helped get Linux sorted.

Just some of what's new in it includes:

  • 64-bit support to allow for more content (quality and quantity)
  • Native support for Mac, Linux and Windows PC
  • Network lobby for easy hosting and joining of games (no port forwarding required)
  • Tile based map building with built-in support for dynamic Line of Sight
  • Enhanced Drawing Tools
  • Additional Dice Macros support
  • A new FGU only skin
  • Dynamic Line of Sight with enhanced toggle blockers for walls, doors, terrain and secret areas.
  • Paint with images, such as walls
  • Animated image effects
  • Locally stored Asset Library for use in campaigns
  • Backward compatibility with all existing campaigns and DLC from FGC

Sharing DLC between the original and this is a nice touch, as long as you use the same account for both versions it will give you any previous DLC you own. Considering there's absolutely tons of DLC, that was probably the only sane option. There's 1,658 of them. It sounds ridiculous but a lot of that is officially licensed content from D&D and various others. They also have upgrade options to get a discount if you own the older app.

You can find it in Early Access on Steam

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14 12 Sep
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Glad to see Steam has a demo button. I want to try it out. Only problem is, my friends and I have a fairly stable schedule of playing board games in person, so playing online isn't a large desire for us. I think I would need to add a different circle of players to get some use out of it.
Quoting: 14Glad to see Steam has a demo button. I want to try it out. Only problem is, my friends and I have a fairly stable schedule of playing board games in person, so playing online isn't a large desire for us. I think I would need to add a different circle of players to get some use out of it.
I was always an "in person" man myself, but with Covid we went virtual . . . we'd probably have gone to in person, at a park maybe, for the summer except one of our GMs is married to a doctor and so is being especially careful.
14 12 Sep
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Quoting: 14Glad to see Steam has a demo button. I want to try it out. Only problem is, my friends and I have a fairly stable schedule of playing board games in person, so playing online isn't a large desire for us. I think I would need to add a different circle of players to get some use out of it.
I was always an "in person" man myself, but with Covid we went virtual . . . we'd probably have gone to in person, at a park maybe, for the summer except one of our GMs is married to a doctor and so is being especially careful.
We were on a break for about two months or so where we played regular PC/PS4 games online on our schedule instead of anything in person. We could have used it then. But now we play tabletop in person again.
slaapliedje 16 Sep
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Quoting: Purple Library Guy
Quoting: 14Glad to see Steam has a demo button. I want to try it out. Only problem is, my friends and I have a fairly stable schedule of playing board games in person, so playing online isn't a large desire for us. I think I would need to add a different circle of players to get some use out of it.
I was always an "in person" man myself, but with Covid we went virtual . . . we'd probably have gone to in person, at a park maybe, for the summer except one of our GMs is married to a doctor and so is being especially careful.
Yeah, we just barely had one session of a new game we started, as we got to a sort of decent place to stop and let someone else GM for mine. Then with everyone being paranoid and one of my friends working at the hospital, we have held off on starting up again.
Shame too, because my Archeologist / Scientist / Engineer character is a hoot to play! Playing GRUPS Space stuff. Always entertaining when a GM asks in the middle of trying to solve an issue "Do you have archeology?" and I say "I do!" and another player says "What?? Of course YOU do!"
Gotta come prepared!
Quoting: slaapliedje
Quoting: Purple Library Guy
Quoting: 14Glad to see Steam has a demo button. I want to try it out. Only problem is, my friends and I have a fairly stable schedule of playing board games in person, so playing online isn't a large desire for us. I think I would need to add a different circle of players to get some use out of it.
I was always an "in person" man myself, but with Covid we went virtual . . . we'd probably have gone to in person, at a park maybe, for the summer except one of our GMs is married to a doctor and so is being especially careful.
Yeah, we just barely had one session of a new game we started, as we got to a sort of decent place to stop and let someone else GM for mine. Then with everyone being paranoid and one of my friends working at the hospital, we have held off on starting up again.
Shame too, because my Archeologist / Scientist / Engineer character is a hoot to play! Playing GRUPS Space stuff. Always entertaining when a GM asks in the middle of trying to solve an issue "Do you have archeology?" and I say "I do!" and another player says "What?? Of course YOU do!"
Gotta come prepared!
I love those SF brainy characters; so versatile. I'm actually right now running a sort of fantasy equivalent. An Islamic scholar, Muslim Renaissance Man type, Abu Hamid Ahmed ibn Mohammed al-Saghani, with a full eidetic memory. Archaeology is one of his things, too, which is good since we're currently exploring lost elven ruins. He's also an alchemist.
slaapliedje 17 Sep
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Quoting: Purple Library Guy
Quoting: slaapliedje
Quoting: Purple Library Guy
Quoting: 14Glad to see Steam has a demo button. I want to try it out. Only problem is, my friends and I have a fairly stable schedule of playing board games in person, so playing online isn't a large desire for us. I think I would need to add a different circle of players to get some use out of it.
I was always an "in person" man myself, but with Covid we went virtual . . . we'd probably have gone to in person, at a park maybe, for the summer except one of our GMs is married to a doctor and so is being especially careful.
Yeah, we just barely had one session of a new game we started, as we got to a sort of decent place to stop and let someone else GM for mine. Then with everyone being paranoid and one of my friends working at the hospital, we have held off on starting up again.
Shame too, because my Archeologist / Scientist / Engineer character is a hoot to play! Playing GRUPS Space stuff. Always entertaining when a GM asks in the middle of trying to solve an issue "Do you have archeology?" and I say "I do!" and another player says "What?? Of course YOU do!"
Gotta come prepared!
I love those SF brainy characters; so versatile. I'm actually right now running a sort of fantasy equivalent. An Islamic scholar, Muslim Renaissance Man type, Abu Hamid Ahmed ibn Mohammed al-Saghani, with a full eidetic memory. Archaeology is one of his things, too, which is good since we're currently exploring lost elven ruins. He's also an alchemist.
Nice! Yeah I never understood players who play the single task characters. My characters may not be experts at any particular thing, but they're going to be far more useful outside of a fight.
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