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Play some socially-distanced tabletop games with a new FoundryVTT release

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FoundryVTT version 9 has been released, further improving many big parts of this excellent cross-platform virtual tabletop experience and it's looking awesome. Allowing you to play many wildly different game packs, with lots of officially licensed games from various developers, virtual-tabletopping is in a really good place right now.

One of the major new features of this release is support for card games, as it now has mechanics hooked up for handling Card Decks, Card Hands and Card Piles. This was of course done in a system-agnostic way, allowing game developers to make full use of it for whatever they need:

Version 9 brings support for card games to Foundry VTT. We have implemented a system-agnostic method for handling Card Decks, Card Hands, and Card Piles which can be assigned to users in your game. The Cards system brings with it everything you need to play a functional (if rudimentary) card game using the FVTT UI. More importantly, Card Support empowers game system and module developers to build upon it and offer support for a variety of card games. Card decks, hands, and piles can be created from the Cards sidebar and include support for most of the common operations a card game might require: dealing, shuffling, playing or passing cards amongst your players. We also took the time to prepare and package two default playing card decks, including custom card art for both a dark theme and a light theme.

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There's also a bunch of new lighting animation types available to spice up your boards, performance improvements with new modes to pick from to help lower-end machines, a new keybinds system to further make it your own, various upgrades to the UI and audio improvements with new drag and drop features.

At $50 (plus VAT), it may seem a little on the pricey side perhaps but what it offers is quite phenomenal, especially since only the host needs to own it. Also pretty sweet that it's built on Linux — for Linux, as the developer noted before.

Check it out on the official site.

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natis1 Dec 23, 2021
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Love it. Use it to play Lancer and aside from the clients getting low fps on integrated graphics (fixed by v9 maybeee?) and some small module bugs it runs great. Love I can self host it with very low system requirements on the server and that it automates a lot of the game's rolls. I can't compare it to other paid vtt solutions but compared to r20 it's worth it in my opinion just for the automatic rolls.

Last edited by natis1 on 23 December 2021 at 1:07 pm UTC
Pendragon Dec 23, 2021
I've used Roll20 a lot, and only recently heard about Foundry .. Definitely considering it, as I love the idea of self-hosting
Holzkohlen Dec 23, 2021
You gotta compare the price to premium Roll20 for instance. That will be $100 per year, so the math is quite clear in that regard. I'd wager no other system can compare with Foundry's module system either.
The main downside is that you can sink WAY too many hours into just setting it up just how you like it. Linux users should be accustomed to the feeling.
FoH Dec 24, 2021
$50 might be a lot for some to pay upfront but it also gives you all this content:

It's a no-brainer 😄
einherjar Dec 24, 2021
For people interested in playing board games at social distance,


may be interesting. It is a nice adaption of the board game containing tactical turn based combat and RPG elements.
I started playing it with friends a few days ago and it is very well made and runs great with proton. As we have to live with distancing again because of Corona, this one brings us fun to play together online.

You can tell the devs if you are interested in Linux support here:
As they mentioned to be open to support linux.
But I can actually say, I played with friends who are on windows and did not have an issue.

Last edited by einherjar on 24 December 2021 at 9:43 am UTC
slaapliedje Dec 24, 2021
Foundry VTT has the most official, Unofficial GURPS stuff for it, so that is why I bought it. Plus it is a hell of a lot cheaper than Fantasy Grounds.
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