Tabletop games are always fun when you combine the right mix of competitive elements, good cheer, the right people and a bright atmosphere. Well, Berserk Games traveled through the Greenlight process, dealt with the mounds and molehills of Early Access and have now officially launched on Steam and it brings all the festivities of real life tabletop gaming to the virtual space… and it’s mod-friendly.
Tabletop Simulator allows gamers to play 15 popular tabletop games right out of the box, from Chess and Checkers to Mahjong and Poker. However, the real trick is that this physics-based tabletop simulator is designed around the whole concept of modding in new experiences. You want to play Pool? Sure thing. You want to get it on in Dominoes? Awesome. A game of Go? Absolutely. Blackjack? Sure thing. Roulette? You bet your randy rawhide.
Tabletop Simulator is basically the Garry’s Mod of tabletop games. You have physics-based properties to manipulate, custom pieces you can import and all sorts of rules you can implement to recreate things like classic Dungeons & Dragons or what have you. You can see the game in action with the swing-theme trailer below.
Reviews have already piled in for the game and users are quite joyous about the experience so far. Terkala wrote a short but significant piece of review praise, stating…
“The end-all, be all of multiplayer board and cardgames. Simply nothing else better for playing any kind of tabletop game online, aside from extremely specialized one-game applications.”
Terkala has 93.5 hours on record with the game.
Jirilius Maximus takes it back the old days, when playing board games at a table in real life were all the rave, writing…
“Playing board games are big part of my childhood, playing with various people in my family. This game is amazing it’s brought back some of those memories and I’m sure new ones are going to come from it from playing with other people online.“
In a recent post announcing the new Superfight DLC that arrived along with the launch of the game, Berserk Games commented about the launch success, sayaing…
“Thank you to everyone who supported us along the way from the Kickstarter days to now. Without your support, we wouldn’t be where we are today. We’ve proven that Early Access does work and it really pushed us to make Tabletop Simulator better than ever. The fun doesn’t stop here however, we’ve got a lot more in store for you and we’ll be continuing the development to ensure Tabletop Simulator is top notch!”
Oh but that’s not even the best part about it. The best part about Tabletop Simulator is the Workshop support.
If you take a look at the Steam Workshop page you’ll see that there are some awesome mods already available. Such as the Dissidia Final Fantasy miniatures made available by Maya Hasegawa, which you can check out below.
The mod contains 28 different flat models from the original Final Fantasy all the way up to Final Fantasy XII.
Another really neat one is the Street Kings board game. It’s a racing game tabletop RPG. User Aabra explains…
“You’ll start at the bottom using your “D” class cars. With the help of your crew, cars, upgrades, and skills, you’ll win races to gain credits and fame. “
You can use the credits to upgrade your vehicle, earn new parts and become a king of the streets. The whole thing is kind of ambitious for a mod and hence, it has its own Kickstarter to become a real game.
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You can grab the mod for Street Kings for Tabletop Simulator from over on the Steam Workshop.
And to wrap things up, one of the other really awesome mods is a Doom piece conversion mod. It turns some of the models into popular characters from the Doom universe. Check out the image below.
I have to say, Tabletop Simulator seems to be the kind of game that’s very much must-own for anyone who has a nostalgia hard-on for old-school (and new-school) board games and recreational tabletop activities.
Alternatively, you can also grab some of the mods that were either removed or taken down from the Steam Workshop from over on Nexusmods.
If you like what you see and you’re interested in learning more you can check out the official Tabletop Simulator website. If you like what you see and you know you want it, you can head on over to the Steam store.