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Top 5 Up-and-Coming Virtual Tabletops (VTTs) for D&D and other RPGS

2024 Edition

By Lauren HodgesPublished 2 months ago 4 min read
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Tabletop RPGs are embarking on a thrilling digital odyssey. Now, don’t mistake me — I’m a staunch believer that gathering around a table, dice in hand, is the pinnacle of gaming joy. Yet, the luxury of in-person play isn’t within everyone’s reach. Life scatters friends and family across the map, making those gathered gaming sessions a rarity for some. Plus, with an influx of new enthusiasts drawn in by blockbuster movies and binge-worthy series, the world of gaming is evolving. It’s stretching its boundaries far and wide, embracing digital spaces to unite storytellers from every corner of the globe. This digital shift isn’t just about playing; it’s about connecting, creating, and sharing epic adventures, no matter where we are.

If you’re thinking this list will trot out the usual suspects like Roll20, Tabletop Simulator, Fantasy Grounds, or Foundry, think again. We’re venturing off the beaten path to shine a spotlight on the hidden gems and the freshest faces in the virtual tabletop scene of 2024. Get ready to explore the latest and greatest VTT releases that might have flown under your radar — until now.

5. Owlbear Rodeo

Image Credit: Owlbear Rodeo

Price: Free, Paid Plans

Owlbear Rodeo brings to mind the cherished Astral Tabletop, complete with a developer-friendly extension library that echoes the versatility of Foundry. It boasts a generous free plan that’s packed with features, while the premium options mainly enhance storage capacity and offer the ability to personalize your gaming space. With these paid plans, you gain the creative freedom to craft a unique URL and select a custom background wallpaper for your virtual room, making your gaming environment truly your own.

4. One More Multiverse

Image Credit: One More Multiverse

Price: Free

One More Multiverse stands out as a unique gem, captivating users with its stunning 16-bit pixelated graphics and lively animations. What’s even more impressive is that access to this treasure trove is entirely free, offering an array of games and adventures primed for immediate play. OMM goes a step further by partnering with a diverse mix of designers and creators, fostering a vibrant creator pro marketplace.

3. Talespire

Image Credit: Talespire

Price: $24.99

As of now, Talespire is still in Early Access, but let me tell you, it’s hands-down the slickest 3D Virtual Tabletop on the block. Picture this: you’re diving into Dwarven Forge-level adventures with your pals from anywhere, minus the hefty price tag. One of the coolest new perks? Talespire’s teamed up with Heroforge, so you can bring your custom 3D Heroforge models right into the game. Plus, they’ve got this awesome feature where you can share your 3D map creations, or “SLABS”. This sparked a huge wave of creators exchanging 3D maps that you can snag and drop straight into your Talespire adventures, thanks to sites like TalesTavern and TalesBazaar.

2. Alchemy

Image Credit: Alchemy RPG

Price: Free, Paid Plans

I’ve navigated my way through a fair share of VTTs, but Alchemy? It’s in a league of its own with its eye-catching visuals and sleek design. Major kudos to the UI design guru behind Alchemy — they truly deserve a standing ovation. From a GM’s perspective, I’m all about setting the scene with vivid images and immersive soundtracks. And let me tell you, when it comes to fueling the imagination, Alchemy really gets the job done. The team behind it is always on the ball, rolling out updates and collaborating with a host of incredible creators on their marketplace. We’re talking about legends like The Griffon’s Saddlebag, CZEPEKU, Humblewood, and Tabletop Audio.

1. Menyr

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Image Credity Menyr

Price: TBD

Menyr is the fresh face on the VTT scene. Recently coming off a very successful Kickstarter, Menyr is set to officially release in Q4 of 2024. I’ve snagged an early peek thanks to my Kickstarter backer status. And let me just say, the graphics are *chef’s kiss*. Sure, it’s got a few kinks since it’s still in Alpha, but the potential is crystal clear. Picture the kind of high-def graphics and character detail you’d see in games like Assassin’s Creed or Baldur’s Gate 3. Imagine flipping the weather from sunny to a winter wonderland in a blink, or crafting pathways with quaint wooden fences across the landscape. You can even watch the moon zip across the sky, turning night into day. Hands down, Menyr is shaping up to be the VTT everyone’s waiting for in 2024.

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As we wrap up our journey through the exciting world of up-and-coming Virtual Tabletops (VTTs), it’s clear that the future of D&D and other RPGs is brighter and more accessible than ever. From the one-of-a-kind 16-bit visuals of One More Multiverse to the anticipated innovations of Menyr, each platform brings something unique to the table. Whether you’re a seasoned GM looking to elevate your game or a newcomer eager to dive into the world of role-playing, these VTTs promise to transform your adventures into unforgettable experiences.

As we eagerly await the full releases and continue to explore the evolving features of these platforms, one thing is certain: the digital realm of tabletop gaming is on the cusp of a new era. So, grab your dice, rally your party, and get ready to embark on epic quests from the comfort of your own home. The next chapter in your RPG adventures starts here.

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Lauren Hodges

Creative soul from Hastings, FL. Illustrator & Designer by day, writer of fantasy & horror by night. Lover of old-world crafts, candles, and immersive games. My imagination fuels tales of the fantastical and the macabre.

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