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VOTW: Dungeons & Dragons on Microsoft Surface

Microsoft doesn't talk much about its Surface touchscreen table. Figuring out fun things to do with the tabletop computer may not be high up on Microsoft's list of priorities but there are plenty of people out there willing to tinker about the massive gadget and discover new uses for it.

Cnet's Matt Hickey reports that a group of students with Carnegie Mellon's SurfaceScapes team had been developing D&D for the Surface and went along to let's-show-Microsoft-what-we-made event.

Hickey writes:

"The figurines--optional in regular D&D but great tools here--are "tagged" with dot codes on the bottom. The Surface is able to use its tiny cameras to view these unique codes and determine which character is where on the game grid. This means the game can automatically determine line-of-fire angles and keep track of enemy health."

The Carnegie Mellon team is working with D&D owner Wizards of the Coast in an attempt to commercialize their product. Microsoft Surface rep Eric Havir says if things work out, he hopes to see Surface devices running the completed software in gaming centers and shops across the country.

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  • Silicon Jesus
    Don't care.
  • WheelsOfConfusion
    Sweet. If only it were affordable, and easy to set up in my parents' basement!
  • grieve
    that thing would be really cool for all "old school" board games...

    -How about a poker table with the cards part of the table?
    -even monopoly!

    fun for the whole F'n family!
  • jerther
    Pen & paper? Kind of cancels out the whole point imho...
  • grieve
    WheelsOfConfusionSweet. If only it were affordable, and easy to set up in my parents' basement!lol, parents basement!

    I guess the D&D people are kinda tagged that way.. but they likely could afford this too.
  • nebun
  • griffed88
    It'd be awesome if you could play Risk! and Hero Clix! but this'll prolly be insanely expensive
  • jhansonxi
    It's a tough decision - pen and paper or a ridiculously expensive computer that's only good for a coffee table outside of gaming. Hmmmm.
  • eyemaster
    Looks more complicated than using pen, paper and dice.
  • dantheman1001
    Well it may be expensive now, but who knows what'll happen in the next two or three years, with all this tablet technology upcoming. Just think... star wars holochess is getting dangerously close to becoming a reality