Hey everyone! This is our second blog entry, and today we will talk more about how Tabletopia works and what the reasoning is behind its functionality.
We all know how board games work. Even those who never played a single time in their lives would understand it on an intuitive level. Setting up a game table, rolling dice, playing a card, moving a game piece. It’s also quite easy to grasp general concepts like game set up and turn order. The game board is usually in the center and players sit around it so everyone sees it clearly and has it at arm’s length at the same time. And the turns are usually passed clockwise. Those are basic ergonomics rules.
If you see any object on Tabletopia – you could interact with it! Like in real life
That said, we tried to recreate that look and feel while designing Tabletopia’s user interface. And we think we did quite a good job with the exception that you use a mouse cursor (or your finger on mobile devices) instead of your hand. Everything else works as you’d expect and are used to in real life. For instance, you could draw a card, take it into your hand and move it, or turn it over, or put it onto the table, or shuffle it back into the deck. Thanks to that it will be easy to play every game on Tabletopia: The UI is always consistent! Moreover, in time you will learn some hotkeys to do each action even more quickly.