Mirrorscape's beta is finally live and you can use it to play games like D&D in AR

Virtual reality is cool and all, but to tech nerds such as me — as in, optimization maniacs — augmented reality is where its at! This is also a huge reason as to why I can’t wait to see more of the Apple Vision Pro, as most of the best AR/VR headsets currently available aren’t that capable in terms of AR.

I’m not going to pretend like the idea of a heads up display that can feed me important, usable information isn’t exactly what draws me to AR. But I can game and I can certainly vibe to a good RPG.And AR and RPG go extra-well together, because it means that I can just forget about carrying around rulebooks, minifigures, mats, sets and… Ugh. All of that clutter that requires hours to set and take apart? It can be done through good, proper AR.

And Mirrorscape — which was funded through Kickstarter, by the way — feels like the first true showcase of what that can feel like. And I’m very happy that the app’s beta is finally live.

So, in case it was not clear, Mirroscape is a platform, which creators and players can utilize in their next tabletop adventures. Said adventures can be placed in a number of different, already existing tabletop roleplaying games such as:

  • Dungeons & Dragons (duh)
  • Pathfinder
  • Starfinder (for you sci-fi nerds that don’t like owlbears)

And if you’ve got figures from Hero Forge — a service that lets you make a completely custom figure of your very own RPG character — then you can actually digitize them for in-app use at absolutely no charge, which is so, so cool!The app supplies everyone with a free starter kit, which contains tons of free resources and maps. That means that your imagination is the only limitation when it comes to creating and setting up a grand quest. Which, of course, can then be played with any game.

July 28, 2023

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