About Virtua Rasa
We’re a couple of
programmers and gamers who wanted a way to use
VTTs, so that we could keep playing
games with friends around the country, and still use
our collections of
gaming accessories (painted miniatures, terrain, maps, …), so
we built Virtua Rasa!
This website is the result of that effort, and it’s time to show it
to other people and see how much better it can get!
We have a demo set up where you
automatically get a temporary game token to get your feet wet, or you can
make a free account,
set up your own game, or play in someone else’s game!
What does Virtua Rasa cost?
Basic Access to Virtua Rasa is free. We’re trying to
fund Virtua Rasa entirely
with the community’s support! We don’t collect anything but
your email address, and we don’t sell anyone’s personal
information or send any unsolicited email — we only need
your email to help you reset your password if you forget it.
What’s included with Premium Access?
You’ll get bigger maps, the ability to have more players in your
games (including an extra GM to help you manage those players, and the
ability to make your game private from the rest of the
Internet — if Basic Access is playing at your
FLGS, Premium Access is
playing in your own living room. You also get free high-fives whenever you
see us at conventions, and our heartfelt appreciation!
If you’re not running a game right now, you can still share the
benefits of Premium Access with everyone else in your group!
What does Virtua Rasa do today?
We already have support for:
- virtual tabletops (this one is pretty key)
forums (including our
Support Forum that’s
part of our demo world)
- text chat
- tabletop game streaming (aka "augmented reality")
real-time map interaction, with token movement and telestrator
(“John Madden drawing”)
- initiative tracking
- unique per-map languages, in case you need inspiration for a name
Some of the other things that make us different from the other virtual
We built this to support network play first, so it should be pretty easy
to start up that game with your friend who moved to the other side of the
We also built it to support real tabletop play. We got tired of painting
our minis but not getting to use them, so we made it easy to use a webcam
over your gaming table and show off all the minis and terrain and maps
that you already have.
While doing that, we discovered “DungeonCam,” where you put a
webcam at the eye level of your mini and get a scale point-of-view of all
the awesome stuff your adventurer is encountering. Some of those minis
are staggering when you see them from eye level (or below, if
they’re really big and fearsome critters)!
By mashing up live cameras, text chat, and real-time token movement, we
think we’ve brought something new and better to tabletop gaming.
When your friend’s video or audio app hiccups, now you have another
way to let them know what’s happening in the game. If you
can’t make it to your friend’s house for some reason, you can
still play! (Also, by using low bandwidth text chat and low framerate
video, more gameplay can get through, even when the Internet is being slow
let us know what
you think. We have more things we’d like to add, but we want to hear
what people are looking for.