Expand Your Role-Playing Experience With The Calamus

May 1, 2013 by brennon

The Calamus by TrapStreet Studios (a Kickstarter pointed out to me by Romain by the way!) is looking like it could be one of the nicest pieces of tabletop technology we've seen in a while.

The Calamus

"The Calamus is a smart phone app for iOS, Android and the desktop.  Our hope is that it can be a companion for your tabletop gaming experience, with the ability to selectively replace the need for almost all physical materials in the game.  It provides a rich and engaging digital experience, whether you're playing with friends around the table or around the world."

Calamus Map Screen

It's certainly a very interesting product and something that immediately looks engaging when you check out some of the features it is going to provide which include:-

Map Making with or without Tiles

Customisable Tokens

Statistics and Status Effects

Equipment Tracking

Digital Dice

Spectator Play (Hook it up to your TV!)

...and even an awesome Runic Lock Screen for those players who you don't quite trust while your in the toilet. It helps that the entire App looks very polished right now.

Calamus Text Screen

It's quite fun too as you can try out a number of the features of the App via the Kickstarter by clicking on the various images. I have already lost about five minutes randomly clicking buttons on the Runic Screen Lock.

Equipment Screen

Essentially this is looking like it could be the nice 'one stop shop' for everything you need on the tabletop. While it's always nice to do things in the old Pen & Paper style this doesn't seek to replace that, but compliment it.

Text Interface

It would certainly be more affordable than buying one of those big table size tablets that were being discussed a year or so ago.

Check this one out, I think it deserves your attention.

What do you think?

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