June Tabletop Playground Development Update

Welcome back to our monthly development updates for Tabletop Playground! It’s been a month and a half since the game launched on PC in Steam early access and we’ve been busy working on the first features on our public roadmap.

Two big updates we’ve done over the past month, have revolved around further support for virtual reality devices and enhancements to cards. Check out the details and full change-logs for both updates below.

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Major Virtual Reality Update

Enjoy full support for Valve Index controllers and other motion controller types, along with improvements to some of the button mappings and more actions that you can execute directly.

While the focus was on for VR this update, we also added several suggestions from the community for regular play and the editor!

Virtual Reality Features

• Valve Index controllers are now fully supported
• HTC Vive Cosmos controllers are now fully supported
• Oculus Touch S controllers are now fully supported
• Windows mixed reality controllers are now partially supported (default button mapping exists but will show up as Oculus S controllers in-game)
• Make free cursor mode the default when starting a game
• Additional actions are now mapped (while pressing the modifier key on non-Index controllers): shuffle and deal cards, roll dice, or flip through multistate objects using buttons on the motion controllers. The button guides change when you press the modified key.
• Player drag rotation now mapped separately from dragging scale
• Free object rotation when grabbing in free cursor mode is now on by default, and can be disabled by holding the modifier (grip) key. A new option in the VR settings allows you to change this behavior.
• The main hand stick (trackpad on Vive wand) is now used for snap rotation and flying up down in fly mode by default. Holding the modifier key switches to object rotation, allowing you to rotate held or highlighted objects.
• Free object rotation is not used in pointer cursor mode

Enhancements

• Allow alpha masking for cards using transparent PNGs allows holes in cards. Use with caution: leads to graphical issues when used at the sides of the image.
• Show object descriptions in tooltips (can be configured in interface settings)
• Add link to knowledge base in main menu
• Pressing escape while creating objects from the library stops creating more objects and does not reopen the library
• Add a new surface type: Silent. Objects with this surface type don’t produce any sound when colliding.
• Allow panning view while zoomed in (using keys or dragging with middle mouse)
• Small MipMap bias to make textures sharper at some distances and angles
• Add 250% UI scale

Scripting

• onCreated is now run after all properties have been set when pasting an object, so changes to properties made in the event remain
• Allow scale values outside of the range that can be set in the UI

Fixes

• Figures are now snapped using their base
• GameObject.getExtent now returns the correct values for non-uniformly scaled objects
• Don’t consider the dice face names “+” and “-” as numbers (were shown as 0 in tooltips). Negative numbers are still considered numbers and used in sums.
• Allow cards that hide in hand to stack with cards that don’t hide
• Dice were not colliding with each other when picked up with a motion controller
• Fixed D8 face names

The Big Card Update

Enhancements

• Card peek: You can now hold shift while using the object zoom to view the underside of a card. Other players will see when you use card peek, and it can be disabled in the session permissions.
• Card slide: You can now hold shift while dropping a card onto a deck to slide it under the stack instead of dropping it at the top.
• Container drop: You can now hold shift while droping objects into a container. They will be inserted at the start of the container object list instead of the end (only relevant for stack or queue containers, not for random)
• Object thumbnails are now cached when a package is created in the editor. Objects don’t need to be loaded to be shown in the object library, giving much better performance and lower memory consumption for packages with many objects. If you have an existing package, you can open it in the editor and upload a new version to include cached thumbnail images.
• Add option to show card faces instead of backs to object library, container explorer, and template selection in editor
• Allow stacking cards together directly from a card holder
• Clear texture and model caches to free memory when returning to main menu
• Add a card holder property to show card backs instead of blur for hidden cards in the holder
• Make objects briefly penetrable when they are rotated on the table (using Q or E), so they don’t collide with other objects on top
• Add name field to mod.io upload dialog: you can use a different name on mod.io than the package name
• Add private checkbox to mod.io upload dialog: You can set a package to private or public when uploading or updating

“Hey, are you peeking at my cards?!”

Fixes

• Don’t allow editing appearance properties like color for built-in tables that don’t support them
• getExtentCenter(false) returnded the wrong position
• Penetrable objects where colliding with regular objects when getting picked up
• Tooltips weren’t shown for objects that had a description but no name


These updates were some of the many features on the early access development roadmap for Tabletop Playground, which you can check out on Trello here. Sign up for a Trello account and you can vote on which features we should focus on next.

Don’t forget to join our community Discord to chat with the dev team and give us your suggestions for new features for the game! Until the next monthly development update, we hope you have many fun and great tabletop sessions in Tabletop Playground.

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