Beginner’s Guide

Looking to get started with Tabletop Playground as a player? Read on for a how-to on accessing the powerful community creations at your fingertips!

When you start up Tabletop Playground, you’ll be greeted with a few options for starting, joining, and browsing games, as well as a tutorial. We absolutely recommend you complete the tutorial before beginning your own game as it’ll teach you the basics of how to interact with the objects within TTPG’s gametypes. After that, you’re ready to dive in.

Starting a Game

When you select the “start game” prompt, you’ll be greeted with a window covering various tabs, gametypes, and also any custom game types you have downloaded. For now, let’s take a look at the “classic” tab.

This tab features fully-functional gametypes of some classic board games. If you like to kick it old-school, you’ll find all the usual options presented here, ready to pick up with some friends and play! 

However, chances are, if you’re reading this guide, you’re looking for something more, and that’s where TTPG’s great partnership with mod.io comes in! Select the “Find more games…” option to open a Steam browser that’ll take you right to TTPG’s mod.io hub! Just click on the button to link your Steam account to mod.io and you’re all set. If the Steam browser is not available (for example on Mac), your regular browser will open instead. Click on Login and then select “Sign in with Steam”.

On this hub, you can choose from the hundreds of community creations for gametypes, widgets for existing games, and assets for use in your own creations! Subscribing to an option by pressing the red subscribe button in this browser will automatically download the content in-game, so once you’ve subscribed to your chosen game, you will see it downloading in the upper left corner of the screen and then you’re all set!

Going back to “Start Game”, you can now select your new content from mod.io. Games started from this menu can be set-up with passwords, maximum player counts, and other options, so you’re covered whether you’re looking for a private match amongst friends or an opportunity to meet new people over the medium of board games.

Joining Games

When pressing the Join Game option, you’ll be presented with a server browser window.

On this window, you’ll have various options for filters that will narrow down your search terms. Most of TTPG’s community create private games for use amongst friends, but don’t worry! Community sources often host public games, and you can organise these events yourself on our Discord server: https://discord.com/invite/tabletop-playground 

When joining someone else’s game, please be respectful! If you’re unfamiliar with the game, be polite in asking how to play, and allow everyone to take part in the fun. Meanwhile, chat and voice chat are available within games, so when using this feature, please bear in mind the same kind of common sense rules you’d find within any other chatroom, as well as the rules we have over on our Discord server.

If you want to play with your friends, make sure that everyone has activated mod.io and then start your game with a password. Your friends can join you by finding your game in the server browser, or directly through the Steam friends list.

We hope this guide has been helpful and if you have any further questions, don’t hesitate to ask over on our official Discord server: https://discord.com/invite/tabletop-playground 

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