Games Platforms used at Arisia 2021
- Board Game Arena
- Gather Town
- Google Meet
- Tabletop Simulator
- Among Us
Discord is a text-based chat server that allows you to have different channels (chat spaces) for different topics of discussion. At Virtual Arisia, we’re using it as our main social space.
SignUpGenius is an online software tool for volunteer management and event planning.
Board Game Arena (BGA) is a free browser-based platform for hundreds of well-known board games, supporting synchronous (real-time) and asynchronous (turn-based) play.
Tabletopia is a free browser-based platform for hundreds of well-known board games, supporting synchronous (real-time) play.
Cost: Free, additional games for pay.
Gather Town is a video chat platform with a 2D spatial element. Gather “spaces” feature 2D maps built by users with interactive objects. Users can move their avatars around this space and see and hear video feeds when they approach other users’ avatars. There is also a text chat feature. This platform is currently largely inaccessible to those with visual impairments, and must be viewed in a desktop or laptop browser for access to the majority of features.
Google Meet is a video conferencing platform similar to Zoom. It allows people to video and audio call with multiple people and has a limited chat feature.
Roll20 is a virtual tabletop RPG platform, primarily for shared tactical battle map viewing, but also provides pre-loaded purchasable official adventures for Pathfinder, D&D, and other systems.
Cost: Free, more features with paid versions.
Tabletop Simulator is a simulator where you can let your aggression out by flipping the table! There are no rules to follow: just you, a physics sandbox, and your friends. Make your own online board games or play the thousands of community created mods.
Minecraft is a video game in which players create and break apart various kinds of blocks in three-dimensional worlds. The game's two main modes are Survival and Creative. In Survival, players must find their own building supplies and food. They also interact with blocklike mobs, or moving creatures.
Jackbox Games is the party game-making studio best known for hit games like YOU DON’T KNOW JACK, Quiplash, Fibbage, Drawful, Trivia Murder Party, and more! Their large variety of games is designed to appeal to everyone: drawing games, writing games, trivia games, hidden identity games… no party-goer gets left behind. Join the Arisia community on zoom as we play some favorites and some new releases together! You'll need 1 internet device per person to join in the fun.
In Among Us, a group of space explorers is going about their business taking readings and doing ship maintenance...but someone seems to be sabotaging the vessel, and crew members keep being found dead! In each round, players are randomly assigned the roles of "crewmate" or "imposter". Complete your tasks or expose the imposters before they take out the whole crew. Join the Arisia community on zoom to play together!
Cost: Free (On Phone) / $4.99 (On Computer)