Brotherwise partnered with VR pioneer AltspaceVR (Redwood City, Calif.) to bring Boss Monster to the virtual table. AltspaceVR made waves in the gaming community in 2015 with their VR Dungeon & Dragons sessions, but Boss Monster VR represents the first virtual reality version of a tabletop game with complex pieces, cards, and interactions. “We were blown away with the fidelity of the VR experience,” continued O’Neal. “It really looks, sounds, and feels like you’re sitting in an old tavern, playing Boss Monster with a group of friends.”
The tabletop game market has been experiencing double-digit growth for several years, and the population of gamers continues to grow. VR offers a new frontier for game developers, and AltspaceVR allows multiple people to be together in virtual space, which is ideal for tabletop games. “The VR gamespace is fascinating for us as publishers,” said O’Neal. “We imagine a time when anyone, anywhere can play our games; whether they’re disabled, homebound, deployed overseas, or just in a different town from their traditional gaming group, the possibilities to engage new gamers are just too exciting to pass up.”
Brotherwise and AltspaceVR will demonstrate Boss Monster VR at booth #2343 during GenCon. Interested gamers are encouraged to stop by at any time.
The game is already available online. To sign up, sign in, and play, go to altvr.com/bossmonster. Boss Monster can be played in AltspaceVR in full VR mode using Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, or Samsung Gear VR. Players without VR devices can play Boss Monster in desktop mode on their PC or Mac, using an audio headset with a microphone
Brotherwise Games, LLC, is an independent tabletop game developer started by brothers Chris and Johnny O’Neal, and driven by their love of board games, video games and all things geeky. Boss Monster, created in 2012 with support from the Kickstarter community, has been a top selling card game ever since, and is now being produced in five languages and enjoyed worldwide. Boss Monster is available at game shops and retailers across North America.
AltspaceVR is a virtual reality software company building a new communication platform. It is now used by people in over 50 countries to share a variety of experiences and interact in the most natural and fulfilling way possible online. Founded in 2013, investors include Tencent, Dolby Family Ventures, Raine Ventures, Lux Capital, Western Technology Investments, Maven Ventures, Promus Ventures, Streamlined Ventures, Rothenberg Ventures, Comcast Ventures, Formation 8, GV (formerly Google Ventures), Foundation Capital, SV Angel, Haystack Fund, and Startcaps.