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Boss Monster in Virtual Reality at Gen Con [Gen Con 2016]

Boss Monster VR

As if Boss Monster couldn’t get more, well, boss, an announcement has just rung out that the game will be available in virtual reality this year at Gen Con. Brotherwise Games stated that their hit card game will be in VR this year, allowing attendees to experience the first tabletop game to bridge the gap into the VR world. Those who come by the Brotherwise booth this year will have the chance to “strap on a VR headset and experience the potential of VR to transform the way we game.”

Brotherwise partnered with VR pioneer AltspaceVR to bring Boss Monster to the virtual table. AltspaceVR made themselves known in the gaming community last year 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,” stated Chris O’Neal, CEO of Brotherwise Games. “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.”

You can actually play the game right now! To sign up 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. If you don’t have VR don’t worry! You can play Boss Monster in desktop mode on PC or Mac, using an audio headset with a microphone. Make sure you get out there and give it a shot, and don’t forget to check out booth 2343 at the convention to experience the VR Boss Monster setup for yourself.


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