G4TV recently posted a cool video of someone using Microsoft’s Surface to play D&D. You can find the video below.

For those not familiar with the name, Surface is Microsoft’s software that allows for multitouch digital manipulation. Some of its more prominent uses include being used by MSNBC during the 2008 U.S. presidential election and the future homes at Disneyland. While the original targeted users were the military and hospitality industries, students at Carnegie Mellon found little different application. Check out the 3 minute intro.

It is certainly a very cool alternative to a pen and paper system, but I think tabletop gaming loses a little bit of its charm when you go completely digital. I still like to roll my dice myself, but I wouldn’t mind something keeping track of my money and inventory electronically. And truth be told, I was always terrible about memorizing the ins and outs of all my skills; so, that would help me out a bit here. But really, the important question is this: how can the DM fudge dice rolls when the computer controls it all?

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