A free, collaborative, network-enabled, multiuser, shared whiteboard
- Free • Open Source
- Virtual Tabletop
What is MapTool?
MapTool is an online, multiuser, networked, graphical, interactive, programmable virtual tabletop. Requires Java 6+. It can be used for face-to-face play, or Internet role-playing in real time even if your players are on the other side of the world. MapTool in particular works great with voice-chat services!
These tools are not a role playing game by themselves, nor are they meant to replace everything at the RPG table. Rather, they are designed to be as flexible as we can make them, usable for a wide variety of gaming systems, from fantasy to sci-fi; from tabletop miniatures games to purely spoken-word games.
The tools aren't built from the ground up for any specific RPG, which is what allows for the great flexibility we have, but as a result, it can be difficult for us to indicate easily to individuals how best to make use of the tools for their specific purposes. Fortunately, the community forums are a thriving, active source of rapid responses to any questions you may have. We take pride in this as one of our greatest strengths and we encourage you to join us there. If the game you want to run is a commonly-found one, there's a good chance you can locate someone who's done most of the fine-tuning for you! At the risk of leaving some out, our users have developed frameworks for D&D3.x, D&D4e, Pathfinder, ShadowRun, nWOD, GURPS, and many others.
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Comments and Reviews
Said about MapTool as an alternative
It's a virtual tabletop, and it's multiplayer online. It does dice rolls. It supports displaying the vision of the characters, showing which parts of the map are visible, and which are hidden.
Really good free tool to manage your tabletop game, doesn't come with with many predefined rulesets, but it's very flexible in creating these, so you can even play with your own ruleset
Although it's not the most intuitive VTT it there, MapTools is a mature and stable choice. It's free (and Open Source), has loads of features, an active development team, and a lot of community content as well. There's no voice/video chat, but that's what Discord is for.
Recent user activities on MapTool
- nullfish added MapTool as alternative(s) to dddice
- dax liked MapTool
- simonorn added MapTool as alternative(s) to Dungeoneer
More features and better control than Roll20, and doesn't require a subscription to create new character sheets/support new games.