Sunday, February 16, 2014
Evolve Your Game: Tabletop Audio
I just recently found another online resource that you can use if you want to add more atmospheric tunes to your games. The site is called Tabletop Audio and it is truly a wonderful resource for ambiances (these are 10-minute situational audio files, according to the creator) which you can use to enhance your games and give them that immersive quality you hope to achieve.
The creator of the website is a professional composer and has been enjoying tabletop role-playing games with his two kids. They've been playing Numenera and Star Wars: Edge of the Empire lately, which sort of explains the eclectic range of the available tracks.
Check it out and know that the music is all released under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License, which makes it all a whole new level of awesome.
Clicking a desired ambiance has the built-in player start. Since each ambiance is a playlist in itself, you can actually map out the others you want to play in sequence. There's a loop function to keep the music going, so while some tracks are not actually loopable, given the intense length of the songs (10-minutes compared to the standard 3 minute tracks of a soundtrack), it is unlikely your players will catch the looped part.
So check it out and see how it helps evolve your game!
Tabletop Audio is at http://tabletopaudio.com/
Be sure to drop a donation while you're at it!