Re: [nbos] [AS] iOS viewer app?
Mon Jan 9th, 2012
The kind of control you're talking about is very possible with enough
cooperation or through the hard work of NBOS. Of course nothing would
happen without their blessing.

Ideally, an app would know how to talk to the NBOS application of choice.
The networking would be an integral part of both the mobile app and the PC
app. They would talk to each other easily. Logging in could be made to be
automatic (with security steps). We've done this a couple of times with
various apps, and we even have our own networking solution that handles
this kind of thing.

For either FM8 or AS3, the GM would be able to use menu and other options
to define what it is the players got to see. If the players were also on
mobile devices, or if they were using a shared projector or any
combination or laptops or whatever. The player's visible area, visible
options, hell.... even the camera itself could be controlled by the GM.

Also, using AR would allow the GM to set up a solar system or terrain map
with 3d models on it... then the players would be able to view this map as
a scaled diorama on the play surface in front of them. My dream setup (and
I'm working on this in my spare time) is to have a projected map on the
playing surface which is a marker for an AR scene. This AR scene only
contains the miniatures and sets that the players are interacting with.
These objects are manipulated by their owners (just like MapTool allows).
The whole thing looks like Holo Chess, when viewed through a mobile device.

However with no funding a working prototype is months off at least.

As far as the demands on the mobile device is concerned, most Android
phones that run ARM7 processors would be fine with this. Any iOS device
with a rear-camera and iOS 4.3 or better installed would be fine too.


On Mon, 09 Jan 2012 22:28:05 +1100, Mike Oliver
<> wrote:

> That sounds exactly the kind of thing that would hit the button. Of
> course, the ideal would be to run AS3 on my Android but I realise that
> just isn't feasible. It's hard enough trying to get it to run on Linux!
> As I understand your proposal, the user could have AS3 running on a PC
> that can be accessed remotely by his/her Androd/iPad and everyone would
> be able to view whatever the GM or referee wanted them to see. The GM
> would be able to manipulate AS3 so that he could provide access to these
> things for the players - is that correct?
> If so, how would you see the GM exercising control over the PC? - would
> your app provide the link or would the pad/tablet owner(s) need
> something like LogMeIn or some kind of Citrix facility installed to
> provide remote control over the PC? Which all sounds a little demanding
> of an Android tablet running Android 2.2/2.3 OS even if an iPad could
> achieve it.
> As you can tell, I'm no expert in these things but I don't know whether
> to get excited or heave a sigh and wish I had 400 or so to spend on an
> iPad :-)
> Cheers,
> Mike
> -----Original Message-----
> From:
> [] On Behalf Of Tuck
> Sent: 09 January 2012 00:48
> To:
> Subject: Re: [nbos] [AS] iOS viewer app?
> Hi all,
> I'm a long-time lurker on this list. However this thread makes me want
> to
> reply. I make iOS and Android apps for a living, and I specialize in
> Augmented Reality apps. Mostly cute commercial stuff, but I've long
> wished
> for something I can use to help me with my SF games.
> I'm a big AS fan, though I've not used it in a couple of years.
> But I'd like to open the floor to suggestions as to what people would
> like
> to see in an AS helper app. I'm not suggesting I would make it as such.
> I
> certainly don't want to interfere with nbos in any way. If they have
> something in the pipe, fantastic. However I would be honored to help
> crowd-design or at least make up a wish-list.
> For starters, let me throw out that I'd like the mobile app to be able
> to
> be a remote control for the AS application running on the PC or mobile.
> This would allow for easy control of data flow to other players, and if
> we
> all had our phones or tablets at a game... then we all just log onto a
> server or service and we're all seeing the data the GM wants us to see.
> Plus... if there was an AR function in there... it would allow the game
> table to be treated as a kind of fake holographic projector. I do work
> like this all the time. It's not hard. The point here is that all the
> players would be able to see the star systems hovering over the playing
> surface.
> Anyway, that's my two cents. I hope I'm not stepping on anyone's toes
> here.
> tuck
> On Mon, 09 Jan 2012 02:27:07 +1100, Mike Oliver
> <> wrote:
>> Wow! That's two of us!
>> Cheers,
>> Mike
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From:
>> [] On Behalf Of Morkalg
>> Sent: 07 January 2012 08:09
>> To:
>> Subject: Re: [nbos] [AS] iOS viewer app?
>> I'd like to see a mobile app, on android.
>> On Jan 7, 2012 12:30 AM, "Doug Jessee" <> wrote:
>> Hello,
>> Does anyone besides me want a way to view the systems and sectors
>> created in AS on the web and/or an iOS device?
>> I saw this app and thought of how cool it would be to just pass around
>> my iPad to my players and let them take a look at the system or
> sector.
>> -Doug Jessee
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