The next game from The Warlock of Firetop Mountain studio Tin Man Games is a VR title that seats players at a digital tabletop for a gaming session that comes to life.

According to the Melbourne developer, Table of Tales: The Crooked Crown is an adventure RPG that has you take your place at a virtual table to determine the fate of a party of scoundrels as they venture through a world of swashbuckling and sorcery.

“Seated at the mysterious, magical table, you will take control of a party of scoundrels, making tactical combat decisions and determining the scoundrels’ fate whenever they encounter trouble,” said Tin Man Games.

“True to our narrative roleplaying roots, Table of Tales features a story that is shaped by the decisions you make – the game is highly replayable, with different outcomes to explore.”

Central to Table of Tales is Arbitrix, an unconventional narrator who guides the player through their adventures with the table.

“There have been lots of Game Master characters in games, but many are very antagonistic and only have one goal: to kill you,” said lead writer Ben McKenzie.

“A big part of Table of Tales is bringing to life a Game Master who is more like real-life GMs: they challenge you, yes, but really they’re on your side.

“They love the game and want you to have the best and most exciting adventure possible. That’s Arbitrix.”

Tin Man Games has been working on Table of Tales for more than 18 months, and plans to release the game for PS VR in the third quarter of this year.

“Our history is deeply intertwined with tabletop gaming with many of our releases reflecting this, so we’re really excited to be taking the next leap forward in this area of gaming by making a really fantastic digital tabletop RPG for VR,” the studio said.

Tin Man Games is an adventure games and digital gamebooks specialist that has adapted a number of Fighting Fantasy gamebooks to video game format.

Earlier this year it released two episodes of visual novel adventure Miss Fisher and the Deathly Maze, based on the Australian TV drama series Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries.

Aussie studio announces virtual tabletop title Table of Tales: The Crooked Crown