Well, you don't need to wait for the commercial availability of Microsoft surface table technologies. For a few hundred dollars you can already download a small, focused digital projector that will turn any computer into a table-projectable touchscreen. That will handle some part of it with regards to map projection etc., but there are still going to be wireless transfer (or network transfer) issues. That's where the BumpTop and potential Voice/Video-oiP comes into play.
Either way, there are some definitely exciting new technologies coming out that would support the imaginative entrepeneur even before one gets into virtualisation and augmented reality.
miss dee said >>>
I prefer the face to face, plus any hassle from the guys I can give them a GIBBS slap.
Excellent NCIS reference there, miss dee.
One thing to remember, though, is that not everyone has the opportunity to be able to get around a table with a bunch of like-minded roleplayers. The nearest gaming group to me, for example, is over 3.5 hours away. Getting the opportunity to break away even for a normal game session is difficult, let alone one that requires a 7-or-more hour trip. (And I can only generally get away on national holidays, and then everyone else has a desire to go to the same locationbeach front towns, yeesh.)