TaleSpire Guide to Sharing/Using Slabs and Boards (Maps)

So here you are, about to create your first build in TaleSpire but you’re staring at a blank board and unsure where to start. Maybe you’ve got a game you’re going to be running in an hour for your players, and there’s no way you can build something that will make you or them happy in time. Well, you’ve found the right place to solve that problem, and with this guide you can put together an amazing adventure in Talespire in minutes!

FYI, this guide is also helpful if you’ve created an amazing creation in TaleSpire and you want to give back to the community by sharing your slab (creation) or board (map).

What is so great about sharing in TaleSpire?

TaleSpire is a fantastic piece of software for playing online D&D or any other tabletop roleplaying game. Its ability to create fully immersive locations and encounters makes the game an entirely new experience, but what really makes it amazing is the community and their willingness to share wonderful creations with each other.

The community has created thousands of builds as of this writing and this is only the beginning. Whether you’re looking for a map for the Dungeon of the Mad Mage, Rime of the Frostmaiden, or even Dragon of Icespire Peak, the community has a lot to start with. There are so many locations to explore and adventures to be had that you can find with nothing but a simple click by browsing our TaleSpire Library to get started.

What do all these terms mean? What’s a board vs a slab?

Well, to get you really well versed if you aren’t sure of all the terminology we highly recommend reading up on our TaleSpire Terminology Guide. Here’s a quick rundown of these first two key terms you need to know for sharing and reusing the community creations.


Slabs are the term you probably haven’t heard before. Slabs are the term that has been accepted in the community for describing the pieces that are constructed from the assets, props and minis in TaleSpire. Just like those building blocks we all grew up with, that were used to build buildings or cars or amusement parks, slabs are built with assets just the same. They can be as small as a simple garden, or as large as a mountainside with a dungeon inside. They can be copied out and shared here and if you browse our TaleSpire Slab Library you can find things for just about any campaign you could run. 


Boards are what they sound like, digital bases on which you place the assets and for TaleSpire sharing purposes. They are similar to what you’d expect if you were sharing maps. Boards share the entire build data, compared to slabs that share only what you selected and copied. Boards can contain much more than a slab including minis, but they also aren’t as easy to use if you’re trying to mix and match together pieces to create your own environment.

What are the rules for using, or uploading slabs or boards?

Luckily, there are not a lot of rules for using and uploading, here are a few to follow.

First of all, the whole reason for this site and all its creations is to share and let them be reused. Mostly everything here is fair game for you to use in your private home games as you want. But if you decide to either turn a profit off these creations, or want to upload something you created that is based on or using pieces from another build, then you’ll need to make sure to follow a couple of simple rules.

  1. If the slab or board creator that you are copying from has added a Creative Commons License selection on their board or slab, it will be listed on the details page of that board or slab (as shown below). Make sure to click the link and understand what you are allowed, and not allowed, to do with their creation.
Make sure to know if the creator has limited what they want done

2. Even if the slab or board creator has not listed a Creative Commons License, you should give them credit in the description of your upload if you share your new creation. A mention, link, or such is not only respectful of their work but gives them proper credit for the work they put in.

What tips do you have for uploading boards and slabs?

There are a number of things you can do when uploading that will both help your creation be found but also make it more usable.

  • Board or Slab?: First decide if it should be a slab or board you upload. Slabs are more limited in size (30k clipboard limitation) and will not contain minis. On the flip side they have the benefit of being easily duplicated multiple times, or fitting into an existing layout or board. Boards can be much larger and contain minis, so for large complex areas or full campaigns they make a good choice.
  • Screenshots: Make sure to get good screen shots, the more the better! You can use TaleSpire’s photo options (F6 for Camera Mode, F12 for Steam Screenshots, Windows Key-Shift-S for Windows built-in screen shots, etc.). Istallri has a great TaleSpire screenshot guide on YouTube
  • Categorize: It takes a bit more work to do, but if you can properly assign any proper types, terrains or locations when uploading your creation this will help users out. It not only improves search results but also lets users filter down for even better targeting. Freeform additional tags also help, so feel free to use these tags for anything you think users may search for.
Add categorized tags to improve search and filtering to find your creation
  • Credit: As mentioned before, if your creation uses parts from other published works, make sure to give them credit or a mention in your description. This community is all about building together but don’t take credit for things you didn’t create.

How do I find slabs or boards to reuse in TaleSpire?

If you want to find a slab or board to use from the community, there are a few ways to go about it.

  • Search: You can use the search box in the top right of the Tales Tavern site. This will automatically search the TaleSpire Slab and Board library for whatever you search for. This can include standard names, locations, or even creator names on the site.

Quick Tip: Once you’ve searched or are browsing, you can use the filtering options to further slim down the results if you’ve found too many matches.

Filter your results to help nail down what you’re searching for
  • Browse: You can browse the entire TaleSpire Slab/Board Library. If you have no idea what you are looking for you can simply browse through and see what you can find.
  • Browse by Category: If you are looking for a particular category or type of creation, you can use our browse by category page. This lets you look for particular creations based on the location, type, or terrain.

Quick Tip: Another option, if you find a slab or creation you like, is to see other creations by that creator by clicking on their name, or browse similarly tagged creations by clicking the tag in the info box on the page.

Click a link to see more creations like what you’re looking at

How do I use a TaleSpire slab uploaded to Tales Tavern?

Well I’ve got good news for you, using a community-created TaleSpire slab in your game couldn’t be much easier. If you know how to copy and paste, you can use a slab very easily. Just follow these quick steps: the TL;DR is click the copy code button, and paste (ctrl-V) it into TaleSpire.

  • Find a slab on Tales Tavern. Make sure it’s a slab as it will be denoted above the thumbnail (make sure it says slab not board), or on the top right of the details page.
  • Click the button to copy the code for the slab, which can be in one of two locations. If you are viewing the slab thumbnail while browsing/searching it’s under the thumbnail picture and looks like two pieces of paper overlaying each other. If you are viewing the slab details page click the Copy Code button.
Under the slab thumbnail simply click the copy code icon
On the slab detail page, simply click the Copy Code button
  • Start up TaleSpire and open a campaign, then a board you want to place the slab in.
  • Now press Ctrl-V and your slab will appear in the board and you can move it and place it with the mouse. Yes, it’s that easy.

How do I share a slab I’ve created in TaleSpire?

You’ve created something in TaleSpire and you’re looking to share with the community your build. Let’s give you props right now, you’re awesome! This is how TaleSpire grows and becomes even better. Okay, props done, lets get down to business, albeit quite easy.

  • Before uploading your slab, you’ll want to save a few screenshots. We’ve got some tips if you need help on how to take screenshots in TaleSpire.
  • Now go to the Slab/Board Upload page
  • Go ahead and fill out the name, and then get the slab code.
  • In order to get the slab code, you’ll need to first select your entire built slab. You can select it all by going into build mode with B, then holding X (or pressing the Slab selection button in the building toolbar) before dragging the height/width of your slab. Then let go and lift the mouse to complete the selection and left-clicking so your slab is highlighted, and press Ctrl-C to copy the slab. When you do this, the selection box will disappear and your mouse will hold a copy of your slab.
The slab selection button lets you select your slab
  • You can press escape or right-click to remove that duplicate in your build, the code will still be stored in the Windows clipboard
  • Now return to the Tales Tavern upload page and in the code box simply press Ctrl-V. This will dump the code in for you easily.
  • Now go through and fill out the rest, adding locations, types, and terrains that are appropriate. Don’t forget free form tags, descriptions, uploading your images and checking off that you created the slab.
  • Make sure to give anyone credit who you used pieces from.
  • Now click Save and you’re done. Congratulations, you’ve shared your slab with the world.

Quick Tip: When selecting slabs, if your creation is too large you can break it into multiple slabs and post them separately. Try to find good breaking points so if users want to put them back together it’s easier to do.

How do I use a TaleSpire board uploaded to Tales Tavern?

Reusing a board that the community created in TaleSpire is very, very easy. TL;DR is open a TaleSpire campaign, find a board, click the button to view in TaleSpire, answer yes for importing.

  • First, start TaleSpire and then open your campaign you want to put the board in.
  • Find a board on Tales Tavern. Make sure it’s a board as it will be denoted above the thumbnail, or on the top right of the details page.
  • Click the button to “Open in TaleSpire”. This can be in one of two locations. If you are viewing the board thumbnail while browsing/searching it is under the thumbnail picture and looks like a square with a small arrow. If you are viewing the slab details page click the Open in TaleSpire button.
Click Open in TaleSpire and voila!
Click Open in TaleSpire and the board imports

Quick Tip: When you click the link the browser may ask permission to open TaleSpire. You must click the open button to bring it in. Also, you can click the checkbox to have the browser not ask again for quicker imports in the future.

  • TaleSpire will pop up and show a message about importing the board. If you click OK the board will import and be put in your board list for that campaign.
Click OK and then it will show in your board list

Quick Tip: Once the board is imported it will show in your board list, but it will not automatically move to the board, so you won’t see a visible change on your current board.

How do I share a board I’ve created in TaleSpire?

You’ve created something in TaleSpire and you’re looking to share with the community your build. We said that before with slabs but you still get props. You’re stupendous! Now let;s get down to business.

  • Before uploading your board, you’ll want to save a few screenshots. We’ve got some tips if you need help on how to take screenshots in TaleSpire.
  • Now go to the Slab/Board Upload page
  • Go ahead and fill out the name, and then we’ll need to get the board url.
  • To get the board url, open your board and then go to the board menu. Once there you’ll see a publish copy button that look like a bunch of concentric circles (see below). Simply click that to open the board copy tab.
Share your TaleSpire Boards
  • Now once inside the board simply click the big “Publish Copy of Current Board” button. This will add a new item under the campaign name you are in. If the campaign isn’t in the list, it will add it.
  • Click on the campaign name and now you’ll see the board copies available. The lower copies are the most recent.
  • Now simply click the copy icon (looks like two pieces of paper) on the right side of the board copy you want to use. This will copy the board URL into your Windows clipboard.
  • Now return to the Tales Tavern upload page and in the code/url box simply press Ctrl-V which will then dump the url in. It will look something like talespire://published-board/UmltZSAtIFdlbGNvbWU=/191f643642e27f19ae99e996db8b7dac
  • Go through and fill out the rest, adding locations, types and terrains that are appropriate, free form tags, descriptions, upload your images and check off that you created the board.
  • Make sure to give anyone credit who you used pieces from.
  • Now click Save and you’re done. Congratulations, you’ve shared your board with the world!

We hope this guide was helpful whether you’re just starting out with TaleSpire or are about to begin sharing a completely library of creations with the world. We’re glad to have you along.

If you find any problems with this article, think something more needs to be added, or simply have ideas that will help make this a better resource, let us know. We want this guide to be a community resource for every TaleSpire fan.

TaleSpire Terminology Guide

Congratulations on joining the TaleSpire Community!  You’ve got the software, you’re excited to start building, playing or maybe GMing a few games.

Well, as with any community, there’s a bit of lingo that you need to learn.  You can get by without it, but if you know the terminology then you can communicate more clearly when talking about TaleSpire, D&D, or any tabletop role playing game.  So let’s get started.

Now before I go into specifics of each term, TaleSpire is software to build, and play, tabletop role playing games, and therefore it has a lot of terms that coincide, often on purpose, with terms in those games.  So if you play D&D, Pathfinder, or one of many others, many of these terms may seem familiar to you.  This guide will help clarify what parts are the same and what’s different.

TaleSpire Building Terminology

Let’s talk building!  In order to help make it a bit more concrete, many of these terms we’ll also explain in similarity to a very common building block system we all know and love.  We’ll start with the smallest piece and work our way up to help explain all the TaleSpire terminology a bit at a time.


Assets are in essence the pieces used to build your creations.  You find the blocks, place them on the board and start building.  You can move, copy and rotate them in order to build.  These assets can include tiles, props or minis.  New assets are currently provided by the software through updates. So in terms of our favorite building blocks, these are the individual blocks and pieces.


Tiles are the general building blocks. These assets can include walls, doors, bushes, floors or any other piece you’d use to build your layout. Tiles will snap to the grid as compared to props (listed below) which are smaller and can be placed more freeform. Once again, in simpler terms, these are the actual building block pieces, 2×2, 4×2 or whatever shape and size.

TaleSpire has tons of tiles of various styles to choose from


Props are the term for individual objects in the TaleSpire software. These are what they sound like, they are distinct items that you drop in.  This could be a table, or a plate, lamps or crystals.  They also can be rotated and moved but generally are considered distinct items.  These, in building block terms, are the unique individual pieces that aren’t used to build out the structure but add a bit of pizzazz and style to your creations.

Props can be not only rotated but placed anywhere in your scene, completely free form.

Minis / Creatures

Minis are just what they sound like .  They are the creatures, the characters, the miniatures that you place on the board.  They can be player minis, monsters, NPCs, or any other place you’d want a dragon, a half-orc, a minstrel, or other creature.  These can be controlled by the GM but also assigned to players to control, assigned names, made unique or even be set to fly. And yes, these in building block terms are the mini figs we all love.

Monsters, heroes, NPCs and everything in between


Slabs are the term you probably haven’t heard before.  Slabs are the term that has been accepted in the community for describing the pieces that are constructed from the assets, props and minis.  Just like those building blocks that can be used to build buildings or cars or amusement parks, slabs are built with assets just the same.  They can be as small as a simple garden, or as large as a mountainside with a dungeon inside.   They can be copied out and shared here and if you browse our repository of community created slabs you can find things for just about any campaign you would run.  There is a limit to the size you can copy in and out due to some technical requirements. This is the heart of the TaleSpire sharing community because as players build and share more, it makes the software easier for new GMs to set up new campaigns by mixing and matching slabs they create with creation from others.

Slabs can be shared between players by posting up to a talespire sharing site. Tales Tavern’s TaleSpire Slab Library can be browsed and searched and used to easily copy out a slab to reuse in your campaign. And it’s literally as easy as clicking copy on the site, and then pasting with Ctrl-V in TaleSpire.

TaleSpire Slabs can be simple to incredibly large and complex. Limited by your imagination and the Windows clipboard


Boards are what they sound like. They are the board on which you place the assets.  They are just like those flat green boards you’d get for building with that you’d put down and build on top of.  The main difference, and it’s a huge one, is that in TaleSpire you don’t have to click everything down on the ground.  In video game terms you can think of a board as a level. It contains a collection of slabs, assets, props, minis, to make up that place in your world for the players to explore.

Boards may now also be shared via a url. This is created in TaleSpire using the Publish Copy button on the Campaign Boards menu. These can then be shared in the TaleSpire Board and Slab Repository for others to use. If you want to use a board from another creator simply find the board on Tales Tavern, and then click the View in TaleSpire button. This will open pull the board into your open campaign. Or if you don’t want to instantly import you can use the copy code button and then in the boards screen you can paste in the board url to bring in manually whenever you want.

Players can navigate to different boards by being pulled by a GM, or may choose to change to a different board in game on their own with the board menu.

Quick Tip: If a player moves to a board and a GM is not present, they will not be able to move around or browse the board.

Pick a board and click the arrow to move there


Campaigns are often very similar to D&D or other TTRPG campaigns.  They are the largest collection in TaleSpire as they are a collection of boards.  In building block terms it’s the full set that you purchased but in reality it’s simply a collection of boards put together in one place.  So the campaign may be in a published D&D module and each board could be a separate location in that module.

Players can be members of and join multiple campaigns

Building TL;DR

So basically in order of size from largest to smallest.

A TaleSpire campaign contains one or more boards, each board contains slabs and those slabs are made up of assets. The assets can be tiles, props or minis.  And yes, boards can have free form tiles/props/minis that aren’t part of a larger creation.

TaleSpire specific terms

These are just a few terms that have specific meaning in TaleSpire that we figured we’d quickly mention.

Cutscene mode

This is a GM initiated mode that locks the players into a specific view. This way the GM can freeze the players and introduce something how they want with specific views, interactions, or atmosphere.

Cutscenes let a GM control what players view at a particular moment

Initiative mode aka Turnbased Mode

Yes, combat is the heart of many tabletop role playing games and TaleSpire has an initiative mode.  This mode lets the combat loop through the order of turns and allows the GM to add/remove creatures in that order at any time.  This is also initiated by the GM in their interface.

Build mode

This is where you’ll live if you enjoy building, or even as a GM you’ll be here a little as you set up and build out your boards in your campaign.  If you are a designated GM on the board you can simply hit B to enter build mode and start building.  This will automatically be initiated if you paste in a slab that you’ve copied.

Photo mode

In order to get your best screen shots, TaleSpire has a free form camera mode activated using F6.  There are a lot of settings to get the right shot and once you take the shot it is automatically stored on your computer for you.

Use Photo Mode in TaleSpire to get some awesomely creative shots

We hope this helps you understand the various terminology in TaleSpire. For more detailed uses we’re creating distinct guides. So check out our Ultimate TaleSpire Players guide and other guides coming soon.

If you find any problems with this article, think something more needs to be added, or simply have ideas that will help make this a better resource, let us know. We want this to be a community resource for every TaleSpire fan.

The Ultimate Player’s Guide to Talespire

So you’ve gotten your hands on Talespire, BouncyRock’s virtual tabletop software and can’t wait to get into sessions of your favorite roleplaying game! Except – well, how do I get into games? How do I move around these boards? Can I adjust the performance of the game? This guide is meant to walk through everything you need to know to use Talespire effectively as a player, including but not limited to: joining campaigns, choosing your miniatures, dice rolling, and the software’s interface. Gather ’round adventurers and let’s hear this mad wizard’s tale…

How do I get into a TaleSpire Campaign?

The first thing you want to do to begin your Talespire experience is to join a campaign. This is very simple, your DM will send you a 7 character code which you will use to join your campaign.

To join a campaign, you’ll want to load up Talespire and click “Begin”, it’ll then pull up the campaigns tab along with the changelog. At the bottom of the campaign tab you’ll see “Join Campaign”, enter your code there then click Join!

When buying Talespire a good thing to keep in mind is that it will use the name of your Steam account when you purchased the game. If you change your Steam name your Talespire name will not change, so make sure it’s something you like!

How do I find and set up a mini for my character?

Speaking of minis, let’s get to choosing one for your upcoming session! Talespire has an ever-expanding list of digital miniatures to be used and abused in BouncyRock’s virtual tabletop. From muscled veterans to horned mages the choices are almost limitless for a fantasy-setting roleplaying game.

There are a few ways to determine which miniature is best for what you’re trying to play as.

  • The most obvious way is to tell your gamemaster what you are hoping to play and let them decide what fits. You won’t be able to see minis on the board until one is assigned to you so this process takes some time.
  • Another method is to go into your own Talespire campaign where you are the owner/gamemaster and looking through the minis yourself.
  • The third way some campaigns do things is to set up a hub board with all the main player models presented in some kind of order (be it melee, magical, height, color, etc.) and assigning players to a placeholder mini so they can see the selection. As a player, a good way to point to what you want is the press “M” for the ruler sphere to come up and follow your mouse for everyone to see.
  • Lastly, if you are looking for a good repository to view each model, Tales Tavern has each model in the TaleSpire Assets library.

Once you’ve chosen the mini you want, the gamemaster will get it ready for you. This will include:

  • Naming the mini
  • Assign you permissions to view and control the mini
  • Setting the mini to unique. This means that it is saved to the campaign’s named mini database and only one can exist at a time, which saves time when moving between boards.

Once your TaleSpire miniature is set up, you can right-click your miniature to assign its max and current health, pull up the emote submenu, and modify the four stat submenu. This last one can be used to track whatever resources your character spends or tracks. Often this is used for armor class, passive perception, movement, supplies (i.e. potions, arrows), or anything else you want easily visible.

How do I get to the right board to play?

So you’ve entered the TaleSpire campaign and picked out your mini. But how do you get around to different boards?

First, when the campaign opens you’ll start on the default board. This is something that the GM sets up in the campaign and so they can make it auto load wherever you want. But of course as you’re playing, you may need to move to a different board so here are a few options.

Getting Summoned

The simplest option is done by the GM themselves. They have an option to summon players to the board they are viewing. They simply go to the players menu and click the button to “Summon Players To This board” and you’ll be drug through time and space to the board they are on. It’s that simple. It does summon everyone loaded in the campaign at that time and sometimes that is a problem so there’s another option.

Manually Moving Yourself

Option two is if they can’t summon you for some reason. Generally this is because there are other players they don’t want moving to that board. In that case they will give you the name of the board.

First, check what board you are on now. The name of the board is in the top right of the screen. Now if you’re on the wrong board simply hit the spacebar. A small icon appears in the top left of the screen that you can click on. This will then slide out a drawer listing all available boards in the campaign. Now find the name of the board and click the arrow to be moved to that board.

Once you are there you should see other players listed on the left along with the GM’s Steam Name. Congratulations you’ve now changed boards in TaleSpire.

Quick Tip: If you happen to move to a board as a player and there is no GM on that board, you will be locked in to a specific view as you wait for a GM to arrive. Sorry, no peeking.

How can I control the camera?

I’m in the game, but now I can’t see what’ s going on. Knowing how to move your camera around is important, so here’s a quick rundown of all of the camera controls!

  1. Rotation – If you want to rotate your view around your mini or around the board simply hold your middle mouse button down and drag the mouse around. This will change the angle and rotation of your view.
  2. Zoom – To zoom simply spin the middle mouse wheel in and out. This zoom is limited to a maximum and minimum height but should have well enough flexibility to see what you need.
  3. Camera Movement – To move the camera you can simply use the WASD keys, alternatively you can right click and drag to drag the camera around the board.

Also, should get you lost there are a few quick tips that may help. If you double click on your mini picture in the top left it will center your view on the mini, and even can set the clip slider (green slider) to help you see your mini if it’s inside something. Or press F2 to center yourself back at the board start.

How do I control my TaleSpire mini?

Moving around in Talespire rather it be your camera or mini has a lot of options and little, secret controls. For example by holding down the left shift key and pressing W,A,S,D or any of the directional arrow keys, your mini will move according to the key presses, like shown below.

Quick Tip: While in initiative mode your mini can only be moved by using the keyboard when it is not your turn. During your turn all the options will be available.

If your character has the ability to fly you can ask your GM to set it so your mini can fly. Once that is done the base of your Mini will become transparent and your can hold left click on your mini and left control to bring it up and down by dragging.

If you’re wanting to move your mini quickly you can either hold left-click to drag the mini around or shift+left-click your mini and teleport it. This is useful for moving your mini onto higher spots in the map or for catching up with the party if you looked away for a moment.

If you’re playing with a system where your characters need to be on a specific tile, such as DnD you can go to your settings menu and toggle “CreatureSnapToGrid”, this will make it so your minis snap and lock onto tiles when moving them. Keep in mind however teleporting your mini will not snap it to the grid.

If your mini isn’t facing the way you want it, all you have to do is hold alt+left click then move your mouse, this will rotate your mini for you!

Movement aside, there are a few other things you can do with your mini in Talespire! This includes: tracking HP, emotes, additional stats, and a torch! Atop of all of this, you can right-click another mini whilst selected onto yours to attack it!

If there are multiple of the same mini, or you’re just curious about names, you can hold tab and the names of the minis will appear overhead.

If you ever lose track of your mini or any minis that you can control, you can click in the portrait of your mini in the top left and your camera will be centered onto the location of the mini.

If your camera is ever off-center of your mini you can recenter it by double-clicking your mini. Double-clicking any spot centers your camera there!

In Game Chat

TaleSpire currently doesn’t have a voice chat in game, many users simply use Discord for this. But they have added an in game Character Chat. Simply select the mini you want to talk, and press enter. This will bring up the chat box where you can type your message. Press enter again and your character will speak the text with a chat bubble. You can also view chat history by hitting the spacebar and clicking on the book icon in the top right.

Chat it up in TaleSpire

So enjoy the fun, chat it up and bring those TaleSpire minis to life!

Quick Tip: If you’re using a voice chat and others are talking often having your mini speak helps you get your info across without having to speak over everyone.

Line of Sight

One last thing that’s worth is explaining is minis and line of sight. Essentially Talespire tracks each and every minis line of sight using various methods, however, this is to create an immersive experience. So if there’s a monster hiding behind rocks or trees, and your character wouldn’t be able to see them, it renders them invisible to you so you can’t see them. Now admittedly this system isn’t perfect and will have occasional hiccups, sometimes you should be able to see another mini but you won’t be able to, vice versa. TaleSpire is adding group line of sight which will help alleviate some of these issues.

How do dice work in TaleSpire?

Now, the best part of a virtual tabletop is rolling virtual dice! But don’t worry, these are free of charge, your wallet will thank you this time around. To start this out all you have to do is hit the spacebar and at the bottom of the screen the dice tray will open including a variety of dice.

If by chance you forgot a dice you rolled, you can open up the history tab! All you have to do is hit spacebar until the dice tray is open, then at the top right, under the big X to close out Talespire will be a little booklet. Click on this booklet and it’ll open up the history. You can hit spacebar to quickly remove it from your screen as well.

Next up, the best part, rolling dice! Click the die or dice you want to roll, a little pop-up will appear in the center of the screen, click and drag your left mouse button over this pop up then shake your mouse. When you’re ready to roll left go of your mouse and dice will roll! Additionally, Talespire will add up the total number that was rolled across all of the dice, however, this doesn’t include external modifiers such as proficiency bonuses.

How does combat work in TaleSpire?

Combat! What TaleSpire session wouldn’t be complete without a little combat. Your GM will have what they need to do but lets help you learn what you need to in order to make things run smoothly.


Your GM will set up initiative by starting up initiative mode. You’ll see this at the top of the screen and usually they’ll call out those famous words. “Roll Initiative!”. Well go ahead and roll and usually wait until your GM requests the number.

After they set up initiative you’ll see the initiative tracker at the top of the screen. This lets you know whose turn it is but also you can see the order of those immediately ahead of and behind the active characters turn.

Quick Tip: If you see things in initiative you can mouse over them and the ring around the character base will highlight or you can click on them and the view will move to target them. You may not be able to see them with the view from your currently selected mini, but the camera will move there.

Now once it’s your turn, you’re ready to go. You’ll see your mini listed in the center of the initiative tracker.


You can move your mini through the methods explained before by clicking and dragging the mini, or using shift and the arrow/WASD keys. Now so you know, you can’t drag your mini when it’s not your turn, but you can move it using the keys.


Besides simply telling your GM who you’re attacking you can right click on the creature you see and select the option to attack that mini. Currently there are options for a regular attack or a Magic Missile attack (can be used for any spell). The Magic Missile attack adds a fun animation to the attack. Just a note, if you have multiple minis you are controlling, you’ll want to make sure you have the correct one active. You can click on the mini itself or the mini picture in the top left.

Also, as you are looking around, if you have multiple minis you’ll notice what you can see from your point of view is based on the mini you have selected. So if you say have a familiar you can click on their mini and get a different view than yours.

Ending Your Turn

Once you’ve completed your turn, you simply click the big End Turn button under the initiative tracker. This will automatically move the tracker to the next characters turn.

Quick Tip: If you are a GM on the board, even if not a GM at the time, this button will not show. So you’ll have to have your GM move initiative to the next character.

What is Cutscene Mode?

I just lost control of my mini! I can’t move at all, is the game broke? Well, probably not. I’m glad to say you’ve very likely entered cutscene mode.

Cutscene mode is a way for a GM to further control what you can see and lets them introduce a new area, boss, or whatever they want by temporarily freezing your view and letting you see what they want you to see.

What other settings for TaleSpire are there?

Talespire has various settings that allow players to modify their interface and game experience. Clicking on the gear in the top right opens the various settings tabs Talespire currently has on offer.

The first menu concerns general display/sound settings, from the main volume of the application to the resolution and full-screen mode, or even how the user interface is sized (do not change this setting too dramatically at one time). 

If you have a system that struggles to keep an even framerate in Talespire, immediately scroll to the bottom of this menu and turn all the screenspace effect settings to the displayed configurations before clicking “Ok.”

The second tab of the settings menu concerns miscellaneous game settings specific to Talespire, these currently include the Snap-to-grid and compass features. Snap to grid forces minis to align themselves with the grid map that every Talespire board is built off of.

The TaleSpire Compass – Don’t get lost trying to explain directions again

The compass is a feature that can be used to orient directions in relative terms when the players or gamemasters want to describe a location. The compass direction is determined by the gamemaster and is the same for everyone on the board.

The last section of the general settings is actually a key map for players to familiarize themselves with the keyboard controls for Talespire. These key mappings can be changed, many others will be added in the future. Some of the most notable ones are WASD/arrow keys for camera control, spacebar to open the boards/dice interface, shift+WASD to move your mini tile by tile, and F2 to center yourself on the board.

What other player tools are available in TaleSpire?

If by chance you ever forget some of the controls, you can hit F1 and a handy menu will open up.


For all of your distancing/spell casting needs, Talespire has rulers to make it easy to measure and display effects and movement! Talespire hosts 3 different rulers, a basic line, a cone, and my personal favorite, the sphere, aka radius. To open up the rulers all you have to do is click M. You’ll notice three options appeared at the near bottom of the screen. In order, these options are Cone, Line, and Radius. Once you pick what kind of ruler you’d like to use you want to click left click and then move your mouse, this will set either create a line, if you’re using a line, create a cone showing the area of effect, or expand the radius. When you’re content with the distance of your rulers you can left-click and it’ll stay in place, however, if you’d like to adjust it you can by simply clicking any of the white dots of the ruler. Fun fact, you can change the degrees of the cone to either shrink or increase its total area of effect. With the line ruler, you can also set up multiple points by clicking after you set the first point, if you want to stop using the line ruler just right-click.

If your campaign by chance leads you under a cliffside or into a mountain you’ll be happy to learn of the clip slider! On the right-hand side of the screen two sliders, the cut box and the clip slider. The clip slider is useful for when there are objects overhead and you want them out of view. Usually is automatically adjusted with your mini as it moves around the map, however you can manually adjust and tweak it to your liking. Firstly you’ll want to click the padlock next to the green slider to lock it into place. Then can move it up and down until you have the result you want.

If you run into a bug you’ll be happy to learn you can report it quite easily! All you have to do is hit escape and click the big blue “Report Bug” button! This will open up a tab in your browser of choice. Reporting bugs will help BounyRock improve Talespire faster and make it a smooth experience for everyone else who wants a virtual fixing of their tabletop roleplaying!

If you’ve made it all the way down here you should be armed with knowledge enough to take on armies of enemies eternal – or at least make your humble beginnings as a player in Talespire. After all, this isn’t the end of the journey with BouncyRock Studio’s digital tabletop simulator, and the depth is truly realized when you decide to take the leap and try running games or building maps in the software. Come back to Tales Tavern for any of your tutorial and slab needs and beyond!

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