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Getting Started

Video Tutorial

The Owlbear Rodeo interface

Owlbear Rodeo is a virtual table top (VTT) designed to be intuitive and feature rich. It works completely in a web browser so you don't need to download any extra software. The app is also responsive so it works across both mobile and desktop operating systems.

Owlbear Rodeo’s main focus is providing a great battle-map experience. This includes sharing maps, tokens and other images. We also provide robust drawing, text and fog tools that make it easy to replicate a physical tabletop.

We know every table is different so we also offer an easy way to customise Owlbear Rodeo. With deep support for extensions you can ensure that Owlbear Rodeo adapts to how you like to play.

First 5 Minutes in Owlbear Rodeo

The following guide is designed for a Game Master (GM). If you're a player all you need to do is open the link sent to you by your GM and click join.

Creating an account

To get started with Owlbear Rodeo you must first create an account.

Head to our sign up page and use your Google/Apple account or email.

Anonymous Users

Your players only need to create an account if they want to bring their own character token

Create account

Starter Sets

Starter sets are designed to get you up and running as quick as possible. We have some basic maps and characters that are perfect for a tabletop RPG session. We also have a simple initiative tracker and dice extension designed for D&D.

To add a starter set to your account open the profile page then select the Add button under the starter set.

To start with add the Maps and Characters starter sets.

Starter sets

Creating a Room

A room connects you and your players.

Create a room from the profile page by using the Create Room button.

Create room

You can read more about rooms here.

Creating a Scene

A scene is an infinite space for you to lay out images, drawings, fog and more.

You can create a scene while you are in a room.

To use our starter set maps create a scene from an existing map.

Create scene

You can now select the map you want.

New scene from existing map

Using Your Own Maps

To create a new scene from your own map you can select From New Map when creating your scene

Once you've created the scene open it by selecting the Open Scene button.

You can read more about scenes here.

Inviting Players

To invite your players to your room send them the link to your room. You can get this link either from your browser’s URL bar or by clicking the Invite Players button.

Invite Players using the Players action

Once the player opens this link they can request to join your room. You can then accept their request.

Join request

Now that you and your player are connected you can add characters, drawings, fog and more.

Finished Scene

And that's it! You should now be ready to start running encounters for your players.

Owlbear Rodeo has a lot more to offer so feel free to continue exploring these guides.