Syrinscape – RP Ambiance is here

syrinscapeRole playing has always been one of those things that some people just really throw themselves into, adding things in to increase their immersive experience (which led onto LARPing for those who went to that next level). I remember seeing pictures of a person who had turned his attic into a gaming room, having such things as sword racks on the walls, a permanent GM screen attached to the table that looked exactly like a castle wall and many book shelves lined with books. He had also gone to the extent of setting controls in the table for lighting, music and even a smoke machine.

Of course, not everyone will go that level to add atmosphere to their games, but most people will do something if they can, and these days, with easily portable electronic devices equipped with speakers, music is an easy addition. But what if you don’t have any of that sort of music? Or you have too much and really can’t be bothered trawling through it all to find the right song for the right environment? Well there is a program that can cover that.

This program is called Syrinscape. Made by Benjamin Loomes, this is a program that is specifically designed to add ambiance to role playing game sessions. But don’t think this is just a music playing program, it is far from it. It is rather an engine designed to add variable levels of sound, for different environments, that is also completely customisable. I could keep trying to explain it, or you could just watch the video below. I suggest watching the video.

So, as you could see, each location is different, with individual settings for each. This variable nature means that you can tweak any setting to your hearts content.

Surprisingly, this program is also free. There is a cost involved if you want more of the product, but the main program can be downloaded and used free of charge, on PC, Mac, Android and iOS. This means that you can get and test the program without paying anything. If you like it, you can purchase more modules to add more sound scapes. They are mostly fantasy based ones, but there are several that could be used in horror games, such as Call of Cthulhu, and a couple Sci-Fi ones that could be used in futuristic games.

But there is more! Not only can you enhance your games with this program, Syrinscape is working directly with Paizo to make Sounds for Golarion. So having very specific sets of sounds for Pathfinder is very awesome indeed. You want more, you say? All of these cool things not enough? Well… this year will see the release of a sound editor so you can make your own sounds as well.

And for all those people who like this sort of thing, this is all Australian as well. Here is the Syrinscape website.

Have you already given this a go? Or had it used in a game you have played in? Or are you going to try it now? Whatever the situation, tell us all about it in the comments section below.

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  1. Mani Kanniah
    March 19, 2014 | Reply

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