Eon Altar is a really innovative iOS role playing game that was announced on Kickstarter a few weeks back, and we got a chance to play around with it at PAX East 2013. The gist is that one central tablet acts as a board for multiple players to share, while they still manage their characters and actions from their own iOS devices. The main goal here is to bring gamers together in the same room again, cooperating and communally enjoying a classic fantasy adventure.
The RPG elements themselves are very traditional. The story is linear and the characters are relatively static, but this has afforded the Eon Altar the structure to be visually impressive. The game follows the standard RPG progression: kill bad guys, earn experience points, level up, and get new loot. Eventually, The developer hopes to have additional episodes launching after the first, which should be live in eight months or so.
The best part about Eon Altar is that central hub. Not only is it exactly what most pen and paper role-players wish they have when they play, but combat and cinematic sequences are presented in such a great way that everybody involved can enjoy. It's quite a unique experience for both mobile and traditional gaming. Role playing purists will definitely want to check out Eon Altar when it launches later this year. Visit Eon Altar's landing page to keep tabs on the game's progress.