Thursday, April 16, 2009

Online Game, Anyone?

It seems the Olden Domain campaign has stalled, so I'm wondering if there would be any takers if I wanted to run a game (probably using Labyrinth Lord) online?

I have no idea about technical issues at this point, but the thought was to use Skype and a private chatroom that's got a dice roller. Surely that wouldn't be difficult to set up, right?

15 comments:

  1. I'd be interested - cannot get enough
    gaming in. Are you thinking Skype for real-time chat? or is it the persistant chat history that is appealing?
    (I've used Skype, but only for 'normal' conversation - not gaming)

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  2. Voice chatting. I want the chat window there for "secret" messages and the dice roller, but the actual running of the game would be done voice. Maybe even set up a webcam on my end since I do faces and talk with my hands a lot. :P

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  3. I'd be interested, but wonder when a good time would be for the game? I suspect for those of us in the states, our best time would not jive with yours.

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  4. I am very flexible as far as time. Sundays are out since my main game is that day. Saturdays would probably be best for everyone, but a weekday slot at 6pm Eastern or so, I think I could be up all night once a week for the sake of gaming. :D

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  5. Excellent. I will send you an email. Thanks.

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  6. oooh...you're talking about fancy technological stuff
    (voice...) - I would have to bow out owing to my primitive computer gear. Have fun!

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  7. Not familiar with Labyrinth Lord, but I'm always down with enlarging my Skype network of potential gamers. I run all my games over skype text-chat.

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  8. I would have loved to join up in this game...but I'm not sure my schedule will jive. How long are you looking to play for?

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  9. I've been using Skype for games lately and it works pretty good, though you are limited to audio-only for multi-party conferences but that does not really make too big a difference to my mind. For mapping, one of my players has been using Excel to build a digital map that he can email around periodically to the rest of the group and that seems to work pretty well (it's a bit slower than hand drawing but not enough to be annoying). We tried having a free wipeboard also called up but it was causing Skype to lag a little and we never really used it for anything so we ditched it during the last session.

    Skype has all the big advantages: free and easy to use. All you need is a microphone and a decent internet connection.

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  10. I've been using Maptools for one of my groups games and it's been working wonderfully. The only thing we run alongside it is Ventrilo because maptools does not have VO/IP but it does have a chat window if you don't want to run other programs. It's not for everyone though.

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  11. A great little tool for doing up quick interactive maps is scriblink. It's definitely worth a check out http://www.scriblink.com/ .

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  12. I'll be looking over all the technology suggestions soon. Still formatting (and doing graphics... ugh) for the second Green Devil Face. And I kind of forgot I should have an entry or two in there. :P

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  13. Scriblink was the wipebopard I used with aforesaid issues. It seemed like a good idea bt did not quite work out, though that might have been the connection speed of one or more of my players!

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  14. Here's another possibility: Fantasy Grounds II. It already has an LL character sheet built in so players can easily share their info with you. It has a dice roller, chat function, map-sharing capabilities, etc. I use it to play C&C and it works well.

    For some, the drawback is that it cost $24.

    If you decide to have a Euro-friendly time during the week, I could be in.

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  15. If you want a good play by post option, check out www.roleplaymarket.com.

    It is free and basically a blank slate platform with secure die rollers, mapping tiles, etc...

    Great community as well, has been up and running strong for several years now.

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