4E Playtest - with Screenshots

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Ok, I know that there have been many posts of people playing the 4E pre-gens and going through Return of the Burning Plague and such. I'm adding mine to the general experience, but this one has screenshots!

We played using a Virtual Tabletop software that I've had for a couple of years called d20pro. It's not very widely known, but it does the job pretty well for me. Now, keep in mind that it's designed for 3.5, so we had to fudge a few things here and there to make it work for 4E, but it didn't do too badly. While d20pro supports online play, we played at my house, using a DM and a player computer with a monitor attached for better viewing.

Anyways, the map was created by Eugee at the Dundjinni forums (nab it here). The character and monster images were shamelessly ripped by me from a variety of sources.

The thumbnail below will open up a Picasa Slideshow. If you haven't navigated one before, just know that it defaults to 4 seconds per slide but that you can control the show by using the icons that appear near the bottom. Just move your mouse and you will see them. Each picture has a caption, which appears just above the navigation icons. The captions can sometimes cover the image a bit, so if you would rather not see it as a full-screen slideshow, try this gallery view.

Edit: I should add that most of the screenshots are from the DM client (except where prefaced with Player Screenshot) so you will see things through the Fog of War and such.

Without further ado...
IMAGE(http://www.danielrivera.org/temp/forums/4eslideshow.jpg)
Thank you for sharing. That was really cool, and I think helped to showcase that virtual tools are just that, tools.

D&D is still tabletop, regardless of whether it's pen&paper on the table, or laptops!


Thanks again.
d20pro looks pretty useful, i will have to give it a go myself. Good job modding it to work with basic 4e stuff.

I'm still unsure about using a virtual table-top for my main dnd experience, it always involves people looking at different screens and interacting less directly with one another.

Ultimately i'm looking for something like microsoft surface, that would be absolutely ideal. I'd better start saving up now.
Thank you for sharing. That was really cool, and I think helped to showcase that virtual tools are just that, tools.

D&D is still tabletop, regardless of whether it's pen&paper on the table, or laptops!

Yep.
I'm still unsure about using a virtual table-top for my main dnd experience, it always involves people looking at different screens and interacting less directly with one another.

Most people have a misconception about VT software. It's not impersonal if you don't make it so.

For example, in our weekly game, we all play at the same table - no one is logged in remotely. The players have a laptop that connects to an LCD projector (but other groups use a decent monitor), and they connect to my DM client just 3 feet away. We all sit at the same 8ft table. Instead of drawing out the maps and lugging 10 lbs of minis and using a deck of cards to simulate a wagon, we use jpegs. No more painted minis (or unpainted ones) for our characters, unless we just want some Mojo at the table. Just find a jpg for your guy (very easy).

Contrary to what some might think, we roleplay at the table and turn off the monitor. In fact, we use the software only whenever we would normally use miniatures - to resolve combat and typical dungeon crawl situations (alert status kind of things).

Even at the table, 4 of the 6 players exclusively use their dice - not the software. Most VT software lets the DM damage or heal units at will, so I just apply X damage when they tell me. Effects (especially in 3.5) are much easier with d20pro in particular because it lets you create and track those things sooo easily. Also, when I click on a unit, I get a list of all effects on it, and the math is done for me. Even without effects, I get VISUAL feedback on unit hit points - something minis can not do.

Last, but not least: Got a custom monster that you want to use, like a Jabberwocky? Don't have the mini? No problem. Just Google it or find some thing from Deviantart, or heck, draw or Photoshop your own. Then plop that JPG into the software.

I can't say I will ever go back to minis - not as long as I have one laptop and a monitor. I just run a DM client on my laptop and display a player client on Extended Desktop to the monitor.

Anyways - your mileage may vary. Just wanted to clarify any potential misconceptions.
Pretty cool screenshots. I'm a big minis guy, so I'm partial to them. Our group is still the same core of guys that have played together for 10-20 years. One guy lives in Florida and another lives in Maine and the other 4 of us get together at the table and port in the other two via Skype with Webcams so they can see our Tact-Tile map board. Works pretty well, except for nights when our connection goes a little wonky, but still good fun, and a great way to still talk and "hang out" with our long-distance buds!
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