I was wondering if you would share your experiences with players at your table using skype or other video chat software to play in your games?
ive been running games twice a week on the ddi vt for over a year and a half (hard to believe time has gone by that fast). ive gotten to play with people from all over the world, it works with the ddi tools, and i get to play other game systems with it, other versions of d&d and my ongoing will-it-ever-happen cthulhu campaign.
i highly highly recommend getting a ddi sub and checking out the table
Two different methods of remote play:
I've played with a player over skype for close to 3 years now. He had to move to Toronto in order to further his schooling so we just had him join us via webcam on skype. It's worked perfectly fine.
Ok, for me at least it´s working playing through Skype or -i recently found- Facebook video chat. As a matter of fact, FB Chat is working better for us, more smooth. I have been playing with my old gaming party for almost 5 years (i live in spain and they in méxico... 20 years playing together is hard to say goodbye) and i have to say that our "biggest" problem was the hour difference... At first was kinda odd but in a couple of sessions we were used to play this way.
About the Dicerolling... i just used to bend over a little bit my laptop cam and throwing the dices... now i can use a tablet app to show the throwing & results (nice free apps around there)
We very successfully use Skype nowadays for our Fourth Edition game. Mostly we rely on the honour system for dice rolls, although I do angle my camera down to show my dice as a courtesy. Just not sure how clear they appear with the angle.
We use Google+ for our Labyrinth Lord game. I think Google+ is a bit better: much more utility, especially if you know how to use it. There are some other neat programs which work well: one player uses a sort of eath-a-sketch prgoram to doodle maps. I forget its name however.
I checked out the Virual tabletop, but it is way more complicated. Maps need to be prepared. Everyone needs to subscribe. Numbers must be entered, et cetera. Stick with Skype or Google or something like them.
I play my weekly campaign using the Google+ Hangout feature - it's way better than skype, in that it's free to have a conference call with 4+ people.
It also has some neat features - One standout is the "screenshare" feature, which I use to show handouts, crudely drawn maps, monster positions, anything I need to honestly. It lets you use illustrations and diagrams in a way that even a face-to-face gmae can't replicate.
We do everything description based, and throw dice in the background or just use an online diceroller.
So far, it's been one of the best D&D experiences I've ever had. All the convenience of a Face-to face game, with the utility of a pbp or some other type of game.
We are using skype combined with maptools. Its a free shared game experience which cost you nothing, while still being very powerful.
It doesn't. And the character builder itself, in my experience, tends to be pretty slow.
We've been playing online for over two years now, and have tried a variety of tools.
Skype - Works fairly well. Has screen sharing, but only in a 1-on-1 chat (last I checked), so we'd all gather at one house while the one out of towner came online. We had issues with it crashing somewhat often during long sessions. Not sure if it was our end or Skype that caused it. You can get multiperson with a premium membership, but it's not cheap so we never tried it.
Google+ Hangouts - We migrated to this when it became available, and it's way better. Screen sharing is better, as you can share a particular window or program instead of your whole screen. Makes it way easier on the DM since he can have notes open without them being seen. Multiperson chat, for free.
Roll20 - We use this now. A virtual tabletop currently in open beta. Pretty much amazing from my experience thus far. Standard video chat starts fine but lags horribly as the session goes on. However, they recently added the ability to launch Roll20 as an app in G+ Hangouts, using Google's video chat plugin, which is pretty much perfect. Also lets you see the DM in video chat. It's what we're currently using. Currently in beta, so there are some bugs, but they're constantly rolling out improvements and new features. I won't get into all of them as I'm not here to advertise. I just find it to be an amazing tool.
I would actually like to just jump in here and ask if anybody has a game via skype or google plus that would accept a new member. I have never done it before and am currently running my local game, so I would very much enjoy the opportunity of playing on the other side of the screen. I have found myself with a little more free time so if there is anybody here just send me a message or something. =D thanks.
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