Roll20



  • Does anyone have any experience with Roll20? I've kind of kept an eye on it over the last year trying to find a weekday evening game of Mouse Guard, Torchbearer, or Burning Wheel and I think something may work out finally for a regular Torchbearer game.

    In the meantime I've watched some archived games on Youtube that utilize the Roll20 interface and it seems useful.

    I'm curious if anyone cares to share experiences with it if anyone has given it a whirl. If anyone is curious, here's a link: https://roll20.net/

    C



  • Since no one else may have experience given the silence, I figured I'd share my experience on my first night where we just worked on characters for the Middarmark game.

    The interface was pretty intuitive and the connection to video and voice, which I was most nervous about having to sort out just sort of happened. Super easy!

    However, the audio did have some issues and the other players said that's not new or uncommon with Roll20 so we had Skype on the ready and shifted audio to that.

    Otherwise, it seemed like a pretty cool way of playing with people online. I wish the forums and game search engines were more customizable (like in searching the forum for keywords like the game you're searching for, you can't sort the results by date) but so it goes. Might be worth checking out if you're looking to remote game.



  • Just figured I'd update people on my experiences since it's been awhile. Skype didn't last long for our voice client. Apparently, Discord is often the default for voice chat roleplaying since Roll20 is a bit buggy. However, I've been playing in a Torchbearer game for about 5 months now with a stable crew and the interface of Roll20 is pretty handy for the maps/rolling/graphic elements and that coupled with Discord has created a pretty smooth format for online gaming. Lots of games requests pop up daily on Roll20 so if you're looking for a system that is a bit under the radar, you may be able to find it via the online format.


  • Wastelander of Zharr

    @sellanraa we use Roll20 for a weekly DCC game. Great platform that has got me back to role-playing more than ever before. You can check out some of sessions that we fixed for players who can’t make it week to week:

    Probably pretty boring but might give you some ideas of how we use the tool.

    We use google hangouts for VOIP, expect native experiences are better hard wired connections vs wireless. Though google hangouts is pretty robust.



  • Nice, yeah, with Torchbearer there isn't as big of an emphasis on maps in the same way as traditional games, which is still taking some getting used to (for me), but Roll20 is still handy for visualizing conflicts, conditions, key equipment, etc.

    I'd imagine it's great for the map component too though :)


  • Wastelander of Zharr

    I haven't had much chance to use it, but RPTools also seems pretty legit.



  • For the mapping or something else? Can it be grafted into Roll20 or Discord or something or is it stand-alone?


  • Wastelander of Zharr

    @sellanraa said in Roll20:

    For the mapping or something else? Can it be grafted into Roll20 or Discord or something or is it stand-alone?

    They have a map tool, a token tool, a dice tool, a character tool, and something else. I can't remember. They have all the stuff on their website for free, I think.


 

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