Post by bobcatt on Oct 26, 2017 14:45:40 GMT -8
Over here I asked about GMs not being able to fully explore one premise before being dragged into another. My Top Secret/S.I. prep is now on indefinite hold while I cobble together several 5e D&D scenarios for some old friends. We're stretched over 2,100 km so a VTT is our best option to game.
We four high-school alums are almost all connected now. Last night, three of us had an 80 minute Q&A/mucking around session on Roll20 with working audio. One had Chrome/Win7, the second had Firefox/Win10, and myself using Firefox/Win7. Sound quality was quite good but there were a few instances of one person dropping audio connection (but nothing else), which we could rectify using the reset chat button under the Settings tab in the Sidebar.
Two nights before that, there was a limited text + garbled audio session with all four of us. This marked the first time in 25 years when we've all been at the same gaming table. A couple of Goblins offered a pathetic two rounds of combat to their three test characters. Frankly, it was glorious.
The final fellow (naturally, the furthest away) may be hardest to aurally connect, as he's still using Vista. I'm hoping that whatever the most recent version of Firefox he can get running on his computer will be sufficient.  we made some mods to his mic settings and his wife will be installing the latest browser for him - test happening this weekend 
Now comes all the prep of Monsters, NPCs, and maps within the app itself. I've got about two dozen hours in on Roll20 and am getting the hang of its functions. By the time I hit 40 hours I intend to have the initial two encounters ready, with enough interesting stuff for them to explore and interact with to cover three 2-hour sessions.
Do you VTT GMs tend to narrate all of your flavour text or do you copy/paste it into the chat thread, or both?
Is there a better way to prepare/present frequently referenced rules (combat actions, etc.) than to make up digital handouts and place them into the Journal section?  None of them have two monitors (yet?). 
Since scheduling regular game times will still be tough, is there a easier way to offer a recap of the previous session's activities than to write up a summary and stick that into the Journal section as well?  I'd like to use a shared calendar to figure out timeslots when we can game - can anyone recommend a web-based app? 
Chris in Canada