How has the Coronavirus affected your roleplaying games?

BigJackBrass

Explorer
How does Google hangouts work for gaming? Like, can you share maps, etc.
Better for some games than others. Playing Call of Cthulhu, for example, is easy because you're basically talking and rolling your own dice. Area sketch maps tend to either be held up to the camera or shared on something like Google Drive (which is how we share handouts). Something like Savage Worlds, with its cards and tokens, is more hassle than we care to bother with. Hangouts has no particular tools geared towards gaming, it's simply audio, video and group text.
 

atanakar

Adventurer
Will be using my mat instead D&D of tiles.

Our first online game went very well. I'll relocate to my gaming room next time. Instead of using my desktop computer I'll use my cellphone hooked up to an articulated lamp for a better angle of the models.



For maps and other visual aids I use a clip board that I place in front of the camera. One player makes a screen shoot and adds the image to the Skype image gallery.
 
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billd91

Hobbit on Quest
We've tried a couple of games via Hangouts. For the most part, it's worked OK, though there have been a few technical glitches here and there (like an overheating laptop).
 

Len

Prodigal Member
We had our first online session last night. We're using Roll20. We had a bunch of problems with voice chat so we switched to Discord for that. (We also had problems with Discord's browser app, until everyone switched to the desktop version.)

Other than that it went well. We don't have everything set up in Roll20 yet, just enough to get going.
 

Olaf the Stout

Adventurer
I’m in Australia, so we’re about a week behind the rest of the world in virus terms. We had a face-to-face session on Wednesday, but one of the players didn’t attend as his mother is recovering from cancer, so didn’t want to put her at risk.

I’m all but certain our next session will be online. We’re just looking at the different options now as none of us have roleplayed online before.
 

LuisCarlos17f

Adventurer
I use my stories to create satyres and a softer way to explain the hard and cruel reality.

Now my inspiration is for a story where an erstaz of Umbrella Corporation has caused a zombie apocalpyse, and to cover/hide their bad actions, they want to sabotage the recovery of the zones what aren't ruled by their own puppet politicians.
 

Ulfgeir

Explorer
Sweden's oldest and largest gaming-con Gothcon cancel. It was Supposed to have been held during Easter. I know that at the con they were to have had a release-party for Call of Cthulhu Sverige (the Swedish translation/localization of the game), but now due to that con and another con (Nordsken), held at Ascension. the company that is releasing CoC Sverige have decided to not ship to print at the moment. Instead we who were backers will get the PDF-files first. We also have more material that would otherwise be shipped separately as they are behind with proofreading/layout..

So far unknown whether or not the convention Lincon (also held during Ascension) will be held or not. Most likely the answer is that it will be cancelled.

My gaming group started playing though Astraltabletop instead of meeting face-to-face and thus practicing social distancing.
 

Nikosandros

Golden Procrastinator
Two of my FtF games have moved online. So far, we've been using Skype and D&D Beyond, but we'll evaluate whether to start using a VTT. The third game is in indefinite hiatus.

The AD&D PBEM I'm in is continuing normally... :D
 

pogre

Hero
Update: I have been running games on teleconference (zoom) and it is so convenient and works so well we have played 4 evenings in a row. We are playing this afternoon in the regular campaign. So surprisingly, the pandemic has radically increased my amount of gaming.
 

Nebulous

Hero
I’m in Australia, so we’re about a week behind the rest of the world in virus terms. We had a face-to-face session on Wednesday, but one of the players didn’t attend as his mother is recovering from cancer, so didn’t want to put her at risk.

I’m all but certain our next session will be online. We’re just looking at the different options now as none of us have roleplayed online before.
It's definitely a big shift and learning curve. I generally think the younger groups understand it easier, and for us older DMs (40+, 50+) it is trickier to implement. That's been my experience anyway.
 

Olaf the Stout

Adventurer
It's definitely a big shift and learning curve. I generally think the younger groups understand it easier, and for us older DMs (40+, 50+) it is trickier to implement. That's been my experience anyway.
It will be interesting to see how our group goes. We range in age from early 30’s to mid-60’s, so there is a fair age gap. I’m nearly 40, but am fairly good at learning new stuff, so hopefully the learning curve isn’t too bad. It looks like online will be the only way forward for the next 6 months or so though.
 

Ulfgeir

Explorer
Update:

We ran a session of Fate Accelerate - Gods and Monsters today. Worked quite well. We did find that there were some problems with the audio clipping through Discord, but the sensitivity and volume can easily be adjusted. Helps if you have good internet-connections as well. (I have 100/100 Mbits/s). And you need a bit of meeting-discipline so not everyone talks at the same time.

I use my stationary computer and screen for running Astraltabletop, and then my laptop for discord,so I get good sound.

We noted though that the characters does NOT update automatically from the session out to the saved character in the vault. And yes, you can easily get multiple copies of the character in the vault. What you do is then open it in the vault, delete it there (double-click), and then export out from the session (which must be running).
 

Nebulous

Hero
It will be interesting to see how our group goes. We range in age from early 30’s to mid-60’s, so there is a fair age gap. I’m nearly 40, but am fairly good at learning new stuff, so hopefully the learning curve isn’t too bad. It looks like online will be the only way forward for the next 6 months or so though.
I'm afraid you're right. On the other hand, it is forcing me to learn new skills I otherwise would never have done.
 

Nebulous

Hero
Our first online game went very well. I'll relocate to my gaming room next time. Instead of using my desktop computer I'll use my cellphone hooked up to an articulated lamp for a better angle of the models.



For maps and other visual aids I use a clip board that I place in front of the camera. One player makes a screen shoot and adds the image to the Skype image gallery.
Huh. I kinda like that. Would there be a way to set up TWO or more cameras, like one from above and other for close ups? Or just two for closeups from two angles. I don't know how players would switch from one view to the other though. I have lots of maps and props left for Lost Mine and really want to use them. A setup like yours might benefit also from a couple dedicated remote web cams.
 

Umbran

Mod Squad
Staff member
Well, for my groups it has largely put play on hold. Not because anyone is directly sick, but because the pandemic has reduced everybody's ability to cope with other things. One guy's father in law had a pneumonia related health crisis not related to covid-19. Another had a father in law need emergency heart surgery. Another player has young kids at home and has had issues balancing time, and another player is sick (likely not with covid-19, but still...
 

Eltab

Adventurer
As of noon today (23 Mar) the Governor of IN is closing down the State for two weeks, starting midnight Tues/Wed. So my tabletop group is on hiatus until then-or-longer.
 

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