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How to organize a gaming group?

Staffan

Adventurer
My gaming group has had a group on Facebook for quite a while. It's been mostly practical, seeing as Facebook has been pretty ubiquitous. But as of late, some of the players have expressed a desire to get off Facebook for various reasons, and I can't really fault them for that seeing as [redacted rant].

So now I'm looking around for options for organizing a small number of people in a format where we can chat about stuff, create events for the gaming nights, and stuff like that. Ideally it should be accessible both via the web and apps on iOS/Android. Free is preferable. Any suggestions for things like that?
 

Len

Prodigal Member
We use Obsidian Portal and I highly recommend it. It's not free but only one person has to pay. For each campaign you get a web site with a wiki, character pages (including fillable sheets for many systems), a "story hour" blog, DM-player secrets, a private forum and an event calendar. It's a web site, not an app, but it formats pretty well on a phone. Some of the features (including forum & calendar) require the GM to have a paid membership ($50/yr) but players are free.
 

pogre

Adventurer
I use Facebook too. However, I just have my gaming group as friends. I use FB only for gaming and miniatures groups. Perhaps your friends can pretty much leave FB except for gaming?

I use email and text messages for information I really need players to know.
 

shawnhcorey

Villager
Myth Weavers is free but has no app, only web site. Each game has is a separate forum. This allows you to create folders and threads to your heart's content. It has a public wiki. It also has character sheets integrated into the game for your convenience (you don't have to use them if you don't want to). It has generators for: dungeons, caves, NPCs, town, and treasure. It has a built-in dice roller. It is aimed at D&D but other systems are easy to run there too.
 
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BlackSeed_Vash

Explorer
My group switched from Facebook shortly before 2016. We've been using an PC/Android/IPhone app called Slack. While it's meant for business use, the free version provides everything we need to plan group gatherings, PMs, etc.
 

JenniferL

Villager
Hello!:)

There are so many Social Medias, just try to determine which one is best for the members of your group.
 

LordEntrails

Explorer
Discord. You can setup your own free "server", control access to it, have multiple channels for different things, Run voice, video and screen sharing (I think) when you want. Performance is good, no advertising.
 

LordEntrails

Explorer
They want to play on their cellphones? Not to be judgmental or anything, but . . . :sick: .
He's not talking about running the game sessions via phone. He's talking about migrating their FB group to an application/suite/service that is accessible via phone (and other mediums).

Hence my suggestion of Discord, it does everything he wants and has pretty ubiquitous platform support.
 
Okay, tablet and data transfers make more sense. But I've (briefly) been in groups that used their phones for active play like a screwed-up LAN party. Never again.
 

Staffan

Adventurer
Discord. You can setup your own free "server", control access to it, have multiple channels for different things, Run voice, video and screen sharing (I think) when you want. Performance is good, no advertising.
Huh. I was under the impression that Discord was more of a chat thing? I might have to look that up.
 

Staffan

Adventurer
Okay, tablet and data transfers make more sense. But I've (briefly) been in groups that used their phones for active play like a screwed-up LAN party. Never again.
I usually use my tablet instead of carrying around a bunch of rule books and adventures, and I've gotten D&D Beyond for that purpose (though we still use paper sheets for the most part). But this thread was asking more about the stuff outside of the game itself.
 

LordEntrails

Explorer
Huh. I was under the impression that Discord was more of a chat thing? I might have to look that up.
It started as chat/text only. But added voice a long time ago (a year?) and screen sharing several months ago. According to my son, it has added streaming abilities recently too (i.e. screen sharing to large groups) (where it used to only be in private conversations). You can upload files and "pin' messages as well.

IMO its not a very good "archive" of information, but then again FB isn't very good either. But, it can work if you have some "channel" discipline and pin messages accordingly, plus it does have the ability to search within a thread. Don't know if their is a time or size limit on that though. Plus, their are tons of "bots" that you can get and install to do all sorts of things.

If you want a "tour" of my very basic server, PM me and I'll show you around.
 

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