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What programs do you use when playing on-line?

John Dallman

I just stopped to look, since my character in our low-level AD&D1e campaign is busy doing funerals for villagers. I have:
  • Three web browser tabs: our Discord for voice, our Roll 20, for maps, and Google Docs for the party loot.
  • A spreadsheet with the master copy of my character, his customised spell list and his notes.
  • PDFs with the campaign log, and the PHB.

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If I run Discord in a web browser (instead of the client app), I actually use a different browser than what Roll20 is running in. This way, if something goes pear-shaped in one I can close and reopen the browser and not lose both sessions.


Victoria Rules
The online game I'm in uses exactly the same setup as the OP: Discord* for voice, Roll20 for maps and dice, Google Docs for party treasury. A fourth tab could be for the campaign logs if needed; they're online too.

* - though somewhat to my annoyance I have to use the Discord app, the online version kept crashing.

My character sheets (plural for one character!) are a hard-copy and a Word doc, with the Word doc being more up to date in some ways but less complete in others than the paper version. My PC's spell write-ups are another Word doc, that campaign's spells aren't online yet.


Well, that was fun
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Zoom, basically. Roll20 if we need a battlemap. But Zoom does the heavy lifting. You can sit there with a character sheet and dice just like in real life.
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Discord for voice, Roll20 for visuals, and D&D Beyond with the Beyond20 Chrome extension to run characters / monsters out of.


David Jose
We're playing a text only narrative RPG.

Slack - Conversation, scheduling, game play, and die roller
Google Sheets - Character maker, character sheets, and the virtual game table
Google Site - Rules


No flips for you!
Roll20 - for, well, you can guess

Teamspeak - been using the same teamspeak server for, well, a decade over various things? Great voice quality, nice tools for admin, and one of the extended group (not a roleplayer, though) springs for a private server. This gets used for all kinds of games across a pretty broad group, but only about 5-6 of us use it for RPGs.

OneNote - for the campaign notes/ideas. My Blades in the Dark campaign is one page, but my D&D game has pages for each character and a number of other ones for Sigil/factions/significant NPCs, and then a separate one for the campaign log, which is really just some scribbled (typed?) notes on stuff that doesn't end up attached to a PC.


Google meet for video, voice, and screen sharing.

One of our younger players I'm DMing for either has preternatural luck with the online die roller from wizards, or is cheating. I might try Roll Dice With Friends this week.


Discord for voice. (We use some dice-bot for it as well, but not sure which one)
Astral Tabletop if we need more complex stuff (we use that for our Vampire: the Masquerade 5e-campaign. And that is a messy system). We didn't need it for GURPS Dungeon Fantasy or Tianxia.

We were going to play in person the last weekend., but the person we were going to be at felt sick on Friday, so we did it though Discord. Apparently one of the other players visited him during the Sunday's play.


Mod Squad
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One game I am in (D&D 5e) uses Roll20 (and its internal audio-video). I use D&D Beyond for my character sheet.

One game (D&D 5e) uses Roll20 and Zoom. The players are mixed using Roll20 and D&D Beyond for character sheets.

A third game (Fate) uses Roll20 and Discord. We are using Roll20 for character sheets.


In the GURPS Dungeon Fantasy game that I'm GMing, I usually have the following open on my laptop:
  1. Video zoom on the laptop screen with all the players. All my other windows are usually on my larger, external screen.
  2. Roll20
  3. GCS (GURPS Character Sheet), a Java-based character app, with PC and NPC sheets
  4. a Google Doc with my adventure notes (such as they are)
  5. a Google Translate tab from English to Icelandic to use to generate names or campaign fluff in our faux viking setting
  6. a couple of spreadsheets that do various things
  7. Adobe Reader with the DFRPG rulebooks for searching (along with the print books scattered around my desk)
  8. often a tab with a scan of the most recent adventure notes from the player side (I have a player who takes great notes)
  9. sometimes a few other docs, wikipedia pages, or google image searches that I might use for various things
Of course all I really need is three dice and another player.


We use Discord (voice chat, text for links/pictures/D1-C3 dice-rolling bot) for playing, along with a custom program for the character sheet. That program allows the copy the commands needed to the clipboard, so they can past it into the text channel for the Discord bot.


In running and playing 5e, my group uses TeamSpeak for voice communication, Tabletop Simulator for maps, dice, initiative, and a lot more. I started using D&D Beyond (I got a 50% off the PHB from someone here who bought the Essentials kit but already purched the PHB), and it started spreading to the rest of the group (D&D Beyond should give me a commision 😄), starting with a friend that I gave my coupon to after I bought the Essentials kit. I found a spreadsheet that creates weather for an entire year and a (in-setting) calendar website and used the two to create a calendar that has weather, temerature, moon phases, and such that I exported to Word (where I also keep my DM notes), I also use a Google Drive account for sharing things (like house rules, handouts, etc.) with the players. There's also an on-line loot generator that I sometimes use.

TL/DR: TeamSpeak, Tabletop Simulator, Firefox (for D&D Beyond, Google Drive, loot generator, searches, etc), Word (for my compiled almanac, DM notes, and random crap). Sometimes I break out Microsoft Jigsaw when the players start taking lots of time debating what overly convoluted plan to use to tackle mundane situation (i.e., Jigsaw is my sanity saver). I also use other things for game prep, but those aren't used during play.

When actually playing or running a game, I use Discord and Fantasy Grounds. When prepping, I also use D&D Beyond, which darn it I find incredibly convenient and well designed.


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Discord for voice and sometimes video.
Roll20 for maps
DnDBeyond and the Beyond20 plugin for characters and many monsters (when I DM)

Going to try Astral when Beyond20 works with it (next Beyond20 update)....and if I ever get a job or my PDFs make more money, I'll likely try Foundry.


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Oh, and dungeondraft to make maps and token stamp2 to make tokens.

I also use 2 monitors....and sometimes my iPad.
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We use discord for voice and video, Roll20 for the rest. Lately one player is using dndbeyond with the beyond20 extension to send the rolls to roll20.