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I get the feeling Role and Let's Role might be more friendly to homebrew games and games that involve cards, like one of ours does.
PS - Not knocking Roll20. It is good. Just not user friendly for everyone, especially GM's that like a lot of visuals. So we're looking to explore other areas. But Roll20 has been a godsend during this pandemic.
Ooh... I can't wait until that happens. I took a look at Astral and liked what I've seen, but my group being invested with TTS, I haven't decided to use it. With a D&D Beyond integration, it's very tempting.
This info is for the Thursday night D&D game (we are currently alternating between a friend running his D&D campaign and me running Age of Worms updated for 5e):
We use Roll20 and Google Meet for the active online stuff. He just uses Google Meet, I use both.
Most of us use Hero Lab for our 5e characters.
Then for prep, I also use:
Word for writing things up and transcribing stat blocks for editing - something I've done even for face to face games
Excel for treasure generation and encounter building
GIMP to edit maps and tokens
All of them: Zoom for video/audio. Worth the subscription (just one needs it). Discord isn't bad but nothign seems to equal Zoom for multiple people speaking at once. For non-D&D games, that's often everything.
Google Draw: For some games, we throw up images of battlemaps and everyone has a colored circle icon they can move, sometimes married with an icon to make it more a personalized token. (Need to share the Edit link.) For others we use it for "crime boards" where we list all of the NPCs and factions and interconnections and relationships. At the least, it's a place to throw up images if there's nothing else.
Roll20: One of the games D&D games I'm in uses Roll20. I've been considering if I want to move over. The DM has more technical issues then just Google Draw, but ti also speeds things up when character sheets are updated and such.
Fantasy Grounds/MapTools: I haven't actually used either for a couple of years. Was in games on both. They were both okay, and have had plenty of time to advance since then.
I've been using a combo of Zoom and Google Draw and it is working surprisingly well.
Zoom is stable even on a mobile phone, which opens up play space options.
Google Draw or Google Whiteboard are simple to use. You can drop your map in. Create some clouds for Fog of War concealment and pull back the clouds as the party explores.
It took a minute to make spell effect templates.
It feels pretty close to being in person on the Battlemat.
In both cases, I'll typically have a bunch of books and character sheets open in Acrobat, and possibly some other references in Word or whatever.
One of the games I host is run with work colleagues in a lunch hour. That blocks access to pretty much anything specifically designed for gaming - including this site. (It's also why electronic copies of the books in PDF, specifically, are really good for me, but most other formats are useless.) And having gotten into the habit of managing without, I've not bothered to try them for the other.