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What will it take for you to go back to F2F gaming?

Flexor the Mighty!

18/100 Strength!
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We never stopped. Of the 7 one players has barely left his house since this started and has been Skyping in which has been mostly working. Another guy works delivery and has been not coming over though I told him last week that it was OK if he wanted to start showing up again. Though honestly I mostly suggested he remote in just to get him away from the table for a while, he's relentlessly political and tends to disrupt things. The other five of us have been meeting weekly, and other times away from games as well since we are all long time friends. One of the players who makes it quarantined himself for a couple weeks after a co worker's family member got it. After a session where he skyped in he said he was dropping out until he was back at the table. Said half the fun was hanging out with the guys and would rather just not play than do a Skype session. My game is miniature and terrain heavy so online just isn't what I'm interested in. We aren't in high risk groups so we just kept on playing.

On another note, Skype as product is not very impressive.
 
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MatthewJHanson

Registered Ninja
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If there's a vaccine that would probably do it. If not? I have no idea.

We’ll just follow the government advice and go back when they say it’s safe to do so.
Our state has okayed groups of 10 or less, but our case count is still going up, and we're getting close to capacity for ICU beds. I'm going to be more cautions than my government recommends.
 


uzirath

Adventurer
My main group has discussed the possibility of trying a backyard get together where we are all spread out. I think that sounds better for socializing than for gaming, but I would give it a go. I ran a pickup game last week where my kids and I were on our friends' veranda and they were in their living room, separated by about 8 feet with the windows open. That was ok, but only worked because all of the players were in two households. Even so, I was pretty hoarse by the end of it.

I think it's likely that my gaming will primarily be on-line until things are quite a bit safer (e.g., a vaccine or very low rates of infection across the state).
 

Flexor the Mighty!

18/100 Strength!
Supporter
That's why everybody uses Zoom instead. :)
I haven't been pursuing that with security and privacy issues I've been reading about over the past few months. The people actually handling the video conference and camera setup have all agreed on Skype but its poor results may push us to a new solution. Too bad Teams isn't free.
 

Umbran

Mod Squad
Staff member
I haven't been pursuing that with security and privacy issues I've been reading about over the past few months.
If you get the zoom software directly from zoom.us, join from a web browser, don't publicly post the link to the meeting, and use a password, then Zoom is fine. You are running a game, not disclosing financial information or discussing proprietary design schematics, or something.

The people actually handling the video conference and camera setup have all agreed on Skype but its poor results may push us to a new solution. Too bad Teams isn't free.
Google Meet is also an option available to most people.
 

Voadam

Adventurer
My group has a bunch of higher risk with one friend at really high risk of death from most anything going wrong so forgoing ftf until things have really settled down is an easy call. I expect restrictions to be relaxed for economic reasons before conditions actually warrant it on a safety basis so it will be a while after being allowed.
 


Flexor the Mighty!

18/100 Strength!
Supporter
If you get the zoom software directly from zoom.us, join from a web browser, don't publicly post the link to the meeting, and use a password, then Zoom is fine. You are running a game, not disclosing financial information or discussing proprietary design schematics, or something.
I'm not the one running the software but I'll have to mention it to them. Though I know one has used it. I work in IT but I only use VC for work and we use Teams. Though I remember using Skype years ago and having a smoother experience.

And I'm just picky about what I'm going to install on my systems and issues they have had in the past didn't give me a favorable opinion on the company.
 

Eltab

Hero
I think I had a mild case back in Feb / Mar. If I can find an affordable antibody test and it comes back with the answer "You are full of antibodies, no virus", I'm ready to meet people again. I want to be confident that I won't give it to somebody else.
 

FaerieGodfather

Aberrant Druid
Supporter
Just the opportunity. I hadn't played in months before the quarantine.

I am extremely high-risk-- autoimmune disorder, immunosuppressants to treat autoimmune disorder, impaired liver and lungs-- but a face to face game in a sufficiently spacious venue isn't incompatible with social distancing and other reasonable safety precautions.
 

Gilladian

Adventurer
My place of work will (most likely) be reopening to the public in limited fashion in mid-June. If by the end of June we have not seen an increase in cases in this area, we will probably get together again in person. Probably. If there's an uptick of cases, we'll re-evaluate. My mother is 83, my husband has had heart surgery, and I have hypertension. My other two players are in similar health situations. We don't want to take any avoidable risks, but waiting for a vaccine may be a LONNG wait.

I don't mind playing online, but only one of my group will do it, and right now she's wrapped up in a family health crisis of the non-covid variety, and doesn't have the time. So I'm playing online with a new group of friends, and finding it slow going...
 

Just the opportunity. I hadn't played in months before the quarantine.

I am extremely high-risk-- autoimmune disorder, immunosuppressants to treat autoimmune disorder, impaired liver and lungs-- but a face to face game in a sufficiently spacious venue isn't incompatible with social distancing and other reasonable safety precautions.
Time to bring that game into the fields outside.
 

cbwjm

I can add a custom title.
We were going to meet a couple weeks ago but the teacher in the group was a bit stressed out with the return to school. Could meet now, will have to bring it up in the group chat to see if people want to go back.

Finally back in to work on Tuesday, we only have 1 active case left in NZ so everything seems like it should be fine.
 

Umbran

Mod Squad
Staff member
And I'm just picky about what I'm going to install on my systems and issues they have had in the past didn't give me a favorable opinion on the company.
I'm not an apologist for their mistakes, and you are free to not use them. I'm just trying to make sure gamers understand the options.

For example - you can run Zoom in a browser, no installation necessary.
 

Stormonu

Legend
Our Sunday game has restarted (I'm not DMing, but it's at my house) for one of my game groups, six folks in all. My sister-in-law is DMing, and it's basically two members from her household and the four at mine. Overall, not too happy but I've been overruled by my homebound roommates.

I haven't really even contemplated when I'll restart my Saltmarsh group, as we were playing at the FLGS, and one of the players works at a convalescent home, so we don't want him to risk catching anything from the rest of the group and inadvertently spreading it there.
 

Eyes of Nine

Everything's Fine
Spoke with one of my groups last night (will bring up with another tonight); and we tentatively discussed playing outdoors with masks and 6' distance. We play once a month, so next session will be late June. I imagine there will be more info to parse then that will allow us to make a more informed decision.
 

I was talking this over with a group tonight (it's actually my fiancee's group that I'm guest playing in online). The realization hit me that I may never play an in person game again. Sitting around in close proximity to 5-6 other people I see maybe 1-2 times a month. Communal snacks. Reaching over to share a rulebook or pass a mini. Sharing dice, pencils.
Our state has been very conservative with reopening (considered one of the best in the US in terms of testing, procedures, etc). 200 new cases today. It's not slowing down at all.
I don't feel much hope that life will ever go back to normal.
 

Jd Smith1

Adventurer
I was talking this over with a group tonight (it's actually my fiancee's group that I'm guest playing in online). The realization hit me that I may never play an in person game again. Sitting around in close proximity to 5-6 other people I see maybe 1-2 times a month. Communal snacks. Reaching over to share a rulebook or pass a mini. Sharing dice, pencils.
Our state has been very conservative with reopening (considered one of the best in the US in terms of testing, procedures, etc). 200 new cases today. It's not slowing down at all.
I don't feel much hope that life will ever go back to normal.
They re-opened the public pools here last week.

This will pass. It may pass like a large kidney stone, but it will eventually pass.
 

Lem23

Adventurer
Large kidney stones don't pass. You have to have a laser pushed up your urethra which blasts them, then have a stent fitted through your urethra into your kidney for the smaller bits to pass. The stent also causes bleeding whenever you do anything more than frown, makes you feel like you need to pee constantly, and causes discomfort all the time. Then you have to wait for several months because stent removal is classed as non-essential surgery.

Ask me how I know. :cry:
 

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