Comments on 2021-02-16 Still thinking about a new campaign

How did Just Halberds turn out for you, by the way? Since you mentioned liking Classic Traveller’s freeform nature and your fantasy mini-setting generator, which seems super compatible with Just Halberds. Could be an interesting middleground between the two.

Malcolm 2021-02-17 06:24 UTC

Yeah, good question. I ran a handful of sessions for a friend and some kids, in German. It might have worked somehow. Combat and taking “damage” was still weird. Do we roll endlessly against that Ettin? Do we establish stakes before we roll and just roll once? For the moment I’m not all that interested in picking it up again.

– 2021-02-17 12:32 UTC

This was made by a CS Student! It works well with audio/ video and I like the sounds.

There is also Dice With Friends

– Oliver 2021-02-17 14:21 UTC

I like the simple magic scroll site! Thanks.

– Alex 2021-02-17 15:34 UTC

When you say you like the Roll 20 dice rolling, are you talking about the fancy 3D dice that (I presume, haven’t seen them in action) roll around so you can get excited about them as they roll, or just the text/chat dice? I find the chat dice pretty bland and a bit fiddly. I think I prefer rolling my own dice, but I guess there is something to be said for everyone seeing the results simultaneously so that we can all groan together. 🙂

In the best “non-compromise” I’ve seen people had two cameras, one for their face and one for their dice tray. 🙂 This one adds some complexity/cost in the setup of course and may not be for everyone.

– Björn Buckwalter 2021-02-18 17:46 UTC

Haha, exactly. But as you say, the benefit is small and rolling your own dice is still the simplest solution. We can collectively groan after the roll instead of as we roll – not much of a difference, perhaps. 😄

Perhaps using phones instead of laptops would add an interesting option: pointing the camera at things like dice. As the home office drags into its second year I’m noticing that the actual videos are rare and that the sound of a voice is much more important after the exchange of some smiles and hand waving.

– Alex 2021-02-19 08:49 UTC

I like the face video in online games to be able to read when people are eager to cut in. Or have left to go to the bathroom. Or are distracted, programming. 😉

The main thing is that I find it easier to know when it is OK to cut in without interrupting someone else or stepping on toes. Those ongoing visual cues we get in a face-to-face group conversation. More important the more people involved. It isn’t perfect due to lag, but better than audio-only in my experience.

I’m thinking laptop camera for face and phone camera for dice could work for most of us nowadays, or just delegate all rolls to the person who has a good setup for the benefit of simultaneous despair!

– Björn Buckwalter 2021-02-19 21:27 UTC

Good points!

– Alex 2021-02-21 11:41 UTC

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