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  • I keep telling you guys that having an evil alignment doesn't mean that you have to screw everyone and everything over. It just means that you have a expanded range of responses to situations.
  • I miss real dice. That automated roller on roll20 is somebody's sick joke.
  • Our in-person group moved to Discord last March.  Even though everyone is careful, we have a nurse and a corrections officer in the group, so we're waiting until well after everyone gets vaccinated.

    the RPG side of the industry was built to weather this storm.  I'd be curious how miniature gaming is doing.  My corner of historical minis has been doing nothing but throwing money at Kickstarters and 3d printer supplies.

    /If only I were disciplined enough to use this time to paint
  • Copperbelly watersnake: I miss real dice. That automated roller on roll20 is somebody's sick joke.


    Yeah, we've noticed some wacky results when rolling multiple dice at once. I think their randomizer has a weird cycle rate or something. The maps and dynamic lighting stuff are great though. One of our DMs got some animated backgrounds with sound effects (like flashing lightning with thunder) but the files are too large to use. He's been working on converting them over.

    We're using Google Meets for two games (DCC and 5E) and Discord for another (5E).
  • Copperbelly watersnake: I miss real dice. That automated roller on roll20 is somebody's sick joke.


    I swear roll20 is biased to throw in more 20s and 1s than a natural distribution. Our cleric got ganked in one hit from a 20 from a nasty flying creature that dove in during a cliffside fight. My Paladin has also been a crit machine.
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  • Most of my RPG sessions have been through IRC or some similar online client.  I can understand the disadvantages, what not being able to read body language, add nuance, or engage in fine dining, but on the other hand it made talking in character a lot less cringey and it moved the game faster in some circumstances.  Granted there's nothing better than having a short three hour campaign around a table panicking when something falls off the Mark III and debate who has to tell The Computer who's to blame for it.
  • Klivian: Copperbelly watersnake: I miss real dice. That automated roller on roll20 is somebody's sick joke.

    I swear roll20 is biased to throw in more 20s and 1s than a natural distribution. Our cleric got ganked in one hit from a 20 from a nasty flying creature that dove in during a cliffside fight. My Paladin has also been a crit machine.


    I've been playing a d100 game on there, and the entire groups' rolls tend to be over 75 or under 25 with little in between. Our poor animast keeps failing his bind spirit roll even though his skill for it is over 70.
  • iheartscotch: I keep telling you guys that having an evil alignment doesn't mean that you have to screw everyone and everything over. It just means that you have a expanded range of responses to situations.


    No, a chaotic alignment gives you an expanded range of responses. An evil alignment just makes you a dick.
  • Copperbelly watersnake: Klivian: Copperbelly watersnake: I miss real dice. That automated roller on roll20 is somebody's sick joke.

    I swear roll20 is biased to throw in more 20s and 1s than a natural distribution. Our cleric got ganked in one hit from a 20 from a nasty flying creature that dove in during a cliffside fight. My Paladin has also been a crit machine.

    I've been playing a d100 game on there, and the entire groups' rolls tend to be over 75 or under 25 with little in between. Our poor animast keeps failing his bind spirit roll even though his skill for it is over 70.


    Good ol' pseudo-random generators.....

    They should tie the generator to an algorithm that is affected by something truly random, i.e., the way you move your mouse.
  • Ishkur: iheartscotch: I keep telling you guys that having an evil alignment doesn't mean that you have to screw everyone and everything over. It just means that you have a expanded range of responses to situations.

    No, a chaotic alignment gives you an expanded range of responses. An evil alignment just makes you a dick.


    It kinda depends. You can be a friendly slave trader.

    You can be a community oriented drug kingpin (just pick which community you want to have good relations with).

    Just because you sacrifice a virgin every solstice and wouldn't lift a finger to help a drowning hobbit doesn't mean you can't have cordial small talk with your baker.

    Being evil doesn't mean you need to kick every puppy you see. You can be the nicest person around, always willing to help, all the while plotting the genocide of an entire race.
  • Cocaine-fueled orgy?
    /rolls for initiative
  • Sounds like Subby should be playing XCrawl instead of DnD.
  • Copperbelly watersnake: I miss real dice. That automated roller on roll20 is somebody's sick joke.


    If you play with friends you trust, no reason people can't still roll real dice.

    We often roll real dice in the two virtual campaigns I'm in (one as DM, one as a player). Honor system works fine.

    Rolling on a shared dice roller is fun for big moments, though, so the whole group can share in the "Yay!" or "Augh!" of good and bad rolls. That's part of the fun.

    That said, we don't use Roll20, anyway. Way too many bells and whistles for my taste. I prefer a more streamlined approach and think theater of the mind is more powerful than maps, so we just use Zoom (or something similar) and rolldicewithfriends. We do use a battle map system in the other campaign, and players have said to me they are surprised that they like theater of the mind more. The scenes are more memorable to them. They actually SEE the scene rather than the map.
  • shoegaze99: Copperbelly watersnake: I miss real dice. That automated roller on roll20 is somebody's sick joke.

    If you play with friends you trust, no reason people can't still roll real dice.

    We often roll real dice in the two virtual campaigns I'm in (one as DM, one as a player). Honor system works fine.

    Rolling on a shared dice roller is fun for big moments, though, so the whole group can share in the "Yay!" or "Augh!" of good and bad rolls. That's part of the fun.

    That said, we don't use Roll20, anyway. Way too many bells and whistles for my taste. I prefer a more streamlined approach and think theater of the mind is more powerful than maps, so we just use Zoom (or something similar) and rolldicewithfriends. We do use a battle map system in the other campaign, and players have said to me they are surprised that they like theater of the mind more. The scenes are more memorable to them. They actually SEE the scene rather than the map.


    Almost totally ditto for me. I love the Zoom whiteboard interface. I can sketch up a quick "this is what you see" map on the fly, or I can import a previously drawn map, them mark it up as the scene plays out.
  • sniderman: shoegaze99: We do use a battle map system in the other campaign, and players have said to me they are surprised that they like theater of the mind more. The scenes are more memorable to them. They actually SEE the scene rather than the map.

    Almost totally ditto for me. I love the Zoom whiteboard interface. I can sketch up a quick "this is what you see" map on the fly, or I can import a previously drawn map, them mark it up as the scene plays out.


    I was a bit worried the newer players would want something more. They grew up playing video game and all that. Would they be expecting cool maps and minis and all that? Wouldn't they want all those awesome visual elements?

    But I said screw it and went old school, and they've outright told me they prefer it. It was a surprise, but a welcome one.

    As the DM, I manage all the battle positioning on my end. They describe what they want to do and where they want to go, I keep track of it, just like the old days. It's worked great and they've been really engaged.

    That said, when we can finally play in person again, I have plans for a weekend-long game with full model terrain, minis, and all that. Maybe as the campaign climax.
  • Crazy Talk Al: Sounds like Subby should be playing XCrawl instead of DnD.


    Sounds more like Shadowrun
  • DerAppie: Ishkur: iheartscotch: I keep telling you guys that having an evil alignment doesn't mean that you have to screw everyone and everything over. It just means that you have a expanded range of responses to situations.

    No, a chaotic alignment gives you an expanded range of responses. An evil alignment just makes you a dick.

    It kinda depends. You can be a friendly slave trader.

    You can be a community oriented drug kingpin (just pick which community you want to have good relations with).

    Just because you sacrifice a virgin every solstice and wouldn't lift a finger to help a drowning hobbit doesn't mean you can't have cordial small talk with your baker.

    Being evil doesn't mean you need to kick every puppy you see. You can be the nicest person around, always willing to help, all the while plotting the genocide of an entire race.


    THIS

    Some of the best villains I've come across are actually Good aligned. Alignment is not where a character begins and ends. A king with crushingly high taxes can still be an antagonist with genuine intentions, they just need to actually use those taxes for the betterment of all. An evil character can run an orphanage and actually want to help the children, just don't ask why there are so many orphans all of a sudden.
  • DerAppie: Ishkur: iheartscotch: I keep telling you guys that having an evil alignment doesn't mean that you have to screw everyone and everything over. It just means that you have a expanded range of responses to situations.

    No, a chaotic alignment gives you an expanded range of responses. An evil alignment just makes you a dick.

    It kinda depends. You can be a friendly slave trader.

    You can be a community oriented drug kingpin (just pick which community you want to have good relations with).

    Just because you sacrifice a virgin every solstice and wouldn't lift a finger to help a drowning hobbit doesn't mean you can't have cordial small talk with your baker.

    Being evil doesn't mean you need to kick every puppy you see. You can be the nicest person around, always willing to help, all the while plotting the genocide of an entire race.


    Yep.  There's a super easy way to play lawful evil at the table.  Lord Vetinari makes a great archetype.
  • RoyFokker'sGhost: Crazy Talk Al: Sounds like Subby should be playing XCrawl instead of DnD.

    Sounds more like Shadowrun


    One of these decades, someone will release a Shadowrun ruleset that doesn't make RIFTS seem well-designed.
  • DerAppie: Ishkur: iheartscotch: I keep telling you guys that having an evil alignment doesn't mean that you have to screw everyone and everything over. It just means that you have a expanded range of responses to situations.

    No, a chaotic alignment gives you an expanded range of responses. An evil alignment just makes you a dick.

    It kinda depends. You can be a friendly slave trader.

    You can be a community oriented drug kingpin (just pick which community you want to have good relations with).

    Just because you sacrifice a virgin every solstice and wouldn't lift a finger to help a drowning hobbit doesn't mean you can't have cordial small talk with your baker.

    Being evil doesn't mean you need to kick every puppy you see. You can be the nicest person around, always willing to help, all the while plotting the genocide of an entire race.


    Our group played for years with a Lawful Evil wizard. We didn't even know he was LE for at least the first 2 years .He was absolutely essential in helping us with information from the Harpers to fight against the Shadovar.  Even helped kill a Rakshasa and shove it through a portal to Hell so it couldn't return. All the while, behind our backs, he was Wormtongue -ing his way into the elderly king 's good graces, setting himself up as Regent to the 12yo Prince.
  • Ishkur: iheartscotch: I keep telling you guys that having an evil alignment doesn't mean that you have to screw everyone and everything over. It just means that you have a expanded range of responses to situations.

    No, a chaotic alignment gives you an expanded range of responses. An evil alignment just makes you a dick.


    Have you never tried to take over the world to help people? Just because you're evil doesn't mean that you can't help people and be a really nice person. It means that you don't have to hand the Joker over to justice just so he can escape from prison again.
  • UNC_Samurai: RoyFokker'sGhost: Crazy Talk Al: Sounds like Subby should be playing XCrawl instead of DnD.

    Sounds more like Shadowrun

    One of these decades, someone will release a Shadowrun ruleset that doesn't make RIFTS seem well-designed.


    5th Edition was okay. Just 'ALL THE DICE!!!!!!'

    6th Edition just flings itself dramatically into the Action Economy design pool

    2nd is still my favorite.
  • Copperbelly watersnake: I miss real dice. That automated roller on roll20 is somebody's sick joke.


    i use roll20 for the forged in the dark rule set (blades in the dark/scum and villainy), as those are mechanically lightweight.
    We use fantasy grounds for 5e, as that's much more mechanically complex/heavy.
    And while FG is quite a far ways off from really playing 5e, it has real physics dice rolls.

    I find their feature set work to be pretty backwards, we an watch everyone roll physics modeled dice and they even have 20/1 tease wobble to them like at the real table. But you forgo a fair amount of all the actual dnd mechanics from any version of it as they are still not done implementing all of that, even though they now claim to be out of development and shipping 1.0 with the offical DnD logo on everything as if.


    So i do not really recommend getting into FG until they get the actual full 5e rule set into it, but the dice rolling is badass.
  • Thought my three boys AD&D last year.  We've been playing a lot lately.  During this last freeze the power went out so I came up with a "Valley of the Frost Giant" campaign and we played by candlelight.
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