To Be, Or Not To Be

I’m in the planning and experimentation phase of coming up with a D&D campaign to check out this new system. I have ideas on how to do it. I have ideas on how it will work. I have ideas on the tools to make this happen. But really, all I have right now is ideas. Well, that and a webpage over at Obsidian Portal.

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Right now, I’m still in the campaign planning/figuring out the rules stage of things. I’ve recruited a couple of buddies and former players from the olden days to help me figure this all out and iron out the wrinkles. Once that’s done and I’m sure this is something that I can do successfully, and more importantly, that it’s something I actually want to do; then I will open the floodgates and issue invitations to players. In the meantime, feel free to check out what I’m working on and see if it looks/sounds interesting to you.

At this point I’m planning on using, what seem to be, the most popular Tools of the trade:

I’m going to use Obsidian Portal as the campaign home. That site claims to take the pain out of managing your tabletop RPG. We’ll see about that. Their site offers a web interface that includes a player forum, scheduling calendar, adventure log, an interactive map cabinet, a place for character info, and even a wiki for the campaign. It all seems very cool and useful.

So far, my impression is favorable, though the wiki system doesn’t seem as intuitive or easy as I would like and everything uses a Textile-Editing system that doesn’t feel as usable as I might like, but it could just be a matter of learning its particulars.

As for the actual game play and running game sessions, I’m going to be giving those duties over to Roll20. I’ve heard good things and their site blurb sounds promising…

Roll20 is the easy-to-use virtual tabletop that brings pen and paper gaming to the web the right way. Built on a powerful platform of tools, yet elegantly simple, it focuses on enhancing what makes tabletop gaming great: storytelling and camaraderie. It’s incredibly user friendly, and runs right in your web browser, so there’s nothing to download or configure.

That whole virtual tabletop thing is the bit that could make or break the idea of running a game over the internet. Though, I guess it could all be done over Skype or Google Chat with a certain loss of ‘group feel’.

That’s what I’m doing. That’s my plan. We’ll see what comes of it.