Monday, November 29, 2010

Online Gaming: Considering a MyD20 Lite Mini-Series...

Good Evening, All:

I am considering the possibility of running an online mini-series of 4-10 sessions in length, hopefully using my own MyD20 Lite rules as the foundation. It's my hope that I can break in the MyD20 Lite Referee's Guide with some actual in-game use, and I'm just wanting to try the system out in something longer than a single-session One Shot. Before I begin, however, I need to gather the basic elements needed to run a game online. I already have a great collection of token images for use as characters and monsters, so that's not an issue. However, I'm not sure what else I'll need.

I imagine that it would help to have maps of some basic encounter locations ready, such as a forested path, an inn or tavern, a small hovel, some ruins, two or three simple dungeons, and a campsite or two. Does anyone have any suggestions of where I could pick some of these up? Are there other maps you would suggest that I add to this basic list?

Also, what virtual tabletop would you suggest I use? I'm currently considering Fantasy Grounds, Screen Monkey and RPTools/MapTool (if I can find a proper Campaign Framework or create one quickly). I figure that the most likely source of volunteer gamers will come from the readers of this blog, so I thought I'd conduct an informal poll to see what you guys prefer to use when gaming online. If you have any thoughts on the matter, please feel free to share them in the comments below.

With Regards,


James said...

I'm only chiming in to say I think this is a great idea. Unfortunately, I can't give any advice re: software or play aids...

Good luck!

Jorunkun said...

Suggest you use MapTool, and keep it simple. Lots of people go overboard with macros and detailed maps, but there's really no need to.

For a well-rounded setting, prepare an overland map, a starting town map, all location based adventure sites (dungeons) and maybe a few generic wilderness maps by terrain-type (forest, hills, etc) to stage random encounters on.

Suggest you use Ventrilo alongside MT for OOC stuff, much faster that way.

If you are looking for players, I'd be game. I bought MyD20lite and while I was somewhat underwhelmed with the presentation, I found the rules as such pretty solid and well-thought out (same with Fantasy Concepts, btw).

Anyhow, rock on.