As part of the open playtesting for our Adventure Competition winners, I’m looking to organise some online gaming and some people to play with. I’ve never tried any of the various tools for sort of gaming so I’ve been asking around on Twitter for some advice.
Bssteph suggested another open source tool, MapTool which also has a load of add-on/complementry tools as well. This is a Java based application so it should work across different platforms. Frdarvin also recommend RPTools.
Not So Free Gaming
Googling around I found some commercial solutions.
Klooge.Werks digital gaming table is available through RPGNow and DriveThruRPG and is another Java application. It costs between $15 and $60 depending on the type of licence you want.
Fantasy Grounds is a Windows only applications and costs either $24 or $40 for the lite or full licences. There also seems to be specific add-ons for different game systems and several adventures available, all for about $10 each.
Screen Monkey seems to be a relatively new online gaming tool and is available for $35. Only GMs need to run the software which requires a Windows PC but players can use anything with a web browser.
What Are Your Experiences?
Have you tried any of these tools or any other tools then please let me now what you think of them? Also, what are the wider problems of GMing or playing over the net? Are there special house rules needed to make these the game go smoothly, such as what to do when someone’s connection dies unexpectedly?
We want organise an online game so any feedback and ideas you can give us would be appreciated. Also if you would like to take part in our online playtest session, just comment below.