Any tabletop RPG gamers out there?

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Matt Barton
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Bill Loguidice wrote:

Obviously it's preferable to do that kind of thing in person, but I wonder if there would be a way to do something like this remotely, say via Webcams or something in a conference-like setting?

That idea had occurred to me as well. Obviously, it's POSSIBLE, but from what I've seen of web conferences, it's a big hassle. It's inevitable that somebody won't connect properly, or will get suddenly disconnected, or the sound/video quality will fluctuate. My bro-in-law (who is a Microsoft tech writer & programmer) and I tried our best to get a web conference going recently, but the result was not satisfying (at least to me). The video quality was low and it took us forever to get to where we could hear each other. I suppose if you do that on a regular basis you can get everything just right with the lighting and placement, but it's tough. Might be easier just to do the voice chat, but then you'd miss out, I think.

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Obviously it's preferable to do that kind of thing in person, but I wonder if there would be a way to do something like this remotely, say via Webcams or something in a conference-like setting?

I was big into pen and paper/tabletop gaming with my friends from roughly age 8 to the end of high school. I briefly got into it again towards the end of college, but that group wasn't quite as much fun. I met the first group at school, obviously, the next group from some pre-Internet discussion group. I also played around age 22 (I'm almost 35) with some friends from where I worked at the time. Never was able to get back into it since...

We played all kinds of stuff from TSR, Steve Jackson, etc., and did occasional computer games (like Colonial Conquest on the C-64). It would be cool even if it were an hour per week off hours (like a late Friday night or something) to get a regular game session going, remotely obviously, paper or computer or videogame, but obviously there would be many challenges.

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Mark Vergeer
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did it in Highschool for a while...

Did it in Highschool for a short while. One friend 'T', was very into it - to the extent that it was almost scary. He now sadly suffers from Schizofrenia - of course not a causal relationship but it explains perhaps a little why he was so much more into it than his friends. The stuff from the game carried over into his real-day-to-day-life.

I always have to think of my unfortunate friend 'T' whenever tabletop D&D, role playing is mentioned.


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I've done tabletop gaming. It's mostly because it's my brother's primary hobby. I've played and ran tabletop games, mostly RPG's, including most editions of D&D, GURPS, and Paranoia. (In fact, I have a name credit in the latest edition for contributing some materials on the forums.)

Since I moved about a hundred miles away from him, though, I have been a little lax with it. I've always been more into computer gaming over tabletop, and finding a good gaming group can be rough. I'm also just not that sociable; I was not all that happy with my brother's gaming group, even.

I just recently visited the two gaming stores in Redmond, WA (one is moving to Bellevue in a month) and they seem like nice places. Finding your local game store, if you have one, can sometimes be a path to getting into a game.

Adam

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