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I used Google Plus and Skype since 2008 or so for VTTs. I notice that their ability to handle two more people speaking at once has gotten better. In my opinion the biggest issue now is lag on a individual's connection. The problem is not the software ability to handle two people talking at once is that the one or more individual are so far behind that the ...


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Again more/better options have become available as the internet continues to develop over time: Traipse (I recommend the Ornery Orc distribution) is excellent for this. It not only has aliasing abilities but allows players and the GM to use different aliases at different times and change between stored aliases easily so you can, for example, have a ...


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As gamemaster try to push them into quarrel, your shy friends have to be driven by emotions (sorry for my english), today I was playing on Skype (as always I was shy) and in no moment I just said "no way!!!" against one idea. Avoid to put your shy friends in situations where they can just answer "ok / whatever / meh", force them to make important decisions ...


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You may want to try what I do when I want to 'warm up' a character for an upcoming session - do a bit of sidelined character interaction outside of the actual session. Set something up so that the players can interact as their characters outside of the setting of the campaign. You could set it as an in-canon downtime interaction between the characters, or ...


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Let them know that they don't have to do theatrical stuff. Ease them in with third person statements like "My character chats up the female manticore" or first-person "I tell the guard I'm working for the King" etc. and let them develop into deeper immersion. Some people never do; it's not a requirement and there's no need to penalise them for not doing it ...


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Lead by Example Exhibit the behaviors you want to see. When your players type a question, reply to it by voice. Be sure not to exclude them, or even to let the comfortable players hog the spotlight. Make sure you query them directly - OK, Joe, what do you do? (of course, if your table's convention is to use character names, do that instead) When they ...


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Bringing someone into RP over a voice medium for the first time is difficult, especially if you have players who do not know each other. I would recommend getting the group together on skype for something not related to gaming, where you are not putting anyone on the spot for decisions or roleplay. A fun option is to pick a movie off netflix if everyone ...


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This is a really big challenge when playing online games. You're not there IRL, you don't necessarily have a shared trust yet, and you're doing something that can feel a bit off, in that you're putting on a character and need to get into it. I'll be honest, I'm still feeling out these elements, but here are the things I'm trying in my online game, and they ...



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