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Since this question was originally asked, more options that might give a better solution have become available. Specifically, the Roll20 online virtual tabletop. With Roll20 you can invite people by email address and they can play as their character while in-game. Some tools make it much easier even for new users, including irc style chat, voice chat and ...


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One thing that helps me as a DM in my very large, easily distracted group is to implement an "on-deck" call. So I'll say, "John, your turn. Jane, you're up next", and make sure I get an acknowledgement that Jane heard me. Even if Jane hadn't been paying attention until now, it gives her all of John's turn to get caught up on what's been happening (which on ...


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RISUS is perfect for your needs RISUS is system-neutral, so you can use it in any setting at all. I've used it to run fantasy one-shots, a modern crime game, and a futuristic robot-fighting campaign. Interactions are resolved by rolling a d6 per level you have in the skill you're using. In combat, you use opposed rolls and the loser's skill drops by one ...


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Well, in the end you have to either torque down and agree on rules to make it go faster/more in character or deal with it being slow and not in character. The best rules you could enforce as a group are: You have to declare your combat action in XX amount of time or you lose your turn. You had a "distraction?" Well, it's not like you can't play with us ...


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I would suggest you try roll20.net you do a play by play setting, or you can upgrade, as you can add on screen maps, voice, and even video chat. This also has regular chat, and other functions in this chat that make gameplay go much more smoothly.


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It sounds like you're not wedded to IRC at all, just the concept of a custom play-by-text RPG tool, considering you say that "Roll20 is essentially the same thing". Roll20 is currently popular, but by no means the only example of a RPG-focused application. Most of the popular ones are stand-alone desktop clients, and yes, they do have a lot of excellent, ...


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For planetside adventures, I recommend "Star Worlds - The Streets of Mos Eisley". This is a hack powered by the Apocalypse engine. It has the most faithful character classes to the Star Wars movies, plus hirelings, adversaries, vehicles and spacecraft, and a great keyed map of the infamous spaceport. When you take those vessels into space, I recommend ...


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I would suggest you try Star Wars World, a hack of Apocalypse World. You can download the rules from here, though discussion is held on the story games site in the link above. In general, the Apocalypse World engine satisfies a lot of the need to have it in an interactive environment not meant for RPGs, i.e. It uses 2d6 for resolution, with 6- meaning a ...



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