Part of our in-person tabletop group moved six hours away mid-campaign. We've been dealing with the distance by having multiple laptops set up, one with the players on the screen and the camera pointed at the DM; another with a webcam pointed at the grid board. However, this is awkward and results in a lot of "I move three squares left. No, the other left. No, one more square that way," or "Can you move the webcam so we can see?", etc.
We'd like to find a way for our remote players to reliably see the entire table at once, and to be able to point to specific squares on the board.
We're aware of online/virtual tabletops like Roll20, but we don't want to use them for various reasons. For the purposes of this question, we are only looking for real-world, meatspace solutions.
How can we allow our remote players to have:
- A top-down, or otherwise all-encompassing, view of a physical tabletop combat grid, such as one drawn on dry-erase dungeon tiles;
- The ability to indicate individual squares or other features on the grid?
Note: While my question is similar to this question, that one accepts virtual tabletop solutions and does not solve our problem.