I'm planning a DFRPG campaign for the first time since my group began gathering via telepresence. How can we best approximate sitting around the table to collaborate, talk, and work on city creation1 over a commonly shared map?
Here's what I expect we'll need to do:
- Draw a map of key landmarks and their relationship to each other. Each side needs to be able to point at/draw on it so that everyone else can see them add/remove features.
- Label and write details about each landmark.
- Designate and describe characters as the "face" of various locations.
Here's what we currently have:
Half the group is in my living room, the other half is in a friend's room in another country. We typically connect the two rooms using Skype for voice and face/body language, and a Google document for shared editing of active game info (I've got it hooked up to a smallish TV, the other side is using a biggish monitor). Our games don't use grids and minis, so this works well most of the time.
We're using Windows PCs on both ends for the Skype + GDoc interface. My side has access to a Mac laptop and an Android tablet, while the other side has a Windows tablet. Both sides also have drawing tablets, which may make some solutions more graceful to implement.
Given our setup, I can't easily show "the other side" the map in real-time, and they can't add to it themselves. How have you solved this problem in your games?2
2 I'm told Roll20 is a good tool for this sort of thing, but all the unrelated fiddly bits obscured how to use it just for my purpose--so if the answer is "use X app/service," I'd appreciate pointers on how to make that happen.