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Questions regarding role-playing via play-by-post or play-by-chat protocols, or realtime through internet-based tools like Roll20, Skype, or OpenRPG.

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How to keep a good pace, and keep people drawn in

I am managing an online roleplay, and I am basically the do all. I've written and update lore, I narrate action and sequences, and I manage the Discord Server that we use. I also have a small team of ...
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How can I better prepare my players for roleplaying online?

I tried switching a game from in person to online a few months back playing mainly via discord (due to poor internet connections, otherwise we would have used video) with Roll20 for visuals. I was ...
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How can I interest a player in playing online?

My good friends and I live a good ways apart from each other (8 hour drive). About a year ago couple of them came out to visit and I ran a few sessions of a Star Wars RPG for them. They went home but ...
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Online play: How to keep the group focused?

I'm the default GM for a group of friends who have been - in some constellation or another - playing together through two major campaigns and various shorter ones over the past decades (plural). ...
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How to arrange an Epic in a Discord based community?

After a few months organizing an Adventurers League in a Discord community, we are now discussing about the possibility of setting up an Epic session. We know that it is supposed to be a live event, ...
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Dice Rolls for PBEMs [closed]

Is there an online dice roller that has some kind of confirmation mechanism so it can be used by forum/PBEM games? For example? Bob: "I kick open the door" MC: Roll here [gives link] Bob: [...
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How can I get my long-distance friend to share a VTT with me when they have only an Android phone and I have only a laptop?

I have a friend I want to run a campaign for online. I'd like to use a virtual table-top (VTT) to facilitate play, but I can't get anything to run on my PC that runs on their Android phone and vice ...
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Efficient way to communicate/track healing between combat?

I'm looking for a specific, tried and true, method to spend less table time when my groups need to heal up between encounters. My specific situation is online (Roll20) Pathfinder games, so Channel ...
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Problematic Players help (1/3); Newbie Declaring Solo

This is part 1 of a 3 part question: Part 2 is here Part 3 is here I'm a GM for 5e, running an online game. Most of the players are brand new to the game, and partially because of that, I've picked ...
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How to deal with a know-it-all player in a Second Life–based freeform RPG?

I'm a first time poster on this stack but have been using it to help out with some online text-based RP. A new player in our Second Life roleplay group is coming in fresh to the online world. He is a ...
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How to get the players to care and RP more?

About two month ago I got interested in D&D and I decided to start playing it. I read the rules, found an adventure and got four of my friends to play with me. They always show up to play and we ...
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Can RPGs be played “offline” or “asynchronously”? [closed]

Is it possible to play RPGs without all the players meeting physically, or even playing at the same time? For example, the GM might provide a description of where the players are and then the players ...
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As a player, is Player's Basic Rules sufficient in order to play the game with other players online?

I'm looking to get into Dungeons & Dragons 5e and playing with other players online through roll20.net and other sites, but I wonder if Player's Basic Rules will be sufficient for me in order not ...
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Can you effectively run a RPG session using Tabletop Simulator?

Can Tabletop Simulator be used to play an RPG? I have seen videos showing that it could be possible to play games like this, but I have never seen someone play an actual game. What are the pros and ...
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How can I manage a party that has grown too big?

I always wanted to try playing D&D and recently got a group of friends together to play online with on Roll20. No-one in the group has any experience playing D&D or any tabletop RPG before. ...
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DM Sees no reason to switch online voice chat platforms

Whenever our party cannot meet in person, our DM will schedule an online session to fit our schedules. We use a web based software, with less than stellar voice chat built in. Sometimes you cannot ...
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How do you better keep track of enemy abilities and tactics during combat?

Recently, I was trying to follow my own advice and run a very difficult combat encounter that involved varied terrain, non-standard situations, and a decent number of enemies and enemy types. I ...
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How to play when you have little experience and speech difficulties?

I can't talk, not a word, but I am really interested in getting into tabletop RPGs. But from my understanding of the game, this is difficult to do when you can't talk. I am learning sign language but ...
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How to facilitate equal speaking opportunity in a voice-only online game

New GM to two players, both with limited D&D experience (we're playing 5e). We're all well versed in written roleplay, but theater and acting doesn't come overly naturally to any of us. Add in the ...
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How do we attract playtesters for our online superhero game platform?

My friend and I are building a CMS specifically designed for online roleplaying. For the playtest we are using it to run a superheroes-themed game. We've built in-site tools to help making posting and ...
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Percentage of played game sessions by RPG?

A few months ago, I saw a pie chart with the percentages of games played on Roll20 or Fantasy Grounds (a virtual tabletop system), with a count of sessions played per RPG. Does anyone know a source ...
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How do I ensure my online Adventure League character(s) stay legal?

I am currently playing in the DDAL05 (Dungeons and Dragons Adventure League Season 5 I believe) that takes place along side the Storm King's Thunder hard cover adventure. This is my first foray into ...
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How to improve player engagement in video call for virtual tabletop game?

So I have been gamemastering my university group (6-7 PCs) for more than 4 years, and recently since we moved apart for job reasons we have started to use Roll20 and Skype to play together. I ...
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Handling fights with many combatants and constantly changing initiative values

How can I handle many different initiative values in a non-standard initiative system? This is a problem that came up in a recent (Roll20) session of the German RPG "Splittermond". Splittermond uses ...
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Meaningful Combat in Pathfinder Play-by-Post

Some friends and I are planning a play-by-post (using a forum, not physical mail) game using Pathfinder. Although we are fairly comfortable with role playing online out-of-combat, we haven't been able ...
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Can I begin roleplaying if I'm visually impaired?

I've been reading about RPGs for a long time, and I'm extremely interested in trying it... But I'm afraid to start because I'm visually impaired and have to use a screen reader to navigate a screen. ...
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Is there a good way to play online? [duplicate]

I was introduced to table top RPGs last year, but then I got to move. The place where I live now is a very "cold" neighborhood. Houses are big and the land around them even bigger, so each family is ...
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How do I find a friendly, inclusive roleplay group online?

One of my queer friends is interested in joining a campaign online, and is looking for an inclusive, friendly group of players. She asked me how she'd find such a group. I'd love to answer her, but ...
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DFRPG city creation via telepresence

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 ...
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Non-native at English RPGs [duplicate]

I'm one of those guys. I want to play with some foreign players (GURPS, WOD) via the web. Sorry for a bit opinions based question, but I need it in this way. What are the potential problems? Where ...
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How can I adapt fourthcore to play-by-forum?

Fourthcore adventures have an ingrained time limit that puts pressure on player action and prompts fast, dashy solutions rather than overcautious approaches (or at least has the players chose which ...
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Can you play pen & paper roleplaying games over the Internet?

I'm sad to say that I have absolutely no friends who would like to play D&D with me however I would love to play. I know about Neverwinter Nights and I've played quite a bit of it, but I'm looking ...
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How can I find online playtesting groups to playtest my game?

I'm just putting the finishing touches on the 9th iteration of my self-designed RPG system (with its own setting), and though it was woefully rocky in its early days I think that it's really coming ...
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Is there a modern equivalent to JParanoia, or any free online Paranoia software in general? [closed]

Although I'm a massive fan of all things tabletop roleplaying, there's always been a soft spot in my heart for Paranoia. I now have a small group of people interested in running some tabletop ...
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What forum based/online sites are there for D&D 5e [duplicate]

I'm looking for a D&D 5e game online, and there are very little sites thta I have found to do this. The two I have looked at the most are RPOL and Roll20, but RPOL is quite inactive and Roll20 has ...
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Spooky Manor: The player forgot to take the parcel, but has never checked his inventory

I'm currently playing “Parsely #3: Spooky Manor” with some friends in an online forum. The player character (i.e. all of the players) have never ever checked their inventory, possibly because they are ...
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Helping players remember NPCs with uncommon names

In my game of The Dark Eye we play in the south of Aventuria, and thus the players come across many NPCs with names that are not that common (especially compared to common german names) and my players ...
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How can I run Dungeon World over the net without voice?

I have an online gaming group for whom I GM. Offline, I've really gotten into running Dungeon World (and Apocalypse World), and I'd like to take Dungeon World to my online group. However, online, we ...
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Where are some good sites I can find for free action RPGs? [duplicate]

I really like to role-play online with people, but I only have a few people I know who role-play, and I wanted to know if there were any forum sites that are solely for role-playing and having fun.
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What software can I use to voice chat with my players while also being able to reproduce SFX comfortably? [closed]

I'm hosting an online Role Playing Game through Maptool and I need to be able to speak through the microphone while at the same time playing sounds from a soundboard without having to switch the ...
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Space combat system for text-only play [closed]

I have been shanghaied into running a sci-fi game over text-only chat. The setting is Star Trek, and as such will involve a fair bit of space combat. I have a bit of limitations to work against/with;...
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Is there an rpg that is played on social media and can function without more than one dedicated player?

This is extremely specific, but I'm looking for an rpg that is playable on social media and has the ability to support an amorphous group of people (strangers playing, people dropping in and out of ...
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What tools can I use to keep track of dice in Dogs in the Vineyard played over Skype?

My group is distributed across the globe, so we have to do all of our roleplaying online. We have a few different die-roller options that we use. However, none of them seem very well-suited to Dogs in ...
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How can I run a game with some players online and others at the table [duplicate]

A member of our group moved cross-country, and we'd like to include him in some of our games. Is it feasible to play a game with some players at the table and another online? If so, how do I, as the ...
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What collective chat program can feature both the host's webcam AND his screenshare? [closed]

Most options I've looked at are either too complicated to get new people into, or can only accept one stream per participant. I'm the GM, I need both my face AND a screen share for the aspects and a ...
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How can a player in a PbP D&D 5e game ensure the health and fun of that game?

I recently found this question which has a lot of good advice for things that a game-master can do to ensure that the game is successful and fun for everyone involved. However, it doesn't say anything ...
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How can I get mic-shy players invested in roleplaying over Skype?

My roleplaying group is composed of four friends who roleplay using roll20 as our board and Skype to handle our voice communications. I have one player who is used to roleplaying only in text and ...
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How can I speed up action in an IRC-based Shadowrun game?

I have a small group that plays games weekly on IRC. We've been playing Dogs in the Vineyard for a while now and that appears to work pretty well. We've been a little slow at the start, but it was ...
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What should I do when other players refuse to engage with my character's flaw?

I have a character (it's the same overly clever character from my first question, even) whose primary flaw can be summed up as "Bull in a Social China Shop". In other words, the character is tactless,...
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How can I deal with players that get bored waiting for their turns playing online?

All of my friends (and my only and favorite role playing group) live far away from me now. One of them still lives in the city, the other three are in Nicaragua. We've spent great moments roleplaying ...