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How to help engage an ADHD player over Zoom

My wife and I have always played D&D together. It’s my first time DMing a large group of 6, her included. We have newer players who struggle to engage, and tons of new player questions. I’ve seen ...
43 votes
16 answers

What tools or strategies have you found useful when not all players can be in the same physical space? [closed]

Having recently moved most of the way across the US, I am looking for effective ways to continue to game with roleplayers from my previous home. What tools (Skype, mapping applications, etc.) and ...
27 votes
4 answers

Are there any challenges during an in-person game that aren’t a factor online?

I have been asked to run a one-shot D&D game by a friend for a certain event. The game will be an in-person session, with everyone physically present, whereas I only have experience running online....
29 votes
1 answer

How do I accommodate a blind player at my remote table?

For remote play at our table, we use a camera stuck on a microphone-boom-arm that we can rotate by 360°. We found out that we prefer it to have our rest position at about 45°, instead of top-down ...
7 votes
2 answers

How do I introduce my co-workers to RPGs via a Virtual Table Top (VTT)?

I am fortunate enough to work at a company that twice a year budgets time and expense so we may have a "team-building" activity. I am on a team of ten people total. There is a stipend to pay ...
20 votes
6 answers

How do I help newbies generate characters without being in person?

Background: I am about to start running a virtual D&D5e game over Zoom (I don't have a choice of platform) through the local library. I have invited four of my friends to join, and only one has ...
15 votes
8 answers

How do I run a game of Dread over the Internet?

The challenge is finding a suitable substitute for The Tower. For those that don't know: Dread is a horror game that uses a Jenga tower instead of dice. The tower is shared among the players. ...
3 votes
1 answer

How can I design a scenario to include one remote player in a way that accounts for the resulting issues? [closed]

Similar situation to this question: Tools/techniques for optimal tabletop gaming with one remote user I will have one remote player, but I'm not worried about technical aids. My question is rather ...
26 votes
3 answers

How can we allow remote players to effectively interact with a physical tabletop battle-map?

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 ...
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Is the rule "One Remote Player Per Session" Fair/Reasonable? [closed]

As a DM, I am not very fond of having some players "remote in" through my laptop/webcam, but due to everyone's busy schedule, I've recently made a rule to allow one person per session, first person to ...
5 votes
2 answers

How do I know if I'm sending too many encounters at the party?

The party is currently 3 level 2 PCs: a fighter, a rogue, and a wizard. They don't work well together, but that's to be expected: all of them are new to role-playing. Soon they'll add another PC—a ...
8 votes
7 answers

What are some persistent, virtual, web based, battlemats? [closed]

For the chat based playtest of various questions on this site, I find myself wondering about online battlemaps. My current intension is to use Google spreadsheets to present an abstract, if ...
4 votes
3 answers

Looking for functioning dice servers [closed]

The first page of Google results returns dice servers that are no longer functional. Do you guys have any working ones bookmarked? The server must be capable of sending the results to two or more ...
54 votes
13 answers

What software is available for virtual table tops? [closed]

As the younger members of our group get older, they are going off to college or {gasp} getting on with their lives. We still game but are finding it harder to get together as distances increase. ...
29 votes
5 answers

Tools/techniques for optimal tabletop gaming with one remote user

A member of our group has moved to Dallas and we're involving them in the game using Skype. The rest of us are sitting around a table. We have one laptop being used to show the player, and usually ...
5 votes
3 answers

New Players Starting with a Remote DM

I've read quite a few questions and answers on here about having one or two remote members as well as a few about having the entire game remote. I have a related, but slightly different question. We ...
12 votes
9 answers

What is the best way to play D&D via long distance? [closed]

I have a few friends in my party that will be heading out once summer break is over for them. One lives in Tucson and the other lives far enough away that he may not want to make the trek to my house ...
9 votes
0 answers

How to combine remote and local players? [duplicate]

One of our players now lives in other country. He was devastated for not being able to play, but we solved that with Skype. Well, kinda. There are some difficulties when all players are sitting on ...