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

For remote play at our table, we use a camera that is stuck on a microphone-boom-arm that can be rotated by 360°. We found out that we prefer it to have our rest position at about 45°, instead of top-...
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Are there any challenges during an in-person game that aren’t a factor online?

Here are a few things I ususally pack for in person gaming: Adventure Book. Don't forget to bring it. It has happened to me before. Dice. Obviously. Bring enough multiples of the types you need to ...
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How do I accommodate a blind player at my remote table?

It's good that you're helping someone who is sight impaired, and here are some tips from my experience with helping blind players at my table. Have someone there to assist them if needed. They will ...
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Are there any challenges during an in-person game that aren’t a factor online?

Handling IC / OOC conversations and meta-communication I've played in-person for more than forty years and online for nearly six. The biggest difference I have noticed is in terms of handling in ...
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How do I help newbies generate characters without being in person?

Let them know where the free resources are This answer has all the link information you need for the basic rules, SRD, etc. Provide pre-generated characters; Let them choose from a pool of ...
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How do I help newbies generate characters without being in person?

Reduce the decision making for the new players. Ask them in general terms how they would prefer to handle combat - melee vs ranged, weapons or magic, and so on. Then create the detailed characters for ...
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How can we allow remote players to effectively interact with a physical tabletop battle-map?

The boom camera suggested by Akixkisu is a good way to solve the vision problem. For directions as an alternative to the numbered grid I would suggest just defining N,S,E,W. "I move 3 squares west, 2 ...
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How do I know if I'm sending too many encounters at the party?

Talk to your players The number one thing you should do if you're not sure how your party feels about something is to ask them about it. They'll tell you whether or not they're satisfied with the ...
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How do I help newbies generate characters without being in person?

Pregenerated characters might be useful. When someone has never played before, the amount of options available is very overwhelming and it is hard to know what they want to play. For the first try, ...
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How do I run a game of Dread over the Internet?

The option we opted for was to have every player buy or borrow their own Jenga tower. So every character has their own individual tower. This meant more pulls but also parallel pulls, which sped up ...
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How do I run a game of Dread over the Internet?

One idea: Reverse Hangman. The players have to give a letter, and this adds to a word in front of them. When the word/phrase is completed? You're dead! Oh, they'll try to cheat it. They'll guess ...
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Are there any challenges during an in-person game that aren’t a factor online?

In my experience of running games both on and offline... Playing in-person poses a certain challenges, most notably: Miniatures are much harder to deploy, and more expensive. You can't just download ...
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How to help engage an ADHD player over Zoom

I've played D&D for years in a group containing several players who identify as having ADHD. I've noted some challenges below that you, as the DM, might be facing, and some things that the player ...
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Are there any challenges during an in-person game that aren’t a factor online?

A few more potential challenges, in no particular order: Travel time. Players have to physically go to the game, which increases the odds that someone will be delayed, and especially the odds that ...
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How do I help newbies generate characters without being in person?

I would honestly handle this the same way I always handle new players in class-based RPG's. Namely, I politely explain that there are a huge number of choices involved in creating a character, many of ...
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How do I help newbies generate characters without being in person?

Start at level 1 Characters get progressively more complex as they level up. There is a lot you should be considering when leveling up - how you play, how your DM plays, and how your group plays. For ...
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How do I run a game of Dread over the Internet?

Another option is Tabletop Simulator, which is a piece of software that allow you to play many board games online. The majority of the contents are user made and shared trough Steam Workshop (like ...
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How do I know if I'm sending too many encounters at the party?

I will start with If it ain't broke, don't fix it In your body question, you state The players seem to be having fun, but the rogue's already been rendered unconscious once. If the players are ...
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How do I help newbies generate characters without being in person?

You can create the characters yourself So, some players are not exactly fond of character creation. I have had players that would love to play a campaign, but I would have to give them a ready ...
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How to help engage an ADHD player over Zoom

The way an ADHD player contextualizes the interaction of their disability with your play sessions in their head may well be the single most important factor to your goal. As someone who has done the ...
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How do I introduce my co-workers to RPGs via a Virtual Table Top (VTT)?

Since you are using roll20: The Master's Vault I agree with your concern about PF perhaps being too complex. The "Free on Roll20" beginner adventure module - The Master's Vault - is purpose ...
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How do I introduce my co-workers to RPGs via a Virtual Table Top (VTT)?

I have run several very successful work based roleplay games and would suggest as an intro system DND 5e for several reasons, you can get everything you need on Roll20, there are DnD player sheets ...
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How can I design a scenario to include one remote player in a way that accounts for the resulting issues?

Take advantage of the aspects of the situation to provide interesting game mechanics is a good idea. Physically Separate The remote player can be viewing different material and the players have to ...
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How do I run a game of Dread over the Internet?

I'm going to experiment with 2 decks of cards. There is 1 fail card in each deck. (I printed some simple custom cards. But you could just use a regular deck and say Ace=Fail or something like that.) I ...
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How do I run a game of Dread over the Internet?

Use a d20 (or a d30). Record the result of every roll. Each time a player would pull a piece from the Jenga tower, instead, they must roll the die. An action succeeds if the player rolls a number ...
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