frostnight910  asked:

I have been a dm for 4 years. Most of my games are online through irc clients with close friends of mine, due to my job requiring constant travel. I feel like you lose a lot of the important stuff playing through the Internet, what's your opinion?

Thanks for your question @frostnight910! I’m glad to hear from fellow players, especially those of us brave enough to take on the role of running a game! I salute you.

It’s strange, but throughout all my 10+ years of DMing I’ve never played online. I’ve been quite fortunate to find a group of players that have always been great that were also able and eager to meet up in the same place for our games.

While it’s true that game nights have become rarer since leaving school (down from two or three times a week to now playing roughly once a month for each game I DM), my players have always chosen to meet up rather than play remotely.

Your question is interesting because I simply don’t have the experience to confidently answer. It would be best guesses based on what I think would be affected. I suspect certain things would change, the most probable being that sense of camaraderie and familiarity you get by sharing a physical space with someone. But even then I am a strong believer that online relationships and sense of family can be VERY strong, so I can only be sure that the relationships would take different forms, and not that one form is “better” than the other. 

With that said, I have been strongly considering online play recently as so many of my best players are spread to other provinces and even other countries! I miss them terribly, and the requests to consider remote play have become less joking and more serious. 

So I’m interested, very interested, in collecting feedback and others opinions on playing traditionally tabletop roleplaying games online. For example:

  • What games are you playing online?
  • What are some of the benefits of playing online versus offline?
  • What are some of the drawbacks?
  • Have you played both? What are some differences you’ve noticed?
  • Has your group combined elements of online and offline play in your games?
  • What tools and resources have you used to facilitate online play?
  • How do you recruit players for online games?
  • Do you have any tips to share when running online games?

That’s just a sample of thoughts on the subject to get us started, so throwing this out there for everyone:

What do you think?

listen don’t get me wrong i love epic fantasy and sci-fi but it is very very important to me that we get fantasy & sci-fi on a smaller scale as well. i’m tired of reading about the Special Person Who Will Save The World. that’s not relateable. i want to hear more stories about bit players on the world stage! a traveling theatre troupe of goblins struggling to write a new play, two rival families of smugglers living on the same space station transport hub, a rom-com about a young hedge witch, a coming-of-age story about a dryad

give me more weird clever small stories