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So this weekend I got together with my High School gaming group (like we do once or twice a year) and introduced them to 5th edition. Evidently it went really well and they immediately wanted to continue the game. Unfortunately we are about 2 hours apart so our face to face time is somewhat limited. I remember during various Forumites mentioning that they use virtual tabletops and wanted to get everyone's opinions. My overly analytical and opinioned friend Ron did some preliminary searching and came up with the following: I'm wanting to know what you use, how easy it is to use (both from a player and GM perspective), things you like/dislike and so forth. If I can find a system that works, I may be able to run a weekly game again. If you use something other than Roll20 or Fantasy Grounds, feel free to talk about that. Any other links to well written reviews are also welcome. Thanks in advance for what I'm sure will be some great information.
Been thinking about ways to play Warlord, even though there's no one around my area. I was wondering if anyone had considered playign Warlord using a virtual tabletop like Maptools? I have very limited experience with maptools, but it looks like you can program a framework that will make playing a game like Warlord much easier. In case you've never used Maptools or other VTs, they aren't video games. They are computer programs that allow you to play tabletop games by simulating dice, terrain, tokens, and measurements. Code exists in each token and other bit in the game, so the barebones interface can be molded to fit your desired game. In Maptools, you could turn off the grid and go with distance-based movement, then just use the dice and your paper army lists to play. Or you could program it so the interface would show things like character stats, status effects, and stuff like that. The game would not be automated, so you wouldn't be able to play without a rulebook. It would be very similar to the Army Creator's level of detail, where you can see all the stats but without the book you don't know exactly what they do. Still, I'd like to talk to whoever's in charge of Warlord and ask permission before working on a Maptools framework that would allow online Warlord play.