Tabletop QOTD 2020-03-23

Borrowing from the idea of the Pluspora Check-in get some tabletop conversation going. If you have any questions that you want to get on the list to be asked, let me know. Also, if you'd like to be added or taken off the list of participants, let me know.

Have you ever played in any way other than Face-to-Face? Why or why not? And if you have, what are some tools that you've used/advice that you'd give in doing so?

I play almost exclusively non-face-to-face these days. Even before the COVID-19 epidemic, I'd found that it was easier to get together with friends, negotiate schedules, and meet new gamers online rather than trying to get anything together.

For #RPG I use the mediums of play by email or what I've come to term play by google doc (even though we don't always use google- the non-google alternatives I've used are https://cryptpad.fr/ and https://hackmd.io/). Though I have tried roll20 and Fantasy Grounds, I find that the asynchronous types of games seem to be easier to schedule and last the longest.

For #boardgame I've tried Tabletop Simulator and roll20, but again, the most successful have been more asyncrhonous types of games. We've used Google docs for those also and play by e-mail, but even more I've found myself using websites built for the games.

Some examples include
http://www.amarriner.com/#/ (the games are down right now, but played a lot of roads and boats there)
http://www.mabiweb.com/index.php (my love for In the Shadow of the Emperor came from too many games there)

There's also https://www.michaelschacht.net/pbm/modules.php?name=Game_Info, but I haven't played games there.

As far as advice, it seems to me that social contract becomes even more important when playing games online. It's too easy for interactions that are not conducted in person to go wrong, and having a baseline for what is expected help to smooth these along.

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I've played a few brief games via IRC, back in the day. And via G+ as a pbm sort of game.
I've not yet tried roll20, but it's on my to-do list.
@Charles M - welcome! I notice that you aren't on the list- would ou like for me to add you?
I do a lot of board gaming online through sites like Board Game Arena and digital version of games on Steam, Epic or apps. Note BGA isn't on your list and I think it's one of the best free or cheap options.

RPGs I've yet to try an online game though I have watched a few streams going back to the G+ Hangout days.

Wish things going as they are now it's likely I will be doing more and more online gaming as time goes on. I made a Roll20 account yesterday.
I'm currently in about 22 games on BoardGameArena, and I don't think that's going to change anytime soon.

A few years ago, our D&D (4e) GM moved to California. We played online for a while. Used a couple of different programs for it.
https://en.boardgamearena.com/ for those that hadn't heard of that like me. :)
It's @Eric Franklin that got me hooked on BGA
For about eight years now -- since 'D&D Next' went into early playtest -- almost all my RPG play has been done online. First via Google Hangouts (thanks for trashing that, google), eventually settling on Discord (for voice) and Roll20 (for VTT).

For board games, it's still face to face. I know there are emulators and the like, but they never have captured the feel of a board game for me.
Here in the italian story games community, Google Hangouts was a revolution: we were already used to organizing CONs to meet and play together, but with hangouts, we finally had an easy and functional way to play online. And Google+ made it easier to discover new people who were interested in playing those games. I played a few games on hangouts but eventually decided that I get distracted too easily, and now avoid playing that way if possible.
I also played some games on a few forums via play by post, but that turned out to be too slow for my tastes.
I'm currently playing on a 1-on-1 play by chat using telegram, and it's working decently.

I played a few times on BGA some years ago, but the social interaction with other players is a big part of why i like gaming in general, and that was the part I missed most.
None of the folks I have gamed with in recent years have liked E-Gaming via discord, hangouts etc. and my wife equates online video-conferencing is something she does only when forced to for work so my experience is real limited.
Back in the 80's, I tried to play Chinese chess with a friend over email. At some point during the game, we realised one of our boards was wrong and could not back track our moves. We didn't save emails back then.