Roll20 is a Virtual Tabletop. So, grab a hold of your virtual coffee. Or virtual beer… Or virtual cola… And come find out what this amazing platform is virtually all about!
What is Roll20?
So, as mentioned, Roll20 is a Virtual Tabletop, which can be used to play a plethora of table top Role Playing Games. What is the point of a “Virtual tabletop”? Well, in Role Playing Games, it’s sometimes hard to get people to agree to a set time and place, especially if you’re grouped with a few random people.
So, if you are a DM/GM (Dungeon Master, Game Master, whatever you call yourself!) then Roll20 might be a cool new way to get your friends to come join in some campaigns you have planned. But enough about that, what about the interfaces?! Observe!
The above picture is from a scene that I made from the tiles that can be found in the tile viewer. The tile viewer takes tiles that have been found (That are legally usable, I might add!) around the net which can be used to build up your game world. There are 3 major layers to work with: The Maps & Background, Objects & Tokens and GM Overlay. The point of these three layers are all different. The Maps & Backgrounds are there to put tiles down so people can’t “Interact” with them, instead just walk over them in game.
The Objects & Tokens can bring up extra information. For example, those Mecha-Spidlings have information on each of them.
Players can be given “Cards” with information on, for example:
You can subscribe to Roll20 like I am to follow the progression of the site and to get extra features, like dynamic lighting, tablet support and more.
The one thing to note is that this site works best with Chrome/Chromium (For us ‘Nixers).
Perhaps I should organise a great big Roll20 play session with some people from here at some point in the future..? That’d be very far into the future, but it’s comforting to know you can play a table top game with people all around the world in the comforts of your own home.
So, to sum up what this site does:
- Webcam Support
- Microphone Support
- Interactive tabletop
- Information Cards
- Resource manager
- Virtual dice
Much more… I’m pretty bad with figuring the whole list of what this site does, but please note: although you can become a “mentor” (Sponsor) you can sign up… For free. For realsies. Consider that, guys.
Please note, it doesn’t support any particular RPG, so you have to make it work for your RPG of choice. For the techy inclined, you can also do a bit of coding wizardry to create events that happen automatically, in case you don’t want to DM fully… What? I’m the only one? Okay.
This is what happens when I decide to take on the Mecha-Spidlings alone.
Oh dear, that is quite a bit of d20 destruction there…
You can make your campaigns public to let random people join you, or you can make them private for you and your friends. You can make new friends, new RPG friends and even discover some awesome campaigns for yourself this way.
What do you all think of Roll20? Is this the future for tabletop gaming? The internet? Or is this a step in the wrong direction?
I think it’s very exciting. A lot of my closest friends have upped and left Bristol, thus it’s hard to get RPG gaming with them now-a-days. Roll20 will keep us able to do our RPGs without the need for us all going to theirs, or them all coming to mine and having potential intrusions. Also, whilst many gather in a good pub, for me, RPG gaming is a personal affair and as such, I’d like to sit down with close friends and just enjoy a game together. In the past, I’ve spent a good 10+ hours on a session of DnD (3.5 edition).