June 29th, 2007

Online Gaming Question

Hey all, I was curious about the unforseen problems with running an online (chat based) game. I have ran table top games since 1985, so I have a lot of experience with actually being a GM. I am also fortunate that most of my players that are playing online have played in my table top games (the reason we are starting it online is because I probably will be travelling a lot for my next job, but I still want to run a game regularly, and forum based is a bit too slow for me).

More then likely I will use two chat windows, one for IC interaction and one for OOC conversations. We have not yet decided if I will roll the dice myself, or if we will find a chat program that can do it for us. I have been told by some MUSHers to make sure unless its combat, round robin the conversation, everyone speaks once and then we go back.

I realize it will be slower then tabletop, but it will force me to be more organized (which should save me some time). But are there any problems (or ways to fix those problems) that are common in chat based table top style gaming?

Thanks for any feedback.
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Gaming Histories, Keep Em Coming!

I don't speak for everyone, but I'd certainly be happy to see more of these, even if my initial thought when seeing tashiro's was "tl,dr" (but then I did go back and read it later.)

If you do one, (and you should) I'd strongly suggest doing the following:

1: LJ Cuts!
2: Keep it focused on how the games you've played (or books you read or what have you) have formed the way you play today. "I played D&D for a long time, and then I played Vampire, and then I played Shadowrun, and now I play l5R" for 6 paragraphs isn't particularly exciting.

So far everyone (all 3 of them!) have done these really well. I look forward to reading more, and I might get around to doing one myself.

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To sum up:
If it wasn't for my dad, I wouldn't have started.
If I hadn't gotten into Cons, because my dad took me, I wouldn't have played Vampire.
If I hadn't played Vampire, I probably never would have heard of LARP.
If I hadn't heard of LARP, I probably wouldn't have played it at that con.
If I hadn't played it, I wouldn't have met the group of people who run a LARP.
If I hadn't met those people, I wouldn't have played in their game.
If I hadn't played in their game, I wouldn't have met James.
If I hadn't met James, I wouldn't have gotten married to him, moved out here and met a good core of my friends.

So Gaming has always been a very important part of my life, and I don't see that changing any time soon.
Shaman

RPG Book Sale

I realize that y'all might be getting a little tired of these posts, but, long story short, I'm looking to raise money so that my wife and I can move and go back to school, and I'm looking to unload a bunch of books that I no longer want and/or need. LOTS of GURPS 3E stuff, and a few oddments and sundries some of you might appreciate. List can be found here.

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