The Digital Tabletop Gamer’s Toolbox

Dungeon Mastering has an article on tools to make your life easier when running or playing RPGs online. It’s very useful, though I feel it only briefly touches upon some of the tools that are out there. The nod to Skype is definitely one I agree with, as our group uses it for our weekly games (Trail of Cthulhu at the moment).

In particular, the Battlemat section is very thin. Maptool and Gametable are solid mentions that I can definitely agree with, but if you’re willing to spend a few dollars, then I would highly recommend Fantasy Grounds 2, which is what our group uses. It’s a bit more directed at particular systems (D&D 3e, Savage Worlds, BRP Cthulhu), but with a bit of digging, you can find some useful fan-made system plugins. In particular, being so focused, it requires a bit less effort to handle maps (with obfuscation layers to boot!) and miniatures.

In any case, check out the article at Dungeon Mastering.

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Has been the Dungeon Master for the group since the early nineties. It all started when a school friend’s mother ran U1: The Sinister Secret of Saltmarsh for him and some friends. Enthralled by this new thing he'd discovered, he quickly assembled a group of his own and began running games. From that point forward, he was hooked and hasn’t looked back since. He’s run games that run the gamut from old school to indie, and is always looking to try new systems or tinker with existing ones.

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