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hey all - my group hadn't played since quarantine began but last week we finally got on WebEx and played and it was pretty great. We're playing again tonight and I've been poking around on Discord and realized that I can do everything from there that I could through WebEx but I have been wondering what other tools you guys are using when you GM?  I just found Roll20 and it seems awesome but it also seems like the best functionality is via a paid account and I don't mind paying but only if it's worth it.

help! 

(thanks in advance - MonkeyInSpace)

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25 minutes ago, Hutchback said:

https://app.rpgsessions.com/

If you can get your group to use rpgsessions it nicely integrates everything through Discord. My group has had a great deal of success with it.

ok, THAT'S amazing. Got my head around the dice roller, is there a way to integrate the character sheet from the website into Discord?

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So it really depends on your groups style of play.  When you combine Discord with RPGSessions bot and gameboard, you can have an incredible narrative game.  If you are good with just posting random pics to enhance what you are describing as GM, this is really all you need.

If your group prefers maps and more tactical play, then Roll20 is well worth it.  It does require one person to have a pro-subscription to create the page using the APIs but the APIs are very good.  You can have character sheets within the game, random popup informational pages, and then the map. the map can be straight forward and open for all to see, it can use Fog or War, or you can even do Dynamic lighting where they only see where their flashlight or lightsabers shine.  That can make for a fun suspensful type game.

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ok, THAT'S amazing. Got my head around the dice roller, is there a way to integrate the character sheet from the website into Discord?

 If you use OggDude's character generator, you can export the XML file of the character from there and import it right into RPG Session.  Then you link that character to the Discord channel and you can roll dice from either location and it will update both.  They have done a really nice job with that and are constantly working to improve it.

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1 hour ago, MonkeyInSpace said:

ok, THAT'S amazing. Got my head around the dice roller, is there a way to integrate the character sheet from the website into Discord?

I’m probably not the best person to explain it, but here goes...

Have all of your players create characters either using oggdudes or manually in rpgsessions.

Create a game under the games tab and have all of your players add their characters to that game. 

Now you’re all set  You can manage the game either through the game table or the Discord bot commands. 

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10 hours ago, Hutchback said:

I’m probably not the best person to explain it, but here goes...

Have all of your players create characters either using oggdudes or manually in rpgsessions.

Create a game under the games tab and have all of your players add their characters to that game. 

Now you’re all set  You can manage the game either through the game table or the Discord bot commands. 

Thanks, that was what I needed.

I have to say, tonight may have been my favorite RPG session ever. I never thought I would enjoy remote gaming but this is just brilliant. Thanks for all your help. Signing up as Patreon for this awesome site 🙂

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10 hours ago, MonkeyInSpace said:

Thanks, that was what I needed.

I have to say, tonight may have been my favorite RPG session ever. I never thought I would enjoy remote gaming but this is just brilliant. Thanks for all your help. Signing up as Patreon for this awesome site 🙂

I’m glad to hear it worked out for you, and I agree with your assessment. It’s been a brilliant online experience for my group as well. I too, became a patron. The work they are doing is well worth supporting.

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So I'd suggest a couple of resources

First, look into tabletop simulator on Steam. They have a great mod for swrpg.

Second, if you use discord, make sure to have this dice roller. https://discord.bots.gg/bots/294576386696544273

And here are all the commands for this dice roller: https://github.com/SkyJedi/FFGNDS-Discord-Dice-Roller

Finally, use this bot for scheduling sessions in Discord: https://www.rpg-schedule.com/

I use Roll20 for all my sessions and pay the for the membership, because you cant get the character sheets without it. however, the sheets in roll20 are currently broken (dice rolls are messed up), so if you just use the base roll20 along with Discord it works pretty great!

 

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