I found this neat website for those of you (like me) who may be interested in throwing down some old school D&D online gaming one day. It’s an online shareable whiteboard for use by up to 6 people. Perfect for a D&D party and a DM.
The website is called Scriblink, and it works really nicely. Basically, you can draw on it to sketch out simple maps or diagrams. Remember, this is for old school, no grid needed D&D, or for other RPG’s that are abstract in nature. Star Wars d6 and Dragon Age come to mind.
So there is an example of a free form sketch. But what if you are running a dungeon crawl for your players? Check this out:
You can sort of recreate the old school maps, as Scriblink provides a grid and a square shape tool to draw with. As I played with it tonight, there were 6 of us connected and while there was some slowdown, the program was stable throughout. I imagine that if I were DM’ing with it, I’d keep others from drawing on it, and make it a DM’s only thing.
It also includes a VOIP conference for audio, but our experience wasn’t that great with it. I’d recommend Skype for that.
Another thing you’ll need is a dice roller that everyone can see, unless you trust your players. I don’t trust mine, so using real dice is not a route I’d take…
Many people don’t know this, but AOL’s AIM client can handle a dice rolling script:
Go into a chat invite box. It’s not just a conversation, you actually create a chat room for people and invite them in. Type the following: //roll-dice x-sides y
X is the number of dice and y is the type of die (d4, d10, etc…)
So //roll-dice 1-sides 10 will roll 1d10
Pretty cool stuff. There’s also this site. If everyone enters the same password, you can all see each others rolls.
So there you go. Not quite as complex as Maptools, but good enough to do the trick if your games don’t require tactical combat or tokens on a grid.
Now I begin planning my online Rules Cyclopedia game. Who wants in?