AD&D 4E Online TOG Group?

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  1. RogueSlayer

    RogueSlayer Retired Captain

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    Greetings all!

    When I was a young lad, I had a fascination with D&D. Unfortunately, I never had friends that wanted to play. Sure, some started out with me but they never really got into it. So, I just bought the manuals to read on my own and let my mind run wild.

    Now that there will be a real online aspect to this, I am wondering if any of my TOG mates may be interested in doing a AD&D 4E online group. Bi-monthly or even monthly on a weekend.

    I would be very interested in this. Especially if no one minds playing with a (for the most part) noob. :lol:
     
  2. StoneRhinoLotD

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    After most of my friends joined the military there was just 2 of us in the area that still played rpg games(not mmo). Before we started playing games online,fps or mmos, there was MSN IM . That eventually lead to us running games over the messenger which actually worked out for a while. For a while there we were running games on a nightly basis and it winded down to every other day. Eventually 2 of them started a dnd game that was just on the weekends which i didn't bother with.

    Also me and one of the guys that ended up joining the Airforce started up a Battletech game. We would trade out unit's movements and then roll our own dice since we both agreed theres no point in cheating and knew each other well enough to know that they meant it.

    Of course both games took time but I think there would be a lot more material you can use on the net now. messenger,webcams,mics, dice rolling programs, pregenerated downloadable maps and so on. Of course theres always the forum here or you could make one just for the game where it would serve as a means to slowly play over the time between live game time. I think a thread here showing the game's progress could generate some interest. heck i have a friend thats not in tog that would probably consider joining just to get into a dnd game. hell i doubt i would buy the book but i might join in the game myself even if im not really a dnd fan.

    i prefer shadowrun and Battletech :)
     
  3. bochaba

    bochaba Well-Known Member

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    Id be willing to give a RPG a go over the net. Im not sure that D&D really interests me. It seems that the focus of D&D has always been monster bashing and dungeon clearing.

    Nothing wrong with that except that WoW basically scratches the same itch and does it much much better.

    A game that focussed on role playing over dice rolling battles is probably going to interest me. Systems where combat is dangerous are generally more appealing. eg. NPC pulls a gun on you and you think "oh damn this is bad" not 'lol I can take at least 4 shots before he has a chance of killing me and Ill probably one shot him by throwing my shoe at him."
     
  4. StoneRhinoLotD

    StoneRhinoLotD Getting Started

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    that part about an npc pulling a gun on you and the reaction, that sounds a lot like Shadowrun. It could be a peice of crap gun but if you dont have body armor or good enough armor and get nailed with a good shot then you can get dropped in 1 round.

    yeah theres ways to seriously tank in that game but if i was the GM i would always raise the threat level of npcs you would face. you might get 1 or 2 jobs against a target corp but after that you get hit by the A grade NPCs that will outnumber, out class you and have access to equal if not higher grade gear. I liked a logical escalation as well as logical defenses based on experiences a group/gang/corporation/individual/mob/government would have long before you ever came out of the woods to start trying to take whats theirs.

    you wouldn't have an 80 year old with a flashlight that weighs a good 400pounds on a golfcart guarding a highly sensitive installation be it a government or corporation(that is allowed to have military grade weapons/gear). your not going to have that same 80 year old as the only security if the place had been the target of other individuals much like the players over 10s of years.

    DnD, i just never really saw to much room for that. its always an ancient dungeon no one has dared to go in or survive. its all critters and its all low tech so theres only so much they will be able to do.
     
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    Once played a gurps campain a long time ago with a fantasy setting. All but one of the party were sensibly afraid of combat and sought alternative means to do whatever needed doing....but the one was a minotaur. lol. Beserk, bloodlust...you name it. He was the biggest liability in the whole party but he was a combat machine. It took 10 city guards to subdue him once he was trapped in an alleyway and no less than 20 arrows. Considering one arrow could be potentially lethal to a normal person, this was quite impressive.

    The actual mission was aborted for a long time as the party worked out how to rescue the minotaur from the keep. In the end it took a bucket of money, seduction of a guard and a promise to castrate the minotaur. Lots of fun.
     
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    Actually I'd be interested in such a group. Used to play alot in collage way back then. Have not played much since the AD&D 3E came out. I'll be slowly getting the 4E books though.
     
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    Could be fun I'd be interested
     
  8. RogueSlayer

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    Thanks for the intrest. Maybe we can get something going here. :)
     
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    I'm interested, but not sure if I'll have time. Also, from what I understand the software is not Mac compatible (unless you have a new one and partition with Windows) which is a big minus for me. :(
     
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    I'd be interested..need to check out the 4G books..I've played 1-3 editions though, grew up on D&D and always had a special place in my heart for it.
     
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    If someone can point us to free products that work with a Mac, I am all for going the free route and saving money each month. :)
     
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    I'm in a similar spot to Rhino and bochaba - very interested in doing some online RPG, but not tremendously interested in D&D.

    Shadowrun, Earthdawn, Legend of the Five Rings, or Warhammer would be my preferred options.
     
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    Jia Retired Moderator

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    Online RPG (I'd be game for any role playing system!) would certainly spark my interest, but I'm afraid that differing time zones might pose a problem. Well, that and the fact that I'm not quite as fluent in English verbally (via voice com) than I am when I'm writing. :p
     
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    I would be up for some D&D 4e. Unfortunately the online component that WotC are developing is delayed for god knows how long but im definitely interested.
     
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    Hey folks.

    I have been a big fan of Fantasy Grounds. It is not a free product, but it is a one time expense. There is a light version and a full version. I highly recommend that everyone buy the full version. The full version allows you to host a session and DM. The light version will only connect to a full version and allow you to be a player only. (No 'upgrading' from light to full, so just go full!) I have not regretted the purchase more than three years later. If a bunch of you go in together you can get a bundle discount. (See the store for more info.)

    A D&D 4E ruleset has been developed by members of the FG community and is available for free. I've been playing in a campaign for a little over a month now using it. (They keep adding new features to the ruleset, so we keep moving to the newest version.) By the way, FG comes with a standard d20 ruleset. There are commercial rulesets available for purchase. (Such as Savage Worlds.)

    One thing I always note when price comes up is that the cost of the software ensures a level of commitment from players that free programs cannot provide. Paying a one shot price (not a subscription) for a piece of software that I have used for over three years in a handful of campaigns was well worth it in my mind.

    That being said, if you must have free, take a look at MapTools. The developers are clearly focused on a slightly different goal from FG, but it looks like a good product.

    I do not keep up on which ones run on a mac, but this chart might be useful.
    iConvention VTT Comparison Chart

    Note there are two pages, so do not ignore the programs on page two. Some folks may have gotten FG running on a mac, but you should check the FG forums for that info. It has certainly been discussed.

    As to timezones, using FG I have gamed with people in Asia, Australia, the Americas, and Europe. People all over the world have different schedules and sometimes it works out.

    In any event, if you start using a virtual tabletop (vtt) I hope you have fun. Just make sure that you make a decision that works for you. (On that note, I should mention that there is a demo for FG so you can try before you buy. It is not full featured but you can get the basic idea and see if you can get it working. Post questions to the FG forum, they are helpful folks.)

    Later.
     
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    Fantasy Grounds looks really really good. It actually looks better than Wizard's virtual tabletop they have in progress :p We'll have to check it out!
     
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    Someone less fluent in english would be a great asset to a game. It would add autheticity to being a different in game race like an Elf. It would be very interesting to interact with you. I only speak about 30 words of German :)
     
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    I'm still loving Fantasy Grounds. They continually make progress, so the information on my prior post from 2008 is somewhat outdated...but it has only gotten better with time.
     
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    It's been 20+ years since I played a pen and paper roleplaying game - and I loved it back then. Listening to the podcasts of the penny arcade 4th edition adventures (D&D Podcast Archive), I'd be keen to get involved in something too. You forget how much fun using your imagination can be.
     

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