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8th-Jul-2006 01:07 am
So, I just moved across the country from my buddies, and I would like to still keep gaming with them. Does anyone have any suggestions for any ways to do this online? I thought I have heard of different programs people use for this, but have no idea how to find them.

Any help would be much appreciated.
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8th-Jul-2006 09:58 am (UTC)
I've used IRC for years to play D&D with my friends. IRC, aka Internet Relay Chat, is a form of chatroom system that allows multiple people to be in multiple 'rooms' at once, which helps maintain out of character and in character chat, and special programs allow you to have dice rolled in the rooms or privately.

To run a dice script, you'll probably need software such as MIRC(for PC) or PIRC(for mac), but players can usually connect to most networks using web based clients that don't require downloading. If someone online already has a dicebot and is willing to share, all of you could connect through the web, though I like having at least one person using an actual software client so they can maintain logs.
9th-Jul-2006 11:28 pm (UTC)
There's no reason to roll dice online/visible, though, if the players and GM trust each other. Just a thought. (We roll our own dice ourselves.)
8th-Jul-2006 01:36 pm (UTC)
http://www.fantasygrounds.com/

Fantasy Grounds is an application acting as a virtual online gaming table primarily intended for pen and paper style narrative role playing games.

Fantasy Grounds is designed to perform many of the things you can do while playing at a conventional gaming table and move it online.

Run games as the gamemaster or take part as a player, the application provides all the necessary tools to communicate, manage information and perform tasks such as rolling the dice or creating drawings.
8th-Jul-2006 02:54 pm (UTC)
I've not much experience with playing D&D online, but when I have I've either used IRC, as mentioned above, or AIM chatrooms. They work surprisingly better than most people give them credit for--you can roll all the dice that you need to roll, and most people already have AIM, and aren't afraid to download it.
8th-Jul-2006 03:40 pm (UTC)
I was in the same situation, actually. I've settled on OpenRPG(www.openrpg.com), which has dicerollers, a tree-based character sheet creator, dedicated servers, and even a miniatures grid with whiteboard capabilities.
8th-Jul-2006 05:27 pm (UTC)
rpol.net is good too.

:o)
Dan
8th-Jul-2006 06:08 pm (UTC)
OpenRPG, Fantasygrounds, and MapTool
9th-Jul-2006 11:18 pm (UTC)
My friends and I (we're all in the same time zone, which helps) get on AIM every Monday at 7. You can read the transcripts at gwen_ysalla. It works pretty well, I think.

You could also try a play-by-post game at Giant in the Playground if you're interested.

Good luck!
10th-Jul-2006 02:07 pm (UTC)
I realize it's only a fraction of the game system, and that, heavily modified, but if you just want to get together online and crush monsters, there's always D&D Online: Stormreach.
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