I have checked out campaign cartographer, & had a look at dundjinni, but both seem overly complicated. But then again, I am impatient with software like that, AND I lack the artistry to make nice maps.
I am not impatient with this type of software and I'd like to think that I do have a bit of digital artistic talent and I still find CC and Dunjinni way too complicated for the lay user. I'd sooner chew off my little toe than make anything more than a very basic visual aid with either.
I have played a game using FG before, and its pretty good, it can be a headache for the gm until he gets the interface down. Like The GM talking through NPC's and such....the tokens and such were nice all in all it was a decent product, I have a license somewhere around here
Man, I just posted something about this in the other online gaming thread... sorry
I have a group in Morgantown that are wanting to do D&D 4E over the net using WotC's subscription service. Not sure if I am going to join in or not, though I think they are wanting me to run something.
I am kinda questioning marketing with fourth edition. I really dig the virtual tabletop idea, but I am having trouble figuring out what 4th ed is bringing to the table that a program like Fantasy Grounds doesnt offer for a one time payment. A $10 monthly fee is MMO range. What does 4th Ed offer with its service that makes it worth the MSC? You still have to pay a premium for all the books if you want to play offline.
I've tried running a PBeM D&D game, but the logistics was a total nightmare. I'd like to start a new campaign using more of a chatroom-type deal, something that's capable of determining which players can receive which information on the fly (like if A, B, and C made their Listen checks, but D and E didn't, for example - and only A understands the language being spoken). Anybody know of any such resource? For free, preferably? Thanks in advance.
By the way, if anybody wants in on the game (if and when I start), let me know. It'll be D&D 3.5 with a few house rules because A: that's what I'm familiar with, B: that's what others are familiar with, and C: that's what doesn't have two separate species of freaking elves in the PHB.
I used to play a lot with OpenRPG. The program was easy to use for the players, but it did require a bit more work on the part of the GM. Most of it required editing of XML to automate things and save time. It was stable through patch 1.5, but from what I understand 1.6 broke many things and support for it seems to be falling off. If they get it fixed it has several nice features.
Feature number one is that it is free!!!
It has a lot of different options for dice rollers and you can make your own (if you can code python).
The GM can chat with players as part of the whole group, individually or as part of smaller groups, allowing the GM to have seperate encounters going and keep the people involved unknowing of what is going on in the other.
The mapping utility allows you to use digital miniatures that you can make or download from galleries, has a fog of war function, and also has a nice white board function that the GM or the players can use.
Again, I used it untill a couple of years ago and it worked great, but from what I understand most recent patch has problems. However you can choose to run an older version if you can find it. As long as all clients run the same patch it should work.