I have been a bit quiet on here recently and it is largely due to one thing. L.U.G.Con! If you are new to my blog, or if you have been hiding under a rock and still don’t know what L.U.G.Con is go here for my blog on the matter, here for the G+ community for L.U.G.Con or if you are still sadly hanging on to Facebook as a social tool click here for their page!
|How I love thee, let me count the ways|
I am running 4 games at L.U.G.Con and all of them will be run on the roll20 interface and that has meant a lot of preparation for me over the past week and still lots of preparation for me to come. I started work on the Pathfinder game I am presenting (I am presenting it twice, a horror story set in Rite Publishing‘s Land of Kaiden). I am almost done with the roll20 preparation though need to make a few more tokens up for the game and then build some macros for the characters. Which actually means I need to make the characters! I have got my maps all on and almost perfectly aligned (thanks to this Wiki entry from the roll20 team) and now I just have to read the module over and over again.
I then have to move on to creating the maps (and adventure yet for my game) for Edge of Space and my game Detritus. So I have a busy week coming up. That said though I have to say that using roll20 gets easier evrey single time I go back to it. For a web interface it is surprisingly easy to use and intuitive too. I have worked out how to make tokens in no time at all that look fantastic in GIMP and then transferring them is so easy! If I was any sort of artist I would be making token and map packs to sell at the store, but unfortunately my artistry occurs with words rather than with paint.
|Edge of Spaaaaaaaaccccccce!|
I had hoped to get into the API material before I went to L.U.G.Con and have a play but my real life jobs have been very busy also. This has kept me focussed on just the basic level material for the time being. I have only one game in the coming week to run so I may yet get some time to play but I am not holding my breath.
If you are yet to get yourself a roll20 account I strongly urge you to do so. The sophistication of the interface and the constant improvements are fantastic and if you do not want every bell and whistle, it is free! I will say this though, of all the players that game with me online, a fair percentage of them have now made the decision to support roll20 financially as they can see what a wonderful system it is and want to see it developed further.
So I am sorry about the silence on the blog but gearing up for L.U.G.Con is consuming my time at a great rate. I am play-testing the adventure for Detritus on Monday with my in-person group and it will be the first full game play-test that I have run for it. As I want it to impress my players I am running it in conjunction with roll20 and I will be video taping the event, hopefully for upload to YouTube though as we are playing it in a work environment it may not include the entire play time.
There are still spots in my games, and I added an American time friendly version of the Pathfinder game if you want to sign up. The other games will be late (probably 3 A.M. or thereabouts) for those in the America’s but in the morning for Europe and the like.
I hope to see some of you there!