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Dungeon Master online gaming

Written by Expy - Published on December 8, 2016

Nowadays, everything is online including one of our favorite games, Dungeons and Dragons. Recently, Roll20, an online virtual tabletop announced that it has a new licensing deal to offer the popular RPG on their digital platform.

Currently, Dungeon and Dragons intellectual property is accessible on the popular digital RPG platform Fantasy Grounds. But, D&D’s collaboration with Roll20 is the latest in the game’s quest for social play and easy accessibility. In fact, you can say that this collaboration combines all the benefits that one would get from heading to sites like All Slots online casino.

For those who don’t know, Roll20 is an in-browser tool for online long-distance role playing. In other words, it serves as an all-inclusive role-playing service for almost 2 million users. They have the ability to combine rules, character sheets, maps, dice, and other materials into one easy-to-use platform. The tool even calculates dices rolls and stats. In this way, no one has to worry about dropping the dice under the table or spilling drinks on character sheets. Users of this tool can also use the video chat feature to talk to other players on the screen as well as a sidebar chat that lets the Dungeon masters talk to certain players.

The Roll20 tool has done a great job at broadening the game’s accessibility beyond friends’ basements and hobby shops. Fans of the original no longer have to look for local D&D groups, all they have to do is head online and log in.

D&D has been doing virtually everything they can to make the game more accessible to a new generation. Including emphasizing the social aspect of the RPG and streamlining gameplay. Before the release of their 5th edition a couple of years ago, the publisher Wizards of the Coast, asked players for their input. And, by popular demand, the designers made their rules simpler in order to pave the way for a role-playing experience that was more socially focused.

By design, the roleplaying aspect, which is what made the game popular in the first place now takes up a bigger part of gameplay. It also has a new Backgrounds section that gives players a bonus for being comprehensive about their backstories. Also added were more models for people of color, women, and different body types. In this way, those who felt alienated in the games past versions won’t feel alienated anymore.

Furthermore, since 2014, Adventurers League (an official play campaign) has created a number of in-person role-playing events, which has been quite popular with those who’ve never played the game before.

This partnership with Roll20 is the game’s next step towards becoming easier to access. Throughout its history, D&D has been somewhat of a boy’s club. And, entrance was limited to knowing other players in real life.

This made it quite hard for enthusiasts. Many gamers didn’t have anyone to play with. And, if they didn’t have a car, it was virtually impossible to meet people and play with them.

Roll 20’s software, which made almost $40,000 during a 2013 Kickstarter campaign takes advantage of technology’s ability to bring people together. They helped cut away a lot of the red tape associated with D&D. They even made the popular beginner adventure full version, Lost Mine of Phandelver, available for a mere $20. It provides players with access to a bestiary, floor maps, a term glossary, magic items, plot ovaries, and more. This campaign is an excellent way to introduces newbies to the game. But, more advanced players may find that it’s too classic, especially in terms of world and plot building.

Playing D&D in person is ideal. But, if you are in a situation where you can’t sate your appetite for this game in real life, having the ability to play remotely is an excellent way to help you fulfill that desire. Furthermore, it adds the social connection with others that players wouldn’t necessarily have.

So, if your dice rollers aren’t within easy real or you’ve always been curious about Dungeon and Dragons, all you have to do is login to Roll20 and see if you can best other players.

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  1. Steve says:

    A good survey of how electronic gaming is making inroads in DM-led roleplaying.

    A lot of people seem to find Roll20 to be blasphemous. For my part, I definitely prefer tabletop gaming to playing through Roll20. But with Roll20, I can play with my nephew and several of his friends (who are in different parts of the country). Someone who wanted to get into D&D might have a harder learning curve through Roll20, but it’s doable. The dynamic character sheets aren’t perfect, but can perform a lot of the mundane record-keeping that players and DMs need..

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