We were watching some Twitch.tv streams for Dungeons & Dragons, the popular tabletop RPG that's transcended the tabletop and can be played online. It was cool to see game masters and dungeon masters tell a story and build worlds and to see the party co-operate to defeat the enemies and get the treasure.
So we thought...how would we do that? How can we play Dungeons & Dragons online with a virtual tabletop and virtual character sheets and all that? Here's what we found out on how to play Dungeons & Dragons online with your friends.
Virtual RPG Tabletop: Fantasy Grounds
Basically with Fantasy Grounds, each player downloads it and the GM/DM is the host of the game. The players join and everyone can see a map and manage their character sheet. The app comes with battlemaps if you upgrade to the Standard license, there's 26 of them so there's plenty of variety for the various battles going on during a D&D campaign.
Fantasy Grounds is available on Windows, Mac and Linux (through WINE emulation).
Roll20, a virtual tabletop for RPGs and board games
Roll20 has two major advantages: you can play in a browser and it's free. That means you and your buddies can login to a Roll20 session and play on a virtual RPG tabletop very quickly. Roll20 has integrated voice and video chat too (through WebRTC). This means everyone can stream the game and play together without installing additional software. Dice rolls are in 3d and there are plenty of character sheets available.
Oh and did I mention that Roll20 also has an Android and iPad app?
Other Alternatives to Fantasy Grounds & Roll20
Here is a list of the best headphones for gaming. Please note that a few of the selections are based on other people's reviews and a few of them I have personally owned (I will indicate which ones).
While it's nice to play video games on a TV with a nice 5.1 or 7.1 surround system and hear the shouts and roars of gunfire and cool orchestral music of Destiny 2 and other games, it's not always possible. This is especially true for mobile/tablet games where the sound quality can be a bit tinny or can annoy people around you.
So here's a list of the best headsets for gaming.
The TRS80 Gaming Group is named after the TRS-80 computer. It's a computer from 1977 that was created by Tandy and sold through RadioShack. The TRS-80 Model 4 was released in April 1983 and featured a 4 MHz CPU, an 80x24 column display, and 128KB of RAM. Wow. That's nothing like today's computers but for the earlier days, it was an awesome and fun machine.
In honor of the TRS-80 name and where our gaming site's name comes from, here is a list of TRS-80 emulators! Some of them will work on Windows, Linux and Mac OS X. There's also an emulator that works on Android.
We're now deep into season 8 of Fortnite and it looks pretty cool.
Update! Anthem is OUT, get it now and read more about it on TRS80's dedicated page to Anthem, telling you what Anthem is and the cool stuff in the game.
Are you ready? The game Anthem is coming soon, it's an open world massively multiplayer FPS from Bioware and EA and it's available for XBox One, PlayStation 4 and Windows. Check out the trailer, there's still time to pre-order the game before the 22 February 2019 launch date!
Kind of a serious issue to talk about here, video game addiction. it's all fun and games when you binge on a video game for a night or two. But if it becomes a regular thing, as apparently it has for some Fortnite addicts (one player mentioned clocks in 12 hours a day!), then it's time to get some help.
From the article: "For now, Fortnite is the game of choice. On a recent afternoon, the game was the most-viewed on Amazon.com Inc.’s Twitch streaming service, with 250,000 people watching others play."
This is why TRS80 Gaming is into casual games and keeping casual gaming hours. There's a world and life outside of video games, and addiction is no joke.
Sony announced that they would releasing PlayStation Classic on December 3rd, 2018. It's been almost 25 years since the original PlayStation was released so they decided to make it smaller and preload 20 games on it.
They haven't announced the whole list of games, but they're saying the following games will be preloaded:
It's going to come with 2 controllers, HDMI cables and a USB cable. The cost is $100 USD and $130 CAD. This is a pretty good price considering you get to play classic games.
If you have a PlayStation 4, you can actually already play PlayStation 2 games on it.
The New Eden Report is a newspaper written for the game EVE Online. It looks interesting and this article talks about the day to day of the newspaper editor.
The Steam client has been updated and the chat interface is much much better. What I really like is that you can see your friends in the friends list by game. I was doing this manually before; because it was awesome to see a list of 5-10 people for the games that we both have. It made it easy to find people to play CSGO or Civilization 5 with.
It even works on the web too, no need to download a client to chat with people on Steam!
Streaming on Twitch!
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