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
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