There is a MASSIVE elephant in the room!


There is a MASSIVE elephant in the room.  It's name is Covid-19.  You may have heard of it.  Gaming on so many levels will be affected by it.  I thought I would start this thread in case anyone wishes to discuss.

Keep well.  Keep distant.  Keep yourself and your loved ones as safe as you can.

smiley  Much love, 



"I met a traveller from an antique land....."

CotM May 2016: Mysteria: set in Wolfgang Baur’s MIDGARD.

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  • twiggyleaf
    Posts: 1,621 edited March 22

    I might as well start things off.  I live in Scotland.  Our gaming club closed down indefintely on Tue 17 Mar 2020.  We are a group of six players that have been playing for the last six years, using Obsidian Portal as an aid.  We usually play in a hall hired by the Glasgow Gaming Club every Tuesday night.  There are usually about 50 people, playing various different TABLETOP games.  

    All that has come to an end now, as extreme social distancing has kicked in in the UK.  I think we are all still in shock at the moment as we try to figure out the logistics of our changing lives, but gaming has definitely come to a standstill for the moment.

    We are considering using our site forum as a play by post possibility.  Nothing has been decided yet.  We also have a Facebook group, where we keep in contact with each other.  At the moment, I guess we are all coming to terms with radical changes in employment status and lifestyles, but carrying on gaming in some way will probably be important.

    I'll feed back to you all later, but just want to wish all of the Portal members the best of luck in these trying times.



    Post edited by twiggyleaf on

    "I met a traveller from an antique land....."

    CotM May 2016: Mysteria: set in Wolfgang Baur’s MIDGARD.

    Previous CotM Aug 2012: Shimring: High Level Multiplanar Campaign

    Inner Council Member

  • thaen
    Posts: 39

    Yeah, it's pretty crazy how this is affecting the whole world...gaming included.

    Have y'all considered using group Skype calls or similar for the "in-person" video (or even audio-only), and then the OP forum just for dice rolls?  That might give you the real-time feeling and keep the dice rolls "cheat-proof".

    That said, I've been really enjoying the Play By Post game that Kallak, Jynx, and I are playing, so I can heartily recommend that as well.

    Other than in-person groups not being able to meet, and conventions being postponed, what other ways do you see this affecting gaming?

  • Jynx001
    Posts: 33

    Our weekly in-person group is on pause while we consider various remote options. Those that get some free time out of the deal will probably come up with some amazing new campaigns, rule systems, character concepts, and homemade miniature terrain, I expect. A little bit of escapism is good for the soul.

    Once we're all free to be in the same room once again, we will all likely appreciate it more, having gone without. Keep those Morale scores up, everyone!

  • Krothos
    Posts: 202

    I'm in the same situation. I live just north of Los Angeles. I ran 2 weekly games, one at a friend's house with 4 players and another at a LGS with 5 players. The LGS closed and my players are being cautious with the situation. I'm now looking into running both games via Roll20. It's a different play style that I'm not entirely comfortable with. Always enjoyed the personal interaction that came with tabletop gaming. Online VOIP gaming won't be the same.


  • UselessTriviaMan
    Posts: 452

    Yeah, all my games are also now on hold. The public library is closed, of course, and we have several high-risk family members adjacent to our Ptolus group's players.

    I'm coping by hosting another one of those insanely massive March Madness-style brackets, but instead of comedy this time it's all about the sci-fi movies. Round 1 is about halfway through, but it's open to all if anybody wants to jump in on the action.

    So far it's been really successful, as I've been sharing it with several huge FB communities. It keeps me busy.

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  • killervp
    Posts: 2,777

    We run our games on Roll20, using Discord for Video and Chat, and stream live on Twitch.  I am available to answer any questions people have on any of those systems- just send me a message.

    We have had people stretching across the world- we had a player in Tasmania, Twiggyleaf usually pops by once/year from Scotland, and currently have players from CA to Ohio to Saskatchewan.

    Just trying to help out.

  • Conan_Lybarian
    Posts: 165

    We're lucky enough to have been running our campaign on Skype and video/chat since the beginning, so the play style itself hasn't really missed a beat. That being said, all of our work situations are different. I'm in the U.S. in Ohio, which just went on "Stay at home" lock down a week ago. Being "essential" though, I'm still putting in the hours.The rest of my group is all different however. It's changed our focuses and how we're able to spend our time, free or otherwise, in general.

    If you haven't tried it before, I recommend trying the "theater of the mind" style skype or Roll20 play. I regularly use screen share and other stuff online. It might take a session or 2, but if you're used to in person play, it really isn't that dissimilar. Plus, it's a good way to get your players to more activly view the campaign. I've started planning little easter eggs to hide around the portal for them to find.

    And everyone should check ou play by post! It really is a great way to do do this. Especially with so many group dynamics being changed and up in the air right now.

  • cgregory
    Posts: 761

    In my case, it looks like i'll be doubling the number of games i usually run. We have been using roll20 and discord for voice since roll20 voice and video only work some of the time.

    It has been working fairly well.

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