Roleplaying has certainly evolved over the years and, of course, online play has taken the hobby even further. I was slow to appreciating sites like roll20 and fantasy grounds, and to be honest, my preference will always be an in-person tabletop experience, but I am coming around.
The biggest advantage is being able to play with friends that are not hometown adjacent. We’ve two Oak Hill Dungeons & Dragons Club members who live out of State: Mike in Louisiana and Steve in Illinois.
Steve makes it to our monthly game sessions at the Odd Fellows Lodge, but I acknowledge that it’s a hardship for him. Mike comes up a couple of times a year, for which we are all grateful.
Roll20 is a fantastic alternative to gathering around the table. It affords these far-flung friends a place in the game, but it also adds those Club members who live upwards of thirty minutes away a chance to relax in the comfort of their homes and slay beasties in their pajamas.
A close second in the advantage stakes is maps and minis. I’m something of a Photoshop and Cartography junkie, so being able to build custom maps and tokens and upload them to our roll20 gallery opens up a whole new arsenal to our game sessions.
Also, not lugging multiple crates to and from our Lodge is a major plus. It’s all there on my laptop, ready to go.
Roll20 also has built in player record sheets, journals, and a wealth of pre-gen tokens and encounter maps, all which can be accessed on the fly.
Add to that Modiphius’ announcement that roll20 will be supporting Robert E. Howard’s Conan: Adventures in an Age Undreamed Of and you can readily see why I’m finally coming to terms with our roll20 adventures.
Besides, I still get to satisfy my need for table play. Connor, my 12 year old son, is DMing for me on Wednesdays and on Fridays I DM an OHD&DC: Next Generation game with Connor, Brent’s son Kasey (13) and Brent’s nephew Jaden (11).
I will forever prefer being gathered around a table with my friends, but roll20 is a fantastic alternative that I am not only coming to terms with, but I am finally embracing.