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[#] Sat Jun 25 2011 23:13:31 EDT from fleeb

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Well, Girthta and I have been playing D&D lately, at least a little.

And it kind of inspired me, for some reason, to write a program to handle dice rolls. I still have more ridiculous plans for this thing than where it is now, but if you're interested in looking at it on a Windows machine:

http://dl.dropbox.com/u/7845298/DiceRoll.exe

[#] Mon Jun 27 2011 12:17:18 EDT from Ford II

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yeah like any corporate firewall in the world will let me download an exe file... :-)

[#] Fri Jul 01 2011 00:28:19 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar

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Seriously, you need to have a program running in The Cloud (tm) that rolls the dice for you and then tells all of your friends the result of every single roll, whether they care or not. If they're not online it needs to alert them on their mobile devices. Clould, mobile, and social are all the rage right now.

Which makes it that much more fun to shut the damn computer off and play some D&D. I sure do miss playing, that's for sure.

[#] Fri Jul 01 2011 15:55:26 EDT from Ladyhawke

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Fun game.  And coolest dice in existance.



[#] Fri Jul 01 2011 16:46:01 EDT from fleeb

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Oh, that's an idea. I wonder how easy it would be to create dice from ice.

[#] Fri Jul 01 2011 18:09:56 EDT from Ford II

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and endless sales route.

speaking of cloud does anybody else here use salesforce?
they recently got all socialy and now they have a 'chatter' thing which allows a string of commentary on just about any page for any item, and by default shows up on the top of your pages and emails you a daily digest.
incredibly annoying.
and of course it autogenerates messages every time you do something like update a case or assign it.

[#] Tue Jul 05 2011 00:43:04 EDT from wizard of aahz

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We use salesforce. We're getting rid of it. We're not fans.

[#] Tue Jul 05 2011 15:44:37 EDT from Ladyhawke

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Used it at my last gig....not a fan, either.  On the other hand, it was slightly less annoying than CRM...



[#] Fri Jul 08 2011 11:02:04 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar

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So are we going to play the Salesforce RPG or what?

[#] Fri Jul 08 2011 14:30:10 EDT from Ladyhawke

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Do we get to over-run it with zombies?



[#] Sat Jul 09 2011 02:17:15 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar

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Well yeah, otherwise what would be the point?

It'll be just like the game "Maul of America" except, um, in the cloud or something.



[#] Mon Jul 11 2011 13:14:32 EDT from Ladyhawke

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Cloud Mauling...don't forget to power-up your lightning strikes!



[#] Thu Aug 11 2011 23:14:34 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar

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I wonder if the advent of cheap multipoint videoconferencing has given rise to long distance roleplaying gaming sessions? I know that we dreamed of being able to do that someday, nearly two decades ago, when circumstances scattered our group to the four winds...

[#] Fri Aug 12 2011 00:32:16 EDT from Sig

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I wonder if the advent of cheap multipoint videoconferencing has given

rise to long distance roleplaying gaming sessions? I know that we
dreamed of being able to do that someday, nearly two decades ago, when

circumstances scattered our group to the four winds...

we have contemplated it with our current group as the ferries get more and more pricy.

[#] Fri Aug 12 2011 07:45:19 EDT from fleeb

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Well, theres this:

http://www.d20pro.com/

Girthta and I have used this software with a Skype session to some reasonable success (after getting past a learning curve).


Also, the company behind the original D&D system have been working towards more online tools:

http://www.wizards.com/DnD/

I'm just not sure how many people you can get into a decent session, but I don't think you necessarily need to see each other as much as hear each other. In fact, in some ways, it enhances the imagination a little more to hear each other and not see.

[#] Sat Aug 13 2011 09:51:21 EDT from Sig

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We would probably need something a little more vendor-neutral than what WotC is going to offer; actual DnD is relatively rare. There are a lot of products out there that look interesting and possibly helpful, but we havent' really started digging yet. I'm a big fan of not driving home for an hour at the end of a gaming session, regardless of ferry prices...

[#] Sat Aug 13 2011 14:07:10 EDT from the_mgt

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I'd favour the atmosphere of sitting together in some living room. But I do understand the arguments about transporting prices and duration.

What about gathering two crowds in two living rooms and connect them via voice? Maybe Wii chat? There is no video chat for wii, iirc, sadly. Also, some fancy display table with touch interface might be handy...



[#] Sat Aug 13 2011 15:10:46 EDT from Sig

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I think it's worth exploring, but I'm probably going to have to be the one to push it and play with it. If I ever get to actually trying it out, I'll be sure to share my experiences.

[#] Sun Aug 14 2011 17:32:15 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar

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Two crowds in two living rooms sounds more like what I had in mind 20 years ago. At the time there would have been two groups roughly 150 miles (241.4 km) apart. I had envisioned a traditional purpose-built system where two tables, each with a camera and screen on one end, would end up appearing as a single table in effect.

On the other hand, with Google+ Hangouts the screen automatically switches to the camera of whomever is talking, so that could be cool too. As long as everyone's honest about their dice rolls :)

[#] Mon Aug 15 2011 10:13:51 EDT from wizard of aahz

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This is where you make fleeb's dice application viewable to everyone.

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