So I'm aware there are many VTT programs out there: Rolld20, Maptools, Fantasy Grounds, and probably many more.
So here's our setup: We never play online; it's always a local game, and we always have the interactive PDFs downloaded from Paizo for the appropriate AP.
So we've got a laptop, and we've got a big-screen TV, and we'd like to display the maps on the wall so the players have a better understanding of where they are and what they're seeing.
REQUIREMENT #1: Display only the portions of the map that the PCs have already explored.
- I tried this using the "free" method (showing the PDF in Adobe Reader and putting a bunch of Notepad windows to hide what they haven't seen) and it's totally untenable. I'd like something where the software either recognizes "rooms" or lets me mask them off in a "sensible" way. I'd like to take under an hour to prep a map for display.
ALMOST A REQUIREMENT #1: An interactive battle mat where I can show where each PC/enemy is and move them with a simple, "Drag the icon to the new square."
NICE FEATURE I'M LOOKING FOR #1: If I enter difficult/impassible terrain on the map and each creature's movement speed and movement type, the software shows me where each creature can move during its turn.
NICE FEATURE I'M LOOKING FOR #2: If I enter a creature's senses and the lighting for the map, the software shows me what each creature can see.
I've heard that Rolld20 will do all this for me, but I've also heard people singing the praises of Fantasy Grounds, so before spending hours researching on my own, I figured I'd tap the wonderful Paizo community-at-large to get opinions.