Guest Blog: Online Region Resources part 1

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Time for your weekly check in! Place a comment below letting us know how you are holding up. Now, more than ever, we need our communities and relationships to help us weather the tumult, and we have an awesome community. Speaking of awesome, our Online Region venture-officers stepped up to the call for support! For the past few weeks, as the Friendly, Local, Game Stores shuttered due to government mandates, the online venture-officers helped their physical region counterparts move games, and entire conventions, online. The online VOs ran training sessions, compiled resources, and answered questions. They are the experts, and as such, I asked them to guest author today’s blogs. Due to the length, we split their responses into two. This blog focuses on play-by-post (PbP) benefits and experiences, as well as ways play Pathfinder Adventure Card Game online. Tomorrow’s blog focuses on virtual tabletops (VTTs) and general links and resources. If you missed Payton’s blog about home gaming options on Tuesday, I recommend you check it out, as it is a great overview of the online resources available to gamers!

I’m turning the blog over and will see you next week for our first of the month Spotlight blog.

From Jesse Davis (IronHelixx), Regional Venture-Coordinator, Online Region:

Watching the virtual gaming space adapt, evolve, and grow over the last thirty+ years has been an interesting and exciting experience. It's grown from simple, kludgy, rudimentary tools to realistic 2-D, and even 3-D, tabletop experiences rivaling its analog progenitors, and even exceeding them in certain aspects. The virtual tabletop has allowed friends and family spread wide-and-far to continue, or even begin, their campaigns that otherwise would never have happened; its allowed people from all over the world to “sit” at virtual-tables together in ways impossible in the past; allowed those with no access to game-spaces to play when they would otherwise be without; and extended opportunities for those unable to attend conventions to finally take part in such events from the comfy confines of their own homes. Watching the org-play opportunities explode online over the last decade has been even more exciting to watch. The online world is now a vibrant 24/7, 365 community filled with gaming opportunities, for every system and style of play that you can imagine. We look forward to where it goes from here - and look forward to you joining us and becoming part of the virtual gaming community we love so much.

Play-by-Post

One of the best kept secrets Pathfinder is the Online Community. Not every community or individual has an established group of players or Lodge within a reasonable distance of them. This is what led me in search of online Pathfinder games several years ago. I came across Play-by-Post on the Paizo website and a very helpful and fun community. With games more than 2+ hours away from my home I was able to easily find games within the online Play-by-Post community. While they may take a bit longer (One post a day) than a traditional face to face game I can put more effort into the actual roleplaying aspect which helps enrich the purpose of our games. At first it might seem a bit overwhelming, but it is incredibly easy, and we have a great and wonderful community that will help guide you each step of the way. Come and join us for a game during these trying times. Locations can be found below:


PbP Lodges (Play-by-Post):

  1. PFS 1E Flaxseed Lodge
  2. PFS 2E Cottonseed Lodge
  3. SFS Castamir's Flaxseed Station Lodge
  4. RPG Geek Lodge
  5. Mythweavers Lodge

Play-by-Discord Lodges

  1. Roll for Combat (Play-by-Discord)
  2. Cosmic Crittermanders (Play-by-Discord)

— Derek Larsen (Tyranius), venture-captain PbP

Play-by-post gaming was the one thing that kept me playing Pathfinder and roleplaying games in general. It started about 15 years ago when I moved away from the metro Boston area. I left a land of plenty when it came to game stores and places to engage in my favorite hobby to a place where few opportunities existed. So, I started getting into virtual tabletop games to satisfy my need to play. Then I started to have a family, one child then two, the third and fourth followed. Now with a full family and more responsibilities in my career, the time to set aside four or five hours at a time was no longer there. Play-by-post gaming which I had dabbled in before seemed like the natural solution. I found the Pathfinder Society group on Myth Weavers and jumped right in. Played a few games to get my feet wet, then tried my hand at GMing when I was ready. Fast forward a few years and our first VA had to leave his post and that when I was picked to step into the VO corps. While I play and GM on Paizo as well, my focus is on the smaller lodges. There may not always be a game mustering when you get there but stop in some time at RPG Geek or Myth weavers and say hello. Tell us what you are interested in playing and maybe someone will be happy to help you find a game. We’ll certainly be willing to show you the ropes. Figuring out the post formats may take some getting used to, but we'll guide you along until you get used to it.
— Michael Hallet, venture-lieutenant PbP

If a face-to-face roleplaying session is like exploring the set of a big-budget movie, a Play-by-Post or PbP game is akin to living inside the pages of a great book. PbP evokes the literary roots of fantasy gaming. And just as you are unlikely to digest an entire book in one sitting, you can play a PbP game as much, or as little, as you like throughout the day and weeks. The text format and slower pacing allow time to experience vivid, detailed descriptions, deep, internal monologues, and shrewd, sharp-witted negotiations. When I play via PbP, my bards' songs are more lyrical, my androids’ computations are more analytical, my clerics are more prayerful, and my gnomes are more playful. My insightful envoy can readily pick up on the thoughts in the room. My crazed, mad witch usually has a song running through her head. My incompetent witchwyrd spy always finds his well-planned schemes becoming thwarted by his more savvy, fellow party members. My pompous, scholarly wizard spouts out facts with Wikipedia-like knowledge. And whenever someone speaks to her, my wise-cracking ysoki always-- always-- has the perfect, instant comeback. Indeed, if one didn't know any better, they'd almost think that she'd taken several hours, perhaps even days, to come up with it.
— Lysle Kappventure-agent PbP

I first became involved in RPGs several decades ago though I did not have my first Organized Play experience until August 2017. I had a great local community to play with and within a year I had GMed my first game, attended my first PaizoCon, and discovered Play-by-Post (PbP). The online community was just as welcoming and supportive, and I discovered PbP provides the ideal environment to improve my roleplaying and GMing skills. It also provides an opportunity to play with others in very many areas of the world and without needing to commit a significant single block of time or share a time zone. I have since begun to enjoy the different benefits of online VTT (virtual table top) play, also with an international group of players. I am happy and honored to be a part of the team that helps provide structure for our Online Organized Play community.
— Katrina Hennessy, venture-agent PbP

Though I didn’t participate in my first Play-by-Post under the Organized Play umbrella until 2015 I’d discovered the format nearly a year and a half earlier by random chance and pretty quickly fell in love. Some of my fellow Venture Officers have already laid out many of the wonderful advantages to be found by playing online such as flexibility, convenience, and expanded opportunities for roleplay. Yet the one that has been the most meaningful in a personal sense is that Play-by-Post has allowed me to find my own voice and tap into a sense of creativity that I never knew I had, all through the power of writing and cooperative storytelling. It allows me to be the things I want to be and express myself in a way that I’ve always had a difficult time doing at face-to-face tables. The feeling this gives me is something that I wouldn’t trade for the world - and it’s a feeling that I’d love to share with others. So, if Play-by-Post sounds appealing to you, please drop in at any of the lodges and say hello! We’d love to meet you and help you get started.
— Kristin Wilhite, venture-agent PbP

Pathfinder Adventure Card Game

While our colleagues over in the roleplaying game space have many options for where and how to run their games, the Pathfinder Adventure Card Game is understandably more constrained… after all, PACG cards don’t fall under the Open Gaming License. Despite this, Paizo has been more than willing to work with those of us who don’t have the time or opportunity to meet in face-to-face space to play this game that many of us are very passionate about. Over the past year or so the online PACG community has been consistently growing. To handle that growth an online system, which can be found at acg.orgplayonline.org, has been created to allow for games to be played through play-by-post on the Paizo forums. This system is still in its relative infancy, but it allows games to be run by a “box runner” (or BR), with that BR posting updates to the forums and players posting their actions and a summary of their current hand. You can see an example of one of these games, where BR AAUGHWHY has been running myself and others through all 6 adventures of the Season of Tapestry Tide here.

For more info on how this all works, check out the second half of this blog post which gives a high-level overview. If you’re interested in trying out one of these games, I recommend checking out the Flaxseed On Deck Lodge. There we have instructions on how to get involved as well as other resources that can help you get started with building your character deck to play online.

In addition to our play-by-post system, we’ve been authorized for the time being to allow for other methods of play. Some of our player base has had luck with running games using web cameras, with players using the PACG Wiki to reference cards they acquire and may not have physical copies of. We’re also looking into additional options, so please feel free to post in the Flaxseed On Deck Lodge discussion thread if you’d like to propose or ask about other options.

We very much look forward to having you join us in playing PACG online!
—Tyler Beck, venture-captain online ACG

I got involved in Play-by-Post for Pathfinder Adventure Card Game a few years ago because my schedule does not always allow me to take large blocks of time to play with my local group. That makes it difficult for me to attend regularly and complete a campaign with them. What I like about play-by-post is that it can be done anywhere, and it takes less time out of my day spread out over a week rather than all in one afternoon. Basically, it's been a convenient way to get a little dose of ACG on a regular basis without straining my schedule. Another part of the online play-by-post I have enjoyed is that it allows players to connect from all over the world.

Something somewhat unique to play-by-post for the card game is that some players choose to roleplay their turns. This is not required by any means but is sometimes a nice way to add flavor to turns that I have never seen at a face-to-face card game session. Here’s an example from Amaryllis meeting a Treachery Demon, or Lem fighting a Cultist.

We have many helpful players so don’t be afraid to check out the resources Tyler provided and ask questions as needed. We were all new to the online format and/or card game at one point or another!
—Race Dorsey, venture-agent online ACG

A huge thank you to Online Regional Venture-Coordinator Jesse Davis and his team for assisting our community and sharing their knowledge!

See you tomorrow for the second half. Until then – Explore, Report, Cooperate!

Tonya Woldridge
Organized Play Manager

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Use the lodge links in the blog to find us, say hi and start gaming with an extraordinary community of people around the world.

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Thank you Tonya, Jesse, and team for putting this together!

1/5 Venture-Agent, Online—PbP aka Lysle

Lysle wrote:
When I play via PbP, my bards' songs are more lyrical, my androids’ computations are more analytical, my clerics are more prayerful, and my gnomes are more playful. My insightful envoy can readily pick up on the thoughts in the room. My crazed, mad witch usually has a song running through her head. My incompetent witchwyrd spy always finds his well-planned schemes becoming thwarted by his more savvy, fellow party members. My pompous, scholarly wizard spouts out facts with Wikipedia-like knowledge. And whenever someone speaks to her, my wise-cracking ysoki always-- always-- has the perfect, instant comeback. Indeed, if one didn't know any better, they'd almost think that she'd taken several hours, perhaps even days, to come up with it.

Realizing that I should have given examples, here is a list of the PCs referenced above (NOTE: These posts may contain minor spoilers for the scenarios indicated):

Quecksworth, the lyrical bard (Fall of Plaguestone);

Sev-, the analytical android (Acts of Association);

Vulf, the prayerful cleric (The Night March of Kalkamedes);

Flitweather, the playful gnome (The Beacon Code);

Navasi, the insightful envoy (The Commencement);

Galethea, the mad, crazed witch (Master of the Fallen Fortress);

Morvruul, the incompetent, witchwyrd spy (Ashes of Discovery);

Golthwur, the pompous, scholarly wizard (Assault on the Kingdom of the Impossible); and

"Mincey", the wise-cracking ysoki (Acts of Association).

Hopefully, one or more of these characters will have a chance of sharing a table with one of yours soon! Come join the fun!

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Two-part post talking about very different things but are both nonetheless a bit ramble-y.

How I’m Holding Up:
Tonya wrote:
Place a comment below letting us know how you are holding up.

Honestly, not too great. I was suddenly thrown off the deep end as I found out that my college was switching to online classes from face-to-face. I’m a mechanical engineering major, and I had/have a design project for a device that’ll go through an obstacle course, so…yeah. My anxiety has been going haywire as I’ve been realizing that I’ve had to put so much on my own shoulders, and I’m not even sure what due dates are even valid anymore because even the instructors are scrambling to get everything done. Not to mention that this was the semester where I had to retake a class to get my GPA up 0.2 points so I can transfer from a community college to a proper college and keep going in my major. I was preparing to have a nice, relaxing spring break where I didn’t have to worry about anything (did some assignments ahead of time to do this), and then (entschuldige mein Deutsch) s@#& hit the fan extremely hard when we not only had the COVID thing, but also got hit by a freaking 5.7 earthquake! (Not that I experienced it; I slept through it)

And even through all of this, I’m not even completely self-isolated, because I work helping physically disabled passengers at the nearby airport, and they haven’t postponed my job, because it is not something that can really be done since the airports don’t close and those who are unable to walk those absurdly long distances to their next gate are still traveling. We’re taking precautions to minimize contamination and such, but I still work at a Delta hub and am thus within 6’ of conservatively twenty people on the days that I do work.

I’ve even felt isolated by my faith, because my religion has done a worldwide postponement of Sunday public worship services until further notice, which is unprecedented. Through everything I’ve been praying that everything will turn out well, but there’s just this growing dread hanging over me that keeps seeming to overtake me. I know that I’m usually pessimistic, but right now more than ever I just feel overwhelmed.

That said, there has been a few silver linings: I was pleasantly surprised to find that I only needed two-and-a-half gallons of gas in my car after only a week (I fill up every week), and the pollution levels have been at a significant low because…no one’s going anywhere. I’ve been getting a bit more sleep than usual because I can wake up about an hour later than I usually do. And my dog sticking his face right next to me while I'm stressed from school is a great feeling of bliss.

Nevertheless, I’m just sitting at home, finished with my schoolwork, listening to music, and waiting on one of my teammates for the design project to see what their plan is with the reworked rubric. All the while, I’ve been trying to keep to my normal schedule, trying to do everything that I have been, just in a different environs, and it’s been very difficult to adjust.

PbP:
So I’ve only been in the TTRPG scene for about three years and exclusively play stuff by Paizo, but I would like to embellish a bit on the glory of Play-by-Post.

So, I heard about it a bit off-handedly from a good gaming buddy of mine and basically said “Why not,” because I had just finished running All for Immortality for my F2F group where we were confined to a specific amount of time before one of my players had to leave for Taiwan, and because of it I felt that I didn’t do the scenarios justice because of the time constraint. Because of this, I decided to, as my first legitimate venture into PbP, run All for Immortality on hard mode, with Michael Hallet actually being one of my players. I’ve since realized just how much PbP helps me.

To explain, I have high-functioning autism (formerly known as Aspergers [and I hate that that’s technically the full official diagnosis]), serious anxiety, and some OCD symptoms, and I have problems with speaking. Like, I can talk just fine, it’s just that I tend to think too much about what I’m trying to say as I’m saying it, so I end up stumbling over my words as I’m trying to get my thoughts organized. This hasn’t been a huge dealbreaker for GMing, because most of the time it’s me reading box-text and spouting off rulings I already know, but there are the occasional times when I try to go off-the-cuff to explain something to my players and end up spending an entire minute to try and spit out “the size difference is the equivalent between me and an elephant.” PbP has given me the ability to actually collect my thoughts and be able to gather them all together before “speaking” because of just how it works. For the longest time I could never even consider running a horror adventure because I was afraid of breaking immersion by trying to say something and tripping over my words, but now I’m actually running a 2e conversion of the Strange Aeons AP all because PbP has allowed me the chance to get all of my ducks in a row before “speaking” and not feel like a fool for trying to find the right word.

I’ve had so much fun with PbP, and to a certain extent it’s actually helped my ADHD because I can basically do it whenever and wherever and be able to siphon off my energy in chunks rather than all at once on game night with my F2F groups. Admittedly, it does have a bit of a steep learning curve because of the coding, but once you figure that out it’s honestly not that bad.

By another coin, VTT has allowed me to continue playing with one of my best friends after they moved to the other side of the world, and even to this day when we gather together for our AP group (currently going through Tyrant’s Grasp), we are still able to play “F2F” because he calls in for our game and tunes in to Roll20 with the rest of us while we sit on the couch and look at the map on one of my other players’s TV. It’s been a real blessing.

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There are tears in my eyes, because of how much my beloved online region has grown, and how lovely its leadership is. Thank you all for all the hard work you have put in. I am so glad that we have become the safe way that gamers can maintain community -- a harbor for all of us in these troubled times.

You are all so wonderful!

Hmm

Grand Lodge 5/5 5/55/5 Venture-Lieutenant, California—San Francisco Bay Area North & East

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Thanks for all the hard work you all (including you, Hilary!) put in to making the online lodges the wonderful communities they are today. The PbP boards are easily my favorite part of the forums, and are one of the friendliest, most welcoming corners of the internet I know. Cheers!

Sovereign Court 4/5 5/5 Venture-Lieutenant, Netherlands—Leiden aka Ascalaphus

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Hmm wrote:

There are tears in my eyes, because of how much my beloved online region has grown, and how lovely its leadership is. Thank you all for all the hard work you have put in. I am so glad that we have become the safe way that gamers can maintain community -- a harbor for all of us in these troubled times.

You are all so wonderful!

Hmm

It wouldn't be possible for it to grow so fast now, without all the effort that went into it before.


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Woohoo! Glad to see the PACG shoutouts! We're a fun community, come play with us!

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How I’m Holding Up, Part 2:
As a continuation of my previous post, today I just showed up to work, clocked in, and was told that I wasn’t on the schedule for some reason. Manager was asked and it turns out that they don’t have the availability to allow folks to only work for four hours a day (I’m an unathletic, full-time college student working in a job that requires a lot of exercise; four hour shifts are all I can physically and mentally manage). So I just showed up to work to be told “I guess we’re laying you off for the time being.” So....yeah. That happened.

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How am I holding up? Well, let's see... Most of the games are being filtered through Warhorn, which is to say, you have to register through Warhorn and Warhorn is not ADA compliant and, as a blind player, that means I can't access them. So, my social isolation (something I already experience in this community quite a bit) has become more complete because, often times (although not always) when I ask if I can register in other ways, I'm ignored or told that I'm mistaken because well they know one or two blind people they've played with that sign up for their games (but when these people are asked for assistance on how to navigate Warhorn, they are mute -- suggesting they either aren't blind or they aren't accessing Warhorn themselves). I've tried using pbp on Paizo's website for the first time this Con and was berated and told that it wasn't Paizo's problematic website code this person's individual misunderstanding of how a screen reader works but, rather, JAWS' programmers not doing their job correctly... Freedom Scientific has been in the business since the 1970s; adaptive tech, like screen readers are the reason you have things like laptops, cell phones, tablets and the like... but they don't know what they're about... No, Paizo hasn't completely complied with the law yet -- and that's OK, mistakes happen. What we don't do, folks, is berate the messenger because one doesn't happen to like the message.

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Gnome5663, that sounds awful! Let's make this better now. I am going to cast 'Summon Venture Officer', so that we can get the Online Team to this discussion to help you.

If you can read and post on the forums, theoretically we can PBP with you. I would love to have you come join one of our games. I have a game of Absalom Initiation going on right now for newcomers to PBP that only just recently started. I would be happy inviting you to my game if you don't mind coming in after the opening mission briefing / party scene.

As for VTTs, Minnesota does not use Warhorn. We use Meetup for our signups, but if that does not work, Minnesota would love to have you come join us. We can probably help you get set up for games happening throughout the week. My group, Dreamers, does their game on Wednesday nights, but there other games happening at different times.

Minnesota Organized Play Meetup

And here is a link to Minnesota's discord channel: https://discord.gg/Yr8AJXF

Come to our Discord, tell us that you're blind and want into a game, and mention that @Hmm sent you. The @ symbol will call out my name, and make sure that I see you!

QUESTION: Is Discord ADA compliant? We would love to keep you gaming. If it is compliant, there is PBP on Discord, and we could probably arrange for you to join a PBP discord lodge and have a VA get you settled into a game.

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Hmm wrote:

Gnome5663, that sounds awful! Let's make this better now. I am going to cast 'Summon Venture Officer', so that we can get the Online Team to this discussion to help you.

If you can read and post on the forums, theoretically we can PBP with you. I would love to have you come join one of our games. I have a game of Absalom Initiation going on right now for newcomers to PBP that only just recently started. I would be happy inviting you to my game if you don't mind coming in after the opening mission briefing / party scene.

As for VTTs, Minnesota does not use Warhorn. We use Meetup for our signups, but if that does not work, Minnesota would love to have you come join us. We can probably help you get set up for games happening throughout the week. My group, Dreamers, does their game on Wednesday nights, but there other games happening at different times.

Minnesota Organized Play Meetup

And here is a link to Minnesota's discord channel: https://discord.gg/Yr8AJXF

Come to our Discord, tell us that you're blind and want into a game, and mention that @Hmm sent you. The @ symbol will call out my name, and make sure that I see you!

QUESTION: Is Discord ADA compliant? We would love to keep you gaming. If it is compliant, there is PBP on Discord, and we could probably arrange for you to join a PBP discord lodge and have a VA get you settled into a game.

Been using Discord for quite some time (started using it for WoW) and, while its not perfect (nothing is), they've made it compliant enough that I can use it for pbd and just comms in general.

And, thank you, for inviting me to the game... been cooped up for a little over 2 months now so trying to keep busy -- so if you have a seat at that Absalom Initiation table... yeah, I'd like to come in.. Don't know anything about Meetup but will check it out later. Thank you.

Grand Lodge 4/5 Venture-Captain, California—Sacramento aka FLite

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Gnome5663, if you join the Discord Hmm mentioned, I can see if I can pull together a table of 1-01 for you. Just let me know and we will figure out a time.

I would love to hear how you handle tactical scenes and any advice you have on making tactical scenes more accessible as I have never GMed for a blind player and want to make sure it is a positive experience.

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Thank you, Jared! You're awesome!

Gnome, how many PF2 characters do you have? Do you want to do a session of 1-01 in PBP and one in VTT, or just do the VTT option that Jared is offering? I'm open either way!

If you decide to join my game, my PBP table's discussion page is here: Hmm's Half-Elf Absalom Initiation discussion.

The Gameplay is here: Hmm's Half-Elf Absalom Initiation gameplay

Do you have an online version of your character sheet anywhere that I can reference? I figure that we will have to figure out tactical things as we go, and I may have to level up my GM descriptions so that we handle the maps well.

Hmm

Dark Archive 4/5 Venture-Captain, Online—PbP aka Tyranius

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Gnome5663 wrote:
How am I holding up? Well, let's see... Most of the games are being filtered through Warhorn, which is to say, you have to register through Warhorn and Warhorn is not ADA compliant and, as a blind player, that means I can't access them. So, my social isolation (something I already experience in this community quite a bit) has become more complete because, often times (although not always) when I ask if I can register in other ways, I'm ignored or told that I'm mistaken because well they know one or two blind people they've played with that sign up for their games (but when these people are asked for assistance on how to navigate Warhorn, they are mute -- suggesting they either aren't blind or they aren't accessing Warhorn themselves). I've tried using pbp on Paizo's website for the first time this Con and was berated and told that it wasn't Paizo's problematic website code this person's individual misunderstanding of how a screen reader works but, rather, JAWS' programmers not doing their job correctly... Freedom Scientific has been in the business since the 1970s; adaptive tech, like screen readers are the reason you have things like laptops, cell phones, tablets and the like... but they don't know what they're about... No, Paizo hasn't completely complied with the law yet -- and that's OK, mistakes happen. What we don't do, folks, is berate the messenger because one doesn't happen to like the message.

@Gnome5663- HMM Summoned me. I sent you a PM to see what we can do to better accommodate PbP here on the Paizo forums for you. :)

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Discord just posted this in today's update:

Discord wrote:


We’ve made several improvements to how Screen Readers interact with Discord. These include:

All the big parts of the main app screen are now region landmarks so you can jump between them more easily.

Things that kind of seemed like lists before are now actually marked as lists (whoops): Channels, Members, DMs, and Messages are more structured now. The whole server list is now a tree view to make it easier to find the server you want to view next.

You can now more easily tell when a server or channel has mentioned you or has unread messages, distinguish between different types of channels and categories, know how many people are in a voice channel, and more.

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Jared Thaler wrote:

Gnome5663, if you join the Discord Hmm mentioned, I can see if I can pull together a table of 1-01 for you. Just let me know and we will figure out a time.

I would love to hear how you handle tactical scenes and any advice you have on making tactical scenes more accessible as I have never GMed for a blind player and want to make sure it is a positive experience.

By "tactical" I'm presuming you mean combat scenes and that's relatively simple. What I tell GMs is that the easiest way to describe a combat situation is the way the blind and the military do it; it's basically a clock system. You use the person as the center of a clock. 12 o'clock is straight ahead; 6 o'clock (i.e. on your 6) is directly behind you; 3 o'clock is directly to the right; and, 9 o'clock is directly to the left and so on. From there you just simply add distances. So, for example, GM Hmmm is at 1 o'clock about 10ft away fighting a skeleton. At 2 and about 15 ft, there's a pair of wolves chomping on Jesse Davis who is prone and bleeding. Directly at your 6, KingTrey is fending off a zombie. And, from your position, you can see a pack of 5 more wolves headed in fast (positioned between 8 and 9 in a v-like formation) they're about 60 feet away. What would you like to do?

Grand Lodge 4/5 Venture-Lieutenant, Arizona—Phoenix aka TriOmegaZero

Thank you for sharing these tips. I will put them in my toolbox for any future games.

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