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Old Gaming Group Get Togethers - RonO's Ramblings

Jul. 21st, 2010 10:29 am Old Gaming Group Get Togethers

On the Christian Gamers Guild e-list, there has been a thread discussing recapturing the gaming experiences of our youth.  One participant mentioned that he will every year or so get together with his old gaming group for a day of nostalgic gaming (i.e. a day ignoring more adult responsibilities).

I’ll admit that I’ve had similar thoughts on occasion, but have been blocked by the simple logistical issue of the fact that, between the two long-term gaming groups I’ve been involved with, I have friends in (at least) Colorado, New Mexico, Illinois, both peninsulas of Michigan and (I think still) northern Virginia – oddly many of whom I’m in touch with via various social networks.  Of course I’m in southern California with just my family (and new friends), of course.

But, I also keep wondering if there would be a way  do this by telepresence.   We are still a long way from the kind of telepresence described in the book I just finished yesterday (The Naked Sun) which would be almost ideal.

But, I’m thinking that we aren’t quite there yet without specialized – that is expensive – networking setups.  We are close to the point that there are either free servers or pier to pier setups that will allow for multiple voice and video connections at one time, but I think most of the ones that really do this are still pay-to-use for businesses.

Still it would be fun to schedule some day when one – or both (that would be interesting) – of these groups could get together by video conference for a day-long gaming session.

Maybe in a year or two when multi-party video conferencing is commonplace.



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From:graht
Date:July 21st, 2010 09:08 pm (UTC)
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There are quite a few virtual table tops out there, some for pay, some for free, and they seem to be getting better. I haven't tried one yet but I know a few people online that have and while it took a while to get used to the experience (voice lag being the most notable) they like it.

http://www.d20pro.com/

http://www.fantasygrounds.com/
From:johnridley
Date:July 21st, 2010 09:27 pm (UTC)
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I dunno, just regular old skype works pretty well for a 2 way conference. It's not telepresence, but it's probably a good start.

I dunno, I did exactly one gaming (D&D) run in college and didn't really get into it. It wasn't a bad run either, others that were in it and were experienced gamers said it was a good run. I just didn't really get into it. I sat in as an observer on Shadowrun and a few others over the years, and didn't really like those either.
From:randy_smith2
Date:July 23rd, 2010 05:31 pm (UTC)
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It would be fun to get together with former gaming groups. The one I would like most to see together again is currently spread out all over North America. I seriously doubt that we would ever all be in the same place again at one time. Our party has been trapped beneath the Mountains of Madness with a bunch of evil Lovecraftian nasties just outside the door since about 1982.