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Kickstarter Highlight – Strongholds and Streaming by Matt Colville

It’s been a while since we’ve done a Kickstarter article, but here’s one that caught me by the eye and the wallet.

I may have mentioned that I am a fan of Matthew Colville, a writer, DM, and YouTuber and the writer of the Critical Role official comic book. I may have mentioned it repeatedly to anyone who will listen. So when I discover he has a Kickstarter in mind I was all kinds of ready to lay my money on the table, it would inevitably be Dungeons & Dragons oriented, and worth the money.

Strongholds and Streaming is a two-part project:



Game Preview: Death Wish

So, first of all, we want to say massive congratulations to Jason from Sketchy Games on his recent successful Kickstarter campaign finally raising a massive £21,000 from an original target of £10,000 from 654 backers. The  game is due to be printed sometime this year with the copies due to be shipped sometime in January 2017. The print and play version is designed for 2-5 players and has 141 cards which consist of:


Roll20 Campaigns

Roll20I’ve briefly discussed the website Roll20 on here in the past, but I’ve never looked at the system for running or playing on a campaign. Recently, I have been getting involved in a Numenera campaign with some friends. Whilst I won’t be showing anything that’s happening from that campaign, I will show you what Roll20 does and how you can make the most out of the amazing tabletop platform.

Roll20 was designed to allow people across the world to have a virtual tabletop. Unlike Tabletop Simulator, Roll20 aims to provide an easy way to integrate your camera and microphone, as well as an environment fit for running an RPG campaign. It’s used by tens of thousands of people and the community is really buzzing, full of wonderful campaigns and rooms ready for people to jump right into.

Looking For Group Roll20

To play a game in Roll20, you have two main options: Form a group with your friends, as you would in real life and have one of them be the DM, or use the Looking For Group system. This matchmaking system simply allows you to find and select a game to go and join. Of course, DMs can decide not to put their game on the LFG system, so it’s not like you’ll always be running a campaign and some random person shows up!

Okay, but what about for the DMs and the players? Thankfully, whenever you need to do a roll, you can do this within the Roll20 Campaign itself, by simply going to the chatbox and typing in /r d20. That will roll one 20-sided dice, which is useful to know, but as you can imagine, just rolling one 20-sided dice alone isn’t particularly useful. Instead, you can do combinations of things such as /r 5d6 to roll five 6-sided dice. It’s an intuitive system and you can have 3D dice appear on your screen to accommodate it, should you want so see something physically rolling. You can also make macros of your spells and abilities. For example, if I said I wanted to use Firebolt, which was 2d8 with a 50% chance of burning, I could have it so my character says out loud: Firebolt! Rolls 2d8 and immediately after rolls a d2. This speeds up the flow of gameplay, allowing you all to focus more on the story.


I rolled a few too many…

In the world itself, you can build up your campaigns by managing the three layers: Tokens, Maps and Tiles, Portraits and there’s also an Everything option. This allows you to search the internet for specific things. For example, in the campaign I’ve been building as an example, you’ll see Pikachu and Dugtrio standing on Kanto. The Kanto map was put into the Maps and Tiles slot, whereas the Pikachu and Dugtrio are on the Tokens layer.

It’s very possible for DMs to set up the whole game before it becomes available. Do you see the Meowth just above Pikachu, who is somewhat transparent? He’s like that because he’s on the DM layer, a way for a DM to set up a game before his party comes to play. When that Pesky Pikachu comes just close enough, Meowth will emerge from the shadows and start off a Pokemon battle… I mean RPG battle.

Epic Battle

Not only this, you can put music in your game, to make it that much more epic. Of course, for this Pokemon themed adventure staring Pikachu who wants to go and defeat the infamous Dugtrio trio (How do I ever think these things up?) I chose a battle theme absolutely befitting this situation…

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Along with this, you can build up characters, including their character sheets, so the game itself can reference these characters. It’s particularly useful to build up your characters before you start playing, as otherwise you’ll have to make them when playing your campaign: and no body wants to sit there and wait for you. Whilst an impromptu character is of course different, if you have main characters, prepare them before your campaign starts and the whole experience becomes seamless and almost interruption free. Unless you’re like me and you happen to keep playing music at people…

Create Campaign

Okay, so I’ve given you a rather cheesy look through the Roll20 system. You can add music, you can add materials and now thanks to the way they’ve continuously developed the system, you can choose from the start a template for your campaign. This means you can build a game off another game, or you can just use the free template character sheets. You select all of these extra options back when you’re making the campaign.

To see more with Roll20 please do go and check it out for yourself – It’s free to use, but you get more features such as the powerful scripting API, if you become a mentor or a backer at some level. it seems that since I last wrote about Roll20, there have been numerous things added in (Such as the built in character sheets, for one!) It’s apparent to me there is a great community behind Roll20 so please check out the wiki for more information on using it. Do you use this service? What do you think about doing a tabletop RPG over the internet? As always, please put your comments below, over on Facebook or Twitter and let us know what you think of this awesome web platform.


Kickstarter Highlight – Tabletop Towns Sci-Fi Tiles

Do you like Sci-Fi?

Do you like tabletop gaming?

Do you like tabletop gaming with tiles as a visual way to represent your worlds? Then look no further, welcome back to Kickstarter Highlight.


Tabletop Towns – SciFi Tiles Phase One


What is it?

Those of you who have been reading this website for a while will be aware of one of our longest standing series of 2014, the Kickstarter Highlight series. It was during the duration of the highlight posts that we found out about Julian G Hicks, a guy who was producing some sci-fi storage containers for his soon to be launched Tabletop Towns tiles.

He’s back once more with Phase One of his Sci-Fi Tiles Kickstarter Campaign, which you can check out here. This time, he was after just £950 which he has already passed at nearly £1250 as of the time of writing.


These are simply double-sided 3″ square plasti-card floor plan tiles. That might sound like a lot of gobbledegook at first, but basically these are 3″ by 3″ square tiles which are used as floor plans for your tabletop RPG campaigns and skirmishes. Being double sided and with all of the different tiles and products within the Tabletop Towns repertoire, you can truly begin to imagine this is going to become a large range of products for Tabletop Towns.

Heck, what if you just wanted to design your own game and wanted a visual way to design it? These would give great visual feedback for the novice game designer, so it’s worth noting how these could have more uses than first meets the eye.


What do they need funding for?

Well the £950 the creators were requesting were to guarantee the first production-ready print run of these tile sets. The money will also be going towards paying for the art that is on the tiles.

It’s a really small ask for some really beautifully presented tabletop campaign tiles.

What are the backer rewards?

  • Pledge £18 or more

    Single: set of 24 scifi geomorphs, doublesided plus 12/18 door strips

    Pledge £33 or more

    Single+: set of 24 scifi geomorphs, doublesided plus 12/18 door strips
    Plus set of 8 Hab Units with wraps and windows

    Pledge £35 or more

    Double: Double set of 24 scifi geomorphs, doublesided plus 12/18 door strips
    48 3″ square tiles

    Pledge £59 or more

    Quad: Quad set of 24 scifi geomorphs, doublesided plus 12/18 door strips
    96 3″ square tiles

    Pledge £60 or more

    Double+: Double set of 24 scifi geomorphs, doublesided plus 12/18 door strips
    48 3″ square tiles
    Plus set of 16 Hab Units with wraps and windows

    Pledge £99 or more

    Quad+: Quad set of 24 scifi geomorphs, doublesided plus 12/18 door strips
    96 3″ square tiles
    Plus set of 32 Hab Units with wraps and windows

    Pledge £110 or more

    Reseller Single X10
    Single: set of 24 scifi geomorphs, doublesided plus 12/18 door strips

    Pledge £200 or more

    Reseller Single + X10

    Single+:  set of 24 scifi geomorphs, doublesided plus 12/18 door strips
    Plus set of 8 Hab Units with wraps and windows

Hopefully this gives you a small idea as to the sorts of products the Tabletop Towns Kickstarter Campaigns will be delivering in future. Have you ever used tiles for your tabletop campaigns? Have you pledged towards these campaigns in the past?

As always, please leave your comments below, or over on Twitter or Facebook and we’ll see you all next time for another creative Kickstarter Highlight!

Kickstarter Reflection – Men vs Cosplay

Do you remember a little while back, we did a Kickstarter Highlight post covering a calendar over on Kickstarter? The calendar featured men who do cosplaying, who are often an overlooked half of the cosplay community. The calendar would take pictures of male cosplayers as well as giving a little bit of information about them, all in a professional and highly creative photoshoot styled theme of Heroes vs Villains.

Men vs Cosplay was promoting a Calendar for 2015. The funds would go towards paying the Cosplayers photoshoots, travel to photoshoots or paying the photographers for the rights to the picture. There was a lot of preparation work behind this as you can imagine and it seems as if they had already gotten the majority of their model cosplayers picked and chosen before the campaign had begun.


Interview with Mangatellers

We love a good interview here, especially when it’s with some brilliant content creators. Today is no exception. Last week we did our last Kickstarter Highlight for the year, which was about Remember ur Nature (R.u.N), a shonen styled manga about parkour. This week then, we’re following in our urban running adventures to get to know the team behind R.u.N, Mangatellers.

I’ve been talking to Fillis quite regularly and I’ve been learning a lot about the team and their desire to create great content. So be prepared as we look to get geeky, have a look at some manga, talk about their Kickstarter campaign, get festive and then get advice for the rest of us.

Interview with Mangatellers


1) Welcome to GeekOut South-West! Can you first introduce the team and who you all are?

Hello GeekOut South-West!

Mangatellers are Hatzopoulos Kariofyllis Chris, and Voutsidis Raphael. We’re the screenplay writers/creators and producers of the manga series we publish. The other two members of the team are Lagouvardos Manos, the main artist and Efimidis Nikitas, the 3D graphic Designer/assistant artist.

2) It’s fair to say that the Mangatellers crew have been extremely busy with their Kickstarter campaign. Can you explain the inspiration behind your shonen-esque R.u.N?

It’s true that we are really busy with the promotion of our Kickstarter campaign for R.u.N. Volume #1, which is a shonen sports manga about Parkour in Japan. It’s our first time joining a crowdfunding platform and it’s really stressful, but we are positive for the final outcome!

All the members of Mangatellers Team are fans of shonen manga. We the writers especially love; Naruto, One Piece, Bleach, Fullmetal Alchemist and Fairy Tail, but our passion are sports manga, like Hajimme No Ippo, Hakyui, Kuroko No Basket, Eyeshield 21 and Air Gear. Sports manga have a different feeling in them and it’s very challenging to create a sports story, which will intrigue the crowd!


3) When did you decide you needed to turn to Kickstarter to help your manga reach new audiences?

Kickstarter is currently the best crowd-funding platform for comics. We haven’t seen a lot of Kickstarter manga campaigns though. All the funds that the campaign will raise, if it is successful, will be used to cover the printing cost for R.u.N. Volume #1 and of course the shipping cost to the backers worldwide. The amount of money we needed may seem big for an independent team, but Greece has a heavy taxation system and with the Kickstarter fees a big portion of the funds will go there. Also crowd-funding isn’t very popular in Greece, that’s why we chose Kickstarter to reach new audiences from across the seas.

4) What was the driving factor behind being a Greece-based manga team?

Indeed! We are a Greek team, which creates Japanese manga! 

The driving factor is our love for this art form and our passion for the Japanese Tradition and Pop Culture. That’s why we are officially working with the Japanese Embassy in Greece. The Cultural Section of the Japanese Embassy in Greece has acknowledged our efforts to promote manga in Europe and to organize events related to Japanese Pop Culture, Tradition and Art.

Also the anime and manga community in Greece is very active lately and it is expanding. We are happy to see a rapid development in our country regarding our beloved hobbies.


5) How did the Mangatellers team first meet?

We (Fillis and Raphael) have been best friends since kindergarten! We have known each other for a very long time and our love for anime and manga started at an early age. When we graduated from high school we decided to study screenplay writing and direction tutorials on our own. After four years of reading and studying, we decided to write the screenplay for R.u.N. and become an official team.

In 2010 we met Manos Lagouvardos in a Greek convention. Manos had published the first Volume of his personal work, Galaxia. His art style was amazing and we decided to reach out to him and propose for him to become the team’s main artist. When Manos read the screenplay of our works, he gladly accepted the position of the main manga-ka and together we have published two manga one-shots (“Wifi Wars” and “Thessaloniki Through Time”), followed by eight chapters of R.u.N.

In 2010 we started working with Nikitas Efimidis, because we wanted a graphic designer for our site. Nikita’s passion for anime and manga was also huge and that’s why he started working with us.

Finally in 2012 we reached Elijah K, who is the music composer of our team in order to create a song for the animated intro of our second manga series Mythos.

Mythos is currently under development. Since 2012 Elijah K has composed numerous songs for our site and he is the main composer of nine tracks of R.u.N. OST, which we give as a prize in most of the perks of our Kickstarter Campaign.


6) Here on GeekOut South-West, we are fascinated by peoples passion for all that is geek. What other geeky interests do you all have?

We love movies and video games! Raphael loves playing League of Legends and watching anime series and movies. His personal favourite anime is Hunter X Hunter and his favourite movies and books are the Lord of the Rings Trilogy and Game of Thrones! Fillis loves playing video games in general, especially J-RPGs and his favourite anime series is Hajimme No Ippo. He is also a huge fan of Star Wars and Indiana Jones.

7) We are in the festive mood here, so do you have any plans for the Christmas holidays?

Yeah! Same here. We are planning to publish a Christmas mini manga for the Kickstarter campaign. Other than that we are spending Christmas Holidays with our loved ones and our families.


8) Why did you make R.u.N free for everyone to read online before this campaign?

We want to share with everyone our stories online for free. We want readers to have full access to the online content. The printing versions of our stories have the form of a collectible that the true fans would like to have.

It’s not easy for anyone to accept that a Greek team can create Original Japanese Manga stories. What’s more is that it’s a team that seeks funding for their manga! We believe that the viewer should first read our work and then if he/she likes it, then donate!

9) Before we wrap up this interview, what ways can we keep up with the Mangatellers team?

You can always check our site: Mangatellers.

You can also follow us via social media!
Twitter: @Mangatellers,
DeviantArt: Mangatellers Deviantart

And watch our videos in our youtube channel!

10) Finally you are our Super Sensei Guru for this week and a new group of manga-ka are looking for advice about running their own manga. They want to know more about an effective team for their series, what makes Mangatellers such a good team?

Friendship, effort, lots of research and luck. We spend countless hours researching stuff for our stories and we are lucky enough to have in our team such talented artists as Manos, Nkitas and Elijah! All the members of Mangatellers are friends, who are trying hard to accomplish their dream!

We wish a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to everyone!

I’d like to extend my thanks to the whole of the Mangatellers team as well as wishing them a merry Christmas, along with a happy new year!

So once more we’ve had an exclusive interview with great content creators. We hope you’ve all enjoyed looking at the artwork from R.u.N. as well as hearing what the Mangatellers team had to say. Remember, their comic is online for free for everyone to read, so what’s stopping you from reading it?

Have you read R.u.N.? What did you think of it? Do you like the direction the team have gone in? As always, please comment below and we’ll see you again soon.

Merry Christmas everybody!

DMing 101 – The Campaign pt 1

Over the last 7 weeks I have given you some simple advice on how to build basic aspects of a tabletop role-play. Much of it has boiled down to the same thing; keep it simple, and take notes. Well now I’ll be practicing what I preach! I asked you for a few basic starting points for a game, a genre, and a few characters to throw into it. Here is the premise that you gave me: (more…)

Kickstarter Highlight – RPG Adventure Journals

Are you looking for a new journal?

Are you looking for some way to chronicle your epic struggles against the evil Dagon Mehrunes Orcus?

Do you want either a 50 or a 100 page journal to add to your collection?

Then look no further, welcome back to this weeks Kickstarter Highlight!


Role-Playing Game Adventure Journals

Today, we’re looking at a project that’s already been backed fully and it is quite a nice little product too. What makes it even better is that it’s quite inexpensive even for people from the UK.

Designed by a couple who have been playing Dungeons and Dragons for around forty years, these journals are designed with the RPG player specifically in mind. No more will you need to bring out your sad raggedy old journals which generally speaking probably don’t look very adventurous and finally, it’s time to have journals made with a good campaign in mind!


Each and every part of these journals have been made with campaigns in mind!

They are not just giving these journals, but they are also giving out bookmarks and greetings cards, all with a similar design.

Honestly, to have a dedicated journal to your campaigns is basically a must. But to have a journal that’s been designed for gamers by gamers? That’s awesome. The bookmarks can even tell you the important page numbers of your preferred rule scheme!

These are the bookmarks – And they’re pretty good looking!

What do they need the money for?

$1,500 is all they were asking for and already at the time of writing they are close to $2,000. The money was only there to help cover the costs of printing the journals and for the shipping. All extra money will go to helping them fund a table at a convention: Pacificon.

They want to print 250 of each of these journals and these would be sold to game shops, conventions etc.

The design on the journals are already done and the design already exists. It can be bought from Urban Realms and it’s in the design of a map of Silicon Valley done in Lord of the Rings style (Called Silidon Valley.)

This is what the journal design will look like. I love this design!

What are the rewards?

So, why not pledge a few quid towards these journals, bookmarks and greetings cards? Here’s what they’re offering for us all:

  • Pledge $1 or more

    Eternal Gratitude: Plus images to download and turn into a screen saver of Silidor Valley. We will give you a code to download the files directly to your computer and directions on how to point your screensaver at them.

    Estimated delivery: Jun 2014
  • Pledge $8 or more

    On Your Mark, Get Set, Go: A set of four bookmarks – close-ups of the map on heavy duty paper, laminated, and decorated with a ribbon. The back has a list of important page numbers for the D&D Player’s handbook version of your choice. Also included are images to download and turn into a screen saver of Silidor Valley.

    Estimated delivery: Jul 2014
    Add $5 USD to ship outside the US

  • Pledge $10 or more

    Our Adventure: A 50 page Our Adventure Journal to chronicle your next epic adventure. This is what it’s all about, baby. Keep your story clear as the day it happened – forever. Also included are images to download and turn into a screen saver of Silidor Valley.

    Estimated delivery:
    Jul 2014
    Add $8 USD to ship outside the US

  • Pledge $15 or more

    Greetings from Silidor Valley: A set of 8 greeting cards with envelopes. Three cards showing the San Francilieth area, two of the Peninsula, two of the East Bay and three of the South Bay. The collection is bound with a ribbon and would make an excellent gift. Also included are images to download and turn into a screen saver of Silidor Valley.

    Estimated delivery: Jul 2014
    Add $10 USD to ship outside the US
  • Pledge $17 or more

    The Epic Journal: Our 100 page Gamer’s Journal for those epic adventures that go on and on. More bang for your adventuring buck – or gold pieces. Plus images to download and turn into a screen saver or Silidor Valley.

    Estimated delivery:
    Jul 2014
    Add $10 USD to ship outside the US

  • Pledge $18 or more

    Gamers Delight: A 50 page journal to chronicle your next epic adventure. A set of four bookmarks so you can keep track of where you are in the journal, and images to download and turn into a screen saver of Silidor Valley.

    Estimated delivery: Jul 2014
    Add $8 USD to ship outside the US

There are a lot of tiers for this one, so there’s likely a tier that could suit you. I will be personally pledging towards this one and once I get my journal, I will share the love with you all and hopefully I’ll have something to announce when I receive them.

What did you all think of these really nifty journals? Worst case scenario with them is you get a nice decorative journal, even if you never intend to use them. It’ll look nice on a bookshelf!

Join us next week for another Kickstarter Highlight!

Kickstarter Highlight – Don’t Hug Me I’m Scared The Series

Do you like being hugged?

Do you like being scared?

Do you not like being hugged because you’re scared?

Then look no further, it’s time for another Kickstarter Highlight!


Don’t Hug Me I’m Scared the Series

What is it?

Don’t Hug Me I’m Scared consists of a small group of people who put together some very unique videos on YouTube. Here’s one of them.

You might have noticed just how serious that video gets suddenly. This video alone, as of the time of writing has slowly creeping towards 18 million views! 18 million is a crazy number – But that’s how many people have seen this video.

They then made Don’t Hug Me I’m Scared 2, which discusses time and what it does to us/the world.

So these could be considered shock videos which discusses a theme.

This Kickstarter campaign has been made to help them on their way to making a whole series of these videos, which are clearly very popular already! This campaign has been made to teach those puppets the 6 meanings of life… What meanings they are, we’ll just have to find out.

How much are they asking for?

£96,000 is the target funding goal! Quite a high target, however with their following they might be able to make it. As of the time of writing this article, they have over £37,000 raised with 21 days to go. It’s a high target as they want to be able to produce these last episodes properly.

Aww, aren’t they a lovely bunch?

They project each episode will cost around £24,000!! Woah! But they have given justification for it and it seems to make a lot of sense, plus it would help them work full time on Don’t Hug Me I’m Scared.

The money goes into the following stages:

  • Pre-production: Writing, storyboarding, creating an animatic, characters and concept designs.
  • Audio: writing and recording the music, all the voices and sound design.
  • Production: Building all the sets, puppets, props, models and the cost of all materials.
  • Shooting: Studio time, location costs, crew, lights, camera and lots and lots of stress.
  • Post production: editing, compositing, adding 2d or CG animation and lots more dull digital work.

Now, who wants to go and contemplate the damage that time does to us?

What are the rewards?

As per usual, an important aspect for a successful campaign on Kickstarter is down to the rewards… So, what are the rewards that the average person could potentially afford?

  • Pledge £1 or more

    ==== GOOD EGG =========== THANK YOU! You are a wonderful creative person and a new friend!

    Estimated delivery: Jun 2014
  • Pledge £3 or more

    ====== DIGITAL EGG!=========== Digital Downloads of each film we successfully fund as soon as they come out, plus the first 2!

    Estimated delivery: Apr 2015
  • Pledge £5 or more

    ======MUSICAL BOY========== Digital downloads of each episode + the Official DHMIS album with all songs from each episode, karaoke versions and a few extra songs! ( digital album )

    Estimated delivery: Apr 2015
  • Pledge £10 or more

    =====MYSTICAL FRIEND======= Digital downloads of each episode + the Official DHMIS album + Become a member of the Official DHMIS Fandom and your name will go down on the new DHMIS site, you will receive a Thank You video form the Creators and have access to special behind the scenes footage!

    Estimated delivery: Apr 2015
  • Pledge £15 or more

    =====THE NEW BOY!========== Digital downloads of each episode + the DHMIS album + Become a member of the DHMIS fan club + A2 DHMIS poster signed by the creators !!!!

    Estimated delivery: Apr 2015
    Add £3 to ship outside the UK
  • Pledge £25 or more

    ======CReATiVe WIZKID======== Digital downloads of each episode + the DHMIS album + Become a member of the DHMIS Fandom + receive a beautiful handmade frame from a stop motion sequence in the next episode. ( roughly 28cm X 20cm)

    Estimated delivery: Apr 2015
    Add £4 to ship outside the UK

I’m personally interested in the £15 pledge as there is a poster involved… And I quite like having something physical!

What? You want to see the poster? It’ll be as crazy as the series is proving to be!

Here it is!

I seriously hope you don't hug him, he's scared.

I seriously hope you don’t hug him, he’s scared.


What did you all think of this Kickstarter campaign? It’s quite a unique one in that this was an established video series on YouTube which has done so well, they wanted to do better. Both me and Joel are excited by this campaign as we both love the two released videos, as bizarre as they are!

Are you as intrigued as we are? Do the videos scare you in any way, or are they just a normal day on the internet? Give us a comment, let us know – and back that campaign!


Roll20 is a Virtual Tabletop. So, grab a hold of your virtual coffee. Or virtual beer… Or virtual cola… And come find out what this amazing platform is virtually all about!

What is Roll20?


Click here to Roll20 now!

So, as mentioned, Roll20 is a Virtual Tabletop, which can be used to play a plethora of table top Role Playing Games. What is the point of a “Virtual tabletop”? Well, in Role Playing Games, it’s sometimes hard to get people to agree to a set time and place, especially if you’re grouped with a few random people.

So, if you are a DM/GM (Dungeon Master, Game Master, whatever you call yourself!) then Roll20 might be a cool new way to get your friends to come join in some campaigns you have planned. But enough about that, what about the interfaces?! Observe!

Oh no! Not the dreaded Mecha-Spidlings!

Oh no! Not the dreaded Mecha-Spidlings!

The above picture is from a scene that I made from the tiles that can be found in the tile viewer. The tile viewer takes tiles that have been found (That are legally usable, I might add!) around the net which can be used to build up your game world. There are 3 major layers to work with: The Maps & Background, Objects & Tokens and GM Overlay. The point of these three layers are all different. The Maps & Backgrounds are there to put tiles down so people can’t “Interact” with them, instead just walk over them in game.

The Objects & Tokens can bring up extra information. For example, those Mecha-Spidlings have information on each of them.

Players can be given “Cards” with information on, for example:

Well, that's a lot of information...

Well, that’s a lot of information…

You can subscribe to Roll20 like I am to follow the progression of the site and to get extra features, like dynamic lighting, tablet support and more.

The one thing to note is that this site works best with Chrome/Chromium (For us ‘Nixers).

Perhaps I should organise a great big Roll20 play session with some people from here at some point in the future..? That’d be very far into the future, but it’s comforting to know you can play a table top game with people all around the world in the comforts of your own home.

So, to sum up what this site does:

  • Webcam Support
  • Microphone Support
  • Interactive tabletop
  • Information Cards
  • Resource manager
  • Virtual dice

Much more… I’m pretty bad with figuring the whole list of what this site does, but please note: although you can become a “mentor” (Sponsor) you can sign up… For free. For realsies. Consider that, guys.

Please note, it doesn’t support any particular RPG, so you have to make it work for your RPG of choice. For the techy inclined, you can also do a bit of coding wizardry to create events that happen automatically, in case you don’t want to DM fully… What? I’m the only one? Okay.

This is what happens when I decide to take on the Mecha-Spidlings alone.

Let's get them!

Let’s get them!

Oh dear, that is quite a bit of d20 destruction there…

That's just how I... Roll.

That’s just how I… Roll.

You can make your campaigns public to let random people join you, or you can make them private for you and your friends. You can make new friends, new RPG friends and even discover some awesome campaigns for yourself this way.

What do you all think of Roll20? Is this the future for tabletop gaming? The internet? Or is this a step in the wrong direction?

I think it’s very exciting. A lot of my closest friends have upped and left Bristol, thus it’s hard to get RPG gaming with them now-a-days. Roll20 will keep us able to do our RPGs without the need for us all going to theirs, or them all coming to mine and having potential intrusions. Also, whilst many gather in a good pub, for me, RPG gaming is a personal affair and as such, I’d like to sit down with close friends and just enjoy a game together. In the past, I’ve spent a good 10+ hours on a session of DnD (3.5 edition).


Well, look at all them campaigns. Very mature looking, aren't they?

Well, look at all them campaigns. Very mature looking, aren’t they?