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Nov 12-15, 2020 Online

Four Days of Tabletop Hobby Gaming Online

Online-only this year! Get the Details!

 

Discord Server

DiscordMidwest GameFest is moving to an online format for the COVIID-19 era and using Discord as our venue. Think of our Discord server as the hotel, Discord Categories as rooms, and Discrod channels as the tables. What is Discord? It's a a free text, audio, and video service with a number of online virtual tabletops (VTTs) including Roll20, Tabletop Simulator, and more (game hosts decide). Discord is a web-based service that also has great desktop and mobile apps.

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Virtual Tabletops

Discord gets us the venue for organizing, but there's still a need for a virtual tabletop system to actually play our games (though some play RPGs with Discord only). Below is a list to help event hosts discover resources to run their events. It's not an exhaustive list, and there are no restrictions on which VTT can be used. And being on the list doesn't imply that we specifically endorse the use of any of these platforms.

Things to note:

  • Pick a platform you're comfortable using, but also be mindful of the attendee experience using that platform. You may find something simple but your players may be challenged.
  • Some third-party platforms require a paid account. Make sure to note this in your event description.
  • We don't provide technical support for third-party platforms; hosts and players will need to contact the platforms directly with any issues. That being said, we will help where we can, so seek us out in the Technical Support channel at our Discord server.
  • Beyond the Discord server channels, we don't provide a platform or access to a third-party platform to host your events online. Event hosts must determine what will work best for their event.

Training

We'll be hosting training webinars throughout the summer to get folks up to speed on how to use some of these tools. Watch for updates and announcements!

RPG Platforms

Roll20 (https://roll20.net): Free to use for GMs and players; premium paid membership available. Some board and card game support, also.

Fantasy Grounds (https://www.fantasygrounds.com): Playing in most games and GMing requires a paid license, either a subscription or a one-time fee.

Astral Tabletop (https://www.astraltabletop.com): Completely free for GMs and players. Paid version available.

D20PRO (https://d20pro.com): Paid version required for GMs and includes either 4 or 6 guest seats which allow players to join for free, or players can use a paid account (GM or Player) to join without using a guest seat.

Board and Card Game Platforms

Tabletop Simulator (https://www.tabletopsimulator.com): Costs to download; many games require an additional purchase. Must access via Steam.

Tabletopia (https://tabletopia.com): Free to download on Steam or as an App, or use in a browser. Some games are free to play, some require a paid subscription.

Vorpal Board (https://vorpalboard.com): Costs to download; play online using scans of the actual pieces. 

Board Game Arena (https://boardgamearena.com): Web based and free to play; premium subscription available.

Steam (https://steampowered.com): Free to download; many boardgames can be purchased on Steam that support online play.

App Store (https://www.appstore.com): Many free or purchasable online games for Apple's iOS, iPadOS, and tvOS.

Google Play (https://play.google.com/store/apps): Many free or purchasable online games for Android-based devices.

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