Monday, July 28, 2008

My tabletop RPG campaign is well underway. You can see the session logs and wiki over at Obsidian Portal. The system I'm using is Savage Worlds and the campaign is the first Savage Setting, Evernight, a fantasy campaign with a twist.

I've currently got 4 players--Benjun, Krishlex Reyval, Raphael--all of whom were my batchmates from highschool. I hope they're enjoying the game as much as I'm loving running it. On a semi-related note, I miss my home group (but that's Real Life(tm) for you).

Anyway, running Evernight has whet my appetite for more gaming, so I've been searching for an online solution to roleplaying. My previous VTT ("virtual tabletop") of choice was ScreenMonkey, which I got for free when I ran a game for CyberCon 2004.

But my current ISP, kwiknet, won't give me an external IP address, so players can't connect to any servers I'd run. That goes for the other VTTs as well (like MapTool, which I've been dying to try out). 

So that's the status quo.

Fortunately, my search turned up a surprising discovery: RPGtonight. I was actually looking more at using irc for the main game and some online solution for the battle board. RPGtonight offers all that without needing to run any servers. Everything happens on their side!

The downside is, currently, the site's character sheet functionality is d20-geared, but I think it's workable down to the dicerollers. The sheer potential of this site is unbelievable.

I'll post more once I've experimented with RPGtonight's tools a little more this weekend! I hope I can round up some victims--err, players--to try the site out.


  1. Hiya, Trevor from RPTools here. We've got remote servers on the roadmap and hope to get there in the next couple months.

    In the mean time you can actually have one of your players run the server and connect as a player, then you connect to them as GM.

    If you have any questions about how to set that up (or want to tinker with finding a way to run it yourself) the community at is very helpful with that kind of thing :)

    Good Gaming !

  2. Whoa. I didn't know you could do that. I'll take a look at MapTool once again then!

    Thanks for letting me know, trevor!