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Monday, May 11, 2020

Blog Post of Note: Dungeons & Dragons at a Distance

Jon Peterson's Playing at the World blog has a post called Dragons at a Distance: Early Play-by-Mail D&D, which may seem especially relevant these days. One question I wonder about is whether anyone was running a mix play-by-mail/play by phone campaign back in the day. Regular long-distance phone calls would have been too expensive back then, but you could imagine someone handling exploration and negotiation through the mail, switching to phone when a combat breaks out.

These days, people do Discord/Skype/Hangouts/Zoom, but that generally requires scheduling a session. One could imagine handling a larger number of players via email, with players teaming up as their schedules permit for actual expeditions.

1 comment:

  1. Years ago during college our D&D group scattered and we had a PBM game going on for 2 semester, filling in the void when we all returned together at class end.

    For my current Covid separated group, we are doing a PBEM game and everyone has a chance to play for a little bit each day. They discuss on Discord Chat what they want to do and then send an official turn via email. I update the game either the 10 or 1 minute and then post it. To simplify things we all are running the B/X style of rules but truthfully, it's been pretty fun for now.