tried playing d&d ("5th edition") last weekend. it was a lot of fun! but ran into some of the same problems as the last time i tried to play a book-based RPG ("shadowrun") with friends.
we used a website called "roll 20" to do fair dice rolls remotely. for a site that mostly just invokes a random number generator, it was laughably slow... but workable.
i mean, any child could make a faster site for sharing dice. but maybe they're just overwhelmed lately!
however, for character sheets, the obvious solution (web forms on the same site) was not implemented.
nor were any of the other first few solutions you'll think of. instead, we used "editable" PDF files -- a concept i had never heard of until that day.
linux's "document viewer" was able to deal with the first batch.
then we received versions in a totally different format, edited by the GM, which "document viewer" didn't see as editable.
"just use chrome" they said, so (sighhhh) i launched chrome just to edit my character and provide stats and backstory.
today i found out that chrome failed to save them correctly so my changes are all gone.
it's bizarre to me that book-based RPGs are often played by *very* tech-savvy people... yet they're fine with using a bunch of broken shit that looks vastly more complex to write/maintain than a basic website.
that previous RPG literally required a custom app (which crashed frequently, natch) running under a windows VM -- why???
i have too many side projects already, but honestly... the D&D character sheet is so simple, a web monkey could turn it into an editable html page in probably one day.
... which would have saved my character and let me continue playing. instead, everything is lost and all i have is the memory of the start of what might have been a fun campaign.
oh well. onward.
@robey I use firefox to access the site. what ever this roll20 . net is using for the animations conflicts horribly with other web pages also using video, so I need to remember to try my "no one needs me I'm gonna surf" surfing on a different browser. the website completely crapped out for 2 hours during the first weekend after the lockdown started, but what ever they did to get more bandwidth, it worked and we were back up.
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