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JohnnFour

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There's a whole bunch of virtual tabletops out there now. Use this thread to inventory them all.
 

JohnnFour

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Foundry.

It's supposed to be fantastic. But not user friendly to set up. Is there a set up guide anywhere?
https://foundryvtt.com/
 
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JohnnFour

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Roll20
https://roll20.net/

I fight with this too much. It's like an expensive car but old, so trying the awesome features might or might not get you in trouble.
 
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ELF

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It's supposed to be fantastic. But not user friendly to set up. Is there a set up guide anywhere?
https://foundryvtt.com/
I have played exactly one game on FoundryVTT, but I was impressed. The GM was really over the moon about it. For him the setup had been straightforward (he's using the IPv6 protocol, so no extra steps were necessary). But if your ISP does not want you to set up a server of your own, you need to take some extra steps:
If your players are connecting over the internet, they will use your public IP address. Use a site like http://whatismyip.host/ to easily discover your public IP address. In order for this to work, you will need to forward web traffic for your local network to send the Foundry VTT port to your computer's local IP address. This step is required in order for your network to know where to send the connection.

Port forwarding can be intimidating for some users, but it is the recommended approach as it is more secure than other options and will result in better networking performance. We have a specific Guide to Port Forwarding that you should reference for help setting this up correctly.
https://foundryvtt.com/article/installation/

If you want to keep things simple, you can buy cloud hosting customized for FoundryVTT for something like $4 a month (or a bit cheaper, if you set up the hosting yourself). Or you can use AWS, there is a guide for that, too.

The package has some extra niceties, like being able to use Roll20 content. Setting up maps with dynamic lighting, fog of war, etc. is much faster than on Roll20.
 
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CatDenier

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Has anyone tried d20pro by Mesa Mundi? I've tinkered with it, but as I'm new to VTTs, it's not as intuitive as I like. Does it run smoother than others? Is it worth researching?
 

Monsen

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MapTool

https://www.rptools.net/

I actually use this at the table as a digital battlemap instead of using physical miniatures, so I am not using all the features, but I really like the vision/light blocking system, and the ability to easily force the player view to jump/zoom to where you want (I have a GM client at my laptop, and a player client running on the computer connected to the projector)
 

JohnnFour

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@CatDenier I have not used it, but the app looks pretty slick.
 

ELF

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Yet another VTT contender, Role, is now Kickstarting:
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/role/role-a-new-kind-of-platform-for-the-rpg-community

This is a bit of a strange beast, having only theater of the mind capabilities (video chat, character sheets, dice rolling and cards - but apparently no text chat), and adding "looking for player" and content market features to the mix - including 6 RPGs only distributed via their service. Hard to say how this will fare.

Update: There is a text chat, phew!
 
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ELF

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Tarrasque is a simple but still impressive VTT upcomer for 5e games. I have no beta access, but at least the video looks intriguing:
Tarrasque.io is a cloud-based virtual tabletop for in-person D&D game sessions, with a focus on simplicity, usability, and speed.
https://tarrasque.io/
 
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ELF

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Owlbear Rodeo is another simple solution currently in beta, but open for everyone to test:
Owlbear Rodeo is an attempt to make a web app to run tabletop encounters without the complicated setup process needed for other VTTs.
https://www.owlbear.rodeo/
 
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