Friday 4 - Sunday 6 Jun 2021

Playing RPG's online Discord and Zoom

Roleplaying Games (RPGs) at Virtually Expo can we played using several different pieces of techonology. The GM who submits their game will also need to specify how you will be able to join the game. The actual link to the game will be shared after you have bought a ticket to play but the event description should contain an outline of what technology is going to be used.

Typically the GM will have pregenerated characters ready for their game and will allocate these to you at the start of the game. If you need to bring your own character the description of the game should make this clear.

Basic setup

We advise players to all have investigated and used discord and zoom and to ensure they have a good headset (which are better than using speakers and microphone as you get less echo and reverb). If desired a webcam can enhance the experience were the game platform supports it. A quiet room to play in will also improve your game experience. A good broadband is needed and a wired connection may be more reliable than wireless. If using WIFI make sure the singnal strnegth is good. It is advisable to turn off cloud storage apps like Dropbox and Google Drive.

  • Zoom. This online meeting software is ideal for players joining by audion with optional webcams allowing the players to see each other. One limitation is that meetings of more than 3 players is limited to 40 minutes so the GM will need a zoom subscription allowing longer sessions. GMs and players can share screens and there is also a white board option for drawings and a chat window. You can add on various apps to expand the functions such as a DnD Dice which allow dice rolling in the chat window. A Zoom account is not required if you are just joining Zoom Meetings as a participant. If someone invites you to their meeting, you can join as a participant without creating an account. Find out more...

  • Discord. Designed to provide online chat for computer games players, this is also ideal for allowing audio connections of a group playing a RPG. It can be used on its own or whilst also of the Virtual RPG programmes (see more advanced setup). Screen sharing and live streaming is available allowing the Gm to show maps etc. Dice rolling apps exist for Discord such as Dice Parser . You will need a Discord account (free) to connect to anything via Discord. Find out more...

These solutions allow players to hear and maybe see each other and gives the GM a way to share maps on the screen share or via chat windows. A very enjoyable roleplaying game can be achieved without the need for more complex solutions. So to be ready for games using these solutions get setup with a Discord account (you don't need to setup a Zoom account). If there is a need for you to install any additional apps the Gm will tell you.