Posts by McGran

    So the first Friday Night gaming session went pretty well. There were a few technological hurdles to overcome but, most importantly, games got played.

    6 intrepid souls (Alex, Russ, Mike, JC, Alan and I) got involved in some gaming, and Darren briefly dossed off his work to check out what all the fuss was about.

    The Zoom conferencing system worked brilliantly, and we now know that players can be divided up into sub-groups, through the Breakout Rooms feature. A great feature for when running more than one game at a time.

    Unfortunately BoardGame Arena was overloaded with users so we were unable to game on that site. Tabletopia, however, held up well and we were able to start the evening with a 5 player game of Railroad Ink

    Our overseas brethren, Alex and Russ had to leave due to work commitments (stupid time zones!) while Alan came online and the four of us played Dice Hospital. Some odd dice glitches aside the game played rather well (if a little longer than usual as we acclimatised to the system) with Mike taking a narrow victory ahead of JC and I in a tie for second place, just 2 points behind.

    All in all a successful first Virtual Club night.

    Topic: Wigan Tabletop Games Club - Virtual Game Night

    Every week on Sun, Fri, until Sep 20, 2020, 50 occurrence(s) until Sep 20, 2020 19:00

    Please download and import the following iCalendar (.ics) files to your calendar system.


    Join Zoom Meeting

    Meeting ID: 277 375 473

    Get yourself signed up on Tabletopia and BoardGameArena to be ready to go.

    While the Discord server appears quite useful it has a bunch of gamification built into it and some incompatibilities with certain platforms.

    I've recently been made aware of Zoom video conferencing software.


    It's free for groups of up to 100 users for up to 40 mins, and during the crisis it's free beyond that too.

    Includes screen sharing, chat and a shared whiteboard.

    I've used it with a friend tonight and it's excellent. I think this would be the ideal tool for a group to use while playing a game. It could also facilitate remote role-playing sessions.

    Yeah, I've downloaded Vassal - it's still running. It used to be a bit fiddly so I'll see if it's any better these days. I saw Tabletop simulator on Steam but it looked to me like we'd have to build anything we wanted to play from scratch (or buy an existing game module).

    I'll have a look into Discord.

    Hi guys,

    I'm looking into a few online platforms to allow us to have a virtual Friday Night Gaming.

    Let me know if this is something you'd be interested in.

    So far I've been looking at Tabletopia, but if there are alternatives that allow us to create our own player groups then let me know and I'll look into them too. Any suggestions for a group voice/video chat service would be useful too.

    Al is also having a look around and is exploring getting some Blood Bowl set up on fumbble.

    Our forum software has the capability to let us display trophies. While we've not used this so far it's something that might be worthwhile for particular achievements, either wthin the club or in games. So I was thinking things like:

    Campaign medals

    Tournament winners

    General abuse to be directed at a given user

    For an idea of trophy size and what it could look like see Steve's Gotta Catch 'Em All trophy.