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Boardgaming in the Time of COVID-19 - How to Play by Zoom

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24 Aug 2020 00:00 #313438 by Francie Berger
Sure, there’s Board Game Arena, ...

Sure, we’ve all known pretty much forever that board gaming brings families together and we’re thrilled that the current quarantine situation has brought renewed attention to our beloved hobby. It’s terrific that titles are selling out and everyone is jumping in to support our FLGS. But how do you use this time and knowledge to bring your far-flung family and friends together when you simply can’t BE together?!

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24 Aug 2020 11:04 #313439 by ubarose
Francie Berger is joining us to today. We hope to be running her articles monthly.

Please give her a warm welcome.

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24 Aug 2020 21:21 #313467 by Gary Sax
Welcome to TWBG! I know Josh Look talks about playing this way too!

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24 Aug 2020 21:41 #313469 by dysjunct

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25 Aug 2020 08:54 - 25 Aug 2020 08:56 #313471 by Sagrilarus
My personal discovery has been that certain games cater to the new medium much better than others, leading me to wonder if this has been going on all along and I just haven't noticed.

A game like Ticket to Ride thrives in an environment where you can open your vision and take in the entire board looking for networks still available to you. You can play it online provided the board is viewable by everyone and viewable in a high-enough fidelity format to keep that part of the need satisfied. Cards and other shared resources aside, I suppose the game might not change much if all had their own deck and might change for the positive if multiple people were trying to fill out the same Destination goals. Three people all trying to do New York to Miami at the same time could get pretty doggone entertaining.

Role Playing, which has been by far my largest consumption of game hours falls in place just fine even in an audio-only format. I played a session by long distance call once (rather strange story, next time) and frankly, it didn't suffer. We were never map-drawers in the first place, so modern sessions via Skype or Zoom just proceed like they always did when we played in person. Because of this new requirement role-playing has come back into vogue with a lot of people and I've booked more hours in the last year already than I had in the previous five. You work with the toolset you have.

So it will be curious to see what games come out nine months from now. Developers are likely stretching different gaming muscles than they were a year ago, and it may affect their work.

Nice debut. Looking forward to more.
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25 Aug 2020 11:49 #313479 by Jexik
I haven't played a true board game by Zoom yet, but our D&D game (with the help of D&D Beyond) has worked pretty darn well. I could see Catan working if you can set up the board the same way or get a camera set up in the right spot.

Some of us here have been playing with a combination of Tabletop Simulator and Discord for chat.

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03 Sep 2020 16:38 #313750 by Francie Berger
Hi all, Glad to be here! I'll get a short bio in once I can take the time to figure out how to add it. Until then, happy gaming!

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04 Sep 2020 14:41 #313779 by ubarose
It's interesting how many publishers who request reviews of their games are now including the option to play on TTS. Some are even offering appointments so reviewers have enough people to play with.
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