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Playing D&D in a chat-based environment requires a few tricks.
(Adapted from Cold Blood)
1) The DM ends blocks of descriptive text with a § symbol.
- Godfear > The wind rustles the leaves of the trees, and you shiver in your cloaks against the unnatural chill.§
If there’s a big brick of text, along with a map or illustration, I’ll try to just e-mail it to you during the game.
2) Anything your character attempts gets * asterisks * on either side:
- bluejedi81 > * Azal creeps up behind the demi-lich, hoping to catch a peek at what it is writing. *
- DarthKrzysztof > * Aramis searches the refectory for religious icons. *
- Teachernine > * Owen takes a running start to leap over the pit. *
3) Any dialog goes in “quotes.” If it isn’t obvious who’s speaking, or to whom, use the character name. You can also add physical business with the asterisks:
- Godfear > Erky says, “Could you please stop getting hit?”
- DarthKrzysztof > “I find your lack of faith disturbing.”
- bluejedi81 > * Azal speaks in a stage whisper to Aramis, * "Do you think they want to see me naked?"
- Teachernine > * Smirking, Owen draws his blade. * "I'm gonna kick your ass."
4) Out-of-Character conversation goes in (parentheses).
- Godfear > * The kruthik swings its sharp appendages at Aramis! *
- Godfear > (Does 16 hit?)
- DarthKrzysztof > (No, AC 18)
- Godfear > * But the creature clangs up against his armor. *
- Godfear > Shadows lurk in the many corners of the old warehouse.§
- Teachernine > (Can I see anyone in here?)
- Godfear > (Roll Perception)
- Teachernine > (13)
- Godfear > (Looks clear.)
- Teachernine > * Owen strides boldly into the center of the large room. *
We’ll be trying to use MapTool. Hopefully, it will be a smooth combat interface. Also, for GM to Player notes (and vice versa), we can use AIM, Y!IM, or something like that.
Finally, I trust you to roll your own dice, but if you’d rather “make your rolls in the open,” you can use the MapTool die roller. Here is the command:
For example, to roll a d20 type ”/r 1d20”
You can also include modifiers in the roll like this:
/r #d# + #
For example, ”/r 1d20 + 5”