Last updated 03/16/2014.
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AIM chatrooms provide a single place for all players and the GM to gather and conduct the game. Individual windows can be used for "off-screen" discussions. A diebot (die-rolling mechanism) is included. The AIM program and registering screen names are free.
- Easy to set up and use
|Gametable||Gametable is a remote RPG whiteboarding client. It is designed to play RPGs online, providing an interface for all players to use a shared map. It also has a die-rolling interface. Freeware.|
Google has a Documents section which allows the sharing of documents and spreadsheets online, and simultaneously between multiple people. These are very handy for a quick and easy online battlemap. Free.
Go to http://www.google.com and click on "more" in the upper right, then "Documents" in the drop-down menu.
IRC (Internet Relay Chat) is an Internet messaging protocol designed for text-based discussions. Clients and browser add-ins are available for free.
MapTool is one of a set of tool from RPTools.net which integrate maps, chat, die rolling, and character sheet support. It can be used as-is with simple maps and tokens, or with campaign frameworks that allow the use of advanced macros.
- Simple to set up and use basic support.
OpenRPG is a full-featured integrated virtual tabletop which includes a "chatroom", battlemat, customizable icons, a die roller, and programmable macros. OpenRPG is free, open source, software, distributed under GNU/GPL license.
- Requires more setup than most, including prerequisite software
PyMapper is a mapping program that makes creating maps for MapTool campaign files easy.
Skype is an internet telephony service that allows conferenced calls between multiple people. Free between internet (VOIP) calls; charges a fee for calls to land-line or cell numbers.
- Closer to a face-to-face experience since the participants interact by talking, not typing
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