Episode 281 – making online games work

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Summary: * (0:40) Two new prizes have been added to the postcard contest (a copy of Ultimate Toolbox (http://www.amazon.com/Ultimate-Toolbox-Dawn-Ibach/dp/1594720606/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1351051249&sr=8-1&keywords=pinto+ultimate+toolbox) and World's Largest Dungeon (http://www.amazon.com/Largest-Dungeon-Dragons-Fantasy-Roleplaying/dp/1594720290/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1351051273&sr=1-1&keywords=world%27s+largest+dungeon)).  The deadline has also been pushed back to November 10th.  You can find the complete rules on the forums (http://www.feartheboot.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=7&t=16701). * (3:26) The absolute horror of the Sesame Street aliens (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z_trSIBCgF0) and singing statue (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8yiqGtZXCmQ). * (7:54) Introducing Greg Christopher.  You can find his Google+ feed here (https://plus.google.com/105771712753508502148/posts). * (10:57) The reason we brought Greg on the show: to shed some light on the virtues of online games and how to make them work better than we've traditionally done. * (14:16) The advantages of remote play when compared to face-to-face play. * (23:44) The growing number and sophistication of online play tools.  See the bottom of the post for a list of links. * (29:14) The degree and frequency of meta-gaming in remote games. * (35:46) Overcoming the common problems of online play, including poor player reliability, social pressure to skip games, and readily-available distractions. * (53:28) Setting expectations for an online game.  You can find Stuart Robertson's GM Merit Badges here (http://strangemagic.robertsongames.com/2011/08/gm-merit-badges.html). * (57:41) Getting started in online play. Hosts: Dan, Greg, John, Julia, Wayne   MapTool - http://www.rptools.net/index.php?page=maptool (http://www.rptools.net/index.php?page=maptool) Myth Weavers - http://www.myth-weavers.com (http://www.myth-weavers.com/) Obsidian Portal - http://www.obsidianportal.com (http://www.obsidianportal.com/) Roll20 - http://roll20.net (http://roll20.net/) Tabletop Forge - http://tabletopforge.com (http://tabletopforge.com/) Wikia - http://www.wikia.com (http://www.wikia.com/)