Powered by HTML5 and a whole lot of nostalgia, Roll20 is an online platform designed to make it easier to facilitate your favorite tabletop gaming sessions. It's definitely a rad idea—and a rather well-designed one at that. According to the website, you don't need to download, install, or script anything—it's just a matter of inviting players via a short link.
Roll20 comes packaged with all-important features such as dice-rolling, turn-tracking, text chat, video chat, versatile markers and, well, er, everything else you need for for your next campaign. And you can use it in conjunction with games like FATE, Savage Worlds, Shadowrun, Pathfinder, and more.
Best of all, Roll20 is free thanks to a successful Kickstarter campaign that wrapped up last May. You can purchase an optional supporter accounts, complete with extra storage space, if you want to support the service, but the overall experience remains happily free to the public.
I'm sure purists might start complaining about how this is nowhere like the real thing but I, for one, am certainly happy about being able to tell my fellow players "rocks fall, everyone dies" from afar.
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