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Wednesday, June 19, 2013

For Those That Say a G+ Hangout RPG Session Can't Equal Face to Face...

This past Saturday was our group's first session in three weeks, not counting a short Hangout with a handful to test the new DSL at my folk's place in the Poconos two weeks ago. We usually take 30 to 45 minutes to get settled, catch up, tell stories, bitch - all the usual stuff that goes on in a Face to Face game, except we aren't sharing snacks and farts.

This time we never even got to game - we literally hung out for 3 hours just talking and laughing our asses off.

It's been damn near 18 years since I had that happen to a game I was running, and that was with my old high school / college group.

Our online group has come together and bonded much like most good face to face groups. That is a thing of beauty to behold, even if it did frustrate me a bit a the DM. Then again, the whole point of gaming is to socialize and have fun IMHO, and we certainly did all of that, so I really can't complain...

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  1. I can easily see how G+ hangout gaming would be fun with good friends.

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    1. that bond, for the most part, happend through the weekly hangout sessions

      much like putting a face to face group together, you have to find people that mesh

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  2. But it still pales when compared with the same face to face gaming with those same good friends. You take what you can get. It just isn't apples and oranges, it's apples and one of the bananas that has started to go black where you have to cut out the bad sections.

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    1. well, here's the deal - I wouldn't know this group if not for the net and blogs and g+

      canada, florida, oklahoma, Georgia x 2, Connecticut and NYC

      so, without the net i wouldn't know this group of friends

      assuming I don't win powerball anytime in the future, getting together on a weekly basis FtF is out of the question, and that's fine

      they don't want to smell my ass after i have Mexican for dinner and I probably dont want to smell theirs ;)

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    2. Your experience, Erik, echoes my own with G+.

      We even use G+ to patch in some of our FtF players when they aren't in town due to work. They still get to play. We all still get to hang out. But technology eliminates geography. :D

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  3. I have yet to venture on to G+, no good reason for avoiding it. But I wouldn't mind chatting with you sometime about it. I have enjoyed the people I have gotten to know over the years in my MMORPG experiences. Some I still keep up with to this day via e-mail, txt and Steam. I assume G+ would provide the same opportunities. Some people do get hang-ups about me being a priests. Usually it is regarding vocabulary, some seem to think that crap, sh!t and f-bombs would be foreign to my manner of speaking. They usually are in public, but not in a game. If I am not relaxed and at home, why even play it? I think I am going to give Roll20 a shot as a medium for on-line sessions, any thoughts on it?

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    1. my weekly saturday night sessions are via G+ Hangout using the Roll20 app - works amazingly well.

      any time you want to chat, via email, g+ or skype let me know :)

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  4. This, a thousand times, about my G+ group. We have SO MUCH FUN!

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  5. This has happened more times than I care to count with my Skype game group. No one actually feels up to gaming, so we ramble and kibitz for three hours.

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  6. Yeah, thanks to G+ games, I've gotten to play with people from literally all over the world. I can also find a group for almost any game I want to run, and I get to run three or four different games a week. Sure, I'd love to hang out with everybody face to face, but G+ allows me to game as much as I want, with a much greater variety of people.

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