I want PDF’s for any game or module I’m running in addition to the paper version. As to Joshua220 intuitive online game tool. They have the non-intuitive one like Fantasy Grounds. Well, non-intuitive to me, obviously Ahzad knows his stuff.
And just because, this is my review of some online platforms that I have tried.
I have tried Fantasy Ground, Tabletop Simulator, Roll20 and have been looking at Astral tabletop simulator. The systems I run are Fate based, self created, small press and D&D.
I am a bit of a Luddite and computers often leave me scratching my head. So, take the following with a grain of salt.
First up Roll20. I never got it and my computer savvy friends were not interested. So, I cannot say much about it. I use it to buy online resources like tokens.
I like Tabletop Simulator, but it is a bit clunky and non-automated. By non-automated I mean that it does not track and update stuff. I used it for maps and rolling dice. The other drawback is that everyone must own it to use it. $20-30
I have landed at Fantasy Grounds. If you, as a ref drop $120 on a\n Ultimate license then your players can play for free using the demo version. It has non-automated character sheets for Fate and Fate dice, but you have to buy the add.on. That said, it has many systems like D&D with all the automation and bells and whistles, if you like that sort of thing. Currently, I am using it for the 1983 Fantasy Trip RPG (early Steve Jackson). I ignore most of the features, because they don’t work with the system, and use it for maps and dice rolling. I am sure computer literate sorts could harness it capabilities, but not me. That said, I works the best with my buddy in Belgium so that’s what I use. Drawbacks, cost for the ref. AND this is the big one, it a was a nightmare to setup on my Mac. I walked away from it for years and used TS, but hooking it up was much easier with the mesh network I use now. Without that, I would not be using it. Finally, I will have to buy it again, at a discounted rate, when they finish their beta testing for the new edition. This is still my top choice.
As for Astral Tabletop (DriveThruRPG’s) it looks promising, but does not have all the wrinkles worked out yet. But it has a big upside. It looks like it’s good for Small Press games because it has customizable character sheets and if you pay for a subscription you get access to 2,000 maps. However, it does not work with all browsers (Safari) and the interface is awkward and freezes on me.
Oh, one last thing we use Skype for audio. Not video because it takes up screen space and is distracting. We have also used Discord occasionally and that works great too.