A couple of thoughts from me on this episode.
I’ve been running Fantasy Grounds for a while now, out of convenience that my group can sneak in a game after we put our small children to bed (three of the six players have kids under 3). It has it’s perks, but I know I for one would still far rather play face to face, but it’s WAAAAAYYYYY better than nothing. I have started adding tools to my tool box, including music and sound. You guys were talking about getting too tied up in it, which I believe fortunately I have the inverse issue. I forget it. A lot. Which is cool, it makes it a bit more punctuated when I remember it. As far as other tool, I get a LOT of mileage out of OneNote when running my online game. Also, while I know voice is more popular than video, my preference if I can’t meet face to face, is video. I feel like it’s a lesser barrier than voice alone, and keep the game more personal. And speaking of barriers, my last point. i had a first time gamer play a one shot with me last week. Good friend of mine, mutual nerd/ coworker/ drinking buddy, but hadn’t ever gamed. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a first time gamer take to it so quickly. He didn’t have to figure out which dice what which, when to add what modifiers, or anything. He just had to hit the right button on his character sheet.
Anyway, stay safe. Cheers.