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How to Play Tabletop Role Playing Games Remotely with Slack



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The infinite realms of tabletop role playing games traditionally played in person are increasingly playing online. Modern communication apps like Slack make it easy to store all content, characters, conversations and critical hits in one convenient place.

Create Your World in a Workspace

Essentially a Tabletop Role Playing Game (TTRPG) is cooperative narrative in which arbitrary chance can dictate the results of your actions. There are numerous control systems that determine what you can and cannot do. The best known is the fantasy world of Dungeons & Dragons of Wizards of the Coast. To help ease the woes of isolation during quarantine, the TTRPG developer even provides free adventures and resources to get you started.

To get your TTRPG up and running today, start by creating your own Slack workspace for free. In this new workspace you want to create spaces where you can play. You can create a channel for placing links to sheets, a channel for uploading rule sets and source material, and a chat outside the characters where players can talk and share. There are countless digital drawing sheets you use; D&D Beyond's character magazines pair beautifully in Slack.

 Character sheet in Slack

You will also want to create character spaces: a channel for images of the world you travel through and the people you meet, a channel for dialogue between characters and especially a channel for dice.

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Roll Dice With Slack & # 39; s D&D Dice Roller App

Slack offers developers a huge range of tools for developing custom apps for the platform. Slack & # 39; s D&D Dice Roller app is the only Slack app you really need to start playing your TTRPG. You can add the app to Slack by going to the page in the Slack app directory and clicking the "Add to Slack" button.

 Slack Dice Roller

Once you have given the app permission to access your Slack workspace, you are ready to start rolling immediately. Type / roll into the dice roll channel you created to view the roll throw syntax. You can roll as many dice as you want and the app will automatically show you the total, as well as the results of each individual roll, any adjustments and even the reason for that roll.

 Rolling Dice in Slack

Come Together and Start Adventuring

Now that you have started with your rules, characters, maps and images uploaded to the appropriate channels in the workspace, it's time to start playing. In this new workspace, you can hold your sessions through free audio or video calls. Playing on a card is essential for most players. Fortunately, Slack doesn't offer you the ability to move icons around a map, but there are tons of map tools, including Roll20 or Fantasy Grounds. You can even upload any image to Google Drive and allow your players to edit the document so they can upload and move their character tokens or icons.

Alternatively, there is always the option of leaving the card and playing through "the theater of the mind." This includes describing the nature of the encounter and the layout of the environment and playing the game entirely by everyone's imagination. Finally, players and game masters with busy schedules always have the option to play via text. This option is much slower, but can allow players to contribute to the story without having to coordinate schedules and spend a long time on a game session.


With these tools at hand, you can use Slack to easily set up any TTRPG system to share with friends around the world. Explore the cosmos, become a supernatural detective, or create a story you and your friends can think of, all without leaving your desk.


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