Thursday, June 2, 2011


One of the big problems I had to overcome while planning my L5R campaign was running combat remotely. I had decided that, for various reasons, a webcam aimed at a map and miniatures would not work. The most logical solution seemed to be a Virtual Table Top of some kind.

Problem: VTTs have a high learning curve, are filled with junk that I don't need, and are typically expensive. Why, I thought to myself, can't I just have a whiteboard and magic markers like I used in college? And that was obviously the solution to my problem: I didn't need a VTT, I needed a virtual whiteboard.

After some investigation, I happened upon Dabbleboard. While I have yet to use this application for a game, I took an instant liking to the program just by fooling around with it. Not only is it easy and intuitive to use, it has all sorts of neat features:
  • shape recognition
  • ability to save images
  • ability to upload images
  • a grid overlay
  • an integrated text and voice chat application
This promises to be really neat. I can upload maps and all sorts of other handouts for the game, and I can mark all over them during combat. And the best part is that it's 100% free!

If you'd like to find out more about this amazing GM tool, here is a tutorial video:

I can't wait to use this for my campaign.


  1. Ooooh.  Thank you, ma'am.  That one's going on the bookmarks list.

  2. Hey, that's pretty cool.  We've been using to supplement Skype with remote players; it's like a wiki with less fucking around.


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