Marv / Finarvyn DCC playtester (2011) S&W WhiteBox author (2009) C&C playtester (2003) Builder of the TrollBridge for T&T; Amber Diceless player since 1993 OD&D Player since 1975; Metamorphosis Alpha since 1976
"Don't ask me what you need to hit. Just roll the die and I will let you know!" - Dave Arneson
It's in a thread that Rafael started when he made the channel. I've moved that thread over to "OD&D General" so that the invite is only visible to registered members here.
You can use Discord either as a stand-alone application, or through your browser. We use Discord for audio/visual in one of my regular RPG games and I often just use the browser-based version. For this use it's very similar to Zoom. But you can also chat via type, so it can be used for chat rooms.
Is this channel for voice chat only? I have joined a few channels, but they are mainly text messages.
I believe The Vulgar Unicorn is mostly for text chat, but like most Discord has audio/visual channels as well.
If you go to #general section of the VU, that is where the main continuous conversation is ongoing. There is discussion of TSR POD going on right now. @rafael, ampleframework, Falconer and I have made comments.
Yeah, the Discord is there, and it's yours for the taking! I've never really looked after it, but if there's a renewed interest in this, we will find ways to make it work.
Generally, voice and video chats are possible, and we have channels there to provide you with the kind. Happy to spend one of my next coffee breaks ranting with some of you about, uugh, whether Terry Brooks is the best, or the VERY best fantasy author ever.
From a technical point of view, Discord is flat out the best chat, group talk, or video talk option there is for "non-professional" users, at least from my experience. So, in general, it's smart choice to head there for chats of all kind. - Now, mind you, this a program optimized for forum use, and not a substitute for the forum. These should not evolve into separate things, but the VU server should compliment and expand on the possibilities you create through this place.
I've been using Discord for my online games (on different servers), both videocall-based and PBP-based, and it's been - pretty amazing, actually, especially with the mobile connectivity the app offers. (As opposed to the pretty terrible app that Proboards released a few years ago.) So, this might be something you might want to consider for yourselves, as well, at a later point.
Right now, though, the server needs the usual pioneer work all relatively fresh projects like that need: Mainly, that people use it - and come to an agreement (mainly of the unspoken kind) on what they want to use it for.
Post by ampleframework on Feb 7, 2021 17:16:40 GMT -6
I have always found, for my personal tastes, that all chat rooms in general have a "sweet spot" for participation volume. Too small/sparse is no good, but the really massive and strictly moderated ones like the OSR one or *shudder* the mainstream D&D ones aren't to my liking either. The Vulgar Unicorn is still on the smallish side but approaching what I really think is ideal. As for what we use it for, the pbp format with general chat seems to really embrace the spirit of OD&D, doesn't it? On the forum, we mostly discuss, and play a little. Maybe the chat should be the inverse - we mostly play there, and chat a little?
"Beyond the reach of human range, A drop of hell, a touch of strange."
---Malchor also independently started a server for his "Lean Coffee" OD&D chats. There is a link to it upthread.
Independent, but sanctioned.
I have my own Discord server for gaming and the NYC ODD group, therefore perfectly fine with folding ODD Chat in The Vulgar Unicorn as it is the "official unofficial" server and will cause less confusion.
In the Vulgar Unicorn, we had an audio channel that was simply called "Audio Chat", which I've now renamed this as "OD&D Chat" after Malchor's OD&D Chat server that he is folding into our server.
The "OD&D Chat" audio channel is intended for anyone who wants to organize a live audio chat. If anyone organizes a regularly scheduled audio chat we can always split that off into its own channel. We also have a "Game Room" audio channel if you need a quick space for a game.
Last Edit: Feb 28, 2021 10:50:17 GMT -6 by Zenopus