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Nerdarchy’s Subreddit Submitters Highlight | Review of Fantasy Grounds 2 for Dungeons and Dragons

There has been many writings submitted and several readers have submitted great articles that I will highlight during each segment of Nerdarchy’s Subreddit Submitters Highlight.

In weeks passed on Nerdarchy’s Subreddit Submitters Highlight we delved into the “Lethality in Dungeons and Dragons 5th Edition” and “Tips for Integrating Monster PCs into a Group” by Blue_Drake a.k.a Bob Casale. This week we are checking out a Review of Fantasy Grounds 2 for Dungeons and Dragons If you don’t have a reddit account yet, don’t worry. Just sign up here for free and join the conversation. The following is an excerpt from the article.

Nerdarchy's Subreddit Submitters Highlight | Review of Fantasy Grounds 2 for Dungeons and Dragons  adnd red box“I got the red box Dungeons and Dragons set as a gift around the same year Bon Jovi released their first album. Back then, when Bon Jovi knew how to rock and dinosaurs ruled the earth, if you wanted to play your only choice was to round up some friends and sit down at the same table.

As a result I didn’t actually get to play D&D until a few years later when I went to high school and found some friends who were interested. Okay, trip down memory lane aside…

If you want to play a pen and paper RPG today, your choices are more numerous thanks to the internet, although you won’t actually end up using pens and paper. Many game-related forums offer play by post, or you can use Skype or Google hangouts to connect remotely. The most sophisticated solutions are, without a doubt, virtual tabletops (or VTTs for short).

If you’re not familiar with the concept a VTT is software that facilitates playing a traditional RPG over the internet. It is not a video game nor does it offer much for a solo player. You will still need a group to game with, but the players can all connect to the VTT from the convenience and comfort of their own homes.

The software should provide electronic character sheets you can reference and edit during play, simulate dice rolls, a way to share maps and other handouts, and some way to communicate with each other. These are just the basic features.

Nerdarchy's Subreddit Submitters Highlight | Review of Fantasy Grounds 2 for Dungeons and Dragons A good VTT will also have tools such a combat tracker, support for multiple rules systems, grid-based movement and some automation to speed game play such as automatically noting if an attack roll hits and subtracting damage done in combat. If the VTT is doing its job it should fade into the background after a session or two and let you just concentrate on the game and having fun.

There are several VTTs available: Roll20 and Fantasy Grounds 2 are the two I see talked about most, but there may be others out there. I’ve only used Fantasy Grounds to play Dungeons and Dragons and Pathfinder and that’s the one I’m going to discuss here.

This is not meant to be a comparison between VTTs or to endorse Fantasy Grounds 2 or any other VTT. I’m just going to share my personal experience with the software and give you my opinion review of the pros and cons I’ve seen.

Nerdarchy’s Subreddit Submitters Highlight | Review of Fantasy Grounds 2 for Dungeons and Dragons

Fantasy Grounds 2 supports many rulesets including D&D, Pathfinder, Savage Worlds, Call of Cthulu and several more offical rulesets (you can find a complete list on their website). Supported rulesets come with character sheets, combat tracking and some other automation such as automatic handling of damage resistance and effects such as poison or sleep. There are also several fan-made rulesets for other games, but I haven’t tried any of these so I can’t say if they offer similar features or not.

The software has a chat window that includes in and out of character chat and allows the GM to chat using the name of an NPC or enemy. Dice rolls are displayed in the chat window for all to see so there’s no fear of fudging or cheating (GMs can choose to hide their rolls if desired or have a player make a dice roll that only the GM will see).

Nerdarchy's Subreddit Submitters Highlight | Review of Fantasy Grounds 2 for Dungeons and Dragons 3D diceThe dice themselves are modeled in 3D and they bounce and roll pretty much as they would on a real table. It’s just as much fun here as it is at a real table to grab a handful of dice and unleash a fireball on your unsuspecting foes.

Each player can customize their dice color and choose from white or black numbering and you can easily setup custom combinations of frequently rolled dice and map them to hot keys. Pictures and maps are easy to share and the GM can choose to share handouts with all or just select players. Maps can also be hidden to players and slowly revealed a piece at a time as they explore.

The VTT supports grid (or hex) based movement and combat and can support complicated actions such as multi-target spells and attacks. As I mentioned earlier it will announce if a roll hits or not and will also announce a critical hit. It has a several other time savers such as auto initiative rolls for monsters, ability to apply the effects of short or long rests, etc.

I’m not going to try and list every feature in this review especially since some are rule set specific such as applying advantage or disadvantage in 5E Dungeons and Dragons, but suffice to say a lot of effort has been made to include time-saving features. It doesn’t cover every situation that will come up in play, but the VTT does try to automate the more common tasks.”

Want to read the rest of the review including the pros and cons of Fantasy Grounds 2? Want to put in your thoughts on the subject? Then come over to our subreddit: Nerdarchy- How to Stay Nerdy, join the conversation, and tell us what you think about the “Review of Fantasy Grounds 2 for Dungeons and Dragons” Until next time, Nate the Nerdarch here recommending that you – Stay Nerdy!

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Looking for a Few Good Nerds for Nerdarchy’s Subreddit on Reddit

Nate the Nerdarch is looking for a few good nerds for Nerdarchy ‘s subreddit on reddit. If that sentence excited you but you don’t know what is a subreddit or a reddit that’s okay.

Looking for a Few Good Nerds for Nerdarchy 's Subreddit on Reddit  MIB reading newspaperReddit is a site that claims the title of “Front Page of the Internet” and if the internet was akin to a monstrous newspaper then they are close to the truth.

Going with this line of thinking one could say that a subreddit is the “Local” , “Business” or “Editorial” section of the newspaper called reddit.

I, Nate the Nerdarch, am Nerdarchy’s subreddit moderator and I need some help.

A moderator is the editor of their particular subreddit. They decide what prints and what doesn’t.

This article is a help wanted ad for people who want to submit geeky, nerdy content that the rest of the Nerdarchy readership will see when they visit our subreddit, Nerdarchy: How to Stay Nerdy.

Reddit has rules concerning posts that one should read before submitting. Each subreddit usually has their own requirements. Below are Nerdarchy’s subreddit rules for submitting posts and links.

“To give you an idea of our normal submissions. While this is not a Dungeons and Dragons subreddit many of the submitters do play. While this is not an anime page some of us watch it. While this is not a knitters club… wait… okay… if you knit Mario hats or Cthulhu scarves that works but no sweaters with bunnies on it.

Looking for a Few Good Nerds for Nerdarchy's Subreddit on Reddit  Unless that bunny is wearing terminator armor, or has a sword, or is the one from Monty Python. I hope that cleared it up. Just stick to nerdy, geeky things and we will be fine, just fine.”

I will add that the nerdy/ geeky content needs to be way higher than the cursing/ lewdness/ skin content. There is a NSFW (not safe for work) tag that is very important in helping people stay employed by not viewing that particular content during their lunch break at their desk.

So if you submit a link to a podcast from guys who curse a lot make sure you label it NSFW. So if you feel that the Nerd/ Geek side is high but it has cursing or lewdness in it make sure it is labeled NSFW.

Looking for a Few Good Nerds for Nerdarchy’s Subreddit on Reddit

Last thing to keep in mind for submissions is the Nerdarchy guidelines for taking part in the conversation that is the subreddit.

“1st: Check out the reddiquette for posting and comments.

2nd: Don’t Panic! The Nerdarchy does not digitally exile people from the Nerdarchy for the first offense. Nerdarchy will not fine you for speaking out passionately for any geeky, nerdy discipline.

3rd: We all have our likes and dislikes within the nerd-dom. One thing that is considered an offense to the Nerdarchy is nerd on nerd hate. If you do like something, say why. If you don’t like something say why in a tactful manner. Please treat others like you will have to see them sometime later and not get spit on or get Medusa glares.

4th: Sarcasm is for in-person conversations amongst friends and enemies. If you believe that sarcasm is the best mode for getting your wit across then keep in mind that other redditors don’t see your face or hear your voice (the primary ways that another person can figure out that you are being sarcastic).

The major purpose to use sarcasm is to mock or to convey contempt. Questions why we prefer you use other means to convey your thoughts? Then reread the 3rd part of these guidelines.”

Do you think you have the geeky nerdy credentials to submit articles? Do you have nerdy questions that you think would spark a good conversation? Then come on over to Nerdarchy’s subreddit.