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    Default is playing by istant messanging chat (like whatsapp or telegram) a thing?

    I know about play by post on forums and I know about playing with voice chat on roll20, but i was wondering has anyone here tried to play by using the chat on their phones? I've never seen anyone referencing this type of play.

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    Default Re: is playing by istant messanging chat (like whatsapp or telegram) a thing?

    Quote Originally Posted by Myth27 View Post
    I know about play by post on forums and I know about playing with voice chat on roll20, but i was wondering has anyone here tried to play by using the chat on their phones? I've never seen anyone referencing this type of play.
    I mean, it's doable. If you've got everyone there, communicating in real time anyway, and a lot of messaging apps have voice features, unless someone in the group has some real difficulty speaking then there's just no good reason not to just use voice chat.
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    Default Re: is playing by istant messanging chat (like whatsapp or telegram) a thing?

    Maybe I'm getting old, but when you write "telegram", I'm definitely not thinking of an app you get on your phones.

    Apropos of your actual question, I'm not aware of using phones for that purpose. Although I'm fortunate enough to be able to play face-to-face.
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    Default Re: is playing by istant messanging chat (like whatsapp or telegram) a thing?

    It's certainly doable in theory. In practice, I'd worry about players checking out when they're not actively doing their thing. Texting is just enough slower than talking to make it tempting to check Facebook while someone else talks, but still fast enough that doing so would be disruptive.

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    Default Re: is playing by istant messanging chat (like whatsapp or telegram) a thing?

    I've played via text chat on a computer. That's how I've been playing for years, really, for lack of other opportunities. It's definitely doable, if slower than voice chat or face-to-face play.
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    Default Re: is playing by istant messanging chat (like whatsapp or telegram) a thing?

    I've never done it on the phone, but I did have players play via text on Discord / Roll20 because they were unable or unwilling to use voice chat.
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    Default Re: is playing by istant messanging chat (like whatsapp or telegram) a thing?

    One of the gaming groups I'm in has been meeting Sunday afternoons via IM for ... just about twenty years ago. Started in IRC, migrated to Yahoo Messenger, now via Trillian. I joined sometime around 2005. Most of the group played when they were in grad school together, and I joined later (after being invited by two of the players). It works pretty well, and it keeps a group of people who were (and are) close friends from falling out of touch. While one of the participants ... occasionally loses his arguments with technology, it works pretty well. From time to time, some of us get together to play board games on Skype, but for the most part we haven't yet migrated to voice or video for RPGs (probably because of the one player with tech issues, and because there's probably more multitasking that goes on when gaming via IM than would otherwise).

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    Default Re: is playing by istant messanging chat (like whatsapp or telegram) a thing?

    It's doable, but not ideal. I ran a game over MSN messenger for a little over a year circa 2006-2007. We'd just dispersed to different unis, and wanted to keep the group together. However not everyone had webcams, or the bandwidth to allow for voice and video.
    It worked, but honestly, in this day and age... There are so many good voice and video options, virtual tabletops etc, that it's never been easier to do online games. I really wouldn't recommend using text unless there is a really good reason to not use voice at this point.

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    Default Re: is playing by istant messanging chat (like whatsapp or telegram) a thing?

    Quote Originally Posted by Composer99 View Post
    Maybe I'm getting old, but when you write "telegram", I'm definitely not thinking of an app you get on your phones.

    Apropos of your actual question, I'm not aware of using phones for that purpose. Although I'm fortunate enough to be able to play face-to-face.

    That's okay, I wasn't thinking of phone apps either.

    I imagine it would be difficult to play D&D via telegram, unless you were role-playing as turn-of-the-century individuals far away from each other.
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    Default Re: is playing by istant messanging chat (like whatsapp or telegram) a thing?

    My group tried to play via skype when someone was ill. Didn't work. Can't hear well over voice chat. Especially because my table has a lot of people talking together.
    Perhaps with better hardware, or with a quieter group
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    Default Re: is playing by istant messanging chat (like whatsapp or telegram) a thing?

    My group plays over roll20 for the virtual tabletop and discord for voice. Kinda have to when the Atlantic sits between 2 of us and the rest. The input lag for a transatlantic connection can sometimes cause a bit of confusion in discussions but it's pretty minor.
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    Default Re: is playing by istant messanging chat (like whatsapp or telegram) a thing?

    Quote Originally Posted by Lemmy View Post
    I've never done it on the phone, but I did have players play via text on Discord / Roll20 because they were unable or unwilling to use voice chat.
    I do this. It works pretty well.
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    We played a game over Skype for many years. It worked fine if everybody was on Skype playing with only one player on Skype (via laptop) didn't work as he get getting drowned out
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    Default Re: is playing by istant messanging chat (like whatsapp or telegram) a thing?

    We used Twitter accounts once, but only in a supportive way, as in: That is what the characters would twitter. Actually play was voice chat.

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