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As mentioned in previous updates, we’re overhauling our virtual tabletop. The first stage of the redesign is opt-in and will begin releasing in Q2 of this year. Let’s break down the research and testing that went into this project. Since Roll20’s inception over a decade ago, we have always made it our mission to bring the best virtual tabletop experience to our users. We wanted to provide a safe space for people to reconnect with friends and family (or make new ones) all over the world by way of a virtual tabletop.Read More →
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As mentioned in previous updates, we’re overhauling our virtual tabletop. The first stage of the redesign is opt-in and will begin releasing in Q2 of this year. Let’s break down the research and testing that went into this project. Since Roll20’s inception over a decade ago, we have always made it our mission to bring the best virtual tabletop experience to our users. We wanted to provide a safe space for people to reconnect with friends and family (or make new ones) all over the world by way of a virtual tabletop.
Remote Position - US & CANADA THE OPPORTUNITY Roll20 is looking for a passionate senior software developer or technical manager with experience nurturing direct reports and guiding technical initiatives to bring their wisdom and guidance to our Software Development Manager role. Software Developers at Roll20 work on cross-functional teams maintaining our code base and expanding our feature set. You’ll have the opportunity to provide direct guidance and oversight to one or more of these teams, planning and designing technical initiatives and system architectures and guiding the developers on your team to execute on them.
Remote Position - US & Canada THE OPPORTUNITY Roll20 is looking for someone to bring curiosity and passion to our Senior BabylonJS Developer role. Developers at Roll20 work on cross-functional teams to write and maintain code that drives the premiere VTT in tabletop gaming. You’ll have an opportunity to work with a diverse team of developers and specialists; hone and gain skills that will advance your career as a coder.
Remote Position - US THE OPPORTUNITY Roll20 is looking for an Associate Software Developer who is curious, creative, tenacious, and resourceful. Associate Developers at Roll20 work on cross-functional teams to write and maintain code for a platform of over 11 million TTRPG players. You’ll have an opportunity to hone and gain skills that will advance your career as a coder, collaborating directly with our product managers, designers, and QA. We’re eager to accept folks with a bit of experience or right out of school or bootcamps.
Hey again! Morgan here with another state of the tech conversation. First of all I would like to extend my deepest apologies to folks who have been experiencing issues across the last few weeks. We’re very grateful for the support tickets you have sent in which have been instrumental in tracking things down. We’re facing down a couple of challenging bugs I wanted to inform you about, and taking an opportunity for a bit of an early spring cleaning while we’re at it.
Remote Position - US THE OPPORTUNITY Roll20 is looking for an experienced Product Manager who is deeply passionate about Tabletop Roleplaying games and is excited to revolutionize how they are played. We’re looking for someone with experience driving high-impact initiatives in an agile, cross-functional environment who is able to seamlessly flow between high-level strategic planning and day-to-day project execution. The right person for this job will be able to bring their own innovation together with qualitative and quantitative user data to build and deliver an outcome-driven roadmap that will deliver value to more than 10 million players.
THE OPPORTUNITY Roll20 is looking for someone to bring curiosity and passion to our QA role. QA engineers at Roll20 work on cross-functional teams to test and support code that drives the premiere VTT in tabletop gaming. Keep your skills sharp and learn new ones by supporting manual testing efforts, exploratory testing, and writing automated tests. You’ll have an opportunity to work with a diverse team of QA engineers, developers, and specialists; hone and gain skills that will advance your career as a tester.
THE OPPORTUNITY Roll20 is looking for a marketer to bring their curiosity and passion to our vast, multi-storefront marketplace. We are a licensed partner and distributor for the biggest names in tabletop games, as well as a home to a thriving indie creator community. You’ll have an opportunity to work with a diverse team of marketers, analysts, and more, gaining skills that will advance your career. APPLY FOR THIS POSITION
We’ve been going a mile a minute over here at Roll20, so you might have missed some of the biggest updates we’ve made to the site and virtual tabletop to enhance your roleplaying game experience. Roll20 has completed five of the top ten requests from our Suggestions & Ideas forum. Our team is proud of these releases for character sheets, dynamic lighting, dark mode, and the VTT. Improved Performance We made a huge commitment to improve the performance of the virtual tabletop with Operation Fire Bolt.
Operation Fire Bolt here with another update. You’ve been hearing a lot from our Product and Development teams with things like tackling the top 10 Suggestions & Ideas and our CTO, Morgan’s spring Q&A on the forums, and in that time Operation Fire Bolt has been hard at work to tackle performance and deliver on our core objectives: Less time waiting for things to load Better performance with less memory and CPU used More reliable virtual tabletop, character sheets, and dice rolling performance With the vast majority (95%) of games loading up to 50% faster, we turned to our next most common user concerns: Voice & Video stability and performance, storage space, and dice rolling speed.
Kingmaker was first released in 2010 as an in-depth Pathfinder campaign where players can build their own kingdoms. It went on to become a popular video game RPG, which helped launch a new version for Pathfinder 2 Second Edition. The updated and extensive Adventure Path includes a bestiary for Dungeons & Dragons 5th Edition that DMs can use to run Kingmaker. The D&D 5e and Pathfinder 1e Bestiaries are excellent tools for GMs who want to play in their favorite systems.
The Opportunity DriveThruRPG/Roll20 is looking for someone to develop, maintain, and troubleshoot backend systems and third-party integrations for our marketplace. You’ll have an opportunity to work with a diverse team of developers and specialists, as well as gain and hone skills that will advance your career in devops. We will consider all applications, but our preference for this position is for an individual based in the U.S. APPLY FOR THIS POSITION
Prepping for a weekend one-shot or celebrating Halloween around the game table? We have ten spooky scary D&D 5E games for you to frighten your players. Some are on sale right now! Found on the Roll20 Marketplace Death House (Curse of Strahd) 1st Level Adventure You can run Curse of Strahd for 1st-level characters with the help of this optional mini-adventure, which is designed to advance characters to 3rd level. Death House is the name given to an old row house in the village of Barovia.
Welcome to the latest update from Roll20! Let’s take a look at the major releases that came out in 2022 and preview what you can expect by the end of the year. Be sure to check out the impressive list of Roll20Con 2022 Licensing Announcements! Roll20 and OneBookShelf Level Up Roll20 and OneBookshelf, two of the world’s leading digital tabletop roleplaying content platforms, are joining forces. This change forges an alliance of industry experience in the TTRPG space, fusing more than a century of combined executive leadership with publisher and community relationships to create the best tabletop platform experience.
Coyote & Crow | $49.99 Coyote & Crow is a Nebula Award-nominated sci-fi and fantasy tabletop RPG set in a First Nations alternate future where colonization never happened. This game was created and led by an all-Native team and became one of the most successful RPGs to ever fund on Kickstarter last year, raising over a million dollars. Shadows Over the Moon | $9.99 Previously available only as a Compendium for Kickstarter backers, Shadows over the Moon is a one-shot adventure for Coyote & Crow Story Guides to use to challenge their players and help them develop their own stories within and around Cahokia.
We’re just one day away from Roll20Con, October 21 - 23! We’ve just added our final headliner to our schedule - Bookshops of Arkham is an original Call of Cthulhu story written by Belinda Cornish and Darren Ormandy. This five part series was filmed in a haunted house in Georgia, with gorgeous props and set design and we think you’re going to love it. Four strangers are drawn into a supernatural investigation in this immersive, darkly atmospheric exploration of cosmic horror.
Welcome to the Time of the Red, Choomba. The Megacorporations spent decades wrecking everything and in the aftermath of their last War, everyone has to fend for themselves. In the Cyberpunk RED world of vicious boostergangs, rampaging cyborgs, corporate assassins, and nihilistic doomsday cults, there’s only one rule: Always take it to the Edge. The Cyberpunk RED by Roll20 character sheet just received major updates and there has never been a better time to enhance it further with the content unlocked in the Core Rulebook.
We’re seven days away from Roll20Con, October 21 - 23! Here’s what you need to know. The Community Play sale is live! At least 30% off bundles from some of your favorite creators & publishers including Kobold Press, Hunters Entertainment, and Modiphius Entertainment. Check out the Roll20Con schedule for our Roll20 Ambassador showcase streams, two new community panels, and an actual play from Kobold Press. The chaos is coming! Follow us on TikTok & Twitter for previews of the third stream from GM Aabria Iyengar, Mica Burton, Brennan Lee Mulligan, Becca Scott & special guest, Travis McElroy.
Before Gabriel Pickard was a full-time artist, he was a chef, at times living off commissions and side jobs — including a brief stint of window washing. When a friend recommended that he sell some of his drawings on the Roll20 Marketplace, he had no idea that he would one day become the best-selling Independent Creator on the platform! As part of Roll20Con 2022, we’re celebrating his success and the myriad contributions he’s made to the TTRPG community by launchingGabriel Pickard’s Appetizer Platter, a collection of 100 maps and tokens from some of Gabe’s best-selling Art Pack series including Critical Trails, Save Vs.
THE OPPORTUNITY Roll20 is looking for someone to bring curiosity and passion to our Developer role. Developers at Roll20 work on cross-functional teams to write and maintain code that drives the premiere VTT in tabletop gaming. You’ll have an opportunity to work with a diverse team of developers and specialists; hone and gain skills that will advance your career as a coder. We will consider all applications, but our preference for this position is for an individual based in the U.
Roll20Con is back for its seventh year of celebrating tabletop games and the community. The festivities begin today with free game offers from our publishing partners and open gaming opportunities! Our first free game giveaway is the award-winning, immersive silent RPG, Alice is Missing, from Hunters Entertainment. Learn to play in 9 minutes in our tutorial. Check in every week for new offers, and then join us from October 21 through 23 to celebrate with some great actual plays.
September is Pathfinder Month! Have you picked up Paizo’s free treat for the Roll20 community yet? A Fistful of Flowers is a short adventure for 3rd-level characters that takes a band of leshy heroes out of the forest and into the most dangerous of locations… an aristocrat’s fancy tea party. No group? No problem! As part of our celebrations, Paizo’s Infinite Masters are running Pathfinder one-shots, including A Fistful of Flowers, hosted on Roll20.
If you’ve had your eye on Pathfinder, Roll20 has made it even easier to get started! We’ve partnered with Paizo and Start Playing Games to celebrate Pathfinder Month. Pick up the Pathfinder Second Edition Core Rulebook on sale for only $19.99. This award-winning compendium includes: More than 600 pages of game rules, advice, character options, treasure, and more for players and Game Masters Six heroic player character ancestries, including elf, dwarf, gnome, goblin, halfling, and human, with variant heritages for half-elf and half-orc More than 30 backgrounds like bartender, soldier, or apprentice to further immerse yourself in your hero’s backstory Twelve character classes, including the alchemist, barbarian, bard, champion, cleric, druid, fighter, monk, ranger, rogue, sorcerer, and wizard Hundreds and hundreds of spells, class feats, and other exciting abilities to help you customize your character to become the hero YOU envision her to be Streamlined and revised rules to help ease new players into the game while providing the depth of character options and tactical interest that have defined Pathfinder from the beginning Plus for a limited time, you can claim the free adventure A Fistful of Flowers.
Character sheets are an integral part of play on the Roll20 Virtual Tabletop, and one that’s powered by the community. While we’ve created and maintain official sheets and help the publishers of your favorite games do the same, community sheet authors have contributed over 1,100 sheets, with over 1,200 contributors on GitHub! Earlier this year we were excited to launch dark mode on the VTT and update the D&D 5e Character Sheet by Roll20 alongside it.
A little over two years ago, we here at Roll20 invited our community to join us in a quest for a better tomorrow by launching a campaign to benefit Code2040 – a non-profit dedicated to eliminating racial disparity in the tech industry. In our initial blog post kicking off the campaign, we pledged to match donations up to $50,000, with a determination to keep going until we reached that goal. We’re pleased to say that as of August 2022, we crossed that finish line and that together, we have donated $100,000 to help activate, connect, and mobilize the largest racial equity community in tech to dismantle the structural barriers that prevent the full participation and leadership of Black and Latinx people in the innovation economy.
In March, Roll20 enabled dark mode within our Virtual Tabletop, making progress on the top-voted suggestion on our forum. We are excited to announce that we’ll soon be rolling out a dark mode option for the rest of Roll20! Starting next week, you can set color mode preferences on our main site through your Account Settings. The option to enable dark mode not only on the VTT, but on the rest of the site, helps get us closer to our goal of a single, universal design throughout Roll20 with user-facing options for comfort and accessibility.
Cadets, I know you are eager to head off into space. Remember the dangers I detailed in our last two missives? In the vastness of space, survival can rest upon knowing where to find a safe port and allies you can trust. The Astral Sea As you should recall from our second missive, spelljammers can travel from one Wildspace system to another through the Astral Sea. Powerful entities, from the gith to cultists of a dead god, can be found in the Astral.
Cadets, last time I shared with you some of the foes and allies you might come across during your first voyages through Wildspace and the Astral Sea. In this dispatch I will share some of the greatest dangers you might come across, as well as powerful allies who may aid your cause. Seasoned Explorers (Tier 2 – CRs up to 12) Allies Astral elves (CRs 3 to 8) typically live in the astral, which means they have an eternity to hone their battle skills.
Cadets, I hope my missive finds you well. You wouldn’t believe what was in those crates in my cargo storage… or maybe you will once I tell you about the varied life forms in Wildspace and the Astral Sea! Encountering Allies and Foes A plasmoid ecologist once said there are more creatures than there are grains of sand on a beach. Given how many different Wildspace systems there are, and the infinite vastness of Astral Plane, that may be possible.
I trust this missive finds you well! Last time we reviewed the varied adventurers you may find in Wildspace. Now let’s get to what it’s like to travel the void between planets, and even the Astral Sea itself. Traveling the Astral Sea Here’s the big picture – and I mean big! The Astral Sea is a plane where everything from the bodies of forgotten dead gods to floating fortresses can be found.
Welcome, new Spelljammer cadets! In this series of dispatches we will help you prepare for the vast and wondrous Wildspace. Whether this is your first time on a Spelljammer or you have previously sailed the void, we will teach you the latest ways to soar through space. Today we begin with a look at the types of adventurers you may find on your voyages. Backgrounds First off, there are two interesting types of spacefaring backgrounds you may find.
With the release of Journeys through the Radiant Citadel on July 19 so close at hand, I’m excited and proud to write this article about the adventure anthology and my contribution to it: “The Fiend of Hollow Mine.” A Journey for Everyone Journeys through the Radiant Citadel introduces thirteen different adventures and the awe-inspiring location that joins them all together—the Radiant Citadel. Each adventure was written by a different author who was inspired by a real-world culture to which they have connections to, and is tied to a unique location that is completely new and has never been seen before in the worlds of D&D.
As the old adage goes at gaming tables the world over, you should never split the party. We’ve taken that wisdom a step further and decided to make our party quite a bit bigger: Roll20 and OneBookShelf (DriveThruRPG / DMsGuild) are joining forces. Read our official announcement here. Let’s talk about what this change means to our teams and also what it means to users on both platforms. First, this is an integration inspired by passion for tabletop gaming between two successful companies with a shared vision for the future.
Journeys Through the Radiant Citadel is a book of stories come to life, each of which is set in a place that draws its fantastical setting and culture from a different real-world cultural influence or inspiration, and all of which are rife with adventure. These cultures are all linked by the Radiant Citadel itself, a place they built together, lost for unknown reasons, and have only recently rediscovered. Characters can make the Radiant Citadel their home base, but also use it to travel to these different places and become part of a range of adventures that vary in tone, approach, and feel.
Ready to find out what the fuss is about with silvery barbs? What about making that artificer you’ve always wanted? Unlock more Dungeons & Dragons classes, races, feats, and backgrounds! We’ve partnered with Wizards of the Coast to reduce the prices on the following D&D products: Products now priced $29.99: Tasha’s Cauldron of Everything (40% off) Icewind Dale: Rime of the Frostmaiden (40% off) Explorer’s Guide to Wildemount (40% off) Fizban’s Treasury of Dragons (40% off) The Wild Beyond the Witchlight (40% off) Candlekeep Mysteries (40% off) Mythic Odysseys of Theros (40% off) Van Richten’s Guide to Ravenloft (40% off) Strixhaven: A Curriculum of Chaos (40% off) Out of the Abyss (25% off) Sword Coast Adventurer’s Guide (25% off) Dungeon Master’s Guide (25% off) Products now priced $24.
Digital Tabletop Leaders Partner to Unlock DMsGuild Content for Online Play Now available on the DMsGuild! Roll20® and OneBookShelf are pleased to announce they’ve reached an agreement to support Dungeon Masters Guild content officially on the Roll20 virtual tabletop. DMsGuild creators will soon be able to create Roll20 content in the form of modules and add-ons that will unlock for users with the purchase of their DMsGuild adventure content, providing additional value for online play.
Shadowrun has held a premier spot as a seminal role-playing game setting for nearly thirty-five years. Its signature dark-future dystopia combines advanced cybernetics, reality-bending magic, and fantastic creatures in a unique universe that has reached an audience of millions around the globe through tabletop RPGs, board games, novels, computer games, and much more. This summer, get ready to dive once more into the shadows of the Sixth World—no matter how you play, there’s a Shadowrun experience waiting for you.
Stranger Things from Netflix debuted in 2016 and introduced Dungeons & Dragons to a new generation of players. The show has had an undeniable influence on D&D as the characters name the monsters from their home games: the demogorgon, the mind flayer, and the lich Vecna. Let’s take a look at each of these monsters in the latest edition of D&D. Demogorgon First set in 1983, the kids in Stranger Things have a long-running campaign playing Basic D&D.
Return to Dark Tower Fantasy Roleplaying is a complete polymorph RPG set in the world of the “The Four Kingdoms.” At its heart is the idea that a “Great Evil” has taken up residence in the DARK TOWER at the Heart of the Four Kingdoms, and the players take on the roles of heroes and their companions to stop that adversary from their nefarious plot. The game itself is built as a campaign of linked adventures that plays out like an epic fantasy novel.
This month, Roll20 is making a selection from Kobold Press’ The Scarlet Citadel adventure module free to all Roll20 users. Scarlet Citadel is a six level dungeon dive that has everything from dwarven mercenaries and their war bred owlbears to malevolent creatures trying to summon their dark gods. In this post, we will be going over the third floor: The Dwarven Barracks that comes free with this adventure: Setting Up Your Game Head to the Roll20 Marketplace to claim the Dwarven Barracks module.
2022 has been a fast-moving year for the team at Roll20. Let’s take a look back at what we’ve accomplished so far and chat about what updates are planned for the summer and fall. And if you haven’t read it yet, be sure to check out our goal of closing five of your top ten Suggestions & Ideas from the forums! Operation: Fire Bolt We doubled down on finding and obliterating performance issues on Roll20 this year and named the project Operation Fire Bolt.
One of the best features of a Pro subscription on Roll20 is the ability to add API Scripts. If you play video games, you’re probably familiar with modding games like Skyrim, the Sims, or Fallout. You can do the same on Roll20 by adding user-created mods called API Scripts. There are hundreds of scripts available for your games written by our incredible community, so it’s likely you’ll find something you want to add.
We’re celebrating our ten year anniversary here at Roll20 this year, and it’s amazing to see how we’ve grown in the last ten (and especially the last two) years. Roll20’s leadership has previously spoken about our product team’s commitment to improving the user experience, and so many of the great feature ideas we’ve developed in those ten years came directly from our users. For years you’ve been influencing the things we research, develop, and deliver by getting excited about the things you care about.
The Marvel Multiverse Role-Playing Game Playtest Rulebook, the introductory volume launching the new D616 system, is available for pre-order today on Roll20. The collaboration between Marvel and Roll20 brings the new roleplaying game playtest, where players can become their favorite Marvel Super Hero or create their own, to players everywhere for fully integrated virtual play. The Marvel Character Sheet will be available and free to all on April 20, 2022.
So, you want to start streaming your tabletop games but you don’t know where to start? Don’t worry, Roll20 has your back. This is a quick guide that will go over a few tips and tricks from our team to get you set up, get started, and ready to start streaming TTRPGs in no time! Step 1: Choose a Game and Cast! Picking a game might be one of the easiest (and funnest) part of getting started.
You may not consider yourself an improviser, but improv isn’t just limited to professional performers taking suggestions at a live show. When your players do something unexpected, or when the GM presents you with an engaging NPC, you’re improvising. Whether someone is onstage performing or roleplaying at the gaming table, they’re engaged in collaborative storytelling. The Venn diagram of the skills needed to do improv and play a TTRPG is almost a circle.
Last month Morgan described our efforts to improve and update the Roll20 experience on the VTT and tackle performance in a big way, writing “it’s 2022 now and we’re ready for change.” Well, we’ve taken the first steps in that journey, so let’s talk about how we’re doing it and what we’ve done. We’re calling the team working on performance and stability “Operation Fire Bolt,” a group with three major user experience aims:
Why fight evil on the tabletop if we don’t fight it in the real world? RollVsEvil is a new initiative from Chris and Rita Birch, founders of Modiphius Entertainment. Roll20 has partnered with RollVsEvil to support direct action groups whose impacts are immediate, life changing, and verifiable. RollVsEvil’s first campaign supports Ukrainians in need with a fundraiser event this weekend. How it works: On Saturday, March 26, simply play a game to support Ukraine.
Attention Roll20 Community! Green Ronin’s Cthulhu Awakens Kickstarter has been funded, and includes a code for the Roll20 Edition of Cthulhu Awakens — a character sheet, game materials optimized for play on Roll20, a PDF of the materials, and all unlocked digital stretch goals. This means Roll20 players that support the Kickstarter will get an incredible discount before it hits the Marketplace. Our successful Kickstarter has opened the door to bringing the cosmic horror of Cthulhu Awakens and the Cthulhu Mythos from the unimaginable past, up through the 1920s, and into the 21st Century as a complete roleplaying game powered by AGE: the Adventure Game Engine.
For the Queen, my prompt-based storytelling game of love, duty, and devotion, has taken many forms. It’s been a spreadsheet of hasty ideas, a makeup bag full of handwritten index cards, and the gorgeous tarot-sized deck you can see on store shelves. But nothing has changed the game quite like the move to online play. The Roll20 version of For the Queen offers the same collaborative, approachable fun that the card game does, but it’s not exactly the same experience.
Today marks the first day of Renegade Con! The team at Renegade has put together two days of streams to unveil their 2022 line up! Head over to Twitch to tune in or sign up for a Roll20 demo. We’re also thrilled to announce the launch of A Glutton for Punishment for the Power Rangers RPG today on Roll20. Four new Renegade RPG pre-orders are available today: Adventures in Angel Grove (May 2022 release) GI Joe Core Rulebook (Q3 2022 Roll20 release) Transformers Core Rulebook (Q4 2022 Roll20 release) My Little Pony Core Rulebook (Q4 2022 Roll20 release) We hope you enjoy the con!
Welcome back to the Orr Group Industry Report! The last quarter of 2021 is in the books, and while we’re all focused on the future, here’s one final look back at tabletop roleplaying on Roll20 from last year. Lots of familiar faces in the Most Popular systems, with Dungeons & Dragons: 5th Edition, Call of Cthulhu, both Pathfinder editions, Warhammer, Vampire: the Masquerade, Brazil’s Tormenta (up a slot from last quarter!
I’m sure your 2020 and 2021 were as strange as ours were. We’re ready for a change. How about you? I’ve talked a bit about this in previous blog posts and on Roll20 Roundtables, but 2020 was about massive increases in traffic and scaling up our teams and infrastructure. To handle the increased demand, we went from two servers to over 150*, and spent our time moving systems over onto modern, scalable architecture.
We’re launching a new series interviewing members of the Roll20 community with five simple questions about how they play, and we figured no better place to start than our new CEO! Who are you? Hi! I’m Ankit Lal, the new CEO of Roll20. I’m also a dad/husband, a professor, and a runner. In my day job, I focus on product management, focused on building helpful products & features. How did you get started in tabletop games?
At the end of 2016 the three Roll20 co-founders were at a crossroads; we had successfully grown our bootstrapped project into a real, growing business without outside investment… but expansion wasn’t a given and the pace of competition had led to burnout. As my partners stepped back from the day-to-day, I made a decision with myself and my partners; I would lead Roll20 for five years. We figured if it took five years to really get the business moving, it would take another five years to make Roll20 something that would thrive beyond us.
Associate Developer, Character Sheets Roll20 is a free, community-based tabletop gaming software dedicated to bringing players together regardless of distance, experience, gaming system or hardware. We strive to lessen the technical burden on the participants, facilitate the formation of new gaming groups, and to make barriers to entry as few as possible when gathering around a table for camaraderie. To accomplish these goals we seek to create a service that is sustainable and will be a resource to the gaming community as long as it is needed.
2021 continued to change our work and play in unprecedented ways. We played more games and tried new systems, spending quality time with friends. Throughout the year, Roll20 focused on enriching your TTRPG games by improving our platform, providing new safety tools, and launching our mobile Companion App. Setting the Standard With Safety We’re proud to include Safety Tools as an option for every game on Roll20 as a standard part of our community and safety features.
Happy New Year from Roll20! With a new year comes a new commitment to spend time the way you want. For us, that means getting back to the table after a long rest over the holidays. Scheduling time with your group can be one of the biggest challenges of game night, so we’re sharing some of our favorite tools for keeping the party together. Google Calendar. Sending those calendar invites might seem like old hat to some of you, but most of my game nights are organized pretty casually by DM, so it feels oddly business-like to send a calendar invite to my friends.
It’s 2 AM on a Saturday, and you’ve just ended a spooky Call of Cthulhu game with your friends on the virtual tabletop. You exit the game and rub your tired eyes, replaying in your mind the boss encounter that wiped your entire party. It’s time to shut things down for the night. You see a pop up. A pop up? In 2021!? That, my friend, is the Roll20 design team attempting to speak with you.
Class is in session! Strixhaven: A Curriculum of Chaos is now available on Roll20. The newest Dungeons & Dragons: 5th Edition release from Wizards of the Coast transports players to a school for magic-users, nestled away in the heart of the Multiverse plane of Arcavios. This is the latest D&D crossover with Magic: The Gathering, and the setting is ripe for roleplaying. Strixhaven University is divided into five schools, each one representing a different manifestation of magic-using philosophy:
It’s that time of year again: The temperature’s dropping, jingle bells are jangling, and oh yeah, you need to buy some gifts! Well, here at Roll20, we have your back with a lineup of great gifts for your gaming group, your GM, or heck, even yourself, because making it through 2021 was no easy feat. Check out below for our picks for this holiday season. Give some holiday magic with the newest sourcebook from Dungeons & Dragons, Strixhaven: Curriculum of Chaos from Wizards of the Coast.
I’m a forever GM who loves telling stories. I started playing tabletop games in my hometown, Detroit. All my deepest friendships were with the people I sat down with, week after week, pouring ourselves into our characters and the shared world we built together. When I moved across the country to Washington, D.C., I made new friends by inviting them to sit at my table and roll dice for the first time.
Thanks for joining us for Roll20Con 2021, a weekend of raising money for Code 2040, joining games with StartPlaying, and hosting awesome giveaways! Videos of convention panels (including games featuring tabletop veterans like Aabria Iyengar, Brennan Lee Mulligan, Jasmine Bhullar, Amir Hamzah, and Gabe Hicks) will be available on our YouTube! We also talked about some of the upcoming Compendiums, Adventures, and other converted content coming to Roll20. We’ve got products lined up from veteran Roll20 publishers as well as some partners brand new to the platform.
That’s a wrap on Roll20Con 2021! We had three awesome days of incredible giveaways, community games, and raising money for Code2040! Videos of convention panels (including games featuring tabletop veterans like Aabria Iyengar, Brennan Lee Mulligan, Jasmine Bhullar, Amir Hamzah, and Gabe Hicks) will be available on our YouTube channel, but for those who missed the Roll20Con Roundtable, we’ve compiled a list of VTT announcements for the future of Roll20!
Welcome back to the Orr Group Industry Report! 2021 is wrapping up already–can you believe it? It’s somehow November, and it’s been a big, busy year for the tabletop industry and hobby. Quarter 3 saw the release of several new titles on the Roll20 Marketplace and beyond, including hotly anticipated D&D books, new sourcebooks and adventures for Pathfinder and Starfinder, and the Malleus Monstrorum for Call of Cthulhu. But the big story for this particular Orr Report lies in some of the titles beyond the big three.
At Roll20, we pride ourselves on inclusivity and accessibility across the company. In 2021, our UX & Product Design team has started to put effort towards the design of our products so that they are welcoming for every user, regardless of their abilities, literacy, or attention span. At Roll20, we’re starting to make universal design a core part of our brand. Universal design serves the broadest range of users possible, rather than trying to address individual accessibility or inclusion objectives.
On Saturday, November 14th at 4pm PT, Beneeta Kaur & Danny Quach have planned the ultimate FUNdraising stream, they’re giving away TONS of donation incentives, and Danny will inevitably flex. We guarantee laughter and lots of $$$ for Code2040. The RPG and board game community have come together and Roll20 is excited to announce that we have over a 100 giveaway items. Any donation over $20 will be automatically entered into the giveaway.
The annual Roll20Con is this weekend on November 12 - 14, where we showcase TTRPG and board games available on Roll20 for charity. We have some big names – and big games – all working together to support Code2040, a non profit organization working to close the racial gap in tech. Play Games One of the features of the weekend is playing TTRPG games from our partners run by our community.
In June of 2020, we made a commitment: Black Lives Matter. As part of this commitment, we laid out a series of action items we’d work towards to help create a fairer, more equitable space in tabletop for people of color. October is over, and with Roll20Con on the horizon, we wanted to provide an update on progress. 1. Lift Black voices. We will create space for Black people in the tabletop community who want access to our audience and platform.
“Listen to them, the children of the night. What music they make!” -Dracula, and also my neighbor Ron when I was blasting This is Halloween at 2 AM last night Happy Halloween from Roll20! It’s no secret we have a soft spot for this holiday. Halloween’s the perfect time to dress up and play pretend, so it goes hand-in-hand with roleplaying games. Plus, there’s something so rewarding about putting together a terrifying one-shot for your players.
Join us for Roll20Con 2021! We’ll be streaming and playing games from Friday, November 12 to Sunday, November 14th – to raise money for Code2040, an organization dedicated to dismantling racism and promoting equity in the tech industry. This year Roll20 has partnered up with StartPlaying to help you get connected with Publishers and Pro GM’s that are running demos and games for Roll20Con this year! If you’re looking for a new group to play with or coming to the table with your own group, there is something for everyone!
The leaves are falling, the pumpkins are ripe, and Roll20Con is back for its sixth year of celebrating tabletop games and the community! From November 12th through November 14th, we’re inviting you back for a weekend of gaming for charity. Explore new adventures, meet up with party members, and get sneak peeks at the latest Roll20 product updates! There will even be live previews of a few secret titles coming to the Roll20 platform…
Welcome back! It’s been a while since we last saw each other. We’re a bit later than we’d like on this edition of the Orr Report, but hopefully you’ll see the value in its new form: We’ve built the whole report into its own standalone, downloadable PDF. Hopefully this new form allows for greater functionality across the board, and more developers, publishers, and players can find more value in the Orr Report as a whole.
It’s always a good week when we can bring more Paizo content to the marketplace! This week we brought Pathfinder Secrets of Magic & Spoken on the Song Wind (Strength of Thousands AP 2) to the Roll20 Marketplace! Secrets of Magic goes beyond the basics of magic in ways both large and small. You’ll find everything from a new cantrip that creates a small spout of water to rules for pervasive magic that can totally transform a campaign’s world.
Last week, we published a guide for new-to-Roll20 players. After all, Gen Con will be here in less than a month and there are so many opportunities to try new games. Today, we are going to focus on those new to GMing on Roll20. Maybe you’re a long time GM going virtual for the first time, maybe you’re running organized play for a publisher at Gen Con, or you’re a player who has always wanted to step into the GM seat.
What you are about to witness is real. The participants are not actors. They are the living people and ghosts who have already either filed suit or been served a summons to appear in municipal court. Both parties in the suit have agreed to dismiss their court cases and have their disputes settled here, in our forum: Ghost Court. Ghost Court has arrived on the Roll20 Marketplace! This ridiculous party game for 6 or more players is all about ghosts and the people who sue them.
Roll20 is the all-in-one solution for organizing and playing tabletop games online, whether you play RPGs, board games, or party games - you can get connected with friends immediately, and start playing for free. There are many ways to join a game for online events like Gen Con, but today we’ll focus on those who are signed up for events and have received an invite to a previously created game.
Sometimes, a character’s story outlasts a campaign. It’s happened to me countless times. I fall in love with a character’s backstory or build and they seem to take on a life of their own. Sometimes, I plan out a character in advance and have a general idea of where their story arc will take me–this reclusive monk will see some of the world and have their values challenged, or this thief will develop a conscience and maybe redirect some of their special skills to a more noble cause than the pursuit of treasure.
Looking for more Pathfinder content? We’ve got just the thing, The Pathfinder Lost Omens: Ancestry Guide just arrived on the Roll20 Marketplace! The Lost Omens Ancestry Guide places the spotlight on the uncommon and rare ancestries of the Inner Sea (like geniekin, androids, kitsune, sprites, and more!), providing information on their cultures and place in the world. In this Roll20 conversion, you will find all the Lost Omens rules and lore such as variant information for 14 existing ancestries and heritages, 6 new ancestries, 9 new heritages, and more!
My experience as a Dungeon Master spans over 30 years, starting with the D&D red box picked up in the mid-80s to play with my school friends. Over the (many) years, one of the changes which has most influenced me and the way I run my games is the move from “theatre of the mind” to using tactical maps and miniatures. Indeed, I have so enjoyed designing the maps for my games that I now do it full time!
Looking for some new, bite-sized liveplay campaigns so you can get a taste of different systems and stories? You’re in luck – Spotlight creators Salty Sweet Games and Friends Who Roll Dice have teamed up to give you just that! Turntable is a brand new show of mini-campaigns using rotating RPG systems, GMs, and guest cast members. Their premiere kicked off with the Good Society featuring storyteller Vana, and Kienna, Lauren, Draokniques, and ColeMorreale as the players and they’ll be switching to Brindlewood Bay at the end of August.
Starting today, we’ve slashed the price on nine Dungeons & Dragons 5th Edition products on the Roll20 Marketplace. Adding these modules to your library can grant you, or your players, new character options like races, backgrounds, and spells. Let’s take a look at each to explore what you can add to your games! More Character Options Eberron: Rising from the Last War, Acquisitions Incorporated, and Guildmaster’s Guide to Ravnica all take your campaigns beyond the Forgotten Realms with unique settings.
Discover the secrets of dragonkind! Fizban the Fabulous is your guide to the realms of dragons in this tome of draconic magic and lore, filled with the tips and tools Dungeon Masters and players need for their encounters with these ancient magical creatures. Both slayers and scholars will love the new dragon-themed player options for unique and memorable draconic characters. Dungeon Masters will discover a rich hoard of new tools and information for designing dragon-themed encounters, adventures, and campaigns.
I glance to my left for a moment, beautiful dice of all shapes and hues and sizes glittering back at me before I lower my hand… and click on the Bandit Captain’s “Scimitar,” watching the 3D dice roll onto the virtual tabletop. Don’t get me wrong, I love my dice. There’s no such thing as too many dice. I love math, too. But when my players decide to split the party and two level 3 squishies are up against a CR 2 enemy – not having to pause, find the NPC’s stat block, roll their attack, add their modifier, then roll and add up their damage heightens the tension and puts the drama and spotlight back where it should be: In my players’ hands.
It’s been at least a decade since I last ran a tabletop RPG. I played with a regular in-person group for years, but then got old and tired and shifted to the occasional online session, before finally settling into a very fun rules-light Star Wars group. For a while, that was enough. But then something happened: I ran a game of Bully Pulpit’s Fiasco (check out my pal Jen’s stream for a taste of the fun you can have with the system) for a group of mostly first-timer roleplayers once it hit Roll20.
Come learn how to play Dune on Roll20 – Spotlight creators Saving Throw are exploring Modiphius‘ Dune: Adventures in the Imperium RPG! See the game in action as Rich Malena-Webber guides the RPG Exploration Society (Aliza Pearl, Bee Zelda, Cohen Edenfield, Justin Turner, and Teos Abadia) through the system. You can check out their House and Character Creation over on YouTube and don’t miss the next episode live Tuesday at 5:30pm PT on Twitch.
So you’ve become a Marketplace creator. Congratulations! But what’s next? How do you get more eyes on your items to generate the sales you’re looking for and ultimately hit those revenue goals you’ve set? Never fear. I’m here to share three tips for getting started on the Roll20 Marketplace. So let’s jump right in! TAG! YOU’RE IT! When you are preparing your item for approval, be sure to use the tag section within the item properties to your advantage, as this helps others discover your stuff.
Emergency, emergency, all pro users to the Dynamic Lighting layer! This is a red alert, I repeat, a red alert! Or was it a green alert? Or maybe blue alert? It’s code whatever-you-like! Introducing the fantabulous new feature to the Dynamic Lighting tools—colored lighting! Have you ever wanted to spice up your maps with a certain ambience that written descriptions just can’t quite convey? The time is now, my friends, and the possibilities are as endless as your imagination.
Looking for the next adventure? Want to flesh out your Charactermancer? Need a new menagerie of monsters for your Compendium? We’ve got good news. On August 2, 2021, 9 D&D 5th Edition products on the Roll20 Marketplace will have their prices permanently reduced! This is the perfect time to build your digital bookshelf with some classic D&D titles. Below is the full product price adjustment list: Tyranny of Dragons Bundle Current Price: $49.
Mysteries abound at Camp Clearwater and as long as you’re careful, you may escape alive! You could also make every possible bad decision and hope for the best, judging by the beautiful disaster that was the Roll20 staff playing through DMDave’s Camp Clearwater Massacre. Check out the VOD to see the new FREE adventure in action as well as gather lots of tips of what not to do in a horror setting.
Dune: Adventures in the Imperium roleplaying game takes you into a far future beyond anything you have imagined, where fear is the mind-killer so be sure to keep your wits about you. The Imperium is a place of deadly duels, feudal politics, and mysterious abilities, noble Houses politic constantly for power, influence, and vengeance in a universe where a blade can change the fortunes of millions. Take your characters on a journey through the storied worlds of Frank Herbert’s sci-fi masterpiece, inhabit elite agents working for noble Houses where Mentats, Swordmasters, Spies, Bene Gesserit Sisters, Devious Advisors, or even desert Fremen join together to follow your banner.
Welcome back to the Tome of Tips! It’s good to see you again. It’s been a while. Are you comfortable? Need something to drink? Coffee? Tea? Cocoa? Good. Let’s get started. Today, we’re talking about a favorite topic around these parts: Dynamic Lighting. What is Dynamic Lighting? Let’s start with the most basic question. Dynamic Lighting is, as the name implies, a lighting system for your virtual tabletop. Basically, it’s a way to update players’ lines of sight in real-time, as you play.
It’s time to gather your party around the campfire — Dynamic Lighting Unlocked: Summer Camp is here! Roll20 is celebrating everything Dynamic Lighting, and we want you to be a part of it. We’re giving you everything you need to try out our most popular feature! What is Dynamic Lighting? Dynamic Lighting allows GMs to set up walls and barriers where the players see only darkness without light, or reveal what their line of sight allows them to see.
Tomorrow kicks of the beginning of Dynamic Lighting Unlocked: Summer Camp. A very special event we’ve put together that gives you 10 free days of Dynamic Lighting, a free 5E adventure from DMDave and Tom Cartos completely set up with Dynamic lighting and so much more! If you want to get the full scoop on the event, check out our most recent blog post. So to celebrate, we’re doing this weeks’ roundup a bit differently, we’ve curated 4 items from some of our favorite Dynamic Lighting creators for you to explore this weekend and beyond.
The July Roll20 Reserve reward is a homestead for you to keep your spoils of victory. Dynamic Keep by MrValor is a Dynamically lit map pack that comes with 6 different maps to use! There are so many stories you can tell with this keep and the possibilities are endless. Pro Subscribers unlock a new curated reward every month from Roll20 Reserve for no additional cost. Roll20 Reserve offers hand-picked goodies selected to make your virtual tabletop better, from token packs to modules and everything in between.
Start packing your bags, it’s almost time to head to Summer Camp! Starting July 9, we are giving you ten days of unlocked Dynamic Lighting for all games, a free 5E adventure set up with Dynamic lighting, and live demos to help you get the most out of Roll20’s most beloved subscription feature! Here is a breakdown of what you can expect: The Camp Clearwater Massacre – a FREE 5E Adventure:
If you like monsters, you’re in luck! The most comprehensive and extensive collection of Cthulhu Mythos lore to date: Malleus Monstorum is now on Roll20! It brings over 250 monsters and alien intelligence beyond human understanding, all vividly detailed and set to inspire countless scenarios of your own devising! The Malleus Monstrorum is excellent for Keepers looking to spin their own stories. It can be as simple as reading up on any monster and its related scenario seeds, and letting the adventure blossom!
Safety tools have been a major part of the tabletop scene the past few years. It has been wonderful to see the rise of “Session zero,” when the players and facilitators can discuss their expectations and what safety tools they prefer to use. To name just a few, we have the X card, red green yellow lights, X N and O, script change with pause, rewind, and fast forward. With the shift to everyone online in the past few years, a lot of these safety tools found ways to adapt online.
Easy to play, hard to survive – and now even easier to prep! Professional sci-fi game master Celeste Conowitch took a tour of Mothership RPG’s The Haunting of Ypsilon 14 on Roll20. It’s the perfect way to help you get ready to run your own space horror game: from taking you through the new Charactermancer, the Compendium integrations, and showing you how to get the most out of Roll20 for your adventuring.
Looking to play RPG games online but watching your budget? Roll20 has many free features for all of our users! Dice—along with voice, video, and text chat—are all built into Roll20. And, independent creators, plus game publishers, make materials freely available that you can add into your online virtual tabletop games. If you need some help getting started, we got you covered for running your TTRPG games for zero cost with character sheets, compendiums, adventures, tokens, and maps.
Ready to up your game? Nick Olivo has some of the best tutorials out there for Roll20 Pro subscribers looking to try out the power of the API. In his latest video, you can learn how to combine Dynamic Lighting and the API to make macros that can set up your Dynamic Lighting with a single button click! Check it out and streamline your tabletop experience. Automatically Setting up Night Vision & Light Sources in Roll20
I love sci-fi horror, and I love a good flow chart, so you can imagine that Mothership is right up my alley. The Basics For the uninitiated, Mothership is a sci-fi horror TTRPG from Tuesday Knight Games that casts its players as marines, androids, scientists, or blue-collar workers trapped in the unforgiving hellscape of space. It runs on a roll-under D100 system that constantly stacks the odds against the players; survival is the name of the game.
Mothership has landed on Roll20! In this sci-fi horror roleplaying game, you and your crew try to survive in the most inhospitable environment in the universe: Outer space! You’ll excavate dangerous derelict spacecraft, explore strange unknown worlds, exterminate hostile alien life, and examine the horrors that encroach upon your every move. Mothership is designed to be easy to run and easy to play, no system-mastery required. For players, the simple d100 Panic Engine ensures that you always know how likely you are to succeed at any given task (although the answer is usually not very).
Desperate conquerors, ruthless deities, blood-thirsty monsters, and mortal guardians clash for dominance. Pamana: Ring of Fire is a D&D 5e campaign inspired by East and Southeast Asian folklore and culture. Will our heroes choose a side or pave their own way? What is the mysterious Ring of Fire. Why does it haunt our heroes? Get to know each hero as they explore their individual backstories with one-on-one sessions, all leading up to Episode 1 of Pamana: Ring of Fire.
Theatre of the mind enthusiasts, get ready to sink your teeth into Vampire The Masquerade available to pre-order now on Roll20! This storytelling game of personal and political horror puts you at the center of a struggle for survival, supremacy, and your own fading humanity as a vampire. Fifth Edition is a return to Vampire’s original vision, moving boldly into the 21st century. While the rules have been redesigned, this new edition honors the deep story of the original, advancing the metaplot from where it left off and detailing what has happened in the world of the Kindred up until tonight.
Get ready to explore the wicked whimsy of the Feywild for the 1st time in Fifth Edition! Pre-order The Wild Beyond the Witchlight now on Roll20 and you can expect…. New creatures, items, and spells with in-app drag-and-drop support New maps with Dynamic Lighting (Requires a Plus/Pro Subscription) All book assets and information with full VTT integration Class is in session! On the plane of Arcavios lies the most elite magic University in the Multiverse–and you’ve just been accepted!
Thirsty Sword Lesbians from Evil Hat Productions has a brand new bundle in town on the Roll20 Marketplace and it comes complete with Compendium Support, but what exactly does that mean for new players, existing players, and everyone in between? I had a chance to ask a couple of questions to the EvilHat crew and get some answers. So keep reading if you want to learn more about this new addition to the marketplace, what makes it exciting, and uncover some really fantastic resources for playing on Roll20!
Season 2 of Salty Sweet Games’s Burn Bryte actual play campaign, Against the Stars, has wrapped! Explore the galaxy of Olaxis and watch the crew’s journey as they discover what it means to do good and be good in the face of the end of the universe. If you haven’t checked out Roll20’s original science-fantasy setting and system, this series is a must-watch! Against the Stars Season 2 Finale Roll20 Presents Recap:
Behold The Fey Fayre - A whimsical single-session standalone adventure designed for 5th edition and a newcomer to the Roll20 Marketplace. In this fun & whimsical one-shot, you’ll play as a group of adventurers who take a nice relaxing night off to visit the spectacular FEY FAYRE. Spend the night enjoying quirky attractions, exotic stalls, and chaotic games. Get ready for the big talent show, where characters can show off their skills, and glorious riches await the winning performer.
GM: “So are you sneaking in or are you going full bear?” A few weeks back, one of our regular group members had to miss RPG night. Rather than cancel, I whipped out my go-to RPG for casual sessions: Honey Heist. Written by Grant Howitt, Honey Heist is a One Page RPG initially released via an image posted on Reddit. The premise is as enticing as it is simple: You’ve got to execute a complex heist to steal rare honey, and you are a “GODDAMN BEAR”.
The Sorcerous Sprites token pack by Emma Hsiao offers a huge assortment of tokens but to make it even better, they’re animated! Face dragons and their minions in new ways with this pack. It has plenty of different pixel style options (over 40, to be exact!). In addition, it includes a combination of dragons, fireballs, ghosts, ghouls, and golems of all sizes that are sure to make your maps come to life
Ever wonder what would happen if a group of professional comedians were tasked with drawing monsters based on someone else’s description? Wonder no longer – because Stir Friday Night took MonsDRAWsity from Deep Water Games, the very first board game on Roll20, out for a spin! Head over to YouTube to get your fill of hilarious roasts, terrible drawings, and see this MONSTROUSLY cool game in action. MonsDRAWsity with Stir Friday Night
Chaosium has done it again! Mansions of Madness is now available on Roll20 and we had a chance to interview David Naylor, Digital Content Manager over at Chaosium about this latest release: What can players look forward to in the new encounters in Mansions of Madness? Two of the scenarios, Mister Corbitt and The Crack’d and Crook’d Manse, are staple Call of Cthulhu scenarios and the other three are brand new to this collection.
One of the most powerful features of the Roll20 VTT is the ability to create custom actions for your games. Macros are actions you can repeat that appear in the text chat, and they are available for free for all users. (Be sure to read our help article on adding the macro quick bar to your game!) Macros are wonderful for common actions and reminders of mechanics. Let’s start with three macros for D&D 5E that you can copy and paste into your own game, and then we’ll break down how they were written.
Any night can be game night, as long as you’ve got games to play. That little bit of wisdom is free. Games themselves, however, are not. Luckily, we’ve got a collection of low-cost board games for less than the cost of a pack of soda and a carry-out pizza! The virtual tabletop is for more than just RPGs, and these 10 games go to show just some of the unique ways you and your friends can play on Roll20.
Ramya Vasavadan is one of the newest Darklords showcased in Van Richten’s Guide to Ravenloft. She is not a reimagining of the past, but a response to various prior incarnations of Darklords and other D&D villains. Enormously powerful and ruthless, she is also very vulnerable. As a teen, I loved certain villains because they were awe-inspiring and invincible. They could vanquish enemies with ease, and often their only limitation was self-imposed, or another super-powerful villain who was their rival.
What is more dreadful than becoming the monster you killed? What greater tragedy is there than succumbing to the gravity of violence, defeating your oppressor only to replace him? The nightmares you had become the nightmares you give. This is the fate of Chakuna, the Darklord of Valachan, and it could also be yours. When I was tasked with bringing the story of Valachan forward, I thought hard about what it would mean to depose Von Kharkov.
It’s incredibly exciting for MonsDRAWsity to be the first officially supported board game on Roll20! I can’t explain how it’s happened, but my design career has been oddly full of firsts. My first game, Nerd Words, was the first party game released by the educational games company, Genius Games. My next game, Tattoo Stories, was one of the first titles when Bicycle Playing Cards launched their board games division. Then, MonsDRAWsity was the first party game released by Deep Water Games.
Blades in the Dark now has its own Compendium on Roll20, which is as good an excuse as any to gush about the game. And I really don’t need much of an excuse. Blades in the Dark is a fantastic experience, and it got me back into roleplaying games after an extended hiatus. I’ll basically take any opportunity to talk about why I love it, and why I think you’ll love it, too.
I’m the creator of plot ARMOR. It’s a ttrpg solo journaling game about death, the burden of responsibility, and mecha anime. You play as the main character in your mecha universe where a few things are true: You and your ARMOR will evolve and change together You are the protagonist of your story You cannot die. At every point that others would perish, you, instead, become aware of a new power.
Did you know that the Roll20 community creates many of the character sheets for your games? In fact, there are over 700 options available! Our Pro subscribers use their time and talent to develop sheets for your games, making Roll20 the most diverse virtual tabletop available. Our recent update to custom character sheets has opened the door for creativity. We lessened coding restrictions and rules, improved accessibility support, and allowed syntax for responsive design so character sheets also look great on mobile.
Picture this: You’re working as a paranormal investigator and it’s your job to sketch out this newest anomaly based on your witness’s description, but be careful… they didn’t get a good look, and it’s up to you to fill in the blanks! Each round plays in less than three minutes A constant source of giggles and friendly competition Filled with awesome monsters designed by today’s top artists MonsDRAWsity is the perfect long-distance game!
Are you ready to save the world? Saturday May 1, we’re coming together to raise money for Hate Is A Virus, helping to combat the violence motivated by white supremacy against the Asian American community. There’s no better way to kick-off Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month than celebrating amazing and diverse talents within the tabletop community. Saturday’s Schedule: 11am PT: We kick off our day as Story Host Lili Sparx leads Jimmy Wong, Rock M Sakura, Chris Lam, and Puja through Masks RPG character creation to prepare for their 5pm PT game.
The hero can’t die until the story is over. If the protagonist knew this, what would they do? Catalog their journey of discovery over a 24-episode mecha anime arc with Plot Armor, now on the Roll20 Marketplace! As you skip through episodes, you’ll journal as the Protagonist, giving them a voice and detailing what’s been happening to them, their armor, and their fight through a world of your creation.
My first D&D books were hand-me-downs. A friend’s older cousin passed them down to me after I showed an interest in fantasy novels. They must have been hand-me-downs to him, too, because they were pretty old–a Player’s Handbook and a Dungeon Master’s Guide for Advanced Dungeons & Dragons. The title page placed the copyright at 1979, and this age, coupled with the changing-of-hands ritual through which I acquired them, gave them a sort of sacred air.
Back in February, we laid out our plan for sunsetting Legacy Dynamic Lighting to pave the way for Updated Dynamic Lighting. Internally, we set up a few interconnected data points we wanted to move alongside sunset: adoption, stability, and sentiment. With the sunset date approaching and those metrics front of mind, we are adjusting our plan for Legacy Dynamic Lighting: Come May 18th, you will still have access to Legacy Dynamic Lighting and will still be able to use it in your games.
The Roll20 Presents Monday D&D show is back! With a couple of new additions to the cast, they’re ready to explore the best library in the Forgotten Realms. Persephone will be taking the DM’s chair as Distracted Elf, Aki, Dave, and Drakoniques prepare to face all that the Candlekeep Mysteries anthology has to offer. As they make their way through the adventures, the cast will be taking turns as Dungeon Master to showcase the different stories and styles of play.
Onward to adventure! The Pathfinder adventure anthology Troubles in Otari is now on the Roll20 Marketplace. Expanding beyond the hometown first introduced in the Pathfinder Beginner Box, Troubles in Otari takes players to 4th level and beyond, and serves as the perfect bridge between that starter set and the full suite of options available in the Pathfinder Core Rulebook. When you purchase Troubles in Otari on the Marketplace, you’ll get a bundle with all the adventures grouped together in a single module for a fresh start, as well as three addons with each adventure packaged separately, which can be added on to your ongoing campaign.
Emerging from the trap door, you come into a closed space with a wheel-and-spoke layout. Surrounding the octagonal room there are 8 mini-chambers, each set off with a sort of mirrored partition. At the center of the room, ornate and ancient runes are sketched into the floor. They glow and hum with some arcane enchantment. But before you can really study their shape, your eye catches on what lies atop them; a corpse, half-decayed, still-decaying, covered partially with dusty rubble.
“Actually, Friday’s no good for me…" The most formidable boss monster any tabletop game group has to face is the synchronization of player schedules. Your paladin and rogue can make it next week, but your sorcerer needs to pick up an extra shift, or your barbarian’s wedding anniversary falls smack in the middle of your biggest battle yet! Missing sessions does not need to be a death knell for your campaign!
Spring is in the air: Flowers are blooming, the sun is shining, and dice are, in fact, rolling. Yes, Q1 has wrapped up, and we’re here to once again bring you the latest data on what systems are being played on Roll20. Before we get into it, though, let’s talk a little bit about that word: Systems. This quarter, we’re taking a new approach to how we compile our data to make sure we’re focusing on systems rather than games.
Back in January, as the United States was getting ready to swear in a new president, I found myself getting ready to take on a new adventure. I would join a cast of four in a new show on the Saving Throw Show Twitch channel called All Games, No Masters. The premise of this show was to highlight GM-less games through a streamed actual play. Each week, one of the players would choose a new game system to try, and that player would act as that game’s “facilitator.
Roll20 has hundreds of character sheets and Marketplace items to choose from, and it can be a bit daunting when you’re new to the platform. That’s to say nothing of the tons and tons of macros, API scripts, and other ways that you can customize your games on the virtual tabletop. Fortunately, our community is here to help. Over on the Roll20 forums, some of our most dedicated and long-standing users have built a veritable repository of sage advice on how to get the most out of your Roll20 sessions.
In the last few weeks we’ve seen some of our worst stability and most heavily impacted service quality in at least a year. It’s hard enough to get a game scheduled without these interruptions, so we owe you an apology and an explanation. WHAT WENT WRONG Our team is engaged in constant efforts to upgrade our infrastructure, fix old code and speed up your games. What happened here was a perfect storm: A newly upgraded service – the Character Sheet Service – had an infrastructure issue that applied strain to our main servers.
Pathfinder fans rejoice! Bestiary 3 and the Sundered Waves adventure have hit the Roll20 Marketplace this week. Get ready to creature-fy your Pathfinder 2E campaign with more than 300 monsters to choose from in your Compendium drawn from folklore and genre classics, ready to drag and drop right into the VTT. Sundered Waves is the first in Paizo’s new Pathfinder One-Shot line, and the Roll20 version includes everything you need to play, including 4 5th-level pre-generated characters with personal ties into the adventure’s story of dastardly piracy and sea-faring treasure seeking.
AGON is a game of mighty heroes and the legendary deeds they commit, and designing the game was an epic journey in its own right. It’s a tale worth retelling, however, because while we were creating the pen and paper game, Roll20 played a key role in refining it. Many playtesters pulled their oars, and rolled their dice, to bring us home! In 2018 John Harper and I were developing AGON together but didn’t live close enough to play in person.
Ever had the urge to explore the ocean depths? Well, with this month’s reserve item, you can do just that! Ocean Treasure by Ori the Cartographer is filled with colorful areas that add a new layer of discovery to your fantasy worlds! This does feature a flipping map piece so that while you’re party moves around the map you can have their actions influence the world around them at the same time.
During our ongoing efforts to modernize the infrastructure Roll20 platform runs on, we implemented a few changes to our backend that caused cascading failures. Basically, we pulled the thread in our sweater a little too far. This resulted in significant downtime and absolutely unacceptable impacts to some of your games. If you’ve used Roll20 in recent weeks, you may have experienced character sheet issues, customs sheet sandbox failures, and general network interruptions.
What would you do in the face of Night Terrors? Take a first look at the science fiction and fantasy tabletop RPG Coyote & Crow on Roll20 with the lead playtester Shay as they take Riana Elliott, Joey Clift, Benny Wayne Sully, TK Johnson, and ThatSaltyGinger on an adventure set in a near-future where the Americas were never colonized. Created by a team of Natives, Coyote & Crow blends science and spirituality as future technology and past legends collide.
Just picture it…it’s the 1920 and automobiles are on the rise, people are no longer tied to the railways as a means of getting to distant locations. For those who are fortunate enough to afford the luxury of a car, the expanding United States’ highway network brings the opportunity to travel and see new places but no road trip is complete without a couple of…unsettling encounters. Dead Light & Other Dark Turns is available now on the Roll20 Marketplace!
Whenever a friend or colleague planning to GM for the first time asks me for advice, I always come back to the same idea: Pacing. Careful pacing is so often the difference between a good and bad session. This hobby is a bit unusual in that many of us–myself included–sometimes spend more time in a given week thinking about roleplaying games than sitting down and playing them with friends. That’s not a bad thing, per se.
For the past few months, a team of developers here have been working on the all-new Roll20 Mobile, a companion app for iOS and Android devices. The Concept Roll 20 Mobile works in tandem with the VTT, acting as a second-screen to make playing on Roll20 a cleaner, more intuitive experience. Instead of trying to recreate the Roll20 experience 1-for-1 on a smaller screen, we focused on building a place for players to keep their dice, character sheets, everything they need–quite literally right in the palm of their hand.
The improv-comedy group Stir Friday Night is back with a brand new campaign! Next week, GM Masood Haque is leading the cast into the world of Monster of the Week. Get to know the cast and get excited for this collaborative story-telling game filled with magic, monsters, and a little bit of horror (possibly a lot of horror). Join them all on March 24 at 5pm PT as they embark on this new campaign together.
Eight months ago, Roll20 made a commitment to put action behind our statement that Black Lives Matter. Today we bring you our first update of 2021, with an announcement about some new opportunities for Black creators in the TTRPG space. As a reminder, In June 2020, we committed to: Lift Black voices Support Black content creators Add artwork and games by Black creators to the Roll20 Marketplace Create change internally Match $50,000 in community fundraising.
The Indoor Recess Crew is filled with the some of the best troublemakers in TTRPGs, their credits include: Rivals Of Waterdeep, Critical Role, Plot Hunters, Dungeon Rats, Tales From The Mists, Dimension 20, Stir Friday Nights, and Dungeons Dice & Everything Nice. On March 23, they will be premiering an entirely homebrewed D&D actual play campaign: Generation Fantasy. The show follows the story of four teenagers who discover that their hometown of Jenkins, Nebraska, has been transported to a fantasy realm.
If there are two things we love, it’s mapmaking and storytelling and that is exactly what this week’s feature brings to the table! Companion’s Tale by Sweet Potato Press has hit the Roll20 Marketplace! In it, you tell the tale of an epic hero, righting wrongs and saving kingdoms. This creative map makers’ dream is a great fit for 3-4 players and takes approximately 2 ½ hours to play with no character sheet required.
How Cooperative World Building Makes Your Games More Engaging The joys of being a GM have kept me obsessed with the tabletop roleplaying hobby for decades now. What I hold most dear is taking an idea my players have provided for me, either via backstory or a simple “What does this look like to you” prompt, and using that idea as a foundation to create a surprise for them. Allowing your players to join you in the creation of the world is one of the most fun and effective means of getting your players invested in the story.
Is your game master feeling a bit tired? Are you in the mood for a simple or collaborative oneshot? Come check out these amazing GM-less games in action! All Games No Masters is a series featuring Randy Alvarenga, Aki, Amanda Powers, and Max Isaacson that focuses on different GMless ttrpgs. You can catch the first part of their Dialect game over on YouTube, and they’ll be continuing the story next Wednesday!
Do you like action? How about science!? What about Robots!? If your answer was yes to one or all of these things then you need to grab a copy of the Atomic Robo Atomic Powered Bundle from the Roll20 Marketplace. In it, you’ll face global conspiracy as an immortal atomic robot or as Carl Sagan, the choice is yours and the Atomic Robo RPG makes it possible! In the Roll20 version, you’ll find an Adventure ScienceArt Pack with 130 Tokens and 2 Playmats backgrounds to use with Atomic Robo or your favorite Action Science games, five adventure sheets, and one adventure sheet template, 33 customizable player characters, associated tokens, and more!
The perfect canvas for your next fantasy campaign is here, courtesy of the Mistress of Maps, Deven Rue! This month’s offering contains three beautifully colored, hand-drawn maps that you can use to add depth to your unique world and the stories it has to tell. Each map has been carefully crafted and features a surplus of rich details throughout them; they provide a rich, immersive feel and are the perfect companion for GMs as they can easily drop them into their stories without having to worry about finding the perfect map or trying to change the names to fit their narrative.
Van Richten’s Guide to Ravenloft is now available for Pre-Order on Roll20! Terror stalks the nightmare realms of Ravenloft. No one knows this better than monster scholar Rudolph Van Richten. To arm a new generation against the creatures of the night, Van Richten has compiled his correspondence and case files into this tome of eerie tales and chilling truths. The Roll20 conversion will contain Everything the Dungeon Master needs to craft a horror-themed campaign for Dungeons & Dragons, including rules and advice for building custom domains and dark lords using established horror tropes or your own special blend.
Looking for your next favorite game or a different D&D setting? Want to get inspired from some of the best GMs out there? Seeking out some darn good entertainment? Look no further than the Roll20 Twitch and YouTube pages! Premieres Kids on Bikes: Session Zero Kids on Bikes This week, Shareef Jackson led Markeia McCarty, Kailey Bray, Xu Mason, and Noir Enigma through Session Zero for their Kids on Bikes campaign, and begansetting up the game in Roll20.
Last quarter, Roll20 hit a remarkable landmark–we crossed 8 million users, a number that we couldn’t even imagine when the site originally launched. It’s an achievement for us as a site and a testament to our team’s hard work, but more than anything else, it’s an honor to have you here with us. But we’d be lying if we said that landmark wasn’t bittersweet in some ways. Truthfully, we struggled with how we could talk about hitting this all-time high in the context of the world we’re living in now.
[UPDATE] Since the original post date of this announcement, we are adjusting our Legacy Dynamic Lighting Sunset Plans. More information about the changes can be found here. When we released Updated Dynamic Lighting 1.0 at the beginning of the year, we talked about what moving to this new system allows us to do. From letting you control the exact dimness of dim light (now live), to the ability to add effects and colors for Night Vision, Updated Dynamic Lighting 1.
The Tome of Tips rises from its accursed slumber once more! We’re continuing our series on some of the most popular character sheets available on Roll20. Last time, we talked about the D&D 5E sheet. We covered chat shortcuts, item descriptions, and more. Today, we’re taking a close look at the sheet for another popular fantasy roleplaying system: Pathfinder: Second Edition. The Pathfinder 2E character sheet features some snazzy drag-and-drop integration that makes inventory management a breeze, as well as some fantastic accessibility options.
Looking for some tabletop games to play one-on-one this Valentine’s Day? Never fear! Here are some great games to play with a partner, friend, or anyone else. Star Crossed from Bully Pulpit HQ Alex Roberts’ Star Crossed is a game all about tension, excitement, and, occasionally, heartbreak. This unique RPG uses a tower of blocks to facilitate storytelling between two players. As the romance escalates, players take turns removing blocks from a tower and placing them on top of the structure.
Thirsty Sword Lesbians by EvilHat Productions Love, swords, and adventure…three words fitting for an upcoming Valentine’s Day Weekend if we don’t say so ourselves! The Thirsty Sword Lesbians Bundle from Evil Hat Productions has arrived on Roll20! In it, you’ll battle the Lady of Chains as her enforcers march down from the frosty north. They rocket through the stars to safeguard diplomats ending a generations-old conflict. Even when swords are crossed, they seek peace with their opponent—and sometimes connect more deeply than anyone expects.
Last month, we released a new edition of Lost Mine of Phandelver, our first-ever reissuing of a Marketplace Module. With 27 monsters, 7 full-color maps, updated Dynamic Lighting, rollable tables and tokens, macros, and more, all ready-to play, the new Lost Mine of Phandelver is a modern take on a classic adventure. We sat down with Roll20’s licensing director, Emily Floyd, to talk about why and how Lost Mine of Phandelver 2.
I think I can safely say that Dynamic Lighting is my favorite feature on Roll20. Don’t get me wrong, the Compendium integration and the drag-and-drop creatures with tokens are also pretty high up there, but I have to say that Dynamic Lighting Takes the spotlight. Some of my absolute favorite experiences using Roll20 have come from taking advantage of Dynamic Lighting and couldn’t have been done without it. Dynamic Lighting is unique in providing direct visual feedback in tabletop roleplaying games.
Scheduling games is hard. Like, Tomb of Horrors-level hard. More than half of the Roll20 users we surveyed said that coordinating a time to play was a frustration in playing role-playing games, with over 35% saying it was their single greatest frustration. We get it. Here at Roll20, our team regularly juggles multiple staff and home games at the same time and we, too, have had trouble finding and sticking to our game times.
In the deep of midwinter, in every hill and forest and valley, old spirits stir. Fair folk, fae, spirtes, and all manner of members of the Winter Court of Fae are included in this set, everything from the ruthless and ethereal monstrous Bocan to dainty glittering snow sprites and cuddly sentient forest animals. This set includes 27 of the weirdest, wildest, and coldest fair folk to be found in the myths and legends of the old world, and are ready to add some haunting mystery to the stories around your table on these dark, chilly winter nights.
Next month be prepared for the adventure of a lifetime. GM Shareef Jackson is bringing a whole new cast together to explore the world of Kids on Bikes. Come meet them and get hyped alongside them for a collaborative story-telling roleplaying game full of ordinary people grappling with strange, terrifying, and very, very powerful forces. Join them all on February 15 at 8am PT (4pm UTC) as they begin their journey together!
Dive into an immersive experience with UDL using an item from the Roll20 Marketplace - we’ve done the prep work for you! With the recent announcement of Update 1.0 to our Updated Dynamic Lighting, now is the perfect time to delve into everything Updated Dynamic Lighting has to offer for your campaign. If the idea of more prep work scares you, never fear. We have a plethora of products on the Marketplace that come ready-to-play, right out of the digital box!
The Wardlings Campaign Guide has come to Roll20! In it, you’ll adventure in a world full of wonder and magic that is sparked by the innocence of humanity’s most important heroes…children! This enchanted campaign setting comes to life through children’s minds as they take center stage as the saviors of the land. They venture on epic quests to protect their realm and perceive magical creatures and events in the world around them, all while remaining uncorrupted by their elders’ vices and responsibilities.
Who’s ready to get thirsty?! Thirsty Sword Lesbians is a Powered By The Apocalypse, Evil Hat Productions roleplaying game telling queer stories with friends. This is the tale of how the party saved not only the lands from the irreparable environmental damage that motorcycle knights have caused. But also the story of how friends support each other in turbulent times, especially when your heart has been stolen by your evil villain ex gf.
Bad Heroes is a comedy-adventure actual play podcast with a love of storytelling, roleplay, and the more charming forces of Hell. Set in a homebrew world using Pathfinder 1st Edition mechanics, it’s a show about four unlucky adventurers who have been thrown together on a dangerous mission to hunt curses for the Queen of Vyer. Follow along as these hapless heroes try to survive vampires, werewolves, and their own bad choices.
Candlekeep Mysteries is an anthology of 17 short, stand-alone, mystery-themed adventures for D&D, designed for characters of levels 1-16. Each adventure begins with the discovery of a book in the titular library, and each book is the key to a door behind which danger and glory await. These adventures can be run as one-shot games, plugged into an existing Forgotten Realms campaign, or adapted for other campaign settings. This book also includes a map of the library fortress and detailed descriptions of Candlekeep and its inhabitants.
A new year brings change, and in that spirit, we’re announcing the first major update to our Updated Dynamic Lighting system with Update 1.0, now live on Roll20. Last spring, we debuted Updated Dynamic Lighting to our Pro and Plus users. An entirely new system for allowing our players to control the lighting in their games, Updated Dynamic Lighting was developed from the ground up to replace Legacy Lighting once we knew that Legacy Lighting had reached its limit to accommodate user requests.
It’s a new year and that means a new season of Roll20’s Indie Showcase. This year will feature not just new games but an all new host team! If you’re meeting me for the first time, hi, my name is Jess (she/they). I’m a queer Canadian streamer, writer, producer,content creator, and a heckin huge nerd for indie games. As much as I appreciate the big name games for introducing me to TTRPGs, it’s indie games that have won my heart.
Before we look forward to the new items that have released so far this year, let’s take a second to look back at our Top 5 Independent Creators of 2020. The creators and items listed below were the highest selling non-Roll20 produced pieces of content on our Marketplace. So without further adieu, let’s jump right into the list: HUNTERS ENTERTAINMENT: ALICE IS MISSING | $19.99 Alice is Missing, is a silent role-playing game about the disappearance of Alice Briarwood, a high school junior in the small town of Silent Falls.
Bee Zelda (they/them) is a podcaster with the Broadswords on the Oneshot Network, a content creator, and a regular TTRPG twitch streamer. And now Bee, joined by the illustrious Jess, is co-producing the new season of the Roll20 Indie Showcase! Getting swept up in the world of tabletop RPGs, Bee has played so many games with so many people, and now they have the opportunity to show off their best tabletop skills.
This set of nine (!!!) individual urban-themed maps can be combined to form a series of continuous maps when used in sequential order. Mix and match and set the perfect scene for your party! The whole collection is also included as a conveniently-compressed compilation image to form one mega map of 51x66 squares. In this pack, you’ll find a marketplace, fountain square, city gate, churchyard, and more! Configure this mapset in dozens of different ways to reuse or randomize the layout to your heart’s content.
The Fate Worlds Fangs & Claws bundle from Evil Hat Productions is full of magical cats, gene-modding, vampires, and zombies. If that isn’t enough to keep you entertained, then we’re not sure what will! This bundle is jam-packed with adventure, turmoil, danger and magic as it contains The Secrets of Cats, Crisp Line, Blood on the Trail and Morts, all compatible with the FATE system. Whether you’re in the mood to play magical cats, face vampires or live the zombie life, the Fate Worlds Fangs and Claws bundle has you covered.
Dust off your reading spectacles–the Tome of Tips has returned. Today’s entry is a little different than past chapters. Today, we’re going to be talking about a game system–namely, Dungeons & Dragons: 5th Edition. Maybe you’ve heard of it! 5th Edition is the most popular system on Roll20 by far, and it’s played in a variety of ways. And there’s no wrong way to play. Whatever your flavor of D&D is, we think it’s awesome because it’s yours.
Looking for entertainment while you finish up your shopping, bake your cookies, or eat your leftovers? Come celebrate Rollvember with us! We’re streaming our way through the end of the year while you sit back, relax, and celebrate the very real and not-at-all made-up 13th month of the year. Support us in raising money for Code2040’s initiative to break down racial barriers in tech. We’ll be matching donations dollar-for-dollar up to $50,000.
Ah yes, Rollvember. That magical thirteenth month of the year between the beginning and end of December when you eat leftovers and spend time with friends. It is definitely not something we made up as an excuse to hang out and play games on stream, raising money for Code2040. Whether you’ve been celebrating Rollvember for as long as you can remember or this is your first time, you’re in for a treat.
Alien Archive 4 has arrived on Roll20 and in it you can battle, befriend, or become more than 100 bizarre alien life forms in this all-new creature collection. The Roll20 conversion features new races with full player rules, letting you play everything from a fungus-uplifted animal to a humanoid made of magical coral. There is also some new alien technology to help give your character an edge, including armor, weapons, magic items, and more.
The holidays are approaching fast, but no matter what you celebrate, there’s never a bad time to show some appreciation to the people who play games with you. But what do you get for the geek who has everything? They’ve already purchased the latest adventure modules. Their Compendium is already loaded with the latest expansions. What’s left to give? We’re here to help! Check out the list below for some ideas sure to put a smile on any player’s face.
Failed Save is the TTRPG show that has it all: chaos, comedy, chat interference…ahem…interactivity… DM’d by the exhausted Vince Caso, this cast of seasoned TTRPG players and improv comics take the audience on a ride that is filled with laughter, joy, and every now and then, an actual human emotion. Cast: Saige Ryan, Xander Jeanneret, Aabria Iyengar, Anthony Carboni, Gina DeVivo, and Kailey Bray Written by Dan of Pixel Circus
Earlier this week, we dropped a special holiday roundup on the blog that talks about our new approach for holiday fundraising this year. Most of you may be familiar with our holiday charity token packs that we have offered in past years for a donation to an organization we’re supporting. This year, we are doing something a bit different, a number of creators have offered to donate a portion of their sales from select items to help us in our ongoing effort to raise money for Code2040.
Two big Dungeons & Dragons: 5th Edition guides arrived on the Marketplace today: The Dungeon Master’s Guide and the Sword Coast Adventurer’s Guide! These books have been highly requested for a long time, and they’re sure to add value to any 5th Edition campaign. The Dungeon Master’s Guide The Dungeon Master’s Guide provides all the inspiration you need to create new worlds, new adventures, and unforgettable stories with friends. All that from the comfort and ease of your Compendium!
Riding in on the cold winds of December comes a new item from Roll20 Reserve! Or should we say items? The Airship & Galleon Combo Pack by Tom Cartos contains 2 separate multi-level vessels, made up of 9 individual maps each! Those maps come in Day, Night, Unfurnished & Transparent Background variants, and you’ll also find 12 swappable background textures and 126 unique assets to customize the ships to your crews’ content.
This December, some of our marketplace creators have generously pledged to donate a portion of their profits to Code2040, an organization dedicated to dismantling the structural barriers that prevent the full participation and leadership of Black and Latinx technologists in the innovation economy.It’s a cause that’s near our hearts, and it’s the same cause we supported during Roll20Con. And just like we did at Roll20Con, we’ll be matching any donations that go through our Tiltify campaign, up to $50,000.
The Trio Bryte is a rompy sci-fi story about an unlikely family of two robots and 100,000 bugs pushing adventure right up to the edge of apocalypse, staring into The Burn itself, and (hopefully) living to tell the tale! The trio is made up of: ExIgnis III, who is the latest incarnation of this particular Peacecraft, and has no memory, of how they died, or who they are. Now he saves others from the Burn, trying to learn who he is, and indeed, was.
_The Sword Coast Adventurer’s Guide is coming to Roll20 on December 3rd! To make sure you’re ready for its arrival, we asked DM extraordinaire Dave (of Lost Mine of Phandelver fame) to write a little bit about what makes the book so special, and how it’ll make your D&D 5E campaigns on Roll20 so much better. Take it away, Dave! _ I know what you’re thinking: “What the heck is SCAG?
Ready to take your Investigating to the next level? Check out the walkthrough of Call of Cthulhu’s Investigator Handbook on Roll20 with Kienna and Lauren of Salty Sweet Games! You can see how the Charactermancer works, where to find things in the compendium, and all of the math that Roll20 takes care of for you – essential for all of your Eldritch Horror investigation needs. The Investigator Handbook First Look Walkthrough is available on YouTube.
Tasha’s Cauldron is full of everything, and all of it is now on Roll20! It is packed full of expanded content for players and Dungeon Masters alike. This book is a great addition to the Player’s Handbook and baked in, you’ll find more rule options for all the character classes in the Player’s Handbook, including more subclass options. Thrown in for good measure is the artificer class, a master of magical invention.
There’s still time to check out 9th Level Games’ The Excellents! Come be an Excellent Princess in an awesome cartoon world of your own design. See the unique and engaging gameplay and setting from 9th Level’s Roll20Con oneshot – and then head over to Kickstarter to secure your own copy. There’s only a few days left to help keep Awesome World awesome and safe. Are you PRINCESS enough?! Find The Excellents: Excellents Princess Roleplaying now on Kickstarter.
Alien Archive is back for the third time! Starfinder Alien Archive 3 is packed with creatures like starmetal dragons and the spiral-winged irokirois to living holograms and body-snatching flayer leeches. The creatures in this codex will challenge adventurers no matter what strange worlds they’re exploring. Player rules for a variety of species let players not only fight aliens but be them! The Roll20 Conversion lets you play with less prep and contains over 100 new stat blocks with in-app drag-and-drop and 70 new items including weapons, magic items, and water vehicles!
Roll20Con 2020 was a blast. For those that joined us, whether you were one of the hundreds of thousands playing with some friends in the vtt or hanging out with us on Twitch, we hope you had as much fun as we did. Thanks to your efforts, we raised over $15,500 on Tiltify so far! We are still collecting donations, and we’ve got some exclusive rewards over there as well.
Winter is just around the corner, and as any adventurer worth their salt will tell you, it’s vital to have the right gear to endure the cold. Rest easy–the Roll20 Reserve has you covered. November’s reward is a token pack titled “It’s Cold Outside” from our friends at Norse Foundry. It’s stuffed with 30 winter-themed friends and foes, including the frost druid, ice imp, snow goblin, and winter hag. Whether you’re prepping an iced-over one-shot or adding some spice to the frozen wastes in your campaign, this token pack is sure to send a chill to your virtual tabletop.
Welcome to the year 2183. Something lurks in space and it is up to you to survive in spite of it. The ALIEN RPG Starter Bundle contains The ALIEN RPG Starter Set and the Destroyer of Worlds Cinematic scenario, at a discounted price. This is THE official ALIEN tabletop roleplaying game—a universe of body horror and corporate brinkmanship, where synthetic people play god while space truckers and marines play host to newborn ghoulish creatures.
Back in June, we made a statement: Black Lives Matter. To back that statement up, we made several commitments—to work with Black creators, to help uplift and support Black members of the tech industry at-large, to create change internally, and to make sure the initiative lives on in our work, beyond a single statement. October is almost over, and with Roll20Con in the rearview mirror, we wanted to take this opportunity to update you on those initiatives and hold ourselves accountable for that progress.
How’s your Roll20Con going? We announced a virtual tabletop full of new content at the announcement panel today. Read on for more details, and stay tuned for more news here, on the Roll20 Blog! _One of the new ships you can find in the all-new Galactic Grimoire! _ You probably already know about the FREE one shot adventure available this weekend for Burn Bryte, Trapped at the Edge. But at the panel today, we announced a new bestiary that expands on the imaginative Olaxis Galaxy.
We all want to continue loving the things we love, and online conventions are becoming more and more the norm. Instead of being held in large convention centers in centralized locations, they’re being held on video and streaming platforms like Zoom and Twitch. While they don’t have the exact same feel as in-person conventions, there are a lot of similarities, as well as some advantages and disadvantages. Let’s talk about that, as well as some strategies which might minimize some of the stressors of online conventions (and their aftermath).
Roll20Con is right around the corner! Next weekend–from Friday, October 23rd to Sunday, October 25th–we’ll have the best and brightest from around the Roll20 community streaming games, participating in discussions and panels, running demos, and so much more, all while raising money for our friends over at Code2040, an organization dedicated to dismantling racism in the tech industry. There’s so much happening at Roll20Con. Check out the schedule below for a complete list of all the official Roll20Con events happening on Twitch.
A new quarter is here, and with it, a new Orr Report. We love data here at Roll20, and we love having the chance to share that data with you, our users. Though there are, of course, mitigating factors, looking at the play data on Roll20 provides a nice framework for understanding up-and-coming trends in the TTRPG industry as a whole. Whether you’re a designer, producer, or just a fan, we hope the Orr Report helps you better understand the TTRPG market and hobby.
At Kobold Press, we know our monsters—and the Tome of Beasts II Compendium expansion for 5th Edition D&D on Roll20 contains a true menagerie of beasts. It checks all the boxes, from the creatures of the Void to demons, undead, and dungeon crawlers. Frankly, we’ve stuffed this book __too __full of monsters to fully describe here. To give you a sense of what’s in this compendium, I’d like to focus on three elements that are well represented in this book; arctic monsters, backers’ monsters, and fantastic familiars and animals.
Here are some of our favorites from our marketplace creators this week: Kraken Beach Scavengers by DMDave | $5.99 Forbidden City by Dan Pietro | $6.99 Castle Grel 1 by SirInkman | $4.99 Dungeon Delver Pack 1 by The Dungeon Warden | $5.99 In case you missed it this week, Roll20 Reserve is our newest feature - a way to say thanks for playing with us, exclusive to Pro subscribers only!
With 6 GBs of upload storage, no ads, API access, custom character sheets, Dev Server access, and more, Pro is truly the best way to enjoy Roll20. Now, there’s a whole new reason to enjoy a Pro subscription from Roll20. Introducing Roll20 Reserve, a new program that’s our way of saying thanks for playing with us. Each month, the Roll20 staff will hand-pick a new reward to give to our Pro subscribers.
The September Community Roundtable introduced Morgan, our Chief Technical Officer, and Amber, our Director of Marketing! Morgan gave a presentation highlighting just a small piece of the immense amount of work she’s done since joining us, Amber teased some very cool things in the works, and Kenton answered a lot of questions. Topics included: Morgan’s infrastructure presentation. Roll20Con! Questions about pay-to-play games. The best way to report a bug. Current Roll20 priorities, feature requests, upcoming improvements, and product updates.
The Dicey Amazons are a group of WOC and non-binary POC that love playing games. We are almost 20 episodes into our History Rising campaign, a 5e homebrew set in the N’therstrand. Follow our lively cast as we uncover the dark forces that are coming alive in our world. We can promise lots of laughs and edge of your seat cliffhangers. Join us to see if the cast can quell the rising storm.
This Saturday, settle in for a fantastical RPG in a brand new game! Good Strong Hands is about crafting stories together about friendship, teamwork, self-empowerment, overcoming harmful forces, and dealing with a world in crisis. Will the heroes escape corruption from the Void and save their world? Saturday, September 25 | 11am PT (6pm UTC) | twitch.tv/nerdburgergames Roll20 Presents Recap: Rime of the Frostmaiden had a most chill Session Zero!
Here are some of our favorites from our Marketplace Creators this week: BASIC Furniture by Mimee | $4.99 Haunts of the Ice Cavern by Tom Cartos | $6.99 Caves and Mines Dungeon Tiles by NovemberRush | $5.99 WOTW4: Heavy Armor by Devin Night | $5.99 Help us support Code2040! As a tech company, we are striving towards a more equitable industry and one of the ways we’re doing that is with matching donations to Code2040, “a nonprofit activating, connecting and mobilizing the largest racial equity community in tech to dismantle the structural barriers that prevent the full participation and leadership of Black and Latinx technologists in the innovation economy.
The games we make are inherently social. For The Queen is a GM-less game where the players build and discover the story together. Blades In The Dark stars a crew of flawed scoundrels chasing their fortunes on the grimy streets of a haunted metropolis. In Monster of the Week, the players work as a team to track down cryptids and other supernatural threats. These are all games about imagination, drama, suspense, and connecting through a shared story.
So, Lost Mine of Phandelver. The pseudo-introductory adventure for D&D 5th Edition. I think it was the first campaign I played after the system came out of uhh… beta? Do TTRPG systems do betas? Since then I’ve played it maybe twice more and run it once before this latest campaign that you’ve all watched. Definitely the first time I’ve done it on stream though, and I think that has probably been evident.
A cold wind blows in from the north. ICEWIND DALE: RIME OF THE FROSTMAIDEN is now available on Roll20! What terrible secrets and fantastic treasures wait for you in the heart of a glacier? RIME OF THE FROSTMAIDEN is a D&D 5th Edition adventure for 1st to 12th level characters that revisits the iconic, icy land of Icewind Dale. With all book assets and information fully integrated for the VTT, Roll20 is the best place to tell your tale of dark terror and frozen ambitions.
Welcome back to the Tome of Tips! Today, we’re tackling a big topic in the world of Roll20. It’s macros! If you’re not particularly well-versed in macros, you might find them intimidating. In fact, you might have started shaking in your boots of striding at the very mention of the name. Never fear; the Tome is here to help. We have a couple simple macros at the bottom of this post to get you started.
DOAD I founded Dungeons on a Dime (or DOAD) to help folx get into roleplaying games- a mission I have approached from all angles. The adventures, guides and resources DOAD make are inclusively-written and read for sensitivity, and aimed at readers of all experience levels. DOAD works exclusively with marginalized, young and/or entry-level creatives, helping them progress their careers. AOAD Adventures on a Dime (or AOAD) is a rules-light system, perfect for new game masters and players alike!
Wondering what’s new in the Marketplace this week? Check out some of our favorites from our marketplace creators and publishers: Adventures on a Dime by Dungeons on a Dime | FREE! Dawn of the Daikaiju by Pinnacle Entertainment | $14.99 A Pirate’s Life for me! by Kiel Thompson | $5.99 D&D Adventurers League Season 9 - Episode 16 by Wizards of the Coast |$4.
Mark your calendars and get your campaign prep done early: Roll20Con returns this year, bigger and brighter than ever! For those who haven’t joined us in past years, Roll20Con is two days of gaming for charity. This year, we’re raising money for our partnership with Code2040, an organization dedicated to ending racial disparity in the tech industry. You can read more about them here. From October 23rd to October 25th, 2020, we’ll be celebrating the online TTRPG community with panels, discussions, and plenty of gaming, featuring some of your favorite games, streamers, and creators from the wide world of Roll20.
The August Community Roundtable featured Jeff, Corey, and Bunny chatting about what’s been going on behind the scenes at Roll20 and what’s still to come. There was a lot of Dynamic Lighting discussion, a glimpse at new products out on the Marketplace, features being worked on, and suggestions for future work. Topics included: Dynamic Lighting reaching parity! The fantastic video content coming out. Current Roll20 priorities, feature requests, upcoming improvements, and product requests.
Are you a new Game Master or new to Roll20? Been GMing for a while and looking for new tips and tricks? Are you an avid lover of tabletop roleplaying games? Tabletop Tabletalk is for you! The brand new GM talkshow premieres Friday September 4, and every week Gabe will be going over key topics for playing ttrpgs virtually. The first session will focus on session tone and letting players guide the story.
In Harlem Unbound, prohibition is in full swing and bootleggers are living high and African-Americans are fleeing the oppressive South for greener pastures, creating a new culture in Harlem. The music of Fats Waller and Duke Ellington pours out of the city’s windows and there’s a feeling of possibility in the air, like never before. However, Harlem is also a powder keg, ready to explode. While classes and cultures collide, the horrors of the Cthulhu Mythos lurk beneath the streets, creeping through dark alleys and hidden doorways to infect the hopes and aspirations of the unwary.
NOTE: In the following blog, I focus on and use the intersection of race and racism for my examples because it is the topic I am most comfortable speaking to - any other form of -ism/-ist (such as ableism and ableist) also applies. The TTRPG world is unbelievably creative - we’ve seen so many cool games come to fruition, as well as settings, supplements, and so much more. As a community, we’re building worlds that are as diverse as we are.
Since the overthrow of the tyrannical Stross line, the city of Zobeck has known peace. But now, the balance of that peace is in jeopardy, as the Queen of Night and Magic comes to collect on an ancient bargain. The city’s only hope lies in a band of misfit heroes, as they fight to outwit and outclass the sinister Courts of the Shadow Fey! This 5th Edition adventure, made for 7th- to 10th-level characters, features 100 NPCs, a map with more than 60 locations to visit, and more than 40 encounters.
A new band of travelers are journeying across Olaxis! Salty Sweet Games began their brand new actual play campaign into the Roll20-exclusive system Burn Bryte on Tuesday. Join them for a homebrewed story, an excellent cast, great voice acting, and a whole lot of fun. For those that have been looking to see the Burn Bryte universe in action, Against the Stars should be at the top of your list.
We here at Roll20 know a good quest when we see one, and we know it starts with a noble cause. With Code2040, we’ve found a cause worth championing, and we’re asking you to join us on the adventure. Through our Tiltify campaign, we’ve partnered with Code2040 to aid in their mission against racial disparity in the tech industry. We’re matching donations up to $50,000, and we’re in it for the long haul—we’re going to keep the campaign going until we reach that goal.
The enchanted world of Humblewood arrives on Roll20! Hot off of a smash-hit Kickstarter, Humblewood is a Fifth Edition setting conversion that includes, in addition to a full Compendium, a compelling adventure for first to fifth level characters, complete with 40+ monsters, 11 full-color maps and, of course, Dynamic Lighting support for our Plus and Pro subscribers. Play as one of 10 playable animal races, from the astute crow-like Corvum and other noble birdfolk to the brave mouse-like Jerbeen and other tenacious humblefolk.
A shadowed figure approaches Witkha, Pasha, and Karasu. He raises a hand from beneath the blue scarf on his dark leather armor, and his long black hair slides over a shoulder. The tattoos on his right hand glow against his brown and green patterned skin as they hit the light. He smiles warmly before addressing the group, a slight hiss to his voice, “I heard you need help. My name is Basil.
Last week, we released the Convert Lighting Tool on the Dev server so our Pro users could give it a first look, under the name of “Dynamic Lighting Conversion Tool.” Now, after incorporating valuable feedback (including a different name for the sake of clarity and harmony with the UI), we’ve pushed it to our Live servers. Now everyone can convert their Legacy Dynamic Lighting games to Updated Dynamic Lighting in just a few quick moments.
Gabe James Games’ Class Modifier Module for 5th Edition comes to the Roll20 Marketplace! Previously seen on Roll20 sponsored streams Indoor Recess and Lost Mine of Phandelver, the Class Modifier Module offers a step-based class progression system to provide an alternative to racial bonuses in D&D 5E. Featuring all the base classes in 5th Edition, the Class Modifier Module is a novel approach to both character creation and progression for any 5th Edition player.
The first quarter of 2020 showed widespread growth for nearly every game system on Roll20. This quarter, that trend continued and was amplified–we saw unprecedented growth across nearly every game system. So many of you are staying connected during this time by playing games together, and we’re honored that you’ve turned to Roll20 as the place to do it. _Campaign Percentage: How many Roll20 campaigns use this game system.* _
Every year, we love Gen Con. We love making new friends and seeing old ones, we love the food (yes, we mean St. Elmo’s again), we love getting to play games and share our passion for the hobby with others, and we love celebrating gaming. But this year was different. While we’re sad we couldn’t be in Indianapolis, we were honored to virtually host the largest number of attendees Gen Con has ever seen.
Yesterday, we announced that Updated Dynamic Lighting reached feature parity with Legacy Dynamic Lighting. That means that Updated Dynamic Lighting does everything that Legacy Dynamic Lighting can do—and then some. If you’re curious about Updated Dynamic Lighting, check out our blog post from April to learn more. As we mention in the post above, we’ll be retiring Legacy Dynamic Lighting at some point in the future. While we’re not ready to announce a date for that retirement, we do have a new development working towards that date: The Dynamic Lighting Conversion Tool.
Updated Dynamic Lighting is a big part of optimizing the VTT for digital play. It helps GMs add that “ooh and ahh” factor to their games. It creates an air of mystery and suspense. It makes combat and exploration more active, and it makes games feel more alive. If you’re not familiar with Updated Dynamic Lighting, check out this blog post from April for an introduction. We have four important developments to UDL to share this week.
Expand the limits of what’s possible with the Pathfinder Advanced Player’s Guide - now available on Roll20! The Roll20 Conversion allows you to play with less prep and choose from 10 brand-new ancestries and four new classes: the shrewd investigator, the mysterious oracle, the daring swashbuckler, and the hex-slinging witch! Plus, over 40 new archetypes, more options for every ancestry and class in the Pathfinder Core Rulebook, and new backgrounds, feats, spells, and items provide more opportunities for customization than ever before.
Perhaps, in a parallel dimension, I am waking up in Indianapolis this week. I’m stressed from months of work and preparation, but I’m filled with excitement to see it all come together. It’s the week I spend literally every work day of the year thinking about and working towards. It’s Gen Con week. However, on the plane of reality that you and I inhabit, I’m at my desk in my apartment in Seattle.
Burn Bryte lead designer James Introcaso joined Kenton and Soraya to chat on the July Community Roundtable. We got to hear lots more about the brand new, Roll20-exclusive system, the galaxy of Olaxis, and how there came to be so many bugs in it. We also raised enough in donations to Code2040 during the stream to giveaway a copy of Burn Bryte! Topics included: Burn Bryte (shocking, we know)! Upcoming Gen Con panels.
This year with Gen Con Online, we know a lot of people are going to be hanging out on the virtual tabletop. So we’ve put together a panel of excellent and expert Virtual GMs to share their tips and tricks, and to talk about the challenges - and rewards - of playing online. Join us Saturday, August 1st at 12pm PT for the Virtual GMing panel and make sure to check out all of our Gen Con Events!
At Roll20, we believe in tabletop roleplaying’s power to bring people together. We’re dedicated to enabling players to unite across any distance to play as a group. That’s why we’re proud to support Free RPG Day on July 25. Free RPG Day is all about connecting publishers, retailers, and players while celebrating tabletop roleplaying games as a community, hobby, and industry. Participating retailers receive an abundance of new and exclusive RPG adventures, products, and accessories to provide the ultimate day of RPG gaming to players.
The ultimate sourcebook for new and variant magic in any fantasy setting has arrived on the Roll20 Marketplace! Deep Magic from Kobold Press compiles almost every spell published in the Deep Magic series for 5th Edition in the last few years. This volume updates and expands spells to include clarifying errata and revised versions based on player feedback, to improve language, and to update some of the earliest ones to make better use of 5th Edition language and formatting.
If you’ve ever been nervous about running a game on Roll20, this Roll20 Spotlight duo is here to help you out. They shared a short video where seasoned GM and Roll20 user BaronSheep walks the Viking Blonde through just how simple it can be to create a game, no subscription necessary! Do you know the perfect way to reward your favorite GM? Run a campaign for them. Trust us on this one.
Everything you love from acclaimed artist Simon Stålenhag’s Tales from the Loop is brought to life on the VTT. In it you play as teenagers in the late Eighties, solving Mysteries connected to the Loop. These mysteries let the characters encounter the strange machines and weird creatures that have come to haunt the countryside after the Loop was built. You’ll choose between playing characters such as the Bookworm, the Troublemaker, the Popular Kid, and the Weirdo.
Last week, many of you dared to hope. Burn Bryte launched on Roll20, and we couldn’t be happier with the reception. Thank you so much to everyone who has already picked it up, shouted about it online, or organized a group to have some fun in Olaxis. If you want to talk more about the game, a few awesome fans have already started a Discord server that you should join.
Pull up a cozy chair and pour yourself a cup of something hot; it’s time once again to crack open the fabled pages of the Tome of Tips, the leading source on all things Roll20! Today, we’re talking about the Turn Tracker. What is the Turn Tracker? As the name suggests, the Turn Tracker helps you keep track of initiative in your games. This is usually tied to combat encounters, but any time you need to keep track of…well, turns, the Turn Tracker helps you do just that.
Tuesday July 14th, our Indie Showcase is back and we’re kicking off with Magpie Games’s Zombie World. Host Victoria Rogers and game designer Mark Truman will be facing off against zombies alongside Kienna, Lauren, and Bee Zelda. Join us for a different indie game and new cast every Tuesday to expand your Roll20 horizons. Tuesdays 3pm PT (10pm UTC) | twitch.tv/roll20app This week from Roll20 Presents, Lost Mine of Phandelver learned that politeness does not work on skeletons, Indoor Recess passed a test (we were surprised too!
Burn Bryte has arrived! Featuring innovative gameplay tailor-made for the VTT, story-driven character progression, and a science-fantasy setting built on the power of hope, Burn Bryte is unlike anything you’ve ever played. This TTRPG is the first of its kind and was made exclusively for the Roll20 platform complete with Charactermancer support. The Burn Bryte Starter Bundle contains everything you need to start your own story and dive into Olaxis with ease and is chock full of inspiration ready to play on Roll20.
In a world of possibilities, how do you choose your destiny? For C’loni Bailey of Plot Hunters & Indoor Recess, the answer came relatively easy. The Greek inspirations of Theros have called to her since she was young, primarily through popular media such as Hercules and Xena. For C’loni, the relationship between Heroes and their gods, chosen or not, is an exciting dynamic. It can be a fraught, but thrilling situation, especially while trying to get through the college equivalent of Hero school–while also only four years old.
Join us for Session 0 of our ‘Burn Bryte: Burning Daylight’ playthrough! In this episode, we learn about the Olaxis Galaxy, walkthrough Burn Bryte character creation, and explore the origin story of our crew (and their ship called Wanda). This video is a helpful introduction to both our campaign and anyone looking for an overview of Burn Bryte. The Burn is coming. Lead a ragtag team of misfits across a screeching, dying sky.
The Burn is coming! Go get your first look at the brand new system developed exclusively for Roll20 with Session Zero of Burning Daylight. Celeste walked Darcy, Naseem, Jess, and Eugenio through character creation, showed off the Burn Bryte Charactermancer, and began diving into the immense lore of Olaxis. Watch the video now and join them live Thursdays at 7pm PT on Twitch. The first episode is up on YouTube.
Come get a first look at the new system! Our upcoming tabletop RPG, Burn Bryte, is coming to screens everywhere on July 7, but the actual play series starts on Twitch this week. A ragtag crew of adventurers will travel the stars of Olaxis and try to outrun the end of existence. Our heroes will play through the Burning Daylight story and take on a mysterious cult that worships the Burn.
There are new foes to fight amongst the stars! Starfinder Alien Archive 2 has hit the marketplace and presents a host of new creatures designed for use with the Starfinder Roleplaying Game! From the laser-breathing tashtaris and starship-eating stellar protozoans to dust mantas and undead bone troopers, the creatures in this codex will challenge adventurers no matter where in the galaxy they may travel. What’s more, player rules for a variety of species let players not just fight aliens, but be them!
Have you ever felt destined for greatness? Were you ever told that you were fated to slay countless monsters and that your name, or at least your exploits, would live on for eons? If so, unfortunately, this isn’t for you. This is for the person who will bear the responsibility of helping you shape those stories. For this blog, we’ll be gaining some insight into the perspective of TK Johnson, DM of Tales from the Mists and Indoor Recess, on Mythic Odysseys of Theros.
We’re hard at work to bring Updated Dynamic Lighting to a feature-complete state, and we have three important updates to share today. Let’s jump right in! When Worlds Collide We’ve been refining the Restrict Movement setting, and we found something pretty cool while solving some issues with light bleeding through barriers. With Restrict Movement and Updated Dynamic Lighting turned on, our Updated Dynamic Lighting barriers now better respect the size of your token.
This Sunday, Jess (go_jg) is hosting an entire day of games full of dragons, mermaids, sparkles, and heists. Starting at 8am PT, players will be showcasing indie games and raising money for the Trevor Project. Join them for great role playing, a whole lot of fun, and the chance to win some cool prizes (including copies of _For The Queen _on Roll20)! Sunday, June 28 | twitch.tv/go_jg 8am PT (3pm UTC): Dragonhearts 11:30am PT (6:30pm UTC): Glitter Hearts 2:30pm PT (9:30pm UTC): One Particular Harbor 6pm PT (1am UTC): Queer Heist Crew - Multiverse Mashup Don’t forget to catch up on Lost Mine of Phandelver and Indoor Recess!
Step right up, Extinction Curse parts three, four, five & six have hit the Roll20 Marketplace! Extinction Curse is a 6-part adventure path that casts the players as part of a traveling circus. When the ringmaster of the Circus of Wayward Wonders is murdered moments before the troupe’s debut, you, the daring circus performers must scramble to arrange a successful show and find the killer. You can dive into this adventure on Roll20 with little to no prep as all book assets and information are fully integrated for the VTT, including all 65+ monsters and 12 full-color maps with GM layer information and Dynamic Lighting support (requires Plus / Pro subscription), rollable tokens, rollable tables, and macros.
Did you miss the Community Roundtable on June 18? We had a special guest fromCode2040! Danielle Owens, the VP of Programs, gave us some of her time to discuss the work Code2040 is doing to address the systemic barriers in tech for Black and Latinx people. Topics Included: Code2040’s work and the Roll20 Tiltify campaign with matching donations Burn Bryte is almost here! Dynamic Lighting Demo: updates for collisions, directional lighting, and Night Vision coming soon.
Iniciativa+4 runs the most unique way to play Dungeons & Dragons: a weekly Battle Royale! Players sign up to face off against one another on a battle map. Each win can get them more in-game gear and goodies to help them in their quest to be the last one standing. The GMs use Dynamic Lighting, macros, APIs, and more to enhance the player and viewer experience in unprecedented ways. Their summer league began on June 14 so it’s the perfect time to check them out.
Burn Bryte is the first of its kind, a TTRPG created by Roll20 and tailored for play exclusively on Roll20. Every mechanic was designed carefully to ensure that players get the most out of what our platform has to offer. It is built so that you can maximize those epic moments that come with science fantasy epics. In Burn Bryte, the players build heroic characters who live together on a spaceship in the Olaxis Galaxy, a place of tenacious creatures and magic-powered tech.
This weekend marks the arrival of D&D Live 2020, and Roll20 is the perfect place to play along. We’ve got a ton of virtual tables set up for the festivities running from June 18 through June 20. Head over to theD&D Live Event Portal to sign up for games–just look for “Roll20” in the event title and description. In order to make sure there’s space for everyone, please only sign up for one time slot per day.
We’re excited to announce BURN BRYTE, the first-ever TTRPG built from the ground-up for Roll20. Available for preorder now, Burn Bryte will hit the virtual tabletop on July 7. We asked lead designer James Introcaso to write a brief introduction to the science-fantasy world of Burn Bryte. Read on to find out more! Stare oblivion in the face and dare to hope. On July 7, more than three years of incredibly hard work by many, many people will come to fruition.
Start Saturdays off with horrific intrigue in Salty Sweet Games’s Masks of Nyarlathotep campaign. This Pulp Cthulhu game is full of heart-wrenching stories and gory mystery where Keeper Lauren takes atmospheric music to an Eldritch level. You can also watch the entire series from the beginning on their YouTube channel. Saturdays | 9am PT | twitch.tv/saltysweetgames Don’t forget to watch the premieres of _Lost Mine of Phandelver _and Indoor Recess, which are now on the Roll20 YouTube channel!
TK Johnson (@tkjoinsthefray) has graciously allowed us to share their (non-exhaustive) compilation of Black creators and streamers in the tabletop RPG community. TK began it in celebration of Black History Month 2019 as a Twitter thread, continued this February, and we appreciate their work. Of course, this isn’t a comprehensive list, but it’s certainly a good start at listening to and learning from the tabletop RPG community. Mistress Verse
Roll20 is seeking to expand our licensed content resources by bringing on additional conversion content producers as remote independent contractors. The ideal candidate is seeking additional regular income and work experience while pursuing other freelance, creative, or educational opportunities.This contract is limited to 40 hours a week, depending on production schedules. The production team creates high-quality, officially converted licensed content (rulebooks, game modules, bestiaries, etc.) while also indulging in conversations about pop culture, anime, and our favorite regional convenience store treats.
Hey friends! I’m Jason from Bully Pulpit Games, designer of Fiasco and Roll20 fan. I thought I’d share a little bit about why the new version of Fiasco is a perfect match for Roll20, and what was involved in bringing it to the platform. If you are unfamiliar with Fiasco, it is a tabletop roleplaying game about dumb people getting into trouble. It flips the script on most roleplaying games, in that you really savor the stupid confusion and epic failure that your characters inevitably endure, and things inevitably do not go well for them.
Eldritch horror, gunslingers, and the wide open desert. Chaosium, the creators of the Call of Cthulhu RPG, have launched a new live game on their official Twitch channel. “Shadows Over Stillwater” is a wild west adventure that takes a band of investigators the length and breadth of the frontier. You can catch Chaosium’s previous campaigns, set in exotic locales like Russia, Berlin, and an underground dystopia, on the Chaosium YouTube channel.
Ready to shape your legend and clash with the gods? Mythic Odysseys of Theros takes place in Theros, a realm shaped by deities and the deeds of heroes. From the temples of omen-speaking oracles to the five realms of the Underworld, the champions of the gods vie for immortal favor and a place among the world’s living myths. Choose a supernatural gift that sets you on the path of destiny, align yourself with one of Theros’s fifteen gods, then carve a tale of odysseys and ordeals across the domains of mortals, gods, and the dead.
The pain Black communities experience as a result of police violence is unacceptable. Systemic racial injustice is real and must be acknowledged and confronted in order to create real justice. The protests going on today are an important step in an ongoing struggle against a global legacy of systemic racism. The consequences of this legacy can be felt throughout society, including gaming. In the selection of what gets published, who gets hired, and what streams receive the greatest attention, we are impacted by bias.
Updated Dynamic Lighting’s Explorer Mode paints a clear and valuable picture of your character’s surroundings on the tabletop, both in what it shows and what it hides. We’ve recently made some updates that add more granularity to that. The appearance of Explorer Mode is now a bit different to help you differentiate between the currently Lit Area and the previously Explored Area. Take a look below: Previously, Explorer Mode was much more binary: Either something was visible, or it wasn’t.
That’s right; the cozy world of Humblewood will be available on Roll20 this summer! Hit Point Press and Roll20 have partnered to bring you this lush campaign setting with the quality conversion you have come to expect from our official Marketplace products. This is a conversion of the entire Humblewood Campaign Setting, featuring all the extra content from the successful Kickstarter campaign bundled together in one easy purchase! Humblewood takes place in the woodland world of Everden, home to a menagerie of walking and talking animals dressed to the nines and making their own ways in a mysterious and perilous world!
Subterranean labyrinths, untold treasure, and epic monsters – the_Lost Mine of Phandelver_ has it all. Even better, this classic D&D adventure is getting a new show! JoinDave, Elf, Lauren,Aki, and Aabria on Monday June 1st as they create characters to start off on a legendary journey. Mondays | 1pm - 4pm PT (8pm - 11pm UTC) |twitch.tv/dnd And in case you missed it, Indoor Recess took a first look at the Mythic Odysseys of Theros!
The award-winning story-telling game inspired by cinematic tales, FIASCO has arrived on Roll20! In this ready-to-play complete bundle, you’ll have access to the core game, plus all 4 released expansion packs, for a total of 11 different playsets! You’ll tell a story about ordinary people with powerful ambition and poor impulse control. Lives and reputations will be lost, painful wisdom will be gained, and if you are really lucky, you just might end up back where you started.
Until now, every compendium for a system would always be available in every game you launched for that system, regardless of settings. This sometimes created less than ideal experiences. GMs had a difficult time curating the exact experience they envisioned for their players. That’s why we’re introducing Compendium Selection. It allows game owners to choose exactly which compendiums they want available in a single instance of a game. Want to build a D&D game on Ravnica, without any of the monsters in Mordenkainan’s Tome of Foes?
In case you missed the Community Roundtable on May 21, here’s your recap! Roll20 Team members Soraya and Kenton discussed new features, talked about upcoming product releases, and answered questions. Topics included: The show announcement for Indoor Recess! A Jukebox and music discussion. Questions about Pathfinder and Starfinder products and support. Discussions about resources for new players, recent wait times on support tickets, where to find the Change Log, and some interesting suggestions.
May 26 - 31 is PaizoCon Online! You can find their full stream schedule on their blog but here are a few actual plays we’re particularly excited about. Starfinder - X.T.R.E.M.! | Wednesday May 27 | 4 - 7 pm PT Pathfinder - Roll for Combat | Thursday May 28 | 4 - 7 pm PT Pathfinder - Band of Bravos | Friday May 29 | 4 - 7 pm PT Pathfinder - Roll the Role | Saturday May 30 | 10 - 12 pm PT All of these and more will be on twitch.
NEW SHOW ALERT! Tuesday May 26, join Game Master TK Johnson as they take a first look at Dungeons & Dragons’_ Mythic Odysseys of Theros_ and prepare a whole new adventure for Carlos Luna, C’loni Bailey, Masood Haque, and Katie Mae. Theros goes on sale on June 2, so this is your chance to see inside the book before it’s even released! Tuesdays | 8pm - 11pm PT (3am - 6am UTC) | twitch.
Extinction Curse is a 6-part adventure path that casts the players as part of a traveling circus. When the ringmaster of the Circus of Wayward Wonders is murdered moments before the troupe’s debut, you, the daring circus performers must scramble to arrange a successful show and find the killer. You can dive into this adventure on Roll20 with little to no prep as all book assets and information are fully integrated for the VTT, including all 65+ monsters and 12 full-color maps with GM layer information and Dynamic Lighting support (requires Plus / Pro subscription), rollable tokens, rollable tables, and macros.
We’re back with another chapter of Tome of Tips, and this time, we’re talking all about the Roll20 Charactermancer. So whether you have questions about it or have never used it, this chapter is for you. Let’s get into it! What is the Roll20 Charactermancer? The Charactermancer is a step-by-step process that makes building a character simple and streamlined and is available to anyone with a Roll20 account, regardless of subscription status.
If you’re new GM to Roll20 you might be asking yourself what the heck is a Transmogrifier, or maybe you are already familiar with it and looking for a refresher or some creative new ways to use it - this is where Tome of Tips comes in. Tome of Tips is a new series where we will explore Roll20 features, popular questions and more to help enhance your playing experience on our platform.
A brand new cast of cohorts takes to the open seas! Using the Rapscallion setting from Magpie Games, Wandering DM and his crew start their pirate lives this weekend. You can watch the Black Flag Session Zero from last week over on YouTube, where they used a Descended From The Queen game to set motivations, relationships, and the plot in motion. Saturdays | 10am PT | twitch.tv/wanderingdm Don’t forget to check out our latest Learning Roll20 video on Tokens and Handouts.
The fan-favorite Dungeons & Dragons adventure _Out of the Abyss _is now available on the Roll20 Marketplace! This D&D adventure takes you below the surface of the Forgotten Realms, deep into the labyrinthine netherworld of the Underdark. The Roll20 conversion lets you play with less prep by including adventurers from level 1 to 15, all set-up natively in the Roll20 Virtual Tabletop. It also contains 40+ new monsters and 15 unique items with drag-and-drop support, including the Wand of Viscid Globs, Dawnbringer, and each spell gem.
We know that many of you rely on Roll20 as a home for your games and we apologize for the interruption many of you recently experienced while playing on the site. We’re here to let you know that we are actively working on a solution and we currently have a majority of the Roll20 development team devoted to resolving the problems you’ve been experiencing such as Virtual Tabletop response speed, the API Sandbox, long game load times, and slow dice rolls.
Looking for adventure this weekend? Join #Roll20Spotlight group, Plot Hunters, as they embark on a special one shot from Explorer’s Guide to Wildemount on Roll20. They will make you laugh, make you cry, and sometimes both at the same time. We have proof – just watch their excellent Fiasco game during Roll20Con 2019! Saturday May 9 | 5pm PT | twitch.tv/plothunters And don’t miss our Learning Roll20 series streaming live on twitch.
Get ready to explore Arkadia in Fate of the Oracle by Arcana Games. Set in a world of heroes, monsters, gods, and titans highly inspired by the history and myths of Ancient Greece. This adventure is great for new characters as it takes them from level 1 to level 5 as you venture through the mythical bronze age. If you’re in the mood for a longer campaign, Fate of the Oracle is a great choice.
2020 has seen widespread growth for nearly every game system on Roll20. Let’s look at how that growth plays out! Campaign Percentage: How many Roll20 campaigns use this game system.* _Account Percentage: How many Roll20 users play this game system.* _ *Only games with at least one hour of playtime are counted in these results. When we compare this quarter’s Top 10 to the ones from Q4 2019, we find that there’s been very little movement in the overall rank.
Raise your hand if you’ve ever had questions about how to do things on Roll20. We want to help you: Create a character or character sheet Roll dice Set up Dynamic Lighting Use tools like zoom or drawing Those questions and many more will be answered in our newest 8-week series, “Learning Roll20”. We have joined forces with the folks over at Dungeons & Dragons to bring you an educational and interactive series that teaches you how to use Roll20 and make the most of it to create a great gaming experience for you and your friends!
Online conventions continue as the tabletop community works to keep everyone safe and connected. As hard as it has been to see physical events be canceled, everyone is working hard to continue uplifting one another. Look into the upcoming events below to find some great distractions to share with your friends: KoboldCon | May 1 - 3 | Our friends from Kobold Press have moved KoboldCon online! Join them for a weekend of games, and special guests that include Satine Phoenix, Luke Gygax, and more.
Looking for a game that can take you on a journey through magical lands where you will encounter strange dilemmas that can only be solved through magic? Spoken Magic by Dylan Grinder does just that! This prompt-based collaborative storytelling game is perfect for one to four players. It’s packed four preloaded decks plus a playmat and rules that are specially adapted for the virtual tabletop which makes it easy to play online and brings that magical in-person experience right into a digital space.
But first – there are two upcoming streams we’re excited for. This Sunday Gail Simone, Mercedes Lackey, Jody Lynn Nye, Larry Dixon, and Chris Spivey are playing Castle Falkenstien by R. Talsorian Games for charity! Join them for a great cause and a great time: April 26, 2pm PT on twitch.tv/wanderingdm. Then next week tune in to twitch.tv/dnd for a brand new series: Learning Roll20. Our very own Carlos Luna and Victoria Rogers of the Broadswords will be teaching you how to play D&D on Roll20 in an 8 episode mini-series special.
There’s a new ghoulish bundle in town this week from our friends at Kobold Press! The Empire of the Ghouls - Complete Bundle includes the Roll20 Conversion of the Empire of the Ghouls adventure PLUS The Underworld Player’s Guide and Underworld Lairs - a series of 14 adventures for character levels 3-15! You can get the entire bundle right now in the Roll20 marketplace. Another Friday is on the horizon which means a new Adventurer’s League module!
Compendiums are amazing resources where you can find the rules and lore of tabletop games. On Roll20, we have eleven of the complete rulebooks for some of the best game systems out there – all completely searchable! Ever go looking for - let’s say “gnoll” - and have been overwhelmed with choices that didn’t tell you their context? No more! Check out the update to Compendium Searching, complete with subheadings and alphabetized categories.
Dialect: A Game About Language and How It Dies Dialect by Thorny Games is a game about an isolated community, their language, and what it means for that language to be lost. A GM-less game, it runs about 3 - 4 hours, and the possibilities are endless. Thoughts from our team: “I love how different it can be with different groups! It’s very flexible depending on the people you’re playing with.
Here are some of our favorites from our Roll20 Marketplace creators this week: Chibbin Grove: Token Markers Vol. 1 by Connor Smith | $4.99 Mindflayer Lair Battlemaps by Czepeku | $4.99 Chibi Monsters - Dragons and Other Flyers [Tokens] by Ben N. | $4.99 Torment and Legacy Demo Adventure by Paizo | FREE If you haven’t already, be sure to take a look at all of the free resources we’ve put together for your gaming needs in our Stay at Home, Play at Home blog series linked below:
At the start of 2019, we helped Roll20 Get a New Look with an update to Advanced Fog of War. While our data showed that the changes made the system run faster for many users, it also highlighted structural problems with the original design and architecture of that feature. It became clear that we couldn’t bandage up this feature. We needed to rebuild it from the ground up, leveraging modern tools and designing with an eye towards our users’ needs.
This week, we highlighted a bunch of free goodies from our friends at Paizo in our latest Stay at Home, Play at Home blog series. Take some time to read up on what’s available if you haven’t already but if you’re looking for a TL;DR version, here is a quick breakdown of the free Starfinder & Pathfinder items that are already unlocked for you and ready to use: Starfinder Against the Aeon Throne AP 1: The Reach of Empire Adventure
We’re back this week with more freebies and resources to help keep your games interesting and entertaining as we all practice social distancing. This week, we’re focusing on all things Paizo as we have partnered with them to bring you some Starfinder and Pathfinder goodies that are available to you right now. So…Let’s jump right in! Starfinder Against the Aeon Throne AP 1: The Reach of Empire This first adventure path sends you to a fog-shrouded world in the Vast, where you will soon discover that a small military force from the Azlanti Star Empire has invaded and occupied the Pact Worlds colony there.
More Monsters = more fun! The _Pathfinder Bestiary 2 _rulebook greatly expands on the foes found in the Pathfinder Bestiary. Featuring 350+ new & classic monsters, this must-have tome of monsters is designed to challenge characters of any level. It is an essential companion to your Pathfinder game and it’s all yours to pre-order right now on the Roll20 Marketplace! Pro Tip: This product is a preorder and will NOT utilize the Paizo API until the product launches on the launch date.
It’s been difficult to watch some of our favorite conventions postponed or canceled over the last weeks. These events are a way to connect with our community, learn about new games, get to know our favorite designers and creators, and laugh. Many of them have been hard at work trying to figure out how to keep the spirit of convention gaming alive while we all remain physically apart. For some of them, that means bringing their event online.
Social distancing doesn’t have to be isolating. We know you’re at home and we hope you find yourselves in good health and good company. If you’re missing your friends and family during this difficult time, we want to help. We’ve partnered with Critical Role & Wizards of the Coast to bring you the first adventure from Explorer’s Guide to Wildemount - available now, for free! Explorer’s Guide to Wildemount is the ultimate source for playing D&D on the continent of Wildemount - featuring a vibrant gazetteer to guide you through new cities, cultures, and conflicts.
Critters, get excited! Critical Role and Wizards of the Coast have partnered with us to give all of you free access to one of the first adventures in Explorer’s Guide to Wildemount, WOTC’s new Dungeons & Dragons sourcebook released earlier this week! Explorer’s Guide to Wildemount is the ultimate source for playing D&D on the continent of Wildemount - featuring a vibrant gazetteer to guide you through new cities, cultures, and conflicts.
GAME NIGHT IS STILL ON Staying in? It doesn’t mean you have to cancel game night. As your virtual tabletop, we are here to help make sure you can still connect with your friends and family… And loot those dungeons, fly your starships, run away from eldritch horrors, or even just doodle together. Below are some helpful pieces to get you started. Happy adventuring! FOR FREE USERS Play From Home pack of tokens and maps FREE until July 14, 2020
Friday is almost here and that means you should be on the lookout for another Dungeons & Dragons Adventurer’s League Season 9 module! In the meantime, here are some of our favorites from Roll20 Marketplace Creators this week: City Suburbs Modular Pack by Tom Cartos | $5.99 Azu’s Fantasy Token Pack 3 by Azu | $4.99 Isle of Lore 2: Status Icons & Token Markers by Steven Colling | $9.
Let there be (A New) Light! Our vastly improved, rebuilt from-the-ground-up lighting system has launched on the Dev Server for testing by Pro subscribers as Updated Dynamic Lighting. When we updated the lighting system last year, you told us that it wasn’t enough. You were right. The system that supported Advanced Fog of War was not robust enough to support many users’ needs, and no amount of optimization to make it faster could really hammer it into shape.
This week, pre-orders opened up for Dungeons & Dragons Mythic Odysseys of Theros by Wizards of the Coast. This will be a complete conversion of the rulebook, featuring Roll20 enhancements such as Roll20 Charactermancer support for character options, drag-and-drop creatures, and more! Pre-order yours today and it will automatically unlock on June 2nd, 2020. As if Fridays couldn’t get any better, Dungeons & Dragons Adventurer’s League Season 9 is also headed to Roll20 tomorrow with its first module.
Sound the trumpets and ring the bells, because we’re kicking off the new decade with a huge new milestone: there are now over 5 million Roll20 users in the world! To everyone out there who’s created an account, who’s invited friends to join them, who’s told us what they need and pushed us to make this platform better and better: thank you. It seems like just yesterday that we celebrated 3 million users… but actually that was 2 years ago (almost to the day)!
Whether you’re new or a veteran Pathfinder 1 or 2 GM or maybe even a Pathfinder player looking to give a specific gift to your GM to help them run the game, the Pathfinder Second Edition Gamemastery Guide is perfect for any of those scenarios. Now you’ll have more tools and rules systems to add to your game. It is also even easier to customize the rules to make the game your own.
Looking for some first class entertainment this weekend? How about a sweet Valentine’s themed oneshot about a 1920s mining town with a sinister secret! Join RIPmika, Critical Bard, TK Johnson, and Kienna Shaw as Keeper of Arcane Lore Lindy takes them on a Call of Cthulhu adventure none of them will ever forget… if they survive. First streamed on February 15, the VOD is now available for the watching and rewatching on the Roll20 YouTube.
Are you ready to dive into a world of mystery, horror, and adventure? Good, because the _Call of Cthulhu Starter Set _has arrived on Roll20! Grab your investigator hat and prepare to uncover mind-blowing mysteries and dark secrets, all while encountering strange monsters, and thwarting sinister cults. The Roll20 conversion of the Call of Cthulhu Starter Set has everything you need to start playing right away even if you’re new to the system.
Gather round, all ye Sheet Authors and Custom Character Sheet makers: today we launched a new Pro subscriber feature to make your lives easier! The Custom Sheet Sandbox gives you a new, streamlined game type where you can upload character sheet files directly from your computer and update the sheets in real time on the VTT. Over 3,000 users currently run games with their own custom character sheet. Meanwhile, across Roll20, 37.
Valentine’s day is one of those days that you either love or hate, but one thing is for sure - we love some RPG themed gifting! Whether you’re looking for a gift for your favorite GM, your significant other, the person who introduced you to tabletop RPGs for the first time, or even yourself, we’ve got you covered… Buckle up, grab your wallet, and enjoy the roundup! Gift Ideas from Roll20__®_ Roll20® Plush Pink Die | $24.
It all comes down to this. The third and final piece of Against the Aeon Throne: The Rune Drive Gambit is here, and the fate of the Pact Worlds – the galaxy rests in your hands! Roll20 Features: All book assets and information fully integrated for the VTT 26 aliens, including 1 unique starship with stats 5 full-color maps with GM layer information and dynamic lighting support (requires Plus/Pro subscription) Rollable tables and macros All you need to do is infiltrate a secret facility, liberate captive scientists, and keep an experimental starship drive out of the hands of the dastardly mastermind behind it all.
Earlier this month we released one of the most popular items on our Suggestions Forum: The Custom Token Marker update! This update gives users more ways to play their games, their way! Now, just when you thought it couldn’t get any better…IT DID! The Roll20 Marketplace will now be home to custom token marker sets created by none other than our amazing Marketplace Artists! Yep, you read that right - you can head on over and purchase your own customized token markers starting now!
As the door to the old house creaks open, the only question is…who’s going first? The ENnie Award-winning, collaborative storytelling RPG Kids on Bikes from Hunters Entertainment & Renegade Games has made its way to Roll20! Get ready to take on the roles of everyday people forced to face strange, terrifying, and incredibly powerful forces that they cannot defeat, control, or even begin to fully understand. The Roll20 version will come complete with the following:
It’s a brand new year, and we’ve got brand new numbers to wrap up the Q4 2019 Orr Group Industry Report! _Campaign Percentage: How many Roll20 campaigns use this game system.* _ _Account Percentage: How many Roll20 users play this game system.* _ *Only games with at least one hour of playtime are counted in these results. In the last Orr Report, we saw Call of Cthulhu surge to second place and wondered if we’d see it go even higher in the spooky season.
An updated version of the Zoom tool with revisions based on user feedback launches today! Using the new features is easy. Let’s look: When we first introduced changes to the Zoom tool in November, you let us know that those changes did not meet your expectations. We took it back to the metaphorical workshop and nailed two goals onto the wall: (1) For the people who like the current system, it works that same way.
We’re looking to expand the party here at Roll20®! We are bringing on a full-time Producer to assist our Licensing team. Are you that adventurer? If you would like to join our team, please read the job description and apply by clicking here. Applications will only be accepted until January 24, 2020.
Prison break! Staging a daring breakout from a penal colony brings more than bargained for in Paizo’s Against the Aeon Throne: Escape from the Prison Moon Adventure Path. The second part of the Starfinder Adventure Path is now available on Roll20. Roll20 Features: Complete book text converted into the Roll20 VTT, ready to add into the first adventure of Against the Aeon Throne Dynamic Lighting on every battle map to add more drama to your game (requires Plus / Pro subscription) 20 aliens fully statted with one-click-actions 1 unique starship with map 2 additional maps with GM layer information and dynamic lighting support, rollable tokens, rollable tables, and macros Hurry– infiltrating a well-guarded prison moon isn’t going to happen by itself, and the Azlanti Empire still has that experimental starship drive out there… continue your Starfinder adventure now in Against the Aeon Throne: Escape from the Prison Moon available for $22.
Get ready adventurers– Wildemount awaits! That’s right, the official setting made in collaboration with Critical Role will be released on March 17 in the Explorer’s Guide to Wildemount. Preorder your copy now to not waste a moment diving in at launch. The_ Explorer’s Guide to Wildemount_ will have everything you need to craft your own stories, discover secrets from Matthew Mercer, as well as uncover new subclasses, items, spells, and more.
One of the most popular items on our Suggestions Forum has become a reality: say hello to Custom Token Markers! For a long time, we’ve supplied a basic set of generic token markers that automatically load in every game. But we knew we wanted to support a wide variety of game systems and aesthetics, and your votes showed us that you felt the same way. We’ve added a new Token Marker Library to allow you to create and customize as many sets as you want.
Twenty looms large as a number of significance in our work. Getting the desired side of the infamous icosahedron die to display is a sign of great success and invites celebration. But rolls are random, despite what our brain tells us. While randomness and opportunity certainly play a role in building a product, they aren’t what you rely on to achieve progress. We think it’s important to talk to you– our community– about the state of the board, and what we’re working on progressing in the new year.
Strange things are happening. Do you dare to learn more?_ Call of Cthulhu_ has officially arrived bringing horror, the likes of which this world has never seen before. Grab your Keeper Rulebook and get ready to lead your players through the unknowable– maybe they’ll even keep their sanity intact! Roll20 Features: Full compendium with all book assets, including rules pages for presenting the mythos, combat chases, and Investigator creation.
Roll20 is officially in winter mode now that December is here and that means a few things - time to cozy up, play some games, and hopefully spread some cheer! We thought we’d give a little something to our Roll20 community so we present to you a beautiful Cozy Cabin Map Pack from David Hemenway to set the mood for your next game. David has created a winter forest featuring a cozy cabin, a sweet sled and lots of other fun items and it’s available for free to all Roll20 users!
Hey Pro subscribers– you can now play around with Custom Token Markers on the Dev Server! As the most upvoted open suggestion from the Suggestions Forum, we suspect more than a few of you would like to test out the new feature. So, time to customize your games (even more) and please give us your feedback! If you’re not a Pro subscriber yet and want early access to new features like this when they hit the Dev Server, or you want to join us in Roll20’sPro forums, you can upgrade to aPro subscription.
That’s right, FATE has officially arrived on Roll20. Name your genre, FATE can do it. Want sword & sorcery in space? Got it. Looking for a western-theme with robots? Done! But wait– there’s more! Not only are the FATE Core and Accelerated compendiums available, the Til Dawn and Masters of Umdaar Fate Worlds have come with them! FATE Core: $9.99 USD Includes FATE Core compendium FATE Accelerated: $4.
Forget Gygaxian, Sanchezian is where it’s at! The Lost Dungeon of Rickedness: Big Rick Energy has come all the way from Earth C-141 containing a truly unique adventure for unsuspecting untested heroes. It even comes with Rick Sanchez’s seal of approval, which is no easy feat. Roll20 Features: __The full adventure __from Dungeons & Dragons vs Rick and Morty. __Map __complete with Dynamic Lighting (for Plus/Pro subscribers). Pre-generated characters with tokens and completely filled character sheets!
December 13 at 8am PT, come hang out with our Director of Communications and Product Director (or Soraya and Kenton as we call them) as they chat with Ashton, our Senior Producer and Cassie, our User Collab Team Lead, and answer some community questions. Submit a question ahead of time over here. This is your chance to get direct answers on recent and coming updates, behind the scenes looks at the production and character sheet creation process, and maybe even some sneak peeks of Roll20 in 2020!
Pick a bundle, any bundle! Whether you’re a GM looking to build out your D&D library, get a wider variety of monsters for your campaigns, add some smaller adventures into your campaigns or homebrews or you’re a player that wants more character options for the Roll20 Charactermancer - the Roll20 D&D Bundles have a little something for everyone. These bundles are curated to include the most popular modules, adventures, and rulebooks in Dungeons and Dragons history and they offer an immediate 15% savings when purchased all together rather than as individual products.
Stories don’t always end well. The Last War turned old allies into bitter enemies and destroyed an entire nation. Now Eberron is ready to rebuild… but for better or worse? Help shape the future in Eberron: Rising from the Last War. Roll20 Features: Compendium expansion with full book text, over 40 stat blocks, more than 35 new items, and more. Adventure addon: Forgotten Relics for levels 1 - 2 complete with all 22 monsters, 14 maps with Dynamic Lighting (for plus/pro subscribers), and GM layer information.
Yesterday, we released an update to the Zoom tool on Roll20. Our intention was to address user requests by simplifying the existing tool and more closely aligning with modern standards. Unfortunately, the update missed the mark - and more critically, created usability issues for users. As a result, we’ve decided to roll back the update and revert to the previous version while we continue work on the new Zoom. The code released yesterday is still available on the Dev Server, including yesterday’s hot fixes, for your continued input.
We recently made some changes to payment processing to remain up to date with current technologies, including Stripe and Paypal’s systems. While we were at it, we tackled a few quality of life improvements for users. You may notice a few changes in the interface, but most of this work is behind the scenes. If you have any questions regarding payment processing, please contact email@example.com.
Update: we’ve rolled back the Zoom update. You can go here for more information on that. We pulled out the magnifying glass and leaned in for an examination of.. well, another magnifying glass. The Zoom tool is up for renewal, and today we’re releasing some changes that will make it much simpler and more useful! Our first step when enhancing a tool is to look for user feedback, and many of you told us that you found the Zoom tool clunky and difficult to use.
Pro subscribers - A new and improved Zoom Tool is now live on the Dev Server! We heard you ask for zoom enhancements, better control, hotkeys, a smoother zoom & mouse wheel zoom. In response, we’ve overhauled the Zoom Tool. Please give it a whirl, and let us know what you think. If you’re not a Pro subscriber and you’re interested in early access to new features like this when they hit the Dev Server, or you want to join us in Roll20’s Pro forums, you can upgrade to a Pro subscription.
Q3 at Roll20 runs from July to September, so it’s not the spooky season yet, but you wouldn’t know it from checking on the newest Orr Group Industry Report! Can you spot the horror games in our top 10? Campaign Percentage: How many Roll20 campaigns use this game system.* Account Percentage: How many Roll20 users play this game system.* *Only games with at least one hour of playtime are counted in these results.
On November 6 at 4pm PT, come hang out with our QA Developer, Graphics Developer, XP Specialist, and Director of Licensing as they all play The Quiet Year and answer some questions. We’re doing something different than the previous Roll20 Roundtables. This is going to be a bit chill, a chance for you all to see the team for the rather hilarious and wonderful group of folks that they are, and to see The Quiet Year in action if you haven’t gotten to play it yet.
The five heads of Tiamat rise, threatening the whole of Faerûn. Only an evil as dire as the dragon-worshipping cult could cause groups as disparate as the Harpers and Zhentarim to band together. The heroes must succeed, or all will fall to the Tyranny of Dragons. Hoard of the Dragon Queen and The Rise of Tiamat have been bound together into the Tyranny of Dragons, complete with all new content.
Welcome to The Lightless Beacon, an adventure for Call of Cthulhu by Chaosium! Travel to the lovely and not at all unsettling Beacon Island and become stranded – I mean, visit a completely ordinary lighthouse full of historical character and no eldritch horror whatsoever. Assuming you survive (which of course you will! Haha!), you’re sure to have an exciting tale to tell your family, friends, and fellow asylum inmates. Oh, and don’t forget to give your travel agency five stars on R’lyeh’lp!
The must-have companion to the Pathfinder Second Edition Core Rulebook has come to Roll20! It is crawling with creatures to challenge characters of any level, familiar favorites and new horrors alike. The _Pathfinder Bestiary _contains some of fantasy’s fiercest foes. Roll20 Features: __Compendium __expansion for use in-app and on the Roll20 website. Over 420 creatures, including popular monsters from classic Pathfinder and new monsters. Drag and Drop creatures right onto the tabletop - Token, creature description, and one-click actions will populate for you!
Roll20 is now officially licensing from Chaosium and will be developing Call of Cthulhu products for our virtual tabletop! Investigating the secrets, mysteries, and horrors of Call of Cthulhu may very well decide the fate of the world, or mean a grim end, and we are here to assist Investigators and Keepers in their pursuit of the truth… wherever it may take them. A strange and ancient tome is before you.
__Ready to explore the lands of Eberron? __ Eberron: Rising from the Last War explores a war-torn world filled with magic-fueled technology is desperately seeking to enter a prosperous new age - can you stop the shadow of war from descending once again? It contains everything players and GM’s need to play Dungeons & Dragons in Eberron via a complete Roll20 conversion of the Dungeons & Dragons fifth edition product where all of the game setup and preparation is done for you.
The Roll20Con 2019 schedule is now live! From October 5 until October 26, any donation to Take This will unlock an exclusive charity pack for your Roll20 account. T-shirt sales directly benefit the organization as well. FYI, the t-shirt is dope.Preorder yours here. So come hang out with us October 5 & 6! And don’t forget to tag your games with Roll20Con! You’ll unlock Dynamic Lighting through October 15*. Perfect chance to try out some of our subscription features for free.
Before the Roll20Con weekend of gaming for charity begins, join us for the Roll20 Community Roundtable October 4 at 12 pm PT! Come hang withSoraya,Carlos,Dylan, andOlivia. They’ll be talking about Roll20Con, the Roll20 day-to-day, and more. If you aren’t able to make the stream live, you cansubmit questions here through Sunday September 29 and the VOD will be posted to YouTube.
Avernus… where there’s always a catch. Immeasurable rewards go hand in hand with demonic deals and fiendish favors, and now the eternal fate of the entire city of Elturel hangs in the balance. Can anything break a pact with an archdevil? Find out in Dungeons & Dragons_ Baldur’s Gate: Descent into Avernus_! Roll20 features include: The full Descent into Avernus adventure module for levels 1-13. Over 200 monsters, new vehicles, and magic items integrated into the VTT with drag-and-drop functionality.
If you missed getting to see one of Eric’s doggos the Roll20 Community Roundtable live, here’s a quick recap! You can also check out the VOD over on YouTube. First, though, save the date: Roll20Con is October 5 and 6! Roll20 Updates: We started off by discussing some Advanced Fog of War work. Stephanie is quite excited about the prototypes she’s seen in development, and we’re all excited about Corey joining us to help with this particular project.
Magpie Games has brought two of their (award winning!) games to Roll20. Well… Zombie World shambled over and Bluebeard’s Bride fled here. A masterpiece of feminine horror, Bluebeard’s Bride is an investigative tabletop roleplaying game based on the Bluebeard fairy tale. Each player takes on different aspects of The Bride as she makes her way through her new husband’s house, exploring terrors new and old along the way. The Character sheet is available now on Roll20, and Magpie Games has some of the play materials up for free on their site!
Looking for an easy way to take your first step into the world of Dungeons & Dragons or introduce D&D to your friends? The D&D Essentials Kit: Deluxe Edition does just that! This introductory set has everything you need to learn the basics, create characters and unleash your imagination! __Here’s what you can expect in the Roll20 version: __ Short Campaign including 16 full-color maps Full adventure text DM Screen Alternate Landing Page 6 Card Decks included in Module NPC Character Sheets with one-click rolls for every encounter.
Get ready for a whole new search experience in the Roll20 Marketplace! This sparkling UI upgrade is easier to use and comes complete with new categories and filters that create an improved search experience, so finding what you need (or window shopping) is even faster than before. Speaking of window shopping…did we mention that the long-requested Wishlist feature will arrive in mid-October? That’s right, you will be able to create not just ONE wishlist, but multiple lists that can be public or private based on your preferences.
Give a warm welcome to our new graphics developer! Corey brings with him excellent experience and an eagerness to get right into the work and Roll20 itself. As game developer himself, his perspective is invaluable as we continually strive to refine and enhance the Roll20 experience. We’re so excited for him to bring his expertise and talents to Roll20. __Corey: Graphics Developer __ _Hey all! My name is Corey and I’m hyped to join the team.
It’s here! Well, next week. On August 30 at 12 pm PT, we’ll be hosting the next Roll20 Community Roundtable. We’ll have four of our illustrious team gathered to chat about Roll20 and answer your questions. Submit your Roll20 questions here by the end of Monday, August 26. if you’re unable to make the livestream or are hoping for a more detailed answer. The Roundtable will start with a summary of both recent and upcoming happenings.
With a name like Etran’s Folly, is it any wonder there’s trouble brewing? When a friend is murdered, adventurers must band together to uncover forbidden alchemy, fight off mutant animals, and learn the truth about a mysterious blight. Written by Jason Bulmahn, _The Fall of Plaguestone is the first standalone adventure for Paizo’s Pathfinder Second Edition _and is available now on Roll20! __Roll20 Features: __ Roll20 Account Sync: Buy The Fall of Plaguestone Adventure here and immediately unlock the included PDF with your linked Paizo account!
Roll20 is seeking to expand our User Collaboration team by bringing on additional freelance front-end developers and web designers as remote independent contractors. The ideal candidates will have a passion for efficient coding practices, UI/UX design, and accessibility. This contract will be expected to work 20 hours a week based on our current project roadmap. Who is the User Collaboration team? We are the creators and maintainers of ‘by Roll20’ character sheets and APIs.
In February of this year we became aware of information claiming to be from the Roll20 “accounts table” being placed for sale on a dark web marketplace for $208; an amount less than comparable data sets. We immediately announced this information to Roll20 users and the public. This data represented approximately four million users from the end of 2018, and contained the following data: Name (both moniker and first/last as listed) Email address Last four digits of credit card Most recent IP address Salted password hashes (bcrypt) Roll20 Gaming data (time played) Upon becoming aware of this data sale, our legal team engaged Kroll, who proceeded to review available logs from our cloud environments, email and other internal company communication methods, as well as actively monitoring further access to those systems.
The_ Pathfinder Second Edition Core Rulebook_ provides everything you need to set out into a world of limitless fantasy! New players and veterans alike can channel Dwarf, Elf, or Goblin (and more!) ancestries and choose from classes like Fighter, Sorcerer, or the brand-new Alchemist to create their hero through robust and deep character customization. Pathfinder Second Edition’s rules are easier to learn and faster to play, paving the way for your first step on a legendary new adventure.
Only a few more days until the long-awaited Second Edition of Paizo’s Pathfinder system arrives, and our adventuring bag is full of goodies for veterans and new players alike. Get ready for the launch of Pathfinder Second Edition with full support on Roll20 starting August 1! Launch Day Features on Roll20: Pathfinder Second Edition Core Rulebook: full text and images, and fully shareable with your party thanks to Roll20 Compendium Sharing.
Heading to Gen Con 2019? We are too! While you may catch us wandering the convention itself (we love to sport our bright blue Roll20 shirts), Roll20 also hasfour back-to-back panels on Saturday - one week from today! - where you’re guaranteed to find us! Come find us in the Indiana Convention Center (ICC) : Room 232 starting at 3pm. An Afternoon with Roll20 3pm @ ICC : 232 Bringing Your Game Online: Roll20 Character Sheets!
The Orr Group Industry Report explores trends within the tabletop gaming industry with a focus on the online tabletop community. Created in 2014, the Orr Report has always aimed to go beyond the topic of “what games have sold recently” and really centralize the focus on what games people are continuing to play and enjoy on an ongoing basis. Everyone from players to publishers can get a bird’s eye view for the usage and popularity of different systems and identify trends for tabletop as a whole.
The Azlanti Star Empire is invading! Help liberate the people from their merciless oppressors and uncover secrets aplenty in Paizo’s Against the Aeon Throne: The Reach of Empire Adventure Path, now available on Roll20. Roll20 Features: 15 new monsters and 10 starships. Pre-made Roll20 character and starship sheets. Maps with Dynamic Lighting for Plus/Pro users. Adventure tailored for 1st level characters. Expanded lore for new creatures and new areas. There’s no time to waste!
Pro subscribers! The Charactermancer has traveled the stars and met– Starfinder! That’s right, the Roll20 Charactermancer is now integrated with the Starfinder Core Rulebook and Alien Archive live on the Dev server. No matter your familiarity with the system, you can build a character in mere minutes, right in your Starfinder game! Have you ever wanted to try out Starfinder or are you already an avid fan? Try it out now on the Dev Server!
In need of some new adventures for your next campaign? The _Tactical Maps: Adventure Atlas _has got you covered! Complete with 4 adventures on each of the 22 full-color maps from Tactical Maps: Reincarnated, it has everything you need for your next one-shot. Use the maps to create the perfect side encounters for your group or choose one of the 88 adventures and set up your own encounters using the included maps from Tactical Maps: Reincarnated - as this bundle includes both maps and adventures.
Our adventuring party grows! Exciting new backgrounds, talents, and skills have been added to the Roll20 team, brought to you by some fantastically cool people. With their help and expertise, we have really neat things on the horizon. Stop for a moment to say hi! Amber: Business Developer Hey y’all! I’m Amber. I’ve worked in tabletop games for the last decade in brand strategy as well as licensing, marketing, and sales.
None Our team has developed a brand new help desk that makes it easier for you to get the help you need when you need it. This makeover provides a cleaner, more concise, and easier to use interface that consolidates all things Roll20 Support in one central location. While this new space is a work in progress, you can start taking advantage of some of its features right now! Need to put in a service request?
Welcome to a world with the darkest of roads and deep magic where you can set sail for uncharted islands with minotaur corsairs, face a fury of giants in the frigid, icy north and even match wits with Baby Yaga! The Midgard Heroes Handbook for 5th Edition from Kobold Press is fully integrated with Roll20 and compatible with Charactermancer, Roll20’s character builder! It also features: 11 new races (4 variants on standard races) 48 new class options 300 new spells from the Deep Magic series Martial, ranger, and rogue archetypes—and new weapons and gear Sorcerous bloodlines, new warlock pacts, and strange arcane traditions 20 backgrounds from the Southlands to the distant North Adventure awaits the bold, so are you ready to travel the shadow roads that await?
Did you miss the Roll20 Community Roundtable livestream? No worries! We’ve got you covered. You can also watch the VOD on our YouTube channel if you’d like the full play-by-play. The Roll20 Rundown covers the latest happenings and releases going on here too, if that’s more your speed. First and foremost: announcing Roll20Con October 5-6! Ahem, now that that’s out of the way, here are some of the highlights from the questions that Jeff, Nolan, Soraya, and Trivia answered.
This application period has now closed. Thanks to everyone who applied! You’ll be hearing from us in the next few weeks. Roll20 is seeking to expand our Licensed Content resources by bringing on additional Conversion Content Producers as remote, part-time independent contractors. The ideal candidate is seeking additional regular income and work experience while pursuing other freelance, creative, or educational opportunities. This contract is limited to 20 hours a week depending on production schedules.
Help Wanted Explore a wealth of peril and personalities for the world’s greatest roleplaying game in Acquisitions Incorporated, presented by Wizards of the Coast and Penny Arcade. Order of the Gauntlet too strict? The Lords Alliance too entrenched in the status quo? Never fear, aspiring adventurers, _Acquisitions Incorporated _welcomes all with open arms! Called “Faerûn’s Definitive Adventuring Brand” by … well, by the company itself, they’ve been in operation for more than a decade, and it’s mostly been fine.
No, don’t actually, because they’re awesome as heck. Come meet some of our new engineers, these wonderful people that help dice roll, shrink and rearrange token bars, keep our aesthetic fresh, and have big plans for Roll20. Shawn: QA Engineer Hello! I’m Shawn Conlin and I’m excited to have joined Roll20 as the new Quality Assurance Engineer. When I’m not testing or automating software, I dabble in 3D printing, modelling, and rendering.
Things are about to get a little strange…if you love Stranger Things and want to embark on your very own Dungeons & Dragons adventure, you’re in for a real treat! The Stranger Things Dungeons & Dragons Starter Set contains everything you need to start your very own a Stranger Things adventure. The Roll20 version comes with a fully prepared adventure that requires no additional setup. All your maps are laid out, encounters are pre-placed and ready to go, and all starter rules are readily accessible for you and your players!
Roll20 was founded on the desire for connection and a love of games. We’ve been lucky enough to be able to share our passion with millions of people and bring communities together over tabletop games. Now we want to help more creators build their communities with our new Roll20 Spotlight! Today we’re launching Roll20 Spotlight, a program to sponsor independent creators in the tabletop community. That means you. Yes, you. Do you have a GM tip podcast, an actual play stream, or a review talkshow?
Last weekend, some of the Roll20 team headed to Los Angeles for a hellish time of evil elves, dastardly demons, and enough string to supply all the souls in Avernus. Celebrating the Dungeons & Dragon community as well as the announcement of Wizard’s of the Coast’s upcoming adventure, Baldur’s Gate: Descent into Avernus, D&D Live 2019 was the event of an after-lifetime. We wanted to do our best to share the experience with you, so our Content Producer Carlos worked his magic to gather it up and transmogrify it into videos for all to see.
Wizards of the Coast’s latest offering combines some of the most popular classic adventures from the first edition of Dungeons & Dragons including the classic ‘U’ series, plus some of the best nautical adventures from the history of Dungeon Magazine. The Azure Sea beckons, will you heed its call? Ghosts of Saltmarsh is available now on Roll20!__ The Roll20 edition includes the complete adventure, as well as: Charactermancer support for the four new backgrounds.
The masterminds at Kobold Press that brought you Creature Codex, Eldritch Lairs, Tome of Beasts and more are back with two new adventures for you to explore: Tales of the Old Margreve: 5th Edition Forest Adventures has released TODAY on Roll20 and the ongoing Kickstarter campaign for_ Empire of the Ghouls: A 5th Edition Campaign vs. the Undead_ offers Roll20 rewards! Welcome to the Old Margreve! Get ready to venture into the Old Margreve, an ancient enchanted forest that defends itself from outside intrusions and those who come to steal its timber, its creatures, or its magic.
Captains, you are cleared for landing: Starfinder Core Rulebook has been released onto the Roll20 Marketplace! The void is calling you. Ancient ruins hide in remote corners of the galaxy, undead empires traverse the expanses of space in fleets of bone ships, and cultures from multiple planets converge in a teeming metropolis. Whether you decide to equip the rune-powered armor or grab your laser rifle, the galaxy awaits! A brand new addition to the Roll20 Marketplace, Paizo’s Starfinder Core Rulebook contains all new support for your next space venture, including:
The world of virtual tabletop is full of the joy of community, the tears from coding and software battles, and the desire for the best experience possible. Cue the heroic music! Amid our adventuring and questing, we have recruited more party members able to help us journey further than ever before. Let’s have them introduce themselves! Bunny: Community Manager Heya! I’m Bunny (not the cutest fuzzy smush-face ever in the pic, that’s Willow.
Get ready to do your best happy dance because the new Bring Your Own Beat features have arrived! Here’s what you can expect: Better Playlist Management You now have more control when it comes to managing your playlists. You can do this by hopping over to the Manage Audio dialog box where you can create playlists that use audio from any other source. Your playlists can also be copied out of one game and into another with ease.
It’s the D&D update you’ve all been waiting for: Volo’s Guide to Monsters and Mordenkainen’s Tome of Foes now have complete Roll20 Charactermancer support! They join Player’s Handbook and Xanathar’s Guide to Everything in helping you build complete D&D characters through a simple, guided process right inside your games. Tired of a character that stays the same all the time? Change your appearance every day by building an Eladrin from Mordenkainen’s Tome of Foes!
Ready for your next D&D adventure on Roll20? We have permanently reduced the prices of certain Wizards of the Coast products! Many of these titles have been available for nearly two years on the Roll20 Marketplace, and we’re excited for them to be experienced by even more people interested in playing D&D fifth edition on the Roll20 virtual tabletop! See below for the entire list of price changes: Storm King’s Thunder - $24.
Ready for your next D&D adventure on Roll20? On May 1st, 2019 we will be permanently reducing the prices of certain Wizards of the Coast products! Many of these titles have been available for nearly two years on the Roll20 Marketplace, and we’re excited for them to be experienced by even more people interested in playing D&D fifth edition on the Roll20 virtual tabletop! See below for the entire list of price changes:
Earlier this year we brought the classic Pathfinder adventure Rise of the Runelords to Roll20… now a new challenge beckons with the first chapter of Paizo’s new AP, Return of the Runelords: Secrets of Roderic’s Cove! Wrath Shall Reign! When one runelord rose from his slumber, the frontier nation of Varisia shook with his power, and it took a band of heroes to save the world. Yet there remained six other runelords, and now the most wrathful of them all has woken!
_We launched Get a New Look at the end of January, bringing animations to the tabletop and bettering the framerate of Advanced Fog of War. The overhaul of rendering functionality caused several bugs to expected behavior that have kept Roll20 focused on polishing this update, and laying the groundwork for future improvements like the Layer Up update later in Q2. We talked to Tyler– our expert on WebGL (Web “Graphics Library”)– about his outlook on developing Roll20’s visual featureset.
Today we’ve launched a new & official character sheet to handle all of Monte Cook Games’ Cypher Systems! Whether you’re playing Numenéra, The Strange, or a general Cypher System game, the __Cypher Systems by Roll20 __sheet has you covered. This sheet is a major update to the very popular cypher system multi-use sheet by Natha, who redesigned this himself alongside the Roll20 team. You can easily convert characters from his now-deprecated sheet, as well as from the now-deprecated The Strange official sheet, into this new sheet with relative ease.
Acquisitions Incorporated – Pre-order Now! Start your own Acquisitions Incorporated franchise anywhere in the multiverse. The latest Dungeons & Dragons entry, Acquisitions Incorporated, provides new backgrounds, character options and franchise information to run your own madcap campaign and hang with the likes of Omin Dran, Jim Darkmagic and crew! Acquisitions Incorporated has everything you need to play a D&D fifth edition game just as if you were on stage with the crew at PAX!
Pardon our dust: the Roll20 Marketplace will undergo the first step of a major upgrade starting on Tuesday, March 26 at 1 A.M. PDT! We anticipate the site to be unavailable for 15 minutes between 1 and 1:30 A.M. PDT. The Marketplace (and some related features) will be offline until 6 A.M. PDT. The This upgrade will change much of the underlying framework of the Marketplace, laying the groundwork for better search and categorization functionality.
As we wrap up our initial “Roll20 Resolutions” for the start of the year, it’s time to start discussing our next updates. First, up will be the fully-formed Bring Your Own Beat update. To better utilize your ability to upload your own music on Roll20, we’re adding multi-channel control with multiple tracks and playlists, an enhanced user interface, audio fading, and more. Pros can expect to start testing this feature set at the end of March, with a live date for all to follow.
Ahoy, me maties! We’ve spotted land and who knows how many adventures it bespeaks! …Arrr, make that seven. Seven adventures exactly. Get seven nautical adventures the upcoming D&D release, Ghosts of Saltmarsh, coming to Roll20 on May 21, 2019 and available for pre-order right now! Ghosts of Saltmarsh combines some of the most popular classic adventures from the first edition of Dungeons & Dragons including the classic ‘U’ series, plus some of the best nautical adventures from the history of Dungeon Magazine:
Want to pit characters against each other in a social struggle to get what they want without giving up what they hold dear? DramaSystem by Pelgrane Press may be just the roleplaying system you’re looking for - and the core rules are available for free on the Roll20 Compendium! We sat down to talk with our Scrum Master, Stephanie, who first began assembling this Compendium back in October for Hacktoberfest. We’re also releasing the Hillfolk Card Deck on Roll20, an add-on which can be used to bring new twists to your narrative with the simple flip of a card.
The Tome of Beasts has a new sibling: Creature Codex is now available on Roll20! This huge expansion from Kobold Press brings over 400 new monsters to your Compendium. Drag and drop these foul new enemies right into your D&D 5E campaign or spice up your own original setting with everything from wizard-hating wasteland dragons to keg golems guaranteed to be the life of the party. “This is what you meant when you asked for a keg stand, right?
We’re looking to expand the party here at Roll20®! Our team is looking for additional support in the fields of Graphic Design, Community Management, and Account Administration. We’re also searching for another developer experienced as a UI/UX Engineer. If you would like to join our team, please read the job description below and follow the instructions to submit your application. When this position is filled, it will be crossed out like this.
It’s heeere! The most popular Pathfinder adventure of all time, Rise of the Runelords, has been fully converted to Roll20. Your party will face down murderous cults, brutal ogres, and over 340 more monsters over the course of a 400-page classic campaign. You can buy it today for $59.99 USD! Rise of the Runelords Anniversary Edition comes fully packed with all the story pieces, all the encounters, all the everything a GM needs to run this beloved story.
My Audio, which brings the ability to upload audio directly to Roll20, is live today! We’re rolling this feature out early in response to the news of Fanburst closing. There will be further improvements coming next month in our Bring Your Own Beat update that will add better user interface and quality of life tools to the Jukebox. With the addition of directly uploaded music and animations to the Roll20 tabletop, we knew that storage needs for users would increase.
Earlier today, Roll20 was named in a report as one of several victims of an attack by malicious cybercriminals. We are currently working diligently to investigate the veracity of those claims. Our security teams work tirelessly to monitor, identify and fix potential weaknesses in our systems to prevent any attacks, and we take seriously our responsibility to safeguard our users’ personal information. Accordingly, Roll20 only maintains users’ name, email address, hashed password, last login IP and time of login, and the last 4 digits of users’ credit card.
Bring your campaign to shadow-filled caves, bustling cities, and more with Tactical Maps Reincarnated from D&D! These twenty-two full color, beautifully rendered maps come ready to play and enhanced with Dynamic Lighting and Advanced Fog of War. Purchase the set for only $24.99 USD, install the Add-On to any game on Roll20, and go wild in the woods or delve through dungeons to your heart’s content!! D&D, Dungeons & Dragons, their respective logos, and Wizards of the Coast are property of Wizards of the Coast LLC.
This morning, Fanburst announced that they would be shutting down on February 25. Many Roll20 users rely on Fanburst to provide audio for their games, and we want to keep you informed about our plans to address this sudden change. At the start of January, we announced the Bring Your Own Beat update would give users the ability to upload their own music (“My Audio”) directly to Roll20. In light of today’s news, we have pushed My Audio to the top of our development queue as a standalone feature, but delayed the Jukebox interface changes slightly.
Roll20 is looking for a remote-first UI/UX Engineer. If you would like to join our team, please read the job description below and follow the instructions to submit your application. We are also hiring a Graphic Designer, a Community Manager, and an Account Associate! When this position is filled, it will be crossed out like this. If the job posting has not been crossed out, it is still open and we encourage you to apply!
There’s nothing like changing up your style to make the new year feel really new – and today’s the day for Roll20 to Get a New Look! We’re adding real live animations to the tabletop and giving a much-needed jolt of performance improvements to Advanced Fog of War. Let’s take a look at the New Look, shall we? First up: animations! You may have seen animations in your chat before, but now you can put them on your tabletop for some hack n’ slash, swoop n’ sway action.
When we launched the Charactermancer in June of last year, we were looking to help players quickly get a character formed and charge into their games. With the recent “Charactermancer Levels Up” update, we’ve started in on leveling functionality for the tool. But there’s so much capability possible with the Charactermancer– not only different game systems beyond what we’ve offered thus far, but even more creative uses for this powerful information arrangement piece.
Behold the newest enhancement to D&D: Xanathar’s Guide to Everything has now been converted to Roll20! It brings full Charactermancer integration so you can build and level up characters easily as you play, while drag and drop functionality for creatures, items, and spells makes Roll20 the best way to incorporate Xanathar’s Guide to Everything into your campaign. This digital release also includes Underworld Speculation, an introductory adventure for 3rd level characters, and a Bonus Character Asset pack with tokens for you to drag and drop onto the table or your character sheets.
We’ve got an ambitious series of Roll20 Resolutions planned for this month! If you haven’t seen it yet, check out the full roadmap here. When we launched the Roll20 Charactermancer in June of last year, we sought to get new characters forged and adventuring in mere seconds: BUT as anyone who’s played roleplaying games knows, character-shaping decisions don’t stop at creation! As such, we’re very pleased to push out today’s update:__ Charactermancer Levels Up__!
Consistently we’ve seen a rush of new players coming to Roll20 at the start of each year– getting into tabletop gaming seems to be a resolution for more people every winter. Anticipating this influx of new folks, we laid a lot of groundwork in the latter half of 2018 to be able to make the Roll20 Virtual Tabletop its all-time best. In addition to our typical measures of prepping for increased server loads, we’ve done more update planning than any other year thus far to help kick off a new season of gaming.
Donate $1 or more to Take This to unlock the Roll20 Holiday Art Pack! Imagine a tired adventuring party stumbling into their favorite inn after a grueling battle, expecting their only reward to be a seat by the fire and a glass of cold ale. But look! The people of the town came together and organized a gift giving celebration JUST FOR THEM, the decorated tables piled high with brightly wrapped presents!
Write your name in the stars, or at least on a ship that will take you there! Launch your next Roll20 adventure in Paizo’s Starfinder RPG, a science fiction world filled with new worlds and strange aliens both friendly and fearsome. Starting today, you can purchase the Alien Archive to get over 100 alien lifeforms ready to drop in your game. Each creature has integrated feats and spells that can be activated with a simple click from Roll20’s official Starfinder character sheet.
Steve Koontz, Lead Developer of Roll20, put together a post mortem to share with you on the service outage that some Roll20 users experienced on November 21-22. With no further ado, here’s Steve to talk about what happened and how we approached it: On November 21st, Thanksgiving Eve here in the US, a little after 7PM PT, Roll20 suffered an extreme slowdown. For most users pages were taking a very long time to load and for some users not load at all.
Roll20 is seeking additional staff to join the party! If you would like to join our team as a Mobile Application Developer or__ Quality Assurance Engineer__, please read the job descriptions below and follow the instructions to submit your application. When these positions are filled, they will be crossed out like this. If the job posting has not been crossed out, it is still open and we encourage you (yes, you!
There’s Magic in the air! Wizards of the Coast’s Guildmasters’ Guide to Ravnica brings all the hustle and bustle of the scheme-filled city into the Dungeons & Dragons ruleset, opening the door to campaigns and characters from this popular Magic: The Gathering plane. First released to Roll20 on November 9, this new setting has now entered full release worldwide! Ten new backgrounds allow you to build characters from the conniving and power-hungry guilds that have shaped the city of Ravnica’s past and present, and each background (along with 8 races, 6 of them brand new) has been integrated into the Roll20 Charactermancer.
Ready to spend your roleplaying time *galaxy voice* iiiiin spaaaace? If you’re a Roll20 Plus or Pro subscriber, you can! Our new roleplaying system, Burn Bryte, has just expanded its playtest to include all Roll20 Plus subscribers. This system comes complete with a ready-to-play adventure, “Burn Bryte: Burning Daylight” which has automatically been unlocked on every Plus or Pro Roll20 account. Burn Bryte features diverse species from crystalline entities to anthropomorphic felines, along with a narrative-focused system that features guides players along story paths and exploding dice that lets them choose how far to push their luck.
Layer upon layer of devious traps and classic monsters await you in Waterdeep: Dungeon of the Mad Mage on Roll20! The newest D&D adventure sends you deep into the Undermountain to confront Halaster, the infamous mad mage who has spent centuries twisting every level of his lair into a unique challenge. Venture everywhere from a forest refuge to an extraplanar menace and meet creatures from devastating mindflayers to friendly flumphs.
Have a few free hours and an itch to play a game, but no group to play with? Try the brand new “Pick Up Game” feature on Roll20′s Looking for Group system and you can get into a game right away! Shown on the sidebar of the Looking for Group page, Pick Up Games (PUGs) all start within two hours (or have started less than half an hour ago) and have open slots for more players to join.
Roll20 Plus and Pro subscribers can now enjoy a special bonus: the _Waterdeep: Dungeon of the Mad Mage _- Adventure Preview. Explore the first dungeon level of the latest Wizards of the Coast epic, complete with dynamic lighting, NPC character sheets with one-click actions, and all the information you need to get started. For those who wish to dive deeper into Undermountain, you can pre-order Waterdeep: Dungeon of the Mad Mage, available November 9th, and utilize the Roll20 Character Vault to bring your PCs from the Adventure Preview into the complete campaign.
Kobold Press is conjuring more Kickstarter magic with their new book - Tales of the Old Margreve: 5th Edition Forest Adventures. One of the best parts? They’re preparing it from the beginning with the virtual tabletop in mind! You can pledge to secure your Roll20 edition right now. That means you can venture into the ancient, enchanted forest with ready-to-play adventures complete with dynamic lighting and one-click actions. Get nine brand new adventures for characters who are level 1-10 and buffed with a new selection of classes, races, backgrounds, and spells from the Margreve Player’s Guide.
October is here! Time for pumpkin spice, spooky stories, and week-long coding binges! Yeah, you read that last one right. This year the Roll20 Development Team hosted an internal Hacktoberfest. In mid-September we asked our team to find projects they felt passionate about and spend the first week of October coding a prototype. Many of these projects experimented with features that integrate with our future updates, so keep an eye out for them when we announce updates to the Charactermancer and tabletop rendering.
It’s not often that you’ll find yourself celebrating the appearance of EVERY ENEMY ALL AT ONCE in a Pathfinder game, but today’s your day: Paizo’s Pathfinder RPG Bestiary has now released on Roll20! Creating encounters for your party just got easier than ever thanks to the drag n’ drop Compendium, which puts every stat and action for all your favorite foes right on your table, with rolls at the click of a mouse.
How would you like to be rich?__ Waterdeep: Dragon Heist__ sends you on a wild romp through a big city, seeking an enormous fortune that’s been hidden away somewhere within the twisting streets. But there’s one big hitch: everyone knows the fortune exists, and your rivals in the hunt will stop at nothing to get their hands on that gold first! A grand urban caper awaits you. Pit your skill and bravado against villains the likes of which you’ve never faced before, and let the dragon hunt begin!
Today marks the beginning of the Burn Bryte beta. Pro subscribers can check out the rules and a short adventure via the Compendium and when starting a new campaign by selecting the “Burning Daylight” module. Our intention is to focus first on Pro feedback and from that start to develop what changes we might want to make before expanding the scope of the playtest and eventually moving into the full release of the initial game.
The magic of the Charactermancer is coming to Pathfinder! Rolling new characters is easy with this simple, step-by-step guide through the entire process. This tool is currently in beta for Pro users on the Dev Server and will launch to all users after we finish testing it! You may have met the Charactermancer before, but let us refresh your memory: it is a character building and modification tool that integrates directly with the Roll20 virtual tabletop.
The long and difficult battle to decide the fate of Taldor comes to an end today with the release of The Six-Legend Soul on Roll20! This is the final chapter of Paizo’s War for the Crown Adventure Path, as events from the past now appear to threaten the future. Whether the nation can escape the grip of its own history will be up to the heroes of this story as they fight for the fate of the crown!
After meeting with over forty players across nine teams, Roll20® is proud to announce that we are transitioning back into the Nexus with the former roster of the European Union Heroes Global Championship team Zealots. The roster is: Matic “Zarmony” Mikec has been battling in the Nexus since the beginning in 2014. Having placed second in the 2015 Heroes of the Storm World Championship and second in the first 2018 HGC Western Clash, he is no stranger to the rigors of competition.
After testing on the Development Server, we’ve made adjustments (including some additional work on Hex grids and the ruler) and pushed out our newest “measured” update. While the scope of this update wasn’t quite as massive as the Charactermancer, we did knock out 614 votes across 11 suggestions on the Suggestions Forums! :) For those who didn’t check out the previous information on the new features here, we’ve visually overhauled the ruler, added custom measurements and new ruler options, improved and added keyboard shortcuts… while also knocking out a few bugs and making small improvements to the Charactermancer
Hey there Starfinders! Open the launch bay doors and head for the stars: our official Starfinder character sheet is now live and free for all players! After a few weeks of testing, we’re ready to call this ship space-worthy and invite you to bring your crew on board and chart a course for adventure. If you missed our announcement back in July, you’ll be happy to learn now that this sheet was developed by Scott C.
Are you ready for the next evolution of the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game? Want to try it for yourself right now and see? Good news: you can, because the brand new Pathfinder Playtest is on Roll20! Starting today, all players can select the “Pathfinder Playtest” character sheet and bring your playtest adventures to the virtual tabletop. This basic sheet will allow you to take the Pathfinder Playtest out for a spin, while letting us handle all the basic tracking.
While working on our Charactermancer update, we wanted to figure out a follow up that would start to test our ability to do improved rendering on the tabletop itself… and here we are! “A Measured Update,” as we’re calling this new code push going live to testing today, primarily focuses on the 4th most requested feature from the Suggestions Forum (really, a quality of life issue more than a new feature)– making certain that size of distance scales with zoom levels for the ruler tool.
Had a fantastic Gen Con, and we’re looking forward to sharing a bunch of the things we did and announced there over the course of the next couple of weeks. Arguably the biggest thing revealed by Roll20 at the convention was that we’ve made our own platform exclusive roleplaying game for the virtual tabletop, Burn Bryte. Creating our own game was among the first things that I set out for us to do when I took over as Managing Partner of Roll20 over eighteen months ago, and we’re really excited to be able to start sharing it with our community.
It’s that time of year again… We are packed with panels this year, partly as I’m an Industry Guest of Honor(which is pretty cool). Links below have locations so you can come see us. Not certain how many of these will get streamed or livetweeted, so make certain to drop in and say hello! August 3rd Friday 10AM “An Uncommon Conversation with Nolan T. Jones” Come hang out with me and regular Roll20 streamer / all-around convention superhero Tanya DePass.
Ahoy, Rollers! The good ship Roll20 is about to embark on the trip to GenCon, but first we stopped over to pick up new crew members at port. And happy we are to introduce them to ye! Cassie: Junior Developer What’s up? I am Cassie Levett, your friendly gamemaster & sheet maker. Here in the virtual world, I have helped create Roll20 content for a variety TTRPGs including D&D 5e, Star Trek, Paranoia, and Pathfinder.
Explore the wonders of Ravnica on your favorite virtual tabletop! The Roll20 complete conversion of Guildmasters’ Guide to Ravnica will unlock the entire contents of the book in your Dungeons & Dragons 5th Edition Compendium, includes the campaign supplement, and an art token pack of characters from the book. Explore a worldwide cityscape filled to the brim with adventure and intrigue in this campaign setting for the world’s greatest roleplaying game
The more threats to the throne of Taldor the party deals with, the more new ones seem to crop up! Now that Princess Eutropia’s legitimacy as an heir has been called into question, the twists and turns in this new release from the War for the Crown Adventure Path are getting out of this world. Pick up the latest adventure today - part 5, The Reaper’s Right Hand! The fifth volume of the War for the Crown Adventure Path includes:
Hey there Starfinders! We’ve been busy in the shipyards this summer, and our official Starfinder character sheet is almost ready to launch on its maiden voyage! Right now this sheet is available on the Dev Server for testing by Pro users, and once we’re confident that we’ve tuned up the engines (and force-ejected any bugs), it will become available for free to all our users. For this sheet we teamed up with Scott C.
As we head into the weekend, a quick update on the… state of the update. The Charactermancer Update went live on Tuesday, and with it the launch of tools for the 5E Open Gaming License sheet. We also made fixes to specifically the text editor which had some unanticipated issues with things like font sizes on character sheets, tables in editing mode, and linking to handouts. We’ve done quite a bit to shore up these issues that happened on the live server that didn’t get picked up during testing.
You asked, and we answered! The D&D Player’s Handbook has arrived on Roll20, featuring complete integration with the Charactermancer, Roll20’s official character builder. Select your races, classes, equipment, and spells for complete and instant automation every step of the way! _(( NOTE: The Player’s Handbook has now returned to its regular price of $29.99USD. This is the permanent price, and it will not go on sale again! _ To celebrate this long-awaited launch, we’re offering the Player’s Handbook at a special launch price of only $19.
Charactermancer Today’s update to Roll20 makes it easier than ever to join tabletop games thanks to our brand new, built-it character creation and modification tool. Meet the Charactermancer! As shown in this video, it will guide you through the rules of your chosen system to create and edit your character in minutes. And since it integrates with our fully-featured virtual tabletop, you’ll be ready to start your adventure as soon as you’re done!
First, because I know you’re waiting with great anticipation, the Charactermancer Update is going to go live to Roll20 users a week from today on June 26th. Today we pushed live to the Development Server another set of Charactermancer improvements for Pro users to test in the last week. Included among these improvements were: Casting Ability in Stat selector: Your casting ability, as well as recommended stats from your class choice, now appear in the stats bar in the Abilities tab.
Festivities for Roll20CON kick off this weekend (June 22nd-24th). We’ll have special livestreams on Twitch Friday and Saturday, along with free Plus membership activation for whole weekend in any games tagged as participating in the convention. We’ll also be raising funds for TakeThis.org. To learn more about this weekend and its schedule, please check out the Roll20CON landing page.
We’re moving and shaking on the testing phase of the Charactermancer with Pro subscribers on the Development Server. Yesterday we pushed live a new version of the tool with the following… Features and Improvements Rolled ability scores are now sent to the chat window! Added an “i” icon to change the displayed compendium page as you work through the Charactermancer. Ability Scores options should be consistently ascending or descending. Handle charactermancer closing, cancel, and exit without applying changes.
The Quarterly Industry Report returns! Today we’re analyzing gaming trends on the Roll20 platform from Q1 2018. Our sample size is ever increasing to accommodate our growing platform, and Q1’s Game Sample Size is 126,213 with a Player Sample Size of 102,860. Q1 is reliably a great month for games on Roll20. Whether that’s because of extra time, holiday cheer, or winter slowly forcing us to huddle around the glowing friendship box – we’re not entirely certain.
After much teasing, we’re excited to fully reveal our newest addition to Roll20: the Charactermancer! The Charactermancer will guide you step-by-step through the process of creating a character, helping you choose your class, stats, spells, and more. For Pro users, it is available for testing RIGHT NOW on the Development Server, so get in there and test that Charactermancer magic! We’d love to hear your feedback and our developers have created a forum thread where you can share that here (Pro users only).
We sent three adventurers into the storied city of Waterdeep this weekend, and they have returned with tales and treasure to share with you! Two brand new D&D adventures will arrive on Roll20 later this year, and they’re both ready for pre-order starting today. Grab your blade, prep your spells, and stuff your explorer’s pack with these pre-orders for Waterdeep: Dragon Heist and Waterdeep: Dungeon of the Mad Mage. WATERDEEP: DRAGON HEIST
City in the Lion’s Eye has arrived in our ongoing Adventure Path and oh my, things are heating up! The War for the Crown has gotten truly vicious, with a general threatening to use his army to claim the throne by force. The more your party learns of the true politics behind the nation of Taldor, the deeper and more dangerous these conspiracies seem to become! How long can you fight through this complicated tangle of alliances and keep Taldor safe from civil war?
The Blood War rages on, but the powerful Wizard Mordenkainen has deigned to share his insights on this and so many of the monsters and conflicts that drive the D&D world in the brand new release of Mordenkainen’s Tome of Foes! Thanks to the easy drag n’ drop features of Roll20, you can have all these new foes at your fingertips – and watch them all in action on the new trailer!
A new claimant rises to take the throne of Taldor, and those who follow him seem almost cult-like in their devotion. While the city leaders squabble over which heir to support, your party must fight back the chaos that threatens to engulf the city! Dark shadows haunt the trade city of Yanmass, spreading chaos even as the city’s leaders debate which royal heir to support in the growing civil war. In The Twilight Child your heroes will be tasked with investigating Taldor’s growing troubles, as well as the mysterious Twilight Child and his cult-like following.
The Roll20 party has plunged deep into the wilderness of code, but we were fortunate enough to meet two new adventurers on the way! Stephanie and Tyler agreed to join the party and help us cut through those gnarled branches and twisted vines. Please welcome Stephanie as our new Scrum Master, and Tyler as our new WebGL and Canvas Developer! Please, introduce yourselves! Hi, there! I’m Stephanie Bryant. I’ve been a gamer all my life, with my dad putting my first d20 in my hands when I was about 5 (a dragon killed me!
It is now easier than ever to find content from your favorite Roll20 creators! Every artist and publisher on the Roll20 Marketplace now has their very own Publisher Page, which you can access simply by clicking on their name from any of their products. Here you can see such info as their logo, bio, links to their website and social outlets, featured products, and everything else they’ve created. We’re excited to give creators a stronger platform from which to advertise from, and for players to stay connected with our wonderful Marketplace creator community.
The secrets of the multiverse are coming to Roll20! Unlock all the monsters, character options, art and lore of Wizards of the Coast’s __Mordenkainen’s Tome of Foes __in your Roll20 Compendium. Pre-orders are now live, with content being officially available on May 18, 2018. Included in Roll20’s complete adaptation of Mordenkainen’s Tome of Foes: __New Monsters. __Over 230 new monsters to drag & drop into your D&D 5e games. Each creature includes complete stats, one-click actions, beautiful tokens, and original artwork.
The intrigue continues with Songbird, Scion, Saboteur, the second installment of the War for the Crown Pathfinder Adventure Path! Get your social skill rolls ready because the fate of the kingdom lies in your hands… but be warned, you will have to fight for what you believe in. The county of Meratt has gone untended for far too long. Can your party of adventurers save Princess Eutropia’s ancestral homeland? In Songbird, Scion, Saboteur, heroes must play both sides of diplomacy and tactics to save the county and help shift the power balance of Taldor towards a new ruler!
In previous years we’ve done our staff retreats alongside Gen Con, but as anyone who’s tried securing housing at that sort of publicly facing convention knows… logistics can get a little hairy. (For those curious, we will still have a presence at Gen Con, it just won’t be everyone.) As such, this year we planned out a fully removed team retreat– next week our whole team will be hanging out in person instead of functioning remotely, 4/9 thru 4/12.
Early yesterday morning, Roll20 experienced a site-wide outage which affected your ability to play games. We strive to have the site up and running 24/7, because we know that with a global audience, every hour of the day is someone’s game night, and we never want to be the reason that your group has to cancel. Unfortunately, this time we fell short of that goal, and we want to sincerely apologize for that.
UPDATED 4AM CT 4/5/18 This issue has been resolved. We’re currently experiencing an unexpected issue with our database server which has caused the site to remain offline since approximately 7 AM CT this morning. Our entire Dev Team is working as hard as they can to resolve this issue. __The should be no data lost due to this issue __(and we have existing back-up’s), but the process to check the data integrity and bring the database back online is taking longer than we had hoped.
Monte Cook Games’ idea inspiring card decks are now available on the Roll20 Marketplace! Explore the world of Numenera (and soon Numenera 2) with 9 decks of creatures, cyphers, artifacts, intrusions and all other sorts of weird inspiration. Buy them piecemeal or enjoy huge savings with the Numenera Deck Bundle. The Strange Deck Bundle offers quick creatures and cyphers for all of your dimension hopping campaigns, while the Cypher System Deck Bundle provides inspiration for all of your games, from Numenera to The Strange and beyond.
It’s finally here: Pathfinder® is now an official part of Roll20®! Roll up a character with our new official character sheet and jump right into a thrilling Adventure Path with War for the Crown: Crownfall. Both resources are now available on Roll20, so it’s easy for you to start that Pathfinder game today! And you’ll want to get in there fast, because tensions in Taldor just heated up. The emperor falls.
Pelgrane Press returns with their incredible adventure, Swords Against the Dead, now converted for seamless play on Roll20! About the adventure: You suffer the rudest of awakenings when zombies crash through the walls of the inn, and battle is joined. But where do these shambling menaces arise – the misnamed Isle of Sanctuary, the strangely silent tower of Xuthana, or the Cliff Graves of the Demon Coast? And who or what raised this army of restless undead?
The Elemental Evil has stirred, and it is time to traverse through fire, flood, wind, and stone in this epic adventure from Wizards of the Coast. Princes of the Apocalypse takes players from levels 1 through 15 on a multi-month journey that only the most cunning will survive. Featured in this Roll20 module: Hundreds of pages of carefully converted content. More than 20 battle ready maps, enhanced with Dynamic Lighting and support for Advanced Fog of War.
Calling all Roll20 Pro Subscribers! The Official Pathfinder Sheet 1.0 is now live on the Dev Server. If you’re unfamiliar with the Dev server, please check out our wiki here - https://wiki.roll20.net/Dev_Server Our Production Coordinator, Trivia, has put up our feedback and bug thread on the forums already and you can find it here. Please don’t hesitate to give us your thoughts. A complete list of the sheet features can be found in that thread.
Hello Rollers and welcome to our big 3 Million Users Update announcement! We’ve just passed the 3 million user mark and decided to roll out a massive overhaul to many of our website and app’s feature as a celebration, but more importantly, as a THANK YOU to all of you who’ve gotten us here in the first place. There’s a lot of meat to the update that went out yesterday, so let’s hunker down and walk you through the list, as we’re sure you’re dying to know the details.
Roll20 Virtual Tabletop Coming for Pathfinder and Starfinder Roleplaying Games. Pathfinder “Crownfall” pre-orders available today, much more to come in 2018. REDMOND, WASHINGTON (February 27, 2018) – Today, Roll20® and Paizo Inc. unveiled the official support of Pathfinder® and Starfinder® roleplaying games on the Roll20 virtual tabletop. Pre-orders for Crownfall, the first volume for the Pathfinder_ War for the Crown _Adventure Path, are now available on Roll20. Thereafter, more _War for the Crown _volumes, monstrous _Bestiary_ content, and Starfinder support will roll out in 2018.
As the party pushes forward here at Roll20 and we’re always eager for the addition of new adventurers. The latest addition to our merry band of companions is our shiny new Brand Manager, Soraya Een Hajji! __ Hi there, I’m Soraya! I love playing games with my friends, I read history books in my free time, and I’ve been excited about every dog I ever met.__ Soraya will be in charge of public relations and representing Roll20 at conventions and events, so you’ll hopefully be seeing a lot of her this year.
It’s time to celebrate math in our Quarterly Industry Report – hooray! Today we’re analyzing gaming trends on the Roll20 platform from Q4 2017. Dungeons & Dragons 5e had a larger than usual bump, from 39,583 active games in Q3 to a whopping 49,265 in Q4. We predict this will continue to increase with the incredible lineup of Wizards of the Coast content we have coming down the pipe over the next few months.
Bring the Hyborian Age to life on Roll20 with four amazing Conan tile sets from Modiphius Entertainment! Dens of Iniquity & Streets of Terror, Fields of Glory & Thrilling Encounters, Forbidden Places & Pits of Horror and Perilous Ruins & Forgotten Cities contain a total of 128 barbarously detailed tiles to complete any _Conan Adventures in an Age Undreamed Of _campaign, or any world that needs a touch of Crom’s judgement.
We’re having a monster party and you’re invited! Kobold Press’ infamous 5E Tome of Beasts is now available on Roll20! Whether you need dungeon vermin or a world-shaking personification of evil, Tome of Beasts has over 400 ready-made monsters to drop into your 5E games! Each creature is richly illustrated by some of the finest artists working in fantasy today, represented in both tokens and handouts. These creatures have been converted to work perfectly on the Roll20 platform, both in-game and out.
You can now beam all of your wildest science fiction dreams onto the Roll20 platform with the launch of the official_ Star Trek Adventures __character sheet_, as well as the release of __Star Trek Adventures: The Next Generation Starfleet Deck Tiles __by _Modiphius Entertainment_! The official Star Trek Adventures character sheet allows players to seamlessly run and automate any of their character’s needs on Roll20, while also providing a choice between two beautifully distinct color schemes.
Roll20 is seeking additional staff in the following positions: Brand Manager Roll20 is striving to better assist outside brands and potential users in understanding the benefits of online tabletop gameplay by engaging a Brand Manager as a full-time employee. We welcome over 2,500 new tabletop gamers across a wide spectrum of interest to our program per day and are in constant communication with game creators trying to connect to those potential players.
Wizards of the Coast’s brand new Dungeons & Dragons tile sets, Dungeon Tiles Reincarnated, are available now on the Roll20 Marketplace! These three unique sets span City, Dungeon and Wilderness themes, and are perfect for building vibrant encounters for your players. Pick up any set individually, or all three in our Dungeon Tiles Reincarnated bundle! These tiles are highly detailed, created for the standard 5 ft square grid and marked with difficult terrain icons for added strategy.
In October Blizzard announced to teams a new structure for the 2018 Heroes Global Championship, and part of that new structure was ownership of team slots. Organizations that had partnered with Blizzard ahead of the 2017 season were grandfathered into slot ownership, and those of us who came in later were not, with the ownership going directly to a single player decided on by the current roster. Since October we’ve talked at length with our roster about a way to gradually gain ownership of their HGC slot, but conversations never got even so far as a true method or numbers.
Greetings roleplayers, adventurers and narrative explorers! Happy holidays to you all from us at Roll20! Roll20 is run by actual flesh and blood humans who take holidays too! As such we’d like to inform you, fellow humans, that the team will be stepping away from our keyboards for a little seasonal cheer! We’ll be around for major issues like site outages but otherwise we’ll only be providing limited holiday support over the weekend, as well as December 25th, & 26th.
The rollout of Chrome version 63 is causing a conflict with the outdated and soon-to-be-updated WebRTC library that is currently being used by Roll20. This conflict causes the loading of the virtual tabletop to hang and stall out completely. There are two ways to avoid this currently: Before WebRTC initializes (meaning the sole Game Master is alone in the interface), going to My Settings and disabling internal Video/Audio.
We are once again accepting submissions for our annual Holiday Charity Pack! If you’re a Roll20 Marketplace Creator and wish to take part, feel free to submit up to 20 pieces by December 14th at this form here. If we use your content, you will be credited and linked in the product description. Please note, neither Roll20 nor contributing Marketplace Creators will receive any compensation for this pack; it is 100% a free offering to those who donate directly to the charity of our choice (announcing soon).
Quarter 3 is well behind us and we’ve analyzed what everyone’s been playing the past 3 months. Here’s the brief overview of The Orr Group Industry Report for Q3 2017: We’ve now broken our Sample Size record for the 7th quarter in a row! Thank you to everyone who’s stuck with us, and to those who have just joined! Dungeons & Dragons 5e continues to reach ever new heights, increasing nearly 3% from Q2 to Q3.
Wizards of the Coast’s flagship 5E adventure module set, TYRANNY OF DRAGONS, __is now available from our store! __ Come face to face with the Queen of Dragons on this epic adventure which takes players from level 1 to 15! It has been fully integrated on the Roll20 platform for ease of use. Outside of the hundreds of pages of content, beautiful artwork and lootable dungeons, here are a few of the special features just for Roll20!
Today we have a very sweet and a very bittersweet announcement! First, the bittersweet: I will soon be moving on from Roll20 and embarking on a new journey. My last day will be November 3, and I already miss you all SO MUCH. I’ve had a wonderful time at Roll20. I’ve worked with talented, passionate people, made friends, and played A LOT of games. It’s so hard to leave—especially since we’re a small, tightknit team with a ton of responsibilities and a huge, engaged community.
We’ve got a spoooOOOoooky surprise for you: Tyranny of Dragons is coming to Roll20_! Start getting into the Halloween spirit by donning your Dragon Mask and preparing to fight the forces of Tiamat! Dungeons & Dragons fifth edition’s flagship modules, Hoard of the Dragon Queen and The Rise of Tiamat will release on the Roll20 Marketplace on Halloween (October 31). You can pick up either module separately, or save by grabbing both in our Tyranny of Dragons Bundle.
This morning, our rad developers pushed the new Fog & Function update live! This is a big one, with several exciting new features and improvements: Advanced Fog of War This brand new feature clears away fog dynamically as tokens move across the virtual tabletop. Each token’s path is individually recorded, so each Player’s view of the tabletop will vary from person to person, depending on which tokens they have control over.
Now that we’ve gotten Tomb of Annihilation out the door, we’re looking ahead and we wanted to update you, our wonderful community, on the next few projects we’re working to bring to you! We’ve been planning a major new update that we’re super stoked about. It’s a huge project that we’re hoping to release in early 2018. We promise to tell you more about it as we get closer to launch.
Wizards of the Coast’s newest 5E adventure module, Tomb of Annihilation, is now available on the Roll20 Marketplace! This jungle explorin’, dino racing, undead- and trap-filled adventure is jam packed with enough content to take players from level 1 to 11! It has been fully integrated on the Roll20 platform for ease of use. Beyond the written content, beautiful artwork, and lootable dungeons, here are a few of the special features released only on Roll20!
It’s that time of year again! Once more, the entire Roll20 team is off to GenCon, and we hope to see some of you there! If you’re headed to Indy as well, here’s how you can hang out with some or all of us during the best four days in gaming. Roll20 Party! We’re hosting a party, and you’re invited! We’ve reserved space in the historic Tomlinson Tap Room, which overlooks Indianapolis City Market on the mezzanine level.
In anticipation of the Roll20 module of Tomb of Annihilation (coming September 8, 2017), check out the video trailer!
Since the Kickstarter we’ve had folks asking us for a more permanent Roll20 merchandise setup, and that begins TODAY! Three quick points about the store: This is the first go. We will have different offerings (styles, sizes, colors, and “objects” :) later, so if there’s something you want that you don’t see, politely let us know! We’re still testing out some of our garment sourcing. Everything will be shipping out of Las Vegas, Nevada where much, not all of it is printed.
Greetings gamers! Let’s take a look at what’s new this week… Developer Spotlight Here’s what’s new in tech from lead Dev Steve… On the Production Server Regular community Character Sheet, API Script, and Site Translation updates. Bugfix: Fixed issue with character sheets where the sheet description would not load if there were sheet default options and the sheet did not have a translation file. Bugfix: Fixed a typo in a banner image.
Greetings gamers, Thanks for joining us for another look behind the curtain at Roll20. This week, we’ve got a ton of content to share, including some fun reveals from the Devs, more community content, AND 2 new modules! Take it away Steve… Developer Spotlight Hi rollers, it’s Steve! Here’s what’s new in the Tech Corner. __On the Production Server__ Regular community Character Sheet, API Script, and Site Translation updates.
Quarter 2 is over, and we’ve looked at what you all played on Roll20 over the last three months. Here’s the brief overview of The Orr Group Industry Report for Q2 2017: We’ve broken our Sample Sizes for the last 6 quarters in a row! It’s really exciting and fulfilling for us to see our users return, again and again, and to see new gamers join their ranks. Thank you for hanging out with us!
The Roll20 module of _Tomb of Annihilation _from Wizards of the Coast is now available to pre-order! The module will release at 12am Pacific on September 8, 2017. Are you ready to defy death?
Greetings gamers! Steve is back to share that coding insight, so let’s get it started with what’s new from our amazingly talented Dev Team! Developer Spotlight Hi rollers, here’s what’s new in the Tech Corner. On the Production Server Regular community Character Sheet, API Script, and Site Translation updates. Improvements to our Pre-Order system to make it easier for the Roll20 team to prepare and release. Game patches for every Wizards of the Coast product went out, including major patches to Curse of Strahd, Storm Kings Thunder, and Lost Mine of Phandelver Bugfix: Fanburst tracks after the first page should now start correctly.
We recently released the Roll20 module of Curse of Strahd, and we were stoked to bring this spooky Dungeons & Dragons adventure to the Marketplace! We heard a lot of you admiring the top-down Castle Ravenloft maps that were created exclusively for the Roll20 module by our own QA Manager, Kristin Carlson. We also heard requests for the maps to be sold separately. And so, here they are! Available immediately, you can purchase the Castle Ravenloft Map Pack addon.
This week in Community Corner… On the Marketplace Aaron’s Photo-Realistic Map Tiles: Dungeons & Tombs This pack includes 50 high-quality, fully furnished rooms, allowing you to create your own dungeon with ease. Simply drag-n-drop and you’re ready to play! Tomb of Annihilation Are you ready to face Acererak… The Module Production team is and they have been hard at work getting Tomb of Annihilation adventure VTT ready! Are you excited?
Greetings and welcome to another Community Corner! Community Highlights Roll20CON Last week we celebrated Roll20CON, our online-only convention celebrating YOU and supporting Cybersmile! Over 21,000 of you played over the weekend helping us earn over $2000 (official total is coming soon!) for this amazing charity. While you were busy playing your games, we gathered tons of tabletop industry types together to celebrate live. If you missed any of the fun, check out the VODs on YouTube.
Greetings Gamers! Welcome to my favorite weekend of the year, it’s Roll20CON time… Community Highlights Roll20CON - Supporting Cybersmile! Roll20CON officially begins tomorrow, but you can start supporting our charity now! Cybersmile, the international non-profit supporting victims of cyberbullying – is our official charitable partner for Roll20CON and we couldn’t be more pleased. At its foundation, Cybersmile is rooted in the idea of safe spaces online for all and it was that core value that drew us to this group.
Greetings all, Thanks for joining us for a special Monday edition of the Community Corner - live from Castle Ravenloft! On the Marketplace Curse of Strahd Unlocks at Midnight Pacific Tonight - is available now! The full contents of the book version are fully integrated into the Roll20 module, from the adventure text, to the Tarokka card deck, to fully laid out encounters with hidden enemies and traps on the GM Info layer!
If you can’t wait until June 20 for more D&D content, never fear! Pre-orders for the Roll20 version of Curse of Strahd are now live. Your copy of Curse of Strahd will unlock at midnight Pacific Time on June 20, 2017. Enjoy!
Greetings gamers, Welcome to the weekend and another Community Corner - your look behind the VTT ;) Read on for Roll20CON updates, info on our new Devs, and more. Community Highlights Roll20CON Roll20’s second annual online-only convention is about 2 weeks away and today we shared the GMs who will be playing during the live event on Twitch. Six amazing GMs will be hosting some of your favorites from the RPG community all in an effort to raise funds for Cybersmile.
As you might have heard in the official announcement from Wizards of the Coast during their Stream of Annihilation this weekend, the next new D&D storyline is Tomb of Annihilation, and the Roll20 version will release on September 8, 2017! Here’s a brief synopsis from Wizards of the Coast: Something evil is trapping the souls of the dead and draining life from all who have been raised from death by magic.
Good evening friends, It’s time for more from the Roll20 Devs… Huazzah! Developer Spotlight Hi rollers, here’s what’s new in the Tech Corner. This week we’re furiously on-boarding new developers as our team has more than doubled since January. I expect this process is going to take several more weeks and so visible progress might be a little slow. We’ve got a lot of irons in the fire but our main focus is still the Compendium.
There was a dizzying moment coming out of beta where I realized Roll20 was bigger than the (admittedly) small town that Riley and I grew up in. And then later bigger than the town where we went to college and met Richard. Now it’s bigger than where I currently reside, Las Vegas. At 2.3 million people, Roll20 is basically a city. And something that we think helps bind a large community together is a team to cheer for.
Good evening gamers! This late Friday night post comes to you from a long and busy week over at the Roll20 virtual offices, so at last roll on… Developer Spotlight Hi rollers, here’s what’s new in the Tech Corner. On the Production Server All things Roll20CON, including a new splash page, registration page, and LFG game tagging. We improved some automation for marketplace content creation to take some of the burden off the Dev team and give more tools to the service side of the company.
The Roll20CON tag is now available for your Looking for Group listings! Roll20CON is the free, online-only celebration of the Roll20 Community, starting Saturday, June 24th and ending Sunday, June 25th, 2017. No timezones this year – we’ve scheduled the fun to continue through them all! Start preparing, listing, and joining games now! On June 17th, all games labeled for Roll20CON will have access to some Plus-level subscription features (tagged games will be ad free & will have access to Dynamic Lighting) for free until the end of the event.
Greetings Community! Welcome to another week of Community Corner. You picked a great week to read! Check out the sneak peak at the end of the Developer Spotlight… :D Developer Spotlight Hi rollers, here’s what’s new in the Tech Corner. On the Production Server New Tabletop Audio track Orbital Promenade is now available for your jukebox. Regular community Character Sheet, API Script, and Site Translation updates.
Greetings to our wonderful community. This is my favorite part of the week and once again I am so excited to share, so check it out… Developer Spotlight Hi rollers, here’s what’s new in the Tech Corner. As I hinted last week, we spent most of this week working on the first steps of a couple larger projects. So, while we don’t have a lot of changes out on the Dev server today, we’re hard at work on a suite of polishes and improvements I hope to tease next week.
Greetings to all! I am so excited to share this week’s Community Corner, so let’s jump in right away… Community Highlights Coming soon to a Roll20 Virtual Tabletop near you… Roll20CON 2017 That’s right folks. Roll20CON is back, the dates are set, and Art above is ready for it’s complete reveal - check roll20.net/con on Monday, May 8th, 2017 for the updated page and the full poster! This free, online-only celebration of the Roll20 Community will begin Saturday, June 24th, ending Sunday, June 25th, 2017.
Greetings rollers! It’s time for another Community Corner - your weekly inside look at what our Dev team is up to! On with the show… Developer Spotlight Hi rollers, here’s what’s new in the Tech Corner. On the Production Server Better Marketplace communication to prevent the appearance of double purchases. New translation content, more of Roll20 translated, including purchase receipt emails. Removal of Google Hangouts integration.
Time to a take a gander at what’s been played on Roll20 during the last quarter. Here’s the brief overview of The Orr Group Industry Report for Quarter 1 of 2017: Our Sample Size grew by 13% this quarter! Thanks once again to our returning users, and welcome to all the new ones. Given the results of the last few Industry Reports, it will come as a surprise to no one that _Dungeons & Dragons _fifth edition continues to increase in both player and game activity – this quarter, 49% of Roll20 games were 5E games.
Greetings and welcome to another Community Corner! Let’s do this… Developer Spotlight This week our Developers pushed out a new update. We’ve linked the update thread posted earlier this week below. Please see the full changlog for details from QA Manager Kristin: Update 4/19/2017: WebRTC, Game Default Handling, Dynamic In-Game IDs, & Quality of Life Improvements! Community Highlights This week we’re highlighting another API Script from our One-Click menu… Areas of Effect - from API Script author Stephen L.
Happy Friday folks. It’s time for another Roll20 Community Corner - kicking things off again this week is our lead developer Steve… Developer Spotlight Hi rollers, here’s what’s new in the Tech Corner. On the Production Server: More upgrades and polish to the Addons System. Upgrades to our Marketplace and backend payment processing systems. On the Development Server: Character Sheet list ordering for sheet translations.
Happy Friday and welcome to another Roll20 Community Corner! Let’s get to it shall we?! Developer Spotlight Hi rollers, here’s what’s new in the Tech Corner. On the Production Server More upgrades and polish to the Addons System. Updates to our internal reporting. We care about supporting the stuff you show us is important. Volo’s lair maps are now an Addon. Updated Gifting Page.
Greetings all! I am pleased to share the first in a weekly series of forum posts/blogs from the Roll20 Dev Team. The Roll20 Community Corner will feature updates from our Dev Team on the development of the site, along with some cool things we think you might want to check out from from our incredibly passionate and talented community, like API Scripts, Sheets, Marketplace Packs, and more. So, without further ado…
Tales from the Yawning Portal is now live on Roll20 as Addons! If you pre-ordered the full bundle, you will now have access to all seven adventures from the latest D&D 5E release. These seven adventures will work as Addons, like so: Go to the Game Details page (of a game that you created). Click on Settings, then select Game Settings. On the Game Settings page, scroll down to Game Addons.
Put on your coding caps… On Monday we rolled out several exciting new changes to the API Server. These changes include new features requested by sheet and script authors, speed upgrades, and general upgrades to the underlying NodeJS engine enabling new code features for script authors to use. Sheet Worker Support for the API The largest ‘new’ feature is the addition of Sheet Worker support for the API server. Several script authors requested that we add this feature to save time on their end so that they can re-use the same sheet worker code that already exists for character sheets on the API.
Greetings Roll20 Community! We’ve recently heard the call for more frequent and open communication from the Dev Team. In an effort to promote greater transparency, the Roll20 Staff is excited to announce a new live stream coming regularly to Twitch starting this Tuesday, March 28th at 11am Pacific Time! The Roll20 Roundtable Hour will be a place for our users to meet up with us in a live format, ask questions, and get some insight into the inner workings of Roll20.
The Roll20 version of _Tales from the Yawning Portal _from Dungeons & Dragons is now available to pre-order! Grab your copy today and have all seven adventures immediately when it releases at 12am Pacific on March 24, 2017. D&D fans who played these adventures years ago will enjoy jumping back into tales like White Plume Mountain and_ Against the Giants_, all updated for D&D fifth edition and integrated for effortless play in Roll20.
I’ve been working on Roll20 for more than five years now, and in that time it’s grown from a tiny side project started by three friends into something truly amazing. Never in my wildest dreams did I think that we would reach a point where more than two million people were playing on the platform that we created in our spare time so our friends could enjoy D&D online together. This journey has impacted my life in a tremendous way, and I thank you for the opportunity.
Tales from the Yawning Portal is coming to Roll20! The latest upcoming release from Wizards of the Coast marks the return of seven of D&D’s most well-known classic dungeon crawls and other adventures, updated to fit Dungeons & Dragons fifth edition. The Roll20 edition of_ Tales from the Yawning Portal _will release on March 24, 2017. The seven adventures will be available as Addons, so you can pick & choose from the individual adventures to add to your pre-existing games.
We at Roll20 continue to expand at a rate that frankly defies all our expectations. As such, we’re looking at a new round of hires differently than we have in the past– we’re starting to dream a little bigger instead of simply playing catch up. Below is a mix of opportunities to work with our team on what’s next. To ensure that your application has the best chance at advancement, please be certain to follow the directions for the individual positions (and know that you are welcome to apply for more than one posting, but will need to apply separately).
It’s here! You can now immediately access all the devious Demons, Dragons, Devils, and WAY more from within the D&D fifth edition Monster Manual. Once you’ve purchased the Monster Manual, you will immediately have access to the full contents on the D&D 5th Edition Compendium. _Monster Manual _entries will replace the usual SRD entries, filling in the gaps with additional lore, beautiful artwork, and all the stats you could want!
2016 is over, but let’s take a quick look back to see what games were being played over the last three months of the year. Below you can view the brief overview of The Orr Industry Report for quarter 4 of 2016: Our Sample Sizes keep getting bigger – which is no surprise since Roll20 recently hit our 2 million user mark! Once again, more and more people are playing _Dungeons & Dragons _fifth edition!
This week our Devs have launched some new updates to help with game content management! We’ve shared some of the details from the full changelog below from QA Manger Kristin. Game Default Settings When a GM goes to their Game Settings Page from the Game Details Page, they’ll find a new setting category called Game Default Settings. Making changes and saving them from here will affect how each new page and token is created in the VTT to take on these defaults you just set.
Ever since we began bringing licensed Dungeons & Dragons content to Roll20, you guys have been eagerly asking to see the Monster Manual. We’re thrilled to be able to tell you all that the Roll20 edition of the Monster Manual is on its way! The Monster Manual will release on Roll20 on February 7, 2017, and you can pre-order your copy today! Once released, the Monster Manual will expand the None to include all content from within the book.
HEY GUYS, GUESS WHAT? Roll20 has some exciting news today. We just hit 2 million users! This is a huge milestone for us and we couldn’t wait another second to share it with YOU, our awesome supporters, and friends. When we launched in April 2012, we had a mere 1,500 users. In less than 5 years, you’ve helped us grow larger than we ever could have imagined. Thank you! This last year was a busy one for us.
Google has announced their plans to shut down the Google Hangouts API as of April 25, 2017. We believe that changes made on Google’s end of things caused a few days where users were having issues connecting via the “Launch in Google Hangouts” option. Our Devs have worked to resolved this and currently, GMs can launch their game in Google Hangouts again. The changes on Google’s end have created a few caveats,
The holidays are over, and we’re looking forward to awesome things in 2017. NEW YEAR, NEW GAMES. But first, we wanted to take a moment to thank everyone who donated to Cybersmile during the 2016 holiday season. From Thanksgiving to New Years, we raised over $7,000 to help Cybersmile fight online bullying! Everyone who donated should have received the Roll20 Holiday Charity Art Pack, and we hope you enjoy the included gorgeous tokens & tiles from some of our most popular Marketplace Creators.
Greetings Gamers & Happy Holidays. It’s time again for the team at Roll20 to step away for a little seasonal cheer! This means we will be providing limited holiday support starting this week on December 23rd, 24th, 25th, & 26th. As always, we will be available for any major issues, like site outages, but non-time sensitive site requests via email, the forums, or social media will be delayed until after the holidays.
Volunteers are need to help Roll20 expand its Compendium! Are you a rules savvy gamer with a little web-tech knowledge? Consider helping us expand the rule sets available on Roll20 - any game with an OGL will be considered! Editors will help create a new Compendium book for their approved rule-set, these new Compendiums will have all of the features of the 5E Compendium, including Sheet integration and drag and drop functionality.
And we couldn’t have done it without your help! From Developer Phil on today’s update: As many of you know, we have been slowly bringing forward our new Roll20 Video Chat system to replace TokBox. Our [Beta] period for this new system launched in September and, with the help of some pretty rad community members, we gained the very valuable feedback needed to push this system out today! I am very excited to be able to share that we are now out of beta and have officially launched Roll20’s new in-house Video Chat system as the default on all Roll20 games.
As the holidays approach, the Roll20 team invites you to spread the joy of gaming to your friends and loved ones! To help, we’ve created a new holiday gift page on the site: https://marketplace.roll20.net/gift Give Content. With Roll20’s gift system, now you can give your favorite GM a gorgeous world map, dashing hero tokens, or build-your-own dungeon tiles, directly from the Marketplace. Give Games. With the gift of a module, you can give that special someone a fully planned out campaign, complete with maps, enemy tokens, helpful handouts, and exciting narrative adventures!
It’s been another three months! Let’s take a look at what games everyone has been enjoying on Roll20. Check out the brief overview: Our Sample Sizes continue to grow! Our Player Sample Size has nearly doubled in the past year. A huge thank you and welcome to everyone who’s joined us on Roll20 this year! As our user base grows, so does the number of people playing the most popular game on Roll20, Dungeons & Dragons 5thEdition.
_ Research has never been so dangerous…_ Volo’s Guide to Monsters is available now on the Roll20 Marketplace! Buy it today and you can begin adding iconic, deadly monsters to your Dungeon & Dragons 5thEdition campaigns! Included in the Roll20 edition of Volo’s Guide to Monsters: Brand new Compendium entries will unlock upon purchase, fully integrated with the D&D 5th Edition Compendium. Access to over 130 statted Tokens featuring original artwork from Dungeons & Dragons.
Roll20 is seeking to hire a General Manager to lead the day to day operations of the company. This is a full-time remote position. You must be a resident of Kansas or Nevada, or willing to relocate to either state, to apply. A relocation package will be offered. The ideal candidate will be familiar with the product and have a strong vision for where it needs to go in the future.
Hey there, D&D fans! We’re excited to announce a brand new Wizards of the Coast licensed product coming to Roll20 on November 4… Volo’s Guide to Monsters! This dissertation from loremaster Volothamp Geddarm sheds new light onto iconic D&D monsters, above and beyond what’s included in the Monster Manual. Dive deep into the story behind D&D’s most well-known and feared monsters, including beholders, mind flayers, and the yuan-ti, as well as classic races like orcs, gnolls, and kobolds.
As many of you may already know, an upgrade to our Video Chat system has been in the works and I am pleased to be able to share that as of last Tuesday, we have officially pushed Roll20’s new WebRTC system as the default on all new games. The old system is still available and will remain as default on any older games for now and you can still revert to the old system by changing the Chat Tech option, in the game settings menu, to OpenTok.
Over the last week, the Dev team has been working hard to find solutions to our recent audio woes and it is time for our fellow sound lovers to rejoice. _ “All of us here at Roll20 appreciate the overwhelming support and patience our community has shown in the past week. As tabletop fans we understand how important ambiance, tone, and setting are to the success of our games. That’s why we’re so excited to announce two new audio options.
Twitch! At Roll20 we loooove us some Twitch. We were broadcasting our first Roll20 sessions on the platform during our Kickstarter in April of 2012, and can truly say that their growth has contributed in countless ways to our own. Which brings us to Twitch’s 2nd ever in-person convention, and because it’s Twitch– even if you aren’t going– you can of course tune in on… Twitch! This weekend our Community Manager Stephanie will be featured on a Friday panel (TOMORRROW!
Greetings D&D fans, we are pleased to announce… Storm King’s Thunder is available to play right now in Roll20! That’s right folks, we’ve been approved for an early launch of the newest adventure from Dungeons & Dragons, so if you’ve been itching to check out this incredible new module you can jump in and play right now! Storm King’s Thunder - The Story So Far… Hill giants are stealing all the grain and livestock they can while stone giants have been scouring settlements that have been around forever.
Roll20 is pleased to announce that we have expanded our adventuring party once again, bringing on Kristin Carlson as our new Quality Assurance Manager. Avid gamer, artist, and Let’s Play binge watcher – Kristin has been a recognizable face on the platform since Roll20 first launched its open beta back in 2012. Within her first month as a moderator for the site, the Roll20 cofounders had her design the models for the application’s 3D Dice.
Another quarter of the year has gone by, and it’s time to take a look at what we’ve been playing on Roll20. Here’s the quick overview: Once again, we’re thrilled to see watch our Player Sample Size grow even larger (this time by more than 6,000!) as our community expands. Thanks for joining us on Roll20! In Q1, the number of Dungeons & Dragons 5th Edition games played on Roll20 increased by 4.
Here at Roll20, we take pride in our ability to provide a service that supports play from all over the world. We feel that working from home helps us provide this unique perspective and as a result, the staff spends a ton of time in text and video chat on a daily basis. Occasionally, we are lucky enough to spend some quality time together in real life. This year, we were able to get the whole team together again at Gen Con 2016 and we wanted to share some of our favorite moments with you.
Greetings to our fabulous community! I have the honor of sharing some very exciting news with you today… Wizards of the Coast has signed a licensing deal to distribute Dungeons & Dragons content via Roll20! This marks the first licensed collaboration between our two companies, which has been a major goal for Roll20 since our launch in 2012. While Roll20 was designed to play nearly any tabletop game, the spark that pushed us to start the product was Dungeons & Dragons.
Greetings Roleplayers! Today, we are very excited to announce the launch of “The Master’s Vault” - this free SRD5 Open Gaming License fantasy adventure, first previewed during Roll20CON, is available now to all Roll20 users on the Start New Game page. The incredible and talented creators of this new SRD5 Roll20 adventure are: James Introcaso (Writer / Project Lead), Liz Courts (Layout), Russ Hapke (Overworld Maps and Additional Art), Gabriel Pickard (Maps and Additional Art), Stephen Shomo (Puzzle Tokens), and Phillip Wright (Tokens).
This week our Devs have rolled out a new update to Your Library. This revamp provides better organizational tools, supports mass editing of assets, and lays the groundwork for better integration down the road. You’ll now find your Premium Assets, including Purchases, Pro & Free Sets - listed in your library along with a My Library section that includes Recent Uploads, a new Upload button, and Folders with a pop-out option for mass tagging, deleting, and moving of assets from folder to folder!
The 2016 ENnie Award Nominees have been announced, and Roll20 is up once again for Best Software! Being honored by the ENnies helps us expand our growth and reach new horizons in the tabletop RPG industry and community. If we win, that’s even better! The ENnies are an important way for us to demonstrate that we are your #1 choice to play tabletop games online. Your support is hugely appreciated, and will allow us to continue to make Roll20 awesome.
This morning on Twitch, Roll20′s GM-in-Residence Adam Koebel announced that we’re bringing D&D Adventurers League content to the Roll20 Twitch stream! Adventurers League is the ongoing official organized play campaign for Dungeons & Dragons, using 5E and set in the Forgotten Realms. For more information about Adventurers League, check out their site. Our Twitch content will feature the maps and actual adventures available for download on the Adventurers League site – allowing you to recreate these stories with your own group!
Greetings Roll20 Community! Thank you again to all who celebrated Roll20CON with us earlier this month. We were so impressed with your enthusiasm, dedication to play, and willingness to do some good by contributing to Cybersmile, so once again a big thanks to all. Compendium Updated! During all of the Roll20CON hubbub, our Compendium Editors Jeff & Michael were busy helping us update the SRD5 Compendium. These amazing volunteers ran through the new System Reference Document from Wizards of the Coast, updating when necessary, including changes/additions to spells, magic items, monsters, and more.
On June 3rd, Roll20 hosted its first online only convention - Roll20CON. During this event, our community played a ton of games on the site and the Roll20 staff hosted a 24 hour live stream of games and panels - all in an effort to help raise money for Cybersmile. Big thanks to all of our attendees, presenters, game masters, and casts - participation for Roll20CON blew away our expectations. Nearly 37,000 users played games on the site during the event and more than 8,600 unique viewers attended the live events on Twitch.
Greetings Roll20 Community! Welcome to our 24-hour, online-only celebration of you! This free event launched at midnight Pacific on June 3rd and continues until 11:59pm Pacific tonight! Spend you day playing games on the site while enjoying free in-game, Plus features and you can watch us game all day long on Twitch! Let’s Play! Only you can help us break Roll20’s concurrent user record! Tell your regular group to play today or start something new with our community, the choice is yours!
As part of our Roll20CON celebration, you now have access to the Dynamic Lighting layer and an ad-free experience in any new or existing games in Roll20! Simply visit your Game Details page and check the “Event: Roll20CON 2016” box, making sure to schedule your “Next Game Will Be” for any time during Roll20CON on June 3rd, 2016 to get started. In-game, Plus-level features will be available until the end of Roll20CON.
Greetings gamers! Last year, we began seeking translators to help us bring Roll20 to as many people as possible and we are very excited to share the evolution of this process. New Translation Tools with Character Sheet Functionality! On May 17th, our developers pushed out an update that added new tools from CrowdIn to the site. This new and more robust translation software is designed to not only make it easier to translate the site itself, but to help give context to our translators.
Registration for Roll20CON is open now! Start planning and joining games all month long, then gather around the virtual tabletop on June 3rd, 2016 for 24 hours of online gaming. Help us break Roll20’s concurrent user record. Grab your regular group or start something new, just make sure to tag, schedule, and play on June 3rd. Access Plus-level features starting May 27th, by tagging and scheduling your games using the “Event: Roll20CON 2016′′ check box on your Game Details page.
2016 is off to a great start, and we’re ready to take a look at the data for the first quarter of The Orr Group Industry Report. You can get a first glance the overview, below: We keep knocking our Player Sample Size out of the park, and this quarter continues that trend with an increase of more than 9,000! Obviously we’re pleased as punch to see our community continue to grow, so we won’t waste time looking this gift horse in the mouth.
A few week’s ago we asked our forum users to share some of their favorite ways to use Rollable Tables. This customizable feature allows for a single item to be randomly chosen from collection of several. Though commonly used for custom dice or any other list of items that may need to be “rolled” - many of our users have found alternative ways to use this tool. I have used rollable tables to set up different tokens for shapeshifting creatures.
Today, we’ve launched a major update to Roll20′s API and we are excited to share those details below! API One-Click Install The API is one of our best Pro-level features, but it has always required at least some amount of familiarity with coding and scripting to use it… until now! Starting today, all Pro users have access to a library of one-click install scripts that don’t require any additional setup or the copying and pasting of code.
Greetings! Today, I am so exited to share our newest update coming soon to our main site and available now on our Dev Server - API One-Click Install. Our Developers have pushed out an update to our Development Server for the API system which includes a limited number of scripts and we need your help testing this new feature! You’ll now find a new tab in your API menu called “Script Library” that will have a vetted list of pre-approved API Scripts, similar to the list of community Character Sheets.
A few weeks ago, we shared details on an update we pushed to Dev and we are excited to announce that those new changes are available on the main site today! New F/X Tools We’ve added tons of new Pro F/X options, some with multiple color schemes and drag-and-drop options, plus you can now now add your own custom effects! For more information on the new tools, read our updated Custom FX Wiki page.
The Dev Server is a separate server for Roll20 which features the latest developments to the Roll20 application. As new features are created and developed, the Roll20 Dev Team will push them to the Dev Server so that Pro subscribers can use them and give feedback. Yesterday, our developers pushed out a new update and we are very excited to share those changes with you today! Improved F/X Tool Roll20′s newest developer Phil has been hard at work re-working the F/X Tool.
Friends, e-countrymen, GAMERS. Last week we officially announced our first-ever, online-only, 24-hour convention extraordinaire, Roll20CON! This exciting event will run all day on__ Friday, June 3, 2016__, from 12:00am to 11:59pm PT. You can check out the full announcement on The Escapist. Roll20CON is a celebration of tabletop role-playing games, designers, developers, game masters, broadcasters, and creators. We’re putting together a jam-packed schedule of spectator games and panel discussions, and we’ll be opening submissions for YOU, our favorite gamers, to participate.
We’re mega-stoked to announce Roll20’s Twitch Ambassador Program, which is launching in beta version this week! Our latest community outreach initiative will be a two-tiered program; Tier One will launch on Monday, February 8, and Tier Two will begin in March. The goal for this program is to help our users who stream on Twitch grow their audiences, and spread the word about all the cool stuff Roll20 has to offer for your games.
It’s time for another round of The Orr Group Industry Report! We’ve studied the data to figure out what people have been playing over the last three months, and offer some guesses at why. Here’s a brief overview: This quarter marks our biggest yet Player sample size, by far! At the risk of tooting our own horns, we think this is because we’ve improved the profile creation process for players, prompting them more efficiently to report what they want to play.
On January 7th (as discussed) we switched from our previous hosting service to Google Cloud Storage for databasing. We hoped for some advantages overall from what they offer, in addition to faster communication between our database and our active gameplay servers (which are hosted by Firebase, a company owned by Google). The results have surpassed our expectations, and we wanted to share some of that with you via some technical postmortem.
Beginning at 3AM CT Thursday Morning we will be taking down Roll20 for an estimated seven hours in order to migrate our hosting servers. Our current hosting service has been experiencing stability and security issues recently, and we’ve done our best to work around these problems but it has become increasingly difficult. We began examining a move to Google Cloud Platform hosting several months ago– in part because of the convenience in relationship to Firebase– and had not made a final decision until these recent issues with Roll20 downtime and degraded service.
After a long search and many incredible applicants, we are proud to share the addition of a Brand Manager and Developer to the Roll20 crew! Suzanne Wallace joins us as our new Brand Manager! Before her recent wanderlust move to Seattle, Suzanne dove deep into the dark arts of marketing and publicity at Quirk Books, where she worked on pop culture titles such as The Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy and Pop Sonnets.
A new and fairly technical update has been pushed to our main site and we wanted to share some of the details. This update focuses largely on new tools for sheet authors, but these changes will provide faster and more powerful Character Sheets for everyone - cool new improvements to your favorite sheets are coming soon! Below are a few highlights from Riley’s full report located on our forums. You can head there now for a more in-depth breakdown and all of the technical lowdown on this new update!
A few weeks ago we started a thread in our Looking for Group forum asking our users to offer some positive advice to their fellow gamers - answering: What do you think makes for a great LFG Thread? Below are some of the best tips from our community, including the quotes from our users! Take a moment to step up your LFG game! Information is key! Provide insight on character creation, house rules, etc.
The Online Role Playing:Index is a resource for tabletop fans, online content creators or anyone considering publishing their Roll20 content online. It is our goal to help with the exposure and growth of our creators by providing this directory to help you find some of the great Roll20 content being produced. The ORP:Index contains links to valuable information on game setup in Roll20, online streaming resources, and a Digital Content Provider Directory.
We’ve reached the end of another quarter of gameplay here at Roll20 and The Orr Group Industry Report is back to show what our community is playing most in the third part of 2015. Up first, we take a look at the quick overview: As you may have expected, 5th Edition is seeing continued growth in Roll20, while the other major titles that grace our quick overview are seeing stable play with numbers very close to our Q2 results.
Somewhere in our summer excitement (passing 1 million users, the Interface Initiative, Gen Con, etc.), we failed to get our Q2 Industry Report numbers here on the blog (although we did get it out to media). Since we’re sending out Q3 numbers to media today, thought it might be prudent to make certain everyone has seen Q2′s results! See the full numbers below… That’s the breakdown. We’ll be back soon with Q3′s numbers, and keep your eyes open for information about our impending power-user updates!
When we set out to do a “small update” after Gen Con, I never thought we’d end up with something quite so big (otherwise we would have named it)! Firstly, and of great importance to our international community, you can now pay for subscriptions and Marketplace purchases using PayPal. It took a long while for us to figure out how to implement PayPal to our satisfaction, but we think we have it ironed out, and we’re excited to deliver something that’s been so highly requested of us.
As you might already know, we built Roll20 as a way for Riley, Richard, and myself (Nolan) to keep in touch across long distances. Now Roll20 is huge… over a million users, enough income to employ us and several key contractors, and so on. Big enough that if we really wanted to, we could probably move closer and establish offices and the like… but we kind of enjoy having to rely on the program, as it keeps us honest users.
Very excited to announce that we’re over a million players strong. We appreciate everyone who’s come on this trip with us, and hope you’re excited about what’s next.
We’re incredibly excited to announce modules for Monte Cook Games’ Cypher System game The Strange. Firstly, there’s a full Roll20 conversion of “The Curious Case of Tom Mallard,” an adventure from _The Strange _Corebook (which comes as a bundled PDF with this purchase). In this adventure, players are tasked to shake up a local recursion miner (a dimension hopper) who has suspiciously gone inactive. The quest for Tom will lead players to the recursion of Ardeyn, a recursion governed by magic, and eventually delve into ancient ruins to find their target’s whereabouts.
Roll20 is once again nominated for “Best Software” in the annual ENnies Awards presented at Gen Con. None of us here at Roll20 started off in the traditional gaming industry, so winning this award previously has done a lot to help us solidify our status as the #1 way to have tabletop roleplaying experiences online. We really appreciate your support– thanks for taking the time to make your voice heard.
If you missed the news previously, we’re currently hard at work on our Interface Initiative update which will bring a fresh, updated look to the Roll20 site. But beyond the facelift to the interface, we’re also working on a few new things to make your experience playing in Roll20 even better. Agency One of the most-requested additions to 3D Dice is the ability to have control over how the dice are rolled.
We’re pleased to announce our summer update, the “Interface Initiative” (check out our video chat about the update here). After three years of building an increasingly complex sitemap without a design overhaul, we’re very happy to take a moment to polish both site navigation and appearance in a way that will truly impact day-to-day use of the program. Working with the conceptual art of Roll20 logo-designer and all around good guy Dylan Todd, we’ve been able to distill the site down to a better functioning, more visually appealing look.
Nolan (me) will be jumping onto the Roll20 Twitch channel to talk about the next update tomorrow with Adam. Leave questions in the comments, show up live tomorrow, and plan on talking about what’s happening with Roll20 next!
Ryan Hallinan will be working with us as an intern developer. He is currently attending Kansas State University and will be a senior in computer science this fall. While he was born in California, Ryan grew up in a military family and moved all across the country, eventually settling in Kansas. Ryan will be with us for the summer assisting in developing Roll20 and helping out in the forums. Ryan is a both a tabletop and computer gamer.
We’ve refocused the Player Directory to help GMs and groups find players who want to start playing right away and have recently indicated that they want to join a game. After a time your Player Directory listing will now expire and you’ll receive a notification to update the games you’re interested in playing. This system will keep the Player Directory listings current. We’ve also added a new site wide user search.
Put a little Spring in your step & show the world how you roll! Our logo is back! Designed by Dylan Todd, the http://roll20.net/ logo is available again just in time for GenCon! This campaign features more official apparel, including new colors, a new stacked logo design & a new style - introducing our Cool Kids design! Embrace your passion for tabletop and show the world that Cool Kids really do play RPGs!
It’s that time again! Another quarter of gameplay has happened in Roll20, and we’re here to talk about what folks were playing during that time. First, the quick overview: 5th Edition continues to grow on our interface– something we’re very pleased about in that it isn’t “grid-dependent” like many of the other popular games played via us. We’re additionally excited that more people are categorizing their profiles and games to be counted via the Industry Report.
Roll20 for Android and Roll20 for iPad are live. We’ll be talking a lot about these native applications and their uses in tandem with Roll20 Virtual Tabletop in the days to come. For a quick idea of what these applications cover, recall these are part of our “Update of Holding”, so the handheld elements (things like dice and character sheets) are included, while the “tabletop” elements (maps, tokens) are not.
While we all wait with bated breath for the Apple App Store approval of Roll20 for iPad, let’s turn our attention to something else big we’ve been working towards… We’re incredibly pleased to welcome Adam Koebel as our new “Games Master” in Residence. If you’ve ever played Dungeon World or watched RollPlay’s Swan Song streaming series, you’ve experienced his collaborative, entrancing skill set. It will still be a few weeks before we start rolling out new content with Adam via our Twitch channel (which you should very much “Follow” in the meantime).
Today sees a huge amount of new code go live on Roll20, encompassing a great many improvements to our web application. We’ll go through them below, but first we want to point out that the “Holding” element of our update has yet to go live– Roll20 for iPad was submitted last week for approval with Apple and we’re eagerly awaiting that. We’ll be holding onto the Android version until the iPad element is live, and we’re hopeful to see both up and running soon.
Roll20 Compendium, Looking for Group, and the Impending Launch… I’m not sure how easy this is to tell from the outside-looking-in, but the Update of Holding is huge (more info here and here). Every time we get done with one of these big named updates, we promise ourselves “we’ll go smaller next time,” and then accidentally end up getting excited about doing something(s) bigger. This update we’ve exceeded 85,000 lines of new code already!
We’ll be performing a bit of server maintenance next week. In order to cause the least amount of disruption possible, we’ve schedule it during an off-peak time. Date: Monday, February 2nd Time: 4:00 AM CST (2:00 AM PST / 5:00AM EST) Here’s the time in countdown form for different timezones: http://itsalmo.st/#scheduledmaintenanceforroll20net We expect that Roll20 will be unavailable for approximately 2 hours during this time. Please accept our sincere apologies for any interruption that this may cause, and we look forward to serving you better with an improved database server after the maintenance is complete!
API Updates, Roll Templates, and More! See the initial Update of Holding announcement here, and our first development peek here. The biggest component of the Update of Holding is the upcoming iPad and Android apps, we’ve also made our Application Programming Interface (API) an area of emphasis. The biggest enhancement to our API is a new Repository. Currently using the API takes a fair amount of programming savvy (it is a programming interface!
We’ve released the stats from our second ever Industry Report into the wild (and many thanks to the press outlets that have covered these stats thus far). Here’s the main overview: More after the jump. Looking at the numbers, in comparison to last quarter*, the biggest shift is the upswing in 5th Edition Dungeons & Dragons players and games. It’s exciting to see the new edition get an upswing in use, and doubly so to see it happening via Roll20 because the system is optionally gridless.
Yesterday we rolled out the ability to “Flag” a post in our Looking for Group system in order to speed up the process by which community member can notify us of Code of Conduct and Terms of Service violations. We’ve always been prompt to respond to emails and in-site messages when violations have been brought to our attention, but felt it important to implement this tool to simplify the process.
In case you missed it, we’re currently working to create our next major update to Roll20, the Update of Holding, which will be released in Q1 2015. Read more about the announcement in our previous post. Everyone at Roll20 is hard at work on our next major update. While we’re busy behind-the-scenes, we wanted to give you a little preview of some of the things that will be coming in early 2015.
Roll20 began with a simple idea: create the best experience for playing tabletop games online when you couldn’t get together in person. We’ve always focused on bringing the physical table to your remote games, replicate the classic experience whenever possible. At the same time we’ve endeavored to take advantage of all the awesome enhancements that digital gameplay can offer, such as faster rolling via our easy-to-use Character Sheets, advanced communication via chat, and limitless customization via our comprehensive API.
Are you ready?!? Like all new toys, you can expect this to come first to our development server. Consider becoming a Mentor today for early access!
New items have been added to the Roll20 Marketplace! Kevin Brown None None Hector Cornejo None Kevin Miller None David North None Wolpertinger Press None Gabriel Pickard None None None Klaus Gieseler None Morgan Richard None Paul Ooshun None Plexsoup Great work Creators! Browse the Roll20 Marketplace today!
We’re very excited to announce that we’ve launched a major new update on Roll20 today! Here’s the highlights: Dynamic Lighting Improvements We’ve improved the Dynamic Lighting system in several ways. First off, you can now Restrict Token Movement, which keeps your players from dragging their tokens through your carefully-crafted dynamic lighting walls. Perfect for keeping your players from sneaking ahead to preview the coming encounter, or just preventing accidental peeks through walls.
Our adventuring party has increased by two! After an overwhelming response to our recent job posting, Roll20 and The Orr Group are excited to welcome Steve Koontz and Stephanie Powell to our team! Steve Koontz, our new developer, comes to us from Southern California with a degree in writing from UCSD. Steve has a passion for technology, is an avid tabletop gamer and a loving father and husband. His professional background ranges from Hollywood screenwriter to Fortune 500 executive.
The past two weeks we have been tracking an issue with increased latency in Roll20 that has been affecting a small subset of games. This lag manifests itself in several ways; the most prevalent being a delay between rolling dice and seeing the results, and things such as moving a piece and having it by delayed before it “moves” on other players’ screens. At first we thought that this increased latency was being caused by QuantumRoll (our relatively-new dice engine), and we took steps to address this issue.
The Orr Group is kind of a restless bunch. That’s why we created Roll20 and continue refining it– we can’t leave well enough alone. We heard many folks at conventions talk about how “THIS tabletop game is just destroying THAT tabletop game… nobody even plays THAT one anymore” and became a bit flummoxed. We had done surveys over a year ago that indicated a lot of diversity in gameplay via Roll20.
There’s a new update out on the server today for everyone to use. It adds some fun new card-related features. In particular: Choose to Deal a Specific Card You now have the option to enable choosing a specific card to deal from the deck. Useful for lots of games, and really useful for combining all your “infinite decks” into a single deck, which you can then choose the specific type of “piece” to play/hand out from.
We’ve returned from Gen Con 2014 relatively unscathed. Thanks to everyone who came out for our two panels and made them both a great time. We always enjoy meeting our Roll20 players in person and chatting with you about the past, present, and future of the platform. We were also fortunate enough to win another Gold ENnie for Roll20, again in the Best Software Category. Thanks to you all for voting for us; this award may be called “Best Software” but it should really be named “Best Community”!
None Are you a GM looking for some new ideas? Now available on Roll20 is Adventure Quarterly #5. Included in one purchase are four Pathfinder-compatible modules for 3rd, 9th, 18th and 8th level PCs. Brought to you by Rite Publishing, the the same publisher behind “The Breaking of Forstor Nagar.” This periodical contains multiple modules as well as GM advice columns designed for the Pathfinder RPG ruleset. Purchasing Adventure Quarterly Issue #5 from the Roll20 Marketplace will provide you with ALL of the following modules:
Today we’ve rolled out a new premium feature to the Dev Server for Mentors to begin testing, and we wanted to give the whole community a quick preview of it. We’re calling it the “Character Vault”. The main purpose of the Vault is to allow you to bring your Characters with you between games. Both players and GMs alike will be able to “store” Characters from their existing games inside their Vault, and then later export those Characters exactly as they were (including all notes, attributes, character sheet, etc.
After months of coding, testing, interviews, and feedback our newest major update is now released onto the main server! There were three main components to this update. Character Sheets Game Masters are now able to select a character sheet template for use in their campaign. There are currently forty-five community-created sheets from which to select. Mentors also have the ability to create their own completely customized sheets from HTML and CSS.
The Roll20 Community has now contributed character sheets for more then 45 different game systems! Not only is this amazing by any measure, it’s even more incredible when you consider all that work was done in just the last month. Whether you are looking forward to playing D&D 3.5, Pathfinder, Mouseguard, Shadowrun 5E, or many, many other games – there’s going to be a sheet waiting for you on May 28th!
We’ve recently announced that Character Sheets are on their way in the new Data Delve update at the end of this month. While it will be possible to create your own sheets from scratch, we want to have a robust library of community-created sheets that anyone can use without needing to know that “HTML/CSS” aren’t a type of government agency. Since we rolled out the new sheets to the Dev Server for our Mentor subscribers to start testing, we’ve seen a flurry of activity in our public repository, with lots of excellent new sheets being created.
Character Sheets have long been one of the most-requested features for us to add to Roll20. Until now we’ve hesitated to add them simply because we didn’t have a vision for how to do them “right.” However, with the new Data Delve update, we went back to the drawing board to see if we could find a way to create a character sheet feature that was easy to use, easy to customize, and truly enhanced the online playing experience, rather than slowing down gameplay more than a paper sheet.
In case you missed our announcement email, we’ve named our upcoming Spring Update “Data Delve.” Data Delve will launch in early May and will introduce improved dice rolls, character sheets, and more. We’re previewing the new features on the blog in the weeks leading up to release. Here’s the first post! Nearly every game that’s played on Roll20 relies heavily on some form of chance. Chance is what allows games to be exciting, non-determined, and different every time they’re played.
Rugged Reroll, our massive update which was released at the end of 2013, brought Roll20 a whole host of new and improved features. Now that the dust has settled and all most of the bugs have been worked out from all those shiny new things, we’re beginning to ask ourselves: what’s next? Today we’re pleased to start introducing you to the Roll20 Spring Update (doesn’t have a catchy name just yet).