Role Playing Via Skype

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So Adam Kinney isn’t quite as ga-ga over Oblivion as I. Understandable. As he points out, it is missing the key ingredient of social interaction with other real humans.

Now why would you want to interact with other humans when you have the computer? ;) I suppose it is true that conversation via a drop down list isn’t doesn’t produce quite as stimulating a conversation. What if the AI reaches the point that a game like Oblivion is indistinguishable from an online multi-player game? Would that be as satisfying?

I digress. As Adam states,

I don’t think I’ve ever enjoyed any RPG video game as much as carefree pencil, paper and dice role-playing from the high school years.

Well that’s because no amount of HDR lighting, Anti-aliasing, large texture maps is going to match the lighting effects and graphics going on in your noggin.

I admit, I was into the paper and dice game back in the day. I lived in Guam at the time and kept it on D-L for very self-conscious reasons. The funny part is that my friends, all in different circles (Hawaiian volleyball player, skateboarder, heavy metal dude, African American dude, etc…) didn’t know there was any stigma (imagined or real) to the game. I would cringe when they would tell our friends we were heading to so and so’s house to play Dungeons and Dragons.

But again, I digress…

My company regularly hosts internal conference calls via Skype. It got me thinking one day that Skype would be a wonderful means to play paper and dice Role Playing Games. The difficulty in getting a game together after highschool was not only the lack of time, but also the sparseness of interested parties. There is no way you are going to get six people to drive across town to meet all on the same day and time.

With Skype, geographical location is no longer a limitation. Granted you still lose some of the benefits of physical presence such as passing the Doritos and knocking over your friend’s figurine when he accidentally hits you with his fireball. But at least you have a much larger pool of people to choose from to start a game. Is anyone doing this?

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12 responses

  1. Avatar for Codecruncher
    Codecruncher May 17th, 2006

    I've wanted, for the last two years or so, to make a IM system (such as Messenger, etc) tailored to role-playing.I dabbled a little on Jabber, but now I think I don't have the time and the talent to do it.

  2. Avatar for Niels Hansen
    Niels Hansen May 17th, 2006

    Yes, but is called World of Warcraft.
    We all use skype while playing instead of typing to each other in the game.

  3. Avatar for Darcy
    Darcy May 21st, 2006

    I was just thinking the same thing. I am in highschool, but we all have busy schedules and can't seem to get a group together. I'm just dying to find others to get skype and campaign with me. Browsing various search engines, I came across your site virtually alone mentioning the keywords in this idea. Quite disappointing, but I hope that Skype will grow and more RPers will catch on to the concept. I'll keep my fingers crossed for the future of roleplaying. :-D

  4. Avatar for darkbhudda
    darkbhudda May 24th, 2006

    There's quite a number of people doing this. I'm waiting for a Skype game to kick off soon.
    For non-voice chat there are programs like OpenRPG that handle character sheets and dice rolling. I'm playing in a D20 Modern game with a Hawaiin dude and a couple of New Zealanders.
    Mainly I DM play-by-post games. You don't have to worry about other people's timezones. I'm in Australia and have players from Germany and the US playing. It also lets you play games and genres that are normally hard to get players for. Victorian Steampunk, Low Powered Supers, lighthearted B-Grade high school horror movies, Doctor Who etc...
    You get some really different groups of players. I'm doing a Victorian Steampunk game on 2 different sites. One group is a bunch of historical gamers who write verbose posts in the style of the day, the other are a bunch of weirdos who made humourous characters. As you might imagine they are very different games.
    There's a few sites that people can advertise on for Skype and other forms of gaming, like the forums on and Wizards.

  5. Avatar for Regrs
    Regrs August 11th, 2008

    I had a similar idea some years before using Teamspeak but the cost for the server was prohibiting back then. I also plan to use skype for my D&D sessions with my friends since we all live in different places now.
    As for the character sheets and dice rolls you could create a free forum where you and your friends can post their characters and ofc provide them with open-content policy, character sheets and rules.
    Then you can chat/RP live using skype and using the forum for dice rolls and keeping track of your character sheets.

  6. Avatar for JBird
    JBird October 31st, 2008

    Yeah, skype w'd be nice, I was just looking for that. But I need some client-client or client-server RP tool to play GURPS D6 system and Shadowrun. Anyway I'll keep looking for the tools, since I allready got the party.
    Long live to Real RPG.

  7. Avatar for Logan
    Logan November 8th, 2008

    Yes - we are always looking for more players as well. If you want to hear what it sounds like or find out how to get in via the message boards, check out

  8. Avatar for Richie
    Richie March 9th, 2009

    Hey Im looking for other people interested in playing via skype. Any game works. Im currently part of 2 groups which do this on a weekly basis and its great. Obviously prefer the real thing - but sometimes it is so difficult to get interested parties i the same place. We are always looking for more players. You can contact me via skype

  9. Avatar for DJ Colburn
    DJ Colburn March 2nd, 2010

    My wife and I are going to have a baby soon, so my gaming group and I are definitely considering this. The internet connection at the host's house is a little iffy, but we'll see how it works.

  10. Avatar for Aaron Stone
    Aaron Stone August 6th, 2011

    I'm a Gamer and DM of 20+ years, I've been looking to run a 3.5 or path finder based home brew world / campaign i have been putting together for several years. if anyones interested in Getting a group together you can contact me at

  11. Avatar for Jedediah Martin
    Jedediah Martin March 23rd, 2014

    I want to play D&D on skype.

  12. Avatar for libra113
    libra113 September 18th, 2016

    I have a role playing I created and have been wanting to play test. My best friend and player now lives out of state and we've been talking about using skype. I came here to see if anyone had actually done that and, if so, how well it works.

    I haven't really used skype (but I do have it on my surface pro 3) so I didn't know how it works as far as being able to share maps with the other players and how it works with die rolls and stuff like that.

    If anyone has first hand knowledge I would love to hear from them and any advice or pointers they might have on the subject.