UK Freeforms Online Gaming Guide (draft)

Using the Space

Once you have decided where you are going to run you will need to consider how you are going to use the space.


You will need to work out how to handle players wanting to have private discussions which the platform does not support. You may decide that typing in chat is counted as private and players use the honour system and ignore messages their characters are not privy to).

You also need to handle people talking over each other. Approaches you may adopt include a clear briefing on etiquette before hand with reminders during the game. You might also use the ability of the host to mute players who fail to take a hint.


Game Areas

Since you can set up multiple video/voice and text channels, you need to decide which spaces you want your players to be able to spread themselves around in and how they will be named.

We believe that you always need the game areas:

  • OOC tech help
  • I need a GM
  • Announcements

Other channels will depend on the specific needs of your game.

For example Ray has written the 7–9 player game Campfire and Queen and decided that it needs three other areas:

  • Around the campfire
  • The food tent
  • The forest


You also need to decide on how many GMs you will need and who you will ask to take on those roles.

Ray has decided that Campfire and Queen only needs 2 GMs (herself and one other) as it is quite small.

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