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Chat events are a thing, I recently learned. They range from project meetings to movie nights to happy hours.

Are there ideas people have for events around here? Propose topics, time-frames (recurrence?), objectives, &c. I don't know how/whether any of this will work, but that won't stop me from trying =)

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  • \$\begingroup\$ The post about scheduling, but answers are suggestions for events. Maybe we need to decide on a type of event and made another real scheduling post? :) \$\endgroup\$ – RollingFeles May 18 '17 at 17:10
  • \$\begingroup\$ @RollingFeles that's absolutely right. And for three days--since this received a pretty-positive reception, I've been banging my head aginst how to schedule something. Let's say I wanted to run a LKoM session (40 min) in chat next Tuesday at 2000 UTC. Do I make a meta post? Do I create a room and schedule an event for it? Do I answer this question? I'm not really a bear of enough brain to figure out the next stage of this thing I kicked off... =( \$\endgroup\$ – nitsua60 May 18 '17 at 20:55
  • \$\begingroup\$ IIRC chat has schedule tools. You can create event and it will be visible for everyone and even highlight it in a section with blog post/hot meta post. So, my thought is to talk in chat about time(and it looks like you've alredy made up your mind and just use this chat-event tool to appoint it. \$\endgroup\$ – RollingFeles May 19 '17 at 2:48
  • \$\begingroup\$ @RollingFeles oh, no, that wasn't a real date-time I gave up there--it was just "for example." So maybe the best thing is just to write up a little "here's how to schedule a chat-event and what you can expect" post? \$\endgroup\$ – nitsua60 May 19 '17 at 2:54
  • \$\begingroup\$ I have made test party room (I'm not sure if we need separate room for events or shall we do it in general chat) and this is what I see: imgur.com/a/6cqkI. I have added you as room owner. Try it! :) \$\endgroup\$ – RollingFeles May 19 '17 at 2:55
  • \$\begingroup\$ @nitsua60 post and sticky it in Role-playing Games Chat, I guess? \$\endgroup\$ – daze413 May 20 '17 at 1:25
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Micro-RPG play/playtests

Our Very OwnTM chatizens have written a number of small RPGs. (And there are hundreds of other micro-RPGs out there worth trying!) Often people will take them for a test drive, but I know I forget about them pretty quickly, since they're not often in my RL-group's rotation. But plenty are amenable to play-by-chat. Let's do it some time(s)!


Some that I know of:


Scheduled:

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Tabletop Tasting Time!

A lot of people visiting the chat (including myself) have awareness of only so many different RPGs, with some folks only familiar with D&D or D&D-and-friends. Let's have an evening when we discuss, review, share and raise awareness of less known but not necessarily obscure games, especially ones that are small, free and different. Obvious candidates for such tasters are Cthulhu Dark, Lady Blackbird, Great Ork Gods, Lasers and Feelings, Honey Heist, Dog Eat Dog; or if going for something larger (that we are more likely to discuss than play) Fiasco, Dogs in the Vineyard, Night Witches, Lovecraftesque, 13th Age, ...

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Movie Night!

OK, it's entirely unoriginal. And, OK, most of the movies that are on-topic for us are terrible. But it's not like we're under any obligation to keep these events relevant to our site's purpose, and movie nights are a really fun thing.

TV Night!

@KRyan's suggestion, and presumably easier for people to find a 20 or 40 minute time to watch an episode of something than a 2 hour slot to watch a movie.

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  • \$\begingroup\$ Ooh, maybe we can schedule that Harvey/Donnie Darko double-header I've been thinking about =D \$\endgroup\$ – nitsua60 May 15 '17 at 10:32
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    \$\begingroup\$ It’s not a movie and thus would be a scheduling nightmare, but the show Stranger Things on Netflix has a lot of D&D references in it and is quite good. \$\endgroup\$ – KRyan May 15 '17 at 14:47
  • \$\begingroup\$ I believe over on Arqade, they make good use of the Rabb.it service for sharing a stream. The service basically spawns a virtual instance of a browser that everybody can watch in sync. So this allows for watching almost anything that can be streamed to a browser. I've personally used it with YouTube movie rentals. \$\endgroup\$ – Maximillian May 15 '17 at 14:52
  • \$\begingroup\$ @KRyan That's a cool idea - I keep hearing about that show, but haven't watched it yet. Also, scheduling episode-length sessions has got to be easier than movie-length ones. \$\endgroup\$ – Miniman May 16 '17 at 13:11
  • \$\begingroup\$ @KRyan oooh! I would absolutely do a re-watch with live-chat in place =) \$\endgroup\$ – nitsua60 May 16 '17 at 15:23
  • \$\begingroup\$ @MadMAxJr there's one called "watch2gether" that scifi uses also. \$\endgroup\$ – Riker May 17 '17 at 21:04
  • \$\begingroup\$ The Gamers series is great. Dorkness Rising is probably the best for a movie night here. \$\endgroup\$ – fectin May 26 '17 at 3:57
  • \$\begingroup\$ @fectin That's another one I've heard mentioned a lot and never seen. \$\endgroup\$ – Miniman May 26 '17 at 3:58
  • \$\begingroup\$ @Miniman it's low-budget but pitch-perfect. \$\endgroup\$ – fectin May 26 '17 at 4:07
  • \$\begingroup\$ @KRyan are you interested in hosting (or co-) a Stranger Things event? \$\endgroup\$ – nitsua60 Jun 17 '17 at 2:55
  • \$\begingroup\$ @nitsua60 As much as I like the idea, no. It would be awkward with my schedule and I've just watched it fairly recently (part of why I thought of it when I saw this). \$\endgroup\$ – KRyan Jun 17 '17 at 3:48
  • \$\begingroup\$ @KRyan alrighty--I may try to drum up some enthusiasm for this one, next. \$\endgroup\$ – nitsua60 Jun 17 '17 at 9:59
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Book Club!

Alright, I'll admit it: I've had Playing at the World for over a year, and I'm not quite halfway through. But with your help, maybe I could make it by 2018?

Alternatively, there are (of course) hundreds of other books out there I could be pleasantly reading, if only I knew which ones they were....

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    \$\begingroup\$ Its Clausewitz time! (no dad no...) \$\endgroup\$ – fectin May 26 '17 at 4:10
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This is a silly one, but also a relatively little-known site...

Let's try Drawception

The pitch: draw a picture from a random prompt using MS Paint level tools in 10 minutes. Someone describes your picture, and someone else draws from that description. Down it goes in a chain until everyone has either drawn something or described something.

You can create "private games" when you reach a certain level (Level 3, I believe), wherein you can invite 6, 12, or 15 people to participate in that private game.

You can see all the pictures and prompts at the end of the game. The spirit of the game is like "Pass the message" where you start with a prompt and watch the message get distorted as it goes down the line. Usually, the result is entertaining. And no, you don't have to be good at drawing.


Seriously, it's fun. These are recent games between newbies. Notice the intentional misreading and misinterpretations. And note that any given person only has access to the one panel (whether drawing or prompt) before them.

Game 1

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Game between vets (people who own Wacoms and level 15+)

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    \$\begingroup\$ always heard this called "Telephone Pictionary" \$\endgroup\$ – the dark wanderer May 19 '17 at 20:50
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Blog Club!

Bite-sized book club. Short enough to read and comment on in an hour or two.

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Crazy idea. I don't know how this will work, but what about...

Let's Play Treason

Someone wrote an online version of Coup and the designer, Rikki, has no issues with it. It's quite fun even without using the chat interface (but it also has a chat interface, which is useful). For warming up, it even offers an AI mode.

Something about playing deception games is just so appealing. Give it a try!

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