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6/7 Update - Good Playtest - And I have a question 2 months 5 days ago #1

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We did a playtest on Zoom this afternoon with 10 folks who were looking through the eyes of a golem into a puzzle room. It appears we are headed in the right direction. The OBS software worked pretty well, and I think a lot of the elements "worked" for the players. We are trying to capture the essence of doing a TD run while taking advantage of some of the digital resources available in a virtual setting. If I had to guess, I think the Patrons should have a nice time -- and we will learn a lot to make a possible Gen Con time offering even better.

It was great to see folks playing TD again, and it was doubly fun to be the DM for them. I am really looking forward to the Patron runs!

Thanks for your patience due to the lack of much info regarding the Patron run. We are still working out some of the mechanics, but we should be able to post exact rules on how it will work by Friday.

One quick question regarding an event for Gen Con: How important is it to you to actually have a video feed of your face -- and to see other video feeds from other players? If we can just go with an audio (and no video for player's faces) it would open up some more possibilities with regard to a better interface.

Thanks for your input.
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6/7 Update - Good Playtest - And I have a question 2 months 5 days ago #2

I would prefer audio only. It just seems like it would be easier to focus on the run instead of the faces of so many other screens.

Thanks for the hard work!

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6/7 Update - Good Playtest - And I have a question 2 months 5 days ago #3

I don't care one way or another about having a video feed of player faces.

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6/7 Update - Good Playtest - And I have a question 2 months 5 days ago #4

Depends on the application used. But knowing I will be logged in twice and there maybe up to 20 logins for ten people.

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6/7 Update - Good Playtest - And I have a question 2 months 5 days ago #5

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Audio is fine. I suppose if it were possible to switch back and forth between “room” view and “party” view that would be good.

If it’s audio only how will sliding be done?
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6/7 Update - Good Playtest - And I have a question 2 months 5 days ago #6

Would it be posible to have best of both worlds?

Once a room is complete would it be posible to swap to video chat?

I would truly miss seeing my teamates.

Con is the only time to see them and I know I would miss it.

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6/7 Update - Good Playtest - And I have a question 2 months 5 days ago #7

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I have zero interest in seeing other faces so long as I can see the golem
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6/7 Update - Good Playtest - And I have a question 2 months 5 days ago #8

Hm. I'm not sure how I feel on this for one reason: I fear that removing player cam feeds may remove some potential design space for things like puzzles, etc.

If the statement is about facecam alone, I could live without it, but it would be nice to have.

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6/7 Update - Good Playtest - And I have a question 2 months 5 days ago #9

Audio only would be all right I think, besides a video feed would use more bandwidth

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6/7 Update - Good Playtest - And I have a question 2 months 5 days ago #10

Picc wrote: I have zero interest in seeing other faces so long as I can see the golem


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6/7 Update - Good Playtest - And I have a question 2 months 5 days ago #11

Audio only is fine by me
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6/7 Update - Good Playtest - And I have a question 2 months 5 days ago #12

I'd be OK with audio only, it seems too distracting and cluttered to have the golem feed plus 10 or more face videos. I like the idea of a full screen of what the golem sees.

I'm wondering how the golem will know which command to follow if multiple people are simultaneously telling it to do different things, but I'm sure that's one of the things you're working on.

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