Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we have made the difficult decision to convert U-Con 2020 into a virtual convention and cancel our physical event for 2020.
U-Con 2020 is going virtual. Many gamers already have some experience playing games online. If you’re new to this, we hope to share pointers on how to run and play virtual games. We are looking at how we can provide support for those who are not familiar with this technology.
Instead of U-Con providing the gaming space, gamemasters will be responsible for providing “virtual table top” (VTT) link, a URL, to take you to the online service on which the event will be held. You will then be able to play via the internet.
A number of us have been playing and running games online for some time, including tabletop RPGs, board games, miniatures, and card games. Some gaming can be done through the same online video conferencing services you’d use for a work meeting or a class; other types of games make use of specialized sites which provide graphics, dice rolling, board game components to move around, etc. It takes some adjustment, but it does work.
Hardware and Software
In order to participate in virtual U-Con, you’re going to need a few things. You will need a computer with an internet connection, a microphone, speakers or headphones, and an optional video camera.
We will make use of Discord. You can download the desktop application or access discord through a modern web browser. Creating an account on Discord is helpful.
- Discord server: <coming soon>
- How do I use Discord? See this tutorial video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=le_CE–Mnvs
For games, your gamemaster will use the tools of their choice. This could range from a simple video conference software to specific software.
Stay tuned for more information.