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Kaelin Helbling
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So I have a few friends that live across the country from me. We have been trying to figure out how to get some long distance games going. Not just computer games, but setting up board games and playing via video chat (or perhaps by email?). Have any of you done this? If so, what games do you find work? I am thinking of trying Memoir '44, but would love some input.

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I've played Arkham Horror, World of Warcraft Adventure Game, and both versions of Descent over Skype.

It helps if both ends have a copy of the game, but we play Descent 1e with copies of the cards I laminated and sent to my friend (he plays the heroes with me...)
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I've played Zombicide via Google+ Hangouts which worked surprisingly well given the low-bandwidth internet connection I'm on.

From having done that I'd say there are definitely certain types of games that will and will not work well.

Anything competitive involving dice and/or cards is likely to prove problematic, because all opponents need to be able to verify the moves of all other players and that they did not cheat.

But co-ops work really well. And any competitive game in which all moves can be easily validated (like chess, to give an obvious example) should also work well.

One can also use 'virtual tabletops' to mitigate some of the failings of long-distance gaming, and some such 'virtual tabletops' even provide support for cards and dice rolls.
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Kalistoga wrote:
So I have a few friends that live across the country from me. We have been trying to figure out how to get some long distance games going. Not just computer games, but setting up board games and playing via video chat (or perhaps by email?). Have any of you done this? If so, what games do you find work? I am thinking of trying Memoir '44, but would love some input.

Thanks!


Vassal has a Memoir '44 module.

http://www.vassalengine.org/wiki/Module:Memoir_%2744
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I've played a few board games over skype. It actually worked ok, although some people may not have the patience. Basically, you need to choose a game without hidden information such as private hands of cards, etc. Co-ops and abstracts tend to fulfill these requirements.
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Vassal paired with Skype works very well and I use it regularly.

The Vassal graphics look identical to the board game components, so I never lose touch with the feeling I'm playing a board game. I highly recommend it. I use it for multi-player as well as 2-player.
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Tim P.
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You might want to consider sites for asynchronous boardgame playing:

Yucata
Super Duper Games
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Carcassonne would work pretty will, just have one person be the "host" who draws the tiles and places them at the direction of the long distance person.

Any game without secret information, cards, etc. will work.

Hive is another one, but 2 person only.
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Kaelin Helbling
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These are great guys, thanks! Always open to additional creative suggestions of course.
 
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You can play a number of games in real time on boardgamearena.com

Check out their games list and see if there's anything you know. I have also learnt a few new games from there by reading the rules/watching a video and then asking someone to play a learning game with me. If you specify it's a learning game people are often willing to offer tips, answer questions etc. You can set up games that just your friends can join too. And it's free.

I much prefer it to playing on the asynch boardgame sites like yucata.de
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