-Looking at Obsidian Portal for the first time in years, I found a bunch of campaigns near me... last updated 5+ years ago. "Undead" games will probably be an issue for your service as well. Perhaps you could add an additional filter field for recently active/updated games.
-Following the last point, some groups might be "passively open": meeting regularly IRL, but not active on Roleplayful if there's nothing to update.
-I live in Chicago. It might be useful to have something that'd allow people to put in location tags for, say, the north side and nearby suburbs. Somebody in the city using public transit could take an hour or more to go to the other side of the city.
-It might also be cool if I could list more than one system if you're open to different options, but I can think of some arguments against this.
Thanks again! The best group I ever had (spanning ~4 years) was started with a notecard thumbtacked to a bulletin board in the back of the game shop. I try to keep an eye out for newer digital options!
Why limit it to just role-playing games? I know that RPG players have to struggle quite a bit to find other players, but as a board-game player, I'd like to see some other dense games on here like Gloomhaven or maybe some trading card games like Magic: The Gathering.
Games like Gloomhaven, which another poster mentioned, are a different ball game -- more like RPGs in that respect.
Change the city dropdown to a language dropdown.
The filtering would still work as expected.
Let users figure out their travelling details until you're prepared to add that functionality.
I don't think you should be limiting your number of users so much right at the start.
I can't look at it right now, but at first glance it looks like either the requests to "campaigns/search" fail / return empty or that they are discarded because you're not doing a preventDefault on form's submit.
It's weird because it does work on Chrome-based browsers.
- The list of systems is kind of limited, for example I was looking for Fate.
- When looking for an in-person group, it should be possible to leave the system dropdown blank (or have an 'Any' option). I'm not sure if that would also be useful for remote games.
There are a bunch of other constraints I have encountered over the years for f2f games (mostly health-related), but those can probably wait, since remote will likely be the main use for a while.
I will add Fate to the list.
Great point about In Person, probably want to cast the widest net possible. I designed it this way so that there is at least 1 game to make sure it's hitting an index on the search, but I can definitely make it more ergonomic to search all systems.
Again, I didn’t read anything thoroughly so it might be addressed by your policy and I just missed it. (Obligatory, this isn’t legal advice and I’m not your lawyer.) As a website that facilitates in-person meetings you might consider including some language. If you take a look at the TOS for Tinder or MeetUp I would imagine they might have some helpful example language.
Thanks for looking over the legal stuff, I did take care in making them. It's a combination of generated content / open source (shout out to Basecamp), edited by me, and then edited by my lawyers (shout out to Grellas Shah LLP). The in person aspect was something I was wary of, but I've been advised the language in there is sufficient. Looking at MeetUp and Tinder is a good call though, I hadn't thought of that.
Maps are also good because they help people judge more easily how difficult it is to get somewhere; a game in Berkeley may be the same distance away as one in San Mateo, but the game in Berkeley means crossing the Bay Bridge. Similarly, where I'm not likely to go more than 10-15 miles away as the crow flies due to the hassle of driving, rural users would likely be willing to drive 50 miles to a game because it's a lot faster to drive places in the country.
I run a Vampire:The Masquerade Larp that pre covid generally played monthly in San Francisco.
We are part of an international network of games so we had done some completely online sessions to facilitate visitors from other games/new players, and for safety we went completely online for the pandemic on discord, but are likely to go back to being in person eventually. I can't say we are both online and location based with the current setup, though it does look like I can switch eventually. For now I'm saying online, but I'd really love to be able to show up. If that's not a change I can create a second campaign, but that's obviously not preferable.
We use official content (Laws of the Night Revised which is part of a MET system for Vampire published in the 90s and early 2000s) but supplement with some homebrewed/custom stuff. Our network of games has been in existence since the early 90s, so the storyline has diverged somewhat. I'm unclear what the distinction between official and homebrew is in this context.
There's no ability to create tags, and that's a bit of an issue for us. I'd love the ability to define or submit new tags (maybe with approval by you to avoid spam/harassment/etc). That would be good IMHO. Things I'd like to be able to say with tags at minimum is that we are a larp, we play on discord, we are text based (we have Hard of Hearing players), and we are adult only.
There are no tags for adult content or adult only, for mature themes.
We have explicit consent rules around certain content (sexual in our game and for our network, but as a vampire game set in the World of Darkness (which is like the modern world but explicitly worse) we are still exploring adult themes, playing characters that are monstrous, and I don't want underage players.
Oh and we explicitly pass on head storyteller (we have head and assistant storytellers which is the DM title for white wolf games like vampire), and there's no way to transfer the game control to another account.
Yes, for the moment you have to choose between remote or in person. You can switch it back and forth as much as you'd like (this also refreshes the campaign to appear in saved searches). I don't see any reason why they can't be both though, I've added it to the roadmap.
Good point on the Homebrew / Official distinction. I've updated it so that you can choose both.
Yes, there is no ability to create tags. My hypothesis is that if there are too many options, searches with tags will be less likely to return results. I am open to adding user created tags later when there are enough campaigns to support that level of granularity. I also have some other ideas for more granular searches I'm experimenting with.
Mature themes is a great point, I've added that as an additional content tag. I've also added an Adults Only tag to the inclusivity category of tags.
Good callout on passing around game control. More advanced controls for membership didn't make the cut for MVP, but is already in development.
It automatically detects your location, which is great except if you're on a VPN. A (pre-populated) Location field would be great. (Bonus points: add a "More..." button or something to expand the search radius.)
How about adding a Twitter account for us to reach you?
Not a fan of "View" opening a new window; how about expanding details in-line?
Good start on a list of game systems and tags but it would be really nice to give registered users the ability to contribute. And once this gets popular you'll want an 'admin' role that can approve these! Think Big! :)
Very good start.
Definitely adding an explicit radius control (right now it's set to 20 miles).
I don't have any personal social media so I'm a bit hesitant to make some for Roleplayful, but I'm definitely considering making a Twitter, Discord, etc.
Definitely working on inline expansion of the campaign card.
Great point on content moderation and letting users contribute, haven't thought too much about that yet.
Back in November there was another Show HN for https://startplaying.games , did you create this at all in response to that being all premium, paid for games? I signed up for Start Playing, and have been doing an absolutely amazing campaign with a DM who is a published fantasy author and an all around great guy. It’s $30 a week but hey, good help is hard to find.
I’ve heard a lot of horror stories about playing online tabletop with random people, do you think you could add some sort of review or rating system between players? It might cut down on some of the toxicity.
1. I did a survey and it seemed like paid GMing was not ready for primetime yet, you can read about it in this blogpost .
2. I have been working on this by myself extremely slowly by myself since 2018. In the past year I've gotten more serious about trying to build micro-SaaS businesses. I decided to cut scope, focus on discovery, and just launch the darn thing to see where it goes.
I've been pretty lucky myself playing with strangers, but yes a rating system is definitely something I'm considering and was one of the topics in that survey I mentioned earlier.
Threw it all away because I could no longer maintain it due to college, etc. In hindsight, I wish I had. Could have, might have, evolved into something big and marketable. This was way back before the whole tech startup craze was on most people's radar.
Relatedly you can have campaign settings as well, AD&D certainly has several but the official/custom split potentially applies to any game with its own setting. Could just be handled by tags though.
I'm glad more people are breaking in to this space.
The founder of D&D Beyond is currently working on Demiplane.com, which has similar aims.
PlayRole.com is also doing some cool stuff that's similar.
Really glad to see more people trying to enable great gaming.
Is this expected behavior (because there aren't any campaigns listed yet)?
What's the joke? Lots play OSR, and they are generally more serious and sophisticated gamers than other groups (IME).
It's a very clunky and unpleasant UI from my experience with it.