Table top gaming is so endearing to many because of its close nature. Sitting around a table with friends and family brings people together both literally and emotionally. Families who game together are among the closest families there are and friends made over the table filled with dice and maps seem to be the closest friends. So why worry about gaming at a distance when the whole point of the games we play seem to be hinged on the proximity of other gamers? The simplest reason is that there are times when we simply cannot physically come together over the gaming table to play. Today’s world is one of vast distances bridges via VOIP and other miraculous telecommunications technologies. Some of the better friends I have right now are those who have never set foot in my town, my state, and even my country. So why not bring them even closer by gaming with them? There isn’t one good reason.
So, with that being said, set up web cams, pick one of the many virtual table top software out there and call your friends together over the computerized tabletop to enjoy time together that would never have happened before. If we couldn’t drive there, the game would not take place. The only difference is the potential lag if the internet connection isn’t the best, but waiting a few seconds for someone to reply is far better than not playing the game at all. The trick, though it is good advice for all games is just to stay organized, plan meticulously for each session and come prepared with homework researched and contingencies accounted. Everyone can be anywhere they are the group can share the same laughs and thrills as if in the same room, and cleanup is much easier too!