Roll20 Guide

We’ll be using a combination of Roll20 and Google Hangouts to play our campaign. You’ll need an account on both sites and a working headset/microphone. No need for a webcam, though!

There is tonnes of information on the Roll20 Wiki, but if you’re just looking for a quick intro, this page will cover the basics.

Getting Started

Firstly, all you need to do is make sure I have your Gmail account so that I can add you to a Hangout. You’ll receive a video call notification, and when you accept you should be able to switch to the Roll20 app on the left-hand toolbar.

Remember to unmute your microphone (Hangouts likes to mute it by default) by hitting the icon at the top of the screen (second from the left). Third from the left turns your webcam on or off, if applicable.

Once you get into Roll20, the first thing you’ll want to do is change some of the settings. Hit the cog icon in the top right of the screen and scroll through. The most important setting (IMO) is turning off the background chat beep. Also, it’d be nice if you could change your Display Name to Character Name (Real Name) as shown!

Roll20 Basics

Roll20 has a lot of advanced features, but to begin with there’s really not much you need to know.

Right Sidebar

The first tab at the top is the main tab you’ll spend 95% of your time on. It’s here you can write comments, roll dice, whisper the GM, and other miscellaneous features.

You can roll dice pretty easily, and Roll20 will automatically add up the mods, etc. You can add a label to your dice roll by adding a comment after the dice.

/roll 1d20+5
/roll 2d4+5+1d6
/roll 1d100 Concealment

The second tab allows you to view any handouts that the GM may have shown (such as character portraits, maps, etc.) as well as adjust your Roll20-internal character sheet. This latter part is pretty irrelevant as you should be keeping your character sheets here on OP.

The third and fourth tabs are pretty irrelevant to what we’ll need on Roll20.

Map & Left Sidebar

Manipulating the map is also easy. You should be able to use the select tool to drag and drop your tokens on the map as needed (let me know if you don’t have permissions to your character’s token).

The draw tool allows you to draw on the map, e.g. for spell effects… but please use this sparingly as it can get very annoying to have to keep clearing the penises people draw…

The zoom tool does what it says on the tin.

The dice roller tool is basically a GUI to roll dice. It allows you to click through options rather than simply writing them in the text area, and remembers your last few dice rolls.

Lastly there’s a help tool. Use it if you need to.

Character Token

If you click on a token you have control of, you’ll notice a bunch of things pop up.

The red, green and blue circles allow you to keep track of numerical values, e.g. HP or class ability uses such as rage or bardic performance. Clicking the cog in the bottom left, or double clicking the token, will open up a settings menu where you can name your token and adjust the bars and auras it shows. (You need a current and a max value for bars to show on your character.)

The final circular button allows you to add markers to your token, typically to represent status conditions or spells, etc. Try to avoid using the coloured icons if you can because I will be using them to help demarcate multiple enemies of the same type.

Roll20 Advanced Features

There’s plenty! Seriously, dig through the Wiki and have a look around.

Here are some standouts:

Roll20 Guide

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