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 skype/ pbf game without GM? 
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Hi all,
I'm thinking of setting up a game with some real life friends (not enough to get someone to GM) and have a few questions:
1- could we mix pbf and skype sessions?
2- are both doable without GM (we'll use the honour system)? or is maybe one or the other preferable?
3- how does skype + vassal actually work? do you make and send logfiles just like pbf, or do you somehow share vassal 'life'?
Thanks for your help

Any other tips & tricks to GM your own game are welcome too. I've never tried it before.


September 4th, 2017, 2:33 pm
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Are you playing a live game? PBF is unneccessary if you are playing a live game as you can all be on Vassal together. One of the players can simply do the GM duties if you all trust eachother.


September 4th, 2017, 4:56 pm
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not sure yet. i was thinking of combining the two. We will only be able to play an hour or so live per session


September 4th, 2017, 5:17 pm
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so when you play with skype, doyou make logs, or do you share vassal live somehow..?


September 5th, 2017, 11:03 am
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It is possible for multiple people to log into Vassal simultaneously and play the game together. I do not have any good instructions on doing so as it has been years since I last attempted it.

A few years ago we had a somewhat active live group. I think these instructions are probably still valid.

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September 5th, 2017, 12:39 pm
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I think between sessions one player makes a .vsav that they load in for the next time. (.vlog is often made by the same player but stepping through the whole thing before the next session would be painful)


September 5th, 2017, 12:40 pm
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hi marsman, thanks for your help. Do you mean that there is no 'shared' gameboard?
So how do players follow the state of the board?


September 5th, 2017, 1:17 pm
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oh wait, i now see your first message. That would be great indeed.


September 5th, 2017, 1:18 pm
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Marsman, would you be interested in joining our game by any chance?


September 5th, 2017, 1:20 pm
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Thank you for the offer. While I would greatly enjoy it, I do not currently have the time to block off for live play, even if we broke it into multiple sessions of about 1 hour length. Thanks though! :)


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