Recently, I've been putting blogging on the back burner and have been focusing on other things. I've been investing most of my time on a top secret RPG project. While taking breaks from that, I've been playing around with an application I downloaded called MapTools. I found out about this program from The Savage Blogger (which is a pretty good blog for Savage Worlds fans. Check it out.) and am having some fun with it.
If there's one thing that's damn near impossible for me to do, it's getting my friends together to run a game session. Everyone's got an excuse: "I have to work in the morning," "I'm tired," "I'm having sex with five women in a UFO." It's so hard to get people to come together at someone's house. So the prospect of playing RPGs over the internet sounds promising. All you need are some friends with computers and an internet connection (which shouldn't be hard) and you can set up an online gaming table.
MapTools lets you create your own battle maps, complete with buildings, terrain, objects, and creatures and player characters to keep track of battles. I have heard of other programs, but I'm kinda liking what I'm seeing so far with MapTools. There is a chat function, but, as The Savage Blogger mentioned, Skype would work well with this. If you want to check out MapTools, go to their website, which has all the applications, tutorials, and resources you need. I definitely recommend the tutorial videos, as they help you get around the program and make the most of it.
To give you a simple example of some of the things you can do with MapTools, I made a little scene with cavemen in a skirmish against some lizard men.