Hey friends, Troy here. You may know me from such things as the disembodied voice from Mutants & Masterminds Monday, or the disembodied voice from ThursdAGE, with Owen KC Stephens! In addition to giving the business to Crystal, Steve, and Owen on Mondays and Thursdays, I also take part in our communications and community projects work, including our current efforts to bring more of our library of games to a variety of virtual tabletop platforms. With nearly two months under our collective belt, it’s the perfect time to introduce the team and to share a little view into our plans moving forward!
Our VTT Plans
Team VTT has been hard at work evaluating, well, everything! When you consider that Green Ronin has 20 years of publishing TTRPG adventures, that’s no small task! We did narrow the band a little by looking at our books’ most current editions, but it was a remarkable amount of material to go through even then. The goal? Identify the work required to properly port a Green Ronin title from the real-world table to the virtual one. It was essential to identify where more art was needed, like maps and key characters, and to determine how content might change in the context of virtual tabletop support for both the GM and the player.
Looking at our body of work through the context of the virtual tabletop space has been incredibly fun. While we have learned a lot and have a lot more to learn, I’m exceedingly proud of the work the team has done, from creating a streamlined production process to slicing and dicing our content to fit seamlessly into the VTT platforms out there.
It is crucial to add that the work we’ve done so far includes creating official Green Ronin character sheets, which are essential to how officially licensed VTT content is made available. To get to the official content, you’ve got to go through the official character sheet.
In addition to character sheets, there are other important considerations, like unique approaches to how we prepare assets like the M&M Condition cards or token packs and maps. Also, unexpected opportunities to add assets would typically depend on the GM to convey as part of their story-telling, like dynamic lighting or sound effects.
With a scope this big, we decided that a mix of internal publishing priorities, VTT readiness of assets, and feedback from our community would help us find the sweet spot as we kick off this project. That, and the need for a team of amazing people to help get the job done! While there is a lot of work ahead of us, we are making incredible progress, and that has everything to do with the VTT TEAM! Let’s meet them, shall we?
Good Day! I am Charlotte, and I am the Ring Leader of our merry band of misfits over on the Green Ronin AGE Appropriate Discord or GRAAD for short. I have been working with Green Ronin in the capacity of “Just a fan who saw a need and filled it” as a community volunteer on the community-run GRAAD server. Together we have run multiple events over the past year and a half that the server has existed, and we aim to bring much more in the future! If you’re interested in seeing what we’ve done and being a part of what we’ll do, then join us!
Hello! My name is Ahpook, and I have been a gamer and artist my whole life. I have long been a fan of Green Ronin’s work, and I am thrilled beyond words to now be part of the digital development team! Helping gamers connect and play better games is a lifelong passion of mine, and I am excited for this new opportunity to pursue it. In addition to gaming and general geekery, my background encompasses many forms of theatre and performance art; including flow arts, circus arts, and more. In recent years, it’s been a real privilege to be part of creating the Freedom City discord server with some dedicated and amazing people. Freedom City is a server totally focused on exploring, discussing, and introducing people to Mutants and Masterminds. The server is also the home of The Freedomverse, our shared gaming world where people can come and create their own heroic stories. If you want to learn more about Mutants and Masterminds, are looking for fellow gamers, or just want to be part of a positive, inclusive gaming community, then come on by The Lair and say hello!
Hey, I am Jonesy. I have been a Green Ronin Freebooter since 2005, starting with True 20. These days I can be found running M&M and the various AGE settings at GenCon and my local cons (when they come back). Along with being a Freebooter, I am now also a freelance writer, having gotten my start with the release of the AGE edition of Blue Rose. I am currently also part of the Untold Stories Project actual play streaming channel on Twitch, where we run a variety of games.
So there you have it!
We are currently meeting up with our VTT partners in order to learn how each of them works—identifying the unique features and opportunities that each of those platforms introduces and getting all of our contracts and agreements in order. And all of this while the assets for their VTT debut. In our next VTT update, expect to hear more specifics about the rollout plans for this content – we might even tempt the fates and provide you with some actual dates! (Charlotte: No, we won’t!)
In the meantime, if you’ve got questions, thoughts, or comments, send us a note: firstname.lastname@example.org! We may not always have the answer you are looking for, but we can keep you informed of our progress.
Troy Hewitt lives in Seattle, WA, and is a 20-year veteran of online community management and digital communications in the world of video games. At Green Ronin Publishing, he works on a host of special projects, including digital communications and engagement events across the entire Green Ronin Publishing catalogue. Have an event you’d like to share or an opportunity for Green Ronin Publishing staff to connect with your community? Drop us a line at LetsPlay@greenronin.com.