Discord Server
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Posted by markwalt

Has a GenCon discord server been set up yet?  I see various pages talking about one, but I haven't sussed out how to connect.

 

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Posted by stahlnee

Discord had bogged down when more than 4 people were in the same room the last few times I tried it. It was so bad for audio that I won't use it to run games and I will avoid games being run on it.

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Posted by derekguder

It has not launched yet - details for the Discord server will be announced over the coming weeks.

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Derek Guder
Senior Event & Program Manager
Gen Con LLC

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Posted by jevertt

I run games with friends in a Discord server channel and its generally really good quality. Most of us are in the same region and the server is configured for that region (usually, with 4 participants). I'm running a couple of online RPGs during GenCon, using Discord. Curious if others have had similar experiences to stahlee and if they've found other platforms to be better.

I suspect that this is very local-internet dependent and less dependent on the platform you are using. With group video, you have a central server gathering video streams and sending those back out - so, the platform's servers are in the path. If those platform servers are well connected to individuals (usually this aligns with physical proximity - which is why some of the platforms, like discord, allow you to select your server location - but, with GenCon, I suspect we'll get people from all over the US, at least). 

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Posted by jevertt

@derekguder - Is the intent of that server to create channels for games scheduled games? Or just a chat server?

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Posted by cloak72 stahlnee

stahlnee wrote:
Discord had bogged down when more than 4 people were in the same room the last few times I tried it. It was so bad for audio that I won't use it to run games and I will avoid games being run on it.
I strongly recommend checking your setup.   I am routinely in voice channels that have six or more members present and active, and have never encountered this...

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Posted by markwalt derekguder

derekguder wrote:
It has not launched yet - details for the Discord server will be announced over the coming weeks.
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Derek Guder
Senior Event & Program Manager
Gen Con LLC
Thanks!

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Posted by derekguder jevertt

jevertt wrote:
@derekguder - Is the intent of that server to create channels for games scheduled games? Or just a chat server?

The Gen Con Discord server is not intended to directly play games in. It will be used for communication about the convention, support for different platforms, finding more players if games aren't full, etc.

There will not be video or audio chat rooms provided for individual games.

Everyone is welcome to run games on Discord if they want to, either through a group conversation or setting up their own server. I would actually recommend that gaming groups and companies strongly consider setting up their own servers for that use, particularly if they want to grow a long-term community or are used to having their own room at the convention.

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Derek Guder
Senior Event & Program Manager
Gen Con LLC

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Posted by stahlnee

Good use for discord. People need to keep in mind that you can't restrict who signs up for your game. Be ready to handle South America, North American, Europe, Asia, Africa and Australia at the same time.

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Posted by hendelbolaf

I run with Skype for audio as I have been disappointed too many times with Discord. To be honest Discord was not originally meant to be an audio/visual platform whereas Skype was from the beginning. I just prefer Skype, but it may just be a personal decision.

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