FG CON is a virtual gaming convention that allows you to play tabletop roleplaying games online with friends from all over the world. This means that you get to play your usual, pen&paper RPGs like Dungeons&Dragons, Fate, Call of Cthulhu or such, with a human Game Master and human players, but you do it on your computer via the Internet. FG Con 8 will take place on April 8-10 2016.
In order to replicate the tabletop gaming experience, you use what is called a Virtual TableTop (VTT), an app that performs all the functions normally performed by the materials you keep on your gaming table: paper, pencils, dice, miniatures, battlemaps and so on. The picture below shows an online game featuring a real D&D® Next® module (The Mines of Phandelver) in progress.
The app that FG Con gaming tables use is Fantasy Grounds (FG), a software by Smiteworks LLC that is among the most famous products for online gaming, and the official online VTT for Dungeons&Dragons, Fate, Call of Cthulhu, Savage Worlds and other popular roleplaying games. It is a great app for online gaming, and you can take advantage of FG Con to play a game or two with a veteran GM who can teach you how to use all the advanced features of the program. Fantasy Grounds is a commercial software, but you can play most games in FG for free, as long as your GM has an Ultimate License.
Since one important point of the mission of RPG Meeting is that of promoting online play, we are glad to announce that we will be present at FG Con 8 with two games, on Saturday and Sunday evening GMT. The scenario presented will be based on Alephtar Games’ new Revolution D100 system – which is still in development after a successful crowdfunding, and is thus at is official debut at FG Con 8. A Revolution D100 extension for Fantasy Grounds has been developed for the occasion, and will demonstrate the great flexibility of the application when it comes to supporting different game systems with the necessary level of detail. Since Fantasy Grounds comes with a full online help system that can display an entire game manual on your computer, you do not need to have access to the yet-unpublished SRD of the game in order to play: everything will appear on your screen by just clicking on the help links.
Below you can see a screenshot of character sheets from the RD100 Extension.