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= My Games =
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The '''My Games''' page is accessible under the '''Games''' entry of the menu bar. (You can also access it by just clicking '''Games''' in the menu!) From the '''My Games''' page, you can join games, create games, manage the games you are a part of.
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= My Games Page =
== 1. Search ==
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The '''My Games''' page, you can join games, create games, manage the games you are a part of. It is accessible either by clicking on the '''[https://app.roll20.net/campaigns/search/ Games]'''  option on the Site's main navigation bar or clicking on the '''My Games''' option from the '''Games''' drop-down menu when you hover your mouse there.
Across the top of '''My Games''' is a search bar.  You can use the search bar to filter your '''Game List''' based on tags and keywords.
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[[File:Game List Page v02.jpg|right|thumb|650px| [[Game_Management#1._Game_Search|1) Game Search]], [[Game_Management#2._Game_List|2) Game List]], [[Game_Management#3._Buttons|3) Buttons]], [[Game_Management#4._My_Tags|4) My Tags]]  ]]
 
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== 1. Game Search ==
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Across the top of the '''My Games''' page is a search bar.  If you have a large list of games, this search bar will filter your '''Game List''' based on either Tags or Keywords used by the games you've created and the games you are a player of.
  
 
== 2. Game List ==
 
== 2. Game List ==
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At the top right are a collection of buttons for creating, copying, and adding games to your Game List.
 
At the top right are a collection of buttons for creating, copying, and adding games to your Game List.
 
* '''+ Create New Game''' takes you through the game creation process to set up a new game.
 
* '''+ Create New Game''' takes you through the game creation process to set up a new game.
* '''Access the Dev Server''' takes you to the Developer's Server, a ''Pro'' subscription perk.
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* '''Access the [[Dev Server]]''' takes you to the Developer's Server, a ''Pro'' subscription perk.
* '''Copy from Dev''' takes you to a page that lets you copy a game from the Developer Server to the Production Server, a ''Pro'' subscription perk.
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* '''Copy from Dev''' takes you to a page that lets you copy a game from the [[Dev Server|Developer Server]] to the Production Server, a ''Pro'' subscription perk.
* '''Find a Group''' takes you to the Looking for Group Tool, so you can find more games to join.
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* '''Find a Group''' takes you to the [[LFG Tool|Looking for Group Tool]], so you can find more games to join.
 
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== 4. My Tags ==
 
== 4. My Tags ==
On the right edge is the '''My Tags''' box lists all the tags you have defined in decreasing order by how many games have them.  You can click a tag to instantly filter the list down to only games with that tag.
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On the right edge is the '''My Tags''' box lists all the tags you have defined in decreasing order by how many games have them.  You can click a tag to instantly filter the list down to the games that include that tag.
  
= Game Details =
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=Game Details Page=
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Each game you create in Roll20 has its own dedicated Details Page. This is where player invites can be managed as well as changing any of the game’s settings. Before they hop into the VTT, this is also the first page new players see after accepting an invite to a game. From this page, players can keep track of in-between session content, such as the next game session's date as well as asking questions and starting discussions via the game’s dedicated private forum.<br />
  
Each '''Game''' you create in Roll20 has its own dedicated details page. For '''Game''' '''Creators''' and '''GMs''', this is the primary configuration portal for the '''Game'''. For '''Players''', this is the centralized location for out-of-game resources such as '''Journal''' entries and the '''Game's''' private '''Forum'''.
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==Inviting and Managing Players==
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On the right hand side of this page is where you can invite and manage the players who will join your game. Within a single game, there are three different roles that a Roll20 user can assume:
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====Creator====
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The game’s Creator is the Roll20 user who originally created the game. There is only ever one Creator for a Roll20 game. They have complete control over all of the game's settings and any subscription perks (Dynamic Lighting, F/X Tool, API Scripts, etc…) that the game can benefit from are based on which subscription level the creator’s account currently has. Likewise, content such as Game Add-ons must be bought on the Creator’s account in order for them to be added to the game.<br />
  
== Game Icon ==
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The Creator’s profile image and name  are highlighted in purple in the upper right corner of this page. General use stats such as the account creation date and collective hours played are also listed. Clicking on either their name or their profile image will navigate to their Profile Page.
At the top of the Game Details page is the '''Game Icon''', which is used to represent your game in the '''Game List''' and '''Looking For Group Listing''' (if enabled), and also gives your players a feel for your '''Game'''. This uploaded image will be added to your '''Art Library'''.  To set the image, all you need to do is drag a file onto this section, or click the '''Choose a File...''' button to be prompted to find a file on your computer.  If you already have a '''Game Icon''' and want to change it, you can hover over the image and click the '''Change Image''' link.
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== Game Name ==
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====Player====
The '''Game Name''' is used to identify your '''Game''' in the '''Game List''' and '''Looking For Group Listing.''' You can change the '''Game Name''' at any time by clicking the name to edit it. Once you are satisfied with the name, you can click the '''Save''' button.
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Anyone else who joins the game will be listed as a Player. This section is listed right underneath the Creator in light grey. Players who join the game will be listed in this section with their profile icon followed by their name underneath. They are listed chronologically by when they first joined the game.
  
== Players ==
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====GM====
The Players section down the right side shows information about the players who are members of this game.  
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[[File:GM Promotion.png|framed|right|Player Steve has been Promoted to the GM Role. His profile image now has a "GM" icon displayed over it to note the role.]]
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The Creator of the game can promote one or more Players in a game to the role of '''GM'''. A GM is granted access to alter, add, and delete most of the game's content within Roll20 as well as access a couple of features from the Game Details Page. For this reason, the Creator should practice discretion when promoting Players to this role so these privileges are not abused. A GM, like the Creator, will load into the game on the VTT in GM Mode rather than Player Mode.<br />
  
== Creator ==
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A GM has access to the following:<br />
At the top is a section that describes the game's '''Creator'''.  Clicking anywhere in this section will take you to the '''Creator´s''' user page.
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[[File:GameDetails_PlayerMenu.png|thumb|border|right]]
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'''Within the VTT'''
==== Joined Players ====
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* Full access to all <span style="font-family:Pictos;">b</span> [[Layers|Page Layers]]
Below the '''Creator''' section all of the '''Players''' who have joined the '''Game''' are listed.  Clicking any of the '''Players&lsquo;''' icons or names will take you to that '''Player&lsquo;s''' user page.
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* Create, Modify, and Delete [[Page Toolbar|Pages]]
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* Place images and tokens to the Tabletop from their personal <span style="font-family:Pictos;">P</span> [[Art Library]] (not the Creator's library)
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* Assign and edit [[Tokens|tokens]]
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* Create [[Journal|handouts and characters]], assign their view and edit permissions
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* Move the Player Ribbon to different [[Page Toolbar|Pages]]
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* Add, Remove, and Play music from the <span style="font-family:Pictos Custom;">u</span> [[Jukebox]]
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* See GM Whispers and Rolls in {{Text Chat}}
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* Create [[Macros]] and [[Token Actions]]
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* Modify <span style="font-family:Pictos Custom;">r</span> [[Dynamic Lighting]] on a [[Page Toolbar|Page]] if the game's Creator is a Plus/Pro-subscriber
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* Access to all in-game options on the [[Sidebar]]'s <span style="font-family:Pictos;">y</span> [[My Settings]] Tab in the VTT, ''except'' the [[Transmogrifier]]
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'''Outside the VTT'''
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* Invite Players (''anyone'' can share the unique join link to the game)
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* View and Edit [[API|API Scripts]] (Creator must be a '''Pro''' Subscriber)
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* Manage the game's private forum, including sinking and deleting posts<br />
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'''Creators''' and '''GMs''' can click the '''Invite Players''' button to open a new window and invite more '''Players''' via email address, review pending invites and get a unique game ID link that can be copy and pasted to additional '''Players'''.
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A promoted player will have a blue “GM” tag added to the upper left of their profile icon in the Player List.<br /><br />
  
The '''Game&lsquo;s''' '''Creator''' can hover over a '''Player&lsquo;s''' icon to manipulate the permissions for that '''Player'''.
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===Inviting, Promoting, and Removing Players From a Game===
* '''Promote to GM''' will grant that Player GM status in the Game, commonly called a '''co-GM'''. This is useful for jointly running a '''Game''' with someone else or if the '''Creator''' would like to become a '''Player''' in a '''Game''' they created. Promoting someone to GM may also be beneficial in helping another user with GM-level features and or solving '''Game''' issues. Promoted to '''GMs''', have limited control over a '''Game''':
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====Inviting Players====
** '''Cannot:'''
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At the top of the light grey Players section is an '''Invite Players''' button. Clicking on this opens a dialog box that allow you to send invites out via email adresses, view pending invitations, and also list the game’s unique join link URL that you can copy and send to friends so they can join the game directly.<br />
*** Change the next game time display.
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*** Change the '''Game's''' description.
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*** Change the '''Game's''' settings options, such as the version of Character Sheet that is set, toggling public access, changing the background image, toggling character import, or list the game in Looking for Players.
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*** Delete the entire game.
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*** Kick or Remove '''Players'''.  
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*** Clear the Chat Archive.
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*** A Co-GM will not have access to the original '''Game&lsquo;s''' '''Creator&lsquo;s''' image library, character journals, handouts, decks, rollable tables, and other games' pages, however those elements that are being used within the game are available to the Co-GM. Images that are being used within the games' pages can be manipulated by the Co-GM as long as they remain within the game editor. If the Co-GM removes any of these shared elements they will not be available unless the '''Game&lsquo;s''' '''Creator''' restores them to play.
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*** Use Transmogrifier.
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** '''Can:'''
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*** Full access to all layers.
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*** Create a new map page.
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*** Put pictures and tokens to the tabletop from their image library.
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*** Assign and edit tokens.
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*** Add handouts, new characters, assign journals.
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*** Move the Players ribbon to different maps.
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*** Play music from the jukebox.
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*** Read GM whispers.
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*** Make macros and token actions and show or hide them from players.
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*** Control dynamic lighting settings if the '''Game&lsquo;s''' '''Creator''' is a '''Pro''' or '''Plus''' subscriber.
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*** Manage the '''Game&lsquo;s''' forum, including sinking and deleting posts.
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* '''Demote to Player''' will return a previously promoted '''GM''' back to '''Player'''.
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* '''Kick from Game''' will remove a Player from the Game. Visit this page to kick a player whether you are in-game or not. "Kick from Game" changes the game URL and removes the player from your game.
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== Menu ==
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====Promoting and Demoting Players====
The menu gives you access to additional facilities for the '''Game.'''
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As the game’s creator, you have two options available to you when you hover your mouse over a player’s icon or name:
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* ‘’’Promote to GM/Demote to Player’’’: This will elevate a player to GM Status or demote a GM back to player status. This option changes depending on the current status of the player.<br />
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=== Launch Game ===
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====Removing a Player From the Game====
[[File:Launch Game Button.png|thumb|left]]Clicking on the '''Launch Game''' button will launch the '''Game''' on the Roll20 Virtual Tabletop.
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* ‘’’Kick from Game’’': This will remove the Player from the game and change the unique join link URL of the entire game. This will prevent the Player from attempting to rejoin with the previous join link.<br />
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=== Content ===
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Selecting either of these two options will cause the page to reload to process the new changes.<br />
[[File:GameDetails_Menu_Content.png|thumb|right]]
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* '''Chat Archive''' will open a new window that displays the entire chat history of the Game. Whispers from players are not logged in the chat archive.
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* '''External Journal''' is shown for '''Games''' with a '''Creator''' who has a '''Pro''' or '''Plus''' subscription.  This link provides [[Journal#External_Journal_Access|External Journal Access]]. '''GMs''' can view journal entries for unarchived '''Characters''' and '''Handouts'''.  '''Players''' also have access and can view any Characters or Handouts they have control of in the '''Game'''.
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=== Looking for Players ===
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[[File:GameDetails_Menu_LookingForPlayers.png|thumb|right]]
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The '''Looking for Players''' menu allows a '''Game's''' '''Creator''' to create or manage the [[Looking_for_Group#Create_Looking_for_Group_Listings|'''Looking for Group Listing''']] for their '''Game''' in Roll20's game directory where other Roll20 players can find it and apply to join it. You must include some basic information about your game in order to list it, including the type of game that you'll be playing and the date and time of the next game to be played.
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=== Settings ===
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[[File:GameDetails_Menu_Settings.png|thumb|right]]
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The '''Settings''' menu provides access to many configuration options for the '''Game'''.  The '''Game's''' '''Creator''' can access all of the options, while Promoted '''GMs''' can only access a couple.  '''Players''' instead have the '''Leave Game''' option detailed below.
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==== Game Settings ====
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Displays the '''[[Game Settings Page]]'''.
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==== API Scripts ====
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==Managing Your Game==
Gives '''Creators''' and '''GMs''' access to the [[API:Introduction|API Script Editor]].  The '''Game's''' '''Creator''' must be a '''Pro''' subscriber to have access to this feature.
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The rest of this page covers information and settings for the game. Most of these options can only be altered by the game’s Creator.<br />
==== Copy Game ====
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Allows '''Creators''' to duplicate the '''Game'''. They can rename the duplicate, change its tags, and decide whether to keep all or none of the: Game Icon, Players and Player Settings (Including Macros), Pages, Decks and Rollable Tables, Chat Log, Journal (Characters & Handouts), Jukebox Playlist or the Game Forums. When you have everything designated for the duplicate, click the '''I'm ready, Create Game!''' button.
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==== Clear Chat Archive ====
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Allows '''Creators''' to '''PERMANENTLY''' delete the entire archived chat history from the '''Game'''.
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==== Delete Game ====
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Allow '''Creators''' to bring up a new window to confirm the deletion of the '''Game'''.
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==== Roll Back Game ====
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===Game Icon===
The '''Game's''' '''Creator''' must be a '''Pro''' subscriber to have access to this feature. Between the hours of 4 and 6 AM PST, a save state is made for every game on Roll20. Seven days’ worth of save states are kept on file before they’re rewritten with new save states. Pro users have the ability to roll back their game to any save state available from the past seven days to correct any drastic mistakes made to their game.
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At the top of the Game Details page is the '''Game Icon''', which is an image  used to represent your game in the '''Game List''' and '''Looking For Group Listing''' (if enabled). This image also helps convey the game’s theme to your players when they join it. To set the image, either drag the desired image to this section, or click the '''Choose a File...''' button to be prompted to find an image file on your computer.  This uploaded image will be added to your '''<span style="font-family:Pictos;">P</span> [[Art Library]]'''. Once one is added, you can change the image to something else by hovering your mouse over this area and clicking the '''Change Image''' link that appears.<br />
  
To commit a rollback, click “Roll Back Game.” This brings up a dialog box that allows you to choose the date of the save state you would like to roll your game back to. Select the date and click on the pink “Rollback” button to initiate the rollback process. This may take a minute or two, but once finished, the Game Details Page will prompt you when the rollback has successfully completed. Much like Applying Game Defaults, this too cannot be undone.
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===Game Name===
==== Leave Game ====
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The Game Name is used to identify your game in the '''Game List''' and '''Looking For Group Listing''' (if enabled).You can change the Game Name at any time by clicking the name to edit it. Once you are satisfied with the change, you can click the '''Save''' button.<br />
Allows player's to leave a '''Game'''. Once you leave a game, you no longer have access to the '''Game''' and it will no longer show up in your '''Games''' page.
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===Launch Game===
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[[File:Launch Game Button.png|thumb|left]]Clicking on the pink '''Launch Game''' button will launch the Game on the Roll20 Virtual Tabletop.<br style="clear:both;" />
  
== Details ==
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===Content===
The next section down the page holds the '''Details''' section, which shows specific information about the '''Game''', from what will be played to when it will be played, as well as freeform text to describe the '''Game''' in detail.
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[[File:GameDetails Menu Content.png|thumb]]The '''Content Button''' has two menu options available when clicked: '''Chat Archive''' and '''External Journal'''. <br />
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The Chat Archive will open a new window that displays the entire chat history of the game. There is a button in the top right to '''Hide Whispers''' in the chat log. Players can only see Whispers and GM rolls of which they were originally a participant.<br /><br />
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External Journal Access is available for games with Creators who are paid subscribers. This option redirects to a new page where GMs can view all journal entries for unarchived Characters and Handouts within the game. Players also have access and can view any Characters or Handouts they have control permissions of within the game. Only the "Bio & Info" tab of a character is accessible from the External Journal. An individual's "Character Sheet" or "Attributes and Abilities" tabs can only be accessed within the VTT.<br style="clear:both;" />
  
=== Playing ===
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===Looking for Players===
This field shows what systems the '''Game's''' '''Creator''' has specified are being played in this '''Game'''The '''Creator''' can edit the the '''Playing''' list by clicking into the box and choosing Popular systems from the dropdown.
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[[File:GameDetails Menu LookingForPlayers.png|thumb]]
* If you don't see your preferred system listed, choose '''Other Games'''
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The Looking for Players menu allows a game's Creator to create or manage a [[Looking for Group|Looking for Group listing]]Adding their game to Roll20's game directory will allow other Roll20 users to find and apply to join to it. You must include some basic information about your game in order to list it, including the type of game that you'll be playing and the date and time of the next game to be played.<br style="clear:both;" />
* Only the first 2 systems alphabetically will be shown in the '''Looking For Group Listing''', so be sure to only choose two if you'll be using that system.
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=== Next Game Will Be ===
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===Settings===
This field is where a '''Game's''' '''Creator''' can set the date and time when the next session will occur. The time is automatically converted to the view's local timezone.
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[[File:Game_Settings_Menu_Options.jpg|thumb]]The Settings menu provides several options for the game. The game's Creator can access all of these options, while Promoted GMs have limited access. Players only have access to the '''Leave Game''' option detailed below.<br />
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====Game Settings====
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The [[Game Settings Page]] contains a number of settings such as what character sheet template and it's default settings are used, as well as if [[Compendium Sharing]] is enabled.
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====API Scripts====
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This option will give the game’s Creator and GMs access to the [[API:Introduction|API Script Editor]]. The game's Creator must be a Pro subscriber for this feature to be available.
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====Copy Game====
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This option allows the Creator to create a duplicate of the current game on their account. They can rename the duplicate, change its tags, and decide which elements are carried over to the copy: Players and Player Settings (Including [[Macros]]), [[Page Toolbar|Pages]], [[Decks]] and [[Rollable Tables]], Chat Log, {{Journal}} (Characters & Handouts), <span style="font-family:Pictos Custom;">u</span> [[Jukebox]] Playlist, or the Game Forums. Currently, the character sheet will default to None during a copy, so you’ll want to select the sheet you need for the copy. When you have everything designated for the duplicate, click the blue '''I'm ready, Create Game!''' button.
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====Clear Chat Archive====
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{{warning| "Clear Chat Archive" PERMANENTLY deletes the entire archived chat history from everyone.}}
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This option PERMANENTLY deletes the entire archived chat history from the game.
  
'''Note:''' 12:00pm is used to indicate a time of Noon, 12:00am is used to indicate a time of Midnight.
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Sometimes if the chat archive becomes corrupted, the {{Text Chat}} stops working, and it can be solved with Clearing the Chat Archive.
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====Delete Game====
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{{warning| Deleting game is irreversible for users, and shouldn't be done lightly. If you are lucky, Roll20 developers can recover the game for you.}}
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This option opens up a dialog box to confirm the Creators’ decision to delete the game.
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====Roll Back Game====
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The Creator must have a Pro subscription to have access to this feature. Between the hours of 4 and 6 AM PST, a save state is made for every game on Roll20. Seven days’ worth of save states are kept on file before they’re rewritten with new save states. Pro users have the ability to roll back their game to any save state available from the past seven days to correct any drastic mistakes made to their game.<br />
  
=== Game Description ===
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To commit a rollback, click '''Roll Back Game'''. This brings up a dialog box that allows you to choose the date of the save state you would like to roll your game back to. Select the date and click on the pink '''Rollback''' button to initiate the rollback process. This may take a minute or two, but once finished, the Game Details Page will prompt you when the rollback has successfully completed. This process cannot be undone; however, you can choose to roll back again to a later save state you have available if you discover you’ve rolled back too far.
This is where a '''Game's''' '''Creator''' can add a blurb advertising what to expect out of the game, flavor text or provide pre-requisites for potential players. This text field is really for anything the '''Creator''' feels would be convenient for the '''Players''' to know.
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====Leave Game====
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This option is only visible to Players and GMs invited to the game. Once a player leaves a game, they no longer have access to the game and it will no longer show up on their Games Page.<br />
  
To edit the description simply click in the text and change the text to suit you. You can use [http://daringfireball.net/projects/markdown/ Markdown formatting] to customize the look of your description text. When you are satisfied with your changes, click the '''Save Changes''' button.
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===Game Information===
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The next section below the Launch Game and Settings buttons shows specific information about the current game, from what system will be played to when it will be played.<br />
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====Playing====
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This field shows what system(s) the Creator has specified are being played in this game. The Creator can edit the Playing list by clicking into the text field and choosing popular systems from the drop-down that appears.<br />
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If you don't see your preferred system listed, choose Other Games. This list of available popular games are updated on a quarterly basis and if a game system surges in popularity, it gets added.<br />
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Only the first two systems alphabetically will be shown in a Looking For Group listing, so be sure to only choose two if you'll be using that system to find players.
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====Next Game Will Be====
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This field is where the game Creator can set the date and time for the game’s next session. The time is automatically converted to the viewer's local timezone.<br />
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Note: The time selector uses a 12-hour clock rather than a 24-hour clock. 12:00 AM is used to indicate Midnight (00:00) while 12:00 PM is used to indicate Noon. If you want a 24h clock option, it's recommended to vote & post in [https://app.roll20.net/forum/post/1419527/24-hour-clock this suggestion] on the Roll20 Forums.
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====Game Description====
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This is where a Game's Creator can add a blurb advertising what to expect out of the game, adventure flavor text, or provide pre-requisites for potential players. This free-form text field is for anything the Creator feels would be convenient for the Players to know.<br />
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To edit the description, simply click inside the text field to activate it and change the text to suit your needs. You can use Markdown formatting to customize the look of your description text. When you are satisfied with your changes, click the '''Save Changes''' button.
  
 
===Game Addons===
 
===Game Addons===
[[File:Addons.png|framed|right|The Addon Section of the Game Details Page.]][https://marketplace.roll20.net/browse/search/?keywords=&sortby=newest&type=gameaddon&genre=all Game Addons], unlike Marketplace modules, are smaller content packages that are meant to enhance your existing games such as: custom card decks, maps, single encounter adventures and more. Once bought, these content packages are available via a dropdown menu in the Game Addons section of the '''Game Setting'''s Page. Select the one you wish to add and click on the blue '''Add to Game''' button beside the drop down menu. When a Game Addon is appended to the game, it will be added to a bulleted list underneath the "Addon in [Title of Current Game]" list. This list is shown underneath the addon drop down menu and the blue '''Add to Game''' button.<br />
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[[File:Addons.png|framed|right|The Addon Section of the Game Details Page.]][https://marketplace.roll20.net/browse/search/?keywords=&sortby=newest&type=gameaddon&genre=all Game Addons], unlike Marketplace modules, are smaller content packages that are meant to enhance your existing games such as: custom card decks, maps, single encounter adventures and more. Once bought, these content packages are available via a dropdown menu in the Game Addons section of the Game Details Page. Select the one you wish to add and click on the blue '''Add to Game''' button beside the drop-down menu. When a Game Addon is appended to the game, it will be added to a bulleted list underneath the "Addon in [Title of Current Game]" list. This list is shown underneath the addon drop down menu and the blue Add to Game button.<br /><br />
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{{mbox | text = Adding an Addon more than once will overwrite the previous version of that addon you currently have added to your game. You will lose any changes you may have made, but this will also assists a GM who made any edits by mistake and wish to revert back to the original copy of the Addon.}}
 
{{mbox | text = Adding an Addon more than once will overwrite the previous version of that addon you currently have added to your game. You will lose any changes you may have made, but this will also assists a GM who made any edits by mistake and wish to revert back to the original copy of the Addon.}}
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====Removing Addons====
 
====Removing Addons====
To remove any Game Addon content you've added to a game, you will need to delete it manually from inside the launched game. If you ever delete a Game Addon unintentionally, remove the Addon from the Addon List on the Game Details Page, then add it back in again.<br />
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To remove any Game Addon content you've added to a game, you will need to delete it manually from inside the launched game. If you ever delete a Game Addon unintentionally, remove the Addon from the Addon List on the Game Details Page, then add it back in again.<br style="clear:both;" />
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===[[Token Markers|Token Marker Sets]]===
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===Game Patching===
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Occasionally, corrections need to be made to an existing module or game addon. A patch is made to correct the issues discovered. A notification will appear on the Game Details page when a patch is available for a module or addon installed on your game. Typically, a link will be included in the notification to the patch notes that lists all the changes that will be made by the patch.
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To preserve as much of your edited content as possible, patches only overwrite the tabletop elements that were directly changed by the patch. It's worthwhile to check the patch notes before updating your game in the off chance you need to duplicate some journal entries to preserve player or GM edited module/addon content. Additionally, if a patch is making changes to a Page you and your players are currently active on, you may want to wait to update your game until after the group is between dungeons/maps. That way elements such as tokens, DL, etc aren't reset mid-combat between gaming sessions.
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When you click on the '''Update''' button, your game will be sent into a queue to begin the update process. You can cancel the update while it's still sitting in queue and hasn't started processing. You will receive new notifications on the Details Page as a patch moves through the queue line to eventually begin processing the patch. This process can take a couple minutes to complete. Once done, you will receive a final notification that the patch has installed successfully.<br />
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===Game Discussion Forum===
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Each game has an exclusive mini forum. It behaves exactly like the public Roll20 forums. Everyone in the game can create their own threads on this forum and also make replies. The game's Creator and GMs all have access to the Sink, Sticky, and Delete commands on individual posts within this forum.<br />
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The '''Sink''' command will keep a thread at the bottom of the forum regardless of activity.<br />
  
== Forum ==
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The '''Sticky''' Command will pin the thread to the top of the forum.<br />
The '''Forum''' section shows the ten most recent posts from the '''Game Discussion Forum.'''
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=== + Post New Topic ===
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The '''Delete''' command will remove the post's text from view by those who are not the Creator or GMs. Deleting the first post in a thread will remove the entire thread from the Game Discussion Forum.<br />
You can click the '''+ Post New Topic''' button to start a new thread on the '''Game Discussion Forum.'''
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=== View All Posts ===
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This section of the Game Details Page only shows the ten most recent posts from the Game Discussion Forum. To see the entire discussion forum, click on the ‘’’View All Posts >’’’ link at the bottom of the Page.<br />
This link will take you to the full '''Game Discussion Forum'''. This is a mini forum exclusive to the '''Game'''. It behaves exactly like the public Roll20 forums. The '''Game's''' '''Creator''' and '''Gamermasters''' have access to the Sink, Sticky, and Delete commands. The Sink command will keep a thread at the bottom of the forum regardless of activity. The Sticky Command will pin the thread to the top of the forum. The Delete command will remove the post's text from view by those who are not the '''Creator''' or '''Gamemasters''', and deleting the first post in a thread will remove the entire thread from the '''Game Discussion Forum'''.
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Clicking on the '''+ Post New Topic''' button redirect you to full Game Discussion Forum so that you can begin drafting a new forum thread.
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=See Also=
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* [[Game Settings]]
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* [[User Interface|Roll20 Interface]] (inside the game)
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* [[Adding Character Sheet|Add Character Sheet to your Game]]
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[edit] My Games Page

The My Games page, you can join games, create games, manage the games you are a part of. It is accessible either by clicking on the Games option on the Site's main navigation bar or clicking on the My Games option from the Games drop-down menu when you hover your mouse there.

Contents

[edit] 1. Game Search

Across the top of the My Games page is a search bar. If you have a large list of games, this search bar will filter your Game List based on either Tags or Keywords used by the games you've created and the games you are a player of.

[edit] 2. Game List

The bulk of the page is taken up by the Game List, which shows all the games you can access. Each listed game shows several pieces of information:

  • Click the Game Title to be taken to the Game Details page.
  • The Game Image will also take you to the Game Details page.
  • Launch Game will take you straight into the tabletop for the game.
  • Player Icons are listed for each game, showing you who else plays that game.
  • The Last Played On date tells you when last the game was in session.
    • Games created by you have a Creator badge.
    • Games you are a Co-GM on have a GM badge.
    • Games you are a player in are unadorned.


[edit] 3. Buttons

At the top right are a collection of buttons for creating, copying, and adding games to your Game List.

  • + Create New Game takes you through the game creation process to set up a new game.
  • Access the Dev Server takes you to the Developer's Server, a Pro subscription perk.
  • Copy from Dev takes you to a page that lets you copy a game from the Developer Server to the Production Server, a Pro subscription perk.
  • Find a Group takes you to the Looking for Group Tool, so you can find more games to join.

[edit] 4. My Tags

On the right edge is the My Tags box lists all the tags you have defined in decreasing order by how many games have them. You can click a tag to instantly filter the list down to the games that include that tag.

[edit] Game Details Page

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Each game you create in Roll20 has its own dedicated Details Page. This is where player invites can be managed as well as changing any of the game’s settings. Before they hop into the VTT, this is also the first page new players see after accepting an invite to a game. From this page, players can keep track of in-between session content, such as the next game session's date as well as asking questions and starting discussions via the game’s dedicated private forum.

[edit] Inviting and Managing Players

On the right hand side of this page is where you can invite and manage the players who will join your game. Within a single game, there are three different roles that a Roll20 user can assume:

[edit] Creator

The game’s Creator is the Roll20 user who originally created the game. There is only ever one Creator for a Roll20 game. They have complete control over all of the game's settings and any subscription perks (Dynamic Lighting, F/X Tool, API Scripts, etc…) that the game can benefit from are based on which subscription level the creator’s account currently has. Likewise, content such as Game Add-ons must be bought on the Creator’s account in order for them to be added to the game.

The Creator’s profile image and name are highlighted in purple in the upper right corner of this page. General use stats such as the account creation date and collective hours played are also listed. Clicking on either their name or their profile image will navigate to their Profile Page.

[edit] Player

Anyone else who joins the game will be listed as a Player. This section is listed right underneath the Creator in light grey. Players who join the game will be listed in this section with their profile icon followed by their name underneath. They are listed chronologically by when they first joined the game.

[edit] GM

Player Steve has been Promoted to the GM Role. His profile image now has a "GM" icon displayed over it to note the role.

The Creator of the game can promote one or more Players in a game to the role of GM. A GM is granted access to alter, add, and delete most of the game's content within Roll20 as well as access a couple of features from the Game Details Page. For this reason, the Creator should practice discretion when promoting Players to this role so these privileges are not abused. A GM, like the Creator, will load into the game on the VTT in GM Mode rather than Player Mode.

A GM has access to the following:

Within the VTT


Outside the VTT

  • Invite Players (anyone can share the unique join link to the game)
  • View and Edit API Scripts (Creator must be a Pro Subscriber)
  • Manage the game's private forum, including sinking and deleting posts


A promoted player will have a blue “GM” tag added to the upper left of their profile icon in the Player List.

[edit] Inviting, Promoting, and Removing Players From a Game

[edit] Inviting Players

At the top of the light grey Players section is an Invite Players button. Clicking on this opens a dialog box that allow you to send invites out via email adresses, view pending invitations, and also list the game’s unique join link URL that you can copy and send to friends so they can join the game directly.

[edit] Promoting and Demoting Players

As the game’s creator, you have two options available to you when you hover your mouse over a player’s icon or name:

  • ‘’’Promote to GM/Demote to Player’’’: This will elevate a player to GM Status or demote a GM back to player status. This option changes depending on the current status of the player.


[edit] Removing a Player From the Game

  • ‘’’Kick from Game’’': This will remove the Player from the game and change the unique join link URL of the entire game. This will prevent the Player from attempting to rejoin with the previous join link.


Selecting either of these two options will cause the page to reload to process the new changes.

[edit] Managing Your Game

The rest of this page covers information and settings for the game. Most of these options can only be altered by the game’s Creator.

[edit] Game Icon

At the top of the Game Details page is the Game Icon, which is an image used to represent your game in the Game List and Looking For Group Listing (if enabled). This image also helps convey the game’s theme to your players when they join it. To set the image, either drag the desired image to this section, or click the Choose a File... button to be prompted to find an image file on your computer. This uploaded image will be added to your P Art Library. Once one is added, you can change the image to something else by hovering your mouse over this area and clicking the Change Image link that appears.

[edit] Game Name

The Game Name is used to identify your game in the Game List and Looking For Group Listing (if enabled).You can change the Game Name at any time by clicking the name to edit it. Once you are satisfied with the change, you can click the Save button.

[edit] Launch Game

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Clicking on the pink Launch Game button will launch the Game on the Roll20 Virtual Tabletop.

[edit] Content

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The Content Button has two menu options available when clicked: Chat Archive and External Journal.


The Chat Archive will open a new window that displays the entire chat history of the game. There is a button in the top right to Hide Whispers in the chat log. Players can only see Whispers and GM rolls of which they were originally a participant.

External Journal Access is available for games with Creators who are paid subscribers. This option redirects to a new page where GMs can view all journal entries for unarchived Characters and Handouts within the game. Players also have access and can view any Characters or Handouts they have control permissions of within the game. Only the "Bio & Info" tab of a character is accessible from the External Journal. An individual's "Character Sheet" or "Attributes and Abilities" tabs can only be accessed within the VTT.

[edit] Looking for Players

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The Looking for Players menu allows a game's Creator to create or manage a Looking for Group listing. Adding their game to Roll20's game directory will allow other Roll20 users to find and apply to join to it. You must include some basic information about your game in order to list it, including the type of game that you'll be playing and the date and time of the next game to be played.

[edit] Settings

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The Settings menu provides several options for the game. The game's Creator can access all of these options, while Promoted GMs have limited access. Players only have access to the Leave Game option detailed below.

[edit] Game Settings

The Game Settings Page contains a number of settings such as what character sheet template and it's default settings are used, as well as if Compendium Sharing is enabled.

[edit] API Scripts

This option will give the game’s Creator and GMs access to the API Script Editor. The game's Creator must be a Pro subscriber for this feature to be available.

[edit] Copy Game

This option allows the Creator to create a duplicate of the current game on their account. They can rename the duplicate, change its tags, and decide which elements are carried over to the copy: Players and Player Settings (Including Macros), Pages, Decks and Rollable Tables, Chat Log, N Journal (Characters & Handouts), u Jukebox Playlist, or the Game Forums. Currently, the character sheet will default to None during a copy, so you’ll want to select the sheet you need for the copy. When you have everything designated for the duplicate, click the blue I'm ready, Create Game! button.

[edit] Clear Chat Archive


This option PERMANENTLY deletes the entire archived chat history from the game.

Sometimes if the chat archive becomes corrupted, the q Text Chat stops working, and it can be solved with Clearing the Chat Archive.

[edit] Delete Game


This option opens up a dialog box to confirm the Creators’ decision to delete the game.

[edit] Roll Back Game

The Creator must have a Pro subscription to have access to this feature. Between the hours of 4 and 6 AM PST, a save state is made for every game on Roll20. Seven days’ worth of save states are kept on file before they’re rewritten with new save states. Pro users have the ability to roll back their game to any save state available from the past seven days to correct any drastic mistakes made to their game.

To commit a rollback, click Roll Back Game. This brings up a dialog box that allows you to choose the date of the save state you would like to roll your game back to. Select the date and click on the pink Rollback button to initiate the rollback process. This may take a minute or two, but once finished, the Game Details Page will prompt you when the rollback has successfully completed. This process cannot be undone; however, you can choose to roll back again to a later save state you have available if you discover you’ve rolled back too far.

[edit] Leave Game

This option is only visible to Players and GMs invited to the game. Once a player leaves a game, they no longer have access to the game and it will no longer show up on their Games Page.

[edit] Game Information

The next section below the Launch Game and Settings buttons shows specific information about the current game, from what system will be played to when it will be played.

[edit] Playing

This field shows what system(s) the Creator has specified are being played in this game. The Creator can edit the Playing list by clicking into the text field and choosing popular systems from the drop-down that appears.

If you don't see your preferred system listed, choose Other Games. This list of available popular games are updated on a quarterly basis and if a game system surges in popularity, it gets added.

Only the first two systems alphabetically will be shown in a Looking For Group listing, so be sure to only choose two if you'll be using that system to find players.

[edit] Next Game Will Be

This field is where the game Creator can set the date and time for the game’s next session. The time is automatically converted to the viewer's local timezone.

Note: The time selector uses a 12-hour clock rather than a 24-hour clock. 12:00 AM is used to indicate Midnight (00:00) while 12:00 PM is used to indicate Noon. If you want a 24h clock option, it's recommended to vote & post in this suggestion on the Roll20 Forums.

[edit] Game Description

This is where a Game's Creator can add a blurb advertising what to expect out of the game, adventure flavor text, or provide pre-requisites for potential players. This free-form text field is for anything the Creator feels would be convenient for the Players to know.

To edit the description, simply click inside the text field to activate it and change the text to suit your needs. You can use Markdown formatting to customize the look of your description text. When you are satisfied with your changes, click the Save Changes button.

[edit] Game Addons

The Addon Section of the Game Details Page.
Game Addons, unlike Marketplace modules, are smaller content packages that are meant to enhance your existing games such as: custom card decks, maps, single encounter adventures and more. Once bought, these content packages are available via a dropdown menu in the Game Addons section of the Game Details Page. Select the one you wish to add and click on the blue Add to Game button beside the drop-down menu. When a Game Addon is appended to the game, it will be added to a bulleted list underneath the "Addon in [Title of Current Game]" list. This list is shown underneath the addon drop down menu and the blue Add to Game button.

[edit] Removing Addons

To remove any Game Addon content you've added to a game, you will need to delete it manually from inside the launched game. If you ever delete a Game Addon unintentionally, remove the Addon from the Addon List on the Game Details Page, then add it back in again.

[edit] Token Marker Sets

Main article: Token Markers


[edit] Game Patching

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Occasionally, corrections need to be made to an existing module or game addon. A patch is made to correct the issues discovered. A notification will appear on the Game Details page when a patch is available for a module or addon installed on your game. Typically, a link will be included in the notification to the patch notes that lists all the changes that will be made by the patch.

To preserve as much of your edited content as possible, patches only overwrite the tabletop elements that were directly changed by the patch. It's worthwhile to check the patch notes before updating your game in the off chance you need to duplicate some journal entries to preserve player or GM edited module/addon content. Additionally, if a patch is making changes to a Page you and your players are currently active on, you may want to wait to update your game until after the group is between dungeons/maps. That way elements such as tokens, DL, etc aren't reset mid-combat between gaming sessions.

When you click on the Update button, your game will be sent into a queue to begin the update process. You can cancel the update while it's still sitting in queue and hasn't started processing. You will receive new notifications on the Details Page as a patch moves through the queue line to eventually begin processing the patch. This process can take a couple minutes to complete. Once done, you will receive a final notification that the patch has installed successfully.

[edit] Game Discussion Forum

Each game has an exclusive mini forum. It behaves exactly like the public Roll20 forums. Everyone in the game can create their own threads on this forum and also make replies. The game's Creator and GMs all have access to the Sink, Sticky, and Delete commands on individual posts within this forum.

The Sink command will keep a thread at the bottom of the forum regardless of activity.

The Sticky Command will pin the thread to the top of the forum.

The Delete command will remove the post's text from view by those who are not the Creator or GMs. Deleting the first post in a thread will remove the entire thread from the Game Discussion Forum.

This section of the Game Details Page only shows the ten most recent posts from the Game Discussion Forum. To see the entire discussion forum, click on the ‘’’View All Posts >’’’ link at the bottom of the Page.

Clicking on the + Post New Topic button redirect you to full Game Discussion Forum so that you can begin drafting a new forum thread.

[edit] See Also