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Roll20 Crash Course

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Welcome to Roll20, this wiki page serves as a 101 course for a GM who's looking to move from the physical table to the virtual one. Moderator, Kristin, will guide you through how she sets up a tabletop campaign. Each video is accompanied with relevant info about the subject covered and includes links to wiki pages that flesh out topics only briefly mentioned in this video series. This crash course is specifically designed as an overview of how to get around Roll20 and what features are available in the application. For the nitty gritty details, we recommend topic searching within our wiki for more information.


Course Overview

Roll20 is an easy-to-use system agnostic virtual tabletop. It's flexible to handle most Tabletop RPGs as well as simulate popular board and card games. Don't let our product name confuse you. Roll20 can run more than just d20 systems! We have players from around the world who commonly play games such as Star Wars: Edge of the Empire, Fate, GURPS, Fiasco, World of Darkness, Savage Worlds, Dungeon World, and many, many other official and homebrewed games.

Here's what you can expect to see on our virtual tabletop:

Creating Your First Campaign

Crash Course Video 1 - Creating Your First Campaign
Music: "Master of the Feast" Kevin MacLeod (

In this video series, Kristin will be building a basic Pathfinder campaign. This won't be a system specific tutorial, so if you're not familiar with Pathfinder, you should be able to still follow along just fine. If you are a Pathfinder player, there's a wiki guide dedicated to detailing tips and tricks to setting up a Pathfinder campaign in Roll20.

Kristin's outlined her first session as follows:

  1. PCs meet one another in a tavern of a small city
  2. Thugs show up to shakedown the tavern's barkeep and a tussle between them and the PCs ensues
  3. After the fight, the barkeep discovers his young son missing and the PCs discover a ransom note demanding the barkeep pay his debt or his son's life is forfeit
  4. The PCs go around town looking for information on this protection racket - they eventually find out that bandits are operating out of the city sewers
  5. The PCs travel into the sewers and find a hidden headquarters of bandits where their leader as well as the barkeep's son are hidden
  6. The bandit leader will try to coerce the PCs to work for him, depending on the PCs actions will determine how the next session goes

Designing The Tabletop

Crash Course Video 2 - Designing The Tabletop
Music: "Master of the Feast" Kevin MacLeod (

Map Marketplace Content Used:

  1. Fantasy Tavern and Inn map pack - Sean Archer
  2. The Dungeon Delve I - Kevin Brown

Wiki Reading Suggestions

While you can learn how to create Pages and add content to them by just experimenting with the interface, here's a list of wiki links below for more indepth discussion about each feature of the Tabletop in particular.

  • Page Settings: Walks you through all the game system options available for Pages
  • Manipulating Graphics: Explains how to move about the Tabletop and transforming images placed upon it
  • Drawing Tools: For when you want to freehand a drawing or add text to the tabletop
  • Split the Party: When you absolutely have to split the party between Pages

Managing Character Sheets and Handouts

Crash Course Video 3 - Managing Character Sheets & Handouts
Music: "Master of the Feast" Kevin MacLeod (

All account users have access to the community created character sheet templates. It requires a Mentor subscription to customize them or create your own.

Wiki Reading Suggestions

Creating Minis

Crash Course Video 4 - Creating Tokens
Music: "Master of the Feast" Kevin MacLeod (

Map Marketplace Content Used:

  1. Adventurer Avatars - by Phillip Wright

Recommended Wiki Reading

Token Features: Everything you need to know about tokens and their properties can be found here.

Working With Dice

Crash Course Video 5 - Rolling Dice & Creating Macros
Music: "Master of the Feast" Kevin MacLeod (

Campaign Extras

Crash Course Video 6 - Campaign Extras
Music: "Master of the Feast" Kevin MacLeod (

The two music tracks sampled from SoundCloud were also tracks by Kevin MacLeod.

  • Tavern Track: Skye Cuillin
  • Sewer Track: The Complex

Wiki Reading Suggestions

  • The Jukebox: This Wiki page walks you through how you can add music and SFX to your campaign
  • Fog of War: This tool is available to all account users. It hides and reveals area on the tabletop.
  • Dynamic Lighting: Like Fog of War, but more sophisticated. It's an interactive lighting system available to Supporter and Mentor account users
  • Card Decks and Rollable Tables: This Wiki pages talks about how you can use and create your own card decks as well as rollable tables that can be used to create objects like dice that use pictogram sides or randomized equipment lists.

Inviting Players

Crash Course Video 7 - Finding Players
Music: "Master of the Feast" Kevin MacLeod (

Playing A Session