by A.J. Coltrane
Over the years my old D&D crowd has become scattered around the country and around the world, but we can still play, thanks to Skype and Roll20. (Roll20 supports video chat — our group is more comfortable with Skype.)
Roll20 allows for most everything we could do if we were playing over the table, including making dice rolls, moving characters and monsters around, and the gamemaster can present downloaded maps:
Roll20 handles macros too — you can create buttons that handle common dice rolls. I’ve made a macro to roll for Initiative (1d20+3), another for attacking with my sword, and so on. To some degree it takes the fiddly math out of the game. I’m all for that.
Here’s an excellent introduction/tutorial:
It’s free. There’s also subscription service available if you love it and want to support the developers.