Photo: CiEll (Shutterstock) COVID struck at the height of the resurgence of the tabletop role-playing game Dungeons & Dragons, and while it’s not the worst aspect of a worldwide plague, nerds not being allowed to gather at the local hobby store and pretend to be elves really sucks. Luckily, though, with a little know-how, you can take the fantasy online. Computers can’t replace the face-to-face joy of D&D, but if you clear a few tech hurdles, you can get pretty close. The tech side of taking your paper game online can be a little daunting (especially if you play with crusty techno-phobes like I do) because there’s no one-stop app or website that provides everything you need to play, so you have to get a little creative. I’ve set up this guide organized by the most technologically simple solutions first. Essentially, there are three aspects of Dungeons & Dragons: Communication Rules and dice The tabletop …and you’ll need to replace each of these face-to-face things with a computer equivalent. (If you’re new to D&D in general, check out the official new player guide .) Level one: Teleconferencing only D&D can be played entirely as a theater-of-the-mind game, so all you need to play are a few friends, some agreed-upon rules, and a way to communicate. Hell, you could play with Morse code if you wanted to, but teleconferencing programs like Zoom, Skype, or Discord will probably work better, plus the addition of webcams helps give the face-to-face feel. To […]