Let me guess: Your DM has been raving about this factor known as Foundry VTT for a pair weeks now and so they’ve determined to start out a recreation on-line or swap your recreation from Roll20, Astral, or Fantasy Grounds over to it. Now you have gotten to discover ways to play on-line for the primary time or at the very least how you can do it in Foundry. I’m going to attempt to make that as simple as attainable.
This a part of the information goes to give attention to the fundamental consumer interface. Make sure you try the remainder of the Participant’s Information which focuses in your character sheet, fight, rolling cube, studying and writing journals, controlling your token, and controlling your audio and video in case you’re utilizing Foundry’s inbuilt video chat. I’ll additionally cowl some shortcuts and good high quality of life ideas. This may all be executed utilizing core Foundry options so some issues may be totally different in case your DM has put in modules to alter how Foundry works. Let’s get began!
Foundry Overview (click on any picture to see a bigger model).
Scene & Map Navigation
That is the fundamental view that you simply’ll have everytime you be part of the sport. First off, if you wish to see totally different elements of the map you should use your mouse wheel to zoom out and in and press and maintain proper click on to pan across the map. You can even maintain CTRL (or CMD on a Mac) and use the arrow keys to pan across the map which ought to be simpler for these of you on laptops. Within the high left is only a Foundry brand, and to its proper you’ll see a listing of scenes that you’ve entry to and scenes are simply totally different maps which you can go between. Your DM may have the flexibility to pull you willingly or unwillingly to totally different scenes. You’ll be able to click on the arrow to the left of the scene listing to achieve just a little little bit of display screen actual property again by hiding the navigation bar.
Proper beneath that’s what I’ll name the management bar. Every block on the left hand aspect is a class of instruments and the correct hand column reveals the instruments accessible in that class.
The fundamental controls can choose tokens, mark targets, and measure distance.
The primary class are your primary controls. This covers choosing tokens, choosing targets, and measuring distance. You’ll in all probability spend most of your time on the choice instrument, since that is what you’ll want to be on to maneuver your token round.
Hover over a template and press backspace to delete.
The second class are your ‘Measurement Controls’. This may allow you to click on and drag to position measurement templates like circles, cones, squares, and rays for seeing how many individuals you may catch in a cone of chilly or fireball.
When you’ve positioned a template, you may transfer it by clicking and dragging from the icon the template originates from. You can even delete it by hovering over it and urgent the ‘delete’ key whilst you nonetheless have the ‘Measurement Controls’ class chosen.
Plenty of results gives you the choice to position a pre-sized template for you mechanically, which we’ll take a look at extra within the Participant’s Information to Fight in Foundry VTT.
The ‘pin’ button retains journals seen even after you turn to a unique management.
The third one is expounded to journals. Journals may be present in the correct hand sidebar underneath ‘Journals’ or positioned on the map and any that you’ve entry to and are positioned on the present map will likely be seen once you’ve chosen this class. You can even click on the ‘Pin’ toggle in order that they’ll be seen even once you change again to the opposite management classes.
Your DM might also provide the capability to create journal entries that you should use for notes. If they’ve, then within the ‘Journals’ tab of the right-hand sidebar, there will likely be a button up on the high that claims ‘Create Entry’.
Down beneath you’ve bought your ‘Players’ listing. The names of any gamers who’re logged in will seem right here, or you may increase to see the total listing of gamers.
You’ll be able to proper click on in your title right here to get entry to your ‘Player Configuration’ window and alter your ‘Player Color’ (which additionally controls your webcam border colour in case you’re utilizing Foundry’s inbuilt audio/video system) and which character you’re controlling.
Drag and drop capabilities out of your character sheet to create a macro.
To the correct of that we’ve bought our macro bar. You’ll be able to drag generally used capabilities right here from our character sheet, then roll them proper from the macro bar.
You’ll be able to have a number of pages of macros and run them utilizing the quantity row in your keyboard. Click on the arrows to the correct to scroll via them. You can even pop open a brand new window of all of your macros or cover the macro bar in case you want all of the display screen which you can get. Click on the arrow above the folder icon to cover the macro bar, or click on on the folder to pop it out into a brand new window.
The final a part of the consumer interface we’ll take a look at for now’s the correct hand sidebar. I’m simply going to shortly undergo what every tab is for after which we’ll take a look at them in additional element as vital later.
The primary tab has our chat log the place we will see all of the messages which have been despatched in addition to cube rolls and assaults. You’ll be able to change who your rolls are seen to by altering the dropdown simply above the chat field to be seen to everybody, simply the DM and your self, solely the DM, and solely to your self.
There’s a bunch you are able to do with the chat, which we’ll get into in Half 5.
The following tab is the ‘Combat Tracker’ tab. Once you go into fight that is the place you may see the initiative order, finish your flip, and the standing results impacting you and others. One vital factor to notice is that aside from the chat tab you may proper click on on any of the opposite tabs to make them come out so you may transfer them elsewhere. I prefer to deliver the fight tracker to the left beneath the conventional controls and depart the chat window seen.
After that’s the ‘Actors Directory’ tab. You received’t discover George Clooney’s quantity right here however you will discover all of the ‘Actors’ that you’ve possession of. Almak for instance has a driving horse and he can double click on on himself or his horse to get a take a look at their character sheet.
Then we’ve got the ‘Items’ tab. This can be empty as a whole lot of DMs preserve their objects in compendia (which we nonetheless have 3 tabs to undergo earlier than we get to) but when it’s not you’ll see all of the objects which have been imported into the world. You’ll be able to double click on on them to see their particulars or drag and drop them into your character sheet and so they’ll seem within the appropriate location. Issues like spells are nonetheless thought of objects so you might even see them in right here as effectively.
Now we’re on the ‘Journal Entries’ tab. Right here you’ll discover all of the journal entries that your DM has given you entry to. They could have additionally given you the flexibility to create journal entries for notice taking functions wherein case there will likely be a ‘Create Entry’ button down on the backside. Double click on on any entry to open it and there will likely be an icon within the high proper nook once you hover over the physique in case you can edit it. Then you may hit save to get again to regular. There’s additionally a resizing icon within the backside proper hand nook for making the entry larger or smaller. You can even double click on on the title bar to shortly get it out of the way in which whereas nonetheless having quick access to it.
This subsequent tab in all probability received’t come up for you an excessive amount of however it’s the ‘Rollable Tables’ tab. Right here you may click on on a rollable desk you have got entry to and roll for a end result. Somebody taking part in a wild magic sorcerer may make good use of this for dashing up their wild magic rolls for instance. Make sure you try my video on Rollable Tables to search out out all of the cool stuff you are able to do with them.
We’ve bought the ‘Audio Playlists’ tab subsequent. Right here you may management the amount of the music being performed by altering the ‘Playlists’ slider, the amount of any native sound sources positioned on the map like working water or tavern background noise utilizing the ‘Ambient’ slider, and the sound of issues like doorways opening and shutting by altering the ‘Interface’ slider. This solely modifications the sound in your finish in fact, not different gamers’.
Onto the Compendium tab now. What you see right here will fluctuate primarily based on what your DM has given you entry to however the compendia you’ll in all probability be concerned about are the Spells, Objects, Courses, and Class Options compendia. You should use these so as to add class options, objects, and spells to your character sheet by dragging and dropping them. Your DM could provide the capability to import issues from compendia which you’ll then copy and make new variations of things or class skills to match your recreation’s homebrew guidelines.
Final however not least is the ‘Settings’ tab the place you may make modifications to your settings like the utmost framerate or disabling mushy shadows in case you’re utilizing an older pc, some system particular settings, and module settings for any modules that permit the gamers make their very own decisions like Cube So Good. Right here you may as well see the lively modules, a management reference, the Foundry documentation which you don’t want since you’re right here on Encounter Library studying the whole lot that you’ll want to know, in addition to a hyperlink to the neighborhood wiki and a log off button to get again to the character choice display screen. The arrow to the far proper will even collapse this aspect bar for you.
Whew! That’s the whole lot within the primary UI. Within the subsequent information, we’ll take a fast take a look at our token’s UI, then learn how to zip across the map and much more great things.