In the last year and half, I’ve gamed online, as a GM and a player. I’ve even tried participating in Cons that moved online. In all that time, I don’t get the same sense of camaraderie, not even close. Everything continues to feel disconnected and lacking. All the “conveniences” online grants - ambient music, fog of war, tokens, maps, disembodied voices (people w/o cameras or refuse to utilize camera), Zoom/Video, and all the rest has turned the hobby I’ve enjoyed since I was 8 (turn 48 next month) into a wholly, unenjoyable, onerous activity, almost enough to have me discard every piece of gaming material I’ve acquired over the years and just walk away from the hobby all together. Almost. Some longtime friends started playing face to face offline and got me involved with playing offline. And it has been FANTASTIC. If it wasn’t for them, I honestly believed I would’ve tossed everything I’ve accumulated over the years. I’ve realized TTRPG gaming online is not for me. I’m sure my age has had an impact on my perspective, which I find contradictory, since I’m very much a proponent of Theater of the Mind, something that should be well suited to online play.
Has online gaming had this kind of impact on anyone else? How have you coped if it has? What has other’s experience been with the online format?