Each time that FG is run, the first screen that you will see is the launcher screen. The screen below is for the Full license of FG. Your launcher screen options may very by license.
Click the button on the left side of the launcher that corresponds to how you want to run FG for this session.
The GM hosts a session by selecting the campaign and options that they want to use this session.
Campaign Detail Options
A player can join any game for which they have the connection information. You will be asked for a password when you attempt to connect if the GM has set a password for their game.
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As a player, when you are not connected to a game, you can use this application mode to create or edit characters for any ruleset (game system definition) that you have installed in FG. Also, you can view (but not edit) characters from any campaigns in which you participated in.
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Address and alias
When players attempt to connect to a game that you are hosting, they need to be able to find your server on the Internet/network. Here is an overview of the address and alias fields to help you communicate the correct information to your players.
A connection test button is available in order to allow you to test whether the appropriate ports are open on your computer and local network in order to host a FG session. Click the "Run Test" button and the application will request the FG server to connect to your computer.
If you have a firewall, configure it to have port 1802 (TCP/incoming) open, not stealthed and possibly forwarded to your computer (usually required if behind a hardware firewall or router). See the FAQ for further details on how to do this.
Checking for updates
If the update button at the lower left of the launcher screen turns red and the label reads "Update available", there is an updated version of the application and/or included rulesets available.