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    Using ZeroTier to Host a Fantasy Grounds Game

    Good evening, everyone. As some of you know, I've been on a quest to help folks be able to run a Fantasy Grounds game as a GM when they are having trouble port-forwarding, are traveling and want to host a game, etc... I setup AlgoVPN and it worked great. Only caveat is it took me quite a while to set up. It was a pretty involved process.

    Well, today I found ZeroTier. ZeroTier bills itself as a virtual networking layer that works the same everywhere. Pretty ambitious statement! So, without a huge expectation, I decided to test it. So, I went to www.zerotier.com, clicked on "Try Zero Tier" and downloaded the program. After setting up a network in a couple minutes, I was ready to test things. First off, it automatically assigns you an internal ip address that I believe is outside of the range of your current internal ip range (at least it did for me). That is the ip address that players will use to join your game. I remembered this after reviewing Damned's instructions on using Hamachi. I tested ZeroTier myself using a hotspot to make sure I wasn't on my home network and I connected just fine from a second laptop. Then I had a player I know download the software and connect. He connected to me just fine as well.

    I suppose I need to do some speed testing, test if this will work from a hotel, etc.. Bottom line, though, I can't believe how simple it was to setup and get a connection! The players will have to download a program (like Hamachi I guess), but there is absolutely no adware, etc.. and it is very simple. And yes... absolutely free!!! So, rather than typing out a how-to, I made a quick video (9 minutes long) and posted to youtube. Sorry for some of the quality when I scroll. I was still on my hotspot. I was too excited, though and had to share. Please let me know if you try it and it works for you! This could be another great option for folks.

    Here is the link to my youtube video:

    https://youtu.be/Os1jjbQAFao
    Live stream: https://www.twitch.tv/gwydione
    Youtube replays of fg sessions: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQr...bIpAauZB41z8gA

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    D&D5e FAQ module for fg: http://www.dmsguild.com/product/196704/FAQs
    FG 5e Module Conversions: https://tinyurl.com/y6awo2la
    Map Maker Conversion: https://tinyurl.com/y3awlo4b

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    Nice one.

    The big thing with any solution like this is getting the players to set it up, use it right, etc.. Even if it's "simple", it's another set of hoops for a player to jump through.

    But, more possible options are always good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trenloe View Post
    Nice one.

    The big thing with any solution like this is getting the players to set it up, use it right, etc.. Even if it's "simple", it's another set of hoops for a player to jump through.

    But, more possible options are always good.
    Yes. Definitely agree.
    Live stream: https://www.twitch.tv/gwydione
    Youtube replays of fg sessions: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQr...bIpAauZB41z8gA

    Free stuff:
    D&D5e FAQ module for fg: http://www.dmsguild.com/product/196704/FAQs
    FG 5e Module Conversions: https://tinyurl.com/y6awo2la
    Map Maker Conversion: https://tinyurl.com/y3awlo4b

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    When I have a few minutes, I'll do another short video from the player side to show players how to set it up. Should only be another 5 min or so video.
    Live stream: https://www.twitch.tv/gwydione
    Youtube replays of fg sessions: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQr...bIpAauZB41z8gA

    Free stuff:
    D&D5e FAQ module for fg: http://www.dmsguild.com/product/196704/FAQs
    FG 5e Module Conversions: https://tinyurl.com/y6awo2la
    Map Maker Conversion: https://tinyurl.com/y3awlo4b

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    Just a quick update. I sent Rob2e an email with a download link for ZeroTier, the network ID and the internal ip address of the virtual zero tier network I set up (which took about a minute to set up, seriously). He was able to connect immediately to my FG table while I had my table open at my office. So, I've now successfully tested this from my house using a hotspot (not on my home network) and from my work using the standard internet at my office. This is a very cool solution. Maybe Hamachi is just as easy, not sure, but really cool stuff. Still need to work on a "player" video that DM's could send out to players on how to connect to it.
    Live stream: https://www.twitch.tv/gwydione
    Youtube replays of fg sessions: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQr...bIpAauZB41z8gA

    Free stuff:
    D&D5e FAQ module for fg: http://www.dmsguild.com/product/196704/FAQs
    FG 5e Module Conversions: https://tinyurl.com/y6awo2la
    Map Maker Conversion: https://tinyurl.com/y3awlo4b

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    Can a nice moderator sticky this somewhere? Maybe in the house of healing by the hamachi thread? Wherever you guys think it makes sense. Thanks!
    Live stream: https://www.twitch.tv/gwydione
    Youtube replays of fg sessions: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQr...bIpAauZB41z8gA

    Free stuff:
    D&D5e FAQ module for fg: http://www.dmsguild.com/product/196704/FAQs
    FG 5e Module Conversions: https://tinyurl.com/y6awo2la
    Map Maker Conversion: https://tinyurl.com/y3awlo4b

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    Or maybe one post with links to all the various VPN solution threads?

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    Quote Originally Posted by LordEntrails View Post
    Or maybe one post with links to all the various VPN solution threads?
    I see it was already done
    http://www.fantasygrounds.com/forums...d-Alternatives

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    Quote Originally Posted by LordEntrails View Post
    Yep. Excellent idea!
    Live stream: https://www.twitch.tv/gwydione
    Youtube replays of fg sessions: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQr...bIpAauZB41z8gA

    Free stuff:
    D&D5e FAQ module for fg: http://www.dmsguild.com/product/196704/FAQs
    FG 5e Module Conversions: https://tinyurl.com/y6awo2la
    Map Maker Conversion: https://tinyurl.com/y3awlo4b

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    after the players connect to the network through zerotier do they use the ip given by zero tier or the internal provided by fantasy grounds?

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