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    Using Fantasy Grounds for home play

    All,

    Bottom line: Please help me understand how I can use FG to play a "home game".

    I've watched videos about many VTTs and I've come to the conclusion that FG may be 'the best'. I've seen how it works (and am interested in pulling the trigger) but haven't found a lot of data specific to running an "at home" campaign. I'd love for anyone with experience to let me know how it works to do a game almost exclusively "at home".

    What I'd like to do is use a laptop (Surface Book 2) connected (some how) to a TV. An additional requirement (later) is to have 1 remote player 'dial in'. My questions include:

    1. How would I run two instances of the game; 1 on my laptop and 1 on my TV?
    2. If it's as simple as running 2 .exe's, how much 'micro' would be required for me as the DM to run both instances? What I mean is: is it going to require a lot of managing all of the player tokens / monsters / etc. on the 2d instance? My intent is to simply use it as a 'larger, digital battle map' as opposed to using ALL of the digital, automated features that would work more naturally for lots of players manipulating their own characters / etc.
    3. Are there any recommendations for remotely connecting my laptop to my TV? I'd prefer not to use a 15' HDMI cable; but I can if that's the only good choice.
    4. In the future, I'd like to play with 1 remote player. Would it be possible to have 2 instances (as referenced above) w/ 1 DM instance (my computer) and 1 player instance (on my TV) and still have 1 player 'dial in' to see / manipulate the player instance on my TV? If so, how would I make that happen?

    I apologize if all of these answers exist somewhere in the threads. I've done a bit of online + forum searching and haven't found good answers to these questions.

    Thanks for the help!

    -vj

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    Welcome!

    Connect your TV to your laptop via a cable, I use a HDMI cable for my TV, but it depends upon what ports your laptop and TV have.

    1. Start a second instance of FG on your laptop, connect to your GM instance using a different name (i.e. 'Display') and an address of 'localhost'.

    2. Use the second instance as a display only device, consider using this extension; https://www.fantasygrounds.com/forum...-To-Face-games

    3. I use a 50' HDMI cable. I have a Chromecast, but that doesn't work since FG can't cast and the Chromecast can only duplicate a display and not be run as a second display. Cable is easy and reliable. Buy from someplace like monoprice.com and not a local electronics store, much much cheaper and no need for high-end cables.

    4. Sure, just have the remote player connect from the internet... The only thing is licensing, a Standard license can only have one demo player connect and doesn't allow you to save, so either you need an Ultimate license or you and the player(s) need a Standard licenses.

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    I think you'll want to be conservative in your expectations using a Surface; at least from the discussions I remember (which may be linked above).
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    The Surface Book is a very powerful unit. It may however have the dice rolling issues due to the new gfx card.

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