I have received agreement in principle from my wife to steal the laptop once a week and shout alarming curses into a microphone whilst sat in the kitchen drinking coffee.
In fact, she feels it’s quite an elegant solution to our childcare / lifestyle constraints vs my addictive need to geek.
I have just sent out confirmation of my commitment to the eight potential players, and we’ll see what comes back.
Eight is a large gaming group, but I am expecting some attrition on that number. Not everybody will be available on the same night. Some people will be only passingly interested. It’s a system that none of us have played before (Fear Itself / Gumshoe) and is an experiment in gaming media.
Whilst I would like to retain all eight (because they’re all good friends who I have confidence in), I wouldn’t be surprised or disappointed if we dwindled to four.
If it dropped to less than that number, I’d probably have to rethink some elements.
For the play medium, I want to try Big Marker, who provide a free conferencing service that includes video, voice and IM chat, as well as the ability to upload and deliver presentations on a virtual white marker.
I’m hoping this will allow me to upload text, images etc that can be used in the session.
I’ve also got myself on Google+, which is showing some potential for virtual gaming. It may be a fallback position should Big Marker go down or prove to be utter wank.
I’ve set the players some homework. Now to see what comes back.