Hi folks. I’m looking for some advice on how to get the most out of Syrinscape in my circumstances.
I’ve been using Syrinscape for some time during games where my group has all been in the same room, and it’s really added a lot of atmosphere to our games. However, it’s gradually become harder for the group to meet up, mostly due to people having kids, and so we’ve switched pretty much entirely to online play. We’ve been using Roll20, in part because it’s free (I haven’t seen any need to upgrade to a paid plan yet) but mostly because it has integrated video chat; so we can still see and chat with each other, and I think that’s really valuable to maintain the social and roleplay aspect of the game.
We’re 3 couples in 3 different households, so I (as GM) and my wife play on 2 laptops at the same table, while the other 2 couples play via 1 laptop each. We have 1 laptop in each location with the speakers and microphone enabled, so everyone can see and hear each other.
In order to regain the audible atmosphere from Syrinscape I’ve subscribed and gotten access to the Master/Minion features, so I can play audio on each laptop remotely. However, this creates a very noticeable echo as the Syrinscape sounds are audible through the integrated video chat in Roll20, which creates a lot of noise and really spoils the atmosphere we wanted to create with Syrinscape in the first place.
I wonder if anybody has experienced anything similar and has suggestions? The most obvious thing I can think of would be to get everyone using separate laptops and headsets but that is a lot of additional setup (and potentially cost) for each player, so I’d like to avoid it.
I’m not that attached to Roll20 but I really like the video chat. I’d be happy to use Fantasy Grounds (or something else?) if there’s a good video chat alternative but I don’t see any reason to expect that to solve the problem. I don’t mind paying a reasonable amount of money to make it work. I’m already paying the SuperSyrin subscription cost, which is fine but, so far, not really getting a lot out of it.
I’d be grateful for any advice.