byzantinex
 member, 104 posts
Wed 3 May 2017
at 23:16
Can You Watch Games, and/or Make a Game Open for Watching?
Subject pretty much says it all, but is it possible to watch a game without contributing?

Is there a way to make a game open for anyone to watch what's happening but not allow them to post?

I looked through the help so please don't flame me if I missed this setting/option/help listing.
Hunter
 member, 1349 posts
 Captain Oblivious!
 Lurker
Wed 3 May 2017
at 23:18
Can You Watch Games, and/or Make a Game Open for Watching?
I believe that group 0 is publicly view-able.
byzantinex
 member, 105 posts
Wed 3 May 2017
at 23:20
Can You Watch Games, and/or Make a Game Open for Watching?
In reply to Hunter (msg # 2):

Dang it. There it is... :-(
Thank you. #SearchFailed

Help File > Game Groups: All visitors to the game can read Group 0, and it is the default group for posts.  Players whose characters have been removed from Group 0 will not be able to read this group unless they log out of RPoL.

This message was last edited by the user at 23:20, Wed 03 May.

aguy777
 member, 193 posts
 Join Date:
 Fri, 29 Nov, 2013
Wed 3 May 2017
at 23:23
Can You Watch Games, and/or Make a Game Open for Watching?
You can also add someone as a lurker. The GM has control over which groups the lurker can view. Lurkers are unable to post.
byzantinex
 member, 106 posts
Wed 3 May 2017
at 23:26
Can You Watch Games, and/or Make a Game Open for Watching?
In reply to aguy777 (msg # 4):

Yeah, I just read about that as well, but I didn't want to have to add people.

This message was last edited by the user at 03:38, Thu 04 May.

facemaker329
 member, 6924 posts
 Gaming for over 30
 years, and counting!
Thu 4 May 2017
at 05:25
Can You Watch Games, and/or Make a Game Open for Watching?
Yeah, I believe that the default setting for new threads is Group 0, which anyone can see.  If you archive a thread, it also becomes viewable to the public (which means you've got to be careful if you archive threads in Adult games...plan on editing before archiving, unless you relegate the Adult-only material to a specific thread that never gets archived.  I'm not sure if there's an option to edit an archived thread, but even if there is, you should edit it BEFORE it becomes publicly accessible.)

I've done that a few times in the past, with games that looked like they had an interesting premise, but I wasn't too sure about (probably should have done it with a few others that I actually joined, as well)...check in every so often to see how things were progressing.  I believe that's one of the reasons that games you look at are automatically added to your list on the Main Menu...so you have the option of checking in on them for a little while, before decided whether to RTJ or not (or, it may be some other reason and that's just the only reason I keep them on my list...)
Jhaelan
 member, 189 posts
 Prefers roles to rolls
 Based in UTC+1
Thu 4 May 2017
at 05:36
Can You Watch Games, and/or Make a Game Open for Watching?
Yeah, I keep teaser material in Group 0 but everything else in Group 1 (etc). I've known GMs who kept their entire campaign in Group 0
byzantinex
 member, 107 posts
Thu 4 May 2017
at 13:10
Can You Watch Games, and/or Make a Game Open for Watching?
In reply to Jhaelan (msg # 7):

I think that's what I'm going to do for what I have in mind next. Thanks.
Machiara
 member, 33 posts
Mon 8 May 2017
at 06:48
Can You Watch Games, and/or Make a Game Open for Watching?
I keep my entire campaign in Group 0, but OOC posts in Group 1.  That way visitors can read the campaign but the players' chat is private.