locojedi
 member, 184 posts
Sat 11 Apr 2020
at 12:11
Roleplay over Ham Radio - Is this a thing? Could it be?
Any Hams on RPOL? I'm pretty new to Ham Radio, in fact just getting my first rig set up in the next week or two on HF. I've often thought that playing over amateur radio would be both fun and educational with regards to getting it all working and exploring ways to streamline the process and determine a good ruleset, etc.

Does anyone know if this is a thing? Do/have any of you ever played this way? Might it be something I ought to pursue?
Zag24
 supporter, 609 posts
Sun 12 Apr 2020
at 00:35
Roleplay over Ham Radio - Is this a thing? Could it be?
I've done roleplay over Video Chat, which works well.  However, even though some of the players didn't have cameras, the ability to share maps and pictures was valuable.  I would miss this over just radio.  Also, it's 2020.
tmagann
 member, 630 posts
Sun 12 Apr 2020
at 00:45
Roleplay over Ham Radio - Is this a thing? Could it be?
In reply to Zag24 (msg # 2):

It's also the time of an earth shattering plague, like in fiction. Knowing how a radio works for when the internet dies isn't always a bad thing.

And, yes, I know I sound like a crack pot. I also have to wear a mask to buy groceries.
solquinox
 member, 4 posts
Sun 12 Apr 2020
at 00:49
Roleplay over Ham Radio - Is this a thing? Could it be?
I've never used a Ham radio, or even known somebody who actually did! But I bet roleplay might be fun over the radio--especially if you found someone willing to do it more letter game style than, say, needing dice or anything like that. Imagine the fun of finding a few radio-play loving people to plot some creative exercise with! How to find those people, I couldn't begin to guess. I wonder if there are ham radio forums on the internets you could post on, too? Either way: good luck!!
spectre
 member, 872 posts
 Myriad paths fell
 away from that moment....
Sun 19 Apr 2020
at 18:23
Roleplay over Ham Radio - Is this a thing? Could it be?
What I think would be amazing about this idea is accidentally stumbling across this when channel surfing on a ham radio... it would be awesome!

This message was last edited by the user at 18:24, Sun 19 Apr.

locojedi
 member, 185 posts
Mon 20 Apr 2020
at 08:53
Roleplay over Ham Radio - Is this a thing? Could it be?
I'd thought of that, maybe a post-apoc scenario or maybe a Welcome to Nightvale feel. I know I'd get the chills if I came across some sort of transmission like that late at night on the airwaves!

After a little more research, there are many ways this could be done, with over-the-air text, email and even slow-scan TV!

I'm so new to the hobby that I have a lot to learn though before I'd feel very comfortable taking on something like this, let alone finding a handful of players that are licensed operators. Would really like to hook up with gamers who've tried this or currently participate so I'm not trying to reinvent the wheel...

But yeah, the cool/nerd factor of this concept is very intriguing!