The good and bad thing about getting back into boardgaming after a long hiatus is the sheer wealth of games to get into.
My secret Santa sent me Spirit Island…which was…and is…simply amazing.
I’ve even played it solo.
Anyway, I’m right now in the middle of a wargaming serial on zoom, where I am part of a team, and the wargaming controller (WGC) has the board set up in his house, and we communicate with our officers to coordinate orders, then each team sends the WGC the orders, and he adjudicates what happens, if a team is suppressed etc.
He gives each team a time limit, e.g. 10 minutes to forumate their plan,. and at the same time the opposing enemy are doing the same thing.
And then after each turn he sends us a picture of the updated gameboard.
So, using zoom and whatsapp (the latter for “secret” or team specific communication) we are, in effect, playing a boardgame (albeit with fairly dry, wargamey rules) and it made me think that such a thing could infact be done quite well, by us, here.
I think a cooperative game would work best.
E.G. someone hosts, has the game displayed, for Spirit Island.
Player 1-4 discuss, agree, Host moves the pieces, updates the gamestate (Dahan etc dead)
It wouldn’t necessarily take much longer than an actual (real life) game.
The advantage of this are that it would be free (only the host needs the game) whereas something like TTS requires buying it, each, I believe.