I’ve been using Maptool as my go-to VTT these days but it can be quite buggy so I’m looking for something more professionally done but not to complicated to get into (but with advanced features I could slowly integrate).
I want it to be browser based so I don’t have to mess around with my router settings to allow my players access.
This narrows it down to Astral and Roll20 I think.
Astral seems to have a beautiful map creation tool so I want to give it a go first.
However, there are some initial hurdles I just can’t get over.
I imported a multi-room map I plan to use for my next session and want to add all my monsters to the whole map, so I don’t have to add them only the fly as my players enter a room. I want my monster tokens to be simply a token with hp bar and all the stats in a side stat block that I can see as soon as I click on the token. I don’t have time to create a “character” for every creature - especially for a 5 hp goblin. Is this something that Astral can do?
I’ve also found that moving a token around the map has two problems. The token lags by a second or two when I drag it from point A to point B - very clunky. Secondly, Astral doesn’t show me how far the token has moved so I can limit the token to its speed. I’ve tried searching for a GM tutorial but can’t find one anywhere. You Tube tutorials focus on creating player character sheets but nothing on monster creation.
Also, I guess dynamic lighting involves marking all the visual blocking boundaries. I don’t have time to do that in my multi-room dungeon. Does Astral have the function to allow me to place fog of war across the whole map and reveal each room manually?