Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 12

Thread: Google wave. Why ?

  1. #1
      Redrobes is offline
    Software Dev/Rep Redrobes's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2007
    Location
    England
    Posts
    4,798
    Blog Entries
    4

    Post Google wave. Why ?

    This came up today. Theres also been a thread on wave on EnWorld for a while noting similar things....

    http://arstechnica.com/gaming/news/2...-played-dd.ars

    Ok guys, this has me beat. What *does* this do that a VTT cant or why would anyone use this over a VTT. This seems like an utterly ridiculous solution to the problem of online gaming. They say its great for all but a few clunky bits like dice rolls, not having a map, no admin / user rights - like everything you need to play D&D then...

    Has anyone tried it ? Has anyone who has used a VTT tried it ?

  2. #2

  3. #3
    Publisher Gamerprinter's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    Location
    Ottawa, IL, USA
    Posts
    3,845

    Post Actually...

    If you read the blog that's linked in that article it discusses that Wave can share any image, including maps, but currently has no means of placing or moving tokens on a map. However, "widgets" or mini appps are being created - many of them, as we speak, for such things as better dice apps and perhaps a grid/coordinate system for maps.

    Its got a long way to go, but Google pockets are deep and they have many programmers. Does this mean, it will ever resemble a VT? Maybe, maybe not.

    I'm not in favor of this, but it might actually rival a VT eventually. Read the linked blog.

    Also as it currently sits it is being used to replace/emulate PbP and Irc/Chat type gaming, not true VT apps. And as described in the article, this is how its currently be used in development, though the true goals may be something more like collaborative meetings or some other purpose, as beyond gaming it doesn't seem to have a purpose.

    I also understand Google is a war with Microsoft, and Google wants to replace Microsoft. One of the initiatives of both companies is the concept of getting rid of all software, and using a subscription based service for all computer use from word processing to spreadsheets, everything, including possibly VT and other applications. Though I really don't like the idea, big companies want to control the user population, and what better way than to be all software for all people...

    GP
    Last edited by Gamerprinter; 10-29-2009 at 11:05 AM.
    Gamer Printshop - We print RPG Maps for Game Masters!
    http://www.gamer-printshop.com

    Kaidan setting of Japanese Horror (PFRPG) Google+ community

  4. #4
      jfrazierjr is offline
    Community Leader jfrazierjr's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2007
    Location
    Apex, NC USA
    Posts
    2,963

    Post

    Quote Originally Posted by Redrobes View Post
    This came up today. Theres also been a thread on wave on EnWorld for a while noting similar things....

    http://arstechnica.com/gaming/news/2...-played-dd.ars

    Ok guys, this has me beat. What *does* this do that a VTT cant or why would anyone use this over a VTT. This seems like an utterly ridiculous solution to the problem of online gaming. They say its great for all but a few clunky bits like dice rolls, not having a map, no admin / user rights - like everything you need to play D&D then...

    Has anyone tried it ? Has anyone who has used a VTT tried it ?
    I have not read the blog, but I thought Wave was quite awesome when I saw the into video a few months ago.

    For VTT, I would more imagine Wave being implemented as a plug in type of replacement for the general chat mechanism. The PRIMARY benefit I can see off the top of my head is that in a normal VTT chat you can only type in a message which may loose context in the course of multiple other people talking. With Wave ,however, you have the easy ability to reply (quote) directly very easily to a specific part of a thread which makes for much more intuitive discussions with context plain and clear. I can't say how many times someone typed in a comment that was misunderstood as an answer for one question when it was meant for a totally different message and Wave just makes it easier to do without the person having to copy/paste and then add their reply.

    My long term preference would be to have Wave integrated as part of my fav VTT(Maptool) to give it some of the features it currently lacks.
    My Finished Maps
    Works in Progress(or abandoned tests)
    My Tutorials:
    Explanation of Layer Masks in GIMP
    How to create ISO Mountains in GIMP/PS using the Smudge tool
    ----------------------------------------------------------
    Unless otherwise stated by me in the post, all work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 3.0 United States License.

  5. #5

  6. #6
    Guild Journeyer
    Join Date
    Feb 2009
    Location
    SC
    Posts
    226

    Default

    Advantages would include, trust, free to use, no download (or at least hidden or managed downloads of widgets), use from within a browser window, and social networking.

    Assuming that the features rival VTTs then it would simply make the technology more accessible (could play it at work for example... not that I'd do that of course... probably. Or you could use it on a Mac or Linux machine) and would add social networking directly integrated into the system allowing games to find players and players to find games easier.

    Of course, who knows. There is something to be said for ubiquity though.
    “Maps encourage boldness. They're like cryptic love letters. They make anything seem possible.”
    -Mark Jenkins

  7. #7
      Notsonoble is offline
    Guild Adept Gracious Donor Notsonoble's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2008
    Location
    Lubbock
    Posts
    318

    Post

    Quote Originally Posted by jfrazierjr View Post
    My long term preference would be to have Wave integrated as part of my fav VTT(Maptool) to give it some of the features it currently lacks.
    Same here. It would make writing a Community Tool a trivial issue... as the wave could be the community tool, and all the GM/Server runner for the map tool instance would have to do is hit a check box that makes MT send data to the wave.
    My D&D/Roleplaying Blog Making a new effort to update every two weeks!
    Gimp Gradient Basics

  8. #8
      Redrobes is offline
    Software Dev/Rep Redrobes's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2007
    Location
    England
    Posts
    4,798
    Blog Entries
    4

    Post

    Been reading a bit and I know a lot more but I am still no more convinced. Its like chat, its like a wiki, you can insert pics but we can do all that with chats and wikis. It sounds like its a very nice chat interface but we can already quote bits of convo.

    Google does indeed have deep pockets and is probably stuffed with RPG aficionados hell bent on gaming. But it sounds like all the widgets still need to be programmed and yes if they did, only then would they have a VTT. So lets say they do. All the chat is stored and mastered on their servers so in terms of trust I don't get that. As I see it you devolve the trust to them. In fact from a licensing point of view I don't get that either. Parts of it are Apache which is great but it doesn't seem to mention what the rest is. I expect that will not be an issue but Id like to know.

    They say that the authentication is done by TLS and it has encrypted stream to the server. They want it to be an email replacement. Thats good and bad. I mean the whole internet is popular and open only because tcp/ip was not a protocol that needed one monolithic server as a host. We all know email is dire but this is not the right way to replace it - well not right from the user point of view, brilliant for info sucking google naturally. Its like only having google mail to choose from until there are alternative servers.

    So here is my starting list of changes that need to be made before I will think this is a good idea. And I put them in order of importance for me to use this as a VTT.

    1. You have to be able to set up a server for their Google wave federation protocol and become the wave provider hub. It has to be fantastically easy for any noob to do that. In fact you need to be able to set up a hub for just your own group. Ideally you need to set up this hub from your browser or else its not a browser only system and then becomes just like say ScreenMonkey the VTT. Also all the data only goes to that hub and no further like googles servers in some hidden way even to merely authenticate yourselves.

    2. It has to have a map and token interface where adding a map is easy - i.e. not like making one for google maps.

    3. The dice widgets and others tools need to be almost as good as any VTTs or better.

    Everything else I think they could do easily or already have now.

    They could do it brilliantly and wipe out all the VTTs no problem but like GP, I don't like it either (regardless of being a VTT creator). I just don't like one company having the whole cake. We have all been ruing that since Windows 95.

    So do you guys pro MapTool agree that you need to host the hub or do you think that by using the google server as the entire chat host is alright. When you hit a checkbox and 'send to the wave' do you necessarily imply 'send to google' ? Would be interesting to hear Trevor & Herucas thoughts on this one actually.

    France has just signed up the 3 strikes policy and Britain is heading in that direction. The only way this works is because your usually only signed up to one ISP. If you signed up to hundreds at a time and they all delivered the packets then no one could cut you off. Same rules apply here.

  9. #9
      Notsonoble is offline
    Guild Adept Gracious Donor Notsonoble's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2008
    Location
    Lubbock
    Posts
    318

    Post

    Quote Originally Posted by Redrobes View Post
    1. You have to be able to set up a server for their Google wave federation protocol and become the wave provider hub. It has to be fantastically easy for any noob to do that. In fact you need to be able to set up a hub for just your own group. Ideally you need to set up this hub from your browser or else its not a browser only system and then becomes just like say ScreenMonkey the VTT. Also all the data only goes to that hub and no further like googles servers in some hidden way even to merely authenticate yourselves.
    I don't think we'll get the "so easy a geico agent could do it" type easy... but Google's said from day one that they were going to make it as simple to set up server wise as possible. It's also designed to only send data to another wave server if that data is destined for a user on the other wave server. They've focused on that a lot in order to make it more attractive to security conscious organizations.

    2. It has to have a map and token interface where adding a map is easy - i.e. not like making one for google maps.
    I haven't recieved an invite yet, but from the looks of everything in the video where they showed off the very early alpha in January... this should be extremely simple.

    3. The dice widgets and others tools need to be almost as good as any VTTs or better.
    Again, you'd have to find someone who's got an invite to be sure, but Wave is almost entirely XMPP for communications... and there are some dice rollers out there for XMPP servers that hands down stomp anything Trevor or any other VTT (speed, and true-randomness wise) into the dirt. Making a truly good dice roller for Wave (which will add a layer of graphics still not doable with straight XMPP) will be a non-issue.

    Everything else I think they could do easily or already have now.

    They could do it brilliantly and wipe out all the VTTs no problem but like GP, I don't like it either (regardless of being a VTT creator). I just don't like one company having the whole cake. We have all been ruing that since Windows 95.
    Except this isn't what wave was ever intended for. Google's intentions definitely lean towards offering the whole thing, but wave isn't that...

    So do you guys pro MapTool agree that you need to host the hub or do you think that by using the google server as the entire chat host is alright. When you hit a checkbox and 'send to the wave' do you necessarily imply 'send to google' ? Would be interesting to hear Trevor & Herucas thoughts on this one actually.
    They could write it to send to whatever server they wanted, or better yet, write it to default to wave.rptools.net and leave the option to change the server it reports to very simple as well. Not everyone who's interested in Trevor's Community Tool really wants to use one that's restricted to his server anyway. Personally, I'd want it to report to google... Why re-invent the wheel? Especially if all its going to be reporting is a version #, a link to connect, and # of people connected.

    I've never been a big fan of google uber alles either, but this thread has hit some paranoia buttons that come across to me as rather silly. First, wave is not Google VTT, Google didn't start the wave project with that in mind... and even if it crossed their minds that it could be used that way... they really don't expect anybody to use it that way due to the limitations of Google Gears and HTML5 in their current states. As rumble said over at rptools, "[A VTT] is too heavy to write as a wave gadget."

    What it is, is eventually, google's replacement for Gmail and Google talk, and Google documents. It's not just a chat protocol, or an email replacement, or a wiki, or a document suite, it's all those things and a subversion alternative, and a shared resource alternative, and a world domination plan organizer... and a whole bunch of other stuff. But it's not "THE whole cake", its more of "a nearly whole, undecorated chocolate cake" while there are still other cakes out there.

    Also remember unless something has changed since January... they're dumping the entire code base on the public as open source material, they'd almost have to considering how much of it is XMPP... but only almost. There's a lot of stuff they could have gone proprietary with that they didn't/aren't.

    They also know their limits. They know that they can only do so much in side a web browser no matter how many crazy scripts you throw at it.

    In the end, I think wave'll be a good thing, there will probably be a extremely basic VTT gaget before its over, but the people getting the most out of it will be people tying existing, or new full on VTT's to it.
    My D&D/Roleplaying Blog Making a new effort to update every two weeks!
    Gimp Gradient Basics

  10. #10
      jfrazierjr is offline
    Community Leader jfrazierjr's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2007
    Location
    Apex, NC USA
    Posts
    2,963

    Post

    Quote Originally Posted by Redrobes View Post
    1. You have to be able to set up a server for their Google wave federation protocol and become the wave provider hub. It has to be fantastically easy for any noob to do that. In fact you need to be able to set up a hub for just your own group. Ideally you need to set up this hub from your browser or else its not a browser only system and then becomes just like say ScreenMonkey the VTT. Also all the data only goes to that hub and no further like googles servers in some hidden way even to merely authenticate yourselves.

    2. It has to have a map and token interface where adding a map is easy - i.e. not like making one for google maps.

    3. The dice widgets and others tools need to be almost as good as any VTTs or better.
    I(pro Maptool) never expected or want Wave to replace Maptool as a VTT. I just don't see anyone really truely putting in that kind of time OTHER than as a light weight application. Sure, there will be a few people who do up a plug in for VTT play at some point, but I highly doubt it will have the features I am looking for and have come to expect in Maptool and a few other VTT's on the market.

    Also, as Notsonoble mentioned, Google has clearly stated that other entities can host private waves just as companies have total security and control over their existing email services today. That model won't change. Wave truly is the best of email/chat/document sharing into a single application. I would LOVE to see Wave become the default chat client for VTT's though for many reasons.

    • Thread subscription and privacy if you want that control
    • per post/comment replies with quotation
    • per post/comment privacy to only a subset of people
    • document sharing
    • instantanious notification as someone begins typeing their reply(yes, this can be a bad thing also!!)
    • instant translation for languages someone has written a plugin for(this could be huge for RPG play with people who have various native languages, especially in a sanctioned type of event such as RPGA play. It could mean the difference between a game happening or not if you can pick up that extra player)
    My Finished Maps
    Works in Progress(or abandoned tests)
    My Tutorials:
    Explanation of Layer Masks in GIMP
    How to create ISO Mountains in GIMP/PS using the Smudge tool
    ----------------------------------------------------------
    Unless otherwise stated by me in the post, all work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 3.0 United States License.

Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast

Tags for this Thread

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •