The Roll20 Digital Gaming Projector: Howto Part IV
Tonight I’m going to briefly discuss the type of PC that you should be using for this.
My criteria came down to the following:
- Silent or nearly silent as it’s sitting right next to my players.
- The smaller, the better
- Portable, or at least portable enough that I can put it away and use the table for other things
- A reasonable sized screen, as attempting to control the projected map while it is upside down is a pain in the butt
- Will accept a USB mouse, you may not need one, but I felt that I needed one
- Enough CPU/RAM and Graphics power to drive Roll20 and whatever else you need (in my case I also play mood music for Airplay/Wifi).
- A Uni-lingual English keyboard. Again you may not need one, or it may not be an issue for you, but I live in Canada and multilingual keyboards are a pain in the butt.
- Cheap or free
In the end, here’s what I did:
- I went with two older and under powered systems.
- I use Synergy [http://synergy-project.org/] to control both PCs with one keyboard and one mouse.
- I split my tasks over the two systems, music and the ‘DM view’ on one laptop, with the ‘Player/Projector view’ on the second system.
What I should do:
- Invest in a Macbook or other quality laptop