Google Wave Being Used for Pen-and-Paper RPGs

Google Wave role playing

Google Wave is being positioned as a revolutionary collaborative messaging tool with the potential to change how people communicate for business. It still has a long ways to get there, but for now it’s a fantastic geek toy. In addition to being a fine tool to make hilarious YouTube videos, Google Wave is being used for pen-and-paper role-playing games. Ars Tehnica’s Jon Stokes reported:

I wasn’t the least bit surprised to quickly discover a handful of Wave-based roleplaying games already in progress, and many more in various stages of planning. In the past few days, I’ve watched games from the sideline and talked to some Game Masters and gamers—there seems to be an emerging consensus that Google Wave has as much RPG potential as any platform since the venerable and proverbial tabletop.

This is just awesome, awesome stuff. I’m pretty sure that Google didn’t have epic Dungeons & Dragons sessions in mind when it came up with the idea for Google Wave. While I still think it has great potential as a business tool, I’m loving that it’s being used for things like D&D and recreating Pulp Fiction. Whenever you get your Google Wave invite, be sure to bust out your D20!


Author: RPadTV

6 thoughts on “Google Wave Being Used for Pen-and-Paper RPGs”

  1. This is EXACTLY the first use of Wave that I came up with. I want Wave sooo bad for this exact reason.

  2. @leyke It's pretty awesome, hey? I wonder if it will lead to a surge in D&D playing. Wave also manages to make pen-and-paper RPGs even less social. Ha!

    I have to wonder what it will do for someone like Vin Diesel. He has clandestine D&D sessions. Will he use it to further hide his habit?

  3. lol

    I don't know how hidden it is. He wrote the foreword to the D&D anniversary coffee table book :P

    For my group this isn't so much a matter of overthrowing our pen and paper, but rather making D&D really possible again. With our group scattered all around the USA now it's been impossible for us to get a good game going. Online attempts just never work the way we'd like thus far. Wave's "conversation" format tho looks like it's the perfect written digital conversion of the tabletop environment.

  4. I think he plays Warhammer 40,000 too. I know Robin Williams does

    Here's a whole list of celebs who allegedly play D&D/RPGs:

    "Jason Alexander (Seinfeld)

    Sean Astin

    Fairuza Balk

    Bare Naked Ladies (band)

    Jeff Bezos (

    BillyZeKick (band)

    Biohazard (band)

    Jack Black

    Sarah Blake

    Paget Brewster (model?)

    Steven Brust (writer)

    Bruce Campbell

    Asia Carrera

    Chaz Chamberlain

    Claudia Christensen

    Dave Chappelle

    Stephen Colbert

    Billy Crystal

    River Cuomo (singer of Weezer)

    Judy Dench

    Vin Diesel

    RJ Dio

    Lexa Doig (Andromeda, Jason X)

    John Dolmayan

    Dream Warriors (band)

    Emilio Estevez

    Conchata Ferrell

    Lou Ferrigno (played Warhammer, but we sign in him all the same)

    Nathan Fillion

    James Franco (Freaks and Geeks)

    C.S. Friedman (author)

    Bill Gates (Microsoft)

    Matt Groenig (Simpsons & Futurama)

    GWAR (band)

    Johnny Knoxville

    Matthew Krenik

    Matthew Lillard

    Jennifer Lopez

    George Lucas (former indie moviemaker)

    Craig McCracken (Power Puff Girls, Dexter's Lab)

    Ewan MacGregor

    Marcy Playground (band)

    Metallica (band – CoC, maybe?)

    Jason Mewes (Mallrats, Clerks, Dogma etc.)

    Mike Meyers (Wayne's World, Austin Powers, etc.)

    Tom Morello (guitar, Rage Against the Machine)

    My Chemical Romance (band)

    Parker Posey

    Todd Pratt (New York Mets)

    Sam Raimi

    Eric Raymond

    Antonio Rivera

    Rush (band)

    Dwight Schultz ('Howlin' Mad' Murdoch in 'The A Team')

    Michael Sheard (Admiral Ozzel, Star Wars)

    Stephen Lea Sheppard (The Royal Tenenbaums, Freaks and Geeks)

    Armin Shimmermann (Deep Space 9, Buffy)

    Homer Simpson

    Kevin Smith (Mallrats, Clerks, Dogma, etc.)

    Jon Spencer (Blues Explosion and Boss Hogg)

    Steven Spielberg (film-maker)

    Jason Statham

    Quentin Tarantino (Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction, etc.)

    Jacques Villeneuve (F1 champion)

    Brian Warner

    Wil Wheaton (yes, kids, Wesley Crusher!)

    Joss Whedon (Buffy, Angel, Serenity…)

    Robin Williams

    Elijia Woods "

    A lot of them, no surprise. Some of them (Judy Dench????) are a bit out there…

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