They say a picture is worth a thousand words, so I’m going to save myself a few and begin this post with a screenshot.
That’s a screengrab from my browser of Corkboard.me being put to good use by yours truly. This is a free and simple post-it note site that automatically gives you a unique URL (the one for the site above is http://corkboard.me/bTvAqYueQI if you want to check it out) that you can put to personal use or (if you hand out the URL) share with others. Click on an empty piece of corkboard and you create a new sticky note, or click on an existing one to edit it. If you paste the URL of an image into a note, it automatically shows that image.
That’s both stunningly simple and clever at the same time, but that’s not all. Click on the little speech bubble on the bottom left, and a chat window opens up, meaning this is perfect for… well, I’ll let you work it out for yourself.
If you need more space, press the little folded map icon in the bottom right, and you see the full extent of your virtual corkboard. A GM could put monster stats and locations off-screen until they’re needed, and provided the Players don’t peek (yeah, right) the GM can pull them on screen as required – or use another Corkboard (just go to http://corkboard.me to create a new, private one in another tab if you prefer.
In the example above I spent all of five minute throwing together a quick 4e D&D Delve. It won’t win any “best adventure ever” awards, but it’s fully playable as-is, and a fun enough romp for a group of 1st level adventurers. Each post-it note in the centre is an Encounter area with information about the critters contained within as well as possible exits. Add flavour, descriptions and actions to taste.
A GM could use a Corkboard.me as a planner for an offline game or, if they’re comfortable with running 4e D&D (or you’re using a different edition) without a battlemat, play it entirely online using it as the shared gaming space.
As there’s no security in place, feel free to head over to http://corkboard.me/bTvAqYueQI and try it out. Leave a post-it note saying you visited the caves, add to the mini-Delve, or even play through it.
Let me know how you get on.