Surfing on the Wave

Google Wave Logo Google Wave is a cool new collaboration/communication platform/protocol by Google. When you haven’t been living under a rock for quite some time, you have probably read about it. Some gamers have recently looked at Wave from another perspective: can we use Google Wave for gaming?

Although I have been using Wave for quite some time now, I haven’t used it for gaming. I have to admit I have never participated in any online game either. But some RPG bloggers have already written some very interesting articles on the matter that I want to share with you:

It really seems Wave could be an alternative to other ways of gaming online, may it be the classic play-by-email or play-by-post game or perhaps something more fancy like using a software like Fantasy Grounds II. The ability to see changes in real-time, being able to add a dice rolling bot (which even can handle exploding dice rolls, Fudge dice and more) makes Wave a powerful – and free – tool for online gaming. I wonder if we’ll see more RPG-related bots and plugins for Wave in the future.

And by the way, I just got 12 additional invitations I can send out. So if you still need an account, please post your email adress in the comments below. The first 12 commenters will get an invite. Please note that it usually take a day or one before you get confirmation by Google. If you are already a member of the RPMN, why not check out our Google Wave group there.

Michael Wolf is a German games designer and enthusiast best known for his English language role-playing games blog, Stargazer's World, and for creating the free rules-light medieval fantasy adventure game Warrior, Rogue & Mage. He has also worked as an English translator on the German-language Dungeonslayers role-playing game and was part of its editorial team. In addition to his work on Warrior, Rogue & Mage and Dungeonslayers, he has created several self-published games and also performed layout services and published other independent role-playing games such as A Wanderer's Romance, Badass, and the Wyrm System derivative Resolute, Adventurer & Genius, all released through his imprint Stargazer Games. Professionally, he works as a video technician and information technologies specialist. Stargazer's World was started by Michael in August 2008.

20 thoughts on “Surfing on the Wave”

  1. The idea of using Gwave for dnd games is really growing on me. Seeing updates to the world stories on the fly as it happens allowing us to create almost living worlds. Oh look the bandit along the road to the west have already been stopped by part b let us go south to the swamps instead and take on the goblin uprising.

    1. I've sent out the invitations to pointyman and john. Please note that it could take some time to get the email by Google.

  2. Yes, I too think Wave can be great platform for roleplaying — actual playing, collaborative creating rules, etc. — so yeah, if you can, send me one. Thanks!

  3. I'm starting up a game through the RPMN that will run on Google Wave (or so I hope). It seems like a handy platform to use, since I'm loathe to spend any more money right now (Fantasy Grounds), forums haven't worked out as well as I'd like in the past, and my schedule rarely allows for IRC/IM. Wave does have the capability to do real-time, though, so it's really the best of all worlds as far as I'm concerned.
    .-= Will´s last blog ..Upcoming: My Megadungeon =-.

  4. I would love an invite. I have read several of the articles and blog posts about it and am interested in trying it for RPing. Thanks Much

  5. I've been hoping to get an invite from Google for the purpose of trying out gaming with it. One of my players has moved away, and while the play by Tumblr experiment worked, it wasn't pretty.

    If you still have any, I'd appreciate one! craytonc at gmail dot com

  6. Ok, all the invitations are out. Alas everyone who posted a request atfer David's didn't get an invite. Sorry, guys. But I will try to remember you guys if I get some more by Google.

  7. …dont you forget about me… paleeze…if you get your hand on some further invitations, think of me. Me! Me! Me!

    1. Oops. If I get any further invitations, I will make sure you get one. Perhaps you can try to get invited by Google directly. Just sign up at This worked for me.

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