FAQ

How much does Infrno cost?

Infrno is $4.99 or $14.99 per month for the full experience. An ad-supported, limited 'free lunch' program is also available.

 

How do I use the social networking part of Infrno?

Once you have your profile created, using the social networking part of Infrno is easy. Simply visit other people's profiles and either request friendship, if this is someone you know you'll want to connect with more frequently, or leave a comment on their profile they can respond to.

You can also send private messages to anyone, if you don't want to have a conversation out in public.

You can also participate in the forums, starting threads or following threads that have to do with things you want to talk about with the Infrno community.

If it's up your alley, you can also start a blog. Using the blogging features of Infrno, you can embed images and links to go with your thoughts – and then people will be able to comment on your blog. You can also read other people's blog and comment yourself!

 

How do I play games on Infrno?

The process is easy:

1. The GM creates a game profile for your game.

2. You create a character profile for the character you want to play.

3. You click the Join Game link on the game profile and choose the character you want to play.

4. Make sure your hardware and software is set up properly.

5. When the time comes, you click the 'Game table' link on the game profile.

6. You enter the game table and play your game!

 

How do I find a game to play?

When you click on the Games tab at the top of the screen, you're taken to the list of open games. These are games that are looking for players. Look through the list to find times and dates that work for you in the games you want to play.

The game listing should tell you whether you need to bring your own character, or if the GM is offering pre-generated characters, which is what you will use to join a game.

 

How do I create a game profile?

When you want to create a game for people to play, click on the Games tab in the top menu bar. On the left, you'll see a New Game link – click on that.

Now, all you have to do is fill in the details for your game and you're ready to go! If you already have your players lined up, you may not need to fill in a lot of information. However, if you're looking for players, please remember to fill out the salient details of time, date, and time zone, as well as any other information you'll want people to know.

If you want to offer pre-generated characters to people, then go ahead and enter all of your characters into character profiles. Once you're done with this, come back to your game profile and click the Manage Pre-generated Characters link. This will give you the opportunity to offer any of your characters to this game – simply select the ones you want. Now, you will have to approve player selections once they start choosing, but that's it.

 

How do I create a character?

To create a character, click the Characters tab in the top menu bar to be taken to the list of characters in Infrno. On the left, you'll see a New Character link – click that.

Now, you're in Infrno's generic character system. You'll be able to enter data to work with any roleplaying game in or out of print. When you're done, all the field you didn't use will disappear from your final profile and character sheet.

To add a picture to your profile, it must have already been uploaded to your photo albums. Then just click the Choose a Profile Photo link below the portrait area of your character profile, choose your photo, and it will be there!

Remember to save during the character entry process, just in case you have a browser issue – we don't want you to lose your hard work!

 

How do I join a game?

Once you find a game profile you like, the listing should tell you whether or not you'll need your own character or if the GM is offering pre-generated characters. If you have a question, send a private message to the GM.

If you are to bring your own character, input your character into his or her own character profile. Once that's done, you can go back to the game profile in question and click the Join Game link. This will take you to a list of your characters – choose the one you want and you're ready to go!

If you need to use a pre-generated character, your GM will have a list on the game profile. Choose the one you'd like to play and click Join. The GM will have to approve your choice, but once he or she does, you'll be in!

 

How do I set up my hardware and computer for the game table?

The first time you use the game table, you may find that getting your audio-visual settings right may be confusing. This quick guide is designed to help you get yourself ready to use the game table with a minimum of fuss.

 

1. Get Your Hardware Squared Away

Please do not plan on using the game table without some kind of headset or headphones. Those who are not used to using voice or video chat don’t realize that your voice will create an echo that will drive everyone crazy if you don’t. This comes from voices exiting your speakers and then being instantly retransmitted through the microphone.

Simply put, you can’t use both your computer speakers and your computer microphone at the same time.

This can be overcome in two easy ways. First, you could purchase a basic computer headset with both headphones and a microphone. Second, you could use your computer microphone with a pair of normal headphones. If you are using your webcam microphone, you will still need to use a pair of normal headphones, unless it has a very good noise-canceling function (which is unlikely unless you specifically purchased it because of this feature).

In all cases, we recommend noise-canceling as a function for your microphone, if available. Such devices create the cleanest sound and the best experience.

For your best experience in Infrno, we also recommend that you have some sort of webcam hooked up to your computer. Many laptops from recent years have them built-in – otherwise your local electronics super-store carries many brands that can be purchased for as little as $30.

Just a quick note about computer head-sets – these are one piece of equipment where the maxim “you get what you pay for” seems to apply in spades. Cheap headsets will function like cheap headsets. If you’re willing and it seems like a worthwhile purchase for you, generally anything in the $50 range will get you a stellar headset that will last for a long time.

 

2. Check Your OS Settings for Sound

Regardless of your platform, you will need to make sure that your computer is set to accept sound input from your chosen microphone and outputs sound to your chosen headphones or headset.

On the Windows OS, go to your Start menu and select Control Panel. Then choose Sounds, Speech, and Audio Devices. Then choose Sounds and Audio Devices. In the Audio tab, you can choose your Sound Playback device and your Sound Recording device, which should set up both. You may also need to adjust your Voice Recording device in the Voice tab. You can adjust volume settings for your microphone here as well – you may want to set it high for now, because you can adjust further in the game table.

On the Macintosh OS, go to your System Preferences from the Apple Menu. Then, go the Sound control panel under Hardware. Click first on Output and choose the proper device. Click next on Input and choose the proper device. Here, you can also adjust the input volume of your microphone – you may want to set it high for now, because you can adjust further in the game table.

 

3. Check Your Settings in the Game Table

The Infrno sound booth will pop up whenever you enter the game table, so that you can be sure your settings are correct before you play. You can access these settings any time by clicking the tool icon under your communications window on the left side of the screen.

Your video will be first. Don't worry if you don't have a webcam – you don't need one to use Infrno (but it is nice to be able to see everyone). If you do have a webcam and you don't see it active in the sound booth, click on the Camera Settings button and go through the pull-down menu until you find your camera.

Your audio will be next. If the sound meter doesn't move, it's likely one of your settings is wrong. Click on the Audio Settings button and go through the pull-down menu until you find your microphone. If that doesn't work, go into your system setting for your OS and check those.

Last is the option to save your settings. Click the Save Settings button, and then make sure the Remember box is checked. Close that window, close the sound booth, and you're in!

You shouldn’t have to do this every time you log into the game table, if you saved your settings. However, if you experience any difficulties while using the game table, go through these steps (as well as #2 above) in order once more to see if you can find the problem.

 

4. Test Everything Beforehand

No one wants to spend the first fifteen (or more) minutes of allotted game time working out everyone’s settings. Please take a moment to test your equipment beforehand. Go into the sample game (or into your own game, if you’ve been accepted to one) and try it out. If possible, grab a friend and test everything. Your fellow players will thank you if you show up with all your ducks in a row.

 

How do I use the game table?

The Game Table is the primary tool you’ll be using to play tabletop roleplaying games on-line in Infrno. Each registered game has it’s own Game Table, which you can populate with information and images unique to your game. You access the Game Table by pressing the 'Game table' link, just under the profile picture in your Game Profile.

If you are using any kind of software that attempts to block incoming or outgoing connections, you’ll have to create rules that will allow the Game Table to communicate with your computer the first time you enter – or just disable it.

There are many features in the Game Table. Let’s go through them by use.

 

Communications

The Infrno Game Table provides video, voice, and text chat capabilities. If you have configured your setting and hardware properly, you will be able to utilize video and voice chat without much difficulty – see the instructions above specifically for settings and hardware to help you with that.

Your communications window will appear in the Game Table, along the left hand side. As more people enter the game, more windows will appear – always along the left side.

There are a couple of visible controls that are part of your communications window. The circle-shaped slider below the video window represents your microphone control – how loud you are in the Game Table. Use this to fine-tune your (and other users’) volume once you have started playing. Careful however, for adjusting another users’ volume effects everyone in the Game Table, not just you. The three icons, from left to right are Toggle Video, Toggle Mute, and Show Settings. Use the Toggle Video to turn your video stream on and off temporarily and use your Toggle Mute to turn your audio stream on and off temporarily. Show Settings will open your Flash settings, so that you can trouble shoot any problems – leave it alone if everything is working. :)

In the bottom left of the Game Table is the text chat window. Type anything you want in here and hit enter, and it will appear. For right now, all text chat message can be seen by everyone in the Game Table. We will soon be implementing a whisper capability, where you can send private chat messages to other players that only the two of you can see.

 

Character Sheets

Along the very top left of the Game Table are a series of tabs. You can navigate between most of them without leaving the Game Table. The exception is the Infrno tab, which will take you back into the main environment of Infrno.

The next tab to the right will have the title of your Game Profile, and is used to return to the main Game Table environment after you have been referencing Character Sheets.

From there, the rest of the tabs to the right will be the characters that are a part of your game. You can navigate to them to check your character’s game statistics during play without having to keep another window open. Everyone can see everyone else’s characters here, so any information you want to keep secret be sure to put in your characters Private Notepad.

 

Tools

The Infrno Game Table contains many useful tools to enhance your gaming experience. The first and most obvious is the big open blackboard that is a part of every game table – this is the shared whiteboard. This shared space is meant to simulate your gaming table, where you'll put everything you need to game. Everyone sees everything in the shared space and can manipulate everything as well.

Let's start with the tool bar and move on from there.

Pointer Tool – Select this tool when you want to be able to select objects and move them around the blackboard.

Pencil Tool – Select this tool when you want to draw freehand. For now, you can only draw in one thickness.

Line Tool – Select this tool when you want to draw straight-lines. Once you've drawn a line, you'll be given options for if you want to put something on either end of the line, such as an arrow, as well as if you want to make it thicker.

Text Tool – Select this when you want to drop text notes on the table, or if you want to label something. Once you've created a text box, you'll be given options as to how big you want the text, how you want it aligned, and if you want to make it bold. If you click the text tool on most other objects, you will be able to create a label that will follow that object.

Add Picture – Select this when you want to upload a picture from your desktop into the game table. For now, they should be in either .jpg or .png format. Once you've uploaded a picture, you can draw on it, put other objects over it, put text on it, and all that. This is especially useful if you want to upload maps into the game table.

Open/Close Shapes Drawer – Each Infrno game table comes populated with certain objects that you can simply pull out of your shapes drawer and use in your game. As we grow, this drawer will be populated with more and more things that will be useful in your game!

Move Selected Object Forward/Backward – These two buttons allow you to layer objects over each other. The objects you upload into the game table are unlikely to be transparent, so this will allow you choose what goes on top of what.

Color Picker – You can change the color of just about anything in the game table. Simply select the object you want to change and then pick the color in the color picker.

Align Selected Objects – Use this tool when you want two objects to line up and you don't want to do it by hand.

In addition to those tools, the game table also features:

Die Roller – the text chat window contains a hidden feature. It is also a die roller. Simply type in the number of dice you want to roll, followed by the kind, and the die roller will generate the result (1d20 or 2d6, for example). It gives you both the results of the individual dice and their total. The die roller is not set up to accommodate modifiers yet, so don’t add any plusses or minuses to your command.

 

Recommended System Requirements

In order to have an optimal game play experience we recommend you have the following:

A standard DSL line with a minimum upload and download speed of 160kb per call participant

Windows users
Supported Platforms: Windows XP, Windows Vista & Windows 7

Minimum Windows System Requirements:
2.8 GHz Pentium 4 or faster processor
512MB of RAM or greater
64MB of Video Card RAM
Flash 10.x

Recommended Windows System Requirements:
2.2 GHz Pentium 4, 1.83 GHz Intel Core Duo or equivalent
1024MB of RAM
64MB of Video Card RAM or greater
Flash 10.x


Mac users
Supported Platforms: 10.4 (Tiger or higher)

Minimum Mac System Requirements:
1.83 GHz Intel Core Duo
512MB of RAM
64MB of Video Card RAM
Flash Player 10.x

Recommended Mac System Requirements:
2.0 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo or faster
1024MB of RAM or greater
64MB of Video Card RAM or greater
Flash Player 10.x