I started playtesting “Paris Gondo - The Life-Saving Magic of Inventorying” at London RPG Community just before the lockdown started.
The lockdown poured cold water on this.
I had no idea how to run my game online as it required players receiving deck of cards, fill some of them and then trade them. I couldn’t see a way to do that on Roll20 or Fantasy Ground.
Then, I played a session of Becoming with a new group of players (we’d been in touch online for a while but never played together before) and they introduced me to the Miro Online Collaborative Tool.
It turns out that while it is not made for gaming, it is very cool for tabletop RPGs, especially ones with gaming aids.
So far, in addition to my own game we played Blades in the Dark, Sonja & Conan vs the Ninjas and Mausritter.
I really recommend it. Several dice rolling features are now available (I still prefer to roll them via our Discord tho’).
Regarding opportunities to play and finding players, the lockdown has actually been a boon for me.
Many people who mainly played in person moved online and were keen to play with new players, clubs like London RPG Community, London Indie RPG and The Role Play Haven have moved online and now several major conventions are having online editions too.
I will be running my game at Origins Online. I could have never attended Origins in person (I’m from London).
If it goes well, I hope to run sessions at Virtual Expo (UK Games Expo) and maybe Gencon or Spiel.
Even without counting the sessions I am running, I have never played as much.