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You just need to adjust them a bit. Before you begin, know to expect some technical difficulties. Try to have a sense of humor about the whole thing. Phone call. You can always call people and use speakerphone. If you both have Apple devices, you can FaceTime. You can set it up as a one-to-one video call or set up a Group FaceTime with up to 32 people.
Group FaceTime requires newer devices and an updated iOS; check this site for full requirements. Google Duo. The app is free to download. Up to eight people can a Duo call. Here are instructions for how to set up and Google Duo calls for individuals or groups. Up to 10 people can a Skype group video call. Skype is free to download and works on phones, tablets and computers with webcams. Then click on his or her name from your contacts list before clicking the camera button in the upper-right corner to start the video call. For more information, visit skype.
Google Hangouts. If you have Gmail, that means you already have a Google you can use to set up Hangouts for free. Go to hangouts. You can set it up as a voice or video hangout. Up to 25 people can a video Hangout and up to people can a voice-only Hangout. For more information, visit hangouts. Zoom allows free one-on-one video meetings for as long as you want or for three or more people for up to 40 minutes with their free plan.
Probably a little short for game night. Probably long enough for game night. How to win at Zoom: Tips for your next virtual happy hour or party. The age of social distancing is surprisingly social.
Party ideas, pointers and more to make your next Zoom your best yet. Download the Zoom application at zoom. For more information, visit zoom. Full disclosure: Times owner Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong is an investor in Zoom. This one is pretty straightforward.
Everyone s the videoconference and eats or drinks. Quartz has some ideas for dinner party conversation starters if you run out of things to talk about, and this list from PopSugar has some fun ones that can mostly be adapted for the quarantine situation. Gather your friends for some karaoke through Google Hangouts or Skype. Timeout has a list of the 50 best karaoke songs ever, and Latin Times compiled the best 10 songs to sing in Spanish. Netflix Party lets friends in different places watch movies together and share their reactions through a chat room.
All you need is Google Chrome browser, an extension and a Netflix. Here are instructions for how to set it up. You can do the same on Facebook. This one is simple: Pick a book to read with loved ones and video call each other to chat about it. Libraries in L. County are closed through the end of the month, but you can still get ebooks online through the Libby app if you have a library card.
This is also a great opportunity to support independent bookstores in your area by buying your book-club picks online. Many are offering free or reduced shipping and curbside pickup. Times longre. If you and your friends have a copy of the same board game on your shelf at home — say, Monopoly — you can all set it up and just move the pieces at the same time. Think of it as the modern version of chess by mail. Incidentally, this would also work if you and a friend both have a chessboard. This is easiest with games that only require dice rolls. One player would hold up the prompt card, and everyone would pick an answer card from their hand.
Then players would hold up their answers to the camera for the judge to decide. You lose the anonymity of the regular version of these games, but these are challenging times. And we all have to make adjustments.
With word games like Scattergories, only one person needs to own the game. Everyone else just needs a pen and paper. The host can share his, her or their screen with the listed somewhere like a Google Doc. Words With FriendsDraw Something and other app games are still kicking around and just waiting for you to challenge someone.
You can be on a video call from your computer and playing together on your phones at the same time. The L. Times has free games too. Go to latimes. That will generate a link that you can copy and paste and. This only works with one other player at a time. Games on latimes.
Have fun. If you want to play with a group, the Jackbox Party Pack is a crowd-pleaser perfectly suited to social isolation. Six versions of the Jackbox Party Pack have been released, each with a different variety of trivia, drawing and word games. You still have to pay for Jackbox though.
Everyone plays using a phone as a controller, so you can all be in the same room or on opposite sides of the planet. The sophistication level and occasional adult humor of most of the Jackbox games make them suited to an older crowd — teenagers and up.
Start a new game of whichever you want to play. Set up a video conference and share your screen. Other players can be on video or voice-only, as long as they can see your screen and have a phone or tablet on which to play. No one else needs to download or buy anything to in. After you start the game, go to jackbox. You, as the host, will have the power to start the game once everyone is ready. If you need further instructions, Jackbox thoughtfully put out a more detailed guide to setting up games with remote players. There has truly never been a better time to get into Dungeons and Dragons.
Other players only need a pencil, paper and dice or an app that simulates dice-rolling; or go to this website that does it for you. Polygon put together this helpful guide to starting your first Dungeons and Dragons gamealong with suggestions for other RPGs you can try. Jessica Roy is an assistant editor on the utility journalism team at the L. The utility journalism team publishes stories and information that help people solve problems, answer questions, and make big decisions about life in and around Los Angeles.
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All Sections. About Us. B2B Publishing. Business Visionaries. Hot Property. Times Events. Times Store. Facebook Twitter Show more sharing options Share Close extra sharing options. You might be stuck inside for now but you can still play games, have a dinner party and visit with friends online. By Jessica RoyDorany Pineda. Skype is one of the options available for free video chatting.
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