Are you ready to take your adventure to the next level with Dynamic Lighting? Every adventure starts with a step. The first step for using our Dynamic Lighting feature is the Settings page.
“How do I get started?”
To start, click the blue page icon in the top right corner of the VTT user interface to open your Page Toolbar. In the Page Toolbar, you’ll see a chronological list of all the pages in your game.
If you hover your mouse over a specific page, a cogwheel icon will appear on the page's right side. You will see a tab labeled “Dynamic Lighting.” Under this tab, you can browse the various Lighting Settings.
Under the Dynamic Lighting tab, the first toggle you’ll see is also called “Dynamic Lighting.”That toggle needs to be turned on for any of the following features to work.
How to set up Dynamic Lighting
In this tutorial, we explain to you how to set Dynamic Lighting on a map for your virtual campaign. You can use the Dynamic Lighting feature, if you have a Plus or Pro account subscription on Roll20.
"What are the 'Dynamic Lighting' Settings?"
- The explorer mode allows players to see areas of the map that they’ve already explored in grayscale.
- Note: If Explorer Mode is turned off, players can only see what's visible to their token based on the token´s vision and the available lighting.
Resetting Explorer Mode and combine Hide/Reveal tool
In this video, we explain Explorer Mode in detail, go over the Dynamic Lighting Hide / Reveal Areas tools, and how to reset explorer mode. Dynamic Lighting is a feature for Plus and Pro accounts.
- The entire map can be illuminated using the daylight mode.
- You can adjust the brightness between bright as day, or set it up as dim morning mood lighting.
- Note: The daylight mode can also be useful when you want to still have barriers (like the walls of a house) but do not want to set up individual light sources (like torches)
Use Daylight Mode with Hide/Reveal tool
This Dynamic Lighting feature can be used to hide areas from your players and then reveal those areas at the perfect time. Dynamic Lighting is a feature for Plus and Pro accounts
Update on Token Drop
Dynamic Lighting updates line-of-sight for players in real-time. Thus creating games that are tense, immersive, and tactile.
- Dynamic Lightning allows you to drag a token onto the map without revealing anything before the token has been placed.
- Note: This option is outstanding for GM's who want to move their player's token's and not have the Players see secrets or spoilers during the movement.
- Example: If your party's Wizard needs to teleport to another room, you can move their token there without revealing anything else. The only information shown would be where the token came from and where it was dropped.
GM Darkness Opacity
In this video, we show you how to adjust opacity on the Dynamic Lighting layer. This can help you better understand what your players are seeing.
- This setting allows you to adjust the opacity of the darkness to your own personal taste without revealing anything to your players. You can adjust the opacity to be very dark, very light, or somewhere in between, depending on your preference.
“Are there any other features?”
For additional control, you can use Restrict Movement. You'll find this option in the Page Details tab, which is located on the left side of the Page Settings pop-up.
Movement restriction uses a token's Bounding Box to block player-controlled tokens from crossing Dynamic Lighting barriers. This prevents accidental map reveals in areas that the player's token cannot normally see. The Bounding Box is shown in the picture below. In other words, Restrict Movement can help you set up hit detection for players’ tokens.
Looking to set up Dynamic Lighting quickly, or need to double check your work?
You can visit the Dynamic Lighting Checklist for a quick and easy walkthrough!