I assume most of us got experience on both: playing in person and online.
Did playing online change your GMing style? If so in what way? Do you evaluation that change to be positive or even negative? What’s your future plan for returning to the real table some day?
Just to make clear: I don’t want to state any way of being inferior or something like that - just piling up GM-reflections
For me: I strongly dislike using “nice digital features” in my games like full-color battlemaps, digital character sheets, concept art as backdrops and alike.
One reasoning for me is, that I don’t have those things available at the table. I don’t want to add a screen to my table etc., because I think I may “spoil” my players’ expectations (and my habbits). My players are still “fresh” to the hobby (playing for less than 5 years) and we dug the table feeling, hence I want to preserve it.
Another reasoning for me is that, full-color battlemaps and concept art “restrict” me. Improvising a scene becomes impossible without sacrificing a “coherent look”. Bashing together scenes with physical terrain (and using it in RHVTT) bridged that gap and avoids that players see “how the sausage got made”.
Maybe I’m weird Anyway, hence my online play got a mimic of my table games: journal, physical terrain, looking my players into their eyes (as far as possible with a webcam )