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Whisper As allows you to whisper in-character as any controlled actor, optionally with a custom alias.
Whisper As adds a new dialog, which is displayed when you type the new chat command "/whisper-as" (also "/whisperas", "/w-as", or "/was"), followed by a space.
If there is any other content in the chat window when the command is first recognized, the extra content will automatically be placed into the Whisper As dialog. This lets you add the /whisper-as command in front of content that you already typed, without needing to re-type your message in the dialog.
The dialog will list the available players who can receive your whisper. You can also select "Gamemaster" to include all Gamemasters (as if you used "/w gm" in chat).
Note: if a Gamemaster's player name is "Gamemaster" that player won't be listed separately, to avoid confusion with the "all GMs" option. Any Gamemaster players with a different name can be whispered to individually.
If you're a Gamemaster, any player tokens you have selected will be pre-selected as recipients of your whisper when the dialog opens.
For both Gamemasters and players, any player tokens you have targeted will be pre-selected as recipients.
For non-Gamemaster players, if no other players are pre-selected the "Gamemaster" recipient will be pre-selected by default.
If you do not select any recipients, your message will be sent to everyone as a normal chat (i.e. not a whisper). There is an option (see below) which will warn you with a confirmation dialog before sending un-whispered messages, in case you want to be extra cautious about accidentally posting public messages that you intended to be secret.
You can choose to whisper out-of-character (the Foundry default when using the standard whisper chat command), by selecting "Yourself."
You can also choose to whisper in-character (normally impossible using the standard Foundry chat commands), by selecting one of the names in the dropdown.
The in-character dropdown will include all the actors for which you have Owner permission.
If there are any tokens in the active scene for which you have Owner permission, and which aren't linked to their actor (i.e. "Link Actor Data" is not checked), and which have a different name than their actor, these will also be included in the dropdown.
For example, if you add a "Bandit" actor to the current scene then change its token name to "Bandit Leader," the name "Bandit Leader" will also appear in the dropdown. If you add a few more copies of the Bandit actor, and give each token its own name, all the names will appear in the dropdown separately.
In-character names won't be duplicated in the dropdown, even if you have more than one actor or token with the same name.
For Gamemasters, the non-Gamemaster players' owned actors/tokens will be excluded from the in-character list, even if the Gamemaster has Owner permission for that token/actor. This helps avoid acidentally sending a whisper that appears to be from a different player, in case the GM has a player token selected, and forgets to check the dialog options before hitting the "send" button. If you need to send a message that appears to come from a player's character for narrative purposes, I recommend using a descriptive alias (see below), such as "[GM] Aragorn (Mind Controlled)" to make it clear that the message isn't coming from Aragorn's usual player, to help avoid any misunderstandings.
Whether you whisper in-character or out-of-character, you can also enter a custom alias (although if you aren't a GM this option may be disabled).
This will be shown as the name of the person who sent the whisper in the chat log. If alias is left blank the displayed name will be the name of the in-character actor you selected, or your player name if you're whispering out-of-character.
Aliases can be useful for GMs who need to send whispers from characters who aren't represented as Foundry actors/tokens, or simply to customize the description of the sender:
falseby default, which means both GMs and players can whisper either in- or out-of-character.
trueby default, which means only GMs may use aliases.
falseby default, to streamline the use of the dialog for sending aliased, non-whisper messages.
Q. Why a chat command? Why not a button?
A. A chat command is much less likely to conflict with any other modules. A button is much more likely to cause conflicts with other modules that replace or modify the chat area (e.g. dice modules).
Q. I use another chat module that adds portraits, or other actor information, to the chat log. Sometimes that extra content is wrong when I whisper in-character.
A. In order to avoid duplicate names in the in-character dropdown, only one version of any given name is placed in the list. If you have multiple tokens/actors with the same name, only one will be added to the list.
For example: you might choose to whisper as "Bandit" and expect to see the portrait with a red bandana that you have in the current scene, but instead you see the one with a blue bandana that you use in some other scene. What happened here is: the dialog added the blue-bandana bandit to the dropdown list, then when it got it the red-bandana bandit, it saw that it already had a listing for the name "Bandit," so it discarded the new one as a duplicate (even though they're actually different actors with different data).
To fix this problem you just need to make sure every actor (or token in the current scene) that should appear different in chat also has a unique name. E.g. "Red Bandit" and "Blue Bandit." Then you'll get both in the dropdown. You can use aliases to remove the extra "GM-only" information that helps distinguish them, if necessary.
The latest version of Whisper As can be installed most easily by searching for it in Foundry's Add-On Modules Menu.
You can also install it using this link (https://github.com/WilStead/FoundryVTT.WhisperAs/releases/latest/download/module.json) to install via the manifest URL.
It can also be downloaded as a zip archive here (https://github.com/WilStead/FoundryVTT.WhisperAs/blob/latest/whisper-as.zip).
Please see the official documentation for help installing modules via manifest URL or manually.
To install this package, open your Foundry Setup screen and navigate to your Module tab and click the Install Module button.
From there, you can either search for the package unique name: whisper-as or copy its manifest URL:
And paste it to the input box at the bottom of your window.
You can install this package directly to your Forge account.
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