Playing Rainbow Quest! via Video Conferences!

With at least one player who has a copy of the game (The Host), just add... 

Free iVCam for your phone  

Free iVCam for your laptop/desktop 

Selfie stick or tripod 

Free ManyCam software (for hosts using two inputs)

If you have a webcam built into your laptop or desktop computer, you’re most of the way there! 

Though you probably have a webcam built into your desktop or laptop computer, having an extra webcam can be helpful

Prepare your phone!

If you have a webcam built into your laptop or desktop computer, you’re most of the way there!  

Though you probably have a webcam built into your desktop or laptop computer, having an extra webcam can be helpful.

For Android Phones

Download iVCam here!

Download the desktop/laptop software, then... 

You may choose the app store or the Android Store to download the app for your phone.

 For iPhones

EpocCam is available for both Windows 10 and macOS. 

Download iPhone app here:

Download EpocCam for your Macbook or PC here:

 Open your iVCam or EpocCam software

 First, open the software on your laptop or desktop  

Next, open the app on your phone 

You should see the image from your phone’s camera on your desktop now.  

Next, you’ll be ready to use your phone as a wireless webcam through your selection of video input in Zoom!

 Download Zoom for your computer

 You may download Zoom from your computer to have it at the ready, or 

You may simply click on a Zoom meeting link when provided with one from a Rainbow Quest! Game host.  

For any GSAs or confidential support groups, be sure to enable the ‘waiting room’ and or ‘password’ options to ensure that only those who have been invited may participate.

Selecting your camera input on Zoom

For most of the Rainbow Quest! Game experience, your laptop or desktop cam will be work just fine!   

Zoom meeting hosts may request that individuals’ microphones remain muted until participation is invited.  This can reduce some background noise, and may also prevent the ‘speaker view’ from being set off by someone sneezing or knocking something over!  

 Adding your phone as an extra camera!

 The ‘Freehand’ challenges have the host reveal to the person whose turn it is the image that they need to draw on paper which other players must correctly identify. (Sort of like another popular table game that rhymes with ‘dictionary.’) 

The host can ask all other players to ‘look away’ when they show the ‘Freehand’ card to the player, OR they may send them the prompt via the chat window, being careful to send the prompt only to the player whose turn it is. 

 Switching webcam sources

 In the lower-left of your Zoom window, click on the ‘video’ icon 

You will see a selection of available video sources, so just click on either iVCam or EpocCam 

 If you are the host… 

 Aim your phone at the game board so others can keep track of where they are along the path towards a better world for everyone, and  

So that if you are rolling the dice for everyone, they can see the results of the dice toss.   

Use a selfie stick, tripod,  or create a ‘scaffold’ using books and rulers to suspend your phone to look at the board.

 If you are one of the Players… 

 When you land on ‘Freehand,’ you will be drawing a picture, and will need to let the other players see what you are drawing.   

They will call out their ideas until someone guesses correctly. 

A selfie-stick, tripod, or stack of books with two parallel rulers supporting your phone can work to clearly show you as you draw. 

Just switch your video input and you’re good to go!

To switch between video inputs

When your Freehand turn is over, just go back to the video input menu and select your internal camera! 

In the Zoom video settings, you can choose to ‘touch up your appearance’ 

As tempting as it would be, we do not recommend using the ‘virtual background’ feature, as it works well when sitting perfectly still, but not if you may move much!

For Hosts: Setting Security Options

When you set up your Zoom meeting, you may choose to require that all participants use a password. 

On the Zoom dashboard at the bottom of the screen, you may click on “Security” and enable a waiting room that you will be the gatekeeper for,  you may ‘lock’ the meeting after a certain time or number of participants,  and you can set additional permissions for participants.

 Ways to mount your phone

No budget? No problem!  Just place your phone on a box or stack of books and secure it with tape or a paperweight! 

The camera should be about one foot from the writing surface or game board -- but adjust as needed.

If you have a small budget, you can order either of these:  

$14 flexible phone mount on Amazon (FeelPower Cell Phone Stand Holder), or  

$20 Aduro U-Stream Dual gooseneck phone mount with selfie light