After all your feedback, I have decided we're going to make the jump to GameVox.
The ease with which you can install and set this up was cited as a primary reason people liked it better than Mumble. People also love the overlay which tells you who is speaking. The sound quality is exceptional. Plus, you can see that we can link an RSS feed from the front page of the web site to GameVox. Although it's in beta, the load testing we did didn't crash it or cause sound degradation. Thanks Squid, for finding this. I think it meets our needs very well. We will be discussing the cost and paying for the server. One we figure that out, we'll have a donate button to pay for service.
The negatives of GameVox is that we can't pay for a year of service up front. This will be a month to month service. If you are on a Mac, when you set everything up, you need to restart for those changes to be applied. Took me a bit to figure that out. Also, GameVox runs in the background unless you make a conscious choice to close it. Once you leave the chat window shown above, you are not fully out of the program. You'll need to highlight the log in box and exit the program again. It doesn't seem to use that much memory, running in the background, but if you have memory issues, you'll need to check to be certain you are completely out.
One thing you MUST be aware of as we go to this voice program, if you play with a TV or radio playing in the background or if you watch movies while you play or if you play on the sofa with your family surrounding you, we can hear all of that if you don't use headphones. Some of you have very LOUD TVs in the background. I will be calling you out, publicly, to turn stuff down. If you choose to not use headphones, you need to be aware of your background noise. It's one thing to hear a purring cat or the crickets on a summer evening. It's quite another to hear The Avengers or Ghostbusters or Spike TV. It's hugely distracting and we can't hear you. Please consider this when you log in.
I really like this voice system. I think it's a great compliment to our guild adventures. Again, thanks Squid, for finding this for us.