Also got a sand timer. Going to start being more of a hardass.
Love it! I've been meaning to do that as well. I'd love it if I could get the VTT to do a shared timer that all the players could see. However, I could get a sand timer, like you, and just focus the video chat camera on it.
Yeah, that'd be pretty cool. I think it'd keep the tension level up a bit, keep the action moving. I debated which one(s) to get for a long time to myself, but finally settled on the 3-minute timer. I figured that was a reasonable amount of time to allow for some player discussion, choosing actions, etc. I may get a 30-second timer for combat, haven't yet decided... it doesn't seem to be too much of a problem once in combat, but exploring can sometimes get bogged down with jokes and whatnot.