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PeaceRibbon

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« on: December 28, 2019, 05:06:31 PM »
I noticed the last person to make an introduction posted here so I've elected to make an intro of my own, but even so I apologize if this is the wrong place for this.

As the username reads, my name is PeaceRibbon. I am a college student and a semi-casual fan of tabletop role-playing games. I got my start playing Pathfinder in a high school club I helped run and it still remains my system of choice, but I've also spent a some time playing Dungeons and Dragons 5th Edition. I've historically been a player, but recently I've found myself taking up the role of game-master due to my ability to write the quickest between me and my closest friends who I play on Discord with (I'd certainly like to play more in-person, I just haven't found a group yet). Overall I'm relatively new to tabletop role-playing, but I have a grasp of the fundamentals. Aside from that, I'm also big into all types of video games, enjoy Magic the Gathering even though most of my decks are just mono-white jank for affordability, and I'm a devout Roman Catholic who dedicates time each week to singing in the church's choir and being the cantor about once a month.

I sought out an online community because I was hoping to find other more experienced RPGrs with whom I could learn more about setting design and world-building. I've been working on a setting called the Realm of Succor I hope to establish for long-term personal use, though I'd like to codify it on a public site like World Anvil or something so that it can perhaps benefit more than just me, and I'd like to start turning my myriad of drafts into something more readable. If you people are interested, I'd love to start up a thread and share the creative journey in the public square for peer editing, discussion, and advice purposes. It's a quirky project with some pretty specific design goals but I'm doing my best and any feedback you could give would be appreciated. (Also if there is interest for this, let me know which category I should make it under) I also thought finding a community would motivate me to devote more time to the hobby since it's arguably lower on my free time priorities right now.

With school starting up again soon on top of my other responsibilities, I'm unsure of how often I'll be able to make it here, but I hope the time we do spend together breeds fellowship and nurtures perspective. Thanks for reading my little ramble and have a blessed new year!
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« Reply #1 on: December 28, 2019, 05:34:48 PM »
Welcome.

Quote from: PeaceRibbon;1117552
(I'd certainly like to play more in-person, I just haven't found a group yet).

Where (generally) are you located?

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« Reply #2 on: December 28, 2019, 05:59:14 PM »
I live in a small suburb of my state's capital. There is a game store on the edge of the capital, but its a 45 minute drive before considering traffic and I don't wish to strain my folks by dedicating every single weekend to heading there, and locally there aren't a whole lot of hobbyists as far as I can tell. I'm sure I'll find a solution eventually but for now I should definitely be more focused on making time for academia, at least until I find a groove with the upcoming semester and can afford to search for a playgroup confidently. Besides, my Discord friends are well enough for entertaining afternoons.  ^-^
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« Reply #3 on: December 29, 2019, 08:48:34 AM »
Welcome pal! Share your ideas! More stuff for me to plagiarize in my home games.

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« Reply #4 on: December 29, 2019, 09:36:32 AM »
Thanks for the greeting! If there's one thing I've learned about tabletop roleplay, its that rules, mechanics, and thematics exist for us to adapt them in wildly different ways. My project in particular hasn't introduced much in terms of monster stat blocks or new magic items yet (especially since its all new ground for me), but once I start zeroing in on the setting's moving parts I hope I can make all sorts of stuff for your amusement!
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« Reply #5 on: January 07, 2020, 10:52:12 AM »
Enjoy your stay! Do feel free to create a thread on your setting over in the main RPG forum.
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« Reply #6 on: January 18, 2020, 03:35:08 PM »
Welcome.

The world of tabletop RPGs is very broad, and so are the different ways to play. If your only real experience is one game like Pathfinder, it's easy to assume that what works for you and works in that game are universals, and anything else is wrong. So one suggestion I'd make is when you see people make suggestions that seem very out of line with your experience, don't just dismiss them as wrong. Assume they're valid from their perspective. While it's worthwhile to try different styles and learn different modes of play, I'm going to downplay that because it's difficult, and can take years, so there's a good chance you'll never really grok everyone else's mode of play. But it does make conversations better when people aren't running around calling each other stupid all the time.

Also, if you're making a campaign world, it's worth considering whether you really want to create a campaign setting. There are a lot of people who create "campaign settings", that are really just outlets for their personal creativity (sometimes denigrated as "frustrated writers"). While that's fine in itself, writing about an imaginary world you think is amazing is very different from writing a campaign setting. Less is often more with campaign settings, where the DM has to remember all the details, and you only really need to create what the players interact with.