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Enkhidu:
I'm starting a PbP game (on this site, no less) and wanted some advice on how best to keep action, for lack of a better word, moving.

Is it better to simply get out of the way and let the players play? Or do PbPs require more NPC style interaction? Is it better to set specific times to move the action along, or is flexibility better for the game long term?

What are your experiences?

Alpha Ralpha:
1. post regularly, as a GM who made this mistake learned ...
2. IMHO PbP games are better with less combat, posting combat turns is ssssslllloooooowwwwww. so emphasize NPC interaction and keep combat encounters relatively quick.
3. interest in a pbp will flag after the first few weeks so plan on something dramatic happening every couple of months to keep interest high.

hope this helps...

IronWolf:
Post often is good, even if the others haven't had a chance to post yet.  Keep things moving with your posts.  A PBeM I ran had a fair amount of combat.  Most of the time the players would post a few actions ahead, I also handled all the dice rolls.  This enabled me to move the combat forward even if a player was behind on posting.  Post vivid combat details, that way even if it is a little slow people get into the scene itself.

Dire Wolf:
I have played in and even took a turn running a very successfull PBP that has been going for over a year.  I would say that it is important for the GM to post as frequently as possible and try to keep the players involved by posting right to them.  Always try to have something for all of the players to do.

We have always had a planned session time once a week, that is non-mandatory, but all the players get online at the same time and we play for about 5 hours.  It usually goes very well and we get a lot done.

I would agree that character development and roleplaying works better than combat, and I would recommend doing all the dice rolls yourself.  

I hope some of what I said is useful... all just opinions.

cranberry:

--- Quote from: Dire Wolf ---I have played in and even took a turn running a very successfull PBP that has been going for over a year.  I would say that it is important for the GM to post as frequently as possible and try to keep the players involved by posting right to them.  Always try to have something for all of the players to do.
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I agree. I have only played in one PbP but I found that when the GM was posting a lot things ran smoothly, when the GM didn't have time to post it sputtered to a halt. People end up just waiting around to get some feedback before taking their next action and things just never happen.

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