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« on: May 09, 2019, 09:33:07 AM »
(((echo)))

I prefer f2f gaming but online is the best option currently. Anyone here?

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« Reply #1 on: May 09, 2019, 06:43:05 PM »
We used too till the gaming dried up.

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« Reply #2 on: May 11, 2019, 09:53:20 PM »
Start a game. I'm sure there will be some interested folks
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« Reply #3 on: May 13, 2019, 10:25:04 AM »
I'm interested. If people are okay with a total n00b doing it, I could maybe even try to DM if no one else wants to.

I was planning to kick off a thread soon now that I'm back from a trip, but here's this one already.

On a related note, has anyone tried rolegate.com for play by post?

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« Reply #4 on: May 14, 2019, 06:37:16 AM »
I can't keep a PBP going but I do text-chat over on Dragonsfoot. Just started recruiting for a new game - https://www.dragonsfoot.org/forums/viewtopic.php?f=44&t=82094
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« Reply #5 on: May 14, 2019, 09:53:36 AM »
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We used too till the gaming dried up.

I see. Well maybe we can change that.

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Start a game. I'm sure there will be some interested folks

So be it.

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I'm interested. If people are okay with a total n00b doing it, I could maybe even try to DM if no one else wants to.

I was planning to kick off a thread soon now that I'm back from a trip, but here's this one already.

On a related note, has anyone tried rolegate.com for play by post?

Noobs are welcome, as far as I understand. The more threads, the merrier. I'm totally unaware of rolegate. Bigger PbP sites would be Giant in the Playground, Mythweaver, RPGCrossing, or Gamersplane. I actually ran a decent game on TBP, but consider it a fluke.

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I can't keep a PBP going but I do text-chat over on Dragonsfoot. Just started recruiting for a new game - https://www.dragonsfoot.org/forums/viewtopic.php?f=44&t=82094

Thanks for the invite. I'll see what i can stir up here first. I have (for starters) two concepts interested players can vote for:

The first is a tale of fledgling adventurers who arrive in Aquilonia chasing a rumor of a king's ransom in exchange for their "special skills". Conan's Hyborian Age is the setting and the rule set would be The Rules Cyclopedia. I was thinking L2 characters looking to make a name for themselves and there'd a be a few house-rules.

The second is a revisit to one of Marvel Comics' most iconic settings: Earth-811. In the Days of Future Past storyline from X-Men #141-142 (1980), the team learns that in the year 2013, a global force of mutant-hunting Sentinel robots have taken over the U.S. Most superhumans, mutant and otherwise, have been executed or captured. The U.S. military has been broken by the robots thus rendering the government useless. Many cities such as NYC, San Francisco, Dallas, Chicago, Atlanta, and Los Angeles have been razed by fighting.

The Sentinels have won. There is no one left to stop them from taking over the world --- except YOU! Your superheroes would rise from the scarred earth of this dark, dystopian scenario and join forces to defeat the Sentinels. This game is a huge sandbox where the players must work together and strategize how to overcome the robots.

We'd begin in what's left of Manhattan, with the PCs responding to a telepathic "S.O.S." from Charles Xavier. The rules set would be TSR's Marvel Superheroes (Advanced) using the Point-Buy rules (400 CP).

Yes?

Add: Spoze' I should tell you about ME; I started gaming in '82 with OD&D (Basic) and progressed to AD&D1 running games for schoolmates. Usually someone would toss me a module, I'd rip off the plastic and we'd game. After graduation, I joined the Marines and drug a handful of Devil-Dogs into games of AD&D or Twilight 2000. Then, I hit a video game phase that last until around 2009 when I returned to the hobby. I jumped into the "new" systems (FATE & D20 primarily) with most of my re-education and gaming done at online forums.

So I'm decent running PbP: I provide a wealth of linked info, I'm open to player suggestions, I post maps mostly for combat-tracking, I can create a Game Log/Wiki to keep all material centralized, and I crack the whip. I require at least one post daily, Monday-Friday. Weekends are yours. As a GM, I like action, engaging characters, and a fast pace.

You will not find the Quantum Ogre in my games: players making decisions that matter is the quintessence of tabletop roleplaying, imo. I don't have "plots" because players tend to get trapped on runaway trains when a GM wants a certain progression of events. While I have run railroady published adventures, I usually mod them enough to inject a good level of Sandbox. I prefer the PCs being able to do whatever they want, keeping in mind that if you decide to suddenly retire mid-adventure and open the Ruby Dragon Tavern & Trading Post, it's safe to expect the BBEG overwhelming the region, sooner than later.

Decisions will have repercussions and consequences.

Most importantly, I love humor. Even the bad stuff. It makes gaming more enjoyable and therefore I award X.P., Karma or whatever bonus I can to players who keep things fun, either in or out of character.
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« Reply #6 on: May 14, 2019, 11:10:58 AM »
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I can't keep a PBP going but I do text-chat over on Dragonsfoot. Just started recruiting for a new game - https://www.dragonsfoot.org/forums/viewtopic.php?f=44&t=82094

Curses, I'm in US Pacific time so your Wednesday evening is my "what are you doing? Get back to work!", but I would be all about a play-by-chat campaign on weekends if you ever switch it up. Looks like you've got no shortage of interest though. Have fun! :D

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« Reply #7 on: May 14, 2019, 11:22:52 AM »
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Thanks for the invite. I'll see what i can stir up here first. I have (for starters) two concepts interested players can vote for:

The first is a tale of fledgling adventurers who arrive in Aquilonia chasing a rumor of a king's ransom in exchange for their "special skills". Conan's Hyborian Age is the setting and the rule set would be The Rules Cyclopedia. I was thinking L2 characters looking to make a name for themselves and there'd a be a few house-rules.

The second is a revisit to one of Marvel Comics' most iconic settings: Earth-811. In the Days of Future Past storyline from X-Men #141-142 (1980), the team learns that in the year 2013, a global force of mutant-hunting Sentinel robots have taken over the U.S. Most superhumans, mutant and otherwise, have been executed or captured. The U.S. military has been broken by the robots thus rendering the government useless. Many cities such as NYC, San Francisco, Dallas, Chicago, Atlanta, and Los Angeles have been razed by fighting.

The Sentinels have won. There is no one left to stop them from taking over the world --- except YOU! Your superheroes would rise from the scarred earth of this dark, dystopian scenario and join forces to defeat the Sentinels. This game is a huge sandbox where the players must work together and strategize how to overcome the robots.

We'd begin in what's left of Manhattan, with the PCs responding to a telepathic "S.O.S." from Charles Xavier. The rules set would be TSR's Marvel Superheroes (Advanced) using the Point-Buy rules (400 CP).


Those both sound awesome. I will vote for fantasy every time though.

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Add: Spoze' I should tell you about ME; I started gaming in '82 with OD&D (Basic) and progressed to AD&D1 running games for schoolmates. Usually someone would toss me a module, I'd rip off the plastic and we'd game. After graduation, I joined the Marines and drug a handful of Devil-Dogs into games of AD&D or Twilight 2000. Then, I hit a video game phase that last until around 2009 when I returned to the hobby. I jumped into the "new" systems (FATE & D20 primarily) with most of my re-education and gaming done at online forums.

So I'm decent running PbP: I provide a wealth of linked info, I'm open to player suggestions, I post maps mostly for combat-tracking, I can create a Game Log/Wiki to keep all material centralized, and I crack the whip. I require at least one post daily, Monday-Friday. Weekends are yours. As a GM, I like action, engaging characters, and a fast pace.

You will not find the Quantum Ogre in my games: players making decisions that matter is the quintessence of tabletop roleplaying, imo. I don't have "plots" because players tend to get trapped on runaway trains when a GM wants a certain progression of events. While I have run railroady published adventures, I usually mod them enough to inject a good level of Sandbox. I prefer the PCs being able to do whatever they want, keeping in mind that if you decide to suddenly retire mid-adventure and open the Ruby Dragon Tavern & Trading Post, it's safe to expect the BBEG overwhelming the region, sooner than later.

Decisions will have repercussions and consequences.

Most importantly, I love humor. Even the bad stuff. It makes gaming more enjoyable and therefore I award X.P., Karma or whatever bonus I can to players who keep things fun, either in or out of character.


Sounds awesome. I'd be game! (I will preemptively temper my enthusiasm with this note: I sometimes have to travel and will have 24 hour windows where I won't have an internet connection, but I should be able to make up for it either before or immediately following. If that's a blocker though I understand, just let me know.)

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« Reply #8 on: May 14, 2019, 12:19:00 PM »
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Curses, I'm in US Pacific time so your Wednesday evening is my "what are you doing? Get back to work!", but I would be all about a play-by-chat campaign on weekends if you ever switch it up. Looks like you've got no shortage of interest though. Have fun! :D


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Those both sound awesome. I will vote for fantasy every time though.



Sounds awesome. I'd be game! (I will preemptively temper my enthusiasm with this note: I sometimes have to travel and will have 24 hour windows where I won't have an internet connection, but I should be able to make up for it either before or immediately following. If that's a blocker though I understand, just let me know.)

Be glad to have you, IP. As I normally post (in-character) in the evenings, running on Weekends is workable, if you really want to game.

Guess I should also note for those unfamiliar with play-by-post: a typical adventure can run anywhere from six months to a year, depending on player participation. My pace is set at six months or so, ideally. When I post IC, I usually allow a 24-hour period before moving on. At any point during play if you can't post, just give me a heads-up so I know to NPC your character until you return. If I NPC your character, they'll usually take a backstage to the active players except during combat, where they'll probably be needed. If you are MIA without notice, I'll skip your PC in order to keep things going. Waiting for players/GMs to post stalls PbP games EVERYTIME.

Any other questions or comments, just shoot. One vote for Hyborian-Age Adventurers.

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« Reply #9 on: May 14, 2019, 05:57:48 PM »
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Curses, I'm in US Pacific time so your Wednesday evening is my "what are you doing? Get back to work!", but I would be all about a play-by-chat campaign on weekends if you ever switch it up. Looks like you've got no shortage of interest though. Have fun! :D


Thanks insubordinate - yeah I think it'll be mostly on weekdays as some of my players have other games or are not available on Sundays, and I have a Saturday online game already running.
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Thanks insubordinate - yeah I think it'll be mostly on weekdays as some of my players have other games or are not available on Sundays, and I have a Saturday online game already running.
S'mon, can you join us? I can give it 7 days for the right group.

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« Reply #11 on: May 16, 2019, 06:47:49 PM »
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Add: Spoze' I should tell you about ME; I started gaming in '82 with OD&D (Basic) and progressed to AD&D1 running games for schoolmates. Usually someone would toss me a module, I'd rip off the plastic and we'd game. After graduation, I joined the Marines and drug a handful of Devil-Dogs into games of AD&D or Twilight 2000. Then, I hit a video game phase that last until around 2009 when I returned to the hobby. I jumped into the "new" systems (FATE & D20 primarily) with most of my re-education and gaming done at online forums.

So I'm decent running PbP: I provide a wealth of linked info, I'm open to player suggestions, I post maps mostly for combat-tracking, I can create a Game Log/Wiki to keep all material centralized, and I crack the whip. I require at least one post daily, Monday-Friday. Weekends are yours. As a GM, I like action, engaging characters, and a fast pace.

You will not find the Quantum Ogre in my games: players making decisions that matter is the quintessence of tabletop roleplaying, imo. I don't have "plots" because players tend to get trapped on runaway trains when a GM wants a certain progression of events. While I have run railroady published adventures, I usually mod them enough to inject a good level of Sandbox. I prefer the PCs being able to do whatever they want, keeping in mind that if you decide to suddenly retire mid-adventure and open the Ruby Dragon Tavern & Trading Post, it's safe to expect the BBEG overwhelming the region, sooner than later.

Decisions will have repercussions and consequences.

Most importantly, I love humor. Even the bad stuff. It makes gaming more enjoyable and therefore I award X.P., Karma or whatever bonus I can to players who keep things fun, either in or out of character.


I lke the cut of your jib, Simpson.

Your pbp style sounds good to me.  Since I pushed you into this foolhardy endeavor, the least I can do is volunteer to participate if it gets off the ground.  Not much experience with supers, and fantasy is my favorite genre, and RC is cool, so my vote is for that one.

Do you have any specific rules or techniques for running pbp games that we should be aware of? You already specified a posting rate (which is cool). What about rolling dice? Do you handle rolls or is that on us (for the record I prefer the DM to handle rolls, speeds things up).  Requirements for IC vs OOC text (OOC in a separate thread or ok in the IC thread if suitably identified as such)?  

I'm not as big on humor as you, but I can deal, and even participate. Humor is good in measured doses, silliness and absurdity I frown upon; for example, Gimli and Legolas' kill count in the Two Towers film is ok, while Gimli moving across the battlefield by jumping across the heads of the orcs as if he were in a Super Mario Bros game would not be. Another way to put it, if it could conceivably be inserted into Monty Python and the Holy Grail, I will probably give it the stink-eye.
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« Reply #12 on: May 16, 2019, 09:44:43 PM »
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I lke the cut of your jib, Simpson.

Your pbp style sounds good to me.  Since I pushed you into this foolhardy endeavor, the least I can do is volunteer to participate if it gets off the ground.  Not much experience with supers, and fantasy is my favorite genre, and RC is cool, so my vote is for that one.

Do you have any specific rules or techniques for running pbp games that we should be aware of? You already specified a posting rate (which is cool). What about rolling dice? Do you handle rolls or is that on us (for the record I prefer the DM to handle rolls, speeds things up).  Requirements for IC vs OOC text (OOC in a separate thread or ok in the IC thread if suitably identified as such)?

1. I prefer having a "Caller", an old-school term for the player who makes a decision for the group when there's no agreement on what to do. Saves time.

2. I don't use maps as my experience revealed "theater of the mind" forces players to both pay closer attention and ask more questions. Not "Mother-May-I" gaming, but just something more akin to old-school 'crawling.

3. The PCs ALWAYS have initiative in combat, unless they're surprised, so players can post their attacks as soon as they please.

4. I push things along: if the party is traveling across a wilderness terrain or stalking across crowd-filled city streets, other than a possible semi-random encounter, I hand-wave the trip with narrative fluffies so we can get to the next scene.

5. I post a scene and ask players what happens next. Then I allow players (normally) 24 hours to respond with a post. If they miss the deadline, I keep the scene moving. You wont find me waiting two days for a player to post because stagnation is Power Word: Kill to PbP. Players can make their own dice rolls either here (?) or I recommend Orokos.com rolls (posted here).

6. While I prefer a merged OOC/IC thread w/ OOC posts in spoiler text, I can go with separate OOC & IC threads because - tradition. Players would post their PCs on the OOC thread along with choosing a distinct color for their character's words & thoughts. The OOC thread is also they place we post "table-talk", alert each other about delays, discuss all things NERD, joke and battle for the title of Greatest Pun Ever! The IC thread is for everything the PC, NPCs, monsters & environment are doing.

7. I do not retcon: If we fuck it up, we fucked it up. Keep rolling!

8. Old-School Alignment: I require PCs to have a god because D&D. If you violate the "parameters" of your alignment, the PC will get a "sign". Do it again, and the whole party may suffer. I also have always been a fan of "10% chance of your god doing something miraculous when you beg" from Deities & Demigods 1e. So much so the chance is 25%. The gods need to get off their aesirs occasionally and be godly - like mythology said.

9. Oh yeah - I never thought starting change was enough, especially for Fighters, so you roll dice as normal but the result is x100, instead of 10.

10. Finally. A confession: I HATE the Vancian Magic system. Always have. What if the Fighter had limited uses of his/her weapon? So: Casters can always cast any spell of their level ANYTIME they like. Every TPK ever was a result of Vancian spellcraft. "Sorry, you get Sleep once. Magic Missile? Once. Everything? ONCE". BULLSHIT. I turn casters LOOSE, even allowing Clerics like casting at L1. To balance it, Magic-user and Clerics ONLY get 1 Weapon Proficiency. No Mystics or Monks.

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I'm not as big on humor as you, but I can deal, and even participate. Humor is good in measured doses, silliness and absurdity I frown upon; for example, Gimli and Legolas' kill count in the Two Towers film is ok, while Gimli moving across the battlefield by jumping across the heads of the orcs as if he were in a Super Mario Bros game would not be. Another way to put it, if it could conceivably be inserted into Monty Python and the Holy Grail, I will probably give it the stink-eye.
I see your point, but from the "narrative" aspect of RPGs that has become the rage over the last twenty years, I let players VENT with in-character humor. It keeps things light among the gaming group and relieves tension among the in-game party when things get crazy. Maybe not cutting jokes like "Rush Hour", but some degree of humor can enhance another player's degree of immersion.

I guess it could be said humor is a lot less about you & your PC, rather than the overall mental health of the group & party. I don't like slapstick, but a humorless party ultimately shows a lack of character depth that limits roleplaying.

That said, I prefer grimdark settings where the party is afraid to take a breath, let alone joke about anything. But, the jokes can remind me it's just a game and save your character when I was looking for a calculated TPK :)

Add: I'm recruiting once again across several sites so I'll keep an eye here, as well as elsewhere.