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Enkhidu

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Attention! I've temporarily suspended signup as we've already hit one more than my target number. But please check back throughout the week.

Hi all!

I've decided that - despite my ever mounting pile of responsibilites - I need a way to blow off some steam and kill some PCs. And since in our regular group I'm  more a player than DM (and we've got about a 6 to 9 month stint coming up where I think I'll be playing exclusively), this is going to be my outlet.

Paths to Glory will be a series of "Return to" adventures which should be fun for both grognards and 3E n00bs alike. Material will be made up solely of recycled modules from the 80s (sometimes beyond the ability to recognize them!), and players who sign up for the long haul should keep this in mind.

From a "keeping the game moving" perspective, I am going to request (not expect, but request) from the players that they post at least once every weekday, so this might affect your decision.

If you are interested, please sign up today! I'm looking for five to six players, and hope to have PCs created within the next two weeks so we can get up and running soon afterward.

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Megamieuwsel
Mirth (dropped)
Roudi
Ottomsoh the Elderly
willpax
Elidia (dropped)
the ultimate nullifier
tleilaxu


[synopsis]Game Setting: TBD
Game System: D&D 3.5 (with houserules)

Paths to Glory[/synopsis]
[announcement]More info coming soon![/announcement]
 

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« Reply #1 on: March 07, 2006, 02:07:43 PM »
Enkh :
A few specifics on the mechanics?
3.0 or 3.5? (If the latter , I'll have to locate that link to that damn pdf...)
What about "Splatbooks"? I prefer to do without , but can live with it if being "briefed" about the "extras" in play , derived from them. (That my character could reasonably know of ,that is..)

Are we going to use the board's system for rolling the initial stats , or are they handed out by you? (I'm quite fine with either)

Emphasis on story-telling or action? (Or anything in between , although I'm quite aware , they're not mutually exclusive....)

I'm very interested.

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« Reply #2 on: March 07, 2006, 02:29:31 PM »
Quote from: Megamieuwsel
Enkh :
A few specifics on the mechanics?
3.0 or 3.5? (If the latter , I'll have to locate that link to that damn pdf...)
What about "Splatbooks"? I prefer to do without , but can live with it if being "briefed" about the "extras" in play , derived from them. (That my character could reasonably know of ,that is..)

Are we going to use the board's system for rolling the initial stats , or are they handed out by you? (I'm quite fine with either)

Emphasis on story-telling or action? (Or anything in between , although I'm quite aware , they're not mutually exclusive....)

I'm very interested.


We'll be using 3.5 for our base system. Mainly because there are so many online SRDs available for the masses (like http://www.d20srd.org for example). In addition, I'm mulling over making it a core only game, simply to level the library playing field. And because I can't fucking stand spell creep.

As for initial stats, I'm partial to generous point buys (like 34 pts) for character generation. It gives me fewer headaches.

For the story vs action thing, I'm by nature a simulationist who loves a good mix. That being said, I think this one will err on the side of story, simply because PbP doesn't lend itself well to lots of combat.

I should also mention that the way we'll be handling combat will be a bit different. Before we talk about specifics, rest assured that 1.) the changes won't be drastic and 2.) everything will be laid out before we start play. All changes will be aimed at making combat easier for everyone to deal with. While creating a virtual mat and figures is possible, it's not my idea of fun.
 

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« Reply #3 on: March 07, 2006, 04:55:46 PM »
Color me interested. Starting at 1st level?

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« Reply #4 on: March 07, 2006, 05:12:55 PM »
I'm also interested.  Haven't played in a long while...

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« Reply #5 on: March 07, 2006, 06:44:36 PM »
I'm interested, too.

What do we know about the setting?
 

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« Reply #6 on: March 07, 2006, 08:34:30 PM »
I'm interested, and second the notion of keeping to the core (not least because I never even got around to buying the 3.5 books).

There may be days when I won't be able to post (such as when on vacation), but I assume there will be some flexibility for those not-so-common situations, right?
Cherish those who seek the truth, but beware of those who find it. (Voltaire)

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« Reply #7 on: March 07, 2006, 08:45:30 PM »
Interested, want to hear more.
"suppose you're thinkin' about a plate o' shrimp. Suddenly someone'll say, like, plate, or shrimp, or plate o' shrimp out of the blue, no explanation. No point in lookin' for one, either. It's all part of a cosmic unconciousness."

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« Reply #8 on: March 07, 2006, 08:49:01 PM »
With this fine group of people, I have to thrown my hat in as well. . .

Though I am curious about 1) setting, and 2) the same issue willpax brought up.  There will be a few times a year when I won't absolutely be able to post everyday.
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« Reply #9 on: March 07, 2006, 09:12:41 PM »
Cool! People!

I'll get in a little more depth on setting sometime tomorrow. I've got some rough background material that I need t dust off and tweak.

As for time away - there's a number of ways I think we could handle it. If multiple people are going to be out at the same time, we'l probably take a full break (for example, I think we'd do so for a few weeks around the holidays). If not, we'll handle that on a case by case basis.
 

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« Reply #10 on: March 07, 2006, 09:25:17 PM »
OK - we've got 7 interested parties at this point. What I'm going to do is temporarily cap the signup until Friday. Over the rest of the week I'll be adding setting content and answering questions, and at the end of it I'm going to ask for all those still interested to commit. If we at that point have less than 6, I'll open it back up.

In any event, start looking for setting content either late tonight or tomorrow!
 

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« Reply #11 on: March 07, 2006, 09:59:10 PM »
Quote from: Enkhidu
OK - we've got 7 interested parties at this point. What I'm going to do is temporarily cap the signup until Friday. Over the rest of the week I'll be adding setting content and answering questions, and at the end of it I'm going to ask for all those still interested to commit. If we at that point have less than 6, I'll open it back up.

In any event, start looking for setting content either late tonight or tomorrow!


In that case Gary Gygax official confers the title of Gamemaster upon you.

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« Reply #12 on: March 07, 2006, 10:06:27 PM »
Can the players discuss the kinds of characters they might want to play?
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« Reply #13 on: March 07, 2006, 10:53:00 PM »
By all means - please start conversing!

Here's a tidbit on Races. Note that in the first campaign I ran in this setting, Goblins were player possible races, and Elves were not. Halflings in this setting  intermingle with humans, and culturally they have very few differences, and since noone ever played a gnome, they never came up.

Humans: This is the “normal” race, and needs no other explanation. Humans make up 99% of the Empire and the land surrounding it.

Dwarves: At the southern edge of the Empire, in the range of Mountains known to men as the Divide, lie the Dwarf Kingdoms. Dwarves rarely leave their homes, though an odd dwarf or two can be found throughout the south, playing the role of trader, craftsman, or noble advisor (dwarves, due to their long lives and memories, are prized as counsel throughout the Empire).

Goblins: These hairy, brutish creatures live barbaric lives in the forests to the west of the Empire. While not “evil” at heart, their savage nature has led them to raid and pillage along the frontier, taking livestock and goods where they are able. Goblin war parties are something to be feared, though luckily they are rarely seen by civilized folk.

Goblins come in a variety of sizes, from as short as a dwarf (though not nearly as meaty) to over 9 feet in height. Stories tell of even larger goblins (up to three men tall) though most scoff at such rubbish.

Elves: Some of the most popular folk tales throughout the Empire center on the legendary beauty and generosity of the elves. Yet for each tale a bard can tell about such qualities, two more exist about the less savory side of these magical creatures. They are both faerie and bogeyman, and their dealings with mankind range from romantic to frightening. All the stories agree that encounters with elves are exhilarating, and sometimes dangerous, events.
 

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« Reply #14 on: March 07, 2006, 11:00:40 PM »
By all means - please discuss characters! Complementary PC are my bread and butter.

Here's a bit about time, and the passage therof - it should give you an inkling of the type of setting we'll be playing in:

The Passage of Time:

The Calendar: Since the earliest days of the Empire, each year has been split into 36 tendays and 5 more High Days. Then, every 5th year, and extra High Day is added in honor of the Daughter of the Sun, who appears from behind her father on the longest day of the year on that day. The tendays are ordered as so:

New Year
9 Tendays of Spring,
Birthday
9 Tendays of Summer,
Daughter’s Day
*Daughter’s Day (every 5th year, when the Sun’s Daughter lights up the sky for a day, a night, and this – the following day)
9 Tendays of Fall,
Remembrance Day
9 Tendays of Winter
Year’s End

Within a 10 day, most days are labeled for what day they are (Firstday, SeventhDay, etc.) However, 6th day is almost universally also know as Halfday. In many parts of the land, Halfday is a day of rest.

It is currently Eighthday in the 7th week of Spring, in the 2476th year (Empire reckoning).