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Tales from the City of Opal

Game Master Patrick Curtin

This is my homebrew world Arcaia. This particular setting is the free city of Opal, a lush equatorial city set on the edge of an immense jungle rife with undead , ancient civilizations, and dinosaurs.

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Ok. Got the weekend put in the rear view. I'll be working on getting things moving tonight and tomorrow

Sweet! :)

Welcome back Monkey! :D

Dark Archive

male human

Hi all; things are starting to get back to a routine and I should have some posts up for San within the next few days (by the weekend). Give me a few days to catch up on the action.


Unfortunately not too much action to catch up on. Sorry folks, it's been a long summer and it's stretching beyond Labor Day. I am writing this when i should be sleeping. I'll get the story moving forward soon, sorry again for the delay :(

Hey, no worries.

RL been kicking me pretty hard this week. I'll just roll along and be here when your ready! ;)


Guys, an apology. September has been a bad month. I am still picking up pieces, but I hope to be back into gaming fairly soon.

Male Elf Paladin/Ranger 4/1

It's alright. Life is tough at times. When your time frees up, I am sure we will still be here. The story is too good to drop out.

All good Pat, What Nathan said. :)

If my Sept is any indication, it's nuts everywhere right now.

Keep picking up your pieces! We'll bring the glue when you get them all together! ;)

HEy all,
Just FYI, It is now one of my big show weeks. (Week long rental, this time round they are doing R&H Cinderella)

This means that my time is/will be limited. VERY limited.

I should usually be able to check in at least once/day. Probably very early or very late. But if I do not, please forgive me in advance.

Thx, Carry on! :)


OK folks. I have been a bad GM. It has been a very miserable time for me after Labor Day. A lot of things came to a head, and now I find myself without a job (for about four days). Things have been stressful, and with everything going on, I haven't had the time or inclination to play anything. It has been a stressful two months, and again I am sorry I haven't kept up. These next few days I will have time off, a valuable commodity. I am updating everything I can. Stay tuned!

Hope things are turning around for you Pat! :)

Happy Eat-too-much-and-pass-out-day!

I mean, Happy Thanksgiving! ;P


Hey all.

It that apology time again. I was trying to get on a regular schedule when ..... POW! Real life kicked me in the balls. I am just getting resituated, please bear with. I do apologize, but one of the things that is good with PbP is that if you are patient, it will move forward. Happy Holidays to you all, and I hope all is well

At least RL is only kicking me in the @$$.
Just as annoying, but far less painful. ;P

Hope all is Well, and everyone is at least planning on enjoying the holidays! (If you haven't quite started already!) :)

Happy Holidays all!

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Male hu-man Paladin

Mary Christmas for those that celebrate it, happy holidays everyone else.


God Jul to everyone!

Merry Christmas to all!

And Happy Holidays to everyone else! ;P

Going out of town to visit Oklahoma family. Will be out for about a week. SHOULD have internet access. TIME is another matter. But I will check in as able. :)

I hope you all are enjoying the holidays as much as I am. (And hopefully you all have more money left over than I do!) ;P


*sigh*. Folks, again a big sorry. As some of you that follow me on FB might know there's been a lot of changes in my life lately. I have been remiss about updating: Mea Culpa. I will endeavor to get to it by tomorrow, but we have yet another Storm brewing. I'm at a new job and times and money are tight. Please bear with, I love GMing this game and my others. I will resume ASAP

Male Elf Paladin/Ranger 4/1

When ever you are ready.


All good Pat.
Not exactly burning up the interwebs with my wordy posts either lately. ;P

Just too busy during day, and too tired at night. :/

I dont face book, (I leave that insanity to my wife!) ;P But I hope that the changes are good! Or at least an improvement! :)

Take your time. I think we all agree it's been worth it! :)

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Male hu-man Paladin

Good luck Pat, we'll be here when ever you're free.

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male human

No problem, Pat!

Soory, Been busy, as usual,

On the plus side, I;m off today! :)

<Beads to the face>


Hi all

I just want to say that I am trying to keep things going, but my schedule and several life-related stressors are really taking my creative flow offline. I cannot update at work, or a lot of times at home. The time is just too tight.

I'm am dedicated to keeping going though. If you guys are. Until things settle down, which, realistically might not be until 2016 or so, I will have gaps in posting. I apologize for this, but I will try to post up in a timely fashion, or at least post something here to give you all an update.

Is all good Pat.

Your doing great. I promise to keep checking and update as often as I can!

I hope that 'hectic' does not mean 'bad', just 'busy', and that other than no free time all is as well as it can be.



Alas, both busy and bad. Finances are rough and the new job is not as good as I would have liked. Ah well. Spring will hopefully bring better tidings

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Ah. Sorry to hear that.
But at least your in good company! :)
My finances are also the lowest they've ever been. And I went to Three colleges. ;P
(WHat can I say? I'm a glutton for punishment)

Right now, I don't even think bankruptcy can save me.

A better paying job is looking mighty tasty though,... :/

Ah yes, Spring! Hope 'springs' eternal! I join you in hoping for a better future as the weather slowly improves!

Best wishes to all! See you in the PbP as time and sanity allow!


I am working on some stuff for this next scene. I am going to move things forward as I can. It seems like everyone is still onboard, so I am going to be advancing the storyline as the week progresses. Just let me know if there is anything you wish to do.

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I'm just posting whatever pops into my head in the thread. (Sort of like how Magnus normally does) :)
If anyone has anything resembling an actual plan, please tell Magnus to stop talking.
He needs to be brought down a peg or two every once in a while. :)


I'm going to find a bit of time today and get the two groups split and set up. Those approaching I need a stealth roll. Those remaining back I need your intentions

Male Half-elf Ranger / 5

Yuck! Trade show all this week, but should be able to post most evenings at least once. If not don't let me hold you up. Should be back to full force by the Weekend.


Sounds good Egan/Scranford. I'm trying to get a more solid post schedule, but we are still going rather slowly

Slow and steady wins the battle! :)

NICE Kessel! I had to go and re-read it twice! :)

Bards should have a 'stun' bardic ability. ;P

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Male hu-man Paladin
Ragadolf wrote:

NICE Kessel! I had to go and re-read it twice! :)

Bards should have a 'stun' bardic ability. ;P

Thanks Rags, Kessel is using is basic knowledge of the House to his advantage, if anyone doesn't get that last comment it's that they're rumored to be weresharks. Kessel might not be much use in a straight up fight but he makes up for it by being suave, dashing, and cunning.


I am impressed with Kessel's palaver as well. Thanks to your paying attention to the info I've dribbled out the rest of the party was able to gain entrance to the warehouse.

Heh, Your setting info is awesome Pat.

It's my memory that's not so hot. ;P

But Guy makes palavering look easy. As usual. ;) (Jealous? Me? NOooo!)

Regarding this guard, do we leave him or 'take him out'?
And how do we do that without alerting the OTHER guards?

Can Kessel maybe Fascinate him?
Then Magnus could spell attack him with a DAZE, which would break the fascinate, but leave him unable to take actions for one round,
THEN the rest dog pile on him and try to silence him in one round?

I've always regretted lack of 'knock out' rules in RPG's. :)

Or is there a rule for sapping someone and knocking them out that I don't know about? ;P

Patrick Curtin wrote:
I am impressed with Kessel's palaver as well. Thanks to your paying attention to the info I've dribbled out the rest of the party was able to gain entrance to the warehouse.

Hey I used to DM as well, I know what it's like to build an elaborate storyline and have people not pay attention, and so when I'm a player I try to work with my DM's setting and play off of what the DM's given me. Also, thanks to all this being online, I do have the option of re-reading conversations that literally happened years ago.


That is a good thing. I know that's helped me when I want to remember just what I said a year ago. PbP is a damnably slow process, and real life has a way of getting in the way, but it has its advantages as well.


Oh and as an aside. The guard could be taken out, but it needs to be done quietly. Otherwise the two guards above will definitely be 'on their guard'. Remember anything flashy is going to be REAL flashy in this dark warehouse.

Elf Magus 5

Sounds about right. Unfortunately, given my imagination of Magnus's personality, I didn't really build him for 'subtle'. :)

Regarding that question, would you rule that when DAZE says 'takes no actions for one round' would that include calling for help? It does not prevent him from defending himself, just prevents him from acting for a round.

If so, that will give us ONE round to beat on him before he can cry out or attack back.


The way I read it is it's a clouding of the mind. So for a round he would just stand there looking stupid, but if you attack him it would allow him to snap out of it to defend himself normally. So if you want to get the jump on him you'd still have to beat him down. I will give you guys a surprise round on him, assuming the daze is successful.

That sounds cool to me, (sort of like a low-lvl jedi mind trick) :)

Elf Magus 5

Went ahead and posted action. Magnus will obviously delay until Citali can deafen the guard if she indicates. Figured we need to take this guy out, and Magnus isn't the most patient fellow,... :)

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