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cynarion's Carrion Crown PbP

Game Master cynarion

Professor Lorrimor, the renowned investigator and arcanist, has died. You came to his home in the town of Ravengro to pay your respects, but quickly discovered there was more to the wily old man's death than met the eye...


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Hi everyone. Inundated at work. Still alive. Back soon.


Hi folks. I have an unfortunate announcement to make, and that is that I think I am going to have to put this game on hiatus.

I work in a small consulting company which my dad founded with me around a decade ago. Over the years lots of things have changed and we're now big enough that we're employing a whole bunch of people. My dad works as the MD, while I look after all the back-office stuff.

On his last trip to the Solomons (most of our work is in the Pacific), dad caught dengue fever. The bottom line is that he will be out of action for 2-3 months, during which I will have to step up and run a lot more things than usual. I'll also have to start working on client delivery stuff, which I usually don't touch with a 40-ft. barge pole.

This makes my ability to post rather erratic, as instead of writing game posts on the train in the morning, I'm now reviewing emails and writing reports. Or I'm doing that at home, at night, and wake up so wrecked in the morning that composing a sensible message at 6am is beyond my diminished cognitive capabilities.

So rather than put you all through 8-10 weeks of posts of erratic timing and dubious quality, I think it would be better to draw a line in the sand and just stop, for now.

If you would like, if/when I have an opportunity to return to the role as GM of this game, I'll get in touch and see if you're still available. One thing I will consider is whether to run the game episodically, with breaks in between, but I'll have to think more on figuring out how that would work in practice.

Until then, it's been awesome playing with you guys and I hope you've had fun. I've learned a lot from you, and had fun along the way as well, so thank you very much for all your hard work that has made this game what it is. I really appreciate all the effort you all put into your characters.

My apologies again--but hopefully I will be back sometime to resume the adventures of this rag-tag bunch of misfits. : ) Please let me know whether or not you'd like me to PM you when I have an opportunity to get the show back on the road.

Thanks again.
--Mike


DAPPER HALF-ORC MAGUS

It's unfortunate but understandable, man. Life (especially family) takes precedence.

I'm not going anywhere, so feel free to drop a PM any time you want to kick this thing back off or play a small run of it.

The Dapper Orc will be here. :)


Male Halfling Cleric (Evangelist)/ 2

Thanks, Mike! It's been really fun and no worries on this--if you get it up and running at some point, I'll be ready whenever you are. For now, good luck with everything at work. I hope you get a little time to yourself. Also, I hope your dad gets better soon.

Thanks again for everything--I know it takes a lot of time and effort to run a game.


{HP9/19 | AC16 T12 FF14 CMD 16 | F/R/W 4/2/3} Female Samsaran Bladebound Magus 2

My sadness at this announcement is in direct response to your skills as a GM. It's been fun, and the game has been enjoyable. I think you've done an excellent job.

Please PM me when you come back!!


Family and sanity first, my man. No apologies and no regrets. I'll definitely be around so feel free to drop me a PM when you manage to catch your breath.


HPs 16/(26)28...AC18/Touch11/Flatfoot17/CMD 18||HP 26/[28]| Fort:+5 ;Ref:+2 ;Wil+0|Percept +1/Sense Motive +5 Male Human Ustalav Varisian Fighter/2 *12 Con /Fort:+4

I work in the same sort of industry and am pulling stupid amounts of time in travel and on job so I totally get you.

Family first... THAT said, how about you post here about once a week, and let us know how you are going.


Male Human (Varisian) Inquisitor 2

No worries. To be honestly, I've been expecting a hiatus or something for a while now because of all the work that you've had to deal with. Like everyone else is saying: family and sanity first. I hope that your father gets better soon.

Plus, GMing isn't fun if you're having to stress yourself out to get it done. Don't force yourself!

I'll try and be ready to jump back in, but honestly breaks make it difficult for me to keep Theron's actions/personality consistent. We'll see how it works out.


Thanks for the kind words everyone. I'll check in as Helaman suggested. See you round. : )

Grand Lodge

Dragomir is having a religous crisis - he doesn't need consistency atm. :)


Male Human Oracle 2

I'm with everyone else on this boat-- send me a PM when it's time and I'll find my way back.

Thanks for GMing the game for us this long. It's been fun!

Grand Lodge

Touch base from time to time here if you all can... keeps the community spirit up

Grand Lodge

Keeping the thread alive here... Hows things Cyn?


Hi folks.

Been a while...work has been flat out. Oh, and I ended up in hospital a couple weeks ago with a pseudo heart attack. So yeah. That was fun. : \

My dad is recovering well, and back at work part time (but generating more work while he's at it!) so things have not slowed down any. Still, it's Easter, so I have a couple of days off. Well, that just translates into 'I only have to work in the evenings', but it's better than nothing. : )

In two or three weeks, I will be rotating out of my RL group's GM chair, so I'll get some time back, but probably not enough yet to give this game the right attention.

I hope you're all spending time with family and friends during Easter. Have a good one. : )

--Mike


HPs 16/(26)28...AC18/Touch11/Flatfoot17/CMD 18||HP 26/[28]| Fort:+5 ;Ref:+2 ;Wil+0|Percept +1/Sense Motive +5 Male Human Ustalav Varisian Fighter/2 *12 Con /Fort:+4

Mike don't work yourself to death on this mate. I am coming to an awareness that career growth has hurt my family and my health.

Hoping your Easter was a restful one.


DAPPER HALF-ORC MAGUS

Oof.. sorry to hear about your hospital-ly thing.

Grand Lodge

How you doing Mike?


Hey everyone. Still here. Still stupid busy with work. How are you all doing? Anything exciting happening?

The 'heart attack' I had has turned out to (theoretically) be my oesophagus trying to strangle itself, so that's good news, on balance. Work is even more crazy, we've landed a couple of new jobs lately and are on the lookout to hire four new people in the next three months; we currently employ twelve, so that's a fair expansion.

Otherwise, just the usual life challenges of having a young family and a garden that needs more attention than I can give it. : )

--Mike

Grand Lodge

Hang in there mate. It sounds like your father is somewhat on the mend as well which is always good.

Grand Lodge

Hows things for you Mike? Doing better now?


Family and health first... Good luck.


Hi everyone. Still alive. Still doing crazy stuff at work. Fortunately still have a family to come home to and relax. : )

How is everything with you? Are you all (except for Helaman) enjoying your northern hemisphere warmer weather?

If I can get on top of my workload in the next couple of months, there's a good chance I will be able to carry on with this PbP around the end of July. Let's see how things go shall we? If you're no longer interested, let me know. : )

In roleplaying news, I'm playing through Age of Worms, and we're partway into The Three Faces of Evil. I'm playing an urban barbarian/invulnerable rager and finding it quite fun. So far he's dropped into unconsciousness twice from his rage ending, and managed to kill one boss by riding him down a 60ft drop, which both he and my character survived, and then rolling over and dropping a double axe handle on his head.

Anyone else have any nifty stories from any PbPs or RL games they're playing in at the moment?

Grand Lodge

Still hanging in there waiting for a possible restart. Glad to hear life is stabilising.


DAPPER HALF-ORC MAGUS

Glad to hear you're getting some gaming fun in, Cyn. Only stories i have are from an online arena-style game... fun stuff.


HPs 16/(26)28...AC18/Touch11/Flatfoot17/CMD 18||HP 26/[28]| Fort:+5 ;Ref:+2 ;Wil+0|Percept +1/Sense Motive +5 Male Human Ustalav Varisian Fighter/2 *12 Con /Fort:+4

The little Padre is kicking around in one of the PBP games I am in atm


cynarion wrote:

Hi everyone. Still alive. Still doing crazy stuff at work. Fortunately still have a family to come home to and relax. : )

How is everything with you? Are you all (except for Helaman) enjoying your northern hemisphere warmer weather?

If I can get on top of my workload in the next couple of months, there's a good chance I will be able to carry on with this PbP around the end of July. Let's see how things go shall we? If you're no longer interested, let me know. : )

In roleplaying news, I'm playing through Age of Worms, and we're partway into The Three Faces of Evil. I'm playing an urban barbarian/invulnerable rager and finding it quite fun. So far he's dropped into unconsciousness twice from his rage ending, and managed to kill one boss by riding him down a 60ft drop, which both he and my character survived, and then rolling over and dropping a double axe handle on his head.

Anyone else have any nifty stories from any PbPs or RL games they're playing in at the moment?

Any of you guys play Mage Knight? Really fun board game, and the best part is that (when you're like me and some of you guys and have kids and it's tough to get together with your gaming group very often) there are different scenarios, some of which are really fun solo games.

My high score is 241 in solo conquest so far. Beat that, suckas! ;-)


Male Halfling Cleric (Evangelist)/ 2
Dragomir Vuk wrote:
The little Padre is kicking around in one of the PBP games I am in atm

Except now the little padre is a polearm/tower shield-wielding half-orc, hehe.


{HP9/19 | AC16 T12 FF14 CMD 16 | F/R/W 4/2/3} Female Samsaran Bladebound Magus 2

Glad to hear your doing good Cyn! And crazy work is definitely a pain.

And to heck with this warm weather. I like a nice warm 60 to be my high weather, lol.

My 17th level rogue in the VTT Savage Tide game I'm in died...again. And this time for real. As I said on my Facebook page...

Facebook wrote:

Oh, and just to clarify, it took a named demon death knight blackguard antipaladin stalker assassin thing to take him down, while in the abyss, in an abyssal prison, with the cleric a no show, unable to heal, and the paladin busy playing with her toy to take me down. And she had to sneak attack me from invisibility to do it. And I STILL almost came back via the River Styx. To me, that's still a win.

Oh, and she used some kind of Con draining poison. Which is actually what did him in.

It was a rough fight, almost a TPK.


{HP9/19 | AC16 T12 FF14 CMD 16 | F/R/W 4/2/3} Female Samsaran Bladebound Magus 2
mbauers wrote:

Any of you guys play Mage Knight? Really fun board game, and the best part is that (when you're like me and some of you guys and have kids and it's tough to get together with your gaming group very often) there are different scenarios, some of which are really fun solo games.

My high score is 241 in solo conquest so far. Beat that, suckas! ;-)

Used to play a clix game called Mage Knight. Didn't know they made it into a board game. Might have to look for that at some point.


Rose Springdawn wrote:
mbauers wrote:

Any of you guys play Mage Knight? Really fun board game, and the best part is that (when you're like me and some of you guys and have kids and it's tough to get together with your gaming group very often) there are different scenarios, some of which are really fun solo games.

My high score is 241 in solo conquest so far. Beat that, suckas! ;-)

Used to play a clix game called Mage Knight. Didn't know they made it into a board game. Might have to look for that at some point.

Yeah, Wizkids actually makes the game, since they still had the rights to the name Mage Knight and whatnot. And as a little shout out, the cities actually have clix bases. It's an awesome game, very well balanced and interesting. There's since been an expansion set too, which I recommend. A bit pricy all told, but well worth it in my opinion.

Grand Lodge

Any news?


Hi folks. I'm not dead.

That's about the best news that I can give you.

My youngest daughter (just about to turn two) went into hospital in early June after suffering a series of seizures. After a week in hospital and an unpleasant few weeks after that waiting for further results, she received a clean bill of health but is more likely to have seizures in the future, so that pretty much knocked me around for the whole month of June. And July has been hell trying to catch up on all the work I missed in June.

So I am thoroughly behind the eight ball right now, but I still think there's room to get this campaign restarted soon...just not when I was originally thinking.

So don't give up hope quite yet.

Any restart will probably be at a somewhat more sedate pace, as far as posting goes, but I will attempt to move things along at a better clip in terms of plot to compensate.

Now if only I could remember where we were actually up to... : s

How is everyone else?

Grand Lodge

I'm still here. Happy you aren't dead and on the far side of some worrying family issues?

What was the diagnosis? Childhood Epilepsy?


Officially, it was 'seizures with gastroenteritis'. Unofficially, it was 'she had some seizures and we can't work out why, but she did happen to have diarrhoea at the same time'.

At least everyone in the family is doing okay at the moment, so that's good news. : )


How is work for you, Helaman? Still traversing the globe?

Grand Lodge

Nope - but my marriage is on the rocks.


Helaman wrote:
Nope - but my marriage is on the rocks.

Ouch. Been there, done that. You have my sympathies. I've got an ex-wife in the rear-view.


DAPPER HALF-ORC MAGUS

Sorry to hear about your girl, Cyn... as well as your marriage, Helaman.

I've never experienced either of those things, but I sure hope pleasant times are ahead for you both.

And I'm still here (obviously). There's no rush from me. I enjoyed this game, but I'd hope we can get it rolling again once everyone (especially you, Cyn) are really able to get into it and enjoy it.

Grand Lodge

Its good to see you two. I think I can dig up the little Padre as well. He's in another PbP I am in.


MB (the Padre) is one of my players. He is definitely still around, so no worries there.


Male Halfling Cleric (Evangelist)/ 2

Speak of the Desna and (s)he will appear.

Sorry to hear about the bad news from Cyn and Helaman, and I hope better times are ahead.

The only hardship I have in my life currently is the knowledge that I have to go back to work in a couple weeks, so I really can't complain. When school starts up again I will have more reduced availability than I do now, but I should be able to post as often as I did before if/when you decide to restart the game.

I'll keep monitoring here and I'm a yes when y'all are ready.


Great to hear from so many of you that you're able to join back in.

Helaman, not so great to hear you have troubles at home. It would be exceedingly arrogant of me to try to offer you any advice, but I will wish you good luck. I hope you have some time to yourself amongst everything.

August is pretty crazy for me, with both kids and my wife and my brother all having birthdays, but I dare say once I take the time to get myself up to speed on where we were up to, we should be able to start back up again before the month is out.


{HP9/19 | AC16 T12 FF14 CMD 16 | F/R/W 4/2/3} Female Samsaran Bladebound Magus 2

I'm still here too!! Though some days it's questionable.

Hope everything works out for you and your daughter, Cyn! It sucks to have sick children with little cause or an unknown outcome. While I don't have any of my own, I've had dealings with siblings, nieces and nephews over the years that spent many a night worrying.

Looking forward for when you can continue.


Male Human Oracle 2

I'm here again too! I finally found the online campaigns tab and noticed a lot of posts here, of all places... Glad everyone is still around. I think we might have liked this game :P


HPs 16/(26)28...AC18/Touch11/Flatfoot17/CMD 18||HP 26/[28]| Fort:+5 ;Ref:+2 ;Wil+0|Percept +1/Sense Motive +5 Male Human Ustalav Varisian Fighter/2 *12 Con /Fort:+4

:) Good to see you all.


HPs 16/(26)28...AC18/Touch11/Flatfoot17/CMD 18||HP 26/[28]| Fort:+5 ;Ref:+2 ;Wil+0|Percept +1/Sense Motive +5 Male Human Ustalav Varisian Fighter/2 *12 Con /Fort:+4

Keeping it alive one last time.


Anyone tried to PM cynarion (if there are any interest left)?

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