I am looking for a player to join my ongoing Mummy's Mask game. The game is still in it's infancy, with the group just about to hit level 2, and as such am bringing in the new recruit at 2nd level.
I realize there is a wall of text to pore over, but I like to be up front about the games I run and the expectations. I will not put a hard set 1/day or 1/every other day posting expectation, but I am looking for active players to help keep the game going. If you know you may not have time to post, at least offer as much in the discussion thread. Nothing worse than silence when trying to see if someone will be posting or not.
I'm actually a rather strict GM, and don't always follow the 'say yes' style of DMing.
That being said, I'll allow just about anything Paizo from the SRD (feats, traits, gear, etc...). There are a few exceptions nonetheless.
- No 3PP. Nothing personal, just that I end up having to review every component and don't want to have to cherry pick which ones I do or don't allow. The safest answer is just avoid them all.
- CRB races only as a base, but with a reasonable argument I may allow something outside the core to be played. Given the location and society of the AP, of the non-core I am more inclined to allow Catfolk, Gnoll, Ifrit, Oread, and Sylph.
- No Gunslingers, or Asian-themed classes (Ninja, Samurai, or Monk). None of the classes from the Advanced Class Guide, my unfamiliarity with them will make it hard for me to adjudicate them accordingly.
- I may be okay with AN (as in only 1 per group, 2 would be pushing it) evil character, as long as they can play well with others and have a reasonable argument as to why they would work with the group to accomplish the AP's goals.
- Ability scores will be rolled using 4d6 drop the lowest, 7 times drop the lowest roll. If the total is lower than 15 point buy or a total modifier of +5 you will reroll. Also, if the total modifier is higher than +12, you will reroll. This helps alleviate the disparity that can happen based on rolling.
- You get 2 traits, and it is still early enough that one of them should be a campaign trait.
- Starting wealth will actually be rolled as per a 1st level character, and then I will work with the selected character for treasure received between 1st and 2nd level.
- Lastly, as part of the selection process, I would like for you to include a post IC about why you find yourself without a group. The AP assumes you are part of an established group from the start, and at this point in the story have made your first foray into the Necropolis. I would like to hear what happened that you ended up alone. If you want, feel free to include your team's name before you were no longer a member.
I have a set of Houserules that I will be using, and it is vital that you look them over and are willing to accept them before recruitment. I had one player make initial selection only to drop out within the first few posts once they realized a specific houserule they disagreed with.
That said, they are also non-negotiable nor up for debate, but if you need clarification on them I am more than willing to discuss them.
1) A nat 1 on a skill check gives an additional -10 to the roll.
2) A nat 20 on a skill check gives an additional +10 to the roll.
3) The take 10/20 mechanic has been removed.
4) Weapon Finesse is a free feat for all (treat it as a quality of a finesse weapon).
5) Leadership is a free feat at level 9, but cohorts will be recruited out of the NPC's met within the game, based on character interactions. They will be controlled in combat by the player, but they will be RP'd by the GM.
6) All PC's get an extra skill point at 1st level in either a craft, perform, or profession.
7) Group stealth, when sneaking as a group, the stealth total is the average of all those sneaking.
8) Aiding the best, when aiding another on skills or ability checks the highest roll is the base, all others are aiding.
9) Crafting Magic Items is only a single feat, and what you can craft is based only being the appropriate level to attain the feat of the item type being crafted
10) All magic items have a chance of being either Cursed or Intelligent
1-5% means it's Intelligent
6-25% means it sheds light
96-00% means it is cursed
Armor, Shields, Rings, Rods, and (non-consumable) Wondrous Items:
01% means it's Intelligent
96-00% means it is cursed
All others (including consumables):
96-00% means it is cursed
When crafting, a Nat 1, will make a cursed item (as well as if you fail making an item by 5 or more). Every item can be cursed.
For Intelligence, first is a Nat 20 on the Skill check when crafting:
if it's a weapon, rolling 17-20 on a second d20 means it's Intelligent
if it's an Armor, Shield, Ring, Rod, or (non-consumable) Wondrous Item, rolling a 20 on a second d20 means it's Intelligent.
No items other than weapons, armor, shields, rings, rods, or (non-consumable) wondrous items can be intelligent.
Intelligent items will be within one alignment step of their crafter.
About me as a GM
I just want to make sure there is an understanding on where I'm coming from as a GM, so there are no incorrect assumptions due to my lack of clarity.
When I play, I consider the game to be one about taking actions, and you can't assume an action that has in game consequences is taken unless declared. If there are rules for it, then it should be accounted for. If it is assumed you ate, then you should mark off a ration.
If you didn't say you used Survival to find food, then you didn't do so.
If you didn't say you were moving stealthily, you didn't do so.
If you didn't say you prepared different spells than the ones the day before, you must have kept the same ones.
If you didn't say you slept, you are fatigued or exhausted (these I'm not certain of, I can't seem to find sleep rules for anyone other than prepared casters).
If you didn't set up a watch rotation while you slept, then you all get the -10 to your perception checks for being asleep.
If you didn't say you when and where you mapped, you don't have a map.
If you didn't search for something hidden, you won't find it.*
And if you didn't say you told the party what you saw/learned/know, they don't know.
From the other perspective, there are no rules for bathroom functions, so no declared action required. No rules for breathing, unless there ISN'T air to breathe, no declared action required. No rules for sharpening your weapon (There are whetstones in the CRB, but they do nothing, and there are no rules for a blade dulling), so no declared action required.