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Pathfinder Adventure Path, Modules Subscriber. Pathfinder Society Member. 7,591 posts (20,399 including aliases). 2 reviews. No lists. No wishlists. 1 Pathfinder Society character. 13 aliases.


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Qadira

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As a comment, it is good roleplaying for Will to object to undead. But we need to be careful that this doesn't shut Wultram down from playing his character. While summoning undead is only part of his repertoire, I think it might be better to come to more of an accomodation.

Qadira

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No probs - it's just a perennial subject these days, in this game and others. A lot of people don't like xp but I prefer to use it - if nothing else, I'd probably be over-generous otherwise.

Qadira

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Sadly, the DM isn't going to tell you when, so you'd better track your xp. That is the only determinant. We've had this conversation before - I will not track xp for you.

Qadira

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Anyway, best wishes for sprog no. 3 and your Mrs.

Qadira

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Try and see if they can induce her on the 24th or 25th so hopefully you can get back to uninterrupted posting by the time I get back, yeah?

Qadira

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Just to remind everyone, I will be on holiday from July 24th until August 10th and will be very unlikely to be posting.

Qadira

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Just to remind everyone, I will be on holiday from July 24th until August 10th and will be very unlikely to be posting.

Qadira

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Just to remind everyone, I will be on holiday from July 24th until August 10th and will be very unlikely to be posting.

Qadira

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No worries - I'll be on holiday from 24th July to the 10th August and almost certainly will not be posting in that period, for much the same reasons.

Qadira

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Just to give you advance notice, from next Thursday (24th) I shall be on holiday for just over two weeks. It is unlikely I will have access to the internet in this time.

Qadira

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Just to give you advance notice, from next Thursday (24th) I shall be on holiday for just over two weeks. It is unlikely I will have access to the internet in this time.

Qadira

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Just to give you advance notice, from next Thursday (24th) I shall be on holiday for just over two weeks. It is unlikely I will have access to the internet in this time.

Qadira

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Just to give you advance notice, from next Thursday (24th) I shall be on holiday for just over two weeks. It is unlikely I will have access to the internet in this time.

Qadira

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Eh, we've been playing this campaign for about five years, pretty much from the time 4e came out. It's been good, but I think we'd be quite grateful when it ends. Characters from level 1 to 30 - we can say we've done it, we might not bother again.

Qadira

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Biarritz, or near there, anyway.

Qadira

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Well, it'll happen. The issue is when. But (and some advance warning) I'll be on holiday for two weeks from the end of next week and, even if I wanted, there's no way my wife would tolerate me Skyping in from France. So it'll be August or (more likely) September.

Qadira

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Actually, there may be another agenda going here. None of the players really could be bothered to run a game, so thay asked the OP. Funnily enough they then found a reason to leave that game and very quickly "found" another DM. It could simply be they had, ahead of time, unexpectedly gained a choice of two DMs and actually preferred the second DM anyway. Not a reflection on the OP, possibly a bit of dishonesty on the part of the other players, and possibly explains their willingness to simply dump the OP's game and go off with the other DM. I don't know, but they found another DM with surprising speed.

I also get what you say about relative poverty. This game can be expensive - though it doesn't have to be with just the core rules. You can get a perfectly decent game with core rules - for a while, that's all there was - so refusing to play with just core rules seems silly. (It's when DM's (and players) want to do stuff outside the core rules that I get uncomfortable, simply from a balance perspective.) Even getting to thebgame can be expensive - fares, petrol and so on are not free. A player of mine has effectively had to drop out for that reason.

Whatever, I'm basically with LazarX above. No one comes out of this smelling of roses from an interpersonal perspective. It's all a bit unfortunate, best forgotten and put behind one.

Qadira

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Somewhat disappointingly, looks like that game has now been postponed due to a drop-out.

Qadira

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Ha! I got the date wrong, and spent all day in my garrett preparing for a game that isnm't going to happen until this coming Sunday. The wife was not impressed.

Qadira

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Good luck!

Qadira

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I've downloaded it and saved it to my computer, but I don't really like reading stuff online (and it's in portrait, unlike the online magazines, making it harder to read on a landscape monitor) and I don't fancy printing a load of pages given the cost of toner these days. I was also tired at the end of the day when I looked at it and didn't have the mental capacity to take it in. But what I did see seemed quite pared down compared to 4e. But, in general, I'm kinda with Ithers on this one - I've really got to be motivated to learn a new system, especially as I game already in two in the shape of PF and 4e. If I end up playing it will probably come down to whether my real life guys want to - which is possibly unlikely, given that we have invested in 4e.

Qadira

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Until he/she left, Safier was maintaining a fairly comprehensive xp check, so if you refer to that as a starter.

Qadira

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OK - directed at the group. You need to take notes, especially of treaure and xp. A lot of you are assuming someone else is doing it, and they aren't - that includes me. From now on, if you lose it, it's gone - I'll assumed you gambled it away. The game is getting too long to spend time trawling through for treasure someone should have noted at the time.

Qadira

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Eh, I thought the epic finale was last weekend, and spent the whole of Saturday preparing for Sunday. Turns out I was out by two weeks, and I only found out when I sent out a confirmatory email Saturday evening. When I told the wife, it merely confirmed her views on my mental incompetence. Still, I'm very well prepared now for next weekend.

Qadira

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Not around much this weekend.

Qadira

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Not around much this weekend.

Qadira

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Not around much this weekend.

Qadira

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Actually, I won't be around much either this weekend.

Qadira

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Sorry to hear it.

Qadira

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That link doesn't seem to work.

Qadira

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The Tilman and Shipton book (actually two books in one volume, each written by one of them) is written by the blokes doing the climbing, so it's a very first hand account. It's all very "the sun never sets on the British Empire", stiff upper lip sort of stuff, but charming and very evocative.

Qadira

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In case you are interested, most of this is based on this, which describes how they climbed the (then) highest mountain in India - particularly the first half, where they had to hike and climb into the "sanctuary" surrounding the mountain, made up a series of other giant peaks surrounding a valley. There's also a bit of this, which describes the Mallory expeditions to climb Everest in the 20's - for me, the most interesting bit and the largest section of the book is the initial exploration of the region around Everest, given that until Mallory and Co got there in (I think) 1921, no white man had ever been there. I started reading these as research for that abortive Steampunk campaign I was thinking about, which was going to be set in the Himalayas. If you likea bit of exploration lit, these are pretty good (though the Mallory one is massive, and since you know he's going to die, a bit doomy at the end; and there's lots of homoeroticism in Cambridge and more doomy stuff about WW1, with a Wifred Owen poem quoted - bloody good poem, but not uplitfting).

Qadira

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In fact, you can do it now rather than waiting for a level since we are about 1,000xp away from that right now.

Qadira

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Yes, that's fine.

Qadira

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I had definitely considered that Vethran could become a very useful NPC...

Qadira

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How many players are there? Is there room for one more?

Qadira

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Thanks for letting us know. Sorry you can't comtinue, but I understand that life can bear down on leisure time and make posting in games difficult. Best wishes, and I hope things lighten up for you soon.

As it happens, this is probably a good time to drop out for continuity reasons. Safier can say thanks for being rescued, and head into the sunset, maybe on the next caravan.

Qadira

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I might be a bit quiet this weekend. My RL 4e campaign is coming to a close and I need to prepare the final encounters (some demigods, epic dragons, an actual god) so I probably will be doing this as a priority until Sunday afternoon.

Qadira

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I might be a bit quiet this weekend. My RL 4e campaign is coming to a close and I need to prepare the final encounters (some demigods, epic dragons, an actual god) so I probably will be doing this as a priority until Sunday afternoon.

Qadira

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I might be a bit quiet this weekend. My RL 4e campaign is coming to a close and I need to prepare the final encounters (some demigods, epic dragons, an actual god) so I probably will be doing this as a priority until Sunday afternoon.

Qadira

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I might be a bit quiet this weekend. My RL 4e campaign is coming to a close and I need to prepare the final encounters (some demigods, epic dragons, an actual god) so I probably will be doing this as a priority until Sunday afternoon.

Qadira

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Aw, I feel all mushy now...

Nice one! Congrats, and nice to know all the hard work paid off.

Qadira

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Actually it did happen to a character of mine - though the fact that were schoolboys at the time is probably the most relevant factor.

Qadira

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As with all these things, it depends on what your players will tolerate. Including the DM as well, of course - personally, it's not something I would use as a DM. If you like very character-driven stuff and D&D for you is all about roleplaying, maybe it's something you can use responsibly as part of the story-telling but you run a very difficult line in avoiding making it exploitative and gratuitous. If you like a bit a knockabout fun, it's about as much fun as a dose of herpes, and as that's broadly my style it's nowhere in my game.

Qadira

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Good luck, though I'm sure you don't need it. Unless you are defending it from a horde of hungry zombies - then you might need it.

Qadira

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Not much. If the combat is decisively over and you want to move on, fudge the dice rolls instead. But I wouldn't really recommend that either as a usual thing. Instead, I'd avoid random and less-meaningful encounters in a PbP entirely, given it takes a long time to play out. Instead, try to make every combat different and exciting, or at least worthwhile. My combats generally tend to be big set pieces, since offing a passing orc isn't really much fun, with maybe only one or two a day (there are exceptions). I never do random encounters. Clearly my approach doesn't work so well in a sandbox-type game (I've tried and it didn't go so well) but otherwise I've rarely felt the urge to cut short a combat.

Qadira

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How cool is this!

Qadira

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How cool is this!

Qadira

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How cool is this!

Qadira

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How cool is this!

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