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It's not a terrible idea but I think a little more thought needs to go into the house rule than an arbitrary cap of 20. The strongest half-orc should be stronger than the strongest human (as an example). Also, as others have suggested some work would need to go into adjusting monster DCs on things like monster SLAs and poisons.
Yes, magus is overpowered. Are you the DM or another player?
I'm interested but I have a few questions before I pitch a character.
1) What characters/classes are currently in the party.
2) How heavily involved are vampires going to be in your take for this campaign?
3) Now that your health problems are in hand, what kind post pacing are you expecting?
Also, what's RVT up to? She reappeared and then went silent again. =(
My roommate and I got started with OP last night starting with the demo scenario. One thing we're having a hard time wrapping our heads around is box rewards. The campaign rules mention replacing cards obtained from the box afterward with cards from the character deck but 1) It seems like that'll max out your deck very quickly and 2) How are those rewards recorded?
After the scenario we had something like 16 boons picked up throughout the scenario. Per the campaign rules we split them evenly and then started swapping them out 1 for 1 for character deck cards but I very quickly ran out of B weapons/armor and I'm confident after a couple more scenario's I'll be out of 1 and 2 weapons and armor. Are characters intended to power up that quickly? Are we doing something wrong?
Eh, I don’t consider opting for a pregen to play up bad behavior but I have a friend that I’ve played with for years try to switch out his character for pregens when the DM mentions a given scenario is dangerous. Fortunately, a healthy amount of public shaming works wonders. Maybe that's what the campaign needs - guidelines for public shaming!
Reading this discussion makes me laugh because my first thought is "Are any players really this cheesy?" and then I remember that I personally know players that have done this kind of thing in the past. It just sucks that we have to be saddled with awkward and overly punishing campaign rules because of bad behavior from a few.
I was the co-DM for the group that finished Skull and Shackles from beginning to end in four months. We're one of the two PBP APs to ever finish on these boards.
I'm also DMing a Rise game that's midway through book four (22 months) and am co-DMing a Second Darkness game that's starting book five (15 months). Both of these campaigns will finish.
Would a DM like me be willing to host a RD? Perhaps. Your posting record and passion for the game are great but your focus on optimization is discouraging and not something I necessarily want among my players. Would you be open to toning it down?