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I'm champing at the bit to see this game take off - so if its okay I'm going to start putting a character together based off what you have told us so far.
It usually takes a few drafts anyway to get the entire PC meshed together so will give me something to mull over while you decide stuff, DM Nebten.
Urban adventures is one good way of building in more RP. Or give them a quest that involves travelling far and wide on land and sea so that they can experience new environments and new peoples as they try to find what they seek.
Giving each PC a mentor, friend or organisation to introduce adventure hooks, that may sometimes conflict with each other but provide layers of villains and neutrals.
Just a couple of ideas.
For me, it depends on how much the players are invested in their characters. If they are generally mking mistakes and the campaign isn't tight then a TPK can be on the cards. But it takes alot for me to kill everyone. I might slot one or two but I prefer to capture, torture, and remove favourite magical items from the characters. That hurts players and sets up some real ambitious revenge situations.
Dragon's Demand is one adventure which I know nothing of so I'd like the chance to put forward a character.
The way you are planning to run a mini-adventure sounds even better, those comments about Sandpoint and Olegs strike a chord with me - especially the latter.
I'd be interested in playing a monk or paladin, after a succession of rogues and bards. Something Good with a capital G.
One of the keys to successful building tension is to keep the players uncertain. Uncertain about the monsters, the corridors, and the uncomfortable details.
Ask questions like, there is a dark dank mine shaft heading into darkness....in front of you is a puddle black as night so its depth is unknown. However it is only five feet wide. Who goes first? Who is going to step or try to jump over the puddle?
The players are thinking why is he bothering with a puddle. Its just a puddle. I'm going to step in it. No I'm going to jump over.
Never give exact information, always make it seem like there is more if the party can just figure it out.
Once they are unsettled - separate them.
I am part of one game which is on a long term hiatus due to the DM trying to rebalance his time and work commitments. Its great when you do get a good group, everyone posting and the action moving along with energy and atmosphere.
There does seem to be an element of luck attached to getting that perfect mix of leaders, followers and all posting regularly but perhaps I have shelved my character from that game because I miss being in such a successful game.
I love Age of Worms, its first part is my favorite adventure of all time and I've run and played in it multiple times.
Of the later APs, Kingmaker has a fantastic scope for any party. It is terrific.
I'm running some of Giantslayer in the next few months and I have high hopes for that too.
For all the naysayers against Second Darkness, it has one truly memorable encounter when the zombies push the tower of the hill. Unforgettable.
What kind of a player are you?
I enjoy gaming alot. Its my one obsession, and everyone is allowed one right? After playing since 1981, I've gathered a fair amount of experience however there are plenty on the boards with more and I've gamed with some top notch "newbies" too.
What is your favorite campaign setting?
Greyhawk during first and third edition, Al-Qadim and Ravenloft during second and now I gather Paizo APs for converting to my own world. I sometimes wish I'd concentrated on one but truthfully there are some great bits in all of them.
Have you read or played Shackled City?
Yes, read them back when the magazines came out. Forgotten most of it since.
What made you decide to apply?
I used to have plenty of time to play in plenty of games. Now its a matter of quality over quantity and your recruitment process bodes well for the endgame (plus Black Dow and scranford are mates from previous games).
I'm sat at work on a fifteen minute break before I head back down to the bedlam of our superstore wine warehouse with a massive grin on my face. This is unforgettable stuff and so hugs and thanks to all of you involved in this.
A very bright spot in a hectic week!
Guys I am loving the game and so I wish you all a happy christmas here and now while I have a small break at work. Its been grand fun so far and long may it continue.
One small point is I wonder if it might not shave a few hours or day or two even off the pace if we let brvheart roll initiative when combat breaks out. Its something I have seen work in many games and might benefit this one?
Obviously if you guys have already hashed this out in the discussion thread then I will understand.
Do you know I remember reading this AP all those years ago, especially the first part and loving it. Absolutely. There are so many vague memories I have of the various parts and i've always wanted to get through this one because of it.
.....but it is a monster to DM. and if SRose has computer issues then its understandable. Just a a shame. I would prefer the doc/dm to come back one last time and call it, if it is terminal. Or get us back on track.
Then we would know where we stand.
Introductions would seem appropriate under the circumstances. I'm a 49 year old gamer living on an island in the English Channel with my two great kids and a lecturer for a wife. We are under licence to stay here for the next two years or so at least and it is a very idyllic place. I'm the house husband but I work in a large store and teach Maths privately as well.
Other than that I am avid Packers fan and support an equally successful soccer team too..
Happy to join your gang, brvheart.
P.S. Most of my posting was between 2007 and 2010 when I had babies to look after and plenty of spare time. From eight games I am down to two now - much more manageable.
Maybe this game isn't over and I sincerely hope that we get a restart some time because Grimmy has done a stand up job of DMing. For that reason I am retiring Jerrid in that hope.
However an opportunity came up to play a rogue and join a strong campaign doing Rappan Athuk. I've applied for that and telling you guys so you can understand I'm not baling just want to play.
This is hardly a surprise and I totally understand - it takes alot of clear time to prepare a complicated post and keep track of all that is going on.
Its just a game. A very good game with great people but just a game at the end of the day. Some things are far more important. And remember we have played together for quite a while and had some fine moments.