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GM Niles wrote:
Lord Cedric Barca wrote:


my experience on play by post you get more and a better game from people that optimize. They tend to care more about their characters and still around to play.

As a long time GM on PbP games, I disagree vehemently.

By Long time, I mean 3+ years in single games. Also @Eldred has been around for a long time too

I don't think optimization has anything to do with a successful PbP. In my own experience GM post rate/quality/consistency contributes about 80% and the other 20% is the players.

The GM has to be able to railroad, hard if necessary, to keep the game going. The GM also has to demand and expect participation from their players.

All optimization has done in my own games is give me headaches because then I have to redo statblocks and mess with stuff. Thankfully its not really a problem I have alot in my games, and I'll have much less of it when I start only doing 5E.

I run a 1.5 year pbp carrion crown game. 15pt builds and thier wbl is 3 when they are 5th level. Its going well.

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Obsidian Portal is a great *free* website that allows you to post all your clues etc

I'll send you a PM but you can do some pretty neat things with it.

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Did you guys think to see a return of Gibbs ? Did you twig when you heard "Nekromauncy"

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That too.

Have your seen the 2012/2013 The Three Musketeers? Those guys acted like royal troubleshooters for France. Given the players new relationship with the Emperor? Makes sense to replicate.

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Hey - at what points are the stretch target? Particulary Al Rigg's contribution?

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Hey - at what points are the stretch target? Particulary Al Rigg's contribution?

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I second this - I also suggest passing notes to the players or taking them aside to share information with them 1 on 1.

It will confuse them to no end, knowing that they are only getting part of the story. Add bonus rolls/points for RP of the new situation/information.

Confusion is good in small to moderate doses (too much and the players will throw up their hands in frustration).

Change the descriptions of the monsters, reskin them as necessary or give old monster desciptions but give the monsters a new power, extra hitpoints, DR etc so that the players never feel like they know what to expect with the monsters.

Background music to set the scene is good. I've found candles to be a bit iffy. Harder to read your character sheets and the ever present danger of someone spilling wax on the rug or knocking it over and possibly starting a fire.

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I want to be a paladin who is drowning in the oily, sewer filled depths of despair, who feels he cannot even turn to his church for help yet who is forced to operate within their structure, either corrupt, incompetent or both.

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Does it really work as a stand alone? Just curious given it was apparently meant for JR.

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Curious minds need to know :)

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Its desert mate - can't be giving away water now.

We do that and we'll need to dust off the Stillsuits.

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Yeah Auspost sucks the sweat off a dead dingo's donger.

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I have seen one of the PFS modules, the merchants wake, where the main NPC was in a same sex marriage.

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Andrei Brightblade wrote:


11gp - http://paizo.com/campaigns/GMNiles5EExperiment/gameplay&page=20#962

17gp - http://paizo.com/campaigns/GMNiles5EExperiment/gameplay&page=21#1043

Plus Glassstaff Staff, Spellbook and spell pouch. (Pity we dont have a wizard)

75gp, statue, cloak of leaves and pine needles http://paizo.com/campaigns/GMNiles5EExperiment/gameplay&page=28#

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Merry Christmas.

I am a big fan of 5th Ed but I believe in keeping the coin down.

I see adventurers as mercenaries or military contractors.

Remember 100gp can set an adventurer up with a good standard of living for 3 months. Thats a good standard of pay over for a week or so of work adventuring. I imagine that an adventurer would aim to have a turn over (call it danger pay benefits) of around 600-2000 a year with much of the year off to pursue their own pursuits.

That gives them a higher standard of living plus some additional money to blow on equipment and fun. Lean gold keeps the adventures hungry. They need to adventure to make ends meet to maintain their wardrobe, whoring, gambling, magical researches etc.

A note on masterwork. Never give masterwork weapons a +1 to hit. It messes with bounded accuracy.

One thing that IS lacking in 5th ed is bonuses to damage. A masterwork weapon should give a +1 to damage. Another system I've seen but I think its clunky is to re-roll '1's on damage, taking the 2nd roll. I dislike that extra die roll.

A masterwork wand or magical focus is also possible, giving +1 round duration or +1 damage etc or even + casting stat in damage on a single school of magic. +1 DC/to hit would be the equivalent of a +1 sword but makes an interesting magic item to give the player. Imagine a ring that does that for all fire spells and gives resistance to fire. That copies Gandalfs ring to some extent.

Masterwork armour can allow +1 dex to AC. For heavy armours thats a good thing. It will cost you some serious coin for MW chain, let alone custom made full plate. You may want to experiment with DR1 as well but thats up to you. Medium armour proficiency is valuable and something rogues might want to look at and archer rangers can benefit from with the +1 dex for MW armours.

If you start giving away 1000's of gold per adventure thats ok but that more or less gives them little to spend it on besides expensive items that are a one off cost. Magic item shopping can be a plot point all of its own - mere gold (though thats part of the deal) is not enough. The owners may well want a few favours as well. Creation is cool too, again costing gold for rare reagents.

Once that is done all gold is useful for is building a castle, thieves guild, wizards tower etc, and maintaining a small territory. That gives the game a very much BECMI/1st Edition feel too. Providing its own possibilities.

A note on Magic item limits: With RAW the maximum number a character can use is 3. I like to House rule that the maximum is equal to your proficiency bonus.

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Or you can use a graphics program to reduce the blade size a bit

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Is there agents of purity and balance as products as well?

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For rhat matter what about a reformed rogue who us trying to go straight?

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CoI wrote:
What about folding it into cleave? And having great cleave keep giving you attacks until you don't drop someone? Is that really overpowered?

I like that. Its a 3 feat tree. Power Attack, Cleave, Great cleave.

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What about a 'White Hat' rogue. Someone who builds and ultimately tests security systems - bluff, sleight of hand etc are just as needed as craft, disable device etc

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dotting this

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Yep... For my part I want us to hit town and church records

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Theres a trait that gives +1 to dagger damage that is a must have for dagger focused classes... River Rat I think it is.

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Sounds like you saved it. Good one.

I've been in that situation before.

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Aukan Knows-No-Fear wrote:
Sure, Aukan isn't putting much thought into it, so unless someone else wants to take over pushing the action forward Aukan will kinda just head randomly into the Temple. He isn't picky, he just wants someone to fight

Ask and ye shall recieve :)

Aukans stride down the corridor takes him past a mess hall, where a dozen guards are already rising from their chairs and drawing weapons in response to the noise heard earlier.

Party Initiative 1d20 + 2 ⇒ (15) + 2 = 17
Guards Initiative 1d20 + 1 ⇒ (6) + 1 = 7

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Is it recruitment/character generation time yet?

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Count me in as interested - I'm in a 5th Ed Ravenloft meet jack the ripper victorian style game atm.

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I love both systems and while TT gaming is a thing of my past (my gaming group doesn't have the appetite for it) I do play a lot of PbP - and about half of them is 5E. 5th is refreshingly simple but with some customisation to aid it along.

The thing about 5E is that they are starting the bloat process as well - SCAG (with its archetypes and spells) just came out and they are working on Unearthed Arcana with new archetypes - and for the moment? This is a GOOD thing - more choice is good.

But its only a matter of time, be it 5 or 7 or 10 years before it becomes bloated as well.

As for dealing with bloat in my online games? I limited it to Core and APG only, and its gone fine. Its when you open the doors to everything that it MAY be problematic for you as a GM to factor in all the exploits.

I recently help make an Orc barbarian/brawler for a friends campaign game where he opened the door to everything and the resulting character is positively a force of nature that will challenge him as a GM... simply because this one character is so awesome that if he ups the challenge level to deal with it, he runs a very real risk of killing non optimised characters, ie the rest of the party.

Its about how you build your encounters. CR is not the only measure of an encounter - action economy and additional creatures), terrain, conditions etc all need to be factored in when planning to challenge your group.

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I'd say tell them to open a paizo account and provide them the link to do their own download.

I say this because I am just now about to run PbP PFS games for a large group of friends and this is the route I chose to take.

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Thanks!

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These are the Blackros games.

#0-05 Mists of Mwangi
#35 Voice in the Void
#2-11 The Penumbral Accords
#3-07 Echoes of the Overwatched
#4-09 The Blakros Matrimony
#5-03 The Hellknight's Feast
#5-14 Day of the Demon (tangential)
#5-23 Cairn of Shadows
#6-02 The Silver Mount Collection

Is there a list for Aspis Consortium themed games?

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GM Giuseppe wrote:
Insane KillMaster wrote:

I apologize for the few days without words (personal issues).

As someone said earlier in the topic, This is a bit more that I can chew, so I apologize. I will take notes of the votes, comments and suggestions for future interest/recruitment threads.

I suggest you to begin your career as a PbP GM on these boards with a Pathfinder Module, maybe even one of the introductory ones such as Master of the Fallen Fortress, The Godsmouth Heresy or Risen from the Sands. After you've tried your hands at it, you'll know if you're ready to run an AP (which is a multiannual commitment, especially in PbP).

I really agree with this. Also games tend to have people drop out from time to time - do 5 or 6 players.

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On the other hand I love listening to audio games and spend quite a bit of time on rpgmp3.com, beerandbattle.com and a few other places I occasionally stumble on for my fix. If you haven't visited these sites I recommend them both.

Audio isn't a bad medium at all once you are aware of its limitations. Sometimes you will need to clean it up some removing long arguments about rules or a weird discussion that is off on some tangent that goes nowhere before putting it up. Sometimes those tangents are solid gold as well and well worth a laugh.

One thing you need to factor for is people downloading your podcasts/game play recordings - it can chew a gawd awful amount of memory and trash your modest little hosting plan if it gets popular.

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Just finished the travelling/investigative part of the game and as I am running it at a lower xp track (sorta - I'm running it as E7) they have only just hit level 5.

I wish I had spotted this time to travel earlier - I just had them hire horses and make it 1 days travel there and back for each rather than apply penalties etc.

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One of the things I find a little on the nose about 5th Ed is the HP aspect of rocket tag. ACs are low, hits are often but HPs (for monsters at any rate) tend towards high. So every round everyone is taking hits - the key is can the adventurers do more damage than the monsters? Damage bonuses for adventurers tend towards being lower than monsters as well so it is a weird balance - there are more adventures than monsters but they do less damage. The monsters have a lot more HPs, and do more damage. At that point its a question of who has crappier roles.

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Ok - thats Two :D But am confused - is this Sean or Nik?

Head over the the game play thread and practice posting with some of the suggestions on speech and thought (ie bold and italics).

It should be in the word file I sent everyone.

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You can pick up the 3rd to 5th editions or even 6th editions of Call of Cthulhu for low cost on Ebay. As a game system it is extremely user friendly.

Hard on the characters themselves where you are going to go insane and/or die but easy to play.

Chaosism or Drivethru RPG has a big selection of CoC books which contain up to 5-8 scenarios (with player handouts - always cool to hand them out) in each book depending on the book purchased.

Edit - I take the bit about ebay back but you can get the PDF of the rules at Chaosism or Drivethru reasonable cheap

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I'm in a number of 5th ed PbP games and a very consistent poster. I'll be posting a mercenary greatsword using champion shortly. I need to make sure the backstory is consistent.

Quick question - what does a properly reinforced longbow cost? When you mention upgrading equipment does it mean just bridging the gap between armour costs etc?

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I can't find the link to download these.

Can some one shoot me the link? I have used the link to get 10 about 2 years ago. These numbers have been handed out already. Do I need to go to my Venture captain for a new lot of 10? Or can I use the link to get a new lot of 10?

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This game is DEFINETELY going to be ongoing, so stay tuned in.

I am Back but need a few days before I can resume game posting again.

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Back but need a few days before I can resume game posting again.

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Back but need a few days before I can resume game posting again.

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Back but need a few days before I can resume game posting again.

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Just did the download - looks interesting. So this is designed to take characters from level 1 to level 3?

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And the Aztecs would have used steel in a heart beat had they had access to it. They were blood thirsty bastards.

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I have some health issues that may take me away from the forums for a few days or more. I will keep things rolling when I get back.

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I have some health issues that may take me away from the forums for a few days or more. I will keep things rolling when I get back.

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I have some health issues that may take me away from the forums for a few days or more. I will keep things rolling when I get back.

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I have some health issues that may take me away from the forums for a few days or more. I will keep things rolling when I get back.

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