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Steve Geddes wrote:
I was waiting on some clarification before adding it to the subscription. :)
I just am not a fan of MIXING canon established locales with custom locations, so feels... wrong to say there's a forest or building somewhere the campaign setting map doesn't indicate. This will be my first campaign as GM, and I understand a lot is up to me, but haven't got a feel for that kind of creative authority yet lol
That's fair. However, sometimes canon needs to be fired out of a cannon. A lot of places are left deliberately blank for you as a GM to take and create and make your own. We're not going to knock on your door and tell you you're doing it wrong. And the campaign setting is, again, not super-detailed for you to add those forests and buildings wherever you want them.
"Where's Super Spoopy Forest?"
This kind of explanation is not without basis in the real world, and a map purchased in one area of the world could be wildly different than one that is local. Portolans and rutters were national secret-level books for a very long time.
Whatever you plan on doing, just be consistent about it as a GM. After it leaves our hands, Golarion is very much *your* world now—have fun with it. :)
Removed some posts and their responses—this was not the way to handle the OP's question. Please don't insult each other over how you play the game.
You're not the only one that has this problem. My best piece of advice is to outline what you want to do and break it down into smaller chunks to make it more manageable, that way when you're in a better headspace it will be easier to tackle.
Dealing with depression is a much harder beast. One of the tricks that I taught myself was that every time I felt myself reacting to something (positive or negative) to take a moment to step back and analyze it, then find a mid-point. When you're feeling great and amazing, it's easy to overdo it (and then you're out of spoons for an unspecified time period while your brain recovers). In writing, something, anything, is better than nothing at all—even 100 words is something. Try Pacemaker to set goals for yourself.
And you know what? If you can't write...that's okay. Keep fighting the depression, practice good self-care, try again. Depression isn't a one-time battle; it's a war that you have to face again every day, but you can do it. I believe in you.
Many many ages ago I contributed a "Things to Ask Your Players" in PC Pearls, and I made a habit of starting each game session asking the players a question about their characters. What's their favorite food, any hobbies, relationships with their family—and then I made sure to reference that at some point in the campaign. Maybe not that session, but at some point to let them know I was listening and was using it to flesh out the world.
Ultimate Campaign has a whole section on how to randomly generate a character background (expanded upon in Pathfinder Player Companion: Quests & Campaigns for the Inner Sea region of Golarion), and you can see the material in Ultimate Campaign on the Pathfinder Reference Document (the book version provides the random tables to generate from).
Thomas Seitz wrote:
You need to treat yourself better. Aren't you worth at least Dairy Queen or something? :D
It doesn't necessarily have to be a copying Heroes of Horror...the irony/tragedy of someone who serves a sun deity or loved the sun becoming something that can no longer withstand the sun's rays is something I suspect existed before Heroes of Horror in one way or another. Though even if it was an homage, I don't really see the problem. Clearly they were going to make someone a vampire, whether they liked it from a tragic angle, as a reference to Heroes of Horror, both, neither, I don't see why it can't be Kyra.
My first memory of something like this is Jander Sunstar from "Vampire of the Mists" by Christie Golden.
Yes, I'm aware I'm dating myself. Shush. >.>
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Fortunately, the God-King of Magic maintains a Facebook page where you might send a missive. :D
Pretty sure Thursty's liver isn't safe eating. :P