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Goblin Squad Member. RPG Superstar 7 Season Star Voter. Pathfinder Society Member. 2,044 posts (27,484 including aliases). No reviews. No lists. No wishlists. 1 Pathfinder Society character. 29 aliases.


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Been there and done that previously with a poisoner gnome Bard that used illusions for stage effects and his flute doubled as a blowgun.

Would be interested to tag along, but don't have the time right now to commit to details (I am working offshore on an oil rig for the next couple of months).

So here's a dot, hope you rock on... and maybe hire a roadie / session musician at a later stage.

NSFW due to language - but these are well worth a watch and chuckle.

The summary blurb from IMDB:
Fed up with the Magical Realm's obsession with large-scale fantasy warfare, Jack the Wizard decides to migrate to the sanest place he can think of: Melbourne's Western suburbs. After accidentally causing Flinders Street Station to turn ever so slightly into a giant Fish monster, his existence (and that of his fellow magical immigrants) is revealed to the Australian public. Fearing a backlash against himself and his kind, Jack swears off using magic in a bid to better assimilate into human life. But of course, fitting in was never going to be easy when people tend to get a bit 'explode-y' whenever you sneeze...

With re-spect and re-gret I'll withdraw my dot. Won't be in an adequate and appropriate headspace to put together a character I'll be happy with.

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Við hleifi mic seldo ne viþ hornigi,
nysta ec niþr,
nam ec vp rvnar,
opandi nam,
fell ec aptr þaðan.

Or... you know... dot :)


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SmiloDan wrote:
I just finished reading The Aeronaut's Windlass and the cat character Rowl is extremely racist against humans, and it makes him really annoying. I think he's supposed to be kind of cool, but because he's always acting stuck up, and totally discounting everyone else (even other cats, so I guess he's also a misfelid) but it makes him dumb. And he's supposed to be clever, quick, intuitive, and tough.

*Raises eyebrow* - that isn't so much racism as it is Blue and Orange Morality. I had no issues whatsoever with the manner in which Rowl was presented.

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Congratulations to ol' Blighty... and heartfelt commiserations to all of us as we'll play witness to her birthing.

Now that the funding is done, now begins the long cold night before dawning twilight throws light upon her beauty... can't wait!

Stepping into hostile territory here... but the Punisher has a great deal of potential if done right, and forms an important part of the moral world of superhero-ing.

Done right he is not a 'common thug' or just someone who likes 'murdering criminals'... he's an extension of moral absolutism given literal flesh. The unwavering belief that people who cross the line deserve to be 'punished' and an unwillingness to compromise regardless the circumstances.

The contrast of that against a more morally grounded character like Daredevil has the nugget of a great empathic piece within it. Whether Punisher works as a standalone series is another thing entirely though.

ShinHakkaider - the reasons you quote for liking the Operative from Serenity is an example of a Punisher style character done right.

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WormysQueue - the money that you pledge specifically on the kickstarter will be charged at the close of the kickstarter in a few days.

There will likely be an additional time to pick up some more add-ons during the Backerkit phase - which will be at a later date. This is also when shipping will likely be collected as well.

It's worth kicking in as much as you think you can on the kickstarter though - as it will count for stretch goals.

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Not long now precious... not long at all...

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In the swirling twilight of dusk and soft lit by foglights in the canker... hot as bro

Just re-iterating what others have stated - if you're looking to get a start DM'ing a PbP, starting with a module or a PFS scenario is a great way to do it. It'll help round out your own style, preferences and whatnot before you get into the hard slog of a full blown AP.

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I'm rolling deep... wallowing in fact...

List of Applicants:
  • drbuzzard
  • Wolfgang Rolf
  • Ammon Knight of Ragathiel
  • Black Dow
  • scranford
  • Spazmodeus
  • Lady Ladile
  • Jamzilla
  • Christopher Rowe
  • oyzar
  • Korak The Boisterous
  • Storyteller Shadow
  • _Aer recruitment placeholder
  • Redbeard the Scruffy
  • Dalgar the Great
  • Ictoo
  • GM Giuseppe
  • Gaming Ranger
  • French Wolf
  • Doomed Hero
  • Dreaming Warforged
  • Kater85
  • GM Tribute
  • Mark Sweetman
  • The Lion Cleric
  • PatheticWretch
  • Xunal
  • Twigs
  • Hayato Ken

29 applicants down from my count - interesting list too... full of memories for me.
Humble apologies if I've mistyped anything in there.

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What kind of player you are?
Four parts roleplayer, three parts rollplayer, a dash of the obscure, splash of the absurd, sprinkling of the verbose and steep the contents in the dark until pungent...
That is to say that I tend to enjoy the word heavy aspects of the genre, particularly in the PbP form, though I also appreciate the more structured and tactical aspects of the system. I can play t'wards the comedic and bizarre, or straight down the line - but I have a preference towards tales where grey is more prevalent than black and white.

What is your favourite campaign setting?
Golarion - though it's with pains that the answer is given. Golarion has been my RPG home for years and is that which comes most freely and easily to my mind when turned to thought. The breadth and scope of the world - presence of nigh all tropes under the sun and the heady prevalence and relevance make it an o'er easy answer though.
I am most looking forward to 'The Blight' which shall be Messr Pett's magnum opus though... as it looks like this answer might change to that when it finally is given fetid breath.
Honorable mentions to Planescape, Ravenloft and Shadows of Esteren.

Have you ever played or read partially or completely the Shackled City before?
Nope - neither played nor read. The closest I've come to it was an application to a PbP made a while ago

What made you decide to apply?
The timbre and tone struck in the initial post, the presence of some old sparring partners in the recruitment thread, the desire to be involved in the pitched AP itself, and the challenge of putting together a cohesive party with whomever might be blessed by the DM's touch.

Supplemental Tidbits:
Given your statement of looking through some of my aliases for details - I thought I'd highlight a few of the better / worst:
Dibbets - for the splash of absurdity and a four year plus old game.
Qhude - for the emotionally heavy mixed roll/role and narrative driven game
Phillip Hargreaves - for a very very heavy RP focused game with depth of narratives and characters.

Thrymr Nithinger - for games where I have crashed and burned due to personality / expectation conflicts.
DM Voice of the Voiceless - for the manner in which my DM aspirations have waxed and waned over time, and for proof that my vexing inefficiency as a DM has not affected my application as a player.

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Richard Pett wrote:
Plus, there's a handy list of 7 words for each district, that will hopefully survive in their current form where the words are sized to their relevance by district in a wordcloud way

Nice :) - is there somewhere that's unctuous? I've always liked that word.

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Richard Pett wrote:
There are lots of fantastic settings on the market, but to me, great though those settings are, they only really come to life when you walk the streets – when you and your friends take in the air, mingle with the locals and soak yourselves in the atmosphere of the place imagination has birthed.

Case in point

Each of the districts gets a run down on how it looks, sounds, smells and feels - which will be a great help in building that immersion.

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Been there, backed the heck out of it.

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Frog Gods: You, sir, should unmask.
Pett: Indeed?
Frog Gods: Indeed it's time. We have all laid aside disguise but you.
Pett: I wear no mask.
Frog Gods: (Terrified.) No mask? No mask!

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*Carves the yellow sign in the balcony and awaits the dead drop at the pre-ordained location*

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Kickstarter is due to land sometime today... (I think)

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3 days... 3 days... 3 days... 3 days...

Aberzombie wrote:
The Walking Dead has found its Negan

Still need to cast Lucille...

Cassidy's Sunglasses:
His eyes should look like this

One interpretation is that it's just the vampirism causing it... but I always read into it that it was a reflection of his massive drug addiction over the decades.

I'm thinking that the massive drug addiction may have been dropped from the series.

I believe Cassidy was the man in the cell... which means he's missing his sunglasses... which likely means he's also missing a massive part of his backstory as well.

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So stay away
From eight and one
For one is great in size
And never play
Or seek your fun
Where her deep lair it lies

Devouring it now...

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QuOzl - PF and S&W initially with a potential for 5th.

As sayeth the Frog:
The Blight is another BIG book, like our previous Northlands Saga KS that wrapped up a few weeks ago was. So initially it will be for PF and S&W. It will be in the queue for a 5e edition depending on the sales numbers of campaign-related 5e versions of books like the Borderland Provinces, for instance.

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Festering Brethren... *shiver*...

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Gerald - I'm still planning on running 1-2 PbPs through the Blight. Just need to get the actual details in my hot and sweaty mitts first though.

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Correction - Pett is a daemon.

Demons exist merely to destroy - Daemons are a bit more artistically nihilistic. As the PRD states clearly under the monster entry Pett, Richard
With each life claimed and each atrocity meted out, Pett spreads fear, mistrust, and despair, tarnishing the luster of existence and drawing the Earth ever closer to it's final, ultimate ruin.

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Richard Pett wrote:
It's also true of the AP that it plays on the senses.

The absolutely beautiful part of it is the Pavlovian response you can engender from PCs. They could be happily wandering through another part of the city... and all it would take is a whiff of burnt onions upon the air to get them thinking...

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I love the what does it look/smell/feel/sound sidebar... bloody good work if that's through the lot of the book - it'll really help to make the setting come alive.

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*Basks in the unholy befoulment*

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Moar! - moar I say!

Black Dougal wrote:
Actually, right now my total favorite writer is Jim Butler. The Dresden files is the perfect mix of light and grimdark.

I love Jim Butcher as well... but it's not grimdark in any way shape or fashion.

If you want grimdark - you go to Lord Grimdark himself Joe Abercrombie.

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Greg A. Vaughan wrote:
Per the phone call we had a couple hours ago that should read 45 days for The Blight.


Back in the KL saddle... and back to work tomorrow. Jet lag is slowly easing and normalcy resuming... just Rugby World Cup to keep me up now ;)

GM Dien:
Will be firing you a PM with more substance in the next 48 hours or so

GM Zed - appreciate the consideration... hopefully I'll find the time to cobble him together before I head off!

Elven Psychic (Psychedelia discipline) who is a devotee of Chucaro - the Maiden of Haze and Whimsy.

The character is inspired by both the writeup of Chucaro within Chronicles of the Righteous and the following two quotes from Bill Hicks.

Your denial is beneath you, and thanks to the use of hallucinogenic drugs, I see through you.

Today, a young man on acid realized that all matter is merely energy condensed to a slow vibration – that we are all one consciousness experiencing itself subjectively. There is no such thing as death, life is only a dream, and we are the imagination of ourselves.

I'll round up the crunch and fluff over the next few days and throw it up for your perusal - though I have to put forward a small proviso first.

I'm about to head off on a significant (3 week) holiday to the UK and UAE, so will be less active on the forums than usual over that time period. Probably not completely absent - but definitely quieter.

I'll be back in action after that point though (and if you have a look at my posting history you'll see that there's no real risk of me pulling a disappearing act).

Assuming you're ok with that initial bit of absence, then I'll put forward the stoner elven psychic for you to peruse.

The muse not having sunk it's teeth into my brain, I shall have to unfortunately withdraw my potential submission.

Good luck and god speed to all those remaining.

After due consideration... I will confirm that I'll back out of the PbP.


Respectfully withdrawing.


Shelyn's Paladin's Code:
The paladins of Shelyn are peaceable promoters of art and beauty. They see the ugliness in evil, even when cloaked in the form of beauty, and their mission is to defend those who devote their lives to the creation of beauty, bring it forth themselves, and prevent the weak and foolish from being seduced by false promises. Their tenets include the following adages.
• I see beauty in others. As a rough stone hides a diamond, a drab face may hide the heart of a saint.
• I am peaceful. I come first with a rose rather than a weapon, and act to prevent conflict before it blossoms. I never strike first, unless it is the only way to protect the innocent.
• I accept surrender if my opponent can be redeemed—and I never assume that they cannot be. All things that live love beauty, and I will show beauty’s answer to them.
• I live my life as art. I will choose an art and perfect it. When I have mastered it, I will choose another. The works I leave behind make life richer for those who follow.
• I will never destroy a work of art, nor allow one to come to harm, unless greater art arises from its loss. I will only sacrifice art if doing so allows me to save a life, for untold beauty can arise from an awakened soul.
• I lead by example, not with my blade. Where my blade passes, a life is cut short, and the world’s potential for beauty is lessened.

That's from Inner Sea Gods... and I agree with Gorbacz that there are some tasty concepts in there to drive a character.

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*Gibbers quietly in the corner in anticipation*

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Need to have a Paladin of Ghenshau show up somewhere...

That's the empyreal with ignorance, placidity, and simplicity as his sphere of influence.

Expect table variance about what people think gods are all about...

However Calistria's Anti-Paladin code includes these two lines: My life is my path, and none will sway me from it.
I devote myself to the pursuit of my passions.

To my eyes that shows a commitment to something greater than just kill slay plunder, etc.

And the Goddess of Trickery surely has at least a healthy portion of backstabbery going on in the background.

Eh - not quite. He's in Calistria's domain... which means he's surrounded by duplicitous backstabbers out for themselves.

Plus if all he does is the MDK style of CE, then he's likely not going to be following Calistria's code all that closely.

Shakespearian Option

Lutherian Option

Scottish Option

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