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RPG Superstar 2012 Top 32. RPG Superstar 6 Season Star Voter, 8 Season Star Voter. 2,906 posts (6,212 including aliases). No reviews. No lists. No wishlists. 15 aliases.


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@Panic- I'm so sorry, I was convinced I had done you (but looking back I see that's not true). Your personality-description looks good.

@Destroya- yes, it is.

I'm off to bed. If anyone else got missed or gets something up by morning I'll try to post some feedback as quickly as possible (though I know my morning may be busy at work).

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@Nergüi- correct. your mind is full of information: what your equipment is, and how to use it; what spells you know and how they work; knowledge in accordance with your skills, along with whether or not you have any idea how to climb a wall, or pick a lock, or build a crossbow... and you have a fully formed personality: likes and dislikes, quirks, a sense of moral rightness/flexibility... all these things make you assume that you had an existence before this moment, but you literally have no memories at all so it's possible that you could have been created seconds ago with all those things 'programmed' into you.

edit: I guess I should point out, too, you will also know your name (and, if applicable, the name of your familiar/companion/cohort)

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I'm about to do try to finish my semester... I'll try to check for your submission after that if my brain still functions at all. Otherwise I'll try to give you some feedback in the morning so you have at least a little time.

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@Ebon- looks good.

@Mia- as previously mentioned, I'm not reading anyone's setting spoilers (The hypothetical origin setting is to help you build a character that has some internal consistency and cultural identity. If/when you discover your origin in game I will make it up and there's no guarantee it will be the same as your hypothetical one. The more accurately/specifically you describe your appearance/thoughts/actions the more likely it is that your actual origin will end up being similar to your imagined one.) Other than that, everything looks good.

@Valrim- I don't see a conversion anywhere for the duergar tyrant to be a playable race... I know you don't have a ton of time left for major changes but the honest truth is you are more likely to be picked with an established race. If you would like to leave your application as is I will still consider it but I have to tell you that on a casual inspection the race looks like it would put you on the high end of the power spectrum. Regarding fluff, what you have looks fine.

@Rin- labeling your "concept inspiration" isn't really allowed, although your description was so clear the label was completely unnecessary. The other fluff was good too (although the third paragraph of "personality" was fairly background-y...)

@Nergüi- you have a lot of good stuff in your fluff but there's a lot of background-type elements as well (for example- the last sentence of paragraph 3 of appearance requires memories of being outside in the rain. no memories. you could say "His bow is in a waterproof leather case and he fears to get it wet" or something like that.)

Well, that should be everyone. Hope it was helpful. If anyone got missed please speak up (after doubling checking that you didn't just miss it). It looks like we've got about 23 hours left for anyone who want to make big changes or hasn't submitted yet and wants to.

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@Ik-Ha-Thruune: I don't see any fluff for you... The link only has crunch and the profile you set up appears to be empty... If you have posted fluff please post a link to it; if you haven't please make sure it's in by the deadline.

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@Azrael + Adam- thanks, I'm just trying to make sure that everyone has time to make any changes they want based off my feedback before I start trying to make selections.

@Panic- and you're doing a great job curating the list, thanks for that!

@Krashsh- don't worry, I've got a pretty high perception ;)

@Sinuo- having regalia that suggests you were part of an order is fine but don't name the order or make up much about it because if/when you learn about it in game I will be creating the order and its goals/tenets/etc.

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@Krashsh- looks pretty good although you do have some background hiding out in your personality (especially the last paragraph).

@Kennen- description of appearance is good. personality/outlook is pretty good except that the first sentence is background...

@Sinuo- appearance is very descriptive, careful though: the first sentence or two of the final paragraph are pretty background-y. personality looks pretty good.

@White Knight- your personality section looks pretty good; a description of your appearance would be helpful.

@Shaeda- personality/outlook seems good. I like the look your going for too but if you have the time maybe think about rewriting the appearance as if it were in game (ie instead of saying it has a steampunk aesthetic try to actually describe a steampunk version of the item, or instead of saying it looks Victorian look at what woman were actually wearing at the time and describe some version of variant of that).

@Justin Sterne- personality is good, an appearance section would be nice.

Alright, that's all I have time for tonight. Sorry its taking so long, I'll try to finish the feedback tomorrow.

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I believe the questions was rhetorical- a set up for his alter ego's response...

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@Krashsh Aknur- your link doesn't lead anywhere. Please post a link to your profile (or to the post with your crunch and fluff if you don't have one).

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wow, slow day today.

i finished my project (finally). I need to rest my brain and get some sleep but I'm hoping to offer some feedback for most or all of the rest of the list tomorrow (if there's not too much piled up for me at work).

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The adopted trait let's you pick a trait from the 'race' category that's tagged for another race; it does not let you take a racial ability granted by the race.

So, if you took it for elf you could choose arcane dabbler, dilletteante artist, etc.

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As fun as this could be, upon further thought, I really don't have the time for it. I'm going to bow out; if you liked any of the fluff or concept for Tadashi feel free to steal it. (Or, if you want him to show up once in a while as sort of a recurring NPC shoot my a PM and we could probably work something out).

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@Drakroo- good description. I'm not going to read the setting spoiler: the idea was that you could use a hypothetical setting to help create a character that had some internal consistency and some kind of cultural identity; if/when you learn about your origin it will be something that I create for you. I do like how you just slipped believing all humanoid races are the same size into your description though.

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@Oterisk- looks pretty good. If you get bored I wouldn't complain about a little more description do you still wear military style garb? Is there anything about the style of your armor or weapons that hints at their origin? Aside from your shiny armor do you dress in bright colors, or grays, or earth tones? Is there anything that demonstrates what kind of dragon's blood you have (I don't think steel dragon is an option)?

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I believe MDT dropped out. I was PMing him about some concerns about his character and how we could address them and he felt it was going to change what he was going for too much, so he withdrew.

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i appreciate it also!

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project is going poorly... may be tomorrow before I get any more feedback up. Sorry.

I'm working my way through Ynja/Panic's list so please check your link in her latest post and make sure it will direct me to the correct place. Thanks. more feedback will be forthcoming as soon as possible.

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I believe the benefit of transforming is that other students don't know your secret identity... so if the student council president secretly summons a demon and you/we defeat it in non-student form she can't plot revenge against our student selves. (I think it's really primarily for fluff/flavor, not really intended for mechanical benefits)

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it was a busy day. i'm off of work tomorrow but have a project i have to do for my master's program... i'm hoping to finish that early enough to get through a big batch of feedback.

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@Josei- the opening of your fluff is too backgroundy. you could guess your parents were probably vishkanya, but you don't actually know that since you don't remember them, and you definitely don't know if you were more or less human looking than any potential siblings you may or may not have. Other than that it looks good.

@jesse- no need to change, I just wanted to make sure there wasn't a character I had completely missed.

@Mingledash- thanks for letting me know. Happy gaming.

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your minds are not a blank canvas. you don't remember the people/places/events that lead to your personality/outlook/alignment/etc, but all those things are still intact none the less. For example: if you're lawful-neutral you don't know if following rules was drilled into you by a parent/teacher, or if you witnessed a disaster caused by anarchy, or why you value order so highly, but you know that you do.

does that help clarify?

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@Marcusic- looks good.

@Adam- I was referring to a couple of comments I've made about contextualing your character in some kind of hypothetical setting... I know you don't know where/when/whatever you'll be but part of what I'm going for is a diverse group from varied settings... So try to have some kind of setting that informs your choices- if you're from some kind of feudal Asian society pick and describe your gear accordingly and think about how it would effect your mindset; if you're from something resembling an African tribal cultural pick let that shape your choices. Does that make sense?

@Jesse- is Azura another applicant or just something someone mentioned previously?

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@BC4realz/Josei- it looks like you're trying to avoid alias bloat... I get that, but it makes it a big pain for me to find your fluff... Could you please make an alias and link it (no need to actually post from it), that way I can find everything easily and you'll be able to delete it if you don't get picked?

@Adam- the one that most jumps out to me on first impression is the Aasimar. I'm not sure if you've read through the whole thread since getting back but I explained that I'm looking for characters that 'fit' somewhere... So as you're working on stuff you may want to have some kind of setting in mind that will inform your equipment/appearance/etc (and differentiate yourself from other applications).

@Zorin- I told another applicant you can't stack vivisectionist and mindchemist. I know the overlap is small but they both modify the discoveries class feature. If it were a home game with an established party I'd probably just hand wave it away but in an open recruitment I'm not willing to set that precedent. Sorry. Also, your description of yourself is plenty in depth but if you wanted to add some more detail on your gear it might help establish your 'natural setting' some.

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@Berstuk- that's a pretty accurate parallel: you're all like Bournes (in the original Bourne Identity), you remember all your skills/abilities and retain your attitude/personality/outlook, but you don't know how or why you acquired those things.

@Johan- the vignettes are fine as long as you keep the characters/locations fairly vague/generic (and accept that if that history ever comes up I'll be doing with it as I see fit). I kind of like the idea that you know more about the items than you do about yourself.

@Jesse- looks good. Remember, right now you're not "used to" anything because you have no idea if you've ever done any of those things before (though you may be strangely comfortable or uncomfortable with various things). I believe you said the background is leftover from a previous application (being saved for future applications if you don't get in), I'm not going to read it at all, so if/when you discover anything about your background in game don't expect it to adhere to that.

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I'm working my way through every completed application (in the order they appear on Panic's list).

@WreckTall- you can PM me about what mechanics you really wanted and we'll see what we can do. I hadn't thought about the alignment change but yeah, you would have to change to probably CG or N (the options closest to CN). PG-13 should be fine; I wouldn't have suggested Arshea if it wasn't.

@Berstuk- looks good. Some of the stuff in your personality is dangerously close to background (starting out you won't even know/remember whether or not you've ever assinated anyone before). Same thing with the traits- you get the mechanics but you have no idea who your parents were, much less whether they were assassins too.

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@Johan- looks good. There are a few things that are pushing the bounds of background (like saying your hodge-podge of gear is from your travels).

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Gonna try to sneak in a couple feedback posts during lulls in RL game...

@WreckTall- Libi's theme is a little mature, that could potentially limit you depending on party make up. Also, based on your personality, Arshea actually seems like a better fit for your god (your call though).

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I'm going to go with the sorcerer (sylvan). A male. In my student identity I'll be short and chubby and best friends with all the cutest girls because he's sweet and funny (and so far into the friend-zone it would take the light from romantic interest 40 years to reach him). His transformed persona is tall and fit and incredibly handsome, and all the girls have a bit of a crush on him.

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Alright... here's the feedback I was able to put together today:
@Azrael- looks good, I’d appreciate it if you did a skills spoiler with your feats and traits that shows the breakdown for each skill (with ranks, stat bonus, etc) and marks which are background skills. Something like: “Linguistics +13 (5 ranks +3 class skill +4 Int +1 trait)” would be perfect. Normally I’d go for a cat familiar with the silvanshee true form, but the thrush is a nice tie-in with Shelyn.

@Ealasaid- expanding your ‘appearance’ section would be nice. Right now there’s not enough to really get a sense of where you might fit in. Plus, I’m not even going to open the vestigial background spoiler so it would be nice to have more writing to look at. Also, see the note I gave Azrael on skills.

@Igmutanka- everyone will start with common (even if that seems like it could be a stretch). Tying him to the Lakota tribe is a little too specific. His flavor is clear and strong but there’s too much implied background with him connected that strongly to one place and people. I like the description of his appearance and tribal reverence for the land but please try to be a little more vague about the tribe.

@mingledash- looks good. If you get bored, a little more on appearance might not hurt (what’s your armor made of? What does it look like? Is your weapon pristinely cared for or a bit shabby like yourself?), but its not necessary.

@ari- your spoiler ‘Ari’s old letter’ is a scene from the past… that makes it background… no background. I get where you’re going with that and if you’re selected I’m sure we can work out a letter that you have on you (but haven’t read yet), but until then- no background. Also, are you wearing a back to the future style radiation suit that you were just going to casually slip into your description without mentioning?

I have an IRL game at my place tomorrow but I'll try to get at least this many done again. (Maybe more if I can get some before and some after.)

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Lol- that had occurred to me as well, and I think someone was making a kitsune it may apply to also... In those cases it's up to you whether or not you want to be aware of your true nature/ability.

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Is this a coed school or all girls?

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Currently the original deadline still stands.
(11:59pm GMT on Friday May 27th)

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Rednal wrote:
*Submits this character with a completely straight face*

I literally LOLed at this.

edit: also, I might switch to a druid instead of a sylvan sorcerer... still playing with builds.

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@Zayne (1)- the reason there's a question mark is that I don't know it you will discover anything about your backgrounds... I'm guessing/assuming that people will be curious about it starting off, but it's a sandbox maybe you'll lose interest as we go. If you go looking for information about your background there will be things to discover (things that I put together).

@Zayne (2)- where you're from is not a factor in being chosen; your ability to distinguish your character from others (and create a character that feels like it makes sense somewhere) is definitely a factor. I didn't mean that example to be one that would 100% establish where a specific halfling was from, just as one way to potentially differentiate himself for other generic fantasy halflings.

@Oyzar- technically, no. Both archetypes modify the discovery feature. It's a very small overlap and if this were an IRL game with an established party I'd hand wave it away but here I have to think about establishing precedent, so I'm going to have to say no. Sorry.

@WreckTall- not just your inventory, your descriptions of yourself. I don't want people to fixate on a particular location, the idea was more like are you wearing colorful silks (like the Indian subcontinent), or earth tone wools (like a Northern European shepherd), or leathers decorated with bones and feathers (like a Native American).

@Johan- please PM me more details.

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There's nothing intrinsically wrong with being from a standard fantasy world, my concept just doesn't work if everyone is from there too. Also, you can take inspiration from specific fantasy settings... You could base your outlook on a dragonlance setting and have a very loose sense of personal property and be kind of wary of elves; or dark sun or eberron or whichever had the halflings be sort of barbarians... Just that little bit of specificity sets you apart from just a generic fantasy game.

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I think I'll go with an Aasimar so that at 3rd level I can take celestial servant (so that my celestial cat familiar can transform into a celestial cat animal companion).

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I'm going to build a sylvan sorcerer whose cat familiar transforms into a cat animal companion.

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wow. i'm more interested in this then I probably should be... so many ideas swirling. One questions for now (probably the first of many): if we take a class that grants an animal companion do we have two pets, or could we use the separate identity ability to have our spirit guide transform into an animal companion instead of a piece of jewelry?

edit: second question already, if we take a class that lets us pick between a familiar or a bonded item can we take the bonded item and have that and the spirit guide? what about a blade bound magus (which normally cannot have a familiar even from another source)?

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My preference would be for the choice to reflect the feel you're going for rather than just the mechanics... rogue levels could fit almost any where/when. alchemist has a stronger flavor, which could be good but needs to be considered... if you're from a society beginning the transition from magic to technology alchemy could be something you explore as sort of a 'transitional science', or if you were sort of based on a Taoist mystic you're alchemy could be the application of magical principles to herbalism... So think about the feel you're going for and decide if alchemy enhances that or muddies it. side note- if you do go alchemist it might be worth dipping 2 levels to take the cognatogen discovery...

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The reason I asked about my friend being able to handle traps was because there's a sorcerer archetype that grants trapfinding... I'm not sure if he'd even be into that idea, but he could possibly handle traps and full arcane casting if you guys want me to ask?

I sent him a link to the character creation guidelines, and thought he might wander into this thread but I'll text him and see where he's at.

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Everyone
I haven't read anyone's revisions at all but just to be as clear as possible- I'm not looking for you to tell me what setting you see yourself being from, I'm hoping you'll show me! instead of saying "I'm from somewhere like 1500s Europe" describe your clothes and equipment as if they're from there/then, and work some enlightenment ideals into your outlook. If your thinking of a Roman centurion type, describe the armored kilt instead of greaves, and the shin plates... or for something getting into like Victorian horror describe your waist coat and ascot, pick appropriate weapons (like rapiers and simple firearms), and be paranoid and superstitious...

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Neither of those is completely accurate, but they're along the right lines... You could also compare it to star gate, or to the world between worlds in the magician's nephew (from Lewis' chronicles of Narnia).

None of you remember where you came from or how you came to be where we start, but it's clear you are from different places than each other... will your exploration reveal where you come from? Will you like what you learn? Will you forget all about your curiosity as soon as you discovery something shiny? I don't know, that's part of the fun of a sandbox.

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@Bigrig- to affirm/clarify what Ynja said, I've been purposefully tight lipped about the setting but I can/have said that you will have opportunities to travel to some widely diverse lands/settings, none of which will be official Golarion (though some of them could be inspired by it). For gods, you can worship any of the divine beings published by paizo or you can take the mechanics from one and make up new fluff for a new god/philosophy (or you can PM me if you have an idea that doesn't line up with anything and I'll give you mechanics for it). She was right about the skills though- the farther you are from your own setting/origin the more trouble you'll have with skills like the ones listed.

+++General Feedback+++
I haven't had time to type up individual feedback yet but here are a few general impressions for everyone to consider.

1) Don't be afraid to associate yourself with a specific setting/genre- there are a fair number of unusual races and whatnot but many seem presented in a sort of generic-fantasy wrapping. I suspect that's my fault because people are afraid of being rejected for not fitting into the undisclosed setting; that will not be the case! I'm intentionally hoping to build a party of people who wouldn't normally be together. like a primitive shaman with a musketeer, and a sky pirate, or something like that. So, even though I said you don't know specifically where/when your from, please consider a setting where your character would fit and work some of that flavor into your description. Even if they were using all the same gear and were the same class and whatnot, someone from a VanHellsing-esque gothic horror setting should look and feel very different than someone inspired by a Roman centurion; embrace those differences, please.

2) Feel free to be descriptive- There's a lot that goes into a good PbP, but at their heart they are a shared excercise in creative writing. As such, writing is an important part of my evaluation... I know taking away backgrounds limits how much writing you can show me but please feel free to write more than you normally would about your appearance, outlook on life, personality, etc. (and, per #1, feel free to use those things to tie yourself to a specific setting).

I will get some specific feedback up tomorrow.

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Rimy Jim wrote:
DM Nate wrote:
The creature snarls at you as its wound begins to seal back up. Reacting quickly, it unleashes a flurry of attacks...
"Seal back up" as in DR, or as in Fast Healing/Regeneration?

Well, both actually...

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@cam- the chainsaw would turn off on impact (as soon as it does damage), so you'd have to activate it again (with all the normal costs). Because of that, throwing it may be an option in a pinch but it's probably not something you want to do very often.

@everyone waiting for feedback- my slow day today ended up being crazy. I have a couple of doctor appointments tomorrow so hopefully I'll have time (and adequate signal) in the waiting rooms to get some feedback posted.

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there's still enough new people trickling in that I'm not planning on cutting it off yet. IF I changed my mind tomorrow I'll still give 48 hours notice so you'd have until at least Saturday afternoon/evening at the absolute earliest.

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Zayne Iwatani wrote:
A halfling Brawler, Rogue and Bard. Now we just need a halfling primary caster and the full half pint party will be ready to go.

Haha- but are you all small or are you just traveling places where everything else is too big...

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@Cam James- Panic's answers/input was mostly pretty solid...
1) he's correct, part of the design of your starting point is that it will be unfamiliar to everyone (so no peeking)
2) also correct, with a few provisos... all your abilities and skills (including knowledges) will work normally, you just don't know where you're from or how you got to where we start. proviso: because of the extreme range of options you have for where you go some skills may be of limited use in some settings... and I don't just mean swim when you're in a desert. Knowledges like history or nobility will get less functional the farther removed you are from your 'natural habitat' (wherever that is).
3) masterwork tools work exactly as described in their published source.
*) chainsaws are available. remember the note on power levels. see also my comments on the availability of high tech items in play (replacing batteries will be a challenge, and repairing it if it breaks will likely require traveling somewhere with a sufficient tech level). Also, throwing it will cause it shut off as if it were dropped (i'd let it do damage first though).
4) (important for everyone) no customized items, including combining items. published items only.
5) you may be from any time period/setting, your character should make sense somewhere though... the idea of a chainsaw wielding caveman literally made me LOL but it's such an odd combo that I'm not sure what to do with it... honestly, I think I'd probably be more likely to pick a caveman or a chainsaw guy than someone's who's both; but if you want to take a stab at it go for it (it wouldn't be the first time a really strong application changed my mind on something).

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Thanks for the continued interest all! Right now, tomorrow looks like it might not be super busy so I may be able to start sending out some feedback on characters (I hope).

@Panic- I don't want to push it with gracious offer to oversee the list but if there's any chance you could add a mark on your list to indicate which players have asked for feedback from me, it would be very helpful.

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It's been a busy week but I will start offering some feedback soon.

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