The Pyramid of Shadows (Inactive)

Game Master 137ben

Map of the Pyramid's First Floor

Map of the Pyramid's second floor.

Map of the Pyramid's third floor.


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Aasimar Oracle 6/Rogue 6 | HP 36/40 | AC: 25 TAC: 18 FAC: 19 CMB: 22 AC: 23 TAC: 16 FAC: 14 CMB: 18 | F: +5, R: +10, W: +5 | Init: +6 | Perc: +8, S.M. +6 | Speed 30ft. |
Resources:
Spell Slots: 1st: 5/7 2nd: 3/6 3rd: 4/4 | SLA Glitterdust | Boots: 10/10 | Wand: 20 | Improvisation 6/6
Current Buffs: barkskin, shillelagh

FYI guys expect my posts to slow down a bit soon.

Here's what's going on.

Right now we have a staffing shortage at my workplace, and I have been pulling extra shifts. This has left me pretty tired and worn out. I also expect to be training some new hires soon (though I'm not sure when), and since I do most of my posts from work it is unlikely I will be able to post much on those days, but we don't have a schedule for that person yet, so I don't yet know which days I am doing that, and I may not end up knowing until I arrive for my shift. So since I may not have any warning I'm letting you guys know now. The training will probably be spread over three days.

After that I am leaving for a much needed Vacation on September 30th. I expect to have internet access, so I should be able to post in that period, though it may be a bit irregular.

Sorry for any problems this might cause, and if I don't respond in a reasonable time bot me as needed. Things should be back to normal for me in mid-October.


M Humanborn

whew, good luck and have fun. as fun as all that stress can be anyway.


M Humanborn

I've got people in town until the end of the month. I will still be checking in, but irregularly. Bot me if needed please.


HP: 49/56 || Current AC: 23

Hey ppls,

Just a note to let you know I will be off until next Monday for a family trip. Will be able to check games, but probably not able to post.

Feel free to bot me if needed ;)


Aasimar Oracle 6/Rogue 6 | HP 36/40 | AC: 25 TAC: 18 FAC: 19 CMB: 22 AC: 23 TAC: 16 FAC: 14 CMB: 18 | F: +5, R: +10, W: +5 | Init: +6 | Perc: +8, S.M. +6 | Speed 30ft. |
Resources:
Spell Slots: 1st: 5/7 2nd: 3/6 3rd: 4/4 | SLA Glitterdust | Boots: 10/10 | Wand: 20 | Improvisation 6/6
Current Buffs: barkskin, shillelagh

Just an FYI guys:

Holiday Plans:

This Friday (i.e. tomorrow), Saturday, Sunday, and Monday I have Christmas events to attend (and I may be busy Tuesday too). I will be travelling for some of that period. I still expect to have internet access and I'll try to get online in that period but my posting frequency may suffer. Wednesday night I will be back home and things will return to normal for me.


I'll be going to visit family from December 28th to December 31st, and probably won't have time to post. I'll be free outside of that window.


HP: 49/56 || Current AC: 23

I will be on vacations, so probably most of the time with my family - in any case I am not travelling, so should have some access to PC. Nothing crazy though :D

Merry Christmas everyone! And a Happy New Year!


HP: 49/56 || Current AC: 23

Guys, I'm travelling for the weekend. Will be back on Monday. Posts are not likely to occur until then :)

Please bot me as needed.


HP: 49/56 || Current AC: 23

Sorry guys, this week is going to be murder for me... Moving for the Nth time in two years is really taking its toll on me..

If all goes well, I should have internet right from the get go, so from next Monday onwards it should be smooth sailing only.

But until then, it won't be easy to get online.

My apologies to you all.


I will be leaving town tomorrow to visit family. I will be back on the 29th. While gone, I will have my laptop and internet access, so I'll probably still be able to post, but updates may be a little slower than usual.


M Humanborn

I have guests in town until next monday, i have been scarce on here due to internet circumstances but i will remedy at that time, please bot me as needed.


HP: 49/56 || Current AC: 23

Guys, dropping a line to let you know I will be going on vacations from the 20th until the 30th June. Will have access to internet, and will probably be able to post here and there during those 10 days, but in between family, SUN, beach, swimming pool and summer beverages, the posts will have to wait a tad ;)


Okay, thanks for the heads up!


Aasimar Oracle 6/Rogue 6 | HP 36/40 | AC: 25 TAC: 18 FAC: 19 CMB: 22 AC: 23 TAC: 16 FAC: 14 CMB: 18 | F: +5, R: +10, W: +5 | Init: +6 | Perc: +8, S.M. +6 | Speed 30ft. |
Resources:
Spell Slots: 1st: 5/7 2nd: 3/6 3rd: 4/4 | SLA Glitterdust | Boots: 10/10 | Wand: 20 | Improvisation 6/6
Current Buffs: barkskin, shillelagh

FYI I'm going out to the country for the weekend (for my brother's wedding) and probably won't have net access. I should be back on track Monday.


Okay, thank you for the heads up!


My family is coming into town tomorrow, so I am going to be slower at posting for the next week or so.


Whoops! My family took up a lot more time than I expected, and I was bogged down by one thing after another. I think things should be back to normal now.


Aasimar Oracle 6/Rogue 6 | HP 36/40 | AC: 25 TAC: 18 FAC: 19 CMB: 22 AC: 23 TAC: 16 FAC: 14 CMB: 18 | F: +5, R: +10, W: +5 | Init: +6 | Perc: +8, S.M. +6 | Speed 30ft. |
Resources:
Spell Slots: 1st: 5/7 2nd: 3/6 3rd: 4/4 | SLA Glitterdust | Boots: 10/10 | Wand: 20 | Improvisation 6/6
Current Buffs: barkskin, shillelagh

Hello folks.

I'm afraid I've been bedridden for several days. My stomach is still in knots but I'm starting to feel better and I hope to catch up soon.

Bot me in the meantime if necessary.


Aasimar Oracle 6/Rogue 6 | HP 36/40 | AC: 25 TAC: 18 FAC: 19 CMB: 22 AC: 23 TAC: 16 FAC: 14 CMB: 18 | F: +5, R: +10, W: +5 | Init: +6 | Perc: +8, S.M. +6 | Speed 30ft. |
Resources:
Spell Slots: 1st: 5/7 2nd: 3/6 3rd: 4/4 | SLA Glitterdust | Boots: 10/10 | Wand: 20 | Improvisation 6/6
Current Buffs: barkskin, shillelagh

If any of you guys are in Canada, Happy Thanksgiving!

Those of you in the US, Happy Columbus Day (or Happy "Guy Who Was Looking For China and Ended Up In Puerto Rico" Day).


I want to express my frustration with this game.

I'm still getting some enjoyment out of posting updates and seeing how you three react. However, I've been getting much less enjoyment out of the prep work that I have to do. I'm also working more than full-time, which wasn't the case in 2014 or even in 2016, and there are other things I do for fun besides gaming. It's been quite awhile since I felt I was actually doing a good job running this game, largely due to these factors.

As you can probably tell, we are fairly close to the end of the campaign. You "only" need to find the last splinter of Vyrellis, beat the last splinter of Karavakos, and then defeat the original Karavakos. Due to the fact that we seem close to the end, I am very tempted to continue running this game as I have been, with all the delays. However, I feel like I would be stringing you along. And, given the slow pace of this game, the small amount of content remaining may well take a year of real time.

I've thought of taking a break and coming back to this campaign later. We could, for example, put the game on hold for four months, and come back after that. However, I don't think that that is a good idea. I expect to be even more busy next year than I am now. I don't mind that, since I like being busy, but it does mean that this game is unlikly ever to recieve the attention it needs from me.

So that's where I am. That's what I think about this game more than four years after starting The Pyramid of Shadows.


M Humanborn

All told, it's up to your discretion, I won't fault you either way. The game still interests me, though Gemheart doesn't interest me much anymore. That's my fault, I have always had a case of new-character-itis and when it takes a long time to level up, things get stagnant and I get bored with the character. The other two have kept me interested. The NPCs are interesting, though there are too many for me to keep track of (not a condemnation of the game but rather myself).


HP: 49/56 || Current AC: 23

I guess it is a fair analysis of the game DMB and Tenro - ever since I started, the pace was never amazing - sometimes the players would not post, sometimes the GM would not post - all put together it makes for a game that instead of being slow, drags itself along...

And people tend to get detached from games like that I think - I think this is what happened here. Even if the interest is not lost, the enthusiasm is...


Aasimar Oracle 6/Rogue 6 | HP 36/40 | AC: 25 TAC: 18 FAC: 19 CMB: 22 AC: 23 TAC: 16 FAC: 14 CMB: 18 | F: +5, R: +10, W: +5 | Init: +6 | Perc: +8, S.M. +6 | Speed 30ft. |
Resources:
Spell Slots: 1st: 5/7 2nd: 3/6 3rd: 4/4 | SLA Glitterdust | Boots: 10/10 | Wand: 20 | Improvisation 6/6
Current Buffs: barkskin, shillelagh

I got used to the fact that this game had a slow pace from the start.

That doesn't bother me... but it means that I check this thread less often. It also means that I often forget what our goals are, so I appreciate the reminders you've given.

I do find the dungeon itself very interesting as a concept. I'd be interested in seeing your notes when the game is over.

I also like my character overall, though it sounds like basically there will not be any development of him and the adventure is designed to be completed by characters at our level. That's too bad.

I am happy to continue if you guys want.


Tenro wrote:
All told, it's up to your discretion, I won't fault you either way. The game still interests me, though Gemheart doesn't interest me much anymore. That's my fault, I have always had a case of new-character-itis and when it takes a long time to level up, things get stagnant and I get bored with the character. The other two have kept me interested. The NPCs are interesting, though there are too many for me to keep track of (not a condemnation of the game but rather myself).

Yea, I can understand that feeling. From my end, I don't really feel tired of the characters (one of the benefits of running the game is getting to switch characters frequently). On the other hand, I am sort fed up with the campaign itself. There are some things about the plot that I feel it is too late for me to change that I dislike. Moreover, the process of having to prep stat blocks for NPCs and maps before each combat encounter is not something I enjoy anymore. Any time I know or think a combat is about to start, I think "oh, s+&~, I have to prep another encounter." For other campaigns I'm able to get over that hurdle to get to things I enjoy more, but for some reason I'm having more trouble doing that for this game.

Krezen wrote:

I guess it is a fair analysis of the game DMB and Tenro - ever since I started, the pace was never amazing - sometimes the players would not post, sometimes the GM would not post - all put together it makes for a game that instead of being slow, drags itself along...

And people tend to get detached from games like that I think - I think this is what happened here. Even if the interest is not lost, the enthusiasm is...

On its own, the game moving slowly isn't really a problem. I think for me the problem is the fact that it moves slowly, coupled with the fact that I don't really like some aspects of the game and want those aspects to be over quickly, but they won't be over quickly because nothing in this game is quick.

Jan Carpenter wrote:
I also like my character overall, though it sounds like basically there will not be any development of him and the adventure is designed to be completed by characters at our level. That's too bad.

Shortly after this game began, I considered where it could go after Karavakos was defeated. The Pyramid was designed and created by a pit fiend, for a specific purpose, to advance her own adjenda in the Nine Hells. Were the PCs to destroy the Pyramid and/or Karavakos, it would create a fallout in an ongoing infernal conflict. I also considered how I wanted to bring the family of Vyrellis and Karavakos into a sequel adventure.

Were we playing this as a face-to-face game with a much faster pace, I may well have wanted to continue the story past the Pyramid of Shadows. However, I decided about a year in that, given how long it would take to complete even this "short" adventure, doing a sequel properly was well outside the scope of what I felt comfortable doing as a pbp.


HP: 49/56 || Current AC: 23

Understood DMB.

If you ever wish to run another game, and need a player, you can count on me ;)


I marked this campaign as inactive. Thanks for keeping this game going for more than four years.


M Humanborn
Deranged_Maniac_Ben wrote:
I marked this campaign as inactive. Thanks for keeping this game going for more than four years.

I'll still see you around on the boards!

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