GM Sphen Rise of the Runelords: (Clever Subtitle)

Game Master Sphen86

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1)So here is the deal. I started a RotRL game, and people stopped posting. So I shut the game down. As such, let me be very clear on one thing about my DM style. I post to tell you how the world (and its inhabitants) respond to what you and yours are doing. I WILL NOT push you along. Not my thing.
That being said, I am looking for players who will take an active approach to the game. Who will explore the dungeon and tell me what they're doing. I'm looking for 4 posts a week (preferably on weekdays). I don't tend to post on the weekends, so grace period there. I don't care what the posts are, either. If all 4 of your posts are roleplaying, great. That means you're still invested in the game. And that is what I want.

2) Also, as the title says, I am looking for PLAYERS, not characters. If you post in here and say, "Oh, here's my character, please consider it", I'm going to ignore you. I firmly believe that the group of players should build a party together in chat (I usually give about 2 weeks for this) to fill the roles. I have 1 players lined up, and I'm looking for 4 or 5 more to fill the rest of the "table". Again, please do not post here about your character. Only post here if you can commit to the game.
2a) Now, I know that not everyone who signs up will make it through. Real life gets in the way of the game. I get that. And there will be breaks from the game during major holidays and such. However, it you can't post, or don't think you'll be able to post, I expect you to say something. Doesn't need to be much, just a quick "Won't be on much for a few days/weeks, real life stuff" is all it takes.

3)All that being said, if you've made it this far and haven't given up on me for being an overly pompous @hole, then we can continue to character building.

1) Paizo only with a few exceptions to follow. I prefer Core stuff, but I’m down for anything…. anything that fits the theme of the campaign. If you make a gunslinger, that’s cool. If you make a gunslinger that is modeled after Al Pacino, I’m going to take my proverbial DM finger and proverbially flick your character off the proverbial map and tell you to make something else. Anything not from the Core Rulebook has to be from a book I own, which is most of them. I have pretty much everything except the player companions and gazetteers. Just ask.
Non-Paizo allowed sources: 3.5 Eberron races (Warforged, Shifter, Changling) and their racial feats. These are done as is from the original source material. Possibly some changes to feats if the level (or BAB) requirements call for it.

2) You will discuss your party amongst yourself. I don’t pull punches and I won’t change the AP to compensate for the party make up. Don’t have a rogue? There will still be locked doors and traps. Don’t have a controller? There will still be mobs. Keep this in mind while you’re discussing your party make up.

3) The technical side.
22 point buy (not a typo)
2 traits
Full HP at level 1
Roll for starting gold, minimum is 150
No evil alignment (prefer no CN; but if you think you can pull it off, I’ll let you try)

4) Once you have your character nailed down, I want you to tell us about them. The info I'm looking for is: Why are they adventuring/willing to adventure? Why are they adventuring here? What do they want? (Short term and long term) And this last one is both proverbial and literal. Do they want safety for the village? Great. Do they want a Rod of the Sunlords? I'll work it into the game eventually. So give me a break down of both the characterization and the mechanical progression you hope to make.

5) Background skills are allowed, but only for Craft, Perform, Profession. And only if it's not related directly to your class. I think that works against what this option is going for. So, if you're a Bard, you can't use your background skill in Perform. If you're an Alchemist, you can't use your background skill for Craft (Alchemy).

6) Standard multi-classing.


You have my attention.
I can’t wait to see who else throws their hat in ring.


Currently playing this campaign in real life and we’re In book 3. I love the story and I’m going to throw my hat in. Excited to work together with everyone for a party.

Scarab Sages

I'm up for this! I LOVE me some Sandpoint, it's my favorite place in the (Golarian) world! In this stupid world I prefer Portland, OR and Istanbul.


Definitely interested. I've never actually played Runelords, but I'd like to! (though I have played the ACG version)

4 posts/week I can definitely handle.

If you want a feel for my posting style, check my Belym alias - that was the longest running game I've been in on the forum.


I am definitely interested


Disclosure: I have GMed the first 3 books of this campaign in a RL game, and I am familiar with its entire content. I can, however, keep player and character knowledge separately - doing so at the moment in a Curse of the Crimson Throne campaign.

I am very enthusiastic about collaborative party and character creation, not just mechanically but also in terms of backgrounds, connections, relationships.


I would definitely be interested.


I am interested. I have not done any play by post, but i am definitely interested in learning. Also I have played a few sessions IRL of this AP (levels 1 and 10).


I've been on the forums for quite a while. I've never run Rise, as everyone in my group has run through it at various times, and though it was really popular on the boards a while ago, I haven't seen a new one in a while.

About me:
I'm currently in one game as a player, and have applied to a second. I've been GMing two games, but those progress more slowly between collaborating with a co-GM and working on an entirely new setting. I've been in several past games that have died out, but if you want to take a look, I've been quite consistent even through job changes and kids. I appreciate that you thought about your post frequency rather than saying the usual once per day, and I game that's a bit slower, but consistent is more appealing than one that dies before the end of book one.


I am very interested in playing in a Rise of the Runelords game and I likw what you have said about your game style. I have tried to get into several RotRL games so I have several ideas for tying into the area and following the adventure.

Silver Crusade

Tried several times at Rise games, but they alwys fall through. I have a flavourful idea for a character that would allow for good roleplaying opportunities and would be a utility character.


I was in one RotR pbp but it seems to have stalled, which is ironic since I was recruited with another to fill in for a couple of players that had left shortly after the first encounter.
I was playing an arcane caster with the barest sprinkling of healing. But I’d be willing to try a different hat if needed.


Pathfinder Adventure Path, Lost Omens, Rulebook Subscriber

I'm interested in this. I've played to mid book 3 IRL before and I do own and have read the Anniversary Edition. I hope that's not an impediment.


Thoroughly interested- the ethos of the game as described fits my druthers quite nicely.

I have absolutely 0 familiarity with Rise of the Runelords, for better or for worse; in terms of the themes and moods that trip my trigger, I like a mix of dark humor, desperation, and always salted in a measure of sincere hopefulness. Collaborative character design is a great measure, in my opinion- my biggest gripe with most games is the sense that the PCs are more like a bunch of strangers on a train rather than a band of brothers/sisters (not to suggest it needs to be "all for one, one for all"- sibling rivalry is as old as Cain!).

Color me intrigued!


I would also love to join this. A chance to finish the tale would be awesome. I have started this but our GM took too much for his plate and while he did give us a wonderful story, alas he had to call it a day. So I would love a chance to finish this. As I just love finishing things I have started.


I played RotRL years ago but we stopped around 7th level or so and I cannot remember anything beyond the fact that it starts at Sandpoint and Goblins make an appearance.

I am new to PbP. I'm in one game at the moment as a player and I am available for more. I love writing and building a character from the ground up with less emphasis on backstory. I enjoy a balance of social interaction, problem solving and combat. System mastery is fun and character optimization is cool but not to the point of min-maxing. It's more important for me to have good options for contributing to a group than being perfectly powerful.


Pathfinder Card Game Subscriber; Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Charter Superscriber

I don't like creating my character in a vacuum. A mandate to have a PBP "Session Zero" to collaborate and build characters as a group - even if they intentionally don't mesh well - is very interesting to me.

I have to confess that I have also been in a number of aborted RotRL games, including one that had (iirc) four or five different Game Masters before it finally gave its last gasp, so I'm familiar with a fair bit of the AP, but I also believe I can keep my player knowledge and character knowledge separate.

I'm literally willing to play whatever character the party needs. There are so many class and race combinations that I haven't had a chance to play yet - I'm always looking for something new to try.

Posting rate should not be a concern - you are welcome to check any of my several active aliases to see how often I touch the boards nearly every day.


As you're looking for players and not characters, what information besides a I'm interested are you looking for?


I'd also like to express interest. Most of my play in Pathfinder over the decade has been through homebrew settings, so modules and APs are nice and fresh for me!

Slayde77's inquiry above is one I must second. What I can say is I generally prefer playing cerebral characters to martials (though spheres of power/might, if permitted, would make me willing to play a meat shield).


Just finished this a few months ago, but I'd love to be involved in it again. I really like the idea of having the players create characters together and create a great story.

Thank you in advance for your consideration.

Also, how long will you be taking submissions for? Maybe I missed it, but I didn't see that in the OP.


Well GM Sphen, I think you found plenty of interest. :)


I am definitely interested. I have been looking to get into a Rise otRL game for some time.

I am a very active player and engage in both roleplay and moving the story along. I am also only in a couple of games, so I have plenty of attention span to invest in this game.


Interested. I'm pretty consistent with posting and while I am GMing this and have tried playing this numerous times, I've never gotten further than the second book. I am really looking forward to working with everyone on character creation.


I was in GM Sphen's aforementioned game. It was a blast while it lasted. Make sure you stay focused and KEEP POSTING. Is no fun when folks go AWOL.


Interested. I've done one collaborative group building experience on the boards and it was very rewarding (Irl this is how we have always done it).


I just ended up in another game, and don't need to add another to my plate. Feel free to not consider me.


I've always wanted to play this one. Got into one game that didn't make it past the first book.


I tried to run this back when the anniversary edition first came out and I ran into the same situations.

GM Sphen said wrote:
I post to tell you how the world (and its inhabitants) respond to what you and yours are doing. I WILL NOT push you along. Not my thing.

I can totally dig that. I have issues with this myself.

I can commit to 4-5 posts during the week, maybe once on weekend.
I usually like divine caster types or support


Dot for interest.

I really like the idea of building a party of characters together, as it allows for shared backgrounds, etc.

Your posting rules are fine, maybe even lighter than I'm used to.

I'm currently playing in one other PbP game. I was starting a second, but the GM seems to have cast "Vanish" before the first encounter even really began.

I typically lean towards martial and skill monkey sorts, but I'm not against playing an arcane or divine caster if the group needs.


Hello there, I am certainly interested. I really like having the prep time where PCs can all work together and tie into eachother, or at the very least not step on eachother's shoes.

Most of my experience tabletop experience is through virtual tabletops (roll20, etc), so I am rather new to strict PbP, but 4 post within week should be more than doable from my part.


I'll throw my hat into the ring. It's been quite a while since I PbP'd, and I now have some time I can dedicate to it.

I haven't done a cooperative 'Session Zero' in almost fifteen years. It would be interesting to see how that would work nowadays.

Generally speaking, I play human characters, and prefer martial- or divine-oriented combatants.


Going to close this down. Lots of volunteers, way more than I need to fill the group. Thanks for all the volunteers.


Well then, with all the interest, let’s talk party dynamics.
What kind of persona are people looking to play?

Myself, I’m feeling someone book taught but looking to see more of the world now. Probably an out-of-towner there to see the festivities.
I’d like to play something arcane, but I could maybe do Something roguish if persuaded.

Maybe something non-human if allowed.


spacefurry wrote:

Well then, with all the interest, let’s talk party dynamics.

What kind of persona are people looking to play?

Myself, I’m feeling someone book taught but looking to see more of the world now. Probably an out-of-towner there to see the festivities.
I’d like to play something arcane, but I could maybe do Something roguish if persuaded.

Maybe something non-human if allowed.

I'm going to reach out to the players I'm interested in having join to come and have that discussion amongst themselves.

The pro and con to these threads is largely the same. Lots of volunteers. So I'm sure to get a good selection of players. But some of you will have to suffer the disappointment of not being chosen.


Of course. Didn’t realize you had posted as I was typing until I had already posted. :)


Thanks for the opportunity to apply.
Good luck to everyone!


Same here. :)


Looking forward to seeing who gets to join!!


If there ends up being an opening I'd be interested. I'm new to Pathfinder and Paizo's site but have plenty of experience with D&D and PBP. I would love to join this adventure. I have no problems with the requirements you have outlined.


I'm interested! I've played games for about a decade. Familiar with Pathfinder and ran the first book of Runelords years ago.I'm a Private Investigator so I spend a lot of time staked out on in front of peoples houses for hours on end, so finding time to post won't be an issue. I love the idea of choosing players, facilitating friendships outside of characters can only strengthen the game. I'd love for the opportunity to join a dedicated game as I've recently moved away from my typical gaming group and can only do so much over skype. Either way, I wish the best for this game!


GM Sphen wrote:


I'm going to reach out to the players I'm interested in having join to come and have that discussion amongst themselves.

Is this indicating that if we haven't been contacted already, we won't be, and the cast is set? Just want to know if I should be looking for other trees to bark up- in either case, best wishes for a good game.


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GM Sphen wrote:


I'm going to reach out to the players I'm interested in having join to come and have that discussion amongst themselves.
Is this indicating that if we haven't been contacted already, we won't be, and the cast is set? Just want to know if I should be looking for other trees to bark up- in either case, best wishes for a good game.

Oh, yeah. Check out the Discussion thread. They finished recruiting Monday and messaged on here that recruitment was closed.


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Thanks for pointing that out, Sancuris. I was still waiting for a "thanks, all, the table is now officially full," or something like it.

I hope you folks have a great game!

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