Ire of the Storm by GM Rutseg

Game Master Balacertar

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Pridon's Hearth is Sargava's newest colony, pushing the country's borders further south than ever before and attracting treasure-hunters, fortune-seekers, and troubled souls hoping for a fresh start. But unnaturally powerful storms rock the tiny settlement just as the local lizardfolk tribe declares war on the colonists within. Are these threats somehow related? What became of the heretical cult of Gozreh that journeyed to the region a century ago, and do its corrupt teachings hold the key to calming the growing hurricane? Can the heroes protect the growing community from raging tempests and hostile monsters alike? And what role does the shadowy Aspis Consortium play in these recent dangers? These challenges and more await heroes willing to face down the Ire of the Storm!

Ire of the Storm is one of the best rated Pathfinder Modules in Paizo store and I managed to secure a copy under my claws a few months ago. This is a 1st to 6th level adventure written in 64 pages by Thurston Hillman. The adventure develops in a jungle estuary frontier region of Sargava. It is divided in three well defined parts, being the first one event-driven, the second one a sandbox using Kingmaker exploration system to discover the region and a last part composed by a dungeon. The PCs arrive in a ship to the colony and will have to step up to defend the colony and explore the region to investigate and put an end to a dangerous menace.

I offer myself to run this adventure for a group of 5 players.

Because I know how time consuming and frustrating can be creating a new character and I have previous good experience with a party creation process, this recruitment will be player based.

Instead of presenting a new character concept with its stats, background and personality, I will only request your interest on playing the Ire of the Storm Module with me as a GM by answering a few brief questions about you. I will then look through your campaign list and past posts in order to make a selection, to ensure a minimum playing consistency and playing style that I might enjoy. That said I will reserve a place for a new player with little posting history. If there is a long list of people interested I might look for some additional process to help me come to a decision.

A second step will follow then, with only the selected players making the effort of creating a character. The character creation will be a group effort were you will be expected to start working together, and you will be able to create a balanced party with relations to each other and the adventure itself.

It is my intention to have a selection of players within 2 weeks and start the campaign with the beginning of the new year, but this might greatly vary depending on the recruitment success. Likewise, this is just an intuition as plenty of things can happen during that time, but I expect to complete this in little more than a year.

I consider the adventure good enough as it is and thus you can expect to play it as written, but I might introduce some roleplaying or combat additions if the group calls for them.

In case it affects your desire to play these will be the character creation rules:

Creation rules & other gaming information:

Starting level: Start at level 1, the adventure will end once you reach level 6.
Starting wealth: Average for the chosen class.
Ability generation system: 15 point buy
Hit point generation system: PFS-style (maximum at level 1, half the hit dice plus one afterwards).
Alignment restrictions: Only neutral and good characters allowed. Lawful Evil might be acceptable if character motivations ensure cooperation with the party and the colony.
Number / type of traits allowed: 2 traits allowed, one of which should be a campaign trait from a homebrew list I will provide during character creation.
Source material restrictions: Core + Advanced Player’s Guide + Ultimate Magic + Ultimate Combat + Advanced Class Guide + Pathfinder Unchained + Advanced Race Guide + Ultimate Campaign + Bestiaries + CS:Inner Sea World Guide + CS:Inner Sea Gods + PC:Heroes of the Wild + PC:Blood of the Elements + PC:Familiar Folio + PC:Animal Archive + PC:Sargava the Lost Colony + each player may chose a single Player Companion source that helps him bring the background of his character to life.
Firearms: Early firearms.
Hero points: 1 each new level, including initial one.
Unchained rules available
Classes: You can use either the Unchained or the Core version of any class, but for the Summoner you must use the Unchained version.
Background Skills
Skill Unlocks
Variant Multiclassing
Maps: Google Slides with edit permissions for all players.
Posting frequency: At least 1 every 24 hours, and let others know if you will be not available for more than 2 days. Weekends and summer holidays might see a much slower rate.
Level advancement: Plot driven (with adjustments depending on party effectiveness).
Initiative management: Turn stacking (if someone is holding the round, I will resolve the round and that someone can post two rounds of actions on next post)
Treasure management: You are in an isolated colony, most of your equipment is expected to come from adventuring finds.
Magic Items Crafting: Available. There will be time for crafting, but it will become limited at some points of the adventure.
PFS credit: I will issue chronicles to those players interested (there are 3 chronicles plus a bonus one for playing the full adventure).

Who am I?:

I have been playing and GMing in PbP for some years now. My main campaign is a Shackled City AP that has been running for almost 4 years now and is on the last half of the adventure. Likewise, I have GMed multiple PFS scenarios in the past, and I am an active player in many campaigns in these forums.

I have been playing Pathfinder over the last decade and I still maintain a couple of active friendly groups running through APs with a biweekly basis.

I like roleplaying because I love novels, theatre, character's evolution and strategy games.

Finally, I am not an English native, thus I have to apologize beforehand for my weird grammar structures and typos. If you see an error to come often to the thread, please let me know privately so I can try to fix it.

Questionnaire:

  • - What do you like from PbP gaming?
  • - Have you ever played or read partially or completely the Ire of the Storm before?
  • - What made you decide to apply?
  • - What is your roleplaying motto?

Merry Christmas and Good Gaming!


Interested.

- What do you like from PbP gaming?
It encourages more role-play than in-person groups, which often lean toward roll-play. I actually enjoy the slow pace to ponder my character's thoughts, speech, and actions.
- Have you ever played or read partially or completely the Ire of the Storm before?
Nope.
- What made you decide to apply?
It looks interesting. I chafe at the restrictions of PFS play lately, and taking a character to level 6 sounds like just the right amount of play. I appreciate your way of introducing it, and I was surprised to see that you're not a native English speaker (not that that made me apply, I just thought I'd mention it in passing).
- What is your roleplaying motto?
"It's All Good". We're all here to have fun.


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What do you like from PbP gaming?

I like that with PBP you get the chance to think things through a bit and make more detailed posts, which tends to lead to more descriptive play. It's one of the real strengths of PBP imo, along with not having to worry about getting people together at the same time and place.

Have you ever played or read partially or completely the Ire of the Storm before?

I've never even heard of it before tbh.

What made you decide to apply?

A few things if I'm being honest: one, I like to play PBP, and as many as possible, since they help to eat into my time; I also appreciate that while it'll be a longer game, there is a definitive endgame. This helps keep people focused, since sandbox-style PBP games tend to petter out without at least one strong player pushing things forward.

What is your roleplaying motto?

When in doubt, do something awesome.


Dotting


Sounds interesting.

1) What do you like from PbP gaming?
Hm... well, I like the fact that I get to play just about anywhere, which given I move around a bit makes F2F playing a challenge. I also like the fact that you get to give voice to the internal thoughts and describe the physical reactions of your character better than in person.

2) Have you ever played or read partially or completely the Ire of the Storm before?
Never. Heck, the closest I have even come to having a character in that general area, location wise, are a few failed Serpent's Skull games.

3) What made you decide to apply?
Combination of curiosity for the new content and desire to participate in group character building. As much as I enjoy making characters alone, it can be a bit hard to get folks to integrate with each other at first.

4) What is your roleplaying motto?
Not really sure that I have one... closest would be:
"If you dream it, you can do it, unless the dice are feeling spiteful."

Best of luck in your selections.


- What do you like from PbP gaming?
I like that it's adjustable to your schedule and independent of timezone. It also gives for the opportunity of more "shy" people to really impersonate their characters, assuming they can write properly.

- Have you ever played or read partially or completely the Ire of the Storm before?

I have not. I believe this makes it even more fun for me, since I had hosted several other modules in face-to-face and boards. I like something fresh.

- What made you decide to apply?

As mentioned before, I like the opportunity of playing something truly fresh. I also liked the "party building characters together" thing as I like having mechanical synergy with my mates.

- What is your roleplaying motto?

There shouldn't be a "that's what my character would do" if this implies something which won't be fun to the other players. That's where I like to draw a line.


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Pathfinder Lost Omens, Starfinder Roleplaying Game Subscriber

What do you like from PbP gaming?
I like that it allows for more intricate roleplaying than in-person gaming. It allows you to play a less verbal character more easily, as physical descriptions can be better described. I also like seeing the ideas that many people have.

Have you ever played or read partially or completely the Ire of the Storm before?
Not even slightly.

What made you decide to apply?
I've heard nothing but good things about Ire of the Storm, and I've seen the Shackled City in my recent threads tab for years, so I can tell this game will be in good hands.

What is your roleplaying motto?
Not sure exactly, but if I had to pick one it'd be "Story over stats."


Sounds interesting. Might as well throw my name in the hat as well.

- What do you like from PbP gaming?
I like the fact I can more easily get into a character's head and their internal monologue while seeing others. I find that the interactions are less rushed which allow characters to breath more.

- Have you ever played or read partially or completely the Ire of the Storm before?
Never heard of it.

- What made you decide to apply?
Been looking for games recently as my current playgroup went from 3 games to 0 due to someone moving across the Ocean.

- What is your roleplaying motto?
Does this make the story or event more or less interesting?


I’d be interested. Please consider me, even if I’m new here. :-)

What do you like from PbP gaming?

I enjoy the opportunity for elaborate backstory and side story development. The written form allows for thoughtful theme and scene development, and if it works well, it’s like a collaborative work of art.

Have you ever played or read partially or completely the Ire of the Storm before?

No never played, not familiar with it.

What made you decide to apply?

After having been away from gaming for many years, I’m semi-retired and finally have time to get back into it. I’ve played, 2nd and 3.5th editions, but not PF, so a campaign that starts at 1st level appeals.

What is your roleplaying motto?

Work as a team and create opportunities for everybody to shine


What do you like from PbP gaming?
I like that I can better describe the actions and thought processes my characters take. It also lets me scratch my ttrpg itch as my irl game has slowed over time.

Have you ever played or read partially or completely the Ire of the Storm before?
Not at all.

What made you decide to apply?
All my other games have either ground to a halt or slowed considerably (one post a week maybe).

What is your roleplaying motto?
Good for the party, good for the game.


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What do you like from PbP gaming?
I like the freedom in a character sense in that I can explore my character and their motivations which I find makes for a better roleplay experience, and in a player sense that I often can't get to an IRL group session, making PbP much less time restrictive.

Have you ever played or read partially or completely the Ire of the Storm before?
I attempted to run it for some friends 2-3 years ago. We got about 3 pages in, so we didn't get far.

What made you decide to apply?
I've actually wanted to play Ire for a while (I used to own it) and because modules aren't quite the slog Adventure Paths can be.

What is your roleplaying motto?
Roleplay over Rollplay, every time.


Adventure Path Charter Subscriber; Pathfinder Rulebook Subscriber

What do you like from PbP gaming?
The asynchronous play allows for more creative posting that wouldn't normally come up during a table top session - for example, using google translate to represent other languages or being able to find adequate phrases for spell casting.

Have you ever played or read partially or completely the Ire of the Storm before?
I have never played or GM'd the module, but I do own it as a part of trying to collect the 1E modules.

What made you decide to apply?
(1) I'm not currently in an pbp game and (2) I tend to prefer low-level play.

What is your roleplaying motto?
Valar Dohaeris? Never go in against a Sicilian when death is on the line?


What do you like from PbP gaming?
There's a multitude of reasons but I guess one of the top reasons I would say is that you can really develop your character through PbP far greater than you can in RL. And to be honest, what everyone else has said in response to this question is totally spot on. I really could not agree more.

Have you ever played or read partially or completely the Ire of the Storm before?
Nope. No nothing about it.

What made you decide to apply?
I find your recruitment interesting. Can't say I've ever seen a recruit like this one. So I figured what the hey. :)

What is your roleplaying motto?
Not sure if I have a "motto" per say, but, if there's one thing I've learned about pc's from playing pbp it's: A character, isn't a character, without character.

djpika wrote:

What is your roleplaying motto?

Valar Dohaeris? Never go in against a Sicilian when death is on the line?

LOL! Oh man that is just greatness. Good one. :)


That's just good advice right there, and slightly less known then "never get into a land war in Asia".


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Not throwing my interest into this one - rather endorsing your GM. I am lucky enough to make it through an incredibly fun (and rigorous) selection process and play in his aforementioned Shackled City campaign.

Can't recommend the opportunity to be part of one of GM-R's games enough :) Good luck one and all!

(Waves to some familiar sparring partners)


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Black Dow wrote:

Not throwing my interest into this one - rather endorsing your GM. I am lucky enough to make it through an incredibly fun (and rigorous) selection process and play in his aforementioned Shackled City campaign.

Can't recommend the opportunity to be part of one of GM-R's games enough :) Good luck one and all!

(Waves to some familiar sparring partners)

Having someone go out of the way to say this is a great sign! Colour me excited now.


Hubaris wrote:
Black Dow wrote:

Not throwing my interest into this one - rather endorsing your GM. I am lucky enough to make it through an incredibly fun (and rigorous) selection process and play in his aforementioned Shackled City campaign.

Can't recommend the opportunity to be part of one of GM-R's games enough :) Good luck one and all!

(Waves to some familiar sparring partners)

Having someone go out of the way to say this is a great sign! Colour me excited now.

Agreed, it's a heck of an endorsement! Can't wait to see how selection goes now!

Liberty's Edge

- What do you like from PbP gaming?

Scratches my creativity itch and allows me act well my part, for therein all the honor lies ;)

- Have you ever played or read partially or completely the Ire of the Storm before?

Cant say that Ive even heard of it.

- What made you decide to apply?

Trying to get back into the pbp arena after a hiatus and have been lurking and monitoring the boards. Decided this one looked promising.

- What is your roleplaying motto?

"Let them sing songs"


Hello there! You can call me CBie or Cait. I'm interested in joining your game. I'm new to the Paizo forums but not new to RPGs or PBPs. Examples of my RP writings can be made available upon request. Thank you for your consideration.

What do you like from PbP gaming?
I like the asynchronous aspect of it. Due to my real-life circumstances, I am unable to commit to weekly games, and it's much more doable for me post during the day when I have free time.
Not to get into too much personal detail, but I also have a couple of issues with verbal communication in real life, so PBP is the only way I can truly enjoy my gameplay experience because the format allows me to take my time to read, process the information, and write a thorough, thoughtful response. I enjoy interacting with other players, the GM, the setting, and the story, but I find it difficult to do in face-to-face and online voice sessions, so PBP is my preferred way of gaming.

Have you ever played or read partially or completely the Ire of the Storm before?
I have not.

What made you decide to apply?
I've been looking for a Pathfinder PBP for a while now, but I prefer starting a new campaign over joining one that's already partway through, so this limits my options quite a bit. This is the first game I've found on these forums that has piqued my interest, so I decided to apply.
Plus, you seem like a wonderful GM, so I would feel honored to play in your game.

What is your roleplaying motto?
"Write hooks."
I'm very narrative and story-oriented, so I believe that players also have the responsibility to write hooks for others to respond to. It's more difficult to roleplay with someone who responds with the roleplay equivalent of one-word responses, so I always try to write something meaningful to push the plot forward and/or encourage roleplay from others. I don't want to be the dead end of a scene, but I'd be happy to be the catalyst for the transition to the next.


Oh...this is interesting.

- What do you like from PbP gaming?

It gives me an opportunity to play, first off! I have a commute, a fairly busy job, and young-ish kids, so gaming night really isn't an option right now. I'm also GM'ing a Reign of Winter game and the ability to write out descriptions lets me flex my prose skills, rather than orating for a few hours at a session (which can be tiring!)

- Have you ever played or read partially or completely the Ire of the Storm before?

Never even heard of it.

- What made you decide to apply?

I cut back my games as I was getting overwhelmed at work, and two games were play-by-email, which were dragging. Now I'm more energized and thought I'd look for a game. Also, I've enjoyed PFS-style games for a while in the Flaxseed group.

- What is your roleplaying motto?
"Let the story make sense." If I come up with something in an AP that seems off or unexplained, I try to explain it as best I'm able. Usually from the GM side, but I'll do it as a player as well.


Do you feel like you have enough interest to go forward with a recruitment?

Silver Crusade

What do you like from PbP gaming?
PbP gives me time to compose my thoughts, allowing me to be eloquent; at the gaming table I'm not. It allows me to develop my character's personality more than I could in a face to face game.

Have you ever played or read partially or completely the Ire of the Storm before?
No, I have not.

What made you decide to apply?
Your Shackled City Campaign proves that you can stick with a game for the long haul. Plus, the module sounds interesting.

What is your roleplaying motto?
"We're here to have fun together." I want everyone to enjoy themselves. The characters might not see eye to eye all the time, but I'm not interested in PvP.

About my PbP style:
I like to push the game forward. I post regularly (at least once a day, unless I'm waiting on someone else in the game). Even then, when it's not my turn in combat for example, I will often try to post a bit of roleplaying flavor (such as dialog) each day, just to keep the momentum of the game going.

My posting history shows that I can keep my posting rate up over an extended period. I started trying to get into PbP on the Paizo boards in early 2017. My two longest running games (Hell's Rebels and Ironfang Invasion) started in late winter/spring 2017; my characters in those games have accumulated over 1400 posts each.


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Vrog Skyreaver wrote:
Do you feel like you have enough interest to go forward with a recruitment?

Yes, this game will go forward. The rest of the week is stuffed with social gatherings for me, with little time for the forums. Thus I will better consume the whole 2 weeks frame so more people has the opportunity to see the announcement, and I have the time to finish reviewing the candidates through the weekend.

So far, thanks for the interest to all of you :)

And special thanks to Black Dow for your words, I still feel most of the fun and success of that campaign is on the outstanding players there gathered.


Oh, I hope I'm not too late! If the recruitment of players is still open:

What do you like about PbP gaming?
- I like having the time to think things through and get into what my characters are thinking/feeling in a situation.
- I love being able to describe what they do in more detail - describing spell components, thinking about how weapons move, narrating thoughts and what characters say.
- I love reading what other people write - and there are some really good writers on the boards.
- I appreciate having the time to double-check things and find sources before posting. Nobody likes the "Alright, 5 minute break while we pull out the rulebook", and with a bit of proactive work from the player, that doesn't happen in PbP.
- I like having a written history of what happened previously. No "you never said that / yes I did" arguments when someone can link to a specific post, and it's easier for "remembering" things. X-D

Have you ever played or read partially or completely the Ire of the Storm before?
- No. I might have glanced at it in the Paizo store once and read through the description, but that would be the extent of my experience with the module.

What made you decide to apply?
- How well thought-out and well-written your recruitment post is
- Other players' recommendations of you as a GM
- Other players' recommendations of the module

What is your roleplaying motto?
- "Yes, and..." Granted, I can't say that I always succeed at this. But my goal is to never shut someone else down - rather, it's to use what they've written to stir up new ideas I never would have come up with on my own.


- What do you like from PbP gaming? Scratches my gaming itch, when I don't have enough schedule time for a F2F game. But more importantly, it gives me more time to think about how my character will respond to whatever. It also allows for some other things that would take too long or be completely impossible in a F2F game.
Example 1: I have a Nagaji that I decided speaks with a lisp and a gnome with a Scottish accent. I can't do either in person. I can't really do either really correctly when typing, but I can get close enough that people can get the idea.
Example 2: I have a sorcerer that has managed some really complex spell combination shenanigans. It would have been difficult and really slowed things down if I had tried that in a F2F game.
Example 3: I saw a true summoner PC in a PbP once. He had several different kinds of creatures in addition to his eidolon all doing different things. But he had time to write everything out in detail and check all his numbers without causing his every turn taking 20 minutes at the table.

- Have you ever played or read partially or completely the Ire of the Storm before?
I know absolutely nothing about it.

- What made you decide to apply?
Actually, I was intrigued by this application method. I rather dislike the scramble to come up with a interesting (to me) character that will also catch the GM's eye. Then being rejected with no feedback as to why? Your new method has a different focus that shows you put some serious thought into it.

- What is your roleplaying motto?
If we're not having fun, we took a wrong turn somewhere back in Albequerque!


First of all, thanks all for your interest in the game. It has been very difficult to balance the different criterias I wanted to take into account. In the end I tried to choose people having compatible play styles able to bring different attitudes and skills to the table, and have a history of keeping to post reliably through months.

Player selection:

- Caro Cogitatus “It's All Good”
- Hubaris “Does this make the story interesting?”
- MrMantis “Roleplay over Rollplay, every time”
- PCScipio “We're here to have fun together”
- The Emerald Duke "If you dream it, you can do it, unless the dice are feeling spiteful"

I have probably made errors on not choosing some people but I am at least calm that I placed plenty of work, thought and good will. If you wish so, I can privately give feedback to each of you on what can you make to increase your odds on my future recruitments and maybe have a more fulfilling PbP experience.

Instructions for those selected:

If your name is in the Player eselection list, congratulations! You got into the time consuming but enjoyable task of creating a party for the adventure including a character for yourself.
I really hope you get to create one of the most memorable characters in your playing history.
Please, proceed to the Ire of the Storm Discussion thread.
There, you will find additional guidance on what to do next.
During the next weeks you will have time to decide the grouping, develop your characters and discuss your party to attune every character to each other and the campaign.


Thanks everybody for participating and good 2020 gaming!

Liberty's Edge

thanks for considering me and if anything changes, let me know.


Thank you for your consideration, and good luck to those selected!

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