That really sucks, and I'm sorry to hear that. I hope that things calm down for you in a positive way, and that you can come back sometime in the future! I get having to cut back hobbies for real life, believe me.
That leaves us with 4. Technically, the AP was written with 4 15-point-buy characters in mind, but for PbP, I'd be totally okay with recruiting another one or two to fill us out. It's 100% up to you guys though, if you feel like adding another PC or two to the mix.
I have mixed feelings, I like fewer players it helps keep the speed up. But I don't like the idea of going too long with out an arcane caster. I know as a summoner Alyssa has spells and can probably (eventually) summon something that will have spells. What if we wait a bit and see if Tiff can rejoin us in a couple of months?
If we do decide to 'recruit' can we contact folks we know are regular posters, instead of another open recruitment?
In my opinion 5 is a nice sweet spot, especially for PbB. Enough characters that you'll always have someone to play off of, but not so many that it makes the game easy. I would definitely be in favor of bringing someone else in. Unfortunately I don't know anyone in particular for this.
Sethiel, earlier you asked:
"Leave it. Doubtless this land is full of hungry creatures; one more won't make any great difference. And now we know a place to avoid; those we're hunting may not." Sethiel steers his horse closer to Angus. "Are you hurt?"The post immediately following I replied
Sorry, Sunday's my slow day
Looking from 'lid' of the arachnid's 'hole' back to Sethiel, Angus nods. Returning the polearm to it's saddle scabbard he turns towards Sethiel as he unstiches the laces at the neck of his scale armor. Pulling the collar to the side he shows her the two dagger like gouges and the enflamed skin near the bite on his shoulder. "It's better than it was, but still really stiff. I can't tell if it broke bone or not."
I don't know if you didn't see it or not, but Angus has 19 of 25 hit points. I try to keep the heading bar accurate, (of course about the time I say that then I'll forget) I'm not super worried about his HP at the moment, but I did want to make sure we were communicating ok.
I tend to get hyperfocused on one or two things in my life to the detriment of everything else. It's an issue that I'm aware of, but there's not much I've been able to do to break that pattern.
I'm starting up a new career path after leaving teaching in December, and also working through some mental health stuff. I've also been fortunate enough to reconnect with a few friends from years ago. Finally, I'm starting to write a novel, which is something I've always wanted to do but never tried before.
In short, PbP isn't something I'm focused on. Running a game or playing in one just isn't something I'm committed to, and it's showing in the quality and quantity of my posts, and on how well I'm following what's even going on in my games. I really hope you guys can find a new GM if you want to keep going, but right now, I just can't do it. I've really enjoyed running the game and playing with you all. Sorry.