So, I have been playing PFS for quite a while now, and have moved to the stage of my life where I would rather play AP's over the scenarios provided. I have fun with them, but I just feel that I never really get to see my characters progress.
I always need to change characters to fit tiers, to make parties more balanced, or just feel that the character would better fit the description of the scenario. Overall, I just feel like I'm jumping all over the place and don't even know who my characters really are any more.
To the task at hand, is PbP right for me? I live a pretty busy life in general. I have a 40hr/week job (with 7.5hr/week commute), am a Venture Agent for a Thursday game taking up another 4-5hrs/week, am in a bi-weekly AP (6hrs/2 weeks), bi-weekly games of Starfinder (10ish hrs/2 weeks), am happily married (24hrs/day technically, but only requires genuine effort for roughly 16-18hrs/week), and I sleep, eat, etc... Also, I'm expecting the first little one in a few months, so time will be even tighter. So although I want another game, I don't know where to find the time.
That's where I'm hoping PbP will be of help. Is it perfectly acceptable to make 2-5 posts a day around my work schedule? I almost always have my computer with me, so I should be able to make a post or two around the same timeframe daily.
If so, then how do I start? Like, I've read the Guide on the discussion... But I don't know how to make a "character sheet" for PbP. Is it just my PFS character listings? If so, what if I desire to play in a non-PFS game? I may have a couple more questions arise after these, and I thank you all in advance for any help you provide.
One post a day is perfectly acceptable for most PBP games. My advice would be to take it slow: try getting into one PBP game and see how it goes.
By the way, it can take a while to get into your first PBP AP — the recruitments tend to get a lot of applicants, and you won't have any PBP track record. PFS PBP games are a lot easier to get into.
Character sheets are commonly put in the profile of an alias, like this (the content was created using HeroLab). Note: you don't have to create a new alias until you're accepted into a game. Just post the content in a spoiler in the recruitment thread.
I wouldn't commit to anything new in your life until that has happened and you've settled into your new normal.
My suspicion is that it's the face-to-face gaming time that will come under pressure after the new arrival.