Is there any other forum, discord or other option where these campaigns are organised?


Recruitment

Silver Crusade

Hey everyone,

I'd like to ask some advice on the following problem.

I'm mostly interested in playing through some pathfinder adventure paths in play by post or play by chat, the first of which ends up here with some regularity. However, I've also noticed that the competition per spot on such a campaign on this forum is usually beyond fierce, like more than 6 applicants per spot, and after a number of failed attemps applying to these starts to feel like an exercise in futility. Reading through the player's guide for a new path, thinking of and posting a build/compelling backstory in my experience quickly takes multiple hours of free time, which I unfortunately do not have too much of, and when an application gets denied you are basically left with nothing for the effort. I also suspect that since I haven't played in any previous campaign, preference innately goes to more experienced players with more posts which further hurts chances.

I am not entirely sure what the best course of action is, but maybe I am simply looking at a oversaturated forum regarding demand for spots compared to the supply. So, I'm looking for some perhaps less known or less obvious forum/discord/wherever than the paizo main boards for online recruitment to try my luck. Can anyone offer some suggestions for this?

Thanks in advance.


You can check out Myth-Weavers but they aren't as focused on running Paizo AP's cover to cover. They do it sometimes but they also have different settings and systems and lots of homebrew.

I know during the site outages some groups here did move successfully to discord servers so it can be done but I don't have any idea how people find one another on there to organize games.

This forum is definitely the main place for Paizo AP's I'm pretty sure, because it's Paizo.com. If you feel your post history is what's hurting your chances, you could try playing in a few short scenarios to give DM's a "resume" to look at. But I have seen brand new people get into long running AP's along-side veterans.

Read all the guides in general discussion, they can help you make a compelling submission.

Also don't burn up time and energy applying to every game ad, you should be evaluating the post history of the GM too and waiting for the ad that's really going to be worthwhile and be a match for you. They don't come along every day.

Take my words with some salt as my PbP history is more GM than player and in both cases I was in the fringe categories of 3pp and old-school modules, but, I have watched a lot of AP's come and go over the years.

Hopefully mods can move this to organized play general discussion, it will do better there.


The other thing you can do, if you haven't yet, is head over to this recruitment post. There's a link to a spreadsheet at the top of the page that you can put characters up for various campaigns. I've used that thread to pick up people for more than one campaign. As to your original question, I only play on this site, so I don't have any answers. My apologies.


If you find another way to get into AP's I'd love to hear about it. Giant in the Playground forums has a pbp community, but I've never paid over the so I can't speak to their state.
I would run a "new guys" game on here if I had the time. Unfortunately that is something I'm woefully short on.
I suggest looking for PFS games. They are usually quick, to the point, and wil give you some experience with the format. I say that because many just take the first players to lick the seat (so to speak).


There's RPG dot net and Myth-Weavers, and GITP, and a few other spots...but honestly...I only like it here. :) . Oh, and there is Roll20...but those are not PbP games. Usually run on Discord/Skype.

nB: The PFS games have been totally crowded with applicants as well. :)


Here's recruitment for a game that's going to be run via Discord and requires 16 players. I'm playing in this game and can attest to the strength of the GM. And I'm pretty darn sure there won't be 6 applicants per slot! XD


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In general, it's easier for people with higher posts counts to get into games than for people with lower post counts. My suggestion would be to be active in the forums, go to the rules forums and post on rules discussions, the gamer forums for OOC talk, and so on.

I won't even apply to a game anymore if the GM has less than 1000 posts, because they vanish too often. I usually try to add at least one newbie when I start a new game (I usually recruit 6 or 7 players, and add in 1 or 2 newbies if I can, with the expectation that I'll lose 1 or 2 players fairly early).


mdt wrote:

In general, it's easier for people with higher posts counts to get into games than for people with lower post counts. My suggestion would be to be active in the forums, go to the rules forums and post on rules discussions, the gamer forums for OOC talk, and so on.

I won't even apply to a game anymore if the GM has less than 1000 posts, because they vanish too often. I usually try to add at least one newbie when I start a new game (I usually recruit 6 or 7 players, and add in 1 or 2 newbies if I can, with the expectation that I'll lose 1 or 2 players fairly early).

True talk, right here.


Someone today in a PM today also mentioned to me that they were playing a game via Steam. Interesting.


In my experience pbp isn't a great way to do APs. I've started probably 15 of them in pbp games and only two got past book one before dying, and those two dried up in book 2. Several times we basically got through the introduction and people started ghosting. I've pretty much given up on it but it's hard to find a chat based AP. It would be really nice if there was a discord server, or something, that catered specifically to finding groups for chat APs.


Cosmic Crit the podcast has a pretty active Discord that seems to have a lot of play organization. Worth a try.


Azih wrote:
Cosmic Crit the podcast has a pretty active Discord that seems to have a lot of play organization. Worth a try.

There is that. There's actually quite a few similar discord servers, I'm a member of three, but they mostly do society play. Which is cool stuff, but if you're looking for Adventure Paths there's not much of that.

Scarab Sages

Hi Trevor86,

I sent you a PM with info about a game I am running here on the boards that you are welcome to join, if you like.

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