I've had a crazy year in my life, but things are starting to settle down a little. I'm toying with the idea of getting back into PbP and I thought I'd offer to run at least a little bit of an AP to stretch my DMing brainwaves. I'm not offering a six-book commitment right out the gate, but if there's chemistry, I'm not opposed to continuing for a full AP either. Right now though, if you're interested, you should orient yourself that this exercise might only be one book, or even half a book, just to stretch out and get to know people and see if anybody drops out.
You should absolutely click on my name and read my house rules in my profile. There's some pretty hardcore stuff in there, like no male characters, no core races (except human), hit dice according to D&D and fairly unconventional ability score development. If you read that stuff and are still willing to buy in, then we can talk about which AP to take for a spin.
Here's a list of the APs that I would be willing to run.
Skull & Shackles
Reign of Winter
Ruins of Azlant
War for the Crown
What I want you to do:
I don't want any character concepts yet. Take five of the above APs and rank them. The one you want to play the most at top, and the one you want to play the least at the bottom.
If you have PbP posting history on this site, feel free to link it. I want to see who is not going to flake out and disappear. If I can see that you've been part of some PbP for a long time, and if your posts there look nice, then I will put you in the "interesting player" mental bin. Good solid posting history in PbPs will certainly be a big plus, but it is not absolutely required.
If you have friends you'd like to apply with, mention that too. In my experience, playing with friends makes disappearing into nowhere less likely.
Describe your hours. If there's a bunch of players who are all available Wed evenings, for example, I might run chatroom sessions then to make things move a little faster. Make sure to mention your timezone. Oh, and if you're adamantly opposed to running chatroom sessions and want to keep it strictly here on the forums, do mention that, too.
Anything else you might want to tell me about yourself as a player, especially anything that might reassure me that you won't disappear, will also be welcome.
Now I know this sounds a little wishy-washy and I'm not committing to a lot, but that's why this is just an interest check and not a full blown recruitment post yet. I want to see if there's any interest in general first and we can take it from there once I see who shows up if anybody.
Shoot-I was hoping for Return of the Runelords. I was thinking of running that and would appreciate a playthrough, at least a partial playthrough, to see how it goes.
Well, if the ones offered:
Ruins of Azlant
*I had a kooky idea for an all-spiritualist Mummy’s Mask run. If people agreed to that, it’d jump to the top of the list.
War for the crown
Links to games I am currently playing:
Rise of the Runelords Going strong since 2014
Giantslayer Going strong since 2015
Frog gods Lost landsHolding the banner even if the GM was gone!
I have a companion and we would like to join together with a vigilante and gunslinger, I will give her a call
A few things about me. I am german and I do live in germany, so I am usually awake between 7 and 23 ECT. I am up for weird concepts and do not mind slugging it out, and am utterly curious about this.
War for the Crown
Reign of Winter
No long history here; I just started my first PBP about two months ago. I've included links to a few games so you can at least get an idea of my posting style.
My time zone is Eastern Standard. I do most of my PBPing during the day, as my job is fairly relaxed about computer usage so long as I meet my quotas. Chat sessions would be pushing it though. Tuesday/Thursdays are my most frequently available weeknights, but I can't promise I'd be available every week.
As a player I'm invested in roleplaying and creating interesting stories. That's actually why I got into PBP. My IRL games are fun, but the players are more "kick down the door" types. PBP helps me scratch that roleplaying itch.
There are two Pathfinder 1st edition campaigns I'd like to do as a play by post.
Strange Aeons: sounds really cool and I would like to play a psychic character for this one.
Ruins of Azlant: I've never done an aquatic campaign.
I am new to play by post and I love it. I've been playing D&d 3.5 and Pathfinder for 12 years. I'm in a starfinder pbp right now.
Strange Aeons I've always wanted to get in on this one
Ruins of Azlant
I've been playing PbP for a few years now. You can check out any of the games on my Campaigns Page. One I'm particularly enjoying is Hollow's Revolution
I'm in MST, but my schedule is irregular(I don't know until Thursday what the next Sunday-Saturday will be like). I likely wouldn't be able to commit to a live chatroom game.
|Profession Smith 6 ranks|
I'm near my limit for online games, but the right campaign could get me to add one more.
1. Skull & Shackles
2. Serpent’s Skull
3. Ruins of Azlant
4. Strange Aeons
5. Mummy's Mask
The big wild card with me as a player is that I don't have home internet: I visit my local library daily to post or, on occasion, get a 3-week loan there of a wifi hotspot that does give me the ability to post from home. The library's open 8 hours/day, Monday through Saturday, its hours ranging from 9 AM to 8 PM. It's closed Sundays and holidays, though I can usually get in a quick post on Sunday during the NFL season, when I visit my sister to watch the game and can use her connection. I'm on Eastern U.S. time.
Because of my limited internet access, a chatroom likely wouldn't work for me.
As for my best/favorite characters/games, I'd say Kayleigh Fairwind from Luke's Crimson Throne Campaign (who's grown so much from what I envisioned her to be at the start of the game) and maybe the quirky Amelexis Dusk from GM Dak - Shattered Star 2. Though the game fizzled, Jessibel Aulamaxa from Can You Hear the People Sing? (Hell's Rebels) was a fun character I might consider playing again in a different AP (Skull & Shackles as a pirate??!! Jessibel the Terrible! Yar!).
Ruins of Azlant
Skull & Shackles
I've been doing Play-by-Post for about five or so years now, including both running games and playing them. You can see my Campaigns page for my active ones. I usually stick through campaigns once I start them - a lot of my inactive campaigns have featured either the GM disappearing or the GM deciding to end the campaign. I have walked away from a couple games before, but that was mostly because I was trying a new system and decided I didn't like it. I haven't walked away from a Pathfinder game.
I have no problems with your house rules, but based on one of your house rules, I feel I should probably tell you that I have typically played male characters. I've recently begun branching out beyond them, though. One of the more interesting characters I was playing in an all-monster Way of the Wicked game was a doppelganer, Igoroskandrallanotly. Given a doppelganger's shapeshifting abilities, I figured they would have a a rather fluid idea of gender norms and roles, and was looking to explore that as part of the character. Unfortunately, the GM disappeared, and while I'm working on taking over the game, I don't think I'll be able to explore the character as much as I wanted to.
My time zone is Eastern Daylight Time. I work during normal business hours, and while I am generally free in the evenings, I typically would only be using my phone. If it looks like scheduling chat sessions will be a thing, I think using Discord would be the best medium, as I'm already set up on there and can just use the app. My face to face games are on Sundays, and my Saturdays are currently given over to home renovations, although I could probably find time for a chat on Saturdays. I do think keeping everything on the forums would be easiest, just so everything is in one place if we need to reference something.
I generally play humans or characters who have a fairly standard human shape. Tieflings and Aasimar tend to be my preferred non-human choices. I've played a wide variety of classes, and my reasons for the APs I picked are that I either have a character I want to play for them, or they have a story I'm interested in exploring.
|The Emerald Duke|
So potential issue about me having read your home rules: I never played D&D beyond a bit of 5E with my coworkers when I was stuck in Africa (Didn't care for it as much as I like pathfinder.) So you will probably have to clue me in on what HD I actually have under your system assuming I get selected. Also, does this mean that the monsters have a similar change (assuming there is a difference of course)? Not a deal breaker (for either bit) on my end, just curious and putting it out there.
So, onto my choices.
1. Jade Regent: Have wanted to play that since I learned about it, but as I pretty much have to play here I am stuck to whatever choices willing DMs want... and so far I have never even seen it hinted at until now.
2. Reign of Winter: Had a few close calls with this one, always seem to be edged out in the end.
3. Hell's Vengeance: Currently in Hell's Rebels, would be kinda cool to see the other half of this crisis.
4. Iron Gods: Have played the first book of this one before... that said, I find it to be interesting and would love the chance to play again (even if we never got through the first book).
5. Skull and Shackles: Would love the chance to play a nautical themed campaign.
I have worked with Helikon in the past (good memories, at least on my end) and am currently in a game with Even_Anon. You are welcome to look at my previous and current campaigns if you wish. If you have any questions regarding my past feel free to PM me.
So you will probably have to clue me in on what HD I actually have under your system assuming I get selected. Also, does this mean that the monsters have a similar change
I don't think I will make adjustments to monsters, as the HD change is comparatively trivial in my opinion. Wizards going from a d6 to d4 hit die means a difference of 1hp/level. If anything would require adjustments, it would be my ability score method, which, I think, has much much bigger power level effects than a few hp here or there.
|The Emerald Duke|
The Emerald Duke wrote:So you will probably have to clue me in on what HD I actually have under your system assuming I get selected. Also, does this mean that the monsters have a similar changeI don't think I will make adjustments to monsters, as the HD change is comparatively trivial in my opinion. Wizards going from a d6 to d4 hit die means a difference of 1hp/level. If anything would require adjustments, it would be my ability score method, which, I think, has much much bigger power level effects than a few hp here or there.
Gotcha... I think. Assuming you take me on whatever crazy adventure ends up being your maiden voyage after dry dock repairs and whatnot I am sure that you can translate the HP for whatever crazy class I pick into the house system. One last question for it though. Given the dice are lower (seemingly across the board) how do you typically handle 1st/subsequent level hp from the HD? Ex: is it always rolled, always max, always half, some wacky combo?
Okay, this seems interesting.
I think I would go...
2- Iron Gods
3- Hell's Vengeance
4- Mummy's Mask
5- Strange Aeons
However, that's not a very strong ordering, and it would probably change each time I looked at the list again. But it would be nice to actually get past the prologue in a Kingmaker game for once.
So, I've been on the boards for a few years now (more or less since I first started playing), and have been in some fairly long-running campaigns. The currently ongoing campaign I've been in the longest is DM Braniac's Ironfang Invasion, playing Rogar, who isn't my most RP-inclined character, but is currently my longest-lived. My favorite character, RP-wise anyway, is probably Maddie, from two separate Return of the Runelords campaigns, the first of which died unfortunately quickly, and the second of which is still ongoing. Mixing the two is GM Snowheart's Way of the Wicked, which went for a year and a half before the GM vanished.
But yeah. I haven't gone anywhere, and plan to stay around for a while. I don't have any friends on the boards, beyond just the people who I keep ending up in games with, but nobody who knows me in real life.
As a college student, my hours can be somewhat variable depending on my homework load, but for the summer, I'm free... basically every day after about 5 (EST). During the upcoming school year, I will mainly be free Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday nights.
As to how I can assure you I won't disappear, uh... Other than being relatively active on the boards for almost four years now, I'm not sure what I could really provide.
So... yeah. Seems interesting enough. I always like trying new stuff out.
Strange Aeons is leading by a pretty comfortable margin. Be aware of the following when you vote for it:
* You have to buy in to amnesia at the beginning. You have to be okay with not knowing what happened for the past several years *at least* in your life. Ideally, you don't remember almost anything (except how to use your abilities). You have to also be open to the possibility that your character might end up having something in their history that you don't like. If giving up control like that is a problem, Strange Aeons may have some friction for you as a player.
* You also have to buy in to not spend 100% of your time trying to get rid of your amnesia. It will resolve when the right plot moment comes. Trying to get it gone earlier is a waste of effort and time. You have to accept that or Strange Aeons is not great.
* Strange Aeons is the dead last AP to play a Lovecraft cultist. It's like playing an Iomedaean crusader in Hell's Vengeance. They're the enemies here, not the protagonists.
* Also, I strongly recommend your characters IC not knowing anything about the Lovecraft mythos. The more you roll Knowledge +24 and identify that that's a so-and-so, you kind of cut off the Lovecraft feeling at the knees, and kind of eliminate the whole point of running a Lovecraft adventure. Don't make your characters into experts of Lovecraft lore. At least in the beginning.
* Having said that, this is still a Pathfinder adventure and not a Call of Cthulhu adventure. You will hack and slash through threats and not just run away from everything while your brain is melting out your ears. Don't expect the adventure to be *too* CoC. It is still a Pathfinder action fantasy adventure at the end of the day, just with lots of Lovecraft monsters to kill.
If anybody wants to change out their Strange Aeons vote after that, feel free to do so. I just want to be clear about what to expect out of the adventure.
|The Vermilion Vixen|
War for the crownStrange Aeons
If Helikon's in, I would like to join.
#1. Jade Regent
#2. Strange Aeons
#3. Iron Gods
#4. Serpent's Skull
#5. War for the Crown
I like your AP houserules better than default PF/point-buy. Yeah, I'm cool using GP for max HP.
EDIT - Okay, now I really hope Strange Aeons is it! I've RP'd amnesia before (story feat), so I can pull that off.
|The Emerald Duke|
#1 - Jade Regent
#2 - Iron Gods
#3 - Ruins of Azlant
#4 - Serpent's Skull
#5 - War for the Crown
I came here because life changed I got married and not at 50 have two kids, they are my world, but they also mean for the time being I can't afford the time for a live game. but asynchronous play is a great option. I usually have time durring my work day (7am-3pm Pacific)for posting and then after the kids are down (9pm)
The house rules seem workable to me, I played 1st with rolled stats that never change. the math at first level assumed A +3 primary stat to survive 63 points should make that workable.
Oh I am a moth guy, it is part of what made me move away from 3.5 but I do my best to ignore that deamon as much as possable
|The Emerald Duke|
Sad panda face about JR... but hey, maybe that can be on the table later on down the line, eh? (Put on his best patient monk face to mask mild disappointment, ;) )
I will keep an eye out... I guess I will need to find the player's guide for it if I want to make an "informed submission".
Edit: Perhaps this was premature? The post this post was referencing disappeared as I was typing and posting... ah well, sentiment remains the same, will wait and see I suppose. ;)
1. War for the Crown. Book one of WftC (Crownfall) is my favorite first book for any AP (and is also my favorite AP as a whole). I've run it twice and love it love it, super recommend it to everyone, would love to see another game of it on the boards.
2. Serpent's Skull.
3. Mummy's Mask.
4. Carrion Crown.
5. Strange Aeons.
I've been playing on the boards for a year and a half now, no intention to leave. East coast, USA, can't do chat.
|The Vermilion Vixen|
Oh... my availability. Right!
First, I'll be in Asia most of July, so I can't start until July 23rd. Aside from that, I tend to post 4+ days a week. Click my name for the Kingmaker game I'm in. (The Vixen and Addy Lane are the same person.)
Second, I did quit a game earlier this month. I was trying to keep it lively, but there were entire weeks without a post. I politely bowed out.
Third, I probably won't be able to do a chat game. I've got a wife and three daughters. I post when I can, and I dare say I pour my heart and soul into my characters... but I can't guarantee a block of chat room time. (I deleted Discord on my phone to avoid the temptation—it's fun to RP that way!)
Also about me: I've run games with an all-female PC cast, so I'm good with that rule.
Helikon and I were talking about how cool it would be if our two characters—who have a lot in common through pure highly-amazing coincidence—were part of an all-female heroic team. Helikon invited me to check this out, so if his femme fatale makes the cut, my Vixen will be her Plus One.
I am currently playing Kingmaker with Ever_Anon. She's an awesome role-player.
Oh, and I've played an amnesiac before. I'm fine giving up my character's past to the GM's whims, as long as it doesn't involve her having any kind of intimacy with a man.
I know people who suffered that, and can't do justice to RP'ing that.
I did RP with a woman who played a rape victim. She played it well. I didn't ask what wasn't my business to ask, but merely played my character giving the it's-not-your-fault talk.
In short, I'll RP the topic with respect if need be, but I don't feel I have the right to play that role.
Current Kingmaker Campaign - my character joined in December. Page 37 on the Gameplay thread is where I begin. Addy Lane and the Vixen are the same person.
'I'll be in Asia most of July, so I can't start until July 23rd.
Will you be able to participate in the recruitment process and creating a character before you go? Are you okay with the rest of the group starting while you're gone and you joining later?
|The Vermilion Vixen|
I have to note though, I feel vigilante would be a little difficult in Strange Aeons. I would mildly strongly suggest considering another class if at all possible.
I was actually thinking Vigilante is a tough class to start at Lv.1.
How's Brawler? Specifically, the archetype that flurries with improv weapons?
It wouldn't change the character concept much, but I was thinking it would effectively be the vigilante persona forgetting her normal self.
I can have the character ready by July 2 before I leave. I am fine with the game starting without me.
Interesting concept! Your house rules are a little different, but variety is the spice of life :)
- War for the Crown (I had to bow out from a great game of this due to RL but I loved what I saw)
- Carrion Crown
- Strange Aeons
- Serpent's Skull
- Kingmaker (disclaimer: I'm running this AP at present)
I came back to these boards just over a year ago after a long absence, so I totally get the way these things ebb and flow.
Since my return, I have run or am still running 4 games: a Falcon's Hollow module (completed), a PF2 playtest (urgh, don't ask), a Kingmaker/Ultimate Intrigue mashup (coming up for its 12-month anniversary) and a Mummy's Mask (ongoing).
My hours are... irregular. I'm generally on GMT, but I travel a lot. Some days I can post loads, some days I may only get one or two posts in. I would greatly prefer PbP for that reason.
There are times when I'm not able to post but I have always been good about letting people know in advance. I do my best not to hold the story up.
If you want a sample of my roleplay as a player rather than a DM, click here. I started off playing almost entirely male characters, but more recently I have been having a go at playing female PCs so your house-rule is fine with me!
|The Vermilion Vixen|
The Vermilion Vixen wrote:'I'll be in Asia most of July, so I can't start until July 23rd.Will you be able to participate in the recruitment process and creating a character before you go?
Yes, sort of. I can have my character ready by July 2nd.
I'm planning on joining as the companion of Helikon's "Crimson Comet," so *if* she makes the cut, *and* you want me too, I will gladly jump in on the 23rd!
Are you okay with the rest of the group starting while you're gone and you joining later?
I am well aware you'd be taking a chance that I would commit after three weeks of radio silence. My thought of what I would do on 7/23:
• Check recruitment to find out if I'm invited to play.
• If so, post in discussion I'm back.
• Read gameplay.
• Await your approval before I post in-game.
• Post in-game.