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Dark Archive 4/5 5/5 Venture-Agent, Online—PbP aka Tyranius

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ANNOUNCING PLAYDIS CON 2020!

Announcing our next Play-by-Post convention:
PlayDis Con 2020
EVENT #2698100
Jan 20- Mar 16, 2020

Reporting Link: https://pbpgameday.com/reporting.php

Hey Everyone!
I’m happy to announce we are doing something different for our next play-by-post convention. This convention is specific to Play by Discord. In order for your game to count, it must start either on or shortly after January 20, and end on or before March 16.

There will be no multi-table specials included!

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Important Dates

  • General GM game submissions open: Immediately! Games must all be submitted before 27 Dec 2019
  • Scenario Support Deadline: 27 Dec 2019
  • GM early player access: 27 Dec 2019
  • Player Sign-up: 03 Jan 2020
  • Start of PlayDis Con 2020: 20 Jan 2020
  • End of PlayDis Con 2020: 16 March 2020

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    FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

    Where can I run a game?
    We have two official Discord Lodges at which Play by Post games happen:

  • Roll for Combat (Main Contact: @Stonesnake#9085 and @TheMaskedFerret#7492)
  • Cosmic Crit (Main Contact: @Cozmic11#0608 and @TheMaskedFerret#7492)

    Which game systems are included?
    There will be Pathfinder 1, Starfinder, and Pathfinder 2 games included.

    Will there be boons for Players and GMs?
    There will be boons for Pathfinder 1 and Starfinder, and Achievement Points for Pathfinder 2.

    Can I participate if I am new to Play-by-Post?
    Certainly! Just let your GMs and Players know. They’ll be glad to help.

    How many games can I sign up to GM?
    We are not restricting how many games a GM can run, but suggest caution. Also, if you have run play by post games on a forum but not Discord, we strongly suggest you only run one game for this convention. If this will be your first-ever time GMing PbP, we strongly recommend that you only do one game at a time. It’s more work than it looks.

    How many games can I sign up to play?
    We are not restricting how many games per player, but if you want to sign up for lots of games, please only sign up for a few until everyone else has a chance to sign up, too.

    How do I sign up to GM?
    Please fill out our GM Registration Form

    How do I play?
    The link for Player Sign-ups will be linked in a future post as the form is still being worked. Once the form has been set then links will also be provided to each of the lodges letting you all know that general player sign-up has now been opened.

    I am unsure how to format anything on Discord. Where can I find more information?
    @Masked Ferret#7492 has put together a set of simplified instructions that you can play around with before your game starts. Discord Formatting Tips

    Who do I contact with questions?

  • Convention organizer: Redelia (Redelia@orgplayonline.com)
  • VA for Roll 4 Combat (Main Contact: @Stonesnake#9085 and @TheMaskedFerret#7492)
  • VA for Cosmic Crit (Main Contact: @Cozmic11#0608 and @TheMaskedFerret#7492)
  • Any of your other Online VO Volunteers (Tyranius; Michael Hallet; Lady Ladile; Numbat; Lysle)

  • Grand Lodge 5/5 5/55/55/5 Venture-Captain, Online—PbP aka Hmm

    Can I say for the record that's the best convention name ever?

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    It's totally the best convention name :3

    Oh! You fine folks might also be wondering....

    Oh noes! Does this mean there'll be no RetroCon or OutPost this year? I'm not interested in/able to use Discord and/or PbP is my one true love! Am I out of luck until next year's PbP Gameday??? :( :( :(

    Not at all :)

    PlayDis Con 2020 is happening lieu of RetroCon at this time as our Discord lodges are growing and we wanted to encourage more people to check them out as well as offer a more structured setting for anyone who's been wanting to try Play-by-Discord but wasn't really sure where to start.

    (Such as yours truly, for example.)

    But OutPost III: Title Yet to Be Determined will be coming to this space in early 2020 (other details also TBD). So never fear; if Play-by-Discord isn't your jam then there will still be plenty of opportunities for Play-by-Post action in the not-too-distant future!

    (That said, please limit your questions here just to those that concern PlayDis Con - thanks!)

    Sovereign Court 4/5 5/55/55/55/5

    We hope that you will come out and join us!


    How long do Discord games typically last? My guess is they're faster than PbP? What happens if you're the player who logs on at an odd time or is in a different time zone compared to the rest of the group?

    Wayfinders

    Pathfinder Starfinder Roleplaying Game Subscriber

    Would we have to run in a channel on either of those servers, or could we create our own temporary server? I was thinking of doing 1-09 and having a separate channel for

    Spoiler:
    the Booth
    .

    Dark Archive 4/5 5/5 Venture-Agent, Online—PbP aka Tyranius

    Enchanter Tim wrote:
    How long do Discord games typically last? My guess is they're faster than PbP? What happens if you're the player who logs on at an odd time or is in a different time zone compared to the rest of the group?

    Having played in a few games myself on Discord their pace is quite similar to ours. Some folks post a little faster due to the app on their phones notifying them of a new post. But otherwise everyone is usually on different timezones and still doing the 1-2 posts a day.

    Dark Archive 4/5 5/5 Venture-Agent, Online—PbP aka Tyranius

    Xalxe wrote:
    Would we have to run in a channel on either of those servers, or could we create our own temporary server? I was thinking of doing 1-09 and having a separate channel for ** spoiler omitted **.

    It would have to be on one of those two servers to be considered for Con support. The moderators of the Roll for Combat Server and Cosmic Crit Server would create channels for us to use.

    Xalxe:
    As for the Booth, you may be able to send the player a private message between the two of you as well to roughly do the same thing.

    Lantern Lodge 4/5 5/5

    How about a run down of what Discord is, and how one uses it, and maybe a link to a well known game (Confirmation?) so folk who are new to Discord can get a feel for it?

    Dark Archive 4/5 5/5 Venture-Agent, Online—PbP aka Tyranius

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    GM Aerondor wrote:

    How about a run down of what Discord is, and how one uses it, and maybe a link to a well known game (Confirmation?) so folk who are new to Discord can get a feel for it?

    Sure, let me see can do for you.

    What is Discord?

    Discord is an all-in-one voice and text chat for gamers that's free, secure, and works on both your desktop and phone. In essence that majority of what we would use it for is the text portion for this con which makes it essentially the same as play-by post.

    There are groups out there that use the voice and Roll 20 for faster games, similar to face to face but we don't do that for this Con.

    How does one use Discord?

    You would start by either downloading the free program from the website below or from the app system on your phone.

    https://discordapp.com/

    As for formatting bold speech, italics, colors, linking maps, ect. That can all be found in this link as I linked above. It will help with the minor transitions.

    Discord Formatting Tips (Link)

    Do you have any examples of what a discord game looks like?

    I will try to get a link to a well known game, though that is much more difficult as the channels get reused, renamed and reshuffled so as to keep the server cleaned up.

    EDIT: I made some examples by finding a few active games without trying to spoil anything.

    Discord Examples

    Silver Crusade 1/5

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    Hi all,

    I've worked with Tyranius and Ferret before in running games, particularly PF1 tables at Roll for Discord, and I've requested some Season 0-3 scenarios to run, so hopefully that scratches some of the RetroCon itch.

    And absolutely, with Discord notifications I can at least answer most questions that come up quickly and get us moving.

    Looking forward to seeing a bunch more of you on Discord.

    Silver Crusade 3/5

    Are there plans for any specials to be run?

    Dark Archive 4/5 5/5 Venture-Agent, Online—PbP aka Tyranius

    FireElemental wrote:
    Are there plans for any specials to be run?

    Not for this Con but planned for Outpost.

    Dark Archive 4/5 5/5 Venture-Agent, Online—PbP aka Tyranius

    As requested by several of the GM's here is a link to what will end up being the Player Signup Sheet. It is not active for sign ups yet and I am posting this so that GM's can get an idea of what is starting to form for games so that they aren't submitting a bunch of the same scenario.

    Reminder that Player Sign-up will go active on the 3rd of January

    List of Games / Player Sign Up (Link)

    2/5 5/5

    If not all of the season 2 scenarios that are currently out are being run by Dec 27th, can I please be moved so that that scenario is being run and still get scenario support, or do I still have to fill out he forum manually to get the support?
    Right now I'm signed up to run 2-13. But let's say nobody takes 2-4, 2-6, 2-8, 2-9, 2-11 or 2-12, currently not being offered at the time of my post. My request is that I get moved if not all of them are run and still get scenario support. Don't care which one. There is that chance I won't be on Paizo on the 27th to manually fill out that forum and move it myself.

    1/5 5/5

    Pathfinder Starfinder Roleplaying Game Subscriber

    May the GMing and playing of this Con be fun and exciting.

    Unfortunately, my Discord has *fits* if I try to have the 'very active' groups on it, going as far as to crash my computer (even with it fully patched).

    Dark Archive 4/5 5/5 Venture-Agent, Online—PbP aka Tyranius

    DoubleGold wrote:

    If not all of the season 2 scenarios that are currently out are being run by Dec 27th, can I please be moved so that that scenario is being run and still get scenario support, or do I still have to fill out he forum manually to get the support?

    Right now I'm signed up to run 2-13. But let's say nobody takes 2-4, 2-6, 2-8, 2-9, 2-11 or 2-12, currently not being offered at the time of my post. My request is that I get moved if not all of them are run and still get scenario support. Don't care which one. There is that chance I won't be on Paizo on the 27th to manually fill out that forum and move it myself.

    You would have to manually fill out the form, but the Scenario Support is being sent in the 27th and player sign ups begin on Jan 3rd. So we will not know if tables will fill before the scenario support is sent in unfortunately.

    Dark Archive 4/5 5/5 Venture-Agent, Online—PbP aka Tyranius

    Wei Ji the Learner wrote:

    May the GMing and playing of this Con be fun and exciting.

    Unfortunately, my Discord has *fits* if I try to have the 'very active' groups on it, going as far as to crash my computer (even with it fully patched).

    Sorry to hear that Wei Ji. :(

    Scarab Sages 5/5 5/5

    I'm not sure what's going on but the submission form won't allow me to select SFS season 2 for my first scenario. It defaults to season 1. (I can select all the other options I tried to test, just not sfs season 2)

    I'd like to run Starfinder Society Scenario #2-03: The Withering World but since it wouldn't let me select that I've signed up with Starfinder Society Scenario #1-05: The First Mandate as my first scenario.

    It does let me sign up for SFS season 2 for my second scenario so I selected the one I wanted to run for that option.

    Assuming it's not a choice to only let people who don't run at least something else run Starfinder Season 2 scenario's I'd prefer to just run SFS #2-03: The Withering World instead of both of those since this will be my first time running anything on Discord and I have little insight in how well GM-ing on Discord will go for me.

    Also I just selected one of the options on where to play more or less at random since I have at the moment no clue how to set up a table. Will we be assigned tables/discord char room/what they are called? or are we supposed to figure out how to set one up ourselves?

    2/5 5/5

    I signed up for 2-11 to make sure more scenarios are covered. Will someone please delete my 2-13 game, thanks? Of course, someone else can still pick 2-11 but that is the chance I take.

    Dark Archive 4/5 5/5 Venture-Agent, Online—PbP aka Tyranius

    @Revvy- Deleted your First Mandate game from the list. I do see your Withering World Game on the list as well.

    @Doublegold- 2-13 Deleted as requested.

    Dark Archive 4/5 5/5 Venture-Agent, Online—PbP aka Tyranius

    Early Player Sign-up is now open to GM's that are running a game for PlayDis Con 2020. Link is below.

    PlayDis Con 2020 Sign-up

    2/5 5/5

    You must have hit the undo button twice, Revvy's first mandate and my 2-13 game are still there.

    Silver Crusade 3/5 5/5 Venture-Lieutenant, Online—PbP aka Redelia

    I've created a chat for all our GMs on the Org Play Online Discord. If you signed up to GM and I have not added you, please send me a Discord message (Redelia#3748) so I can get you added, because that Discord channel is going to be our main way to communicate with GMs.

    Scarab Sages 5/5 5/5

    Due to my overall lack of how discord works...I actually have no idea if I'm added to that chat. Do you get a message when you get added to anything? Or does it show up somewhere next to the other 20-30 other possibilities next to one of those #'s under the Org play online discord and I just need to locate the right one?

    Dark Archive 4/5 5/5 Venture-Agent, Online—PbP aka Tyranius

    Revvy Bitterleaf wrote:
    Due to my overall lack of how discord works...I actually have no idea if I'm added to that chat. Do you get a message when you get added to anything? Or does it show up somewhere next to the other 20-30 other possibilities next to one of those #'s under the Org play online discord and I just need to locate the right one?

    The chat is on the OrgPlay Online Server and the channel name is under:

    Play-by-post
    #playdis-con-gm-chat

    Second Seekers (Jadnura) 5/55/55/55/5

    I am thinking I will give playing a try so I have a sense for it and can GM in the future.


    Are the signups for players open now?

    Scarab Sages

    They should be.

    Dark Archive 4/5 5/5 Venture-Agent, Online—PbP aka Tyranius

    The Ragi wrote:
    Are the signups for players open now?

    Player Sign-ups are indeed open!

    Sovereign Court 4/5 5/5 Venture-Lieutenant, Netherlands—Leiden aka Ascalaphus

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    Cool, I'll give this a try, I've done some PbP before but want to give PbD a try too.

    Silver Crusade 3/5 5/5 Venture-Lieutenant, Online—PbP aka Redelia

    ****** Official Announcement ******

    Any games for PlayDis Con need to be submitted by Thursday, January 9. The scenario support deadline is already past, so GMs who submit games now will need to provide their own scenarios.

    Dark Archive

    I'm looking forward to playing online for the first time ever(God I hope I don't suck)

    Dark Archive 4/5 5/5 Venture-Agent, Online—PbP aka Tyranius

    @Zero- You will do just fine. Everyone here is quite helpful to assist you if you have any questions.

    Dark Archive 4/5 5/5 Venture-Agent, Online—PbP aka Tyranius

    Scenarios have been sent out. If anyone has not received there then please send me a PM.

    2/5

    Do we have a "Here's how you join a channel/set up your character/other basic things for playing on Discord" document or guide like we have for the forums? I'm looking forward to Dis Con, but I've never played on this format before and don't want to miss the boat when things kick off next week.

    Dark Archive 4/5 5/5 Venture-Agent, Online—PbP aka Tyranius

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    Hawthwile wrote:
    Do we have a "Here's how you join a channel/set up your character/other basic things for playing on Discord" document or guide like we have for the forums? I'm looking forward to Dis Con, but I've never played on this format before and don't want to miss the boat when things kick off next week.

    Is this what you are looking for?

    Discord Basic Functions.

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    Derek Larsen wrote:

    Is this what you are looking for?

    Discord Basic Functions.

    That's awesome, but I'm afraid it still leaves some holes for me

    - Do we need to create a profile somewhere in Discord for a character, or do we just reference an existing character profile here on the boards?
    - Do we find links to the servers on the Signup sheet, or should we be checking our PMs for the GM to send us an invitation?

    Again, these are the super-basic things that we'll know after the first time we do them, but not until then. And if we can lay these out clearly, it'll help folks make the jump and get excited for the Con!

    Dark Archive 5/5 5/5

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    Hawthwile wrote:


    - Do we need to create a profile somewhere in Discord for a character, or do we just reference an existing character profile here on the boards?
    - Do we find links to the servers on the Signup sheet, or should we be checking our PMs for the GM to send us an invitation?

    I'm new to PbD too, but the answers seem to be: provide a link to your character sheet either from the Paizo site or somewhere else to the GM.

    Join the server that your game is on and your GM will @ you to the table, so you know where to go. Most of them also have links on the sign-up sheet that you can check for.

    2/5

    Perfect - thank you Derek and DrParty!

    Silver Crusade 3/5 5/5 Venture-Lieutenant, Online—PbP aka Redelia

    Once you're on the right Discord server, you'll find people will be quite helpful to get you to your table, also.

    Dark Archive 4/5 5/5 Venture-Agent, Online—PbP aka Tyranius

    Alright so most of the tables are beginning to form. As of right now all of the Roll for Combat tables have been formed. Please check the Player sign up sheet for your table name under Column H. PlayDis Con 2020 Sign up Sheet (Link)

    Here is a link to the Roll for Combat server if you have not linked to it yet, either as a player or a GM.

    Roll for Combat Server

    @GM's- GM's please locate and check into your tables according to the table #. You will have two channels available to you. Your game channel and an OOC channel. Go ahead and play around with any formatting you wish to try. Right now GM's are the only ones with access to post in their channels.

    @GM's- While you are on the Roll for Combat server GM's please visit the GM only channel to ask any questions that may arise. Also begin to locate each of your players that are on your table per the GM only discussion so that Stonesnake (GM Stephen) can get them added to your table so they have posting access.

    @Players- If your GM has not found or contacted you through a PM on discord then please send them one so that you can link up.

    2/5 5/5

    Starfinder Charter Superscriber

    Sorry, I've had to drop out of Murder on the Thirsty Mermaid, so there should be one slot available if anyone wants to snag it.

    Silver Crusade 1/5

    Jhaeman wrote:
    Sorry, I've had to drop out of Murder on the Thirsty Mermaid, so there should be one slot available if anyone wants to snag it.

    Thank you, I am the GM for that one, so I will let the table know.


    woohoo! So pumped!

    Dark Archive 4/5 5/5 Venture-Agent, Online—PbP aka Tyranius

    @GM's and Players (Cosmic Crit)- Alright Cosmic Crittermanders! Your tables are now up and going. To gain access to your tables, please go to the Cosmic Crit Server and make a post in the #Request channel with the name of the game channel you need access to!

    Cosmic Crit Server


    Is it too late to jump into a game?

    The Exchange

    No! There are still place opens. I have space for PF2 Quest #1: The Sandstone Secret on table 154 of the Roll for Combat server.

    tyfighter2419 wrote:

    Is it too late to jump into a game?

    1/5 5/5

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    I will also be running PF2 Quest #1: The Sandstone Secret on the Cosmic Crit server, but plan to start on February 17, 2020 (about half-way through the con) to allow for newcomers or those in completed games to make it to another table.

    The Sandstone Secret is replayable (and has elements that vary) so it can be played again and again with separate PCs and a different experience.

    I will also be running PFS 2 Quest #2: Unforgiving Fire on the Cosmic Crit server with an anticipated start date of February 24, 2020, again to keep it open for newcomers and those finishing other tables. The Unforgiving Fire is NOT replayable.

    Both quests are designed to play within an hour's time in face-to-face play, so even with the later date each should be completed before con's end.

    Players may sign-up in advance here.

    Dark Archive 5/5 5/55/5 Regional Venture-Coordinator, Upper Midwest aka Silbeg

    What is the pacing on play by discord?

    Example, most PBP expects a post a day.

    Is this similar or much faster?

    Thanks

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