OOC Discussion.   Posted by DM.Group: 0
DM
 GM, 389 posts
 Goddess of Destruction
 Love Me & Despair
Mon 16 Oct 2017
at 21:32
Re: Misc
I am deducting ten levels worth of broodiness from Alaric.
Joaquin
 player, 285 posts
 Once a soldier
 Now a cleric
Wed 18 Oct 2017
at 23:24
Re: Misc
Ouch, that's a lot of perception to notice nothing but vampyre bite marks.
DM
 GM, 392 posts
 Goddess of Destruction
 Love Me & Despair
Wed 18 Oct 2017
at 23:45
Re: Misc
FINE.

It doesn't look like wolves were involved in the fellow's death, as there are no paw prints and the claw marks don't look to have come from the blunt claws of a wolf.  What could have caused them?  Jagged fingernails seems most likely.

In addition to the two puncture marks on the jugular, there are numerous other human bite marks all over the body.

This message was last edited by the GM at 23:52, Wed 18 Oct 2017.

DM
 GM, 393 posts
 Goddess of Destruction
 Love Me & Despair
Wed 18 Oct 2017
at 23:48
Re: Misc
Since Alaric will likely share his knowledge with the group, here's what he can tell you about the feeding habits of the vampyre:

A true vampyre, like Strahd, views the taking of blood as a sort of mix between a seduction and the eating of a fine meal: something to be savored, and not rushed.  It would be terribly uncouth to do so.

Spawn have no such table manners.  Ruled by their base instincts, they gobble their food. . in this case, quite literally.
Oswald Weiss
 player, 414 posts
 Unbent. Unbroken.
 Inflammable.
Sat 21 Oct 2017
at 00:03
Re: Misc
In reply to DM (msg # 762):

I thought we took the talkative one to Lucian, and then after interrogating him, burnt him.
DM
 GM, 395 posts
 Goddess of Destruction
 Love Me & Despair
Sat 21 Oct 2017
at 00:30
Re: Misc
I don't *think* you did?  I know the idea was tossed around for sure, but ultimately ditched in favor of hammering some more boards into their boxes and waiting until the next day when they'd presumably be weaker from hunger and easier to deal with to attempt to move them.
Oswald Weiss
 player, 416 posts
 Unbent. Unbroken.
 Inflammable.
Sat 21 Oct 2017
at 00:40
Re: Misc
In reply to DM (msg # 764):

Having read back through the archives, I see that while Oz suggested taking the trapped spawn back to Lucian along with the reliquary, nobody else liked the idea and it was abandoned, thus the torturing/questioning session did in fact occur back at the workshop. I didn't realize we'd traveled back there to do that part, but we certainly seem to have. A pity.

My statement about voting to have them hauled to the chapel remains accurate, however. So Alaric can take his guilt trip and slap someone else with it.
Alaric von Innsbruck
 player, 206 posts
 Silver for monsters
 Steel for men
Sat 21 Oct 2017
at 00:46
Re: Misc
Yeah, that was directed at whomever thought it would be safe to leave them the night.
Joaquin
 player, 287 posts
 Once a soldier
 Now a cleric
Sat 21 Oct 2017
at 02:25
Re: Misc
Hey, I wanted to bring them to Vargas as a way to solve the town's Burgermeister problem.  Looks like it might have worked too.
Nico Viszco
 player, 140 posts
 Ace of Swords
 The Silent Blade
Fri 27 Oct 2017
at 20:03
Re: Misc
Looking back, I don't think anyone specifically said, "Let's just leave them here."

Oz wanted to bring them with us, but we never agreed on a plan. In fact, most of that discussion was in the OOC thread, so in character we didn't even really discuss it much (which is pretty weird).

In any case, we basically just ended up moving on without resolving it.
DM
 GM, 396 posts
 Goddess of Destruction
 Love Me & Despair
Sat 28 Oct 2017
at 01:19
Re: Misc
That sounds about right,  Nico.

We seem to be stalled out in the carpentry shop.  So what's the plan?
Joaquin
 player, 291 posts
 Once a soldier
 Now a cleric
Tue 31 Oct 2017
at 22:49
Re: Misc
Plan?  Plan?  We don't need no sticking plans.
Oswald Weiss
 player, 419 posts
 Unbent. Unbroken.
 Inflammable.
Wed 1 Nov 2017
at 13:23
Re: Misc
In reply to Joaquin (msg # 770):

I'm all for plans, but it takes about a week to get everyone's input on something. We have so very many tantalizing main quest and side quest lines to follow -- the ins and outs of operating a winch isn't one of them :P
Oswald Weiss
 player, 422 posts
 Unbent. Unbroken.
 Inflammable.
Thu 2 Nov 2017
at 14:41
Re: Misc
In reply to Oswald Weiss (msg # 771):

Unrelated: It doesn't look like Tobias or Astrid have posted since Sept. 25. Are they still playing?
Astrid Gunnarsdottir
 player, 114 posts
 A little bit Viking
 A little bit rock'n'roll
Thu 2 Nov 2017
at 17:58
Re: Misc
In theory I'm still playing.  The live session was a lot of fun, but whenever we try to do something in game, there's always this long debate over what we're going to do.  Kind of running out of steam on that.
Oswald Weiss
 player, 423 posts
 Unbent. Unbroken.
 Inflammable.
Thu 2 Nov 2017
at 18:19
Re: Misc
In reply to Astrid Gunnarsdottir (msg # 773):

I don't know what's plot-relevant and what's not, so I can't drive any scene-skipping. I've assumed instances where we sit around and debate are intentional pacing exercises. If we're overthinking things or bogging things down, I'm happy to be told that so we can move on to other interesting points of the story.

We also don't have consensus as to what to do or where to go, which stymie's our efforts a bit.
Joaquin
 player, 293 posts
 Once a soldier
 Now a cleric
Thu 2 Nov 2017
at 20:07
Re: Misc
Debating things and coming to a consensus doesn't bother me, and honestly I don't think it takes that much time when people are engaged (we decided to stay in Vallaki another day in a flurry of posts over a couple of days for example) but when it's days waiting on  posts, I think we need a system for saying fuck it and moving on based on what has already been said.

If someone can't be bothered to post, then we shouldn't be bothered to wait on that person's opinion.  In theory, the 48 hour and then you take the Hold action we are supposed to be doing during combat could apply to RP and story scenes as well (though I'd be fine with cutting it to 24 hours for speeding things up purposes, personally).

I'm also all for an OoC poll on doodle or something that we run when a contentious choice has to be made.  Run the poll, tally the votes and do whatever the poll says (or split the party) and let Sarah narrate a paragraph of "debate" and then we move on.

I think both of those would speed things up considerably.
Oswald Weiss
 player, 424 posts
 Unbent. Unbroken.
 Inflammable.
Thu 2 Nov 2017
at 20:15
Re: Misc
In reply to Joaquin (msg # 775):

I'm cool with that. The games I run have a rule where if any player has failed to post for 3 days, they go on "autofollow", which means the DM plays the character until they return. That character fades to the background, does little, and doesn't really participate in combat, but they contribute as needed, as determined by the DM, who has access to everyone's motivations and backgrounds and whatnot.

If a situation truly needs everyone's input, I used to mark it with a [Crossroads] tag. Nothing would happen until everyone had chimed in for those situations. But the 3-day rule still applied so it wasn't an infinite hurdle.

This message was last edited by the player at 20:16, Thu 02 Nov 2017.

DM
 GM, 400 posts
 Goddess of Destruction
 Love Me & Despair
Thu 2 Nov 2017
at 20:41
Re: Misc
Chris is kind to try and blame people arguing endlessly for the recent tepid response to this campaign, but the fault is mine as well, I will admit.  Aaron posted in his online campaign at a very steady clip, with posts coming fast and frequently.  I unfortunately am only good for one or two posts minimum each day, most of this due to the fact that the source material comes from a book which I must consult and which, of course, is not accessible at work.

I've also been nice and have attempted to wait until I was dead sure that a consensus was reached before moving things along.  Probably a bad move on my part.  From henceforth when I find myself with time to make a post, I'll proceed based on what's been discussed thus far.  If it's a big decision, I'll indicate somehow that I would like everyone's opinion and we'll go from there.  For instance, I've indicated that you were able to successfully dispose of the vampyre spawn in the boxes, because that was not terribly important all things concerned.  Your next decision--how to go about searching for the AWOL spawn and what to do about the Vallaki leadership is a bit of a larger decision, so I"ll give you a day or so to ruminate on that. If somebody proposed "Hey, let's go storm Ravenloft right fucking now," then I'd likely want to get a consensus.

Sound good?
Oswald Weiss
 player, 425 posts
 Unbent. Unbroken.
 Inflammable.
Thu 2 Nov 2017
at 20:55
Re: Misc
In reply to DM (msg # 777):

Sounds great :)
DM
 GM, 407 posts
 Goddess of Destruction
 Love Me & Despair
Wed 8 Nov 2017
at 00:07
Re: Misc
Doing my best to hold up my end of the bargain and post with greater frequency.  Sometimes not always possible, but I'm trying!

Also, while I'm having lots of fun running the Oz & Joaquin Show, it would be kinda super if the rest of my wayward party would mind chiming in every so often.
Oswald Weiss
 player, 428 posts
 Unbent. Unbroken.
 Inflammable.
Thu 16 Nov 2017
at 19:25
Re: Misc
In reply to DM (msg # 779):

The Oz & Joaquin Show would be a fun Saturday-morning cartoon.
Alaric von Innsbruck
 player, 207 posts
 Silver for monsters
 Steel for men
Tue 21 Nov 2017
at 18:17
Re: Misc
Part of the issue is that neither Alaric nor Viktoriya really care about Vallaki at the moment. For now, they are each content (for different reasons) to follow the group. So unless we explicitly make an opinion known, you can just assume we're following majority decision.

Alaric kind of wants to meet this Lady Wachter, but in general is more focused on getting Ireena to the Abbey. If Ireena wants to confront Izek, then he'll be there for that.
Oswald Weiss
 player, 429 posts
 Unbent. Unbroken.
 Inflammable.
Tue 28 Nov 2017
at 15:12
Re: Misc
In reply to Alaric von Innsbruck (msg # 781):

There's a lot of content to explore. The problem is that all of those glorious hooks have landed on different party members. We all want to do something different, and because it's a binary, time-sensitive choice, we've ended up stalled.

Oz would love to topple Vargas's power here, but he'd also be willing to chat with Lady Wachter, ferret out werewolves, hunt down the wayward spawn, or head to the abbey. And obviously I'd love to look into this ancient dragon thing that was mentioned a few times, or perhaps Vargas Jr.'s necromantic tendencies. So many great things, and so little time.

Do others have more clear priorities?
Oswald Weiss
 player, 430 posts
 Unbent. Unbroken.
 Inflammable.
Sun 10 Dec 2017
at 16:27
Re: Misc
In reply to Oswald Weiss (msg # 782):

If this game is dead, can Strahd show up and murder everyone? Might be fun ;)