spectre
 member, 907 posts
 Myriad paths fell
 away from that moment....
Fri 2 Jul 2021
at 22:59
Are the doctors Trying to kill me
Games that are super exciting and really promising but the GM is kind of a crabapple...
GreenTongue
 member, 985 posts
 Game Archaeologist
Sat 3 Jul 2021
at 13:47
Are the doctors Trying to kill me
In reply to spectre (msg # 1871):

... when you finally find a game.
Shinoskay
 member, 108 posts
Sat 3 Jul 2021
at 21:50
Old friends
In reply to Brianna (msg # 1870):

Hysteria doesnt help anyone. There is way too much damn hysteria these days, way way too much. People over panicking and over reacting.
ShadoPrism
 member, 1381 posts
 OCGD-Obsessive-Compulsive
 Gamer-Disorder
Sun 4 Jul 2021
at 15:20
Old friends
In reply to Shinoskay (msg # 1873):

I blame the media for this behavior, they push that sort of thing after all.
Brianna
 member, 2242 posts
Mon 5 Jul 2021
at 11:23
Old friends
In reply to Shinoskay (msg # 1873):

Who's hysterical?  Maybe the daughter if she realises she may have killed someone.  I'm upset, yes, and afraid I'm going to lose a friend, and it's lucky I can't get my hands on that lying, beyond irresponsible kid.  And I feel so bad for the couple, dealing with serious illness, post surgery, and a terrible betrayal by someone they love and thought they could trust.  But none of us are hysterical.
drew0500
 member, 207 posts
 D&D Gamer
 Eclipse Classless
Sat 17 Jul 2021
at 00:09
Old friends
I love my house, I don't love what the previous owners did to it.

Just discovered electrical wire spliced and left in the roof insulation (Electrical code violation); running an extension cord through the attic to run the attic fan and outdoor light; and numerous other issues.

Of course, fixing the mistakes is costly in time and labor.
Silverlock
 member, 124 posts
Mon 19 Jul 2021
at 19:44
Pace in on line games
In reply to Piestar (msg # 1861):

I post once a week. So my players only have to send in their 1-3 sentences of 'my PC does X, Y, Z' once a week.  I let everyone know that this is the way it is, as I'm still working (essential).  My game is OLD.  1998 old.  I'm nice enough to wait for players who skip a few posts before I start NPCing their PC off the plotline, and place their PC on the sidelines.  My current players have all been around 20 years.

Can't post more often; sorry, I'm a few years from retirement.  And I'm not working an easy office job with internet access, so I can't 'check on posts' during my ten minute break.  I am blue collar beat up and hurting, in steel toed boots and a polyester uniform with my college degree required to do this.

So what do I do when I get a RTJ, I'm happy; I send them back info that is backstory for a game that has been active since 1998.  The longest break the game gets is a two or three week winter holidays break.  I get a RTJ, wonderful, happy day for me, a new player sends in an actual PC sheet, then ghosts.  I don't even know what to think now.  I'm trying to set up the final campaign of my Cthulhu GMing career - and it's a big one.  What is my point ? I'm not happy either.  It's hard to GM.  It requires effort and research and attention to detail.

It's so easy to find games - well, maybe it is for others; I don't have much luck.  I've had a GM who, being apprised that I do not check posts five times a day, killed off a PC that I'd run in a game for almost a year.  I've had GMs require torturous RTJs only to be ghosted by them, or to have the game suddenly close.  But when you find a GM who is willing to run a game, consistently, for the duration of the campaign - to the end - maybe then, we can all be happier ?
GreenTongue
 member, 989 posts
 Game Archaeologist
Tue 20 Jul 2021
at 00:34
Pace in on line games
In reply to Silverlock (msg # 1877):

You have a different pace than most of your players is my guess. If you get instant feedback from everywhere else, waiting a week is like "Dog Years".

Then, when you see their posts, you notice they didn't read back a month and have completely forgotten things that are important for the current situation.

This message was last edited by the user at 17:21, Fri 23 July.

Rockwolf66
 member, 75 posts
Wed 21 Jul 2021
at 02:20
Pace in on line games
If you are the sort of ******* who goes to jail for threats of violence against a hospital. Do not as soon as you get out of jail make threats against that same Hospital.
pdboddy
 supporter, 714 posts
 EST/EDT [GMT-5/GMT-4]
Fri 23 Jul 2021
at 16:30
Pace in on line games
In reply to Rockwolf66 (msg # 1879):

Hah, this sounds like a certain mayoral candidate for Calgary.  Massive jerk, that one.
Silverlock
 member, 125 posts
Fri 23 Jul 2021
at 20:51
Pace in on line games
In reply to GreenTongue (msg # 1878):

Sorry, Greentongue, I don't get instant feedback from my players, nor do I expect it.  I just expect that at some point within a 6 day window that they spend a few minutes to look at the post and figure out what to try next.  I'm never bothered that they didn't read back into older posts.  And I let players know up front it's once a week.  Every week.  And if they need a hint (as there's so much history, it's absolutely possible) I provide the hint.  And I even reward players if THEY catch me in an error.

Though I am tempted to chuck it all in, as the forthcoming adventure will take a long time to play out.  The campaign began in 1998, after all.  I'm tired.

After all, they've had ghouls, cthonians, Colour out of Space, bouts of insanity, mage wars, werewolves, paranormal difficulties, hounds of Tindalos, Tcho Tcho, Yig, Nyarlathotep (whom they annoyed and were chased as far as the Dreamlands), Nodens, shoggoths, cultists of multiple varieties, Deep ones, etc., and they've been everywhere in the world except Antarctica now.

This message was last edited by the user at 20:56, Fri 23 July.

GreenTongue
 member, 990 posts
 Game Archaeologist
Fri 23 Jul 2021
at 23:43
Re: Pace in on line games
Silverlock:
Sorry, Greentongue, I don't get instant feedback from my players, nor do I expect it.

My point is that outside of your game, the players get it from other things they do. Not that you give it.

If the spark is gone, blowing on the ashes won't help. Real shame though.
Sounds like you should be proud of what you have done, not heartbroken it can't go on forever.

As for finding consistent games, yeah that's tough. Playing a solo game is about the only way to be assured that.
Isida KepTukari
 member, 388 posts
 Elegant! Arrogant! Smart!
Sat 24 Jul 2021
at 09:05
Things are not the same
Weirdly enough, the two barely one-year-old cats we adopted will NOT behave the same way as the 18-year-old cat we lost, my dear. You didn't live with our first cat until he was five years old, so you missed a lot of the wacky antics of younger cats, which you now get to experience. The new cats are young. They are rambunctious. They wrestle. They run around the house like a herd of elephants and then leap on the bed while we're sleeping. They scratch stuff we'd rather they not. They whine for food and for attention and then scratch more things when they don't get it. It is not necessary to constantly shout at them - they literally don't understand. Distract them with a toy, wear them out a little, and soon enough they'll be snoozing on our laps.

We've watch cat behavior shows together. We've gone to lectures. We have books. You know what kinds of things to do. So please, just follow the very sage advice we have access to instead of hoping that yelling from your armchair will get our young cats to abruptly behave.
ShadoPrism
 member, 1382 posts
 OCGD-Obsessive-Compulsive
 Gamer-Disorder
Sat 24 Jul 2021
at 13:24
Things are not the same
In reply to Isida KepTukari (msg # 1883):

This rant sounds kind of like what I am going through now. We found a kitten (well my roommate found her under a dumpster, but I decided we are keeping her). He keeps trying to teach her like she is some kind of puppy, its not really working other than she does recognize her name now. She is very much 'My Cat' in that she will come to me when I call, but not him, who is more agressive about it. (amoung other things she will do with me and not him.)
Evil Empryss
 supporter, 1579 posts
 Insert witty and
 appropriate quote here
Sat 24 Jul 2021
at 13:46
Things are not the same
Shado... I had a cat when I moved in with my husband (then boyfriend). He'd never lived with a cat before, only dogs. I thought he'd figure out that the beasties are different, but he chose not to acknowledge that.

Within two months he had the cat coming when called, sitting up and laying down on command, and even sitting up and begging. He did it all with a can of Pounce cat treats. Snowball was about 15 years old at the time and had never responded to commands before, but he acted like those things were the best treats ever. One little shake of the can and he would come running from wherever he was in the house.

So cats *can* be trained. You just need to find the right bait to hold their attention. ^_^
Piestar
 member, 917 posts
 once upon a time...
 ...there was a little pie
Mon 26 Jul 2021
at 21:45
Things are not the same
An odd thing that seems to be happening to a lot of games I have joined recently. People join, generate a character, maybe even chat in the OOC, then vanish as soon as the game starts.

Very weird. It has even caused a few GM's to terminate the game before it even really starts.

Must be disheartening.
GreenTongue
 member, 991 posts
 Game Archaeologist
Mon 26 Jul 2021
at 22:16
Things are not the same
In reply to Piestar (msg # 1886):

I think it is worse when they grab the spotlight skew the story and then vanish.

Had that happen when I make the mistake of letting a new player into a game that had been running for just over a year. Left such a bad taste everyone decided to just stop instead of continuing down the new track.
Piestar
 member, 918 posts
 once upon a time...
 ...there was a little pie
Mon 26 Jul 2021
at 23:00
Things are not the same
In reply to GreenTongue (msg # 1887):

Ouch! That does suck. Hope it wasn't me! hehehe....
Talon
 member, 400 posts
Mon 26 Jul 2021
at 23:13
Things are not the same
Might be that those games had a different reality to the expectations when things finally got started.

I remember applying for a game, they advertised as updating every day and having a fast paced game. Great! So I joined, got my character made, then the opening scene of the game proceeded to be our characters locked into a dungeon with a bunch of NPCs, this scene stretched on for three weeks... Definitely not my definition of fast paced.
Piestar
 member, 919 posts
 once upon a time...
 ...there was a little pie
Mon 26 Jul 2021
at 23:18
Things are not the same
In reply to Talon (msg # 1889):

Pacing to me is about how often things are posted rather than how fast things happen, but the events I am venting about, the players quit before anything about pace, tenor or feel could even develop.
ShadoPrism
 member, 1383 posts
 OCGD-Obsessive-Compulsive
 Gamer-Disorder
Tue 27 Jul 2021
at 00:16
Things are not the same
Player joins, then just vanishes before even getting a character done - then shows up Months later and wants to know what happened to thier character ... Had this happen multiple times in the last game I ran. Though I had a good solid core of players in that game to, which helped it last for 3 years, its just the annoying people who join a game then ghost on you yet expect you to keep thier character while they are off doing other things that really annoy me.
Have had a game, long ago, that the story ended up being around one player, who suddenly left cause 'he lost interest' but he did not bother to tell anyone that he was leaving. I learned allot from that game on things Not to do. Was one of my first PBP games. So in some ways it was at least a good learning experience (I learned to never do that to a GM cause of how annoying that move was.)
Fyrerain
 member, 107 posts
Thu 29 Jul 2021
at 04:04
Things are not the same
Brought all the stuff I needed to fix my dinner at my friend's (she has a working stove) - and I mean everything: skillet, spatula, knives, fork, food. Love my friend like my sister, but her housekeeping is non-existent. :/

Fixed my dinner, sat down to eat in the tiny little portion of horizontal space on the dining room table, and as I went to cut the first bite, discovered my paper plate was only half on the table, as it all pitched over onto the floor. That was breakfast, lunch, and dinner for today. :(
GreenTongue
 member, 992 posts
 Game Archaeologist
Thu 29 Jul 2021
at 10:59
Things are not the same
In reply to Fyrerain (msg # 1892):

"five second rule!"

Not to be funny. That's certainly Not funny.

This message was last edited by the user at 15:20, Thu 29 July.

pdboddy
 supporter, 720 posts
 EST/EDT [GMT-5/GMT-4]
Thu 29 Jul 2021
at 13:47
Things are not the same
In reply to Fyrerain (msg # 1892):

Augh, that is the worst.  Was there swearing? xD
Fyrerain
 member, 108 posts
Fri 30 Jul 2021
at 19:45
Things are not the same
Greentongue -- Bleh! You're forgetting the non-existant housekeeping. Although my dogs will certainly be happy next time they're over there!

pdboddy -- There was a single, choice word, quietly said. I was too tired and with that, too depressed, to muster the energy for more!