The OOC Thread to end all OOC Threads.   Posted by The Cowled One.Group: 0
The Cowled One
 GM, 46 posts
Mon 10 Jun 2013
at 08:04
Starting Date
I'm waiting on the final adjustments to everyone's novels.  There won't be another adjustment after that.  I typically don't bother trying to artificially get the party together.  I let everyone come together or drift apart as they want and as the story dictates.  I'm not going to kill anyone just because they separated so the rule "Always stick together" doesn't apply here.

I would like to discuss 1 more thing.  We can get started before everyone responds to this but I think it is important.

My philosophy (kinda pretentious I know) on role-playing games is that everything works better and is more fun if folks are upfront and honest about what they want to see in the game.  That include both meta-gaming stuff and stuff in the fiction itself.  After all, if you really want to see your character fight hordes of goblinoids and slaughter them by the dozens, you stand a much better chance of getting that if you actually say that to me explicitly.  Otherwise I might do nothing but send undead, dragons and human brigands at you with nary a goblin or orc in sight.  Not because I'm an asshat but because I just didn't know.  So, I want to talk about stuff you want to see (or not see) in the game.  In the spirit of this, I'm going to start.  I'm a player too.  My role might be GM but I'm doing this for fun just like everyone else.

1.)  I want to see player-driven plots.  In other words I don't want to come up with detailed storylines all on my own and then have to hook the players into it.  I want players to generate their own stories.  I'll be happy to plop down opposition and thow in plot twists but I don't want to have to generate some sort of motivation for the player characters.  That's what I want the players to do for themselves.

2.)  Intrigue...  political, romantic and/or mystical.  I want some.  I'm going to try to throw some in the game.  Duh, right?  This is Birthright.

3.)  I want to see a new kingdom get established.  Don't care if the PC's are the leaders but I want them to be instrumental.

4.)  Someone needs to kill an awnsheghlien!  That'd be cool.

Now everyone else can toss their hat in the ring too.  What do you want?  Be honest.  Maybe not every single thing will make it in the game but I will certainly shoot for adding as much as possible and your fellow players can try to help out as well.

This message was last edited by the GM at 08:05, Mon 10 June 2013.

Jorgus Rayle
 player, 9 posts
 Human Monk/Spy
 I was never here...
Mon 10 Jun 2013
at 08:39
Re: Starting Date
quote:
This is Birthright.

Heh. I guess I must be the only one of us that didn't know that until just now.  I'm totally unfamiliar with the setting, but I'll catch on quickly.  I have to get to bed, but I'll post what you are asking for and some campaign ideas and finish my char sheet tomorrow night.

This is exactly the kind of game I was looking for!  This is my same philosophy of what makes great gaming experiences, when it isn't just a players vs gm/dm/lm mentality.  The story is the most important concept.  I'm stoked!  This way there is true motivation for character development and role-playing.

I've got some reading to do on the setting, but any obvious things I should know, please speak up!
Tannen Gable
 player, 5 posts
 Anuriean Ex-patriot
 Lost Love
Tue 11 Jun 2013
at 02:02
Re: Starting Date
1) I would like to see a slowly building plot which orients on a political intrigue with someone seizing part of the giant downs for Anuire. It could being with a military push which fails and the PCs are recruited to politically attack from within.

2) I would like to see a forbidden romance develop in the arena. Could be between the PC or a PC and an NPC or just two NPCs, something the PCs are asked to help hide or foster.

3) I would prefer the primary enemies to be human and goblinoid.

4) I would love to see a bloodsilver weapon be discovered. That would being minions of the Gorgon sniffing around. I do not want to fight the Gorgon btw...That would be bad.
Tannen Gable
 player, 6 posts
 Anuriean Ex-patriot
 Lost Love
Tue 11 Jun 2013
at 02:05
Re: Starting Date
Did I miss something? Am I supposed to add a phrase to the books of the other players which adds me to their story?
The Cowled One
 GM, 47 posts
Tue 11 Jun 2013
at 08:58
Re: Starting Date
Tannen, yes, you are supposed to do that.  Everyone is supposed to do that.  You only need to add yourself to 2 other stories.  Not all of them or even every other character.
Tannen Gable
 player, 7 posts
 Anuriean Ex-patriot
 Lost Love
Tue 11 Jun 2013
at 14:50
Re: Starting Date
ah ok, thanks...I Completely missed it someplace. I Will get on that today.
Jorgus Rayle
 player, 10 posts
 Human Monk/Spy
 I was never here...
Tue 11 Jun 2013
at 15:50
Re: Plot stuff
Ok, so being totally new to this setting, I feel a little unprepared to put down much about plots and intrigues, although that's probably one of the main building blocks of my character.  I will list a few things and I suppose I can always add/modify at a later time.

1) I also like player-driven plots that cross and intertwine in cool ways. I will do my best to originate and develop some threads for my character that would be easy for the rest of you to snag onto if you wish.

2) I would like to see my character turn into the mideval version of Jason Bourne or James Bond. A resourceful, insanely trained and focused individual who somehow beats the odds and completes his mission if it is humanly possible to do so.  From what I've read so far of the setting, this should work well.

3) I would like to have the characters become unique and powerful, not immortal or untouchable, but truly epic (over the long haul of course). This will require some very good role playing so that it's not over-done.

4) The discovery of lost history, artifacts, weapons and magic, whether it be accidental or a quest, could be a lot of fun, and once discovered, trying to keep it out of the "wrong" hands will be a whole new challenge as well. The flip of this would be fun to play also, where something was discovered elsewhere, or our enemies are looking for something and our characters need to get their hands on it for some reason... (Think Indiana Jones)

I'm sure as I get more familiar with the setting I'll come up with lots more ideas. Thank you for running your game this way.  Not only does it help you (GM) out, but it helps us players out because we know motivations and interactions with each other that are important.

Looking forward!
The Cowled One
 GM, 49 posts
Mon 17 Jun 2013
at 11:41
Let's Start
Here's what I'd like to know to get things started.  I need to know where each of you would like to start.  The choices are Lemnjohen, Midjarna and Vjelthelma.  I'd also like to know what it is you are doing there.  If you have a preference for a starting scene, let me know that too.

Just to be clear.  You don't have to start out together.  Really.  I know some GM's punish players who separate the party.  I'm not one of those.  You can be pursuing your own agendas and it will be just fine.
Lady Irime
 player, 9 posts
 Princess of Magic
Mon 17 Jun 2013
at 15:24
Re: Let's Start
PM
Tannen Gable
 player, 11 posts
 Anuriean Ex-patriot
 Lost Love
Mon 17 Jun 2013
at 18:07
Re: Let's Start
Tannen is currently in Lemnjohen. He has taken on with the Watch in the most dangerous area as that is where they send their new recruits. Sir Tannen is biding his time and keeping his skills sharp keeping the peace in the area. It seems to be the best place to be able to make a name for himself.

This message was last edited by the player at 17:42, Tue 18 June 2013.

Valos Darkstag
 player, 4 posts
Tue 18 Jun 2013
at 03:38
Re: Let's Start
Midjarna or Vjelthelma., whichever is best for you.  I'd like the potential to run into at least one other PC and see what happens.
Jorgus Rayle
 player, 12 posts
 Human Monk/Spy
 I was never here...
Tue 18 Jun 2013
at 09:00
Re: Let's Start
Sorry everyone, crazy week for me. I was hoping to get put together tonite, but it ain't gonna happen.  I'll be back Wed. from my current assignment.

I would like to have interaction between characters as our story arcs cross too...
The Cowled One
 GM, 50 posts
Tue 18 Jun 2013
at 10:43
Re: Let's Start
Just out of curiosity, why the private messages?  I'm not upset just a bit confused.  The messages didn't seem to have anything of a private nature to them.  To answer the question though...

Nobody really knows where Huralla makes her home.  She comes and goes as she pleases really.
Tannen Gable
 player, 12 posts
 Anuriean Ex-patriot
 Lost Love
Tue 18 Jun 2013
at 13:30
Re: Let's Start
I figured to put it into a PM so as to not influence the choice of the other players.
The Cowled One
 GM, 51 posts
Tue 18 Jun 2013
at 14:39
Re: Let's Start
Ah... makes sense.  However, I'd rather we influence each other's decisions.  If you guys kibitz among yourselves and come up with 2 of you starting in one location doing this one thing and the other two in separate locations doing something else then that's great even if it wasn't what would have been the original decisions.  I'm very open and transparent in my playing style.  I think it just works better.
Lady Irime
 player, 10 posts
 Princess of Magic
Tue 18 Jun 2013
at 15:32
Re: Let's Start
Starting Place: Vjelthelma

Objective: Got word that there was a hidden ruin city not too far away in the mountains and has lost Artifacts (Magical Items) that she could use to help her in her battle against the evil of the world.
Jorgus Rayle
 player, 13 posts
 Human Monk/Spy
 I was never here...
Tue 18 Jun 2013
at 16:38
Re: Let's Start
Starting location: Vjelthelma

Jorgus has recently been tasked by his superiors with collecting information about geography, historic locations, ruins and places of interest, and the power players in the Giantdowns. As with all of his missions so far, this will not only be of benefit to the Order, but will provide valuable training for the young Initiate as well as begining to develop an alter-ego as a travelling cartographer.  He was told to seek out Kalla Hogby, the sister of the late Lord of Hogby. Her wanderings and magic are legendary. It is believed she frequents Vjelthelma and that this location may be the best place to begin his search.
The Cowled One
 GM, 52 posts
Thu 20 Jun 2013
at 14:28
On Hold
I think I've bitten off a bit more than I'm capable of chewing at the moment.  I've got another game that has grown in players and scope quite a bit lately and given my real life schedule I need to put this game on hold.  I may recruit a co-DM to help me with the other game and take some of the weight off my shoulders.  Once I get a grip over there I would like to push on with this game.  If I don't pull back a little I'm pretty sure I'll screw up both games and I don't want that.

So, I apologize for this and understand if you don't want to be involved at all any more but I'm putting this game on hold for the time being.  I've been wanting to play the Giantdowns forever so don't think I've given up yet.
Tannen Gable
 player, 13 posts
 Anuriean Ex-patriot
 Lost Love
Thu 20 Jun 2013
at 16:08
Re: On Hold
ok, will hold.
Lady Irime
 player, 11 posts
 Princess of Magic
Thu 20 Jun 2013
at 16:18
Re: On Hold
Frozen in time....
Jorgus Rayle
 player, 14 posts
 Human Monk/Spy
 I was never here...
Thu 20 Jun 2013
at 16:53
Re: On Hold
I'm not going anywhere either. *twiddle-twiddle* ;-)
The Cowled One
 GM, 53 posts
Mon 15 Jul 2013
at 11:00
The End Draws Nigh
Hey guys.  I think my other game is going to be all I can handle for the foreseeable future.  I can do one of two things.  I can either hand this game over to one of you if you want to keep it going or I can delete this game.  Just let me know.
Jorgus Rayle
 player, 15 posts
 Human Monk/Spy
 I was never here...
Mon 15 Jul 2013
at 22:05
Re: The End Draws Nigh
Thanks for keeping us in the loop.  I have a major remodeling job in front of me for the next two months and then I will be moving my family into a new house. I'm slammed, and actually was kind of grateful that this game had stalled for the time being. However, I'm sad that it's stalling completely.

I am totally unfamiliar with the game setting, as well as the rules system, but the latter I think is easy enough and I would really like to try it out. I am willing to take over the game, or even better, migrate these same characters over to a setting I'm more familiar with. Those are just some options we can discuss a little before this game is deleted.

I have followed your other game and I am seriously impressed. You and your co-GMs are fantastic and the players you've recruited are excellent as well.

As for me, this fall I would be eager to pick up and try this out or move on to something else, but I like the characters we have here and the homework we've done so far and it would really be a shame for it to go to waste.

Anyways, let me know what you all think of these ideas or any of your own.
Tannen Gable
 player, 14 posts
 Anuriean Ex-patriot
 Lost Love
Tue 16 Jul 2013
at 19:12
Re: The End Draws Nigh
I understand. I really like the world and it is disappointing to not be able to play. I cannot take it over and run it though due to my own time issues. Good luck with your other games GM!
The Cowled One
 GM, 54 posts
Tue 16 Jul 2013
at 21:51
Re: The End Draws Nigh
Thanks for the kind words, Jorgus.  I'm not planning on deleting the game any time soon.  We can discuss what to do with it for as long as necessary.  After all the game sitting here doesn't bother me.