Disclaimer - Please Read.   Posted by DM.Group: 0
 GM, 7 posts
Tue 5 Aug 2014
at 02:39
Disclaimer - Please Read
Please note the following points.

1)  I make mistakes sometimes - If the mistake works out to giving your character the short end of the stick, I apologize, depending on the nature of the error I may try to make it up to you in other ways.  If the error is in your character's favor, I need you to be cool with acknowledging the error and allowing me to fix it on a go forward basis.
2)  I don't tolerate cheaters - Please keep track of your character.  Take a minute, adjust hitpoints, xp, prepared spells, etc. when you post.  I know this sounds draconian but, if you are caught cheating... depending on the severity of the issue, I will either warn you or just boot you.  Keep in mind, I'm talking about cheating, not errors in judgement etc.  I really hope this never comes up again.
3)  I don't like rules lawyers - If I were to base a situation on a rule that I misunderstood or something to that nature, I require artistic license to see the situation through.  I may update house rules... I might not.  It depends.  Just remember I'm here to show you a good time.  And to me, a good story comes before obedience to rules and mechanics.  This might never come up.
4)  Your character might die - I don't believe in saving the PCs if they really made poor decisions or a bit of bad luck with the dice gets them.  The world is a dangerous place, and your characters should have a healthy respect for things that can kill them.  That being said, I won't try to kill off your characters.  From the previous game, I don't think this will be an issue.  But it does need mentioning.
5)  Feedback - I love and crave feedback... bad or good.  This is my first attempt at a play-by-post game of this magnitude.  I'm much better at talking than typing.  I'm working on that.  In the meantime, decent feedback is something I may award.  Keep in mind I'm looking for usable feedback.  Please PM me the feedback.

Everything being said... I'm a reasonable guy, hoping to show you all a good time.  If we keep the respect level high, I don't think there's any problems we can't work through.  I hope you are in this for the long haul.  Cheers!

This message was last edited by the GM at 10:09, Tue 05 Aug 2014.

 GM, 5 posts
Tue 29 Sep 2015
at 07:12
Disclaimer - Please Read
Here are some updates to the above while it's my turn to DM:

1) I make mistakes sometimes (though not too terribly often). Tell me about them in a PM. Generally speaking if I unwittingly break the rules (outside of (rarely) doing it intentionally for narrative purposes) and it harms some or all of the party, I will generally grant some "woops, sorry guys" EXP to everyone. We're all here to play and learn together--me included.

2) I have seen few actual cheaters in my years of D&Ding. That being said, if it somehow seems clear you've been intentionally doing it, apart from being a first in my years on rpol, yeah, you're booted. (I'm kind of even surprised the previous DM had an issue with this.)

3) I fucking love rules lawyers. I am one. Assuming you have a valid point, send me a PM. If you think the discussion is something that directly involves another player, tell me, and I will invite them in to my response. Keep in mind: I despise drama creation for its own sake, and possibly equally as much, loathe wasting time debunking poorly thought out arguments/points. And as always, Rule 0 applies, despite your nerdrage feelings of RAW/RAI.

4) Ditto on the above. It's never a goal to kill a PC, but this game does use dice, and sometimes a series of events can lead to some pretty difficult decisions. This is one of the features of the game that makes it thrilling. If you were attempting to stab a 1100 pound crocodile to death in real life, or running away from a group of guys that wanted to beat you to death, or thinking about whether or not you want to stick your head through a hole in a wall, you'd keep your wits about you while you did it. I expect the same level of self-awareness from your characters here. (You know, unless they were idiots or were suicidal, but then you couldn't really be able to complain about them dying, could you?)

5) Feedback is welcome at any time. It's the internet, all we have is text, and we're probably not the most socially adept people to begin with since we're playing online nerd pretend. If there's something you want to say, send it on through, good or bad (hopefully good at least part of the time (I mean, come on)).

And a new one:

6) Let's keep the game flowing. If you're going to head out of town for few days, be a bro and say something in the OOC thread. If you don't have anything to add in the IC thread, but want to confirm for the other players (and the DM) that you're cool with moving on, put a quick note in the OOC thread. Sometimes play-by-post games get into a horrible loop of most everyone waiting for someone else to do something. We're not going to do that here. That bothers me.

Everything being said, I'm a reasonable guy hoping to share a good time with all of you. If we keep the respect level high, but not ridiculously cutsie-pootsie, I don't think any problems that aren't easily solvable will arise.

Have a good one.

This message was last edited by the GM at 09:32, Tue 29 Sept 2015.