General OOC Chat (Both groups)   Posted by DM.Group: 0
DM
 GM, 1 post
Tue 17 Jul 2018
at 01:16
OOC Chat
The obligatory OOC thread!
Ashara
 Human Paladin, 1 post
 Human Paladin
 AC:18 HP:12/12 HD:1/1
Wed 18 Jul 2018
at 17:27
OOC Chat
Hi, I'm Ashara, your friendly neighborhood sword-and-board paladin. Looking forward to more joining us!
Ashara
 Human Paladin, 2 posts
 Human Paladin
 AC:18 HP:12/12 HD:1/1
Wed 18 Jul 2018
at 18:24
OOC Chat
DM, do you plan on developing religions of the region, or can I make something up (within reason) for Ashara's faith?
DM
 GM, 11 posts
Wed 18 Jul 2018
at 22:28
OOC Chat
The game will use the default pantheon, ie, the Forgotten Realms pantheon.  However, since religion doesn't necessarily equal deitiesn, you're free to create a religion if you wish.  Having said that, as the info thread indicates, I plan to make the gods more than window dressing in this world so if you also wish to create a god for your religion, you may, but that particular god would probably not go beyond said window dressing.  That's not to say the deity couldn't, mind you.  I just want to up front with you that it's unlikely.

Of course, if the party wants to spend the entirety of its time in damp cellars or kobold caves none of this matters since Lethander and Myrkul, for example, probably aren't concerned with such things.
Ashara
 Human Paladin, 3 posts
 Human Paladin
 AC:18 HP:12/12 HD:1/1
Wed 18 Jul 2018
at 22:30
OOC Chat
In reply to DM (msg # 4):

Ah, ok. I'm not familiar with FR beyond a very broad-strokes level, so I didn't realize that's where we are.
DM
 GM, 12 posts
Thu 19 Jul 2018
at 00:04
OOC Chat
It's not.  I'm just using the pantheon.  The setting itself is just something I made up to give myself, and the players, a clean slate with which to work.


To those of you who have submitted RTJs, I know I said I'd get to you this morning or afternoon but, frankly, I'm overwhelmed by the sheer number of you.  Rather than send dozens of copies of this message individually I'm saving myself some time and writing this here.  I hope you're seeing this. I will respond to you this evening.

Also, I've decided to skip running another non-D&D game so, again, due to the sheer number of you, I've been inspired to run two groups here.  These groups will consist of 5 players each but that still leaves a lot of people out.  For that I am sorry but running 6+ groups is just not in the cards for me.

The groups will have a common room at an inn where they can share their glorious stories but otherwise, for my own sanity, the groups won't intermingle on adventures swapping players back and forth.

Again, tonight, one way or the other, you will get a response from me with a go no-go.  Thanks for your patience.
Ashara
 Human Paladin, 4 posts
 Human Paladin
 AC:18 HP:12/12 HD:1/1
Thu 19 Jul 2018
at 02:05
Re: OOC Chat
DM:
It's not.  I'm just using the pantheon.  The setting itself is just something I made up to give myself, and the players, a clean slate with which to work.


Gotcha.
Silanar
 Human Monk, 1 post
Thu 19 Jul 2018
at 05:30
Re: OOC Chat
Hello folks. Looking forward to adventuring with Group 2 and hearing about Group 1's mishaps ;)

DM, do you have any preferences for the use of bio lines? And do we get trinkets? If so, should we choose, roll or will you hand them out?
DM
 GM, 13 posts
Thu 19 Jul 2018
at 05:50
Re: OOC Chat
Silanar:
Hello folks. Looking forward to adventuring with Group 2 and hearing about Group 1's mishaps ;)

DM, do you have any preferences for the use of bio lines? And do we get trinkets? If so, should we choose, roll or will you hand them out?


Good questions.  I'd prefer to see AC, HP current/max, HD current/max and passive perception in the bio lines.  Players should roll for trinkets.

I'll update the appropriate threads with that info.
DM
 GM, 16 posts
Thu 19 Jul 2018
at 06:07
Re: OOC Chat
I've made everyone's character sheets editable.

I think it may be fun to have a friendly competition between groups.  Perhaps I'll keep a tally on kills, gold earned, etc.  Matters of group pride I suppose.  Thoughts?
Inanah Moonbreeze
 High Elf Rogue, 1 post
Thu 19 Jul 2018
at 06:11
Re: OOC Chat
Little bit of friendly rivalry is always fun, but I wouldn't want it to turn into a serious match.

Are we limited in Alignment? And are you planning to let that be big part of play or just a mechanical detail?
DM
 GM, 17 posts
Thu 19 Jul 2018
at 06:25
Re: OOC Chat
Inanah Moonbreeze:
Little bit of friendly rivalry is always fun, but I wouldn't want it to turn into a serious match.

Are we limited in Alignment? And are you planning to let that be big part of play or just a mechanical detail?



Agreed.  Just friendly rivalry.  I wouldn't want it to turn to something negative though like running up numbers just to get the "high score."  Maybe it's not such a good idea...

I'd rather not impose alignment restrictions but at the same time I'd prefer there not be evil characters.  The reason for this is because it's exceedingly rare that they're played in a way that makes sense within the context of the party and the game as a whole.  Now, it can definitely be done, which is why I'm not imposing a restriction, but if a character's alignment starts causing a disruption of the game I'll have to address it.

This message was last edited by the GM at 06:26, Thu 19 July 2018.

Silanar
 Human Monk, 2 posts
Thu 19 Jul 2018
at 07:16
Re: OOC Chat
I'm fine with friendly competition. Certainly only with bragging rights and no "real" rewards. And maybe track less game-able things. Missing obvious solutions, causing you to roll your eyes etc ;)
Scrapper Jones
 Halfling Barbarian, 2 posts
 HP 15 / 15
 AC 17, PP 12
Thu 19 Jul 2018
at 12:36
Re: OOC Chat
Hello Group 1 players.

For me competition between groups would only be interesting if we are doing the same adventures and compare approaches to scenarios afterwards. Otherwise some way to measure reputation within the Inn/Town might be a go. I don't mind with or without.
Rezi
 Aasimar Warlock, 1 post
Thu 19 Jul 2018
at 14:42
Re: OOC Chat
I'm not really concerned about competition between the groups, but if everyone else wants it, I won't object.
Ashara
 Human Paladin, 7 posts
 AC:18 PP:11 PI:13
 HP:12/12 HD:1/1
Thu 19 Jul 2018
at 15:32
Re: OOC Chat
In reply to Rezi (msg # 15):

Likewise
Franklin
 Human Warlock, 4 posts
Thu 19 Jul 2018
at 16:41
Re: OOC Chat
How much play do we have with matters of local geography? It would be handy for my background if Franklin could come from a village in small, isolated valley or canyon. A village local(ish) to the starting area.

If not, can tweak the background a bit to include some travel.
DM
 GM, 18 posts
Thu 19 Jul 2018
at 20:55
Re: OOC Chat
Given the group's input and thinking better of things after a night of sleep, I think if I track anything, it will just be silly things per Silanar's suggestion.

Franklin:
How much play do we have with matters of local geography? It would be handy for my background if Franklin could come from a village in small, isolated valley or canyon. A village local(ish) to the starting area.

If not, can tweak the background a bit to include some travel.


Everything outside of the Hinterlands can be considered a blank canvas.  You're free to come up with whatever you want out there within reason.  By within reason I simply mean that it generally conforms to something one could expect to find in a D&D setting and fits within the prime material plane.  The Hinterlands is not plopped in the middle of plane of water, for example.  However, if you want to say that there's a fiefdom named Agoso a week's ride to the south of the Hinterlands that's perfectly fine.

Now, when it comes to matters of what's inside the Hinterlands, I would prefer you leave that up to me.  However, if you need to say there's a tiny, nondescript hamlet off in some general direction I'm fine with that.  Just be as vague as possible with it and that's fine.  Besides, you're not there right now so who's to say it's still there? DUN DUN DUUUUUUUN!


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Maybe if you'd write once in a while you'd know your mother's entire village was obliterated by an ancient red dragon!  But no!  You're off "adventuring" with those weird friends of yours.  Did that one girl have horns?  I don't like the look of her.

Inanah Moonbreeze
 High Elf Rogue, 6 posts
Fri 20 Jul 2018
at 18:41
Re: OOC Chat
Are we allowed to use the starting gold we get from backgrounds to buy further supplies? Those in PHB and with those prizes?

Is it fine to make up unique personality traits, ideals, bonds and flaws? Or mix and match between the backgrounds?

Do you have a planned starting fir the game time thought out? When do you expect us to have our characters finalized?
DM
 GM, 21 posts
Fri 20 Jul 2018
at 20:52
Re: OOC Chat
Inanah Moonbreeze:
Are we allowed to use the starting gold we get from backgrounds to buy further supplies? Those in PHB and with those prizes?

Is it fine to make up unique personality traits, ideals, bonds and flaws? Or mix and match between the backgrounds?

Do you have a planned starting fir the game time thought out? When do you expect us to have our characters finalized?


Yes, the pocket change given as part of backgrounds can be used to purchase things prior to the start.  I'm not sure what you mean by "those prizes" though.

Yes, you can make up your own bonds, flaws, etc.  I consider the lists in the book(s) to be simple lists for use with quick rolling characters or when someone just can't think of something.  Your character is not limited by the background you select.

If you mean do I have a starting date selected, I'd prefer to start Monday if possible.  It's not a firm date though in the sense that if people need more time to ready sheets and what not then we can start Tuesday or Wednesday.
Inanah Moonbreeze
 High Elf Rogue, 7 posts
Fri 20 Jul 2018
at 21:12
Re: OOC Chat
quote:
I'm not sure what you mean by "those prizes" though.


The prices mentioned in PHB for items. In some games where there are remote areas, things are more expensive in those areas. Would that apply to Hinterlands?
DM
 GM, 24 posts
Fri 20 Jul 2018
at 21:43
Re: OOC Chat
Oh, prices.  Yes, for now that's fine.  Prices of more exotic things will go up considering the remote location but basics, and anything you can afford with the few gold pieces you'd be starting with, is book price.

This message was last edited by the GM at 21:43, Fri 20 July 2018.

DM
 GM, 27 posts
Sun 22 Jul 2018
at 06:38
Re: OOC Chat
I still owe you a rough map.  I haven't had the opportunity to clean it up and add in the "fog of war" so to speak due to some hefty house work.  Ripping out a pool and filling in the hole is the worst.

Looks like character sheets are ready for everyone save for one person who advised me it wouldn't be ready until early next week.  A Monday start it is!