Chit Chat.   Posted by Narrator.Group: 0
Narrator
 GM, 320 posts
 Caladin
 Live Free, Die Well
Wed 31 Oct 2018
at 20:41
Re: Chit Chat
Esparam:
Do you ask people to roll for initiative when they encounter your little monster? :p

 Nice, one ,.... I don't roll int. she has a 25 Dex, that's due to the special ability of Candy gobbling. It only takes effect 2 days a year.

Halloween and Easter
Tarrano Grazlak
 Hobgoblin, 114 posts
 Krangi
 Rogue
Fri 2 Nov 2018
at 16:39
Re: Chit Chat
As something that may give us additional ideas on how to run our combats. I still think it should be everyone before monsters go in what ever order, monsters go, everyone after monsters go in what ever they post in.

LonePaladin:
Here's another way that might work, if you have the right players: make all the mechanical bits visible on the surface.

When a fight breaks out, go ahead and roll initiative for everyone. Unless someone has an ability that is used during an initiative roll (and to my knowledge, there aren't any in 5E), or some way to alter their roll, there's no reason to have to wait on all the players to roll their own.

Consider grouping enemies together; if there are four goblins and a bugbear, you might want to just make one roll for the goblins and have them act as a group.

Post everyone's status in a table, using the Easy Table. (You can find how to make them in the Help page.) Keep it simple, just list every combatant in order with their AC and hit points (and maybe saves) and a section for any status effects. This way everyone can see who is in what shape. Don't bother hiding monster hit points, that just slows things down.

Whenever a player posts their action, they should be able to tell success or failure immediately because you've posted all the enemies' defenses. Let the players roll everything they need to write their actions up, including enemy saving throws. Have them post the results, and copy-paste the table at the end with the effects added in.

If they do it this way, and post frequently enough that everyone can post in their initiative order, then each player knows the current state of the fight when their turn comes up, and you don't have to worry about conflicting actions or people left hanging because they don't know if they hit or not.

Narrator
 GM, 321 posts
 Caladin
 Live Free, Die Well
Mon 5 Nov 2018
at 18:32
Re: Chit Chat
In reply to Tarrano Grazlak (msg # 176):

So I have no problem with LonePaladin recommendations.

I thinking grouping is fine. I do separate groups based on weapon types and conditions.
Showing all the stats is also ok, as long as player use the description rolls properly. I will not accept some making a roll and its low and they say it was a skill check to hind a bad roll.

I will say that there should be some order to avoid players going to far ahead in the action so I would stick to my round base set up so not to get confused in the middle of a fight.
Narrator
 GM, 322 posts
 Caladin
 Live Free, Die Well
Mon 5 Nov 2018
at 18:34
Re: Chit Chat
AWAY NOTICE

Thank for using the thread, it really does help to know when people are not around. Even on short or long weekends. Don't forget to strike out the message when your back. That help us know your with us and ready to post again.
Tarrano Grazlak
 Hobgoblin, 115 posts
 Krangi
 Rogue
Mon 5 Nov 2018
at 18:45
Re: Chit Chat
In reply to Narrator (msg # 177):

Yeah it was just an idea on what additional ideas for us to try. I agree there should be some order but I really think if you have it set like this saying PC's 1,2 rolled higher Init's then Monsters 1,2, but PC's 3,4 rolled lower then Monsters 1,2, but still higher than say Monster 3.

So you would have in what ever order the players post in but still following the groupings based upon init rolls.

PC 1, PC 2
then
Monster 1,2
PC 3, PC 4,
Monster 3
Narrator
 GM, 323 posts
 Caladin
 Live Free, Die Well
Mon 5 Nov 2018
at 18:54
Re: Chit Chat
In reply to Tarrano Grazlak (msg # 179):

Yes thats the way I like doing it.

I think It allows for more action and better roll playing.

I mean if you take out the leader in round one I don't see  the rest sticking around for the rest of the fight but a commitment it given by making the rolls, and it would be kind of cheating to say after the rolls they run. Or if the rolls where good stick around for some pot shoots.

See what I'm getting at.

Sharing info is easy, but I don't want to explain by the rules why the goblin has a 22 a/c, ALSO this gives away stuff like "he must have a magic ring or something. Which now every greedy player goes for the dead body searching it until they find what gave that goblin a 22 a/c
Tarrano Grazlak
 Hobgoblin, 116 posts
 Krangi
 Rogue
Mon 5 Nov 2018
at 19:04
Re: Chit Chat
In reply to Narrator (msg # 180):

I understand that and in at a table that is much easier to "Hide" then in PbP and continue with the pace to keep things fun & interesting. The nature of PbP is why providing the basic stats is reasonable to make it so players know if they hit or if their spells work or don't work and can write it in their description of actions. And I do agree, the rolls need to be labeled properly in the actual roller so that you know what and why they are doing something.

IE: Attack Goblin A, or Spell at Goblin B/C due to AoE, etc.
Esparam
 Human, 119 posts
 Bet Rogala nobility
 Wizard (diviner)
Tue 6 Nov 2018
at 12:27
Re: Chit Chat
Personally, since I know you like to provide players with challenging fights, I don't expect monsters to be simply taken from the Manual with no modification. So a 22AC goblin wouldn't necessarily make me tick. It could be it has higher than average AC, or a masterwork armour (that gets destroyed during the fight?), or it uses Combat Expertise, or whatever.

I suppose story and challenge are above rules for me, and I don't mind bending the rules to benefit the story.

As for labeling rolls, I believe so far everybody has done so, so this shouldn't be an issue.
However, I wonder if I can roll saves for monsters if I have the stats? Say Esparam casts a Colour Spray, should I wait for you to roll, or can I roll the saves? (then again, I might need to wait for you anyway to know who I (can) hit with my spells)
Narrator
 GM, 324 posts
 Caladin
 Live Free, Die Well
Tue 6 Nov 2018
at 12:58
Re: Chit Chat
I really think we are all on the same page. There will be a fight sooner or later. I dont see an issue so far. I think as long as everyone logs in and posts timely a fight show go smooth. We we can get a round in every 1 to 2 days that and the average fight is about 5 round we should be ok.

That not to say some fights will be 1 round and others epic.
Thelonius Xander
 GM, 127 posts
 GeneralGars
 Imperial Warrior
Tue 6 Nov 2018
at 14:53
Re: Chit Chat
I'm still getting the feel of playing this character. At first I was going to play an entitled and arrogant warrior but I'm liking a more diplomatic way of playing him so far. Barring his youthful brashness of course.
Narrator
 GM, 325 posts
 Caladin
 Live Free, Die Well
Tue 6 Nov 2018
at 19:18
Re: Chit Chat
So I will be awarding exps at the end of this IC: Once on the ship and it set sail.
Please see the below link for how i plan to give out exps.

link to a message in this game

Some of you have played with me before please in OOC post your exps list that I should consider for the for 3 ICs.

Action taking by the Character
Player rating on how true to the character concept he was.
The use of the character including any combat.

I will post as if I was a player for Edlon, ... see current OOC
Narrator
 GM, 326 posts
 Caladin
 Live Free, Die Well
Tue 6 Nov 2018
at 19:20
And looking for updates
This post is intended to help posting move along smoother and faster. The chart below will show when a player is mostlikly to be on line. This is not intended as a commemtment and it doesn't mean they will be always online during the noted time.

Narrator:
Posting Time Frame
NamestatusTime ZoneWeekdaysWeekendsNotes
NarratorGMEastern8am - 5pmLimitedI'm online all the time but I find that early morning and late evening I have the most free time
EsparamPlayerCentral EuropeanRandomRandomI usually can find time to log in every day.
Tarrano GrazlakPlayerPacificRandomI tend to be busyDepending on work as i'm on most of the day checking it but not always responding
Titus AureliusPlayer    
 Player    

Narrator
 GM, 337 posts
 Caladin
 Live Free, Die Well
Mon 12 Nov 2018
at 23:17
And looking for updates
Hello

So a quick update

I had to drop one player today :(. And one player showed interest in that same type of character so I moved it over and will reach out to him so he can take over that PC. If not I will run him as an NPC, I like his design.

A second player I sent a message last week request to come back. If I don't get a reply in next 24 hrs I will drop that player also.

I will do exps over the next 24hrs and we can update sheets - and move on to the next part of this adventure.
Narrator
 GM, 338 posts
 Caladin
 Live Free, Die Well
Tue 13 Nov 2018
at 12:50
And looking for updates
OK so the elf will not be with us. She rmail me and said that Real Life stuff is crazy and maybe another time.

I will put the character aside and see if that changes.

Titus has been moved to Rinthor as his main character I will finish the updates now
Narrator
 GM, 339 posts
 Caladin
 Live Free, Die Well
Tue 13 Nov 2018
at 12:57
And looking for updates
Ok so that the last of any updates we are 4 players, 1 NPC
Narrator
 GM, 340 posts
 Caladin
 Live Free, Die Well
Wed 14 Nov 2018
at 15:50
And looking for updates
This post is intended to help posting move along smoother and faster. The chart below will show when a player is most likely to be on line. This is not intended as a commitment and it doesn't mean they will be always online during the noted time.

Narrator:
Posting Time Frame
NamestatusTime ZoneWeekdaysWeekendsNotes
NarratorGMEastern8am - 5pmLimitedI'm online all the time but I find that early morning and late evening I have the most free time
EsparamPlayerCentral EuropeanRandomRandomI usually can find time to log in every day.
Tarrano GrazlakPlayerPacificRandomI tend to be busyDepending on work as i'm on most of the day checking it but not always responding
Titus AureliusPlayer    
      


For now just need Titus posting availability ??
Narrator
 GM, 343 posts
 Caladin
 Live Free, Die Well
Thu 15 Nov 2018
at 22:52
And looking for updates
Let me know when everyone is up to speed again. Lets keep the chit chat going, that way we can know we are all on the same page. I will post tomorrow to finish all the storyboards and start a new IC.
Tarrano Grazlak
 Hobgoblin, 122 posts
 Krangi
 Rogue
Thu 15 Nov 2018
at 22:57
And looking for updates
I am all set for the new day to start. Posted my closing "action" in IC3.
Esparam
 Human, 128 posts
 Bet Rogala nobility
 Wizard (diviner)
Fri 16 Nov 2018
at 00:25
And looking for updates
Ditto
Thelonius Xander
 GM, 136 posts
 GeneralGars
 Imperial Warrior
Fri 16 Nov 2018
at 00:31
And looking for updates
Let's do it!
Narrator
 GM, 344 posts
 Caladin
 Live Free, Die Well
Fri 16 Nov 2018
at 23:08
And looking for updates
Sorry guys got slammed at work and i will do my best to post from home
Narrator
 GM, 345 posts
 Caladin
 Live Free, Die Well
Tue 20 Nov 2018
at 23:23
And looking for updates
Sorry been busy, but this is still on.
Narrator
 GM, 347 posts
 Caladin
 Live Free, Die Well
Tue 27 Nov 2018
at 13:48
And looking for updates
Hello Everyone'

I hope you all had a great holiday.
I'm back and ready for posting :)
Esparam
 Human, 130 posts
 Bet Rogala nobility
 Wizard (diviner)
Tue 27 Nov 2018
at 14:13
And looking for updates
No Thanksgiving where I live, but still ready to resume as soon as the new IC thread opens :D
Tarrano Grazlak
 Hobgoblin, 123 posts
 Krangi
 Rogue
Tue 27 Nov 2018
at 17:03
And looking for updates
I had a good thanksgiving weekend. I hope everyone else did as well. Soon as the new IC post is up I can begin posting as well.