OOC: Table Talk 1.   Posted by The Traveler.Group: 0
The Traveler
 GM, 14 posts
Fri 30 Nov 2018
at 04:06
OOC: Table Talk 1
And so a new tale begins...

I have added five players to the initial cast of characters.

Right now, here is what we have in the starting line-up:

Jago, Half-Orc Rogue
Abigail, Human Monk
Jaim Walker, Human Monk
Eradil, Elf Fighter or Half-Elf Knight (I can help you create the Knight if you want)
Rurik, Human Cleric
Delta, Barbarian?

Several of you indicated you were willing to adjust your character concept to whatever is needed. This is our opportunity to nail down party dynamics prior to starting the game.

In the meantime, please feel free to introduce yourself in this thread, sharing as much information as you are comfortable with. I will start....

This message was last edited by the GM at 06:09, Sat 01 Dec 2018.

The Traveler
 GM, 15 posts
Fri 30 Nov 2018
at 04:18
OOC: Table Talk 1
Hello Everyone!

My name is Shane and I will be your GM for this foray into what looks like a very fun adventure: The Lost City of Gaxmoor!

First off, a little about myself as an icebreaker. Most of you have gamed with me before, but for the sake of new friends, here goes...

I am 46 years old, in the Air Force, and currently stationed in South Carolina. I am married and have two kids, ages 11 and 10, both of whom are also tabletop gamers! Sadly, my wife is not into RPGs, but she does occasionally play board games with us. Aside from RPGs, my hobbies are cycling, camping, guitar, ukulele and reading.

My RPG backgroud began with one magical game of 1st edition AD&D in the summer of 84, in that formative summer vacation time that marks the boundary between elementary school and junior high. Even though that first game ended in tears when the other players webbed my character and descended on him with knives, I was hooked, and have been playing RPGs ever since.

I have played many different RPGs over the years, but fantasy RPGs are where my passion lies. I currently run a biweekly 5th edition face-to-face Tomb of Annihilation game, in addition to a running handful of play-by-post games here on RPoL, including Basic D&D, C&C, and 5e.

I am looking forward to gaming with you and seeing what sort of interesting stories we can create together. Please let me know if you have any questions.

Thanks!

Shane

This message was last edited by the GM at 04:46, Fri 30 Nov 2018.

Jaim Walker
 player, 1 post
Fri 30 Nov 2018
at 18:24
OOC: Table Talk 1
I'm also an old gamer experienced in the ways of multiple systems, but now search out opportunities for more than just hack, slash, and loot.  Love the hard core 3d6 that really forces you to think outside the box with a less than optimal character.  13,13,10,9,11,4

Folks should play what they want to play.  Balanced parties are for munchkins and middle schoolers!  Let's roll without a single caster and see how we crush it!  Looks up multiclassing and discovers some optional rules.  Possibly pick up some casting skills as we progress?  Multiclass needs to be declared at character creation (if allowed).  Class and a Half (if allowed) doesn't seem to have that restriction...
Abigail
 player, 1 post
Fri 30 Nov 2018
at 20:04
OOC: Table Talk 1
I'm 53, an attorney in Kansas City, and another in a long list of "old-timey" players -- although I prefer not to think of myself as old.  Most of my experience is with 1st edition AD&D and Rolemaster, although I've dabbled in some of these newfangled games that the younger whippersnappers have developed since the tabletop days of my youth.  I have never played this system, but am reassured by Shane's confidence that lack of knowledge doesn't matter.


I also think people should play what they want; at the same time, I can find lots of character ideas that I want, and am flexible and willing to adapt to the needs of the party.  To that end: if there is a sense that we don't need two monks and would be better served by having a healer, I am happy to go to one of my "backup" concepts and be a healer.  That would have an additional advantage because monks are not in the basic rules Shane posted while clerics are, and as I said I am not familiar with these rules at all.
The Traveler
 GM, 16 posts
Fri 30 Nov 2018
at 22:57
Re: OOC: Table Talk 1
Abigail:
To that end: if there is a sense that we don't need two monks and would be better served by having a healer, I am happy to go to one of my "backup" concepts and be a healer.  That would have an additional advantage because monks are not in the basic rules Shane posted while clerics are, and as I said I am not familiar with these rules at all.


I believe one undecided may have decided to play a cleric, so there may already be a "healer" in the party...although, just because he is playing a cleric doesn't make that character healer. There are many different flavors of cleric and spam healer is just one small, albeit overused, niche.

At any rate, in my mind, there can never be too many clerics in a party as far as I am concerned. Clerics are awesome. Can wear armor, fight well, cast spells, turn undead, AND they have the Gods on their side! What's not to like?

Monks are cool too. In C&C, they have a d12 hit die and can dish out some punishment with their unarmed attacks. The downside being low AC...so very squishy.
Jago
 player, 1 post
Sat 1 Dec 2018
at 01:54
Re: OOC: Table Talk 1
The Traveler:
Several of you indicated you were willing to adjust your character concept to whatever is needed. This is our opportunity to nail down party dynamics prior to starting the game.

I didn't know this was an option, oops. If anyone else wants to be a roguish-type, I'm flexible.

I do love me some orcs, though.

The Traveler:
First off, a little about myself as an icebreaker. Most of you have gamed with me before, but for the sake of new friends, here goes...


I guess I'm one of the new people.

I'm 28 (almost), grew up in South Carolina (heya), but currently work as a software developer in Wisconsin.

I started gaming here on rpol back in 2004 (don't do the math) with the birth of D&D 3.5, and I've played a bit of every edition since then. My dad was an avid gamer since D&D 1e (he was in college at the time), and he trained me long before then with choose-your-own-adventure style stories that I only realized much later was freeform D&D.

Since 2007 I've mostly played in person instead of play-by-post (and now over Discord since everyone's split up), and I've typically been the DM of fantasy-based games, while my friends run more science fiction inspired systems (Shadowrun, Numenera, Starfinder). I love fantasy first and foremost, though, and relish the opportunity to play some swords and sorcery.

I've been wanting to play (or run) older editions of D&D forever now (partially because Baldur's Gate is my favorite video game and partially because I just want to), but my friends are a bit too spoiled and can't handle some of the jankier sides of older systems. I currently DM a group of bandits in 5e on a weekly basis, and another group every 2 weeks that will soon be partaking of Storm King's Thunder that I hope to transition to the classic Against the Giants > Queen of Spiders if I find the time to convert the latter to 5e.

I suppose that's enough about me; I look forward to gaming with everyone and hope that Jago actually gets along with others.
Eradil
 player, 1 post
 A very old elf
 Defending civilization
Sat 1 Dec 2018
at 04:23
Re: OOC: Table Talk 1
In reply to The Traveler (msg # 5):

We found out the hard way in another game with this GM that it really helps to have a healer or two along.
Eradil
 player, 2 posts
 A very old elf
 Defending civilization
Sat 1 Dec 2018
at 04:33
Re: OOC: Table Talk 1
I started gaming in grad school back in 1976 and mostly was a DM for D&D 1 and 2 e for a very long time in face to face games, but now I live in a very small town with few  live players and play mostly on RPOL, which gives me the chance to play other games, notably Space 1889 and a very long-running free-form Regency Romance game (I play an evil rake and a very respectable gentleman), but I still enjoy a good basic D&D game which I trust this GM to provide from past experience.
In real life I am a semi-retired history teacher, with a non-gaming wife and 5 cats. My research specialty is late medieval English crime. "John struck William with a staff on the head, so William stabbed John in the belly with a knife, whereof he died at once." That sort of record.
Rurik the Red
 player, 1 post
 Cleric of Avandra
Sun 2 Dec 2018
at 21:59
Re: OOC: Table Talk 1
In reply to Eradil (msg # 8):

Medieval crime, that is awesome. Are there any books you'd recommend!
Rurik the Red
 player, 2 posts
 Cleric of Avandra
Sun 2 Dec 2018
at 22:04
Re: OOC: Table Talk 1
The cleric has arrived! Actually one of my favorite classes to play.

I'm also in my '50s and have been playing RPG's off and on since high school. I'm also an attorney and live in Maine. I found Castles and Crusades in 2005 or so, when looking for something not so rules-heavy as D&D 3e.  It is my fantasy RPG of choice, at least when I run the game. It has 1e feel but with more modern game concepts for ease of play. My most recent in-person campaign was as player in a Rule Cyclopedia game.  I've played 5e once, and may be pulled into a campaign this winter.

I'm also in Shane's other campaign here on rpol.  He is good at this style of play.

This message was last edited by the player at 22:04, Sun 02 Dec 2018.

Eradil
 player, 3 posts
 A very old elf
 Defending civilization
Mon 3 Dec 2018
at 03:27
Re: OOC: Table Talk 1
In reply to Rurik the Red (msg # 9):

Barbara Hanawalt has done a number of interesting books; not all are on crime. Richard Kaeuper has done interesting studies of medieval violence.
Eradil
 player, 4 posts
 A very old elf
 Defending civilization
Mon 3 Dec 2018
at 03:31
Re: OOC: Table Talk 1
In reply to Rurik the Red (msg # 10):

Glad to have a cleric after that last experience without one in the other game

My father came from Maine, and we used to go up to his brothers farm every summer when I was young, in East Sangerville in the woods north of Bangor. I loved it at the time. We also visited a number of places on the coast --Bar Harbor, Blue Hill, Castine, Fort Knox, and so on.
Jaim Walker
 player, 2 posts
 Human
Mon 3 Dec 2018
at 18:19
Re: OOC: Table Talk 1
Do we have a start date so folks can be sure their characters are ready in time for kickoff?

kick·off
def noun
• a start of an event or activity.
• when two or more monks compete for dominance
The Traveler
 GM, 18 posts
Mon 3 Dec 2018
at 22:47
Re: OOC: Table Talk 1
Re: start time...

Probably wasn't ideal to advertise for this game with the holidays looming around the corner, as most people tend to be pretty busy this time of year. Tell you what, I totally broke my tried and proven mold with this game: no definite end point AND starting a game up during the holidays!

Bold move Cotton...

Realistically, probably looking at start time after January 1st, unless by some strange coincidence everyone will be around through the holidays. What's everyone's holiday plans? I am not going out of town, will be around, and don't have huge holiday plans. But I know many people do.

Thoughts?
Jaim Walker
 player, 3 posts
 Human
Tue 4 Dec 2018
at 00:38
Re: OOC: Table Talk 1
I don't perceive any posting gaps for myself in the coming holiday season and all of December.
Rurik the Red
 player, 3 posts
 Cleric of Avandra
Tue 4 Dec 2018
at 02:44
Re: OOC: Table Talk 1
In reply to Eradil (msg # 11):

Thanks, just in time to get a couple of their books on my Christmas list!
Rurik the Red
 player, 4 posts
 Cleric of Avandra
Tue 4 Dec 2018
at 02:45
Re: OOC: Table Talk 1
I can play through the holidays. I end up taking vacation days to hang with my kids during their Christmas vacation, so will be around a computer.
Eradil
 player, 5 posts
 A very old elf
 Defending civilization
Tue 4 Dec 2018
at 04:00
Re: OOC: Table Talk 1
I expect to be home for the holidays, without any major interruptions --a stray evening Christmas party or the like here and there,but nothing major.
Jago
 player, 2 posts
Tue 4 Dec 2018
at 11:41
Re: OOC: Table Talk 1
As of now, I expect to be available throughout the holidays.
Abigail
 player, 2 posts
Wed 5 Dec 2018
at 13:47
Re: OOC: Table Talk 1
I'll be around, although I usually have more free time at work than when I'm at home.
The Traveler
 GM, 19 posts
Wed 5 Dec 2018
at 15:27
Re: OOC: Table Talk 1
Okay. It seems everyone will be somewhat available over the holidays with no major travel plans. I am good to start this game whenever, but we need everyone to create their characters before we can begin.

If you haven't done so yet, and have the ability, please work on creating your character and posting to the character sheet so I can review. Full character creation details are located here: link to a message in this game. Lastly, please use the dice roller on this site to create your characters and let me know if you have any questions.

At any rate, let's set December 12th, one week from today, as the tentative start date for this game.

Thanks!

Shane
Abigail
 player, 3 posts
Wed 5 Dec 2018
at 21:23
Re: OOC: Table Talk 1
Given the lack of a hue and cry for another healer, I'll stick with monk if possible.  To that end: is there a cheat sheet for creating them, abilities, etc.?

And if it appears that it's going to be a hassle, I can change to one of the basic classes.
The Traveler
 GM, 20 posts
Wed 5 Dec 2018
at 21:57
Re: OOC: Table Talk 1
Abigail:
Given the lack of a hue and cry for another healer, I'll stick with monk if possible.  To that end: is there a cheat sheet for creating them, abilities, etc.?

And if it appears that it's going to be a hassle, I can change to one of the basic classes.


I will send you a private message with class details...
Eradil
 player, 6 posts
 A very old elf
 Defending civilization
Thu 6 Dec 2018
at 04:28
Re: OOC: Table Talk 1
I have done most of the basic stats and have sent a PM about gear purchases.