Out of Character Chat.   Posted by DudeMan McBro.Group: 0
Istvan
 player, 3 posts
Wed 13 Nov 2019
at 14:19
Re: Out of Character Chat

I have done my character sheet. I'm not perfectly satisfied with Istvan's portrait, but he's got a harp! So, yeah.
DudeMan McBro
 GM, 20 posts
 DudeBro McMan
 BroMan McDude
Wed 13 Nov 2019
at 15:02
Re: Out of Character Chat
Sweet! Maybe you can describe him in words? Who knows, maybe I can find the time to draw him ;)

Also, I love the little bio that you wrote up. For game technical purposes though, your background for sake of advantages, should be a short blurb. There are examples in the rules you have access to. As a Windswept magic mage you also need to tie it in to your instrument. Now I do like the orphan angle, and the mysteriously found instrument.

Maybe you found it somewhere in a city as a street urchin. There is one big city, but it's hidden. Having this background will let you know its location if you choose that option. Perhaps the Caravan picked you up in that city and brought you to where you are now.

Another option is that you may have been a poor kid living in the woods before the Caravan picked you up. Maybe you impressed them with your musical skill, or maybe they helped you put the instrument together and taught you how to play it.

Another angle could be how you got into the woods as a kid. Maybe your family was killed by bandits on the road and Istvan somehow escaped. Then he found the instrument and with it, comfort, never feeling alone. Something like that?

You are free to come up with names and descriptions for NPC's in your background. It's your opportunity to shape the world.

You have time to think about it. I'm still putting a dungeon together and I'll wait at least until after I'm able to post a players wanted post up again before starting off. Which would be during the weekend somewhere I think.

Anyway, you've got a bit of time to think about it. Also, remember to read the rules and see if you want to make some changes to your character knowing the entire way of how things go. Knowing that you can know up to LV2 spells but not being able to cast them until level 2 might change things. Also, new spells need to be found/earned, etc. As a music mage they should be composed I guess, but there might be some extra 'rules' or steps to it that I'll come up with. I'm thinking you'll have to earn them one way or another. We'll see that when we get there though.
Istvan
 player, 4 posts
Wed 13 Nov 2019
at 15:38
Re: Out of Character Chat
DudeMan McBro:
Sweet! Maybe you can describe him in words? Who knows, maybe I can find the time to draw him ;)


Mm. Honestly I think I would have gone with mfr484 , if I hadn't wanted one with a harp...

The pic with the harp is too old and too blond.

mfr484  is good because the person is darker, smiling, rogue-ish (with colorful clothing).


DudeMan McBro:
Also, I love the little bio that you wrote up. For game technical purposes though, your background for sake of advantages, should be a short blurb. There are examples in the rules you have access to. As a Windswept magic mage you also need to tie it in to your instrument. Now I do like the orphan angle, and the mysteriously found instrument.

Maybe you found it somewhere in a city as a street urchin. There is one big city, but it's hidden. Having this background will let you know its location if you choose that option. Perhaps the Caravan picked you up in that city and brought you to where you are now.

Another option is that you may have been a poor kid living in the woods before the Caravan picked you up. Maybe you impressed them with your musical skill, or maybe they helped you put the instrument together and taught you how to play it.

Another angle could be how you got into the woods as a kid. Maybe your family was killed by bandits on the road and Istvan somehow escaped. Then he found the instrument and with it, comfort, never feeling alone. Something like that?



No no, I'm okay with abandoning the hollow tree idea.

My conception right now: I feel like
--Young Istvan was forced to survive on the streets of the city after his parents died of the plague
--He found the scroll-case in an alley near a pool of blood-- probably someone got mugged, but dropped the scroll-case and it rolled behind something (or they knew someone was after them so they hid it there right before they were attacked?)
--When he read the scroll, he used the angel hair to make the harp... he doesn't remember much about how he did it-- the scroll probably taught him how to do it magically
--Very soon after that, when The Windswept Caravan came through town, they noticed him playing, and invited him to come with them...

What do you think of that...?



DudeMan McBro:
You are free to come up with names and descriptions for NPC's in your background. It's your opportunity to shape the world.


Really? So I could tell you a little about a fighter NPC and a cleric NPC...?

If you say yes, I'll do it. I have them in mind...


DudeMan McBro:
Knowing that you can know up to LV2 spells but not being able to cast them until level 2 might change things.


Oops, yeah, you're right, that DOES change things. With that in mind, I'm gonna change my music-spell list on my sheet in a minute...
DudeMan McBro
 GM, 21 posts
 DudeBro McMan
 BroMan McDude
Wed 13 Nov 2019
at 20:28
Re: Out of Character Chat
In reply to Istvan (msg # 8):

There's no need to have a harp in the picture per se, right?

quote:
My conception right now: I feel like
--Young Istvan was forced to survive on the streets of the city after his parents died of the plague
--He found the scroll-case in an alley near a pool of blood-- probably someone got mugged, but dropped the scroll-case and it rolled behind something (or they knew someone was after them so they hid it there right before they were attacked?)
--When he read the scroll, he used the angel hair to make the harp... he doesn't remember much about how he did it-- the scroll probably taught him how to do it magically
--Very soon after that, when The Windswept Caravan came through town, they noticed him playing, and invited him to come with them...

What do you think of that...?


If you can put that into one sentence, maximum three, I think that's okay.

quote:
Really? So I could tell you a little about a fighter NPC and a cleric NPC...?

If you say yes, I'll do it. I have them in mind...


Not just willy nilly, no. But if you mention someone in your background, they become a named NPC in the game.

A suggestion for your background:

"While living on the streets of (make up a city name here) I found a scroll case on a corpse. It thought me to make this harp with the strange hairs that were inside it. The sounds I could produce with it were so heavenly that it caught the ears of (make up an NPC name) who invited me to his traveling caravan, which sounded better than living on these streets."

Still a bit long, let's see if I can do better.. The biggest problem is that it might be too broad, giving advantage to two sets of skills. Streetwise and music. Ideally you only have one narrow field of expertise covered by the background. More of it can be revealed through leveling up. (see the leveling up part of the rules)

So this is better: "I found a scroll on the streets of (CITY NAME) which taught me how to create this harp with the strange hairs inside it. I don't remember how I did it, but I did, and now I can play heavenly melodies that are, quite literally, out of this world."

Or: "(NPC NAME) found me playing my golden stringed harp on the streets of (CITY NAME). He was so moved that he invited me to join his music living tribe of nomads and travel the lands with a full belly and in good company."

You can fill in the names, or I do. That choice is yours.

Either of these are good. Or make your own, but remember to 1) only apply to one aspect of life and 2) do a small bit of world building/relate to the world. There is a bit of a guide to making a good background in the rules.
Istvan
 player, 5 posts
Wed 13 Nov 2019
at 20:58
Re: Out of Character Chat
DudeMan McBro:
In reply to Istvan (msg # 8):

There's no need to have a harp in the picture per se, right?


Iiiiiiiii suppose not...

You think I should go with the other one...?


DudeMan McBro:
quote:
My conception right now: I feel like
--Young Istvan was forced to survive on the streets of the city after his parents died of the plague
--He found the scroll-case in an alley near a pool of blood-- probably someone got mugged, but dropped the scroll-case and it rolled behind something (or they knew someone was after them so they hid it there right before they were attacked?)
--When he read the scroll, he used the angel hair to make the harp... he doesn't remember much about how he did it-- the scroll probably taught him how to do it magically
--Very soon after that, when The Windswept Caravan came through town, they noticed him playing, and invited him to come with them...

What do you think of that...?


If you can put that into one sentence, maximum three, I think that's okay.





"I found a scroll on the streets of (CITY NAME) which taught me how to create this harp with the strange hairs inside it. I don't remember how I did it, but I did, and now I can play heavenly melodies that are, quite literally, out of this world."


Yeah let's go with this one


DudeMan McBro:
Not just willy nilly, no. But if you mention someone in your background, they become a named NPC in the game.
<quote>

<quote> There is a bit of a guide to making a good background in the rules.


Yes, but I thought I'd get the gist of it approved before I started putting it in one sentence.

But then you did the work for me.

So... It feels like I shouldn't tell you about NPCs I'd like to work with. Oh well.

So I guess Istvan is ready for whatever the next step is...

This message was last edited by the player at 20:59, Wed 13 Nov 2019.

DudeMan McBro
 GM, 22 posts
 DudeBro McMan
 BroMan McDude
Wed 13 Nov 2019
at 22:27
Re: Out of Character Chat
Istvan:
So... It feels like I shouldn't tell you about NPCs I'd like to work with. Oh well.


Not for now. I might ask you about people later, when it makes sense in the emerging story.

As for the profile picture. It's your choice! If you think one fits better than the other, you can use that one. Or you can not use one and write out a description in the character profile. That's also an option. You could do both a written description and a profile pic as well. It's your call, as long as I know how to describe things later it's all good to me.
Istvan
 player, 6 posts
Wed 13 Nov 2019
at 22:41
Re: Out of Character Chat
DudeMan McBro:
Istvan:
So... It feels like I shouldn't tell you about NPCs I'd like to work with. Oh well.


Not for now. I might ask you about people later, when it makes sense in the emerging story.

As for the profile picture. It's your choice! If you think one fits better than the other, you can use that one. Or you can not use one and write out a description in the character profile. That's also an option. You could do both a written description and a profile pic as well. It's your call, as long as I know how to describe things later it's all good to me.


Yeah I have decided to change to the other portrait. You will just KNOW he has a harp. (The pictured harp was a little big, anyway.)

I can see THIS kid as a homeless street urchin and also now as a young adult (say... mmm... almost 20) having been raised by this half-hippie half-Romani-like culture...
DudeMan McBro
 GM, 23 posts
 DudeBro McMan
 BroMan McDude
Wed 13 Nov 2019
at 23:00
Re: Out of Character Chat
Nice! I'm gonna be making some drawings for my pupils tomorrow, maybe I'll have time to sneak Istvan in after them :)
DudeMan McBro
 GM, 24 posts
 DudeBro McMan
 BroMan McDude
Mon 18 Nov 2019
at 10:27
Re: Out of Character Chat
We have a possible second player. While they decide wether or not to join, I have a question for you Istvan.

You are part of the traveling caravan of music loving nomads called The Windswept Caravan.
We are playing a weird fantasy game. You can decide how do they move around!
Is it horse and cart? Do they live on a moving structure/castle/town? Do they live on houses built on a giant land-animal (like a tortoise)? Is it something else entirely?
You are the first character of these people. You can decide. You can take your time to think of something.

These are your narrative constraints:
1. It's a small tribe
2. It's land bound (so no air-ship or something like that)
3. Tech is mysterious and ancient, so if it is a wondrous mechanical vehicle, they might know how to pilot and control it (partly) but not how to fix it if it breaks and certainly not how to make more.

Have fun creating :)
DudeMan McBro
 GM, 25 posts
 DudeBro McMan
 BroMan McDude
Mon 18 Nov 2019
at 11:42
Re: Out of Character Chat
Welcome player two:

if you have the rules yourself you can start rolling your character.

If not follow the instructions in the group 1 thread. Once you rolled everything, we can talk about class and stuff.
Istvan
 player, 7 posts
Mon 18 Nov 2019
at 12:59
Re: Out of Character Chat
DudeMan McBro:
We have a possible second player. While they decide wether or not to join, I have a question for you Istvan.

You are part of the traveling caravan of music loving nomads called The Windswept Caravan.
We are playing a weird fantasy game. You can decide how do they move around!
Is it horse and cart? Do they live on a moving structure/castle/town? Do they live on houses built on a giant land-animal (like a tortoise)? Is it something else entirely?
You are the first character of these people. You can decide. You can take your time to think of something.

These are your narrative constraints:
1. It's a small tribe
2. It's land bound (so no air-ship or something like that)
3. Tech is mysterious and ancient, so if it is a wondrous mechanical vehicle, they might know how to pilot and control it (partly) but not how to fix it if it breaks and certainly not how to make more.

Have fun creating :)


I was just imagining each of them having a vardo (Romani caravan)-- little wagon-homes you live in, pulled by horses.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vardo_(Romani_wagon)

Buuuut I do like the really big tortoise idea...

This message was lightly edited by the player at 13:00, Mon 18 Nov 2019.

Player 2
 player, 1 post
Mon 18 Nov 2019
at 22:30
Re: Out of Character Chat
I don't have the rules but will read through the group 1 thread and catch up.
DudeMan McBro
 GM, 27 posts
 DudeBro McMan
 BroMan McDude
Mon 18 Nov 2019
at 22:40
Re: Out of Character Chat
Sweet. Iíll probably be offline most of the time tomorrow (itís almost midnight now over here) but will try to check up on you in the evening if I can to help you with creating your character.
Player 2
 player, 2 posts
Mon 18 Nov 2019
at 23:19
Re: Out of Character Chat
Sounds good. I think I have a handle on character creation so will roll stats tonight when I get home. I fully understand about being busy!
Istvan
 player, 8 posts
 Human Music-Mage/Harpist
 HP: 3/3
Tue 19 Nov 2019
at 16:07
Re: Out of Character Chat
Player 2:
Sounds good. I think I have a handle on character creation so will roll stats tonight when I get home. I fully understand about being busy!



Quick check-- is Player 2's character a human in the Windswept Caravan? A fighter? I suspect the answers are No and Yes, respectively, based on character name, but just wanna make sure.

MORE ABOUT WHY I'M ASKING: I was gonna give Istvan the music-mage a couple of npc pals-- a cleric pal and a sort of swashbucklin' sword-slingin' guy... but if Player two's character is gonna be a fighter... maybe I shouldn't add the sword-slingin' NPC i had in mind...?

This message was last edited by the player at 16:08, Tue 19 Nov 2019.

DudeMan McBro
 GM, 28 posts
 DudeBro McMan
 BroMan McDude
Tue 19 Nov 2019
at 16:26
Re: Out of Character Chat
Probably a fighter, maybe a thief. Also good to remember is that while I might give you guys a bit more npc helpers, they are not gonna be the same firepower you guys have. You are the heroes, the rest are basically hireling, side characters to make you guys look interesting ;)
Istvan
 player, 9 posts
 Human Music-Mage/Harpist
 HP: 3/3
Tue 19 Nov 2019
at 16:32
Re: Out of Character Chat
DudeMan McBro:
Probably a fighter, maybe a thief. Also good to remember is that while I might give you guys a bit more npc helpers, they are not gonna be the same firepower you guys have. You are the heroes, the rest are basically hireling, side characters to make you guys look interesting ;)


Heck with it. I'm gonna mention 'em, and you can do what you want with 'em, or leave them behind when to good stuff starts, or not, or whatever...
Istvan
 player, 11 posts
 Human Music-Mage/Harpist
 HP: 3/3
Tue 19 Nov 2019
at 17:00
Re: Out of Character Chat
Istvan:
DudeMan McBro:
Probably a fighter, maybe a thief. Also good to remember is that while I might give you guys a bit more npc helpers, they are not gonna be the same firepower you guys have. You are the heroes, the rest are basically hireling, side characters to make you guys look interesting ;)


Heck with it. I'm gonna mention 'em, and you can do what you want with 'em, or leave them behind when to good stuff starts, or not, or whatever...


Posted.

I just want to say: I'm a good writer. BUT... I have a tendency to swerve around when it comes to verb tense in RPol games. It's sometimes hard for me to pick past tense or present tense and remember to stick with it. So... how picky are y'all about that?
DudeMan McBro
 GM, 29 posts
 DudeBro McMan
 BroMan McDude
Tue 19 Nov 2019
at 19:25
Re: Out of Character Chat
I donít mind much. English isnít my primary language and I mess up quite often as well. Also, I liked your setting of the scene! Well done!
Istvan
 player, 12 posts
 Human Music-Mage/Harpist
 HP: 3/3
Tue 19 Nov 2019
at 21:31
Re: Out of Character Chat
DudeMan McBro:
I donít mind much. English isnít my primary language and I mess up quite often as well. Also, I liked your setting of the scene! Well done!


Yeah I realized my tenses were swerving so I went back and deliberately made everything past tense... this time, anyway...
Grunter Rocksmasher
 player, 3 posts
Wed 20 Nov 2019
at 01:56
Re: Out of Character Chat
I'm hoping to be a Dwarven Warrior, a professional tradesman of violence if you will.  Also I am not the best writer either so I'm not going to pick up on tenses or anything like that.

Looking forward to playing!
Grunter Rocksmasher
 player, 4 posts
Wed 20 Nov 2019
at 02:00
Re: Out of Character Chat
Just read your guys posts and let me say you guys are going to be sadly disappointed when I post as I'm nowhere near that level of imagination! I'm going to give it my best shot though and hopefully get better as we go along
DudeMan McBro
 GM, 30 posts
 DudeBro McMan
 BroMan McDude
Wed 20 Nov 2019
at 07:49
Re: Out of Character Chat
No worries. Itís a lighthearted game after all. And I might help out by asking questions about stuff to help you describe stuff anyway.
Grunter Rocksmasher
 player, 5 posts
Wed 20 Nov 2019
at 08:31
Re: Out of Character Chat
Awesome! Let me know if im done and i will get started posting
DudeMan McBro
 GM, 32 posts
 DudeBro McMan
 BroMan McDude
Wed 20 Nov 2019
at 13:57
Re: Out of Character Chat
I put a small resolution map in the game map of the game. It was made before the mining town and human settlement were named and refined, but this is where we are now, location wise anyway.