Adventuring in Mystara (RTJ)   Posted by Caladin.Group: public
Caladin
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Mon 16 Mar 2020
at 01:24
Adventuring in Mystara (RTJ)
The 24hr. Ruling (Read Before Your RTJ)

This rule applies to weekdays not weekends.

As an online game we cannot be online all the time and many have a real life that will at some time effect how much we can log on and play.

I personally don’t post as often during the weekends and holidays as I spend time with my family, (wife and children).

A 24hr ruling between posts will be needed to keep this online game flowing. As I think most would hate to wait for 2 or 3 days to know if someone is going to attack then another 2 days for the roll and so on and so on, a simple encounter could takes weeks, with this in mind,…. We will have a 24hr ruling.


An In Character (IC) or Out of Character (OOC) posts for the current adventure is required within 24hrs.

This starts from that player’s last post; this does not include a log on or a 'Chit Chat' this is for the active chapter of the game.

If a Player doesn’t post, their turn will be on “Hold” until they return, IF the adventure progress to a point that a decision is necessary to keep a group together or save a characters life, ect. , ect.  Then the GM will do what is in the best interest of that player or group.

Or you can assign another player to control the character. But its control must stay true to the character and not be miss-represented. Most importantly if another player acts on your behalf and your character dies its, … dead.

So this should not be taken lightly, by both who agree to it.

This message was last updated by the GM at 17:45, Thu 19 Mar.

Caladin
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Mon 16 Mar 2020
at 01:24
Adventuring in Mystara (RTJ)
How to post in our game, ….

IC is your In Character thread
What’s posted here is final. You can edit Flavor Text, but you cannot make changes that affect others or the adventure.

Flavor text is ‘Your Description’ of what and how your character does something; an example is in combat:

More to come on this.

Your characters personality and speech, you control.

Your character, you control what he or she says, but you shouldn’t control NCs (NPCs) other than to add more flavor. Major NCs are never to be controlled by a PCs unless given to the Player to act on for the GM.

This thread should flow as a story; you shouldn’t post rolls, skill check questions, etc. this kind of stuff should be posted at the end of IC and listed as  OOC (Out of Character).

Lastly to have both a good game and good flow in the story, every portion of the game will be listed with a name for the chapter. Some Players may not be part of the group at the time the chapter is played but can read about it and enjoy it when it's ended.

This message was last updated by the GM at 17:45, Thu 19 Mar.

Caladin
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Mon 16 Mar 2020
at 01:26
Adventuring in Mystara
‘Time Passes’ & ‘Post Freely’

The ‘Time Passes’ rule is to speed up adventures so that the game has less drag time.

Someone maybe you are waiting for another to act, but how do we really know who and if they want to act? Without some kind of communication the game will drag and go very slow. Maybe a player is done and really has no action so he or she doesn’t post, but as the GM I’m waiting for someone to take a lead role and then again it drags.

The way this should work, is if as a player you are done and plan to take no more actions than you can post “Time Passes” with a small description like "he goes to sleep", or "sits by the fire", or even leads off with "I’m waiting on the DM".

You can also post ‘Time Passes’ and in a private post what your waiting for something like “When it’s my watch let me know I want to ,…….”

As the GM I almost never post ‘Time Passes’ because I would have to lead the adventure once everyone has done their action. I will however do something like ‘Post Freely’ with a small description and then wait for a ‘Time Passes’.

‘Posting Freely’ allows the player to post completely on their own, a good example is if in a town and buying goods, I may post all normal items can be found in this market you may buy them at standard prices, ‘Post Freely’.

This message was last updated by the GM at 17:45, Thu 19 Mar.

Caladin
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Mon 16 Mar 2020
at 01:29
Adventuring with Caladin
Rules and Expectations (Read Before Your RTJ)

I will be using the D&D 3.5 Kingdom of Kalamar Setting so I will operate this game on a 24 hour rule (see more on 24hr rule). When the PC turn begins, you have 24 hours to post your actions. If you have not posted within 24 hours, I will NPC you to keep things moving. I will also advance all non-combat scenes within 48 hours, but will not NPC you in non-combat scenes, unless it is very important to the game or a skill challenge. This rule does not apply to weekends. So if I post on Friday, you will have until Monday to post before I will advance, as weekends/holidays do not count.

If you don't think you can keep up with this pace, then do not apply.

This message was last updated by the GM at 01:35, Mon 16 Mar.

Caladin
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Mon 16 Mar 2020
at 01:29
Adventuring with Caladin
Setting Up on this Site

Character Bios, all players should have a simple bio, I will edit or add these details on for the player. The Bio-Lines are for information about the character such as, title, position in a house, or even the type of PC (warrior, sellsword, solider, etc)

Character Descriptions, this info does not need to be region specific but an idea of the personality, morals and why they are the way they are is needed if you want good quality Roleplaying and the quests and adventures to be more than just a treasure hunt.

Character Sheets, in this portion of the site you should have your character sheets and also if you are using the link to the off-site host place the link at the top of the sheet.

Under "Character Details" for Caladin is a sample character sheet. Players are asked that all PCs and NPCs sheets be kept in full and undated via this site. A player may host his character on any other off-site and link it to this game if they so wish.

This message was last updated by the GM at 01:35, Mon 16 Mar.

Caladin
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Mon 16 Mar 2020
at 01:30
Adventuring in Mystara (RTJ)
How to post in our game, continued….

OOC is your Out of Character comment in an IC thread

You should use OOC: to post rolls, skill checks, questions, etc. this kind of stuff should be posted in Orange.

It is the player Option to post OOC: comments in [Private]


For Newbies


OOC

Stands for 'Out Of Character'. A term used in roleplay when a person wants to step outside of their character for a minute and speak as themselves.

This is a more acceptable occurrence while in the IC thread of the game as it relates to issues that need player to GM conversation.

This message was last updated by the GM at 17:45, Thu 19 Mar.

Caladin
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Mon 16 Mar 2020
at 01:31
Adventuring in Mystara (RTJ)
Character Ownership:

As GM and Owner of this game I acknowledge that each player has given a creative input and has written something that can be credited to them, even a simple character sheet. However, by using it in this game, you are allowing the owner, GM, Co-GMs and future players to continue to use it within and for this game, and its continued use is considered fair use. It's content after the separation will be driven/authored by a new person who is a currently part of the game. In no way will we willfully take new updated description that you may have made in another game for the same character, and we view doing so as wrong if done without your permission.

You can make a request to stop using the character that you have provided or created. I normally NC a character until either the player returns or it's a good time for them to exit the storyline. If they were a large part of the story this may not happen. You should understand, in no way will we be obligated. We do request a reasonable amount of time for the GM to write them out of the story.

As a GM, I will try to honor such requests, as I do believe it is the right, and respectful thing to do. Any significant changes, I would need to run by the other players, as it could affect them.

Lastly and most importantly, we may look for someone to take over the character, if this happens there will be no removal of this PC other then through normal game play.

This message was last updated by the GM at 17:46, Thu 19 Mar.

Caladin
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Mon 16 Mar 2020
at 01:33
Adventuring with Colored Text for Dialogue
How to post in our game, … CONTINUED

In this games we do prefer to use colored text for our dialogue.

What's your reasoning for picking out a certain color for a character?

For some colored text for dialogue is for it to stand out from the rest of the post, most usually choose red or blue, but for others it's pretty random. Others like colored text for dialogue, because it makes things just easier to read especially with a long post. I agree and I've found for many it does tend to help readability somewhat here on RPoL.

If your going to use 'Color Text' or 'Formatting Text' these are our recommendations, they are NOT a requirement but will add a new level of posting and understand to ones writing in a post.


Color DescriptionNotes
OrangeOOC: Out of thread commentsIn Bold : OOC: Rolls or GM roll requests
Blues Even tempered, normal tuneIn Bold : Strong Voice
Greens Good tempered, natural tuneIn Bold : Caring Voice
Lavenders Narration from GMsIn Bold : Crazy & Un-natural tune
YellowsSoft tempered, often for religious commentsIn Bold : Preaching tune
RedsAnger temper, very upsetIn Bold : Yelling, Screaming, Shouting
italic with colorSpeaking to one self out-loudIn Bold Loud enough so others can hear
BlackGeneral descriptions, no restrictionsUsed for any and everything
Black In italic PC Self Thought

MORE TO COME ....

This message was last updated by the GM at 01:39, Mon 16 Mar.

Caladin
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Mon 16 Mar 2020
at 01:41
Adventuring with Caladin: Removel & Ban
Removing/Banning Players from the Game

NOTE:
'Cast List'  a.k.a. Player list will be updated on Tuesdays by 5pm eastern time (USA). This means if you receive a generic rmail, (which goes out 1 week prior) or PM asking about your plans to continue and fail to reply you will be removed.  Its Important  to know that a player removed but not banned is welcomed to return to the game at any time. BUT your character may not be available if passed to a new player, most times they are just put aside for a few weeks as an NC.


Reasons why a player would be removed;


1. Failure to reply to generic rmail requesting when the player will return after 1 week.

2. Failure to log in more then 2 weeks without notice.

3. Player requests to be removed.


Reasons for a player to be banned;


1. Racial remark directed to a player

   The game can be intense, the game is filled with remarks that are racialist and full of discrimination or prejudice based on race. BUT directing them in RL remarks to another player is not acceptable and players failing to respect one another out of IC: will be removed and or ban from this game.

2. Sexual remarks directed to a player

   This game will see some sexist and sometimes sexual context that is in RL social unacceptable. BUT even in a casual and friendly way you should not express these thoughts outside of IC or in PMs, not even as a joke, players failing to respect on another will be removed and or ban from this game.

3. Harassment (messaging) directed to a player

   It is a game and you shouldn't take it personal. Player characters may have influenced events in game, this may cause an array of IC events, BUT in no way should players take it out in RL with rmails or messages that are harassing. There can be other reasons for someone to feel its necessary to behave in a harassing manner, NONE are acceptable, players found doing so will be removed and or ban from this game.



GM note to players;

I have yet to ban someone from any of my games, BUT this doesn't mean I wouldn't. The fact is I wish them all well and hope their experiences in role-playing continues to bring them the joy it brings me. I also have yet to not allow a player to join because of my personal feeling of them as a player and I am never judgmental of the style of play or ideas out side of what's best for the game.

Many players will drop out, I do not tend too baby sit and walk them through this game, BUT I will help the best I can and that's one of the biggest reasons why I look for Co-GMs. It's difficult to hand hold and run an active game with 20+ players. I find it challenging enough keeping things moving and interesting in the game for all the players, so hand holding is not something I do best.

Caladin
 GM, 14 posts
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Mon 16 Mar 2020
at 01:45
Adventuring with Caladin
General Talk & info on Generic rmails & PMs

To all the players and CO-GMs: Its important to know that if the game gets bigger and more players join us, some of the personal touches you may see will kinda of slows down when it comes to a few things.

In no way am I trying to be rude, BUT when players are not around and don't leave notes in chit chat thread that they are away the posting in IC can be effected. Its important that we push on and post in a timely manner. Keep in mind that the game is not a free-forum but the players do have some of liberties when posting. Please keep from making stuff up that's not related to the Adventure, it does not to the game but takes away from the module. I enjoy everyone's additions so please keep it up and post away. Also know that when I post no matter how simple it is I am waiting for a character to react or reply, this is the part that can really slow down a game and why we have a 24 hrs rule.

As you can see I'm very active and I post something everyday. Sometimes in IC or maybe more info for the players, sometimes just organizing the threads.

An example of a generic rmail is when someone has not logged in or posted for more then 24 hrs. Unfortunately I do forget things and time can be short some days with RL stuff.

If you receive an rmail like the one below, know that it needs a reply, any reply so that I know your around. Also note its not personal. As we all well know here on RPOL, games end quickly when posting stalls and players have RL stuff that just doesn't make posting possible. I am willing to hold a character on the side in story until a player returns, or NC them if necessary.

If you loss a character because your not around or RL just gets in the way of Roleplaying I truly understand and every player here is always welcomed to come back and either take back their character if still an NpC, or make a new one.

Hopefully this clears the air alittle and we can get to some serious top notch RPing :)