The Gathering Stone (OOC)   Posted by Chronicler.Group: 0
Chronicler
 GM, 19 posts
Tue 25 Aug 2020
at 01:31
Re: The Gathering Stone (OOC)
Per a player's request, please find a (draft) map of Old Nigotier using the link below.  I'm still working on a map of the Southern Vale, where the campaign is centered, but it will take a while.  Something about a series of alpine mountains and valleys makes it difficult to illustrate in a way that conveys the terrain without flooding the map with overt and distracting information (i.e., it becomes very very busy very quickly, and thus hard to read or comprehend).

https://www.deviantart.com/uk1..._new=10%3A1598318912

Speaking generally, the Southern Vale is located in the Kaithydun Mountains, near the mouth of the river on the map leading to the north toward the sea.

This message was last edited by the GM at 01:32, Tue 25 Aug.

Rondar
 player, 7 posts
 Human Fighter
 AC:18; HP:13/13; PP:12
Tue 25 Aug 2020
at 02:14
Re: The Gathering Stone (OOC)
Chronicler,

Thanks for the map!

On a different note, I think that the following message may have gotten buried back a ways in this thread:

Rondar:
Chronicler:
Roland of Nuphilin:
Btw the way, is there a certain character sheet you want us to use?


Use whatever you are comfortable with, as long as all the relevant information (that is to say, details found on the general D&D 5e character sheet) is readily available.


Chronicler,

Is there something that needs to be done in order to unlock the "space" for us to set up a Character Sheet? Thanks.


It could be just me, I suppose, but at this point, I am still unable to set up a Character Sheet.

Thanks!
Album Schnix
 player, 2 posts
Tue 25 Aug 2020
at 02:39
Re: The Gathering Stone (OOC)
Probably because Chronicler forgot to allow us to edit our Character Sheet. It happens sometimes.
Chronicler
 GM, 20 posts
Tue 25 Aug 2020
at 10:21
Re: The Gathering Stone (OOC)
I think the sheets have been opened up.  Why that isn't default, I don't know.
Triandal Gervase
 player, 2 posts
Tue 25 Aug 2020
at 10:25
Re: The Gathering Stone (OOC)
I think there is another box needs to be ticked.  I can't see my sheet.
Chronicler
 GM, 21 posts
Tue 25 Aug 2020
at 10:32
Re: The Gathering Stone (OOC)
Sorry, try it now.
Chronicler
 GM, 22 posts
Tue 25 Aug 2020
at 10:34
Re: The Gathering Stone (OOC)
Quick housekeeping item:

This is the color I use for general DM stuff, like narration and so forth.
This is the color I use for OOC comments, such as when discussing/adjudicating game mechanics and so forth.

It helps if everyone else just keeps their text to simple black, unless making an OOC comment.  Otherwise the screen just becomes a sea of clashing and confusing colors.
Triandal Gervase
 player, 3 posts
Tue 25 Aug 2020
at 10:48
Re: The Gathering Stone (OOC)
Character sheet is working.

For stamina and health do we round up or down?  Triandal's full HP is 11, how is that spilt?
Caoilfhionn
 player, 5 posts
 Stamina 5/5
 Health 6/6
Tue 25 Aug 2020
at 10:53
Re: The Gathering Stone (OOC)
Round in favor of Health. So 6 Health, 5 Stamina, like me.
Caoilfhionn
 player, 6 posts
 Stamina 5/5
 Health 6/6
Tue 25 Aug 2020
at 10:55
Re: The Gathering Stone (OOC)
I should be entirely finished at this point, description and all.
Album Schnix
 player, 3 posts
Tue 25 Aug 2020
at 11:01
Re: The Gathering Stone (OOC)
I'm in the process of making my sheet, might take a while for me to write a description.
Triandal Gervase
 player, 4 posts
Tue 25 Aug 2020
at 11:41
Re: The Gathering Stone (OOC)
Iím of to bed. I have it done tomorrow.
Album Schnix
 player, 4 posts
 6/6 SP
 6/6 HP
Tue 25 Aug 2020
at 13:16
Re: The Gathering Stone (OOC)
Welp, I've just about finish making my character sheet. I'll make a post tomorrow, I'm off to bed too.
Chronicler
 GM, 26 posts
Tue 25 Aug 2020
at 13:38
Re: The Gathering Stone (OOC)
Sorry for the confusion for those who read the introduction prior to my recent edit, but the offered price was written incorrect initially.  Rather than 50 gold, the offered price is 125 silver pieces per person.

This message was last edited by the GM at 13:38, Tue 25 Aug.

Rondar
 player, 8 posts
 Human Fighter
 AC:18; HP:13/13; PP:12
Tue 25 Aug 2020
at 14:47
Re: The Gathering Stone (OOC)
Chronicler,

I am assuming that our PCs start with the standard gear and equipment for their Class and Background, per the PHB, yes?

Thanks.
Chronicler
 GM, 27 posts
Tue 25 Aug 2020
at 14:54
Re: The Gathering Stone (OOC)
Yes.  Although gold coins and up are hard to come by, so convert any left over monies to silver pieces.
Rondar
 player, 9 posts
 Human Fighter
 AC:18; HP:13/13; PP:12
Tue 25 Aug 2020
at 14:55
Re: The Gathering Stone (OOC)
In reply to Chronicler (msg # 36):

Will do. Thanks.
Rondar
 player, 11 posts
 Human Fighter
 AC:18; HP:13/13; PP:12
Tue 25 Aug 2020
at 19:01
Re: The Gathering Stone (OOC)
Chronicler,

I have a question regarding our PCs' Health.

I understand how Damage is applied first to Stamina (i.e., before Hit Points are affected). In that sense, Stamina is kinda like Temporary Hit Points.

How does Health relate to Stamina and Hit Points? I don't know the answer, and I don't want to fail that portion of your test. :)
Chronicler
 GM, 29 posts
Tue 25 Aug 2020
at 19:30
Re: The Gathering Stone (OOC)
Sorry, I don't understand your question.
Rondar
 player, 12 posts
 Human Fighter
 AC:18; HP:13/13; PP:12
Tue 25 Aug 2020
at 19:31
Re: The Gathering Stone (OOC)
In reply to Chronicler (msg # 39):

I don't understand how Health works vis-a-vis the mechanics of the game.
Chronicler
 GM, 30 posts
Tue 25 Aug 2020
at 20:01
Re: The Gathering Stone (OOC)
1/2 hit points = stamina
1/2 hit points = health

Stamina is more easily replenished by rest and loss of stamina is more akin to being winded or a little roughed up than taking serious physical damage.

Health takes longer to replenish, because it represents actual physical damage.  When you start taking damage to your health (once you no longer have stamina), it is representative of sword cuts slicing open flesh, spear points piercing skin and damaging organs, etc.  Restoring health requires not just rest, but direct medical care.  Damage to health is also likely to leave scars, even when magic is used for repair.

Whereas stamina is fully restored after a longer rest, health could require days to fully restore.  This has a couple of effects: it forces characters to be more strategic in their hostile actions (this is a bane to murder hobos) and diplomacy, it slows down the frequency of combat (no more Supermanning it through dungeons), and adds more tension to the game (characters are now a lot more mortal).

Needless to say, the first few levels could prove deadly when getting into combat encounters.  For this purpose, I'm scaling back some of the challenges or removing them completely.  (I've run this adventure twice in the past with friends at the table and TPKd them both times, once with with a rat swarm and another time with an enemy not to be mentioned here, using normal hp rules--long story, but their healer didn't know what he was doing and I rolled an unbelievable number of crits both times.)  So for me as the DM, this will prove challenging finding ways to place obstacles in the party's way without overwhelming them through mechanical attrition.

Finally, I think this fits the thematic element of the setting.  This is the Age of Madness.  Simply being alive is dangerous to your health.  No one walks Telluria with a promise of a new morning.

This message was last edited by the GM at 20:03, Tue 25 Aug.

Rondar
 player, 13 posts
 Human Fighter
 AC:18; HP:13/13; PP:12
Tue 25 Aug 2020
at 20:15
Re: The Gathering Stone (OOC)
In reply to Chronicler (msg # 41):

So . . . I think that I am starting to get it.

As I understand it, Hit Points are used merely as a means of computing Health and Stamina, in which case they (Hit Points) are no longer in play when considering the effects of Damage -- only Stamina and Health are.

Do I have that right?

I was trying to still find a use for Hit Points other than in the Health/Stamina equation, but it sounds like there is none.

Thanks.
Chronicler
 GM, 31 posts
Tue 25 Aug 2020
at 20:20
Re: The Gathering Stone (OOC)
Hit points in this instance are merely the sum of the two.  Damage will be subtracted first from Stamina (akin to  the temporary hit points observation made earlier), and then from health.

Dicestormers came up with this system as a sort-of in-between for normal hack and slash super hero hp mechanics and the wait 7 seven days between each encounter of the gritty hp mechanics.

This is my first time using the system in full, so we can change it midstream if simply isn't working.
Roland of Nuphilin
 player, 5 posts
 Priest of Saint Abyliberi
Tue 25 Aug 2020
at 20:22
Re: The Gathering Stone (OOC)
Can you also quickly run through again how cure spells work with stamina and health? Cure spells only cure health?

I'm guessing paladin's Lay on Hands will work similarly
Chronicler
 GM, 32 posts
Tue 25 Aug 2020
at 20:38
Re: The Gathering Stone (OOC)
Yes, magical means of restoring hp only apply to lost health, not stamina; the same remains true for laying on hands.