Out of Character Thread.   Posted by DM Kandagger.Group: 0
DM Kandagger
 GM, 25 posts
 Dies Irae, Dies Illa
 Solvet saeclum en favilla
Thu 10 Dec 2020
at 02:23
Re: Out of Character Thread
Post up!

If I got anything wrong about your position or whatever, let me know.
Ekmas
 Firbolg Druid, 7 posts
 AC: 16 PP: 15
Thu 10 Dec 2020
at 03:55
Re: Out of Character Thread
To clarify, did the Faerie Fire work on any of them? If it didn't, Ekmas probably wouldn't still be concentrating on it- I think it's a work/don't work thing, instead of an enter or leave the area of effect thing.
DM Kandagger
 GM, 26 posts
 Dies Irae, Dies Illa
 Solvet saeclum en favilla
Thu 10 Dec 2020
at 04:53
Re: Out of Character Thread
Because you're last in initiative, any positive effects of Faerie Fire wouldn't happen until next round.  I didn't want to confuse anyone with the question of advantage or no so I didn't bring it up.

But yes, four out of five of the goblins in range fell victim to it.
Ekmas
 Firbolg Druid, 8 posts
 AC: 16 PP: 15
Thu 10 Dec 2020
at 13:41
Re: Out of Character Thread
Ah, okay. I just re-read the game thread and I get what's going on now. I thought it was the start of a new round instead of the properly organized first round. This is why I shouldn't read anything important after 10 pm :)
Aien Lurieth
 Wood Elf Cleric, 10 posts
 AC: 18 PP: 14
 HP 10/10
Fri 11 Dec 2020
at 00:33
Re: Out of Character Thread
I'm having a bit of a hard time following the conceptual map. Does "Goblins x5" mean that the goblins are in the same area as the characters listed above them, or are they on our flank while the other four are directly ahead of us?

I'm assuming the former, but given the description of the room I suppose either is possible.

If it is indeed the former, then DM, could I please ask a favour? In future would it be possible to post such maps using fixed-width text, so as to keep the "zones" in line with the characters who are within them? Just makes it much easier for me to visualise, as the line spacings tend to go out depending on what device and parameters everyone's using.

I realise I'm the only one who seems to be having a issue with this, but the map layout looks different between my phone and my laptop. :)

Thanks!

EDIT: I've proceeded in accordance with the above assumption. Please let me know if I've made any mistakes!

This message was last edited by the player at 00:54, Fri 11 Dec 2020.

DM Kandagger
 GM, 27 posts
 Dies Irae, Dies Illa
 Solvet saeclum en favilla
Fri 11 Dec 2020
at 04:56
Re: Out of Character Thread
I just looked back at what I originally posted and WOW it looks bad.  Sorry everyone.

In the editor everything lined up perfectly -___-

The first line of text describes the range "bands" of the combat zone.  With the names underneath each title as characters IN that range band.  So the "Goblin Front" describes where the goblins are mounting their defense and the characters underneath it are in melee range with each other.  So right now, Jerris, Seth, Beata, and Aien are in direct combat with four goblins.  These four goblins are blocking the "Goblin Rear" zone where an additional four goblins wait.  If you wanted to hurt the goblins in the "Goblin Rear" you'd either need to run past the "Goblin Front" (provoking opportunity attacks) or use a ranged attack.

In theory we can use the initiative table to get down to specifics (e.g. Egaged with Goblin A).  And paying attention to that will probably keep the mental picture clearer than looking at my crappy maps.

Once we get into the adventure proper, I can probably link actual game maps which should help things a ton.  But this first little mini-dungeon isn't in the book so we're kind of bereft of options here.
Aien Lurieth
 Wood Elf Cleric, 12 posts
 AC: 18 PP: 14
 HP 10/10
Fri 11 Dec 2020
at 06:00
Re: Out of Character Thread
DM Kandagger:
In the editor everything lined up perfectly -___-

Trap for young players ;)

No no, the map you've chosen is a good idea, I like it. Much less work for the DM, that's for sure, and gives us more than enough information to go on. I just needed to clarify how everything matched up since Beata kept moving around between zones across my devices. :)

There may (read: will) be combats in the future where a more detailed map may prove handy, especially if you have those maps already to hand! So that'll be good to see if you're willing to share them at the time.

But I like the idea of using the tracker to determine which enemy we're engaged with, too. If we can agree on a standard order of enemies (A to Z = top to bottom, for example), then that shows our individual relative position in the line with minimal extra effort, which is a level of detail that could end up being important if we need to rush to someone's aid, or for a cleric like myself, who might need to know roughly how far he has to go to heal people.
DM Kandagger
 GM, 29 posts
 Dies Irae, Dies Illa
 Solvet saeclum en favilla
Sat 12 Dec 2020
at 03:01
Re: Out of Character Thread
Round 2 is up.  Organizing eight players at once is tricksy.
Aien Lurieth
 Wood Elf Cleric, 13 posts
 AC: 18 PP: 14
 HP 10/10
Sat 12 Dec 2020
at 03:13
Re: Out of Character Thread
Indeed. So I'll offer a helping hand and let you know that on the map there should only be seven goblins left - three in the front, Goblin E in the rear, and three falling back.

This is because I updated the tracker to show the goblin I had killed (leaving 8) but didn't include the one that Jerris just killed in the new round, since that action hadn't occurred yet because the goblins hadn't acted.
DM Kandagger
 GM, 30 posts
 Dies Irae, Dies Illa
 Solvet saeclum en favilla
Sat 12 Dec 2020
at 03:24
Re: Out of Character Thread
Updated. Thanks.
Beata Havenbringer
 Wood Elf Monk, 9 posts
 AC: 17 PP: 15
Sat 12 Dec 2020
at 11:29
Re: Out of Character Thread
Ah I forgot to ask before I rolled so Iím gonna ask before I make a post; Beata would have advantage because of fairy fire, yeah? All three of the remaining frontline goblins are effected?
DM Kandagger
 GM, 31 posts
 Dies Irae, Dies Illa
 Solvet saeclum en favilla
Sat 12 Dec 2020
at 15:03
Re: Out of Character Thread
Beata Havenbringer:
Ah I forgot to ask before I rolled so Iím gonna ask before I make a post; Beata would have advantage because of fairy fire, yeah? All three of the remaining frontline goblins are effected?

Yup.
Beata Havenbringer
 Wood Elf Monk, 11 posts
 AC: 17 PP: 15
Sat 12 Dec 2020
at 21:26
Re: Out of Character Thread
Thanks, DM!

Didn't make much of a difference, tho. I am not rolling great haha.
Aien Lurieth
 Wood Elf Cleric, 14 posts
 AC: 18 PP: 14
 HP 10/10
Mon 14 Dec 2020
at 02:22
Re: Out of Character Thread
Er, Jerris, I haven't actually acted yet, though that's incoming shortly (updating the tracker is a nuisance without my laptop in front of me, hence the delay in posting).

I'll note that you've acted in my own post though anyway, but please keep an eye on the lines! Cheers :)

EDIT: Also, Jerris, in fact you've already acted this round, after you posted your action for this round, last round. So that action will be your action for next round! Please refrain from jumping ahead if you could, as it's making it hard to follow what's happening round-by-round. Thanks! :)

This message was last edited by the player at 02:58, Mon 14 Dec 2020.

DM Kandagger
 GM, 33 posts
 Dies Irae, Dies Illa
 Solvet saeclum en favilla
Mon 14 Dec 2020
at 04:20
Re: Out of Character Thread
Round 3 is up.  @Jerris, Aien is correct.  You have already acted for this round.  Wait until round 4 goes live for your next action.

Unfortunately the Goblin AC is greater than 14.

I'm of two minds regarding enemy AC.  Just posting the number is the most convenient, true, but there is something to be said for not knowing.

A method I do like (and forgot to implement before now) is keeping track of what rolls hit or miss.  Which would give a range of acceptable and unacceptable rolls with an unknown range that would narrow as the fight goes on.  This would preserve verisimilitude, but be yet another thing I'd need to keep track of (which I'm leary to do).

It might be something that could be player-lead. But that might take some finicking.
Beata Havenbringer
 Wood Elf Monk, 13 posts
 AC: 17 PP: 15
Mon 14 Dec 2020
at 15:11
Re: Out of Character Thread
just posted my turn! I assumed 6 damage wasn't enough to outright kill the goblin, so I put it down as injured instead. Let me know if I need to change anything!

At least my rolls slightly improved
Seth
 Tiefling Paladin, 21 posts
 The mission comes first.
 AC 18, PP 13
Mon 14 Dec 2020
at 20:28
Re: Out of Character Thread
Eh, the dice are swingy. That's the point. We'll all have a turn sooner or later of a run of crappy rolls. Seth'll give you shit in character, but OOC it's all fine. ^_^
Beata Havenbringer
 Wood Elf Monk, 14 posts
 AC: 17 PP: 15
Mon 14 Dec 2020
at 20:58
Re: Out of Character Thread
Ha, trust me, I know the nature of dice. Plenty of disastrous things have been caused by some timely nat 1s in other campaigns. And this is level 1, after all. Being beat up by some goblins is par for the course.

And I don't mind the IC teasing; it's fun, and Beata will definitely be happy to engage :D
Ekmas
 Firbolg Druid, 11 posts
 AC: 16 PP: 15
Tue 15 Dec 2020
at 13:54
Re: Out of Character Thread
Someone does still have a light up, right? Or am I rolling at disadvantage going into room 2?
DM Kandagger
 GM, 35 posts
 Dies Irae, Dies Illa
 Solvet saeclum en favilla
Tue 15 Dec 2020
at 15:02
Re: Out of Character Thread
Well, there's the faerie fire behind you.  And further in there's a dim light (likely from a cooking fire or something).
Ekmas
 Firbolg Druid, 12 posts
 AC: 16 PP: 15
Tue 15 Dec 2020
at 18:02
Re: Out of Character Thread
<<Nicodemus reloads and shifts the target of his Hunters Mark to the goblin Ekmas had just struck and fired. With a mischievous grin he called out, "That's three Ekmas.">>


But Nico technically acts before Ekmas, so either Ekmas would actually get the kill, or Nico would kill one and Ekmas would strike the other :)



Or someone else may yet kill them before either one actually gets his shot off, lol.

This message was last edited by the player at 18:51, Tue 15 Dec 2020.

Nicodemus Thrask
 Human Ranger, 8 posts
 AC 15 PP 15
Tue 15 Dec 2020
at 18:25
Re: Out of Character Thread
Ah jeez, Ekmas is even farther down the initiative than Nic. But it's so much more fun to steal Ekmas's kill.
Seth
 Tiefling Paladin, 22 posts
 The mission comes first.
 AC 18, PP 13
Wed 16 Dec 2020
at 03:12
Re: Out of Character Thread
Ooooh boy. Ekmas is in Room 2 without us knowing what's in it yet. My whole body just clenched.

Hope nothing bad jumps out at you buddy!

Seth is a callous bastard but I'll make him help you if you get into trouble! :P
Aien Lurieth
 Wood Elf Cleric, 17 posts
 AC: 18 PP: 14
 HP 10/10
Wed 16 Dec 2020
at 03:21
Re: Out of Character Thread
Given how we're updating the tracker with every successive post, I'm not so sure whether the DM intends for us to be actually acting in Initiative order, or (as seems to be common in PbP games) simply the order in which we post during the "PCs' turn".

I think it's important that we establish which it is, for two reasons: first, it determines whether we should be copying the combat trackers from the player-post directly above (rather than from the DM's post or another earlier in the round, as some of us look to be doing), and secondly, it determines who scores a kill, which is important when there's a few rounds of drinks on the line!
Seth
 Tiefling Paladin, 23 posts
 The mission comes first.
 AC 18, PP 13
Wed 16 Dec 2020
at 03:28
Re: Out of Character Thread
I was pretty sure the DM asked us to act in initiative order, and to copy tracker from post above, but I can't find the comment now.