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[DnD 4e PbP] God is Dead - OOC Thread

hippofanthippofant Helping Mario save Peach.Registered User regular
edited September 2011 in Critical Failures
Hi all. We are LF1M for a whirlwind DnD adventure that is currently at level 3, in a generic Points of Lights-like setting minus gods, run by a total newbie DM (that is me). One Another one of our players has gone AWOL and we need a replacement! And that replacement might be you! (You know... if you want. I mean, we're not going to force you or anything. I don't really know how practical that would even be, really, trying to force someone to play a game.... Like, maybe if we had some leverage like we had your first born son hostage somewhere, but that seems kinda gratuitously overboard and also doesn't really make for a good gaming experience. I mean, I guess we could condition his not dying on your playing well and having fun, but I'm not sure that's the sort of thing you can force out of someone, especially when the method of forcing would push someone in the exact opposite direction....)

ANYWAYS, details are as follows, additional questions are welcome, timeline is whenever the hell we finish our current encounter (see below):

Seeking: 1 Defender, to replace missing Minotaur Warden.

Current Party Composition: Human Cosmic Sorceror, Tiefling Telepathic Psion, Half-Elf Hybrid Paladin/Warlock, Human Bravura Warlord

Current Party Task: Escorting a group of human rabble from the abandoned undead slave town of Lorrum in a three-day-ish journey to safety in the living kingdom of Dalequan, with level 2 companion characters, and with awesome rewards if they succeed.

Current Task Status: 2nd day, 1st encounter, eh, it's going okay. Only one civvie died, but so did Caleb....

Character Specifications: Level 3, Defender or Leader, standard point-buy, Versatile Expertise for free, any general background, 2 level 1 items, 2 level 2 items, 1 level 4 item, 75 gp, 1 sp.

Game Details: As per OP here, but importantly, divine characters will have to have a specific explanation for the persistence of their divine powers in the absence of the gods, who have all mysteriously disappeared many years hence.

Selection: Vote amongst current players. Tiebreak by DM fiat.

Insertion Plan: The party is currently in the middle of a combat, wherein I am replacing the missing player. You would be cycled in after the combat - bonus marks if you can come up with an explanation of where the fuck you just came from.

Deadline: Vote will be held after current combat. I expect it to take maybe a week or so.

Additional: Players must be willing to put up with mistake-prone DM :oops:

Again, the current game thread is here. http://forums.penny-arcade.com/discussion/122595/dnd-4e-pbp-god-is-dead.-lorrum-undeath-march



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  • squishy-blobsquishy-blob Registered User regular
    edited January 2011
    hippofant wrote: »
    Human Warlord (will spontaneously transform into Fighter if a Leader replacement is chosen)
    Does your human warlord actually want to spontaneously transform into a fighter or is that more of an "If we can't find a defender" thing.

  • hippofanthippofant Helping Mario save Peach. Registered User regular
    edited January 2011
    hippofant wrote: »
    Human Warlord (will spontaneously transform into Fighter if a Leader replacement is chosen)
    Does your human warlord actually want to spontaneously transform into a fighter or is that more of an "If we can't find a defender" thing.

    I have asked this question and he is okay either way! (Or so he claims. You can't trust those shifty humans.)

  • DarkPrimusDarkPrimus Registered User regular
    edited January 2011
    I've got a couple ideas for defenders, going to play around with them and pick the one I like the most.

    I haven't been following the campaign, but I can catch myself up on the thread, if you want - OR I could hop in without prior knowledge of the party and their quest, and let everyone fill me in in-character!

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  • hippofanthippofant Helping Mario save Peach. Registered User regular
    edited January 2011
    I don't know that you really need to have read the entire thread. The OP, first few in-game posts, maybe. Or you can probably just hop in and we'll fill you in as we go. Haven't exactly delved particularly deep into the game world yet.

  • DarkPrimusDarkPrimus Registered User regular
    edited January 2011
    My submission:
    Samdalerog, Wilden Battlemind


    A fairly young Wilden who has set out to explore what other races call civilization. It is a common belief among his people that his people have much to learn from the other races of this world, but that must learn from them in turn. The most important thing to teach is that their civilizations segregate themselves from nature, when they should be integrated amongst it - that living in harmony with the natural world would be best for all beings. There may or may not be deeper motives behind this philosophy.

    Samdalerog has been wandering the roads that boarder the wilderness for several years now, assisting travelers however he can, whether it be help prepare a camp and a meal, or to defend them from attacking bandits - and always imparting his message of harmony before parting ways. That isn't to say he's preachy - when he speaks, he says as much as he can with as little as he can. In battle, he wields a heavy flail that is made of extremely hard dark wood, or possibly stone.

    The PC's current goal of escorting the surviving citizens of Lorrum to Dalequan is pretty much a dream job for Samdalerog. So many grateful people to impress wisdom upon!



    I have read and kept the OP in mind when creating the character, and have looked over the current on-going encounter and what lead up to it. (If you folks remember, I even submitted a couple characters in the original recruitment. ;-))

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  • squishy-blobsquishy-blob Registered User regular
    edited January 2011
    I tried making a defender but nothing really felt right to me. So instead I offer an elven shaman instead: Titania.

    I've used one of my level 1 magic items for a giant draft lizard which normally costs 200gp, I hope that's ok.

    Background:
    Spoiler:

    Sheet: Titania

    It's on Mythweavers instead of Orokos as I'm not a DDI subscriber and thus don't have the character builder which Orokos needs however I've no problem using the Orokos dice roller.

  • The EnderThe Ender Registered User regular
    edited January 2011
    I submit Jakk, the Earthstrength Warden Minotaur. Raarr!

    Orokos is down at the moment; I'll get the sheet uploaded to Orokos when it's back up.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kre8gkIw57s


    Background:
    Spoiler:

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  • DracoGriffinDracoGriffin Registered User regular
    edited January 2011
    And now to be completely butchered. Presenting an utter newbie's entries:

    Tokul ik Kassam, the Paladin/Warlord Dragonborn.

    None of the stats are set in stone; I'm still struggling in understanding what would be best (and most useful in Dark Sun). Take with a grain of salt! I'm imagining my character to be a bit of a "Saladin"/Saracen.

    Background:
    Spoiler:

    And... Tokul ik Kassam, Archer Warlord Dragonborn! (Sorry, I've really grown to like this name!)

    Same as above, I'm trying my best to fit my personal taste of rangers/archers but desiring to provide a support/leading role. And I love Dragonborn. :P

    Background:
    Spoiler:

    Anyway, here's some tissues for your eyes and ears that are surely bleeding profusely from these weak entries!

  • KayKay What we need... Is a little bit of PANIC.Registered User regular
    edited January 2011
    Pssst. This isn't a Dark Sun game, more modified Points of Light without the Gods present. Think something similar to Dragonlance after the Cataclysm, but with liches/undead ruling the world rather than dudes on dragons.

    One thing I will say, our group is VERY Wisdom-lite, which makes sense given the lack of Divine classes, and we're lacking someone with all-round good common sense, with knowledge of the land and sharp ears. (Read: We have no-one trained in stuff like Nature, Dungeoneering, Stealth, Perception...)

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  • DarkPrimusDarkPrimus Registered User regular
    edited January 2011
    Kay wrote: »
    One thing I will say, our group is VERY Wisdom-lite, which makes sense given the lack of Divine classes, and we're lacking someone with all-round good common sense, with knowledge of the land and sharp ears. (Read: We have no-one trained in stuff like Nature, Dungeoneering, Stealth, Perception...)

    My submitted Battlemind uses Wisdom as his secondary - unfortunately Battleminds don't get Perception as a skill choice.

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  • DracoGriffinDracoGriffin Registered User regular
    edited January 2011
    Kay wrote: »
    Pssst. This isn't a Dark Sun game, more modified Points of Light without the Gods present. Think something similar to Dragonlance after the Cataclysm, but with liches/undead ruling the world rather than dudes on dragons.

    One thing I will say, our group is VERY Wisdom-lite, which makes sense given the lack of Divine classes, and we're lacking someone with all-round good common sense, with knowledge of the land and sharp ears. (Read: We have no-one trained in stuff like Nature, Dungeoneering, Stealth, Perception...)

    Hmm, easier to forget when I kept seeing no gods and Dark Sun was mentioned once or twice in PMs. XD And I have no idea what leader/defender would use those... just going off what I was chatting with hippofant with! Oh well.

  • hippofanthippofant Helping Mario save Peach. Registered User regular
    edited January 2011
    Yeah no. This ain't Dark Sun. :D

  • DracoGriffinDracoGriffin Registered User regular
    edited January 2011
    Yes, yes... stomp on the newbie. :P

    Forgive me for trying to break into PbP. :?

  • The EnderThe Ender Registered User regular
    edited January 2011
    Kay wrote: »
    Pssst. This isn't a Dark Sun game, more modified Points of Light without the Gods present. Think something similar to Dragonlance after the Cataclysm, but with liches/undead ruling the world rather than dudes on dragons.

    One thing I will say, our group is VERY Wisdom-lite, which makes sense given the lack of Divine classes, and we're lacking someone with all-round good common sense, with knowledge of the land and sharp ears. (Read: We have no-one trained in stuff like Nature, Dungeoneering, Stealth, Perception...)

    Jakk's got rather good Perception and Nature, but I opted for Heal instead of Dungeoneering. : (

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  • KayKay What we need... Is a little bit of PANIC.Registered User regular
    edited January 2011
    Yes, yes... stomp on the newbie. :P

    Forgive me for trying to break into PbP. :?

    We're not jumping on the newbie, just clearing up a misconception. :)

    Seriously, thanks for showing interest in the game. I for one would hate to have to let the game die, it's been a lot of fun so far.

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  • DracoGriffinDracoGriffin Registered User regular
    edited January 2011
    Kay wrote: »
    Seriously, thanks for showing interest in the game. I for one would hate to have to let the game die, it's been a lot of fun so far.
    Well, any suggestions on a class and such would be great. I'm looking to get my chops and figured PA is one of the (safest) and most intelligent places to pick it up.

    However, not knowing the mechanics and ins/outs makes it difficult to make an advanced character suiting to the setting/need of the party. I'm more than willing to play a Defender/Leader, not really interested in Striker/Controller.

    And those skills seem hard to come by in the Defender/Leader archetypes.

  • KayKay What we need... Is a little bit of PANIC.Registered User regular
    edited January 2011
    I think that the Primal leaders get a bunch of them, actually. Hmm.

    I would suggest a Warden of some flavour (one of my favorite classes, and they can truly weaponise their Second Wind if you like) as a Defender, or perhaps a One-Handed Talent Fighter with Wisdom as his secondary stat.

    For a Leader, either a Shaman of some description, or even something really different, like a Prescient Bard Archer - Bards that take Wisdom as a secondary, have access to god knows how many skills, know just about EVERYTHING and are the best MC class out there. Actually, a Kalashtar Prescient Bard from the realm of Dreams could be a really neat concept to go with, if Hippofant is up for that.

    I think it boils down to what you'd like to play, really.

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  • DracoGriffinDracoGriffin Registered User regular
    edited January 2011
    I think... I think that's like way above my knowledge level. You were delving into Calculus for an advanced 2nd grade class.

    Like I said, willing to try whatever but don't want to hamper others by being 'derrrp'. Unfortunately, I haven't ever seen a "newbie" or "beginner's" PbP in CE forums... ever.

    I suppose I'll take some looks into Shaman/Warden and see if I can present anything half-way suitable. (And doesn't invoke a sense of dread or 'Exorcist'-styled vomiting)

  • KayKay What we need... Is a little bit of PANIC.Registered User regular
    edited January 2011
    The other option, if you want to keep it as simple as possible, is an essentials Druid. The Druid Sentinel is a Leader type, I think, and essentials characters are really easy to build and have a good character at the end of it.

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  • deadonthestreetdeadonthestreet Registered User regular
    edited January 2011
    Kay wrote: »
    Pssst. This isn't a Dark Sun game, more modified Points of Light without the Gods present. Think something similar to Dragonlance after the Cataclysm, but with liches/undead ruling the world rather than dudes on dragons.

    One thing I will say, our group is VERY Wisdom-lite, which makes sense given the lack of Divine classes, and we're lacking someone with all-round good common sense, with knowledge of the land and sharp ears. (Read: We have no-one trained in stuff like Nature, Dungeoneering, Stealth, Perception...)

    I'm trained in perception and dungeoneering and insight.

    No one ever remembers Iados.

  • KayKay What we need... Is a little bit of PANIC.Registered User regular
    edited January 2011
    That is because he makes us forget he was even there with his MENTAL POWERS. >_>

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  • hippofanthippofant Helping Mario save Peach. Registered User regular
    edited February 2011
    I ain't got any negative thoughts, if that's what you're asking. I'm actually rather personally partial to Genasi myself.

    The nation-state of Dalequan is likely a refuge for all sorts of mortal races who are disinclined to be treated like slaves and chattel.

  • soxboxsoxbox Registered User regular
    edited February 2011
    Trying to catch up on the reading here so I can make an informed decision on character creation.

    I take it there's no negative stigma to essentials here? I'm interested in the knight as a defender.

  • The EnderThe Ender Registered User regular
    edited February 2011
    soxbox wrote: »
    Trying to catch up on the reading here so I can make an informed decision on character creation.

    I take it there's no negative stigma to essentials here? I'm interested in the knight as a defender.

    Hhhisssssssssssss

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  • HylianbunnyHylianbunny Registered User regular
    edited February 2011
    Elyza Drake, Avenging Paladin

    Stats and all that aren't set in stone but it gives the idea of what I'm going for - still might throw together a sheet for a brawling fighter as well. Going to write up an actual background when I'm done with class and an imminent test, but the tl;dr version:

    Background
    Spoiler:

    Sheet Summary
    Spoiler:

    As far as my 4e experience goes, currently I'm DMing two 4e games (one online, one offline) and participating in one, and have played in quite a few.

  • HylianbunnyHylianbunny Registered User regular
    edited February 2011
    Threw together the sheet for that fighter I was thinking of. I think I like it better, so I guess this is my primary entry? Again, background when I have free time shortly.

    Elyza Goldhammer, Brawling Fighter

    Why Goldhammer? Raised by dwarves.

    Sheet Summary
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  • hippofanthippofant Helping Mario save Peach. Registered User regular
    edited February 2011
    So doing a quick review of people's characters...

    squishy-blob, had Titania previously encountered other peoples outside of Dalequan? If you have an idea or whatever you'd like to drop in, we could certainly work that out. 'd just like to establish that fact.

    DracoGriffin, your first entry does not have versatile expertise or any gear. Your second entry has a level 3 Frost Longbow and no level 4 item. Also, since the gods are gone, no divine powers directly from the gods will function in the setting. Your paladin powers would not be waning, but entirely gone. What divinity remains in the setting are divine things that the gods themselves created, like angels.

    If you want to imagine that divinity is like electricity, the power plants are all shut down, but you still have batteries and such. Or generators, even.

    Hylianbunny, if you read the first starting story bit of the thread, you'll know that angels are playing a role in the backstory of this PbP. If you have a specific direction for the character you'd like to take, let me know, or otherwise I might just jerk you around if/when the angelic backstory develops further.

    @everybody, the players finally decided to start, you know, hitting shit, so the combat might not last much longer if they continue to do so.

  • DarkPrimusDarkPrimus Registered User regular
    edited February 2011
    hippofant, are you able to chat with me on AIM tonight? I get off work around 10 PM CST, so I'll probably be back home about 20 mins after that.

    EDIT: Thanks for the chat, I've updated my character submission post with all that new info.

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  • squishy-blobsquishy-blob Registered User regular
    edited February 2011
    I'd assume she's met some people outside Dalequan for trade every now and then, but has kept mostly to the wilds.

    As I understand it, it's better to be neither seen nor heard outside Dalequan as it's rather dangerous.

  • DracoGriffinDracoGriffin Registered User regular
    edited February 2011

    Background
    Spoiler:

    Personality & Appearance
    Spoiler:

    My experience with D&D is somewhat limited to games (like Baldur's Gate and Neverwinter Nights) and pseudo-D&D forum games. Nothing IRL and got most of my tastes from Neverwinter Nights Persistent Worlds and various MUDs over years. Nothing to specific like 4e or settings. I'm just trying to get my chops!

    Also, big thanks to Kay for spending a ridiculous amount of time helping me understand mechanics and choices to make to best help the group.

  • DracoGriffinDracoGriffin Registered User regular
    edited February 2011
    hippofant wrote: »
    DracoGriffin, your first entry does not have versatile expertise or any gear. Your second entry has a level 3 Frost Longbow and no level 4 item. Also, since the gods are gone, no divine powers directly from the gods will function in the setting. Your paladin powers would not be waning, but entirely gone. What divinity remains in the setting are divine things that the gods themselves created, like angels.

    If you want to imagine that divinity is like electricity, the power plants are all shut down, but you still have batteries and such. Or generators, even.

    Yeah, those entries were kinda gimmicky and more geared towards Dark Sun setting.

    I think my above entry is the best suited for the party (and most established). I can always tweak stuff around but I think a lot of it is conveyed now.

  • InfidelInfidel Heretic Registered User regular
    edited February 2011
    Aha, didn't realize there was a separate thread. Just saw the status and that still said you needed to find a defender.

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  • HylianbunnyHylianbunny Registered User regular
    edited February 2011
    hippofant wrote: »
    Hylianbunny, if you read the first starting story bit of the thread, you'll know that angels are playing a role in the backstory of this PbP. If you have a specific direction for the character you'd like to take, let me know, or otherwise I might just jerk you around if/when the angelic backstory develops further.

    I took a quick look, yeah. Left it open intentionally because it's not nearly as fun if I define every little thing and take it all out of your hands. :P

  • ironzergironzerg Registered User regular
    edited February 2011
    Glad we got some interest.

    I was the one who volunteered to switch to Defender, if we needed it. The way Hippo is kicking us in the teeth, we really needed a replacement ASAP, so I figured I'd broaden the chances of getting once, since it seems Defenders are sometimes a rarity in these PBP options.

    As long as you're really good and getting hit in the face alot, you should be fine :)

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  • BrodyBrody SeattleRegistered User regular
    edited February 2011
    What are the chances this will be closed by tonight?

  • deadonthestreetdeadonthestreet Registered User regular
    edited February 2011
    Brody wrote: »
    What are the chances this will be closed by tonight?

    There are three monsters left. One has 4 hp and it taking ongoing 5 damage.

    So it is possible!

  • BrodyBrody SeattleRegistered User regular
    edited February 2011
    Koryk, Longtooth Fighter.

    Background.
    Spoiler:

    Closest representation.

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  • soxboxsoxbox Registered User regular
    edited February 2011
    Zoaros, Shardmind Swordmage - http://4e.orokos.com/sheets/2896

    Green_Shardmind.jpg

    An insertion scenario:
    Spoiler:

    Background:
    Spoiler:

    Note that I've got the 'We Were Once One' feat: 'When you spend a healing surge, each ally within your telepathy range can make a saving throw as a free action', but I built using the online builder so I can't have houserules to put in the expertise feat (will fix with the offline builder later). Also, hope my name is as fun to misspell.

  • KayKay What we need... Is a little bit of PANIC.Registered User regular
    edited February 2011
    Defenders:

    Samdalerog, Wilden Battlemind - DARKPRIMUS I'M SORRY I'M SORRY
    Jakk, Minotaur Earthstrength Warden - The Ender
    Elyza Drake, Human Avenging Paladin - Hylianbunny
    Elyza Goldhammer, Human Brawling Fighter, Raised by Dwarves - Hylianbunny (Primary App)
    Nordak, Minotaur Lifespirit Warden - DracoGriffin
    Koryk, Longtooth Shifter Tempest Fighter - Brody
    Zoaros, Shardmind Shielding Swordmage - soxbox (one letter away from complete alliteration)

    Leaders:

    Titana, Elven Shaman - squishy-blob

    These are the apps so far, with links to each.

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  • InfidelInfidel Heretic Registered User regular
    edited February 2011
    Wait, how did you end up with a leader in your defender call? :lol:

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