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D&D D&D: One Month of Roleplaying

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edited April 2014 in Debate and/or Discourse


Sharpen your pencils, pull out the Trapper Keeper, and dust off your Crown Royal bags, kids and olds, because it's time for another forum activity.

We're going to pretend to be wizards and elves, private detectives and space marines, superheroes and gangsters, and we're going to do it without fifty-dollar controllers, day-one patches, region locks, or Games for Windows Live. The only hardware you need is the power of your imaginations and the somewhat less glamorous power of rudimentary reading and social skills.

We have a lot of tabletop gamers in this forum, and a lot of other people who are really curious about it and have never tried it, and the one thing I keep hearing from all of you is "I really want to try this, but I don't even know where to begin."

So let me take care of that. You tell me that you want to give this stuff a try, and I will do my very best to find you a group and a game. All you need to be able to do is to commit to showing up for four four-hour nights, one night a week from mid-April (after PAX) to mid-May. if you can do that, you can roleplay. It really is that easy.

HOW DO I SIGN UP? Simple! PM me with your time zone, the days and times you would be able to commit to, and a ranked list of five or more games from the options below that you would be willing and nterested to play. If you would like to GM a game, indicate that, and list all the games that you would be willing and interested to run. If you are up to GM or play, or to GM one game and play in another, indicate that as well.

Both players and GMS will choose games from a list I am supplying below. This is to prevent a situation where 30 people want to play 30 different games.

Signup will be open for one week. Then I will take the applications, insert them into a spreadsheet, gaze at it and probably cry a little at the insane task I have set myself. I will almost certainly drink, and my cats might be called by certain unfortunate ethnic slurs. After a week of this, I will PM all applicants with a group and a time and a game.

Or I will say "sorry, I could not find a game for you." This may happen if you're the one guy in the Tehran timezone. This is why, generally speaking, it pays to be open to trying new things. I imagine some time zones will be much more strongly represented than others and I'd hate for anyone to be left out because they weren't interested in trying any of the games being offered in their area.

Preferential treatment will absolutely be shown to forumers with good histories and a reputation for getting along with folks. Remember, I am asking three or four other people, possibly total strangers, to put up with your ass. If you have a row of infractions, or have made two posts ever in barely-coherent English, don't expect great things.

After groups are assembled, the GM of that game will be responsible for devising a scenario that can reach a satisfying conclusion in four four-hour sessions. If your players are up for longer sessions, great! If they want to keep going after the Month of Roleplaying, that is fucking awesome and ideal! But shoot for telling a satisfying story in that sixteen hours. I highly encourage the use of modules, pre-generated scenarios, and any other time-saving tools for GMs. The point of this event isn't to tell the mind-blowing story you've been saving up, but just to try and help our forumers discover the fun of the roleplaying habit.

The event begins the week after PAX East, Sunday April 20, and continues for four weeks.

Participants who make it through the month will be awarded badges and all concomitant bragging rights attached thereto. GMs will receive a swank GM badge and the envy of their peers.

WHERE WILL WE PLAY? That is up to your GM and group, but I strongly recommend the two Critical Failures IRC channels:

http://www.slashnet.org/channels/cfgames
http://www.slashnet.org/channels/criticalfailures

Both of which are easy-to-use and have a wonderful dicebot programmed by the forumer Infidel. If your game needs more robust functionality, particularly voice chat or the ability to move tokens around a map, check out https://app.roll20.net/ and their fantastic Virtual Tabletop.

YOU SHOULD SIGN UP IF:
- You are a D&D forumer in good standing.
- You have never roleplayed and want to.
- You are a veteran roleplayer and want to show people how it's done.
- You would like to meet new people in a fun, structured activity.
- You can set aside four hours a night, one night a week, for four consecutive weeks.
- You really hate Orcs.

WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW IF YOU WANT TO GM:
- GMs are responsible for making sure their players have the resources to play (rulebooks, or character sheets, or pre-made characters, etc.)
- You will have nearly a month to devise a scenario. Use that time wisely; talk to your players, poll them on what interests them, tailor your story to fit what you and they are interested in. To save time for the actual roleplaying, it is highly advised to coordinate character generation before your first night's session.
- IF YOU HAVE A SYSTEM YOU REALLY WANT TO RUN and it isn't on the list, let me know and I will try and match you with players who choose the "GM's SPecial Snowflake" option. If you only want to run your Special Snowflake, I will try my best to find you a group but be warned that it just may not be possible in certain cases and time zones.
- Whatever game you run, take the time to familiarize yourself with the tools of the environment you end up using (IRC, roll20, Ventrilo, or whatever).

GAMES TO PLAY:
Players, select 5 or more games from this list in a ranked order.
GMs, list all the games you would be willing and able to run.

Dungeons and Dragons (any edition, Pathfinder, 13th Age, etc.) - The granddaddy of roleplaying systems. You all know the score: take on the role of a mighty-thewed warrior, a cunning rogue, a (sometimes) powerful wizard, or be the guy who heals people. Venture into perilous dungeons, kill monsters, and take their stuff. Lather, rinse, and repeat. There are lots of different versions of D&D that place slightly different emphases on exploration or combat or character-building, but none of these differences are really significant enough to make a huge difference in a four-session game. The exact type of D&D will be the GM's choice, and it will be his responsibility to communicate that to the players.
Complexity: moderate to high
You should play this if: You want the "classic" roleplaying experience and enjoy challenges that test player teamwork.

New World of Darkness (any game) - The preeminent system for personal horror, for stories about corruption and madness. You've heard of Vampire and Werewolf; this system is how you play those games, but it's also a tool to play any other kind of horror story, from hunters pursuing a monster like "Supernatural" to small-town mystery like "Twin Peaks" or "Deadly Premonition." The specific story or game type is between the GM and players, but whichever you choose, this is a system that places a heavy emphasis on creating characters with rich internal lives and strong characterizations. If you're more interested in dialogue and personal drama, and atmosphere than combat or puzzle-solving, this system is a strong choice.
Complexity: moderate
You should play this if: You want to paly non-Cthulhu horror, or play as the monster in a horror story. You have strong ideas about characters and want the freedom to give them life.

Call of Cthulhu - The original horror RPG and stil lone of the best. What are those weird noises coming from the old mansion on the hill? What's the deal with this creepy statue your old granddad willed you? Why are so many bodies turning up in the city morgue with...sucker marks? Take control of any kind of person from any walk of life you can dream of - a private gumshoe, a hot-shot lawyer, a crusty sailor, a housewife, a spy - and guide them through a horrific mystery in the style of HP Lovecraft. Call of Cthulhu has an incredibly simple die-rolling and character creation system that lets you get started in a hurry, and its "sanity" mechanic, where your character slowly unravels as they experience mind-shriveling horror, is justly famous and often imitated.
Complexity: simple
You should play this if: If you're a fan of the Cthulhu Mythos, enjoy atmospheric horror, or relish the infinite possibilities of playing a character from our "real" world.

Shadowrun - In the neon-lit future of the 21st century, hackers and cyborgs butt heads with elves, dwarves, and creatures of myth, all under the shadow of giant corporate skyscrapers (and some corporations are run by dragons). You're a Shadowrunner, a criminal with a unique set of skills - you might be a well-muscled troll street samurai, or a nimble elvish cat burglar, or a hard-hitting dwarven cyborg, or just a human kid with green hair, an expensive hacking deck, and something to prove. An anonymous agent, "Mr. Johnson," has hired you and a team of other criminals to break into one of those skyscrapers and take something that someone wants. The risk is high, but the pay is good - you hope.
Complexity: High. There are a lot of options and a lot of gear to shop for.
You should play this if: You enjoy noir or heist stories, cyberpunk, or the possibility that someone on your team might be willing to betray you.

Fiasco - Ever seen Fargo, or The Big Lebowski, or A Simple Plan, or Snatch, or Reservoir Dogs? This is the game that lets you create your own stories just like those. One of the new wave of experimental independent "storygames," Fiasco is different from a typical roleplaying game in that it has no game master at all. Your group picks a "playset" - a theme and locale, like LA in the 40s or New York in the days of disco, or a corrupt small town in the South in the present day - and devises a cast of characters together. Each of these characters has some kind of desire, like getting rich and ditching their crappy town, or ripping off the casino and banging the mob boss's wife, and all of these characters and situations you create will inevitably colide in a way that's disastrous for them but great fun for you.
Complexity: simple. if you can tell a story, you can play Fiasco.
You should play this if: You want to tell a story as a co-author rather than simply a player. You want to explore a vast range of possible situations and character types from the real world or history. You don't want to mess around with a lot of die rolling.

Mutants & Masterminds - Probably the best and most versatile superhero game currently on the market. The game's power system lets you design virtually anything, from a millionaire playboy with an arsenal of gadgets to a Greek god to a half-man, half-bug. This is the sort of game where if you want to get rid of an enemy by teleporting them into orbit, you can do that, and the rules for it are straightforward.
Complexity: character creation is high complexity; the sheer amount of options can be overwhelming for beginners. Templates are provided in the book, and actual gameplay is only moderately complex.
You should play this if: You enjoy superheroes and want to recreate your favorite moments from THe Avengers or the Batman films. You enjoy designing powerful or off-the-wall characters.

Burning Wheel/Torchbearer - A fresh take on fantasy and medieval gaming, Burning Wheel puts your character's beliefs and ideals first and foremost. Every action you take helps to define your character - what does he or she believe in? what is he or she willing to fight for? what is their breaking point? - and comes back to you as experience and character resources to be spent on future tests. For traditional roleplayers, it's a feedback loop that takes a bit of getting used to, but foregrounds your character and their place in the world like almonst nothing else. Torchbearer is a companion system to Burning Wheel that takes the original game's action and moves it into a deadly dungeon setting.
Complexity: high. It is strongly recommended that GMs wanting to run this be willing to walk their players through character creation personally.
You should play this if: You want a more realistic, grittier fantasy experience than D&D. You want to play in a system where your character's ideals play as much of a role in their development as their physical statistics.

Cortex Plus (Marvel Heroic, Smallville, Leverage, Firefly) - The Cortex+ system - a core system that has been adapted to several different licensed games - is a "narrativist" system, sitting halfway between a traditional roleplaying game and something like Fiasco. Instead of keeping track of concrete statistics like Strength or Wisdom, characters in Cortex+ are defined by what they're good at, and by what is likely to happen to them when they fail. You the player become a co-writer in this story, with abilities that let you affect its plot. Got caught stealing a painting and surrounded by dudes with guns? Spend a plot point and describe in flasbhack how you actually set up knockout gas bombs all oer the room hours ago. The specific variety of game to play - one of the existing licenses or a home-made variant - will be up to the GM and players.
Complexity: moderate. Learning the rules takes a bit, but actual gameplay is smooth and easy.
You should play this if: You enjoy any of those licensed worlds (Firefly et al) and want to play in them, or want a game with a high degree of narrative control for the players.

SPECIAL SNOWFLAKE - By choosing this option, you are saying that you're willing to be surprised and be matched up with a GM in your timezone who wants to run something not on this list. And I, personally, think that's an excellent idea. There are more great games out there than I could ever possibly list. Among the ones people have mentioned wanting to run for this event are the Japanese exploration game Ryutaama, the mystery-themed horror game Trail of Cthulhu (for a True Detective-like experience), or the fantasy Western Dogs in the Vineyard. GMs who want to make e case for their particular Special Snowflake are invited to post in the thread and tell us about it!

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  • LudiousLudious I just wanted a sandwich A temporally dislocated QuiznosRegistered User regular
    Oh Oh I want to sign up and I am ALL OF THOSE THINGS, especially that first bullet point, I am that one the most.

    I am in the CST timezone

    1. WoD
    2. Shadowrun
    3. D&D
    4. CoC
    5. M&M

  • ChanusChanus Ribbit! Registered User regular
    This is why you're the Best Jacob.

    **Winner Softest and Most Comfy Hugs Award Summer 2018**

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  • RMS OceanicRMS Oceanic Registered User regular
    Geth, roll 1d20+15 for how awesome Jacob is on a scale of 1 to 10

    how awesome Jacob is:
    1d20+15 18 [1d20=3]

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  • GonmunGonmun He keeps kickin' me in the dickRegistered User regular
    Gonna check into my schedule but definitely want to get in on this. I'll send a PM but just for folks to know I'm on Atlantic time (1 hr ahead of EST).

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  • DelmainDelmain Registered User regular
    Oh god, D&D is becoming CF.

    I'm so okay with this.

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  • Mike DangerMike Danger "Diane..." a place both wonderful and strangeRegistered User regular
    edited March 2014
    I'm with Gonmun, gotta ruminate on this one for a while due to Real Life, but I am interested

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  • a5ehrena5ehren AtlantaRegistered User regular
    I'll give it a shot, but my times are pretty limited.

  • descdesc the '87 stick up kids Registered User regular
    edited March 2014
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    ~ special snowflake reporting for duty ~

    I'll run Lady Blackbird

    Edit: or something else

    I will post a summary for the mandem this evening

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  • DasUberEdwardDasUberEdward Registered User regular
    I was going to come up with a list but that snowflake is adorable.

    I will Special Snowflake out in the Eastern time zone.

    you know. where we actually have snow @desc.

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  • MsAnthropyMsAnthropy Our Lady of Perpetual Mazes The CageRegistered User regular
    edited March 2014
    Alright, what the heck I will throw my hat into the GM-pool. Given time constraints and such I will likely lean on some modules, but I do heavily modify them as @jacobkosh can attest. My free-ish times are 7-11 CST on Tuesday or Thursday nights (depending on other game scheduling) or possibly Sunday afternoons.

    Here are things I would be willing to run:
    1. Special Snowflake - Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Before Ms. Summers' stint as the chosen one, another Slayer was called in the small college-town of Grizzly Peak, OR. Sure she and her friends can handle the vampires, wendigo and the assorted sorcerous ecoterrorists, but what about navigating the quirks of the local townsfolk? Recommended if... You dig Buffy/Angel (guh) or think Twin Peaks with more quips and kung-fu sounds awesome.
    2. Call of Cthulhu - Delta Green. Take the Mythos in the modern-ish (90s to present) day and add in a dollop of espionage and/or conspiracy-driven paranoia. Recommended if... The Mythos-meets-the-non-suck-bits-of-The X-Files sounds like fun.
    3. NWoD - Changeling the Lost would be my first choice, but I could also do Vampire or Hunter.
    4. 13th Age - I could run one (or more) of the Tales of the 13th Age modules or something Planescape.

    Edit: Oh, and Lady Blackbird is totally something I would like to play at some point.

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  • RichyRichy Registered User regular
    It's been years since a forum game... I'm down to try one.

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  • 21stCentury21stCentury A lovely pixel artist and gamecrafter [They/Them]Registered User regular
    Man, i hope this thing becomes a yearly thing.

    Because if so, I'm definitely running a game next year. This yeah, i don't think i could plan a game, but next year? i should be able... i have such ideas.

  • DeebaserDeebaser on my way to work in a suit and a tie Ahhhh...come on fucking guyRegistered User regular
    EST
    1. WoD (awww yeah. VTM:Bloodlines with dice what what)
    2. Shadowrun (the sega genesis game was the tits)
    3. CoC
    4. Burning Wheel (vanguard speaks highly of it)

    no D&D, that's nerd shit.

    YOLO. Swag. Whatever. Fuck it. Lets do this.
  • GonmunGonmun He keeps kickin' me in the dickRegistered User regular
    Just sent you a PM Jacob. :)

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  • skippydumptruckskippydumptruck and yet it moves Registered User regular
    !SIGN UP

    I am in Pacific timezone, I could be avail from 6pm on during weeknights

    um in order of what I am interested in I guess

    1) New World of Darkness (I will play whatever but the weird ones are most appealing like the mummy thing or the golem game)
    2) Special Snowflake (SURPRISE ME)
    3) Burning Wheel (I like grit)
    4) Fiasco (idk this sounds interesting if the setting is cool)
    5) Shadowrun (I am playing this in computer format right now and it is fun)

    I have 0 experience with pnp role playing besides video games like baldur's gate and stuff

  • skippydumptruckskippydumptruck and yet it moves Registered User regular
    also one of you should run planescape or dark sun or ravenloft for us :3

  • MsAnthropyMsAnthropy Our Lady of Perpetual Mazes The CageRegistered User regular
    also one of you should run planescape or dark sun or ravenloft for us :3

    I could totally do Planescape with 13th Age.

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  • ChanusChanus Ribbit! Registered User regular
    if someone runs planescape or dark sun i will use all of my brain power to not be a flaky flakerson and play that game

    i will play that game

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  • simonwolfsimonwolf i'm in love with your brother what's his nameRegistered User regular
    I'll write up a post later, but I'll be joining desc in running a ~Special Snowflake~ game, mine being one of the games Jacob grossly misspelled in his OP - Ryuutama, aka Hayao Miyazaki's Oregon Trail.

    I might also run Lady Blackbird as well? We'll see!

  • JacobkoshJacobkosh Gamble a stamp. I can show you how to be a real man!Moderator mod
    I think you'll find that I sexily misspelled it

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  • ThomamelasThomamelas Only one man can kill this many Russians. Bring his guitar to me! Registered User regular
    So I've submitted the games I'm offering to GM to Jacob. And I'm here to sell you on my special snowflake, Dogs in the Vineyard. Much like some of the other offerings, you'll be playing someone whose job it is to right wrongs, and prevent evil. But it's not a game about killing everyone you meet and taking their loot. It's about the conflicts you encounter. Your characters have absolute moral authority but how do you use it? Do you strike down the shopkeeper giving short measure? Can you talk him out of it?

  • DelmainDelmain Registered User regular
    So I was thinking...

    I don't think it'd be possible to really run a Dresden Files game right in four sessions. Unless, I guess, the DM just did the whole "session one is everyone collectively builds the world" thing himself and provided a city and pre-made characters.

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  • 21stCentury21stCentury A lovely pixel artist and gamecrafter [They/Them]Registered User regular
    Delmain wrote: »
    So I was thinking...

    I don't think it'd be possible to really run a Dresden Files game right in four sessions. Unless, I guess, the DM just did the whole "session one is everyone collectively builds the world" thing himself and provided a city and pre-made characters.

    Yeah, the fact that chargen takes a session is probably why FATE isn't included in those options.

  • Element BrianElement Brian Peanut Butter Shill Registered User regular
    I have never played D&D

    my closest experience with it is from the d&d episode of community

    should i play?

    someone roll a die for me

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  • GonmunGonmun He keeps kickin' me in the dickRegistered User regular
    edited March 2014
    Hmm dice don't like to work on mobile

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  • MazzyxMazzyx Comedy Gold Registered User regular
    edited March 2014
    Geth roll 1d20

    I have thrown in my hat in for the dm and player positions. DM ideas are spinning as we speak.

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  • PowerpuppiesPowerpuppies Registered User regular
    I have never played D&D

    my closest experience with it is from the d&d episode of community

    should i play?

    someone roll a die for me

    Play something better

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  • joshofalltradesjoshofalltrades 地獄のようにかわいい あなたは嫉妬深いかRegistered User regular
    I definitely don't have four consecutive hours to do this, unfortunately. I had another idea, though.

    If one of the groups was interested, they could save their chat logs and email them to me. I could then write them up in novella format for other forumers to read and (hopefully) be entertained by.

    Thoughts?

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  • PantsBPantsB Registered User regular
    I'm EST, I'm available a lot of days after 10PM but also other times. I've sat in on a few sessions and I'm not totally n00b in terms of mechanics, but I've only ever done like 1 campaign of D&D with my childhood best friend and my little sister (obviously it was not that sophisticated)

    1 Shadowrun
    2 WoD
    3 D&D
    4 I'd be open to the others but those I'm at least familiar with

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  • RMS OceanicRMS Oceanic Registered User regular
    I've already signed up, but I thought I should lay out what I'm pitching.

    As a player, I confess my system experience to be painfully limited: 3.5 D&D. This means I could pick up 3.5, Pathfinder or maybe 13th Age in a pinch.

    However to avoid limiting myself, as autismabetics are wont to do, I am expressing interest in trying Shadowrun, Call of Cthulhu or Mutants & Masterminds, although I will be a complete newbie and need help to participate.

    As a GM, well I'm not about to run a Shadowrun game. I confess I've had no prior experience running a game, so this would be my first. Pretty much D&D/Pathfinder for me. One wrinkle is if there is sufficient interest, I would make the game a Gestalt Campaign, which is basically when everyone fuses two classes together, and can be ported to Pathfinder with minimal grief.

    Also I'm GMT oriented, weekday evenings and anytime at the weekend are my preferred hours. I may be able to work outside this with a little planning.

  • Rear Admiral ChocoRear Admiral Choco Registered User regular
    edited March 2014
    Ooh, I want to get in on this! I'm anticipating picking up a new job that may make scheduling more difficult, but generally I'm thinking 6:30 to 10:30 EST is a timeslot that will work regardless of whether I land it or not.

    I'd love to try playing Shadowrun or Call of Cthulu if anyone else will be running it! Any type of D&D also sounds nice.

    I'm willing to run a couple different systems, as well. My pet system is the Warhammer 40K RPG series, and I'd love to run one of the older modules using the updated ruleset for Dark Heresy. To explain it briefly, you're investigators hunting down rebels, cultists, aliens, and/or mutants in the distant future in the service of humanity. There's a kind of gothic visual aesthetic to the 40K setting, at least as far as the Imperium of Man goes, and humanity as a whole worships their emperor with religious fervor. It's an odd setting if you're not familiar with it, but it's pretty fun to mess around in. It tends to be fairly dark thematically, at least in the sense that humanity is fighting a losing battle to survive, but I tend not to play that up too much. If any prospective players are familiar with Abnett's 40K books, I shoot more for that pulpy kind of tone than grimdark.

    I'd also be willing to try running Savage Worlds online, though I don't have a particular setting or adventure idea in my head for that ruleset yet. We'll see what I can get rattling around in my head! Savage Worlds is basically one of the more fun systems I've experienced. It's a bit tricky for me to describe what makes it such an appealing system given that I love it after playing more mechanics-heavy games and it's a very light system by comparison to, say, D&D, but it's tagline is Fast! Furious! Fun! and it really lives up to that description. Combat goes hard and fast, and dudes get dropped like crazy. The mechanics lend to very simple gameplay while allowing for some creative tricks, as well. It's well suited to basically any high-action setting you could think of, such as generic high fantasy, space opera, or pulp adventure.

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  • JacobkoshJacobkosh Gamble a stamp. I can show you how to be a real man!Moderator mod
    I definitely don't have four consecutive hours to do this, unfortunately. I had another idea, though.

    If one of the groups was interested, they could save their chat logs and email them to me. I could then write them up in novella format for other forumers to read and (hopefully) be entertained by.

    Thoughts?

    I think this is a fantastic idea.

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  • JacobkoshJacobkosh Gamble a stamp. I can show you how to be a real man!Moderator mod
    Also, I am still collecting applications and still entering them into el spreadsheet. Keep 'em coming! Signups will remain open until next Friday, at which point I will unsticky this thread and take a few days to put groups together.

  • Rear Admiral ChocoRear Admiral Choco Registered User regular
    edited March 2014
    Just to condense everything for ease:

    I'm willing to play:
    Shadowrun
    Call of Cthulu
    Warhammer Fantasy Battle
    D&D


    I'm willing to run:
    Dark Heresy
    Savage Worlds

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  • LoserForHireXLoserForHireX Registered User regular
    edited March 2014
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    I'd rather run a game than play in one. I'm apparently the most special snowflake, because most of the stuff I like isn't on the list...

    Things what I will run

    oWoD - Essentially anything, though I skew towards Vampire, Hunter, and Demon
    nWoD - Changeling
    Warhammer Fantasy - 2nd Ed, not the new stuff. I have no clue how the new one works.
    Warhammer 40k - Either Deathwatch or Only War
    AEG - Either L5R (4th Edition), or 7th Sea
    Scion - Uses the Exalted (2nd ed) system
    Exalted - Maybe, this is my most shaky one, but there are some things that I like about it, so I think that I would enjoy running it.

    Things what I will play
    Anything that I will run I will play.

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  • JacobkoshJacobkosh Gamble a stamp. I can show you how to be a real man!Moderator mod
    RESULTS SO FAR:

    I've gotten a good response and I think we will be able to put together at least six full groups if not more.

    Amusingly, the situation I feared - not enough people wanting/willing to GM - has been turned on its head. Congratulate yourselves, PA D&D, because in the world of PnP gaming you stand out as selfless and also a bit weird! :rotate: Something like half of responders so far have indicated a willingness to GM a game.

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  • Moridin889Moridin889 Registered User regular
    Jacobkosh wrote: »
    RESULTS SO FAR:

    I've gotten a good response and I think we will be able to put together at least six full groups if not more.

    Amusingly, the situation I feared - not enough people wanting/willing to GM - has been turned on its head. Congratulate yourselves, PA D&D, because in the world of PnP gaming you stand out as selfless and also a bit weird! :rotate: Something like half of responders so far have indicated a willingness to GM a game.

    I GM for my own group. The internet is for being lazy

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  • LoserForHireXLoserForHireX Registered User regular
    Jacobkosh wrote: »
    RESULTS SO FAR:

    I've gotten a good response and I think we will be able to put together at least six full groups if not more.

    Amusingly, the situation I feared - not enough people wanting/willing to GM - has been turned on its head. Congratulate yourselves, PA D&D, because in the world of PnP gaming you stand out as selfless and also a bit weird! :rotate: Something like half of responders so far have indicated a willingness to GM a game.

    I am a much better GM than I am a player. I think as a player I just end up restless...

    I kind of feel sorry for people who run games for me.

    "The only way to get rid of a temptation is to give into it." - Oscar Wilde
    "We believe in the people and their 'wisdom' as if there was some special secret entrance to knowledge that barred to anyone who had ever learned anything." - Friedrich Nietzsche
  • Rear Admiral ChocoRear Admiral Choco Registered User regular
    edited March 2014
    Ooh, Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay never occurred to me. I'll be down for that if there are enough free slots.

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  • ScooterScooter Registered User regular
    edited March 2014
    I can see the GM representation is already pretty strong, but I do have a semi-*SPECIAL SNOWFLAKE* proposal to toss in the ring. I currently run a Cortex-Firefly system game in a custom sci-fi setting on Sundays. I suppose it could possibly be said to be somewhere on a setting scale between Firefly and Mass Effect, players are crew of a small ship but the universe is much larger and weirder. While I don't really have the energy to GM two completely different games, I would be interested in trying it out with a second group on not-Sundays for a few weeks.

    We happen to have a complete wiki explaining the setting I can PM if anyone wants to know more. Name of the game is Sideralis.

    Edit: I feel like I should probably put in a bit more info about the game here, so I'll do so in a spoiler:
    10,000 years ago, a mysterious precursor-type species called Gatekeepers placed Gates on Earth that allowed primitive humans to spread to dozens of other planets in the galaxy. And then, suddenly, Earth's Gates vanished, and these dozens of tribes were cut off. Furthermore, the Gates genetically modify passengers so as to adapt to their new worlds.

    Jump to a few hundred years in the future: Earth-based humanity has invented FTL flight, and suddenly run into these completely forgotten offshoot worlds, who for their part had turned Earth into a religious myth. A little more time goes by, and Earth and its colony worlds have raised up the 'Sideralis' worlds to almost equivalent levels of tech. To help in that task, players work for a for-hire company that takes on space-based jobs that Sideralis worlds may not have the capability to do: transport, salvage, search and rescue, and so on. Players can be Earthicans, colonists, Sideralis (who come in dozens of humanoid flavors), cyborgs, or AI.

    It draws on a lot of different settings for inspiration, including Firefly, Mass Effect, Stargate, Farscape, and probably a little more.

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