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    HaikufrenzyHaikufrenzy Registered User regular
    edited March 2008
    Ah well fair enough... I need to stop trying to read these messages when either in a hurry or sleepy...

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    PeasantDavePeasantDave Jersey ShoreRegistered User regular
    edited March 2008
    Although I don't know if I'll be able to commit to playing/DMing at this time, I'm definitely going to be watching this thread because this is an awesome idea. I have DMed some largish campaigns (~20 people) and have been playing through all of these editions, feel free to IM me to bounce some ideas off of me. These could be logistical or campaign questions, if I get involved in the plot, I promise to not spoil anything ;).

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    VeeveeVeevee WisconsinRegistered User regular
    edited March 2008
    As someone who has never actually played a game of D&D, but has always wanted to, would it be possible to join in on the fun as a player?

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    HaikufrenzyHaikufrenzy Registered User regular
    edited March 2008
    Well you'll have to be educated first on how to play, but after that I don't see why not.

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    firewallenderfirewallender Registered User regular
    edited March 2008
    I'm all over this like white on rice. Or, brown on rice, if you prefer a healthier alternative.

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    VThornheartVThornheart Registered User regular
    edited March 2008
    Aye, let us know when you decide the scenario and such. I'm thinking of playing a completely non-conventional (i.e. non-maxed out, or crippled in some severe way) character to see how long I can keep his unskilled butt alive. Adds to the roleplaying flava'. =)

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    DrainDrain [E] Tabletop Manager SeattleRegistered User regular
    edited March 2008
    Aye. I just popped in here to sign up for PAX and was sucked in by this.

    I voted for 2nd Ed because that is what I cut my teeth on. I would volunteer to DM but I'm sorry to say I suck.

    But I will join your campaign!

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    SlickShughesSlickShughes Registered User regular
    edited March 2008
    Got my hands on an old AD&D first ed PHB over the weekend and will begin pouring over it tonight. Aside from my personal preference for something more modern, my quick review of the old book brought two issues to my attention.

    1: Older ed rules are a pain in the ass! I forgot how much I rely on being able to associate any action with a skill/ability check/attack/save and the player just rolls a d20 and adds the appropriate mod. Single unifying mechanic makes for happy DMs. Oh and a sub issue with this: 18/00 str. All ability scores having a unifyied (and linear!) scale makes me happy as well.

    2: How are we going to get our hands on enough books to run this? Especially if we have people generating characters on their own ahead of time, there's no garuntee that every player will get luck and find a copy in the used game bin like I did.

    OK, I end my complaints here. I'm sure no one wants to have me constantly complain about this, and I know it would get old fast, so I will bow the will of the people, and I'll work with whatever is their choice. I just want informed voters.

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    dyaballikldyaballikl PAX Main Theatre House & Security Manager • PAX Community Cartographer Gold Coast QLD AustraliaRegistered User regular
    edited March 2008
    never played before, but i'd love to play!

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    lordthandalordthanda Registered User regular
    edited March 2008
    I would suggest that once this reaches a certain point, a website would be a good thing to put up. You need to start getting a more official list of how many participants you're going to have, and then you need to figure out how many DMs you'll need to handle that many people.

    Oh, and I'd love to play in this.

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    HaikufrenzyHaikufrenzy Registered User regular
    edited March 2008
    lordthanda wrote: »
    I would suggest that once this reaches a certain point, a website would be a good thing to put up. You need to start getting a more official list of how many participants you're going to have, and then you need to figure out how many DMs you'll need to handle that many people.

    Oh, and I'd love to play in this.

    This is right now the plan, since as of right now I'm very sure there is going to be a big amount of people involved for this.

    Right now though myself, Robert, Amber, and Mike are all going over the basic stuff in terms of location for the event, the event's storyline, the basic stuff.

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    ArghetlamArghetlam Registered User regular
    edited March 2008
    I'm totally up for this. My cursed dice on the other hand. . .

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    ZankaboZankabo Registered User regular
    edited March 2008
    huh.. I think I have the AD&D 1st edition rules sitting around here somewhere.. and have my old D&D boxes to.. gods.. the fun I had playin / DMing D&D..

    But yes, the things they did in 3.0 and higher did make the game flow a lot smoother.

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    neferioneferio Registered User regular
    edited March 2008
    woot first person to vote 3.0. anyways the game quest should be something about finding the magical land or opening the magical gate to, dun dun dunnnnn arcadia

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    TNTrooperTNTrooper Registered User regular
    edited March 2008
    Gary Gygax better be making an appearance as an NPC in some way.

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    HaikufrenzyHaikufrenzy Registered User regular
    edited March 2008
    Alright, time to cough up the bad news...

    So in my talking with the PAX officials, turns out that the possibility of this event won't work on one basic principle. Simply that the convention center doesn't really have the right room or area that would work for something of this magnitude. So the idea of a world record breaking game is out.

    Is isn't to say however, that PAX will go without a special tribute to Gary Gygax. It's just that with the way things are, this idea just wouldn't work.

    So while I try to whip up some new ideas, feel free to pitch some ideas on here as well. Even if it couldn't work, a part of it can defiantly be used.

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    VThornheartVThornheart Registered User regular
    edited March 2008
    Well, if we can't have a "formal" game due to the space, should we do a LARP idea? Then everyone could just roleplay as they're walking around, no space limitation. =)

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    SlickShughesSlickShughes Registered User regular
    edited March 2008
    Well, if we can't have a "formal" game due to the space, should we do a LARP idea? Then everyone could just roleplay as they're walking around, no space limitation. =)

    Being a purist, I've got to throw in that D&D =/= LARP, lest you want to be seen as SCA or NERO whackos running around with foam swords and throwing bean bags at each other. Even then it's not the same as D&D. I love LARPing, but the whole pen and paper, sitting around a table, cheetos and Mountain Dew vibe is really what I love about D&D.

    I'd still love to run a pick-up D&D game, I've got some ideas that fit with what the will of the people was on the poll - the dreaded first ed - but it would take a long-ish amount of time and I don't know how much of my con time I want to devote to this. Not that I don't love D&D, but there's so much more to do at PAX - or so I'm lead to believe, this being my first year. Speaking of which, how does the tabletop area work? Can you just grab a table, start a game up and people will wander over? Or are there signup sheets, or are there prearranged games or whatnot?

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    Moe FwackyMoe Fwacky Right Here, Right Now Drives a BuickModerator Mod Emeritus
    edited March 2008
    Don't feel obliged to adhere to the poll when making your decision. If you're running this thing, don't feel bad about picking second or third most popular on the list if it's going to be four or five times easier for you.

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    SlickShughesSlickShughes Registered User regular
    edited March 2008
    Moe Fwacky wrote: »
    Don't feel obliged to adhere to the poll when making your decision. If you're running this thing, don't feel bad about picking second or third most popular on the list if it's going to be four or five times easier for you.

    *nod*

    I felt bound by it when we were trying to get record numbers of participants. If people thought they were going to play 1st ed as a tribute/would only show up if it was 1st ed, I let that sway me. At this point, it just looks like a relativly small pickup game style thing, I'll do what I please.

    Current idea: running combat for a few hours, near infinately spawning monsters, players allowed to respawn/grab a new pregen when they die, new comers welcome at any time by just picking up a pregen and rolling init. I'd track rounds survived, damage done, mobs killed, deaths, etc.; maybe even give out prizes. Opinions?

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    Deanbassist18Deanbassist18 Registered User new member
    edited March 2008
    I like that idea SlickShughes, I'd definately play it. Not as much adventure as just high octane kill thrill.

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    SlickShughesSlickShughes Registered User regular
    edited March 2008
    I like that idea SlickShughes, I'd definately play it. Not as much adventure as just high octane kill thrill.

    Yeah, I can't really imagine a scenario where you could get any decent RP out of 4 hours of gaming with players you've never met before and who's play styles you're unfamiliar with. But guiltless mass killing is fun as hell sometimes.

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    sakanasakana Registered User regular
    edited March 2008
    I like that idea SlickShughes, I'd definately play it. Not as much adventure as just high octane kill thrill.

    Yeah, I can't really imagine a scenario where you could get any decent RP out of 4 hours of gaming with players you've never met before and who's play styles you're unfamiliar with. But guiltless mass killing is fun as hell sometimes.

    I really dig your idea for the very reasons you stated - pick up RPing can be awkward, but I can't name anyone who'd be too shy about chopping down bitches with their axe.

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