A number of people have expressed interest in learning how to play DnD, and I wanted to brush up on the DMing rules, so I thought running a play by post game to teach people the basics would be a great idea. (And it is. It's great.)
Here's how this is going to work. You want to learn basics of DnD. You've never played before, and probably haven't even seen a rule book. Not a problem. You don't need one.
Play by post is very similar to a simple forum thread, with typed out actions instead of people sitting around talking. This slows things down some, but provided that every is able to use the English language intelligently (a big thing to ask, I know
) it should become clearer as all the steps are detailed in prose.
Instead of doing this here in OD&M, I'll be running the game at http://www.rpol.net
, a site with forum software specifically designed for roleplaying games. It has a built in dice bot, character info, and lots of cool private thread options. Go over there and look up a game under the fantasy section called Of Dice and Men. Register a username, and request to join the game. It's that simple.
Here are the rules. You've got to be new to DnD. This is to get you used to the way the system works. You don't need any books, but a copy of the Player's Handbook helps. For those who don't have it, we'll work together and get you a character. This is all about learning the rule mechanics while still having a fun time. There will be some basic situations setup so people can learn how skills, feats, and combat work.
All that said, this is going to be a pretty simple generic (in the real sense of the word genre) game. All characters are going to be of the classes and races in the PHB. There's going to be a restriction to Good alignments. There's not going to be tons of freedom here--this is going to be one of those classic dungeon crawl type games that everyone learns on.
If you're interested, head on over to www.rpol.net
and register. Request access to the game "Of Dice and Men" under the Fantasy heading. I'm looking for 4-6 players, and I've already got two. I'm looking for people able to post about once a day (though I may post a little less--there's a certain amount of player interaction that happens without a reply from the DM). Some days there will be less, some more. This will take a few weeks, even a month to really get going. Experience tells me that a short adventure will take 2-3 months real time at about a post a day from start to completion. We can always take it beyond that if everyone wants, but there isn't any obligation. This is just to learn how to play so you'll know how. You can expand your gaming horizons to the Local Game Store, IRC, other play by post/email games, and any other variations people want to run.
Looking forward to hearing from people.