ADVENTURE STARTED - RECRUITMENT CLOSED
More details about the world are up, once the game starts I'll let people with specific background and educations know more details about each of the lands, or alternately ask them if they could fill in the blanks. I'll try to get around to making a simple map in MS paint or something.
Recruitment till Sunday: At that point if not all roles are filled I'll give first dibs to any people doubled up with others. If I have more people than I need I'll give precedence to people not playing in a DnD game right now. And if I'm still short I'll leave recruitment up for a couple more days till it fills up, first come first serve at that point, most likely.
If anyone has ideas for where their character came from, villages, training, orders, schools, families, whatever. Please PM them to me or post them in this thread, I'll incorporate as many as I can, I have a basic skeletal world I need it filled and personalized by my players.
The first thing I thought of when I saw RPG's and DnD was "Finally, I get to be the prince who rescues the princess, yet most games have different goals.
I'm posting this to test the waters on whether there is interest in something like this, whether there are games like this, whether its a stupid idea or over done idea, etc.
Finally more specifically if there is interest would you mind a first time GM.
World: Basically a fairy tale world, primarily human based society but there are definitely all the other types of races around. Magical creatures are around but not overly abundant, they need to be searched for or found by luck.
North, East, Crystal, West, and South.
Crystal Kingdom: A mix of forests, rolling hills, meadows, steams, lakes, and a few odd mountains. In the long past known to be a war torn place due to being in the center of the 4 larger (geographically) Kingdoms. It now is peaceful and prosperous due to its alliances with the East and South which it maintains through trade. The Crystal Kingdom is the richest in resources, especially rare metals and gems. It is not uncommon for families to have wealth in gems instead of gold.
Primary Races: Human and Elven are most populous but all races are strongly represented.
The North is mysterious and silent. Very little goes to and from the North. Although part of it is frozen constantly and creatures stereotyped as evil appear to be more common as you approach the North.
East: Don't know much about it, anyone who has ideas let me know. It is allied with the Crystal Kingdom.
South: Same as East, I hope that players will help make these two Kingdoms interesting. I have some ideas but I want to see if their is interest among players to help with the world building.
The West is a barren, desert land with several oasis where cities have sprung up. Due to the difficult conditions experienced when traveling city to city, no one ruler has held control of the entire kingdom. The most abundant races are Orc and Warforged.
If anyone wishes to use this information in their backgrounds, go ahead. I hope I'm not contradicting anyone's background. I hope to use the backgrounds of the characters to better sketch out the world.
Game Mechanics: I am PHB, PHB 2 kind of guy, anything outside of that needs to be spelled out to me and it would mean I'd have to go out and get the books or magazines.
Story Idea is belowThe Tale of A Dragon, A Princess, and Adventure
By Midar Atrab: StoryTeller of Fern Abbey
Once upon a time in a land of rolling green hills and large crystal lakes there lived a beautiful princess. Her hair shone like the sun a brilliant gold. She was young and very beautiful. She was the apple of her father’s eye and he loved her very much. He was the King of the land as far as the eye could see and his palace stood on a hill and its crystal towers stretched into the sky. The country lived in peace and prosperity for many years.
Then on the princesses 19th birthday, also her wedding day a terrible event came to pass. While the all the knights were occupied in the grounds below with maintaining order as huge crowds gathered to see the wedding and the prince was according to custom preparing for the wedding across the castle in another tower, there came from the North a dragon. No one had ever seen him before; no one even suspected any dragons were left. He was massive he was larger than a hundred horses and had 3 heads. He glimmered in the sun, his scales a brilliant blue. He breathed cold, blue clouds from which snow started to fall and his eyes were like frozen lakes that made even the hardiest of knights freeze where they stood. In a matter of moments the dragon landed in the grounds, crushing tables, chairs, and men with the same ease. His center head reached into the princess’s window and immediately came out holding the princess.
Perhaps it was fear, perhaps it was courage, but the princess did not scream or panic. The dragon placed the princes upon his neck and took off, ignoring the few sword blades of the slowly recovering soldiers below. Flapping his wings the dragon floated through the air disappearing as quickly as he appeared, becoming a tiny point of blue on the Northern horizon.
Even before the dragon was fully gone activity began with earnest. Not wasting any time the King called for a party to rescue the princess. First of course to yell that he was going was the groom, a young prince, others quickly added their voice. The King wisely picked a group to accompany the prince, the wedding was put on hold and instead the event was called off to give the party a chance to pack and get to know one another. The following day the party set off, it would take a day or so to cross the territory that belonged to the king but then they would enter the unknown lands to the North; danger, exotic places, magical creatures, and adventure awaited….
I'd be looking for a Prince and then another 3 - 4 characters.
I'm open to suggested level starts although I think low level start of even 1st level won't matter as I don't plan on making the dragon something something the players fight, or if they do I'll just reskin a crocadile or something.
I'll post more guidelines if my idea doesn't get immediately shot down.
- Use PHB 1 and 2 if you go outside that just let me know what it is that you took from elsewhere so I at some point try and find it in my books.
- 22 - Point-Buy, Character sheets from DnD Character creator would be great as then I don't need to do too much double checking, just post them on Orokos.com
- I'm stealing this from Squints Shadowfell and Beyond game
"Characters will begin with general equipment. You can do this using the Auto Buy button in the character generator, but it is basically: The best armor your character can wear (that isn't a magic item), the best weapon/implement combo (ex: dagger/orb for wizards, again not a magic item), adventurer's gear, and a ranged weapon choice for melee characters without magic - you will have 20 bullets/arrows or 5 daggers to throw or 3 javelins to throw."
- A level 1 magic item, if possible describe how it was acquired in your background <- thats a suggestion not a requirement.
- Multiple submissions are fine, I'll be looking to A) Get people playing who aren't yet
Fill all the positions C) How well the character fits in with the others, and how well it fits with my idea of the world.
Player - Character - Class
Crimson Phantom - Erdan Arwein, Elf Archery Instructor.
3clipse - Jamie Calrion, Noble Duelist and Lovable Scoundrel
Alkey42 - Prince William Lancaster, Crown Prince of the Realm
mightyjongyo - Zellan, human paladin of Avandra
Kilroy - Ottellyn "Otter", Gnome Wizard and Castle Librarian