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A new campaign? The World of the Eight Kings 
3rd-Jan-2005 01:00 pm
Disney-Mermaid MythandMagic
Hey there! I know I haven't been seen or heard from lately, but I've settled in my new town with my new job and I'm now trying to find something to entertain myself with. I was not impressed by the local gaming group here, and am thinking that I might like to start a little campaign of my own online. The setting would likely be the homeworld where my novel in progress is taking place. See, I've reached a point where I'm in a funk and don't know what is going to happen next in this epic adventure. I think it would be a lot of fun to follow the story as a D&D campaign and let the players shape the story in their image.

The question is, would any of you be interested? We would probably use either OpenRPG, a program made for playing tabletop games online, or a Mu* server owned by another friend of mine. Either way, the programs are free for download, so that wouldn't be a problem. I also love putting together webpages for the campaigns I run, which would include PC and NPC information, maps and experience points records. And finally, we could put together an LJ community of some kind to post people's character journals if you like.

At the moment, I'm thinking of starting it as a planehopping adventure, with the first PCs coming from Faerun or Krynn or some other D&D world. This would keep you all from having to face circumnstances where your character knows more than you do, and would allow me to explain the world to you as we go. There would be unique races to encounter as well, and if your original characters died, you'd be welcome to try out some of the new PC races.

So, what do you guys think? Any thoughts or suggestion would be welcome and I'd love to get something started if I have interested players!

(X-posted to dnd_women)
3rd-Jan-2005 07:59 pm (UTC)
i might like to give it a whirl although i don't know that i have a lot of time to devote to such a thing.
3rd-Jan-2005 08:06 pm (UTC)
I'd like to be involved. I think doing a campaign on LJ would be the first thing I'd like out of those options
3rd-Jan-2005 08:49 pm (UTC)
i'd definitely be interested in trying out dnd online. how long would sessions be?
3rd-Jan-2005 09:52 pm (UTC)
If it is done through LJ, or a messageboard. Then it's a "play by post". People would have more time essentially. I myself couldn't do a game in a MUSH or MUD, etc. because I'm busy with life. But a message board, though maybe a tad slower, is easily do-able
3rd-Jan-2005 09:56 pm (UTC)
I'd be interested, totally. I've never actually gotten to play DnD before simply because I don't know anyone who's into it, but online would be totally do-able. I'm just not entirely sure how free I'm going to be this coming semester but I should be able to judge that better once classes start in two weeks.
3rd-Jan-2005 09:58 pm (UTC)
I'd probably be interested in a play-by-post game (I could try out some different character ideas :p), but I don't think I have time for a real-time game.
3rd-Jan-2005 11:28 pm (UTC)
I'd be interested in running a play-by-post game for you all, but to be honest, I've never seen one. How is it done? What parts are left out or run differently than a tabletop? Combat or other initiative scenes? If you guys can explain to me how it's done, I'd be happy to give it a shot.
4th-Jan-2005 02:23 am (UTC)
Basically the DM posts something, and then the players respond with what they want to do:

DM: "You come to an intersection"
PC: "I goes right"
DM: "You see a monster"
PC: "I attack it."

Except a tad more detailed. The DM usually does all the roles and just gives the results. I'd show you an example except the game I'm in is on a closed board :p
4th-Jan-2005 02:28 am (UTC)
It just occured to me that since this is such an epic adventure, I might be up to running two consecutive campaigns - one for those of you who would prefer a play-by-post game, another for those of you who would prefer the more traditional online weekly game.

If I was still a student, I might worry about taking time out of my studies to prepare two adventures, but... well, I'm not a student anymore, am I? What else do I have to entertain myself with when I'm filing and scanning at work? Nothing, I tell you!

So, that said, how would you guys feel about that?
4th-Jan-2005 02:33 am (UTC)
Would work for me
4th-Jan-2005 04:29 am (UTC)
I'd be fine with a play-by-post game, as stated before. I think LJ would be a great place for that, and we could have in-character journals, if we wanted.
4th-Jan-2005 03:21 pm (UTC)
i'd be up for the online weekly game depending on timing.
4th-Jan-2005 01:35 am (UTC)
i'm interested. i've been disappointed by my D&D group's inability to meet the past couple months so i've been thinking about finding a campaign online and this sounds good! the only thing is that i've never played an online campaign before so i don't really know how it works but i'm sure it's not difficult.
4th-Jan-2005 01:50 am (UTC)
I'm in the exact same boat as Ricki, over there. In two weeks, once classes start, I'll have a better idea of how much free time I have. I'd like to do something "live" online, since I've been a DM for years and sorely miss playing a PC. It mainly depends how often you want to play, and when exactly. So I guess I'll take a number, an' jus' lemme know.
4th-Jan-2005 02:55 am (UTC)
I'd be interested! I would love to get a chance to actually play D&D every now and then rather than just DMing all the time. I would probably only be able to do a play-by-post game, though. Keep us posted!
4th-Jan-2005 03:07 am (UTC)
I would be interested to observe and help in the creative endeavors, but I know I won't have time for a campaign. I'm always interested in new worlds/settings.

As for play-by-post, there are several going on over on Planewalker. I helped rebuild the site. Anyway, most of the games over there are more free-form, but can be quite interesting.
A FAQ: click here
The main RP area: click here
One of the threads/games: click here
4th-Jan-2005 11:55 pm (UTC)
Okay! I'll work out some details and prepare a community (or two) where we can begin preparations. At the moment, here's how I see the two groups shaping up:

The play-by-post game will focus on roleplay between PCs, at least starting out. Once we get into a system of when I can check the posts the most and what we can really accomplish (since this is a totally new system for me), we'll see where we can go. The overall quest (at least to begin with) will be one of diplomacy, with the ultimate goal being to unite the races of Kelindar to face this new world-wide threat. The characters will be native to Kelindar and I will post information on the PC races as soon as I get them written up. Keep in mind that this world is still in the process of creation, so I'm hoping the more experienced of you can help me with stats/rules and I'm counting on everyone's creativity and roleplay to help keep us going.

The weekly campaign will take place at the same time, chronologically. This group will have a tiny bit more combat, at least at first. The PCs in this group will have come from another plane and will be unfamiliar with the unique culture of Kelindar, at least at first. I'm planning at the moment to use basic PHB races, with the understanding that when PCs die, players may chose to play a race from Kelindar that the party has encountered.

I'm still working on the details of how to keep both campaigns going, and at the same rate, but I think this is something we'll have to give a shot and see where it takes us. I'm really REALLY looking forward to both campaigns, and already have tons of ideas about what the overall "stories" will be. I just need to polish up the rules, hooks and other important things.

For now, start thinking about which game you would like to play. If you'd like to join us for the weekly online game, you can think about any of the PHB races and classes you'd like to play. That group will start around level 3, and we'll be using the 3.5 rules. The play-by-post group will be starting around level 7. I'll let you know for sure on that, as well as the details on the races you can chose from.

More to come shortly (have to go home first)
5th-Jan-2005 12:23 am (UTC)
(Okay, sorry the managers were locking up the store. Where was I? Oh, yes...)

As far as Kelindar classes, they are no different than your typical PhB classes. There may be a few unique ones, but I haven't written them yet, so don't worry about those. Also, I'm encouraging the play-by-post players to consider playing human, for several reasons. One, it makes it easier on me. Two, it makes it easier on the story. Again, if your character dies, you could then chose to play something different. For those of you who would really like to play a unique race, I will post the playable races on the play-by-post community when it is up, and you can inquire more about the race of your choice.

I think that's it for now. More information as I get my thoughts more organized. Til then, welcome to Kelindar!
5th-Jan-2005 03:54 am (UTC) - 'lo again.
I'm really interested in joining the weekly group, so I had a question. Will the PCs from that group all come from the same plane (Faerun, or something), or would we be free to choose our character's origin? As a DM, I have lots of original content that might be fun to infuse into the campaign through a PC. ^_^
5th-Jan-2005 04:12 am (UTC) - Re: 'lo again.
The answer is kind of twofold. Yes, the PCs will be coming from the same place. No, it's not a particular place. I'm doing this for the exact reasons you mention, because it allows the players to create their own backgrounds. So, your native plane won't be Krynn or Faerun, but some other place that is made up of all the character backgrounds the players write. I suppose we'll have to give it a name, but I'll leave that decision up to you, the players, to decide.
5th-Jan-2005 07:51 pm (UTC)
I'm pretty interested in the weekly group- please keep me informed as to times and progress so that I can (hopefully) be able to participate. I've never played an online version, but I'd definitely be interested in trying.

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