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Re: What's your current game doing?

Postby Ikoma » Mon Feb 03, 2020 6:50 pm

My interpretation is that the Factions give them (WotC) an easier way to give DMs hooks in their published campaign. NPC A belongs to the Zhentarim. So any PCs who belong as well have an immediate (theoretical) connection. Now all they have to do is make sure at least one NPC in the campaign belongs to each party and the DM has an easy way to make connections. Like most things in 5e, you don't have to use it. But it's there for you if you need it.
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Re: What's your current game doing?

Postby Leoff » Tue Feb 04, 2020 2:50 pm

We ended last session being escorted to the palace where one PC is to meet her fiancee (political marriage), along with the diseased and disabled advisor who had set it up, and having the guards and party accosted by black-clad figures shouting "Death to the traitor prince!" Once again we blithely split the party, Iakov flinging a guard at the assailants, grabbing up Pippa over one shoulder and the advisor under one arm, and taking off running; while Lorenzo and I were left to face the mob (and irritated guards). We started saying it with cobblestones and swords, but then I yelled "Food fight!" in the local language, and Lorenzo flung a mouldy grapefruit... We escaped in the ensuing fruity fracas.
I figured, what crowd of NPCs doesn't want a food fight?

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Re: What's your current game doing?

Postby Nny » Wed Feb 12, 2020 8:49 am

Been off the board a while, life, you know? I'd still check occasionally but haven't posted for a while.

Currently running a Edge of the Empire PbP on discord for a few other adults who love to game but aren't able to do it regularly.
Party is currently fighting creatures corrupted by the dark side outside an abandoned temple.
I'm at a bit of a loss but i got time...
Earlier, For the droid character, on a failed slice attempt with a triumph, i had a feedback surge unlock a memory of him being at this temple before, what he did, as well as "seeing" a holocron. I was trying to inform them of what defenses they needed to prepare for and know how many creatures there were. However, the way i worded the post, he interpreted this as him stealing the holocron previously.
This was actually going to be the mcguffin the party was going to obtain once they passed the (metaphorical) blow darts and snake pit. But he just whips the holocron out and displays it to the NPC later on.
This is his first time playing an rpg (I didn't know this when we started, i thought he was new to EotE), so OoC, i've had to get after him (gently, we are friends of course) on how even though you can do "anything" there's a structure we have to follow. He pulls out the holocron right afterwards. I couldn't find a way to undo it without sounding like a hypocrite. Me: "You can only act within the framework set up"
Droid: *acts within the framework laid out*
Me: *surprised pikachu*
He's annoying, but he's good for me as a GM. He's really not trying to be problematic on purpose!
Any thoughts on what would be at the heart of a Force temple that would have attracted the attention of the Empire before the Battle of Yavin?
The idea now is that there is a sith holocron exuding dark energy, and with out the jedi holocron there to balance, it is corrupting the surrounding area. Once they get it back, i want to be able to reward them with an item or items, but i cant think of an appropriate reward(s)!

This didn't start off as a request for help but there we are!

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Re: What's your current game doing?

Postby IronJelly » Fri Feb 28, 2020 4:34 pm

Last Night's Dresden (DFA) game was kind of wild. My players almost provoked a war when they got the Wyld Hunt to defend them against Uncle Sam and the Statue of Liberty. Uncle Sam summoned the avatars of a few former Presidents, and George HW Bush managed to shoot the WereBear (a PC), as well as use the Presidential Control over the Automotive Industry to summon a car to escape in that got commandeered to save the Huntmaster-In-Training's (another PC) Parents who randomly showed up to be a source of compels.

Great but weird fun, which is exactly what Fate is supposed to do. Next session they have to come up with either a way to return the Statue of Liberty to New York, or a convincing enough lie and/or glamour that nobody notices she's now buried in snow in Faerie.
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Re: What's your current game doing?

Postby Ikoma » Tue Mar 03, 2020 11:15 am

Got a fun roleplaying moment last session. One of the things the party has been trying to prevent is the giants are trying raise a sleeping god to fight on their side in this big war between the giants & dragons that is crushing the 'small folks' between them. We've been hot of the heels of this cloud giant wizard. Last session, we took her out and a bunch of her lackeys but we couldn't find the McGuffin. We track it to the surface (her lair was a giant sky castle - which we gave as loot to an NPC ally of ours) and had a big chase. The rest of the party got worried that we were being led into a trap. My PC did not care. We were close. We were not missing out on saving the day because we were scared. As a result, he got way ahead of the group (by being a lot reckless).

He got to the god's sleeping place just as the dead wizard's lieutenant woke the sleeping god. So it was me versus a sleeping god, a decently high level cloud giant monk/wizard and low level cloud giant rogue. Not gonna lie. Thought my PC might bite it. Cast Globe of Invulnerability (from a scroll) on himself to make him immune to magic 5th level and below (still expected to get hit from spells from the god that were higher but I did still have a couple castings of Counterpell left to try and deal with that). Cast Blink to reduce incoming physical damage by 50%. Used Burning Hands to light himself of fire so he would heal 1d6/2 per turn just in case - and would light people who hit him with melee weapons on fire. That's when we found out the god had other plans. He needs his magic artifact weapon (which our party recovered a couple of sessions ago - just in case! :twisted: - and was now in the hands of our dwarf cleric who was a few rounds behind me) and he 'ported out after speaking some cloud giant to the guy who woke him (which my PC does not speak).

In the end, we learned one important thing from the cloud giant monk/wizard... since it wasn't a titan who woke the god (it would have been had we not taken out the cloud giant wizard last session), the god is now 'mortal' on the prime material plane. IF we can beat him, we can stop the giants for good. But from where my PC sits, he was so terrifying, a god ran at the sight of him. And no one can convince him otherwise.
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Re: What's your current game doing?

Postby tombombodil » Tue Mar 03, 2020 11:46 am

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Re: What's your current game doing?

Postby Appollyon » Mon Mar 09, 2020 10:35 am

I was planning on running my first 5th edition DnD game. The first thing I said was that I wanted to stick to the PHB which got one person to immediately say that they were out. His argument was he had used that book since it came out and he was bored with it.

So, I caved, mostly because I didn't want drama. Now I've got another player throwing out a home brew variant on an existing feat, and I feel like I already failed before I started...

I see three roads ahead. One is to scrap DnD altogether, the second is to go back and enforce the original idea that I was comfortable with and draw the ire of a couple players and the 3rd is to let it ride and try to adjust. While the 1st sounds tempting, I'm probably kidding myself and will go with #3.

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Re: What's your current game doing?

Postby Lord Foul » Mon Mar 09, 2020 11:54 am

Appollyon wrote:I was planning on running my first 5th edition DnD game. The first thing I said was that I wanted to stick to the PHB which got one person to immediately say that they were out. His argument was he had used that book since it came out and he was bored with it.

So, I caved, mostly because I didn't want drama. Now I've got another player throwing out a home brew variant on an existing feat, and I feel like I already failed before I started...

I see three roads ahead. One is to scrap DnD altogether, the second is to go back and enforce the original idea that I was comfortable with and draw the ire of a couple players and the 3rd is to let it ride and try to adjust. While the 1st sounds tempting, I'm probably kidding myself and will go with #3.

There's a gulf between allowing certain additional material, such as splat books, and allowing any old home brew variation your players can think up. You haven't said what the first player wanted to keep them interested, but for the second I would tend not to allow that unless it lies within your own canon. It is your game and you do get to decide these things. I dislike when players start to think they 'own' the game to the extent that they can lay down the law like that.
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Re: What's your current game doing?

Postby Mikel » Mon Mar 09, 2020 9:04 pm

My Persona game has the players having rescued the first person from being a Fetch and they've returned to their high school, still at each other's throats but gradually working towards working together. The Coach, who has brought a few people into the Hedge, suspects them for appearing after one of his people was freed. Things are gonna get a bit hectic when they visit the guy they released.

My Invisible Sun game had them getting on the wrong side of the law in one District of the city, coming face to face with a shape-shifting killer, fleeing the scene, and then entering a library so large that people live in the stacks. One player took an 18 hour journey through the stacks and onto the side of a mountain to find the information he was looking for.
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Re: What's your current game doing?

Postby Leoff » Wed Apr 01, 2020 1:43 pm

We did something last night!
It's been about two months, what with one thing and another -- the month before all this isolation thing went downwas mostly devoted to one person of our group being in rehearsal in the lead role of a local musical. She was great. It was great. But no gaming.
So last night we got together a Google hangout and did a recap and move forward session. It was my first time roleplaying remotely. We were able to reconstruct the scene as we all remembered it, and move the plot forward. The party is still split, but not by much: Lorenzo and Bolgana are in the laundry room of the palace, but not locked in, aqnd about to leave; Pippa and Iakov are having tea with the vizier. We've all already made enough friends and enemies in the palace, within about two hours, to give out GM lots of plot hooks and mayhem. It's all very satisfactory.


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