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    I guess mechanics wise, not sure how to do it on a forum. Are there any specific formats/conventions used for a forum interface for gameplay?

    (Like Mafia -- it has its own list of conventions and rules that are standardized.)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Totenkindly View Post
    I guess mechanics wise, not sure how to do it on a forum. Are there any specific formats/conventions used for a forum interface for gameplay?

    (Like Mafia -- it has its own list of conventions and rules that are standardized.)
    The closest I would think would be a Westmarches style game. Otherwise take all the difficulties of putting an irl group together and magnify them times internet.
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    Funniest thing ever last night:

    We got attacked by a ragtag NPC mercenary group that wanted to swipe the sacrifice we were escorting, to deliver the sacrifice themselves and receive the stipend.

    One of them was wearing wizard robes, so I was like, "Sigh, this could suck" -- until standoff negotiations broke off and a battle broke out.

    The wizard grabs a stone, cries "MAGIC STONE!" and hurls it at us across the distance. It whizzes over our heads. What the heck? We're focused more on the other people but burst out laughing when the wizard cries, "INVISIBILITY!" and drops to the ground to hide in the grass. You can see where this is going. Throughout this combat the wizard basically is crying out spell names and emulating spells but we can't actually see him using any actual magic. At one point he holds his hands in the air in supplication and yells "SANCTUARY!" And just stands there with his arms up. Of course we don't attack him, because he's not actually doing anything dangerous + we think he's actually pretty awesome. (Everyone else in my gaming group is male, and one of them even referred to this guy as "adorable." ROFL.)

    We ended up killing two of them including the leader, and subsumed the two others into our group (one of them being another PC who is playing my character's sister, so most of this standoff was us screaming at each other in outrage kinda like Nebula and Gamora from earlier iterations of the GotG movies). ["AMADAIA, WHAT THE HELL ARE YOU DOING? GET YOUR ASS OVER HERE BEFORE I COME OVER THERE AND KICK IT FOR YOU!" // "NO! I DON'T WANT TO! GIVE US THE SACRIFICE, WE CAN PROTECT HER BETTER, AMADAEA! HOW ARE YOU BTW" // "SO HELP ME GOD....! WHY ARE YOU BEING SUCK A JERK"] It was even funnier because we're both telepaths so we started out yelling at each other mentally (so no one else was aware), then it quickly went into screaming at each other across the field while everyone else on both side was WTF is going on, do these people even know each other?? Oh wait, they look exactly alike too. Note my character was hiding but screaming out from her hiding place, so.... not so hidden now.

    IN any case, my sister and the wizard (whose name is.... "Mage"... yeah...) joined up. Mage sold out fast, he refuses to give in at first and said he would destroy us with his magic if we didn't hand over the sacrifice "because I need gold!" ["Why do you need gold?" // "Because I want it!"], until we asked how much he wanted, and he asked for 6gp. So we said we'd double that, and he was like, "Oh! 10gp! Yes!!!!" (note: We are being offered 2000gp as a group to deliver the sacrifice) and then immediately turned on my sister and said he would use his magics on her if she didn't let "us" keep the sacrifice -- just a moment ago, they were on the same side -- and so she joined us too, and most of the rest of the night were the two sisters constantly bickering as we traveled to the next town.

    Anyway, "Mage" is hilarious and totally socially inept, stirring up trouble in the bar. At one point three peasants took him outside to mess him up, and he yelled "VICIOUS MOCKERY!" and took the other guy's fist when he swung at him, then knocked him out with his own fist. (ONe of our other players did it later with him to "test" him and discovered there of course was no magic involved, as he was getting beat in the face by his own first.) Mage has a spellbook but it's just full of skeevy stick figure pictures of people in pointy hats and other really sleazy stuff. He woke up the next morning and was like, "Gotta go learn my spells" and headed to the outhouse to "study his book." This is only some of the things he said and did, but the possibilities are endless. Our druid was talking about suiciding so he could play Mage instead.

    I think it's one of our favorite five NPCs ever. If he gets killed, we'll be very sad.
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    Mage apparently also knows how to cast Leomund's Tiny Hut. ("TINY HUT!" Mage shouts, then creates a blanket fort on his bedroll.) And Fireball -- he apparently carries what amounts to a molotov cocktail on him. I think his only magic item is his belt pouch, where he seems to carry an inexhaustible amount of rocks to use for his "MAGIC STONE!" and "CATAPULT!" err "spells".

    I love his "CONTROL WEATHER" spell rationalization too. "Yeah, well, sometimes it doesn't work right away, but eventually things clear up."

    What was really sick last night was that we got jumped by four wights in plate on the open dark road, and half the players were out, and it turned out his "magic stones" which weren't even magical were doing among the highest amount of damage in the group because their AC was high and we couldn't roll worth crap.
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    [party defeats the BBEG, and the mansion starts collapsing. Varekan, my puny, frail mage, starts running and rolling DEX saves for his life]

    Ishtar, the lunatic party tiefling bard: WHY ARE YOU RUNNING?! YOU HAVE ARMOR!!
    Varekan: MAGE ARMOR DOESN'T PROTECT FROM FALLING BUILDINGS

    Another; the party is fighting a transparent giant water serpent hidden in a body of water. We can't see it, and we're all being pretty useless about hitting it. Varekan is an Evocation wizard with primarily fire spells, and even so, his spellbook is missing. We've had to protect our suicidal bard from trying to cast Verbal spells IN the water. The party rogue, Bianca, thinks of an idea to get the monster out of the water.

    Bianca, to the DM: Can I provoke the monster?
    Varekan: Provoke water???
    DM: It's not even a serpent or anything. It's just water.
    Varekan: YOU ARE TASTELESS
    Jake: TRANSPARENT
    Bianca: I DRINK YOU 10 TIMES A DAY
    Jake: I LIKE COKE BETTER
    [rolls]
    DM: It... FAILS! The water serpent does not speak Common!
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    Its existence had been completely unknown because it lived so high in the sky.
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    Okay, so sexuality in RPGs. My one group, I think only rarely have things ever gone in that direction. (Light flirting, all romanticized, nothing steamy.)

    In my other (weekly) group, and note I play just female characters so it is from that perspective, only about 3 out of my 12 characters have ever ventured along that route.

    - Molly was white-trash gruff and not much of a proper lady halfling at all (she'd be drinking cheap beer and playing pool and smoking in the bars, the only girl in the place, in our world), but she had a romantic heart and swooned once over this halfling older nobleman who treated her kindly. She just was not from that sphere of life, but she was internally gushy over "somewhere that's green" picket-fence fantasies and it was endearing to play her as clumsily trying to win him over. (He treated her gently so she felt good about it all but of course he didn't want to go that route.) So you'd think she could go that route but actually was an internal romantic -- romance, not sex.

    - Ada was my badass athletic blaster from Aberrant (she could turn into living coldfire, like the cold version of the Human Torch). She was very aggressive and bisexual (very clearly in my mind), would have been into group activities if the party swung that way, and pretty much a dom happy enough to punish any willing submissive. The adventure never ran that way, we were mostly off-world, but it wouldn't have been shocking if an opportunity presented itself. It's just she was also more of a 'business before pleasure' person.

    - Amadaea, my high elf mystic archer merged with the dragon spirit, is perfectly willing to indulge herself whenever she feels like it... although she's entirely straight even if aggressive and free-spirited. We've had three sessions so far, and traveled to about 6-7 towns, and twice already she has hooked up without shame or remorse, in an overt and aggressive manner. The first sessions, she intimidated an older elf noble up to her room after taking charge on the dance floor; the poor guy never stood a chance. Now last night she had to blatantly ask for a courtesan from a hotel manager (because he was too naive to understand what she was asking for), and she also wanted a nice dress so she paid good gold for an elegant hot dress to wear -- and was up all night doing shark-fin blow and rocking the casbah with this exotic looking dark elf until her sister finally took her pillow and blankets and went to sleep in a different room. She literally got 30 mins of sleep and spent the next day of travel laying in the back of the wagon and telling people to flip off if they tried to get her to do anything. She's pretty much open to any experience and feels no remorse; she knows what she wants, and she takes it, even if it cleaned out all her personal stash of gold.

    It was just kind of funny since the group is typically amused but also awkward about where it goes. I don't think they seemed as awkward when another player's male character for a year-long campaign was the same way (our "rock star" tempest cleric who decided to juice his charisma). He was more quietly full of himself and liked to tout his name and image, but definitely was all up for picking up girls whenever anyone fawned over him. I mean, it's not like we're describing any of the actual activity, it's all about the "lead in", I just tend to think about it.... Maybe discomfort with sex in general? And especially when a female character is the one who is Type A and sexual? Dunno.

    Like I said, it's more of a roleplaying thing; I've played very chaste and/or "girl next door" characters as well. My gnome engineer is perhaps even completely oblivious to any sexual overtures of any kind.
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    the wizard cries, "INVISIBILITY!" and drops to the ground to hide in the grass.

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