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Title: D&D
Post by: Sir Alexandreu Davinescu on September 19, 2020, 11:24:10 AM
It recently came up in the immigration board that there are some folks interested in playing D&D.  I'd be happy to DM a one-shot in 5th edition just to start, using Foundry VTT.  It's okay if you're new, since I have a lot of experience with newbies and 5e is really remarkably easy to play.  Please post here if you'd be interested.  Play hours would be something like 8-11 pm EST on some weeknight or another, depending on scheduling.
Title: Re: D&D
Post by: Ian Plätschisch on September 19, 2020, 12:17:02 PM
I'd be interested.
Title: Re: D&D
Post by: Sir Alexandreu Davinescu on September 19, 2020, 12:30:34 PM
I'd be interested.
https://ddb.ac/campaigns/join/14069212913566449

You can start making a character if you'd like.  I have shared my DnDBeyond material with you.  Level 5.  All classes are okay except setting-specific ones (like the Critical Role classes).  Stick to the common races, please.
Title: Re: D&D
Post by: Istefan Perþonest on September 19, 2020, 04:52:17 PM
It recently came up in the immigration board that there are some folks interested in playing D&D.  I'd be happy to DM a one-shot in 5th edition just to start, using Foundry VTT.  It's okay if you're new, since I have a lot of experience with newbies and 5e is really remarkably easy to play.  Please post here if you'd be interested.  Play hours would be something like 8-11 pm EST on some weeknight or another, depending on scheduling.

Count me in.
Title: Re: D&D
Post by: Sir Alexandreu Davinescu on September 19, 2020, 10:10:20 PM
It recently came up in the immigration board that there are some folks interested in playing D&D.  I'd be happy to DM a one-shot in 5th edition just to start, using Foundry VTT.  It's okay if you're new, since I have a lot of experience with newbies and 5e is really remarkably easy to play.  Please post here if you'd be interested.  Play hours would be something like 8-11 pm EST on some weeknight or another, depending on scheduling.

Count me in.
Great!
Title: Re: D&D
Post by: Adam Grigoriu on September 19, 2020, 11:41:24 PM
I might be interested, though I have no experience with tabletop RPGs.
Title: Re: D&D
Post by: Txosuè Éiric Rôibeardescù on September 20, 2020, 07:05:51 AM
I totally down for this, level 1 start I assume? Or as its a one shot a few levels higher?
Title: Re: D&D
Post by: Sir Alexandreu Davinescu on September 20, 2020, 07:21:53 AM
You guys are both welcome! Because we're playing online, a microphone is required, and your computer can't be too ancient to run the browser app, but no experience is required.

We're going to start with a one shot at level five and see how we do. It'll probably take place over the course of two or maybe three sessions. You guys can all follow that same link above to join a campaign and start creating your characters.
Title: Re: D&D
Post by: Sir Alexandreu Davinescu on September 20, 2020, 07:32:56 AM
Anyone is welcome, by the way... If too many people will join, then we can just make two separate parties.
Title: Re: D&D
Post by: Txosuè Éiric Rôibeardescù on September 20, 2020, 09:47:47 AM
Joined :D
Title: Re: D&D
Post by: Sir Alexandreu Davinescu on September 20, 2020, 11:34:20 AM
If anyone needs help with character creation, just let me know.

Txosuè, your character has a Staff of Withering?  I don't think that's among the starting equipment for a warlock, since it's worth north of 5,000 gold!  What feature gave you that?  Regardless, you might want to find a ranged weapon that suits you to make your pact weapon, since your AC is 11 and you'll be pretty squishy to be crowding into melee.
Title: Re: D&D
Post by: Txosuè Éiric Rôibeardescù on September 20, 2020, 11:39:41 AM
pact weapon if I'm not wrong?
Title: Re: D&D
Post by: Sir Alexandreu Davinescu on September 20, 2020, 11:47:27 AM
Pact weapons are mundane -- you can't pick a magical weapon to use unless your character already owns that weapon.  If they had a Staff of Withering and then wanted to make it into their pact weapon, they could:
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You can transform one magic weapon into your pact weapon by performing a special ritual while you hold the weapon. You perform the ritual over the course of 1 hour, which can be done during a short rest.
But it would be unbalanced to let blade warlocks pick any magical weapon they wanted to get as a result of choosing their pact.  Otherwise a third-level character could pick something way more powerful than anyone else would get, I'd imagine.
Title: Re: D&D
Post by: Txosuè Éiric Rôibeardescù on September 20, 2020, 12:09:25 PM
Pact weapons are mundane -- you can't pick a magical weapon to use unless your character already owns that weapon.  If they had a Staff of Withering and then wanted to make it into their pact weapon, they could:
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You can transform one magic weapon into your pact weapon by performing a special ritual while you hold the weapon. You perform the ritual over the course of 1 hour, which can be done during a short rest.
But it would be unbalanced to let blade warlocks pick any magical weapon they wanted to get as a result of choosing their pact.  Otherwise a third-level character could pick something way more powerful than anyone else would get, I'd imagine.

either way, fixed it now
Title: Re: D&D
Post by: Miestră Schivă, UrN on September 20, 2020, 02:22:10 PM
I heartily approve of this endeavour. Please call me if someone wants to run a Paranoia or Call of Cthulhu campaign.
Title: Re: D&D
Post by: Ian Plätschisch on September 20, 2020, 04:40:30 PM
OK, I have a character made (although I have no idea what equipment to pick). What do I do now?
Title: Re: D&D
Post by: Sir Alexandreu Davinescu on September 20, 2020, 05:11:19 PM
We will do a quick session zero at some point to run through how to finish your character and how to play.
Title: Re: D&D
Post by: Sir Alexandreu Davinescu on September 20, 2020, 06:23:16 PM
OK, I have a character made (although I have no idea what equipment to pick). What do I do now?
Are you Toruun?  It still says you haven't finished making your character at all.  Just pick whatever equipment makes the most sense to you as you finish up -- we'll sort you out in the finer details once the broad strokes of what you'd like to play are filled-in.
Title: Re: D&D
Post by: Istefan Perþonest on September 21, 2020, 03:34:31 AM
OK, I have a character made (although I have no idea what equipment to pick). What do I do now?
Are you Toruun?  It still says you haven't finished making your character at all.  Just pick whatever equipment makes the most sense to you as you finish up -- we'll sort you out in the finer details once the broad strokes of what you'd like to play are filled-in.
No, I'm "Toruun". And I'm holding off actually creating my character until I know what the rest of the party is like.

(I figure people with less D&D experience should get their choices, and the guy with thirty years' playing experience and seven paid TTRPG writing credits can slot in a character wherever's appropriate.)
Title: Re: D&D
Post by: Sir Alexandreu Davinescu on September 21, 2020, 05:37:15 AM
OK, I have a character made (although I have no idea what equipment to pick). What do I do now?
Are you Toruun?  It still says you haven't finished making your character at all.  Just pick whatever equipment makes the most sense to you as you finish up -- we'll sort you out in the finer details once the broad strokes of what you'd like to play are filled-in.
No, I'm "Toruun". And I'm holding off actually creating my character until I know what the rest of the party is like.

(I figure people with less D&D experience should get their choices, and the guy with thirty years' playing experience and seven paid TTRPG writing credits can slot in a character wherever's appropriate.)
I didn't know that about you!  You can wait to make your character if you want, sure.
Title: Re: D&D
Post by: Istefan Perþonest on September 21, 2020, 08:54:17 AM
No, I'm "Toruun". And I'm holding off actually creating my character until I know what the rest of the party is like.

(I figure people with less D&D experience should get their choices, and the guy with thirty years' playing experience and seven paid TTRPG writing credits can slot in a character wherever's appropriate.)
I didn't know that about you!  You can wait to make your character if you want, sure.
Very minor credits, mind.  Contributions to Scarred Lands open calls back for D&D 3rd-era D20 material that got into four books, one Munchkin d20 article for D20 Weekly during the brief period it was a going webzine, two GURPS articles for Pyramid when it was a webzine. All paid at three cents a word; I framed the first check because I thought it was worth more as a wall decoration than the $8.73 I could get at a bank.
Title: Re: D&D
Post by: Sir Alexandreu Davinescu on September 21, 2020, 07:04:19 PM
@Ian Plätschisch , @Adam Grigoriu , you folks still interested?  If so, make your character in that campaign to which I linked.
Title: Re: D&D
Post by: Sir Alexandreu Davinescu on September 21, 2020, 07:07:59 PM
I'm thinking the overall thrust will be a group of mercenaries hired by a local member of the nobility to perform an as-yet unknown task.  So if that helps with thinking through what you want your character to be, ponder on it.
Title: Re: D&D
Post by: Ian Plätschisch on September 21, 2020, 08:53:27 PM
I’ll get on it ASAP, I’ve had a busy few days.
Title: Re: D&D
Post by: NRB on September 22, 2020, 02:19:52 PM
Do you need people still? Some of my fellow union members had a group going but after we ran through the adventure it looks like we're pretty much done.

I probably have the second most amount of experience behind Istefan Perþonest. I started back in 2nd edition days, played through 3& 3.5, then quit entirely for a long time until my union started about starting a game and that was probably the first time I picked it up in about ten years. I really enjoyed getting back to it again though, and would like to sign up if you have the slots.
Title: Re: D&D
Post by: Sir Alexandreu Davinescu on September 22, 2020, 04:29:21 PM
Do you need people still? Some of my fellow union members had a group going but after we ran through the adventure it looks like we're pretty much done.

I probably have the second most amount of experience behind Istefan Perþonest. I started back in 2nd edition days, played through 3& 3.5, then quit entirely for a long time until my union started about starting a game and that was probably the first time I picked it up in about ten years. I really enjoyed getting back to it again though, and would like to sign up if you have the slots.

I don't really need people, in a sense that I'm short of people to form a party or anything, since the idea was just to give anyone who wanted to play a chance. A good DM is seldom short of players, after all. If you're interested, you're certainly welcome :-)
Title: Re: D&D
Post by: NRB on September 22, 2020, 09:05:36 PM
okie dokie i made a dude
Title: Re: D&D
Post by: Ian Plätschisch on September 24, 2020, 03:31:27 PM
I've joined as Bartran Fatrabbit
Title: Re: D&D
Post by: Sir Alexandreu Davinescu on September 26, 2020, 11:17:49 AM
Okay, so we have Ian, Istefan, Nick, and Adam.  Anyone else?  Last call to get in on this.  Tonight I'm going to put together the adventure, so you have until then.

All y'all, we'll have a session zero sometime this week.  For those new to the game, that's a quick meeting where we talk about what we each want to get out of the game and finish up characters and backstory.
Title: Re: D&D
Post by: Sir Alexandreu Davinescu on September 26, 2020, 09:33:56 PM
Okay, I think everything's just about set.  I picked an adventure that I wrote a few years ago for a group of newbies, then did a bit of tweaking to get everything more suitable for a virtual tabletop.  Let me know if you have any questions, objections, or suggestions.  I don't think there are any necessary trigger warnings for the adventure. What week night this week will work well for everybody?

The Ruby of the Cold Sun:
An Adventure for New Players

For thirty generations, the city of Yminti has been ruled by the patriarchs of the Linhausen family.  Official histories claim that this power is theirs by right, and that the Linhausens took control during time of war in order to save the city.  But the antiquity of the conflict surpasses even the memories of the elves, and Linhausen gold has been heavy in the pockets of local historians.  The truth may be lost.  Suffice to say that -- whatever the cause -- the rightful rule of the city is symbolized by the sacred Ruby of the Cold Sun set within the Linhausen sigil ring, and it has been passed from eldest son to eldest son for nearly three thousand years.  Its likeness is set above every city gate and adorns every official document, and the eldest Linhausen boy has always held it.

Until now.  Old Lord Kol Linhausen lies on his deathbed… and it is his daughter, Ina, who claims his ring, his rule, and the Ruby of the Cold Sun.

Like everyone else in Yminti, you know about the Linhausen children.  Ina is the competent and cool one, always standing at her father’s shoulder during deliberations and trials.  Her younger brother, Garten, is a wastrel and a jackass.  He drinks, he gambles, he spends.  Sometimes it is even rumored he dabbles in darker matters.  And yet he always assumed that power over Ymitri would be his one day.  He was the son, after all!  And while his sister might have been everything he was not -- serious, wise, and strong -- that just didn’t matter.  It was a tradition as obdurate as stone.

Perhaps Garten should have kept in mind that even stone doesn’t last forever.  The wind scrapes it and the water scours it, until one day…   Well, one day maybe it turns out that all it needed was a single firm tap from a sharp chisel.

In this adventure, we’ll see how sharp you all can be.

Your little group of mercenaries has been brought to Linhausen Hall this evening by a grim-mouthed servant of the family.  He refuses to explain anything.  The manor is rich and stately, warm with the thousand comforts of an ancient homestead: thick carpets and deep-seated chairs.  But the servant brings you through a back door, down long halls and wide rooms, and down the stairs into the clamminess of a cellar, and before too long you start to wonder if tonight’s rendezvous is entirely -- above board.  For one odd thing: you see none of the usual guards you would expect to see in such a stately home.

Finally, he leaves you in a cold and bare basement room.  The walls are wet with moisture and green with mildew, and it is bare of any decoration beyond a table, an old set of chairs, and two dozen greenish hams hanging from the rafters.

“Good evening,” says a woman’s voice, and you all turn to see a stout figure step forward into the flickering torchlight.  “Thank you for coming.  I am Ina Linhausen.  And I have a task for you.”

Ina Linhausen is not stately and she is not beautiful.  The Linhausens were never known for their physical blandishments.  Short and pale, her tangle of frizzy hair is barely constrained by a bonnet, and her cloth-of-gold dress stretches over her wide tummy.  But her blue eyes are as clear and cold as a winter rain, and when she speaks there is a strength of command in her tone.  This is a leader.

“My brother has taken something from me,” she says, pulling something from a pocket on her bodice and holding it up to the light, “and I need you to get it back.”

She holds a heavy golden sigil ring.  But the setting on the ring is empty.  The Ruby of the Cold Sun is missing.


(https://i.imgur.com/X7OBN9J.png)
Title: Re: D&D
Post by: Txosuè Éiric Rôibeardescù on September 27, 2020, 08:11:00 AM
Okay, so we have Ian, Istefan, Nick, and Adam.  Anyone else?  Last call to get in on this.  Tonight I'm going to put together the adventure, so you have until then.


ME?!
Title: Re: D&D
Post by: Sir Alexandreu Davinescu on September 27, 2020, 11:07:58 AM
Okay, so we have Ian, Istefan, Nick, and Adam.  Anyone else?  Last call to get in on this.  Tonight I'm going to put together the adventure, so you have until then.


ME?!
Yes, sorry, you also are on my list 😁!
Title: Re: D&D
Post by: NRB on September 27, 2020, 01:34:13 PM
What week night this week will work well for everybody?

I am free every week evening - I mostly work remote nowadays.
Title: Re: D&D
Post by: Sir Alexandreu Davinescu on September 27, 2020, 01:45:44 PM
I can't do Tuesday or Wednesday, myself, but I can do any other weeknight after 8:00 EST.
Title: Re: D&D
Post by: Sir Alexandreu Davinescu on September 27, 2020, 04:27:41 PM
@Adam Grigoriu I'm going to assume you are dropping out, since you still haven't made a character.  If you change your mind before the first session and have the time to do this, let me know!
Title: Re: D&D
Post by: NRB on September 27, 2020, 04:33:17 PM
btw I am assuming the one-shot is a weekday here and the actual game is weekend evenings? But perhaps I am wrong.

ANYWAY I do often go into the office on Mondays to download backups. Depending on traffic it can take me between 30 and 90 minutes or so to get home. Since a lot of people are teleworking these days it's usually on the lower end of that, but there are days I do not leave the office until 6ish. So on a really, really bad day on Monday I might not be home until 7:30pm. We are looking at places closer to my office though, so hopefully this will change soon.

Wednesday nights aren't always great because I have a union meeting on the 3rd Wednesday of the month.

When COVID is over, I will be 50% remote again, and my days at home are Tuesday, Thursday, & every other Friday.
Title: Re: D&D
Post by: Ian Plätschisch on September 27, 2020, 04:33:22 PM
Thursday would be best for me.
Title: Re: D&D
Post by: NRB on September 27, 2020, 04:35:01 PM
Also I read somewhere that apparently I have to communicate with a Talossan resident on a platform other than this forum, so I will be using all of you to support me for citizenship - even if you hate me after we meet and we talk to one other, you still must support me. Thank you in advance for your cooperation in this matter.
Title: Re: D&D
Post by: Sir Alexandreu Davinescu on September 27, 2020, 05:53:35 PM
Thursday evening it is, tentatively, at 8:00 pm.  I'll put up a Zoom meeting link when the time comes, and I anticipate it lasting somewhere between ten minutes (for Istefan) and an hour (for new players).  You don't have to learn many of the game mechanics or you don't have to buy any books (although if you enjoy D&D, you should eventually get yourself a hard copy of the 5th Edition Player's Handbook).

Nick, the one-shot is the actual game -- it will actually probably be two or three sessions, but it's just going to be this short adventure rather than a sustained campaign.  I don't want to commit to something large-scale with (a) people I've never played with before and (b) only 36 days to go for a rather big project of mine.  I'll be happy to support your bid for citizenship in terms of the extraTalossan contact, though, since I think it's pretty clear you're just a bit of a troll sometimes and you have no plans to actually try to hurt the country in some sort of antidemocratic way.
Title: Re: D&D
Post by: NRB on September 27, 2020, 06:14:33 PM
I got a question - you know how people can access Zoom through the website and not through actually having Zoom on the computer? Will I be able to do this for the game?

If not it's fine, I just need to know so I can roll up another virtual machine and install Zoom on it.
Title: Re: D&D
Post by: Sir Alexandreu Davinescu on September 27, 2020, 06:26:55 PM
Yes, that should be fine, assuming your machine and bandwidth are up to it. If you're talking about a virtual machine then you're probably running a Linux box anyway so those worries probably don't apply to you.
Title: Re: D&D
Post by: Txosuè Éiric Rôibeardescù on September 28, 2020, 08:17:42 AM
Thursday evening it is, tentatively, at 8:00 pm. 

Is that Talossa standard time?
Title: Re: D&D
Post by: Sir Alexandreu Davinescu on September 28, 2020, 11:50:25 AM
Thursday evening it is, tentatively, at 8:00 pm. 

Is that Talossa standard time?

EST
Title: Re: D&D
Post by: Sir Alexandreu Davinescu on October 01, 2020, 06:35:22 PM
Session Zero will start in 25 mins here: -link deleted now we're done-

Title: Re: D&D
Post by: Sir Alexandreu Davinescu on October 01, 2020, 09:40:02 PM
Txosue, you still interested?  Don't know if you forgot we were doing this.
Title: Re: D&D
Post by: Sir Alexandreu Davinescu on October 05, 2020, 11:41:22 AM
Okay, just assuming that's a no, then.  What nights this week work for everyone else?
Title: Re: D&D
Post by: Ian Plätschisch on October 05, 2020, 11:52:16 AM
Thursday would work for me again.
Title: Re: D&D
Post by: Sir Alexandreu Davinescu on October 05, 2020, 01:00:55 PM
I think that would work for me?  Things are set up to go already :)

(https://i.imgur.com/FpHVSk9.png)
Title: Re: D&D
Post by: NRB on October 06, 2020, 10:09:47 AM
i am good for thursday
Title: Re: D&D
Post by: Sir Alexandreu Davinescu on October 07, 2020, 07:21:16 PM
No objections being heard, Thursday it is. 8:00 EST.
Title: Re: D&D
Post by: Istefan Perþonest on October 07, 2020, 08:23:18 PM
No objections being heard, Thursday it is. 8:00 EST.
Having recovered from my cold, I should be awake at the start time this week, and more coherent in my interactions.
Title: Re: D&D
Post by: Sir Alexandreu Davinescu on October 07, 2020, 10:35:29 PM
You were fine!
Title: Re: D&D
Post by: Sir Alexandreu Davinescu on October 08, 2020, 06:40:29 PM
That was super fun!  Thanks for a great game, guys, and I'll see you again next week at the same time :)
Title: Re: D&D
Post by: Sir Alexandreu Davinescu on October 12, 2020, 10:12:11 AM
Just to confirm, we're playing again on Thursday night. So work on that riddle!  Here it is again if you forgot to write it down.  I know I said not to post it on Witt, but on second thought, I don't think any active Talossan is a enough of a jerk to try to "help" you with it.

(https://i.imgur.com/4BuaxH7.png)
Title: Re: D&D
Post by: Sir Alexandreu Davinescu on October 15, 2020, 10:43:54 AM
See everyone tonight at 8!
Title: Re: D&D
Post by: NRB on October 15, 2020, 03:01:48 PM
Only the penitent man will pass.
Title: Re: D&D
Post by: Dr. Txec Róibeard dal Nordselvă, Esq., O.SPM, SMM on October 15, 2020, 03:22:30 PM
Only the penitent man will pass.

and also..."but in the latin, Jehovah is spelled with an I!"
Title: Re: D&D
Post by: Sir Alexandreu Davinescu on October 15, 2020, 06:56:02 PM
What a great adventure! Could have gone sideways a few points but you guys powered through!

Had a lot of fun, thank you for joining :-) And of course the city of Ymitri thank you!