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The Karameikos Experiment PbP (OOC thread)

Postby Sturm » Fri Oct 09, 2015 9:23 am

I've proposed a Karameikos Play by Post in the Mystara forum here:
viewtopic.php?f=3&t=14314&p=163316#p163316
Players can start brainstorming about possible characters in this thread and anyone else who has question is welcome to ask them!
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Re: The Karameikos Experiment PbP (Recruitment and Preparati

Postby RobJN » Fri Oct 09, 2015 10:50 am

Sturm wrote:- The game will start around 990 AC with young, 0 level characters natives of Karameikos, brought together by a powerful motivation (Revenge, Mission, Assignment, Glory or Treasure).

Young characters, eh? 990 AC is a bit early for Handmaidens (toddlers in the dungeon?!? :o ) In 990, Thorn would have been about 16 or 17, just on the cusp of completing his druidic learnings. Demarra, would have been around the same age, just a handful of years past her taking of Zirchev's Oath and receiving one of his Marks (and in exploring its powers, getting into no end of trouble)

Not sure if you are up to mixing elements of your version of Mystara with mine, Sturm, but just a thought that I had as I was reading through your post again this morning :D
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Re: The Karameikos Experiment PbP (Recruitment and Preparati

Postby Sturm » Fri Oct 09, 2015 12:57 pm

Well the setting is different from Mystara canon, but I could use the characters.
It's too early to say however, I plan to let the players decide in which area of Karameikos they want to start and with which groups and powers they will meddle :)
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Re: The Karameikos Experiment PbP (Recruitment and Preparati

Postby Dervish » Fri Oct 09, 2015 5:47 pm

so how young can our characters be? being that they are zero level i was thinking a street urchin or maybe a young porter with a caravan (read: Pickpocket/burglar in training) I am good with not following canon Mystara

How old is your Pc? she is 12 years old
- What race he or she is? Human female Street urchin pickpocket ( Theif for Survival purposes)
- What's his motivation? Glory, Treasure, Revenge, Mission or Assignment? Dreams of being more than she is (Either becoming a paladin/a thieves guildmaster or maybe even a feared assassin)
- Preferred starting point in Karameikos, if any? Pretty muchanywhere you pick a place and i can write a character backstory
- Preferred mood of the adventure, if any? Dark, Grim, Tragic, Neutral, Hopeful, Light-Hearted, other? All of the above on speed
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Re: The Karameikos Experiment PbP (Recruitment and Preparati

Postby Sturm » Fri Oct 09, 2015 6:32 pm

Very young is fine.. street urchin or porter is a good idea..
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Re: The Karameikos Experiment PbP (Recruitment and Preparati

Postby Gravesgard » Sat Oct 10, 2015 12:02 am

Are there any Bardic colleges of note in the region? I was thinking of playing as one who had traveled to the area for schooling, maybe fresh out; or being sent out to adventure as a test of sorts.

I was wanting to play a gnome but, I'll have to reconsult how they age.
Motivation would be adventure/knowledge as said above.
- as far as mood goes I like a variety, I'm not too worried about that.
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Re: The Karameikos Experiment PbP (Recruitment and Preparati

Postby Dervish » Sat Oct 10, 2015 3:28 am

Which Ruleset are you using Sturm
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Re: The Karameikos Experiment PbP (Recruitment and Preparati

Postby Sturm » Sun Oct 11, 2015 10:30 am

Becmi/Od&d is my preferred ruleset, but you can build your Pc with any ruleset you are more familiar with. That's because PCs will begin with just characteristics and some abilities. It's not that rules will not exist, it's just they will be integrated into the story, not the opposite.
Example: Gravesgard plays a gnomish bard. He will start at 0 lvl with only some basic proficiencies or abilities of his class and some skills, but soon he will gain levels and powers.
Powers here is a generic term for spells, feats or class specific abilities and proficiencies. You can mine any D&D book of any edition for your powers, but you still have to find a teacher to learn them. If you do not want to search them, I'll propose some to you.
Any power will be then translated in-game by me as appropriate for the game world.
I will explain all this better when we get to it.

So Gravesguard will not be exactly be a gnomish bard, but a gnomish music master, as a bard, in Karameikos gnomish society, is also a builder of musical instruments, not just a player. If he is human, he could be a thyatian musico (musician), a traladaran folk singer or else.

Dervish please reply to the questions in the other thread too! :D
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Re: The Karameikos Experiment PbP (Recruitment and Preparati

Postby Havard » Sun Oct 11, 2015 10:28 pm

Posted my concept in the other thread. :)

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Re: The Karameikos Experiment PbP (Recruitment and Preparati

Postby Dervish » Mon Oct 12, 2015 3:50 am

I am good with becmi

Taradain Scheilliar
0 level Street Urchin
AC 7 HP 4 THAC0 20
S:12 I:15(+1) W:13(+1) D:15(+2) Con:13(+1) Cha:12
Death ray:14 Wand:15 Paralysis:16 Breath:17 spell:17

Weapon skills Basic proficiency with dagger

Non weapon Alertness, gambling

Posessions a belt pouch, a ratty pair of Hose, tunic, tattered low soft boots and a rusty slightly dulled dagger.

Taradain daughter of Alexandra and Peitr Scheilliar, a court scribe and member of the Specularum city guard was born the third Soladain in the Fyrmont 978 AC.
They lived in relative bliss until just after her 10th birthday when her parents were killed because Alexandra refused to give court documents to some very nasty people. For two years now Taradain has survived on th streets of specularum never forgetting the faces of those who killed her family. she never stays in the same place for more than a day she performs odd jobs occasionally acts as a porter for the various established caravans that move through the city.
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Re: The Karameikos Experiment PbP (Recruitment and Preparati

Postby Sturm » Mon Oct 12, 2015 10:55 am

Ok you can follow these rules for Character creation:
- Choose a race
- Place 80 points in ability scores as you wish
- Pick 4 skills + intelligence bonus
- Choose a weapon you know how to use. Fighter may choose two weapons.
- Do not roll Hit Points. You will not know your character's hit points. That to avoid metagaming such as "Oh I've only 2 hp left!". The DM will describe your condition and that will be your only guidance to judge if you are in danger or not. Generally to me hit points simulate fatigue, not wounds. If you are physically wounded and you are bleeding it means you are in trouble. You should immeditely escape and/or seek help, or risk dying. However you will not be definitely dead unless you reach - your constitution.
- Start with an equipment of a single non magical weapon, a leather armor and basic clothes. You may have other minor objects of little worth. You start with 2 gold pieces, enough to survive 2-4 months in the country (if you spend them just to eat and live in a barn), but only half a month in a city, if you have to rent a room.
- Choose a class, but consider you will not be at Level 1 yet. At 0 level, you will have 4 powers (Powers at 0 level can be chosen among cantrips, weapon proficiencies, class special abilities, OD&D weapon mastery and combat manoveurs, feats, 4ed powers and any similar thing). You will have already learnt these four.
You will get 3 more powers once you reach level 1, including 1st level spells for magic users and clerics. You may also learn a new skill once you reach Level 1, if someone teach it to you (a player may teach one of his skills to another player). Note that you still have to learn such further powers from an in-game person and the DM may always forbid some powers. You may multiclass by simply choosing powers from a different class. Ask the DM should you have any doubt or disagreement.

That's the basic to start. Now however I will create a google drive file for each character and send the link to the player only. It will contain the above and more informations to develop the character.
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Re: The Karameikos Experiment PbP (Recruitment and Preparati

Postby Havard » Mon Oct 12, 2015 2:39 pm

Sturm wrote:Place 80 points in ability scores as you wish


I assume this means 18 costs 18 points, 17 costs 17 points etc?

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Re: The Karameikos Experiment PbP (Recruitment and Preparati

Postby Sturm » Mon Oct 12, 2015 2:46 pm

Havard wrote:
Sturm wrote:Place 80 points in ability scores as you wish

I assume this means 18 costs 18 points, 17 costs 17 points etc?
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Correct!
I'm about to send character sheets to everyone!
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Re: The Karameikos Experiment PbP (Recruitment and Preparati

Postby Sturm » Mon Oct 12, 2015 3:10 pm

Character sheets have now been sent to all via Private Message.
It's not necessary that you reply to it, just write directly on the sheet file if you have questions, or post here.
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Re: The Karameikos Experiment PbP (Recruitment and Preparati

Postby Cedric » Mon Oct 12, 2015 3:45 pm

Hi !

There is a vacant slot, yet?
It is possible to add me to the group at this stage ? :D

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Re: The Karameikos Experiment PbP (Recruitment and Preparati

Postby Havard » Mon Oct 12, 2015 9:45 pm

Okay,
I have updated the basics. I have left one "Power" slot open. Are there 0-level spells available for Clerics?

I can fill out more background details etc, but I didn't know if you wanted a novel... ;)

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Re: The Karameikos Experiment PbP (Recruitment and Preparati

Postby Sturm » Mon Oct 12, 2015 10:49 pm

Hi Cedric, there is a number of players already but as often in PbP the number often decreases after a while I'm willing to accept one more.. If necessary we'll spilt the group.. I'll send you the character sheet tomorrow.

Havard there are cantrips for clerics too here:
http://www.d20srd.org/srd/spellLists/clericSpells.htm
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Re: The Karameikos Experiment PbP (Recruitment and Preparati

Postby Dartamian » Tue Oct 13, 2015 12:34 am

Got my character sheet filled out. Going for a Thyatian Fighter type.
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Re: The Karameikos Experiment PbP (Recruitment and Preparati

Postby Havard » Tue Oct 13, 2015 10:10 am

Another question: Among the human characters, I am the only Traladaran, while we have at least two Thyatians. Would it be better if I changed the ethnic background of my character? Or since we are supposed to be low-life anyway, perhaps it doesn't matter as much as it would have if we were gentry/nobility?

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Re: The Karameikos Experiment PbP (Recruitment and Preparati

Postby RobJN » Tue Oct 13, 2015 10:32 am

Don't worry, Havard, I'm also playing a Traladaran. :)
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Re: The Karameikos Experiment PbP (Recruitment and Preparati

Postby Sturm » Tue Oct 13, 2015 10:36 am

Well it will matter a bit probably :) but leave it as it is, it will create some interesting interactions :)

I will now look at the completed sheets and leave my comments inside them, if any, so check the file (if google doesn't send you automatic notifications)
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Re: The Karameikos Experiment PbP (Recruitment and Preparati

Postby Sturm » Tue Oct 13, 2015 11:49 am

Left some comments in the Sheets.
All Characters, I forgot to add Languages. You can have 2 for free + intelligence bonus. Further languages can be purchased as skills.
For Dartamian, strenght is age-dependant so you have a choice to make. Left also some questions on background
For Hihama, added some comments on dwarven powers and about the background.
For Dervish, left some comments on language and background, also one skill to add
For Havard, I suspect you were not finished yet, left some comments anyway
For RobJN, I see not finished yet, but very interesting background!
For Agathokles, left some background comments. Languages added, one more skill to choose.
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Re: The Karameikos Experiment PbP (Recruitment and Preparati

Postby Cedric » Tue Oct 13, 2015 1:01 pm

Thank you, Sturm. I compiled the Character Sheet (a traladaran, too... :-D).
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Re: The Karameikos Experiment PbP (Recruitment and Preparati

Postby Sturm » Tue Oct 13, 2015 1:17 pm

Thanks Cedric, added the bonus and malus to ability scores just to remember them, but no other observation to make.
Very interesting background :)
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Re: The Karameikos Experiment PbP (Recruitment and Preparati

Postby agathokles » Tue Oct 13, 2015 6:39 pm

Fixed and replied to comments.
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