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Doom Crow
07-15-2009, 03:31 AM
Post any questions regarding the game and the campaign setting here.

Arkhemedes
07-29-2009, 07:16 PM
Sounds very interesting. I've been playing 1e and 2e for more than 20 years and I'm only just now learning (and starting my own campaigns in) 3.5, which I have pretty much all of the books for. But I do not have any of the Pathfinder books. My question (for now anyway) is, do I need any Pathfinder books for this or will my 3.5 books be sufficient?

Doom Crow
07-29-2009, 07:36 PM
Pathfinder is like an upgrade for 3.5, pretty much becoming 3.75. It's not creating new rules per se, but improving upon 3.5 in order to streamline it and make it easier and more fun to play. You can go to Paizo's website here (http://paizo.com/store/paizo/pathfinder/pathfinderRPG/v5748btpy84o0) and download a PDF copy of the Beta Rules for free! You'll be able to see all the changes that have been made.

As of August 13th, Paizo is releasing the finished Core Rulebook for Pathfinder RPG, and the PDF version will be available for $10. It effectively replaces the 3.5 Player's Handbook and Dungeon Master's Guide as an updated version of the rules for the game.

Using 3.5 books is fine, I can explain some of the changes in Pathfinder according to whatever races and class is chosen, as well as anything that comes up later in the course of the game. It won't really be too much though, because this game will be more role-play focused than combat and I like to sway on the side of story line and flavor than mechanics anyway.

Arkhemedes
07-29-2009, 08:54 PM
Okay, I checked it out, and unless I'm missing something, the PDF apparently comes in sections. So I downloaded the ones on character traits and prestige classes. Looks pretty good, so I think I may buy the book when it comes out in mid-August. And I'll get started on character ideas right away.

Doom Crow
07-29-2009, 11:18 PM
The book is called beta rules OGL. It can be dowloaded by chapters or in one single file. The character traits and prestige class files are web enhancements to the book. Look below where the character traits and prestige class files are to the beta Rules ogl file is and you'll see the choice of a single download or by chapter. Click personalize file on your selection and then you'll be able to download it.

Arkhemedes
07-30-2009, 10:17 AM
Okay. Got the beta rules. Now I have a couple of questions about the characters. They're starting off at first level, but they've already lived a full life and have been dead for at least two hundred years. Obviously they have not retained any knowledge or skills that have to do with character classes except perhaps the very basics (enough to be first level characters). How much do they recall of their former lives and past evil deeds. Can you elaborate a bit?

Also, I'm thinking of going with a more versatile character like a duskblade. Haven't had the chance to look at the Pathfinder rules yet so I don't know how this will work. Would a duskblade work alright?

Doom Crow
07-30-2009, 10:34 AM
The beauty of Pathfinder RPG is that it's backwards compatible, meaning all of the non-core classes from 3.5 are pretty much on par now with the upgraded core classes in the Pathfinder Rules, so no changes really need to be made in order for them to fit into the Pathfinder RPG rules. That being said, these classes will be left as is unless there's a specific issue that's brought up, and then I will take a look at it and make a judgment call on whether it needs a change.

So I have no problems with your character being a Duskblade.
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To answer your other question, the 'beauty' of the Ebonlands is that over the years of torment your soul is weakened, resulting in the loss of any abilities you might have had in life, but you never forget what you did in life that had you end up here in this hell. Many who are weak-willed end up losing their sanity after a while, but the demons always want their souls to remember the road you took to get to where you are, and so naturally they find it a delightfully devilish trait of the Plane. Eternal damnation comes not only with physical punishment, but also mental torture. The memories of your life are vivid, but you cannot recall any kind of learned experience like spells or advanced combat manuevers, etc. Souls that could possibly fight back would ruin all the infernal fun!

That's not to say some souls don't try to forget their past! Try as they might, however, the special traits of the Ebonlands never let these memories fade, and so some are haunted by the past while for others it's a source of regret, remorse, anger or even indifference. It all depends on how twisted the soul is really.

Plus, the bodies the characters will be given are not their original bodies, and these bodies aren't physically trained or set up quite like the character's original body was, which also adds reason to why they are starting at 1st level.

I hope that answers your question.

Arkhemedes
07-30-2009, 11:40 AM
Cool. Got it. I'll start brain storming. But I may not have much time till the weekend. Although being the first player I figure I've got some time. Btw, I'm also doing what I can to drum up a few more players for your group (as well as mine).

Doom Crow
07-30-2009, 11:52 AM
Awesome! Let me know if there's anything I can do to try and some players for your group. I replied to two threads of players looking for online games and linked both of our forums.

Arkhemedes
07-30-2009, 12:09 PM
Good deal. Some more questions: How do you want us to come up with ability scores? And (I'm not sure if you mentioned this yet) will you be using a dice roll generator or doing the dice rolling yourself (as I'm doing in my group) which is fine with me?

Doom Crow
07-30-2009, 12:27 PM
The PBP forums have dice rollers so I believe we can use those. As for the method I will use the 4d6, drop the lowest die for each ability approach.

Let me test it out:
Constitution Check

Aha, Success!

To use the dice roller, when you reply to a post you'll see a red box with six white dots in the chat entry section, it will be on the far right above the text box. Click that and when it prompts you, enter d20+1 or d20+3 and hit enter. It'll then put the code in the text box for you, and have your cursor in between the code brackets. There is where you will write the description of the roll, for instance I wrote Constitution Check.

So it should look like this when you're done (i'll leave out the first bracket so it shows up in code form:

roll=d20+4]Constitution Check[/ROLL]

Arkhemedes
07-30-2009, 12:38 PM
Yeah, I read that the PBP forums have dice rollers but haven't figured that one out yet. If you figure it out before I do maybe you can let me know how we get it and how it works. As for the ability scores, you will be assigning the scores then?



Well, I'm getting there. But it appears I'm doing something wrong. At least I'm getting the dice rolled. I'll try again later on.

Constitution check

Yea! After several attempts I finally got it right.

Doom Crow
07-30-2009, 12:41 PM
I just edited my above post to explain how the dice roller works.

Once you roll up your 6 ability scores you can choose where you want to assign them.
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There's a thread about the Dice Roller, you can look it up here (http://www.penandpapergames.com/forums/showthread.php?t=5432).

jm4ca
07-30-2009, 11:40 PM
Hey I have a question. Umm.. with the players being "passed on" would there be any races, classes, spells, feats... ect. forbiden in charector creation?

Doom Crow
07-31-2009, 10:11 AM
Well as far as their original race when they were alive, they could have been anything. However, they will be receiving bodies that are not their originals. The area they will be arriving at has all the core races, but other races won't be available to play. The reason for this is simple: agents of Lord Apoxalon already in the world of the living have made preparations for the party's arrival. The characters right now exist as souls in the Ebonlands, but even though your 'body' there feels real, it's really your soul given a semblance of corporealness by the traits of that Plane. To bring you back into the world of the living means you need an already living body, and to advance the agenda of Apoxalon those bodies need already be fully grown adults.

So I'm going to say core races only. Its much easier to procure bodies that are commonly accesible, and as of now your characters are not viewed by your superiors as anything special to spend extra time and energy into procuring rarer bodies for your souls to inhabit.

Class wise I will allow any core class and class found in the Phb II and any complete book. Anything else is prohobited for the sake of simplicity. That's not to say I won't allow something if a player presents a case to play something and give good reason fit it into the story then I'll review it on a case by case basis.

Feats and spells not in the core rules I'll need to review before allowing them. Keep in mind this game will be mostly roleplaying than combat, and when there is combat I'm going to err on the side of flavor than mechanics so as to not stifle the pace of the game.

I won't outright forbid anything if a player can come up with a good reason for why they want to play this or that and why it can benefit the game as opposed to hinder it.

nijineko
07-31-2009, 11:17 AM
thanks for the invite. i looked over the campaign, but i don't think it's going to work for me. i deal with enough of this sort of thing in real life to ever want to rp it in a game. ^^

Arkhemedes
08-01-2009, 10:24 PM
I checked out the material you had in your Obsidian Portal site. I have some questions about it. Several place names are written in red. When you click on them it asks for a user name and password. Is this because you need to be a member of Obsidian Portal or is it that there is no info on these places yet. There are also other places where it asks for a user name and password (such as the vote thingy). Should we or do you recommend we become members or will we be able to access all the info we need regardless. You also mention that you've run a campaign on this world before. Do we have access to any of the info about this campaign (for example, the races there or the deities worshiped). Or is this kind of info still forthcoming?
The reason I ask is that I wanted to learn what I could about your world to help formulate a background for my character. But there doesn't appear to be much there at this point. My general idea was to have my character betray the community of elves (assuming they exist there) who taught me the skills of a duskblade which were originally elven skills.

Doom Crow
08-02-2009, 04:29 AM
I do reccommend becoming a member on Obsidian Portal. I can add you as a player and in doing so you can navigate the wiki, plus the campaign has its own forum there too.

The links in red do not have content as of yet, and I am working on putting everything up as as quickly as I can. I am posting content from my last campaign, which took place on the continent of Sindur, so anything you see that is related to Sindur is a product of the history, locations, NPCs, etc. that I came up with for that game.
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I added content to the Pantheon Page in my Obsidian Portal Wiki, and have begun adding content to each of the individual deities. I am tinkering around with HTML code so the site looks somewhat organized so forgive me if I go a bit slow since this is my first time with code. I found some useful templates to use that I've modified for my needs so hopefully it'll work out.

You can check out the Pantheon page at my Obsidian Portal page here (http://www.obsidianportal.com/campaign/pariatas/wikis/pantheon).

nijineko
08-03-2009, 12:21 AM
good luck with the game! hope everyone has fun. =D

Doom Crow
08-03-2009, 12:24 AM
Thanks! Sorry it didn't turn out for you, maybe you'll catch another game I'll run in the future.

Azar
08-04-2009, 12:02 PM
How do I roll stats

Doom Crow
08-04-2009, 12:08 PM
The PBP forums have dice rollers so I believe we can use those. As for the method I will use the 4d6, drop the lowest die for each ability approach.

Let me test it out:
Constitution Check

Aha, Success!

To use the dice roller, when you reply to a post you'll see a red box with six white dots in the chat entry section, it will be on the far right above the text box. Click that and when it prompts you, enter d20+1 or d20+3 and hit enter. It'll then put the code in the text box for you, and have your cursor in between the code brackets. There is where you will write the description of the roll, for instance I wrote Constitution Check.

So it should look like this when you're done (i'll leave out the first bracket so it shows up in code form:

roll=d20+4]Constitution Check[/ROLL]

I have explained it here.

Azar
08-04-2009, 03:18 PM
What are we going to do about character sheets.

Doom Crow
08-04-2009, 08:24 PM
I totally forgot that Obsidian Portal has character sheets. We're going to use that instead of the bulky excel sheet I had up before.

Azar
08-05-2009, 10:32 AM
Finished my character on Obsidian Portal.:biggrin:

Doom Crow
08-05-2009, 11:47 AM
Scratch the first idea. We'll be using Obsidian Portal to generate character sheets.
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Ok folks, I apologize but I was so focused on adding content for the game that I forgot that Obsidian Portal allows you to create your character, character sheet and all right there. So register at OP, tell me your username so I can invite you to the campaign, and create your character right there. I will then link them here on the PBP forum.

traesin
08-06-2009, 06:20 AM
sigh.....Mine is already done too.

Arkhemedes
08-13-2009, 06:18 PM
I have some questions. We now inhabit the bodies of other people all of whom have connections of some sort in this world. How much do we know of these people whose bodies we inhabit. We know they have connections - but are we able to fool these people into believing we are who we appear to be? Do we know the things that these people knew? And my guy in particular is suppose to be a sorcerer - how do I explain that I now wear armor and wield a sword? Also, since magic is socially restricted to nobles, does this mean I have to hide my magic casting or do I have a permit to wield magic?

Doom Crow
08-13-2009, 06:35 PM
the fact that he was a sorceror in the open means he must be a member of the upper class in some way. As for the armor and weapon, people can multiclass so it's not something that's out of the ordinary, you'll just need to come up with a good reason as to why he changed his mind :p

As for knowing what they know, that will be explained in-game.

Arkhemedes
08-13-2009, 07:03 PM
the fact that he was a sorceror in the open means he must be a member of the upper class in some way. As for the armor and weapon, people can multiclass so it's not something that's out of the ordinary, you'll just need to come up with a good reason as to why he changed his mind :p

As for knowing what they know, that will be explained in-game.
Good thing I bought some fancy clothes then. My equipment has been bought btw and everything is up to date on my OP character.
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Now, just to be clear Doom, we don't actually have our equipment on us at this point. Is that right? And if so, does it still need to be bought in town, or will it be waiting for us at our homes. I'm assuming we each (or rather the former occupants of our bodies) have homes in town. What can you tell us about that? For example, my guy was an alchemist. Do I have all the lab equipment and such? And do I now have the knowledge of alchemy at my disposal? My guy was also a sorcerer - but I'm guessing I don't have access to any of his spells or knowledge of magic, right?

Doom Crow
08-14-2009, 09:58 PM
you won't know any of his spells. As for the equipment, it will be waiting for you, just not at the homes of the people who used to inhabit these bodies. He is an alchemist but didn't have a lab, he was looking to open a shop and was searching for a wealthy benefactor to help him set one up.