Play by Post- your thoughts?

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Sooz - RF
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Play by Post- your thoughts?

A few players have contacted us wanting an option for internet-based playing that's mainly "soft" RP, so that people without regular access to a game can still get their fix of that fabulous Shaintar RP. (Or should that be "ShaintaRP"?)

This would be distinct from the Roll20 and similar games, in that it would probably be primarily diceless, freeform, and less reliant on people being able to keep a particular schedule.

I'd like to open the floor to our wonderful players now: If you're interested in Play By Post, what would you like to see implemented or avoided?  If you're not sure, please also feel free to ask things, and we'll see if we can't make the world clearer for all. :D

The Dread Polack
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I don't have a ton of experience with PBP, but I find they work best the more hands-off they are and as long as nobody is to invested in them for consistency. Experienced PBPers probably already know this. Most of the ones I've tried quickly became too rediculous for my tastes.

I think it would probably work best if it was set in a very specific place, like maybe a large piece of land in the Wildlands used for training rangers (but perhaps not the main rangers HQ, to avoid stepping on official events). Characters could easily come and go with the plots of the outside world coming into play without crazy justification. Just about any type of character should be easily playable and various types of stories could be told.

Now that I think about it, it sounds like fun...

Torgan
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Are you talking about a constructed PbP with one GM and its player or something more openwith shared GMs and players ? I also experienced PbP without any GM, but I'm not sure it would fit in a shared campaign since the players have all the reigns.

Sooz - RF
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It'd likely be an open, vaguely freeform thing, probably with moderation to make sure things stay setting-accurate and don't get too shenanigan-y.  I'm mainly trying to see what people are wanting or used to.

The PBP games I've been involved in have been pretty good about keeping an established continuity and keeping players within the boundaries of not too crazy, so I'm reasonably confident that this can be managed here.  (Especially with the rules and structure we've already got!)

Saiderin the Raven
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If there's a desire for a "good location" for folks to focus on for their PbP experiences, I think the region in the south of Landra'Feya in and around Layla's Meet would be a great place. It's essentially a collection of cavalcades (Shaintar's term for traveling circuses and carnivals) and merchant caravans that just set up and stay a while. There are permanent and semi-permanent elements, as well as those that cycle through. Giant flea market, carnival, art festival, and dozens of bazaars all rolled into a very strange, fluid community.

Note that I am not recommending all PbP be restricted to that alone; I am merely suggesting it as an interesting place for folks to focus on if they need one.

"There is no heroism without sacrifice. For this, I am terribly sorry."

wgeddings
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I have tried to play in several Play-by-email or post games and all fell apart.  I was having a wonderful time and loved my character in each one.  At first, there would be a turn almost every day, then every week then once a month and then nothing.  We would have a fair number of players but slowly it would be me, the GM and maybe one other random one doing turns each month with the GM having to handle the other characters.  While I loved it, and I really got into my characters and the other things, the fact that the other players seemed to always drift away pretty quickly and slow the game to a dead crawl (at best) made me give up on it.  Really sad about it too since as I said, each one had a great GM and terrific concepts I would love to have kept playing. 

aka Korog The Redeemer
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Saiderin the Raven
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From what I can tell about this particular crowd, Brother, I think there will be at least a handful of stalwarts who will keep things going.

"There is no heroism without sacrifice. For this, I am terribly sorry."

Emiricol
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I've done many PBP (play by post) games in many different systems. SavW in particular kind of demands an abbreviated, semi-freeform system for the combat scenes. I'd recommend using the zone system from FATE (which is detailed on Savageopedia), or the several mapless variants floating around out there, and the GM should handle the rolls imo - players say what they're doing and the GM handles it behind the scenes, so that combats come out in a narrative form as far as the players are concerned.

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