Know what's really fun? D20 Roleplaying games. I want to bring that fun to comicvine.
I'll be putting 4 brave souls through the ringer.
If you would like to play in the most classic Pathfinder Campaign, known as Rise of the Runelords, all you need to do are three things to apply to this game.
- Express Interest
- Create a character concept
- Let me know if you have played Pathfinder, or at least know how to play. Let me know if you have ever played in a PBP (play by post) games as well (and this doesn't have to be a Pathfinder PBP, it can be any system), which is what we will be doing here. If you do not know how, that's ok, you may have time to learn before we start, and I might be able to answer a few questions along the way, my free time permitting.
That's all you need to do to apply to this game now. SO GET TO IT!
But it you would like a little more information on what game you will be playing, and some tips for creating your character, read on.
The town of Sandpoint needs you!
Welcome to Sandpoint!
Please stop to see yourself as we see you!
Some of you have lived in the gossipy little coastal town of Sandpoint for years, while others have been more (or less) frequent visitors to the picturesque hamlet over the years. A few of you are newcomers to ‘The Gem of the Lost Coast’, as Sandpoint bills itself.
In any case, you are all in Sandpoint on the Autumnal Equinox, the day of the Swallowtail Festival (and the Harvest Fest, for those adherents to Erastil). The town has a particular reason to celebrate today, as the Sandpoint Cathedral is finally complete! This magnificent stone structure, the largest building in town, is dedicated to the many gods of the villagers: Erastil and Abadar, Gozreh and Desna, Sarenrae and Shaelyn. It is built on the former site of the Sandpoint Chapel, a wooden structure which burned to the ground several years ago, but it also encircles the seven standing stones, sacred to the Varisians who worshipped here long before any buildings were present.
Though you may have come to Sandpoint to renew your faith at the cathedral, or to seek your fortune, or to turn a coin or two, today is a joyous occasion, and you have joined the throngs of residents and visitors to experience all Sandpoint has to offer!
This is where your journey begins...
All is not as it seems in Sandpoint. Goblin songs can be heard echoing in the distance. Dark magics reverberates from the very ground below your feet. Ancient powers are awakening. Sandpoint needs heroes.
If you would like a Player's Guide to this campaign, that teases what is to come, and gives some advice on starting out on this campaign, here's a copy of my PDF version I'll share.
Let's play Pathfinder!
I will be running the classic Pathfinder campaign, Rise of the Runelords. Your humble beginnings as a resident or visitor of Sandpoint will quickly escalate, forcing you to either become a legendary hero, or just another victim to the rising darkness. Do you have what it takes to become a hero?
How to play Pathfinder on ComicVine
We will be using a PBP (Play By Post) method. It's the same as playing on a tabletop, except you are posting what you would normally be saying. I will include specific formatting for posts at the bottom of this OP, but here is a small example of what a post might look like:
Celeste awoke in a foreign place. Someone must have summoned me here, but who?, the Sorceress thought.
"Alright, I'm here. What do you want?", she hears herself say, quite conscious of the breathy, husky quality of her voice. She wonders at her words, but nods after a moment. Rooms did not move people, rooms did not summon people, only beings did that.
Her eyes narrow and she looks around [perception], muttering an incantation [detect magic].
Casting Detect Magic
Trying to discover what sort of magic summoned her to this place
That would be a typical post for this game.
Notice that there will be dice rolling. We will use this Dice Roller, or any other dice rolling website you prefer, but you must be able to show your rolls by either copy and pasting the roll, or posting a screen shot. The Dice Roller I used in the example above allows you to copy and paste multiple rolls easily.
There will also be some combat scenarios using grid based maps, like this one:
This is just a tool to help structure combat. You can state your actions, and where they take place by use of grid coordinates. Not all combat scenarios may require a map though. Some may be completed through just text.
Besides that, there will be basic Pathfinder rules, with any official Paizo content allowed. If you would like any unofficial content or rules, run it by me first. All that is necessary to play though is the free version of the core rules. I will link copies of the rules later in this OP.
Example of a Character Bio and Background
You will probably need to know what race and class (or classes) you will be playing to complete this section, so if you don't know the rules, you might want to at least see what races and classes are available, and pick which one sounds fun, even if you don't quite understand the mechanics at this point. But you're application should be something along the lines of what I put together in the spoiler block below.
Backstory:Fialdus, the...brave? Fialdus, the...powerful? Fialdus, the....boring...
Fialdus, the son of the great hero Stelio, sat at the Rusty Dragon Tavern, day dreaming of his future titles. He had been nursing the same mug of ale for the past hour. Normally by this time of night, Fialdus would be dancing and laughing his way into a drunken stupor, but today he just sat and pondered when his chance would come to earn the right to call himself his father's son.
Stelio Reinhardt, also known as Stelio the Trollsbane, had been a local legend of Sandpoint. The story goes that Stelio fought off a Troll in single combat. Fialdus had heard a thousand versions of the story. Some versions had his father wrestling the Troll into the ground with his bare hands, or fighting for 4 straight days before the Troll finally fell, others told that he cleaved the troll in half with a greatsword twice the size of a grown man. Fialdus always liked that last one.
But Fialdus never knew his father, besides from the stories. His father had left Sandpoint on some adventure, or so Fialdus had assumed. His mother never did tell him why his father left before he was born.
Fialdus, the...mighty? He was back to day dreaming of his own adventures.
Fialdus, the...heroic? Fialdius, the...sober!
"Hey! Ameiko!" Fialdus shouted at the Rusty Dragon's owner and operator, then turned his mug up and guzzled the whole thing."Another round? Make it two. I've got some catching up to do!".
So Fialdus waited, until the one day adventure would find him.
Fialdus has a chip on his shoulder. He wants to live up to his father's legendary status, yet doesn't really know how to do that. When he came of age, he took up arms with the city guard, thinking he'd have a chance to defend Sandpoint from evildoers, and make a name of himself. But after 7 years of throwing drunks in a cell until they sobered up, he realized that was never going to happen. Now he finds himself in that cell more often then he'd ever care to admit.
Fialdus is known in each tavern of Sandpoint as a regular. He wants nothing more then to make a name for himself, but he's done just that more then he realizes. People around town know him to be the hardest drinker, loudest talker, and worst dancer.
He may spend every night laughing, drinking and brawling, but he spends every day training. Unknown to everyone in town, Fialdus practices every morning with his greatsword. Surprisingly, he is fiercely determined to become more then, well, whatever it is that Fialdus currently is. He enjoys his drinking and nightlife, but he uses that behavior to put on a show for his friends in town. He doesn't want them to see this side of him, because he is embarrassed about not being the type of man his father is known for. He'd rather be seen as the carefree drunk, as someone who isn't meant for anything, as someone besides his father's son, because he is not worthy of being his father's son.
It doesn't have to be exactly like that, or even formatted like that, but let me know what is important about your character. I might even recommend submitting only a few short sentences that tell me about your character, while you keep your own more detailed bio for you to personally use to help roleplay your character better when we get to the game. It can be fun to have a firmly established character, but slowly building your character's life during play can be fun too. But all I need for now is the basics.
With Fialdus, I wanted to convey that he's a resident of Sandpoint, has a missing father, is a hard drinker, and is skilled with a great sword. If Fialdus was your character, that's about all you would have to tell me. Including his missing father could be a possible element to the campaign. If this is something you'd be interested in, be sure to include some sort of backstory that could pop up at some point during the campaign. Maybe your character has a childhood friend who is also his biggest rival, that is always one step ahead of you. Be creative.
You might want to consider having your character be from Sandpoint as well. Or if not from Sandpoint, visiting Sandpoint for some reason, like to attend the Swallowtail Festival that the campaign starts in. Maybe as a Cleric to make a pilgrimage to the new cathedral that has been built. Be creative.
Pathfinder Core Rulebook
If you need to look over the rules, now would be the time to do that, since I would like to start the game as soon as possible.
Paizo offers there entire rulebook online for free. I prefer the actual core rule book, and find the PRD difficult to navigate, but here is a link to Paizo's free rules.
In the spoiler block, is my PDF version of the Core Rule Book I'll share for this game. I will be structuring the game so you can learn as you play, but you should try to learn the basics of a D20 system, and the basics of how combat works in the mean time.
I'm sharing each chapter of my Rule Book in individual files, but if you would like a single file version, let me know.
For individual files:
- Getting Started
- Additional Rules
- Prestige Classes
- Game Mastering
- Magic Items