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By the same author as Grand Line 3.5
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Raxon

Raxon




28th Jul 2014, 12:13 AM

Yikes. Reminds me of the time I played a character who was Zeus in mortal guise.

DM killed him off unceremoniously, too.

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aqua




28th Jul 2014, 1:07 AM

@raxon how? its Zeus?! he just say rocks fall he dies? how can you kill zeus easily

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DiZ




28th Jul 2014, 2:45 AM
"Mortal Guise"

Maybe being in mortal form limited his powers?

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Raxon

Raxon




28th Jul 2014, 6:46 AM

... If he had even glanced at my backstory, he would have seen the Zeus thing. And the mortal limitations were voluntart. I could shed them at any time. DM threw not one, not two, but TEN ancient elder dragons, a coalition of the ruling class of all dragons. Red, blue, green, black, briwn, bronze, gold, silver, copper, and platinum. I suspect he was reaching a bit on this.

Yeah. We were level ten. He got his campaign notes mixed up though, these were supposed to be the endgame final battle. Instead, it was a third of the way through. He decided, naw, we all got +5 gear. We can handle this.

"Brothers, though I have fought by your side, I am more than an ally. Do not fear, we shall be victorious this day! So sayeth Zeus!"

I flip to my godhood character sheet. And pass it around for the guys to see.

*DM rolls* "the platinum one deals 380 force damage with its breath weapon." He rolls again. Nat 20. "He bites your head off. You're dead."

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Therazan

Therazan




28th Jul 2014, 7:29 PM

Platinum? Isn't that Bahamut? At least, your Zeus got killed by another divine being... It explains why it dealt force damage, too.

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Raxon

Raxon




28th Jul 2014, 8:46 PM

Nope. Specifically not Bahamut. Apparently platinum dragons are a race of divine outsider dragons, and Bahamut is their king. I was fighting the prime minister, the dude who actually does stuff. This is the actual explanation given. Before I revealed I was Zeus. He pitted five level tens against a god dragon and nine other dragons, each a couple steps up from ancient. And he figured we'd be fine.

So basically, he declared that platinum dragons are all gods. Zeus had something like 15k hp, which we honestly would have needed, since I would have to tank and be the top dps for the group. Zeus had a damage reduction of ten, except for divine weapons and strikes, such as other deities deal. Then it's only five.

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xuincherguixe

xuincherguixe




30th Jul 2014, 1:15 AM

The GMs I've been with tended to not let that sort of thing fly. That and I tend to play cautiously.

No, the one time it did happen was because I chose that path. It was only appropriate!


During the particularly terrible Vampire: The Masquerade game I've brought up before there was one particular player. He just kind of acted randomly and was accommodated heavily. He was one of the chosen ones and all. (I was not)

After that particular chapter closed we made new characters. The chronicle was like that. They'd connect to each other later.

It's the 1920s, and we have a chance to get in with the mafia vampires. We're asked to get the property of a guy. It's a test to see who is the most worthy of taking over as Don.

It's a series of miserable failures one after another. Decisions that made no sense and meta gaming. The player I had mentioned previously decided he would play an assassin, and that as a vampire he would be... I don't know going around killing people and being all mystical. Whatever.

So he's all secret and spooky. Except no one is buying it. We're supposed to just let him pull this stuff off. He's metagaming like crazy. Sabotaging not just us, but the mission itself.

We decide to confront him about this one more time. My friend accidentally nearly kills him by throwing a garbage can lid at him. We sit him down and start talking.

He decides to pull a knife. I'm thinking you know, this guy isn't very experienced at this kind of game. He's just getting ready in case things turn violent which they likely would. I'll cut him some slack. I'll dominate him into putting the knife down since I can do that.

He decides that nope. I hadn't made eye contact! (It's a condition with dominate) Nope! Xuinchermobster isn't going to get his way, I'm coming out on top!

I'd be lying if I said this action was entirely altruistic. I anticipated he'd do something like that. Something I can hold over his head. "If you had played this game realistically, you would have been able to get out of this."

I also contend that if this person had thought about the way I had been playing, how previous conflicts had gone, and what sort of nature I had? Surrendering was an option that could have a positive outcome.

In any event, at this point my friend kills him. For some reason this actually surprised everyone. I had low opinions of everyone but I thought that everyone understood this was an actual risk. Turns out nope!

So the chapter was over and it was shown that no one deserved to be the Don. Plot demanded it though. I had demonstrated I was the least horrible choice for Doncula, but it's not like I was able to keep people under control. And that's another thing. Exactly what have I *won*? Which you know might be a nice theme if this was say, a movie or a novel. And my character is exactly the sort of person who would be myopic enough to not figure out the message before the story is over.

But I sit down and think a bit. Can I expect the other players to acknowledge that I have a level of authority? I don't mean do what I say blindly. I mean "not insulting me to my face in front of a large crowd of people". And, "If I ask you what time it is, look at your watch and give me the time."


I'm thinking whatever. Maybe it'll still be interesting seeing how things play out. This other person said they wouldn't be playing any more so things might get better.

I am informed they are making a new character specifically for the purpose of revenge.

And that's when I'm done. I start seriously thinking about everything that's happened, what I can expect in the future... It's not just that it's not worth it, this isn't even something you could call a game.

I forget how things play out from that point, but I think I was asked how my character was going to die. I cared only just enough that it should be reflective of my experiences. Not some grand epic or something with meaning. It should be sudden and forced. Arbitrary and pointless.

He was killed by werewolves. One day he just went missing and they never found the body. Which if I'm honest still involved a more ceremony than I'd like. But I'll still take it.


There was one silver lining though. The guy who was causing problems didn't come back and my friend was able to have an experience that somewhat resembled a game. I'd like to think my actions reached him, but it's more likely he realized that nothing he did could make my friend care. Most of this persons actions were made out of pretty petty jealousy.

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xuincherguixe

xuincherguixe




30th Jul 2014, 1:16 AM

... And update happened while I wrote all that drama. Well phooey.

Also that got a bit long. It was a rough experience.

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LostDeviljho




28th Jul 2014, 1:15 AM

tell a story about a truly awesome PC being abruptly killed.
I'll start.

the guy's name was Spriggan White, but he went around under the name Concussion. he could create, absorb, amplify, or redirect concussive energy (by the end of the campaign his ability had expanded to cover all forms of kinetic energy, including sound). the guy had flight, was basically immune to physical blows, could neutralize most forms of energy, and was completely immune to force damage. at level 1.

the campaign culminated in a near TPK by the BBEG (a goblin warlord who could punch thing so hard they ended up in other dimensions). BBEG threw him into the sun. didn't take.
so Concussion comes flying back and bitchslaps the guy at something around Mach 35, shattering the whole CONTINENT they were on. the cleric casts revive dead a few times and they all go home.
Concussion walks through the door first and stabs himself to death on a couple hundred glass needles.

apparently merchants don't like it when you smash thier olive stand.

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Lamia




28th Jul 2014, 3:19 PM

Could anyone recommend a site where I could play an RPG online. More specifically, I'm looking for people to play the fan-made One Piece RPG with.

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MissFinefeather




28th Jul 2014, 4:21 PM

Try Roll20.net
It's browser based and there is even a place to advertise your game to get players.

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zombi3DS

zombi3DS




29th Jul 2014, 1:08 AM
"Be Cautious Though"

I have been in 5-6 campaigns on Roll20 (Trying to get our RL one moved onto it because summer is ending and some of us are headed off to college). Only 1 of them ever reached session 2.

It is very easy for it to die off. If you really want to keep it alive you must be the DM. Mostly this is because if the DM fails to show the session is done right there. (That is how 3 of them ended for me. The other was my fault as I was DM and left a note saying I could not make the time I had scheduled this week but that I would send them a time when I could do a make up session which then turned into two weeks and another note then three and four and the awkward silence from our account private message panels was palpable until I tried to broach it and they told me that they had figured I had bailed on it after the first missed session and had joined a different group.[I was heavily saddened by this as they had been rather new and as such I had for once been able to offer them options of setting and tone unlike my RL group where we always play 3.5/Pathfinder in the Golarion setting with complete insane chaotic nonsensicalness and these guys chose a serious low-magic/antimagic campaign(This concept brought me great joy as I got explore what happens when a world has hundreds of wizards and clerics who behave like my RL groups' chars do [Simple answer it gets scourged and those wizards and clerics are murdered.])])

So there are two options that work well:

1 Foster excellent communication between people who view this as a leisure activity rather than say me (I plan to own my own FNGS when I have graduated and earned some capital and since I am the only person in my RL group that actually buys books for our games I am the de facto organizer so for me it is a good portion of my life).

Or 2 Find a good group that you have experience with and know you can trust to tell you if they suddenly got a shift kicked their way a few days ahead rather than a few hours before. (I had a DM who cancelled 15 minutes before a session because he had to go to work 30 minutes into it. Which he had known for a week now.)

TL;DR Ensure that people communicate because otherwise you will be frustrated with the frequency with which campaigns fall apart.

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Lamia




29th Jul 2014, 4:37 PM

Thanks for the advice, I'll try to keep it in mind. I mostly play as a leisure activity, though, so I don't think it'll be to much of a problem.

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Lamia




29th Jul 2014, 4:35 PM

Thanks. I'm checking it out and it looks promising. Found a general anime group and a few people interested in a One Piece campaign, just need a GM now.

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Draylon




29th Jul 2014, 8:45 PM

I go to Mythweavers for all my online DnD-esk needs, they also do one piece, and pretty much every system, provided you have the patience for Play by post

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Lamia




29th Jul 2014, 11:55 PM

Patience isn't my strong suit, but thanks anyway.Think I'll stick with Roll20.

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