Sunday, July 22, 2018

The Campaign Prospectus - Questions Being Discussed - 1

Let's dream, shall we?
A number of questions about the forthcoming campaign have come up in the discussions we've been having, and I thought that it might be useful to have a look at them...

When will this campaign be run? I have a pretty full schedule!

This is still under serious discussion. The current favorite is the suggestion of Sunday evenings, with the game session running from five to nine and probably once a month; this time frame would allow people to get to their usual game sessions, and allow time to get some dinner before gaming. The Missus thought that having refreshments ready, like she did for the marathon twelve-hour 5e session we had, would be a big help to people.

I don't have a car; how do I get there?

Several suggestions have been discussed; since a number of the players I've invited rely on public transportation, we thought that in the time before the game proper I can give rides to people who might need them. Likewise, rides home are possible, as I don't work until the afternoon during the week.

I can't be at every game session; is this a problem?

No. I am very specifically setting things up to allow for people to be able to drop in and out of the campaign as they need to. All I ask is that I get an e-mail telling me that you'll be out, for that session; I'll ask what you'd like your character to be doing, and that will be what the other players hear about - "So-and-so is at the academy, learning a new spell."

What rules do I need to know?

Whatever set of rules - any rules - that you are comfortable with. One player is already working on a 5e PC; it's my problem to crunch the numbers, not yours.

I've never played any wargames; will this be a problem?

No. You'll be role-playing, and any military troops will take care of themselves. You will be asked to give orders, which you'll get plenty of coaching on as we play.

You have a lot of emphasis on making me feel comfortable. Why?

Because I have forty years of horror stories about bad GMs and players. I want everybody to have a good time, not a bad one. An example of this was a player I had who was a severe arachnophobe; because of this, no giant spiders ever appeared in the games I did for her. Yes, giant spiders are a 'D&D trope', but I didn't want her discomfort to get in the way of the game. Other giant insects were fine, so I stocked up on them...

Is this a LARP? You've mentioned costumes.

No. We just liked making costumes, and so we have a number of them on display in the game room.

What happens if I'm the only one who shows up for a game session?

You get your choice; a one-on-one game session, or we fire up the 52" screen and run a movie related to the game for the evening. Refreshments provided, either way; this is all about friends having fun.

I've seen your YouTube videos; will you be recording our games?

No. As I get the game room wired for video-teleconferences, I am planning on having game sessions open to 'distant' players. Unless you want to be part of one of these, you will not be on camera or on microphone. I don't put people 'on the air' unless they agree to it in advance; it's the same reason why I don't post game photos with people's faces in them, unless they've agreed to it.

Will you be doing other games, like at conventions?

Yes, but only if the group wants to be part of anything like this. I will be doing The Annual Birthday Party game at The Source's 'Free RPG Day' for as they want me too, but any other events are going to be with the group's permission and help.

Are you going to be opening up this campaign to just anyone?

No. I am inviting people that I think might enjoy a campaign like this, and not advertising for players; this campaign is all about the fun we had at the 'Free RPG Day' session, and having people of like mind in for games and fun. As we get further into the campaign, I will be happy to talk to people about being part of the group, but the group will always have the final say on who games with them. Likewise for guests; anyone in the campaign can bring a guest, but I'd like to know about it in advance so that I can talk to them first to see what they are looking for in a game session.

Again, this is a work in progress; the 'Prospectus' page is off in the right hand-column, and please feel free to ask any questions you might have.

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