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State of the Game [message #977] Sun, 12 June 2011 20:16 Go to next message
like_a_god is currently offline  like_a_god
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Good evening,

I've spent a good part of the day reflecting on the state of the game. Overall, I'm having lots of fun. I also enjoy watching how each of you guys choose to bring to life your characters.

Having said that there are a a couple of things I'd like to offer up for conversation.

First, due to the missed sessions, we've tried to move the story forward via the forum. I think this worked well for some characters and endeavors, but for others it proved problematic. For instance, it's easy to pass the time crafting potions, researching info, or fixing the ship but if one wants to actually have interactions with new non-player characters, it proves inadequate.

As such, given that what happened during the last session, do you guys wish to go another week in Annanstrand via the forum, knowing certain things are just going to have to be put off or do we simply pause until the next game?

Secondly, I would like to give each of you as much time as possible to shine at the table. Sadly, I haven't been able to bring this to fruition. I'd like to ask for your help in fostering an environment where it does. There are two things that I think would help me in this endeavor.

First, while I have a rough overarching plot in mind, a lot is determined by the actions, or lack thereof, of your character. Part of my responsibility as a DM is to provide opportunities for your characters to develop or use their talents. However, I try not to force characters down a specific path (unless necessary) and there are times where only player actions can move things forward. Please don't ever hesitate to act at the table or reach out to me if you feel your voice isn't being heard. I understand it's no fun to sit back and just watch as others play.

Secondly, on a related note, I find myself struggling with the crosstalk at the table. Some crosstalk is inevitable, it is a social game after all. However, we've had situations where players provide input when their characters aren't actually taking part in what's going on at the table. Likewise, we've had side conversations that drown out or completely derail what's happening at the table. I'd like to ask that we try to keep these things to a minimum.

Well, I think this wall of text is probably long enough Smile So, if you read this far, let me again thank each of you for playing at my table.

like_a_god



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Re: State of the Game [message #978 is a reply to message #977] Mon, 13 June 2011 12:50 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Tangaroa is currently offline  Tangaroa
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I concur with "off-screen" events taking place in the forums and slightly better table etiquette.

When "zoom in" takes place on a specific character, it's nice if that character can act with commentary or distraction. I try no to comment when Morgan goes to the huts, Iri talks to her kinfolk, Talinth to his church, etc and Rhedoc isn't there.

My last home game the gm and player(s) in question simply went into the kitchen during private cut scenes - and others didn't get to participate. It's a bit extreme but it added an interesting dimension to the game.

I would rather not spend another session narrating what happens during the course of the week, unless we intend to do something active - I would like to see some action next game and (gasp) maybe throw a few dice for combat. There are some things I would like to do before the next week that are better done in person, but I'm willing to do them via private communication with the gm.

icon14.gif  Re: State of the Game [message #983 is a reply to message #977] Tue, 14 June 2011 06:50 Go to previous message
like_a_god is currently offline  like_a_god
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Good Morning,

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First, due to the missed sessions, we've tried to move the story forward via the forum...


It seems like many of you would like to continue the action on the forum so that we're ready to dive into the next adventure when we return to the table. I'll do my best to facilitate this.

like_a_god


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