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Post  Copper Rose on Tue Dec 24, 2013 7:13 pm

As I promised, when my Laughter campaign reaches level three, I am starting a new Element-based campaign. This one is for Honesty.
(This means that all characters must have the Element of Honesty.)

In Character Thread!

This campaign is based in a small town, present day (show wize, anyway), just south of Van Hoover. Pretty much just a normal small Equestria town, mostly. A famous author wrote a best-selling book series based here, so it is a bit of a tourist attraction, and as such gets quite some interesting ponies, and creatures of many other races too, pass through. Conventions are held annually during the summer (it is early fall when the campaign starts) for the tourists, the main income for the town, and many of the activities are related to the book series. There is one problem, though, with what kind of book was based in this particular kind of town. In a big city it would be no problem, or a made-up town, but the City(barely) of Port Pegasus is possibly the worst place to base a series of mystery novels, if only because of those ponies out there who are... not quite right in the head.

Using the Abilities system, I guess, and feel free to use Abilities not official as long as you OK them with me somewhere during character creation. Minimum number of players is 4, maximum is 8. I'm not limiting how many people can sign up, just how many will actually be in the game, so those who sign up early, even if there's 8 or more already signed up, get first priority if someone drops from the game. If you have questions, feel free to ask. If you are not interested, thank you for reading this far, but if you are, then sign up! Big Smiles, Sweetie

Combat builds may be used, though they will not be required until much later in the game. I will, in fact, give you warning perhaps even a level ahead of time before they are required.

Also, I tend to prefer to use skype in my games when possible, so though I may create a skype group chat for this game, this thread will remain the official OOC, so official things will/should be either done in here or copied into here.

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Almost forgot this part

PLayers signed up|characters:
Crystalite|Dancing River*
ZamuelNow|Beams Brightly
Lapis-Lazily|Stacked Deck*
sunbeam|Wanderlust*^
conantheghost|Brass Wing*^
Paper Shadow|Silver Lining
Quietkal|Kaleidoscope*Clover Paw
Fury of the Tempest|Sky Wolf~
tygerburningbright|Crow WingYuna
<your name here>
*owner of a subplot
just a place to keep track of stuff
PLayers in|characters:
Crystalite|Dancing River*
ZamuelNow|Beams Brightly
Lapis-Lazily|Stacked Deck*

sunbeam|Wanderlust*^
conantheghost|Brass Wing*^
Paper Shadow|Silver Lining
Fury of the Tempest|Sky Wolf~
tygerburningbright|Crow WingYuna
Quietkal|Clover Paw
never thought I'd have to make this, but waiting list:


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Re: Mystery Ahoof Sign-up and OOC [ONE SPOT OPEN]

Post  Crystalite on Tue Dec 24, 2013 9:55 pm

I would like a spot. But I'll need a while to make a character sheet.
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Post  ZamuelNow on Tue Dec 24, 2013 10:54 pm

I see you are starting this now. Will this be purely Abilities or will combat builds be required as well?
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Post  Copper Rose on Tue Dec 24, 2013 11:01 pm

The advantage to editing a post while somebody replies to it is that you can edit your answer into it.

The disadvantage to editing a post while somebody replies to it is that they don't realise their question got answered unless they go back and reread the previous post after leaving or reloading the page.

(a.k.a. look to opening post for your answer, it makes it easier for those first looking at this to get all the info they might need.)
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Post  Crystalite on Wed Dec 25, 2013 5:24 am

Dunno when I'll be able to get to Google Docs, but here's a basic Text build.

Build:

Brawn: 7
Precision: 8
Knowledge: 7
Horse Sense: 8

Cutie Mark: Perception
Trained (5): Athletics, Acrobatics, Stealth, History, Persuasion

(2) Telekinesis
-(1) Mental Muscle
(2) Empathetic
(2) I've Read A Lot About It
(2) Moar I've Read A Lot About It
(2) Even MOAR I've Read A Lot About It
(3) Telepathy
(3) Detect Thoughts
(3) This Is Whining!
-(1) No, THIS Is Whining!
(4) Spike, Take A Letter
(5) Best Of The Breed

This looks like a unicorn. It's not. Also, this may look like I only have a little bit of thought here; I don't. I actually have a fair amount. (It's not precisely original thought, as the affectionate name might hint at; although I'm gonna try and do something a little different with it.) Meet Dancing River, the Earth Pony Psychic!

Backstory:
The purple earth pony awoke to the sound of running water. She blinked her eyes as she looked around. She was in a forest by a creek. Her eyes roved around until they came to rest on the disturbing sight of a dead corpse. She gasped at the ghastly wounds the stallion bore, his coat so drenched in blood (which she assumed to be his own) that his coat color could not be determined. She got up uneasily before she bolted in the other direction, screaming...

After a while, she sat down, wondering how she had come to this. To her horror, she could not recall; after some searching, she realised she couldn't recall hardly anything about herself. She wandered through the woods aimlessly until she came to a town...

And that's where she'll be at (probably) when the campaign starts. Just getting to town, wondering who the hell she thinks she is. And, y'know, why there was a dead pony in yhe middle of the woods.
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Post  Copper Rose on Wed Dec 25, 2013 9:36 pm

I'm assuming the dead body is going to be something she'll explore on her own, as her own personal subplot? I'm perfectly fine with it, but if players want more than one NPC per personal subplot, they'll have to be really convincing.
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Post  Crystalite on Wed Dec 25, 2013 10:10 pm

That is correct. I may make an antagonist for her as well (The exact nature will/would be revealed one bit at a time, just like her own nature.) Speaking of, what qualifies as an NPC for the purpose of that stipulation of "one NPC per player sub-plot"?

I think I may have to re-arrange some of the trained skills too, perhaps even dropping one all together (It occured to me that History doesn't make a lot of sense for an amnesiac.)
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Post  ZamuelNow on Wed Dec 25, 2013 11:35 pm

Words of Wisdom:
Words of Wisdom (4) – 2/Day
Upon character creation, you may choose to specialize in rhyme, haiku, rap, limerick or another equally kooky form of communication (subject to DM approval of course). Whenever out of combat, you may use this form of communication 'in character' to create an original, relevant and coherent phrase. If you do, you or an ally that can hear the rhyme may roll three times on his or her next skill check and take the highest result. You may take this ability up to three times.

Would an openly deliberate use of Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness be allowed for Words of Wisdom's form of speech?
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Post  Copper Rose on Thu Dec 26, 2013 1:05 am

@ Crystalite:
Basically, if players want subplots for their characters that include other characters that are not their companions (though those would be controlled by me as well), then those characters will be NPC's, and the player should describe to me how they wish their NPC to interact and such, so that I can control how much attention is payed by players to the main plot line. Thanks to said sub-plots, I may be able to focus mostly on them when I am having trouble coming up with details about the next main plot point.

@ ZamuelNow:
That sounds wonderfully awesome, just be sure to provide translations sometimes sometimes, if it becomes too long winded to be understandable.

Also, does this mean you are signing up? I refrained from assuming so in case you were only commenting on it, but if you are, then I can add you to the list in the opening post whenever you confirm.
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Post  ZamuelNow on Thu Dec 26, 2013 1:08 am

It is agreeable, confirmable, and correct that I am planning to sign up. I have plans for my character and am mostly finished. Probably won't post the build until tomorrow though.
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Post  Lapis-Lazily on Thu Dec 26, 2013 3:09 am

I will be making a character for this. Sounds fun.

Edit: Made my character. Say hello to former con-stallion and current police consultant Stacked Deck

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Post  ZamuelNow on Thu Dec 26, 2013 8:42 am

I hereby present, display, and reveal Beams Brightly! Crystalline isn't in the new system but I hope it'll be okay since it's basically just an X-born. And yes, her standard sentences when she speaks has the triple synonyms.
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Post  Crystalite on Thu Dec 26, 2013 9:08 am

So, we have the ex-con-artist, the nutty professor, and the amneisic psychic. This ought to be quite interesting.

Zammy, I don't suppose when River gets to town she could bump into Beams Brightly first? They look like they'd get along.

Copper Rose wrote:@ Crystalite:
Basically, if players want subplots for their characters that include other characters that are not their companions (though those would be controlled by me as well), then those characters will be NPC's, and the player should describe to me how they wish their NPC to interact and such, so that I can control how much attention is payed by players to the main plot line. Thanks to said sub-plots, I may be able to focus mostly on them when I am having trouble coming up with details about the next main plot point.

Gotcha. I'll send you some notes later.
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Post  ZamuelNow on Thu Dec 26, 2013 10:02 am

Don't particularly care for Zammy...

But we'll see how things go. It might work well for the two to meet and it may not. Beams certainly has her quirks.
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Post  Crystalite on Thu Dec 26, 2013 10:17 am

Ah-ha! I know how to irritate you now Daring Do

Not that I will, of course...

Sent you a PM Copper Rose.
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Post  sunbeam on Thu Dec 26, 2013 1:04 pm

Crystalite wrote:Ah-ha! I know how to irritate you now Daring Do

Not that I will, of course...
Please don't irritate our mutual DM.

In any case, I'd like to join in the revelry. I'm still hammering out the backstory, but here's Wanderlust's build:
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1MiZqtFb-Eth5Mzg8y3KDe1gWBnbQJ1oZ8RK7jtY7lpc/edit#heading=h.yvws4uhmtkn
You can probably guess the big picture of the poor sap's personal plotline. He's going to be student, but more along the lines of a student like Marek from Michael Crichton's book Timeline.
Also, is the element of Honesty required? I'd like to have the element of Generosity, but Honesty fits him well enough.
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Post  Copper Rose on Thu Dec 26, 2013 2:58 pm

Yay for answering in opening post! Very Happy

Anyway, don't feel restricted to making characters where Honesty makes sense. One (small) reason I'm doing this series of campaigns is so that people can see all the different possibilities of types of characters that can be produced for a single element, in case someone ever is feeling low on ideas for a character for a certain campaign that wants exactly one of each element.

For this reason, if someone feels like making a character for this, but for some reason doesn't want to play, go ahead and post it in here. Do this, though, and despite offering another idea, people won't be able to see them in action (unless somebody decides to use that character, with the maker's permission) for more ideas.
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Post  ZamuelNow on Thu Dec 26, 2013 5:35 pm

Also, I tend to prefer to use skype in my games when possible

Is this a recent update? I don't remember seeing it earlier and may cause issues for me since I'm rarely on Skype.
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Post  Crystalite on Thu Dec 26, 2013 5:47 pm

I would also prefer not to use Skype.

And this might be important too.
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Post  Copper Rose on Thu Dec 26, 2013 6:15 pm

Also mentioned was that this would remain the main OOC. I only use skype so that communications can be faster and easier, and if most of the party prefers not to use it, that's no problem. If something the non-skype users need to know about comes up on the skype chat, it will be posted here. That said, who so far signed up does like to use skype?

Edit: I only really use skype so that I have 9000 tabs open, instead of 9010
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Post  Lapis-Lazily on Thu Dec 26, 2013 7:19 pm

I like skype. It makes party communication between posts both easier and more likely to happen. That said, if nobody's using it, there's no point to it.

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Post  Crystalite on Fri Dec 27, 2013 5:35 am

Goooooooal! We have four players now! We could (theoretically) start soon!

Say, does anyone else have plans for a sub-plot? I would prefer for mine to not be the only alternative to the Main Story... PM me and I can give suggestions, if you want.
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Post  Copper Rose on Fri Dec 27, 2013 5:50 pm

There's actually people still signing up/working on their characters, so we'll wait for them to finish before we start.

Until then, why not have your character take a personality test, just for fun?
Jung Typology Test
Bronyland test
A random one I found and haven't tried yet
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Post  sunbeam on Fri Dec 27, 2013 10:14 pm

I should probably mention that I'm done with everything I need to start playing. I'm just drawing details that won't show up until later at this point.
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Post  Crystalite on Sat Dec 28, 2013 4:00 pm

So that leaves Conan to finish his sheet, and Paper to make one in the first place.

Say, where did they sign up? And Quietkal too, for that matter...
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