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  • Text Post
    3 years ago
    +3 3 0

    [META] One-Shot Session #1: Welcome to Dungeon World!

    Howdy everybody,

    First, before I get into the main topic of this post, I'd like to mention a couple things:

    1) A few people are still figuring out exactly what this tribe is about. That's fair, since we really are starting out and, as other more active members have stated, this tribe's identity is still being etched out. That said, the goal of this tribe is to facilitate anything pen-and-paper.

    Have an interesting story? Write about it! Want to set up a session? Post it here! Found a really cool indie game system? Let us know! The purpose of this is to create a center for this hobby that we love.

    2) I'd like to apologize as of late for being inactive. I've been dealing with personal events in my life that have resulted in me being away from social networking sites. I'm going to be doing my best to remain active.

    Now that those are out of the way...

    Welcome to Dungeon World!

    Our first community One-Shot is coming up with an as-of-yet undefined time! To help coordinate this process, I've created a roll20 campaign which you can access here. Upon accessing the campaign, please message me the following:

    • Your username on Snapzu
    • Time and availability

    Once you've done this, please take a gander over at the Dungeon World SRD and familiarize yourself with the concepts of the game and what classes are available. If you'd like, you can request to reserve a particular class you want to be (there will be no doubles).

    The cut-off for invites will be: - if there are no more seats available (There will be 6 seats, 9 if there warrants enough interest). - on Thursday the 23rd.

    Thanks for your interest, and I'm looking forward to gming for you all!

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  • Unspecified
    3 years ago
    +2 2 0

    Keeping the Peace

    Announcing a Guardian Sourcebook for Star Wars®: Force and Destiny™

  • Text Post
    3 years ago
    +1 1 0

    [Discussion] When to have a large-scale battle... And when not to.

    Every Monday evening I get together with a few of my friends, and we play a role-playing game. Usually we gravitate towards the FFG Star Wars pen-and-paper system for its emphasis on narrative rather than 'crunchy' systems. However, with the current GM away on vacation, we took a different route and I ran a one-shot for The One Ring role-playing game.

    Unfortunately, The One Ring isn't particular suited for a one-shot. The game is set in the familiar world of Middle Earth, and the game mechanics revolve around the nature of such a slow-moving world. Changes aren't massive or rapid. They take time. If the players succeed, it's incremental. If the players see that the world is doomed, it's 'not with a bang, but with a whisper', as the saying goes. Thus, the players death is not seen as the main consequence of failure. What is failure is the gradually destruction of the players' relationships, livelihoods, and the darkening of all that they love. If the players die protecting that which they appreciate, then they've started on the path to victory. With their death, they simply create another character, an heir to the prior individual, and keep playing.

    So when I played the adventure Words of the Wise (you can check this out for free), my players had a hard time grasping the slowness of the game. And while it might have been the fault of GM-ing (I had only ran this particular game three other times), one thing we all agreed upon was the last encounter - the Battle of Woodland Hall sucked.

    Two players nearly died. The battle itself was taking longer than necessary as few of the victory conditions were being completed. I ended up having to cheese the rules to allow the players to protect their companions' unconscious bodies and allowing Radaghast, the brown wizard, to save them. Towards the end, we all gave a sigh of relief as the battle came to an abrupt end. The group had fun during the the rest of the game. I even included some additional modules from other adventures to pad the game with treasure hunting, exploration, etc. But the last battle left a sour note in everybody's mouth.

    Since that session I've been wondering why that battle was so bad, and I think i came up with a reason. A large-scale battle needs greater stakes that the players can relate with. The One Ring had other examples of battles that were almost the exact same as the battle for woodland hall. However, all of them are expected to result in player death. Large battles in the system are deadly. So if the players are fighting a large, long-drawn out battle, they need to feel like they're protecting something important to them. The player needs to feel like death is a risk that should be taken to protect those they love. So, for a one-shot, having a large-scale battle is out of place since the players have not and will not immerse themselves as they would in a longer campaign.

    So, in conclusion, from this experience I feel that large-scale battles are a great opportunity to give players a chance to actively protect their home. Death should absolutely be a factor in the players decision-making. Players should also make that decision to fight large armies. However, to treat a large battle as 'just an encounter' doesn't do the battle or the players justice. Players will get bored easily, and feel punished as the realities of war (being that death comes and comes quick) become clear.

    What do you guys think about large-scale battles? Do you enjoy them? How would you run them or have them run for you?

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  • Text Post
    3 years ago
    +3 3 0

    How do I share an already linked snap to my tribe?

    Hello,

    I'm trying to link the URL of a particular tribe to another tribe I'm chieftain of. However, because it's a duplicate URL, I can't post the link. What can I do (other than using a text post) to link the URL of the subject tribe to my tribe's page?

  • Text Post
    3 years ago
    +4 4 0

    [Meta] Polling for Flag and Banner

    Howdy! I was wanting to create a flag and banner for the tribe, and I wanted to hear everybody's thoughts on this. Throw up some ideas!

  • Text Post
    3 years ago
    +5 5 0

    [Meta] Setting up the community one-shot, and YOU!

    Howdy everybody,

    So in the first post, Fuyu gave an excellent idea of setting up a monthly one-shot event for us to build a stronger community. I'm absolutely on-board with it, but since this would be the first of its kind in this tribe, I'm curious to see peoples opinions on how we would first be setting this up.

    A few things first...

    What game will be played? I feel that the perfect game to start this tradition would be Dungeon World. Why? Well for one, its a stereotypical fantasy that has defined tabletop role-playing for generations. People will be the most accustomed to it. Secondly, the ease of use will make for an easier time coordinating how to play while we are setting these one-shots up. Lastly, we can easily play with a huge number without trouble (and I feel like that's important in the beginning to promote community cohesion).

    Who will DM? I will happily DM this first session, though in future one-shots I could see this job being rotated.

    When will this happen? I don't know, which is why I want to consult with you guys on setting up a common schedule for us to work with.

    **How will this happen? ** The goal here is to set this up using Roll20. You will likely need a mic, but you won't need a camera.

    And lastly...

    Can I provide feedback? Absolutely! I want to make this a learning experience for everybody while we work towards growing this tribe. Which is why I'd like to hold two discussions before and after the session. The discussion prior will be to set up expectations and prepare the game so we can have a great time. The post-session analysis will be like doing an autopsy - we'll be analyzing the game, the adventure, and the system. If anything went wrong, we'll bring that up, and if there were any highlights, we'll talk about those too.

    Please provide any ideas, criticisms, and comments that you have. Also let me know your availability if you're interested!

    Thanks for reading!

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  • Unspecified
    3 years ago
    Unspecified
    +21 21 0

    /t/penandpaper - A tribe for all things related to tabletop role-playing

    /t/penandpaper is a tribe dedicated to creating a community of role-players. I'm working on creating a community that holds discussions on world building and mechanics, shares stories about great (or terrible) tabletop experiences, and even coor ...

  • Text Post
    3 years ago
    +17 17 0

    I think Snapzu should keep the current invite system

    The title says it all. I think in order to maintain the integrity of the posts and comments, the invite system should be kept even after the Snapzu servers are updated.

    I hope I'm not the only one who was disappointed with the commonly poisonous users of Reddit. With user growth came quite a few nasty people, and a lot of subreddits reached critical mass in its content and character. The reason is that anybody can join Reddit, which means even those who are going to contribute negatively to the community.

    At Snapzu, you have to go through the very simple hurdle of getting invited. This hurdle actually provides a great gate to prevent those that would serve to create hostile divisiveness within the network. People must be invited by others, which means they have to have at least somebody vouching for them.

    I don't know, I'm throwing an idea out there. People may not agree with this, and that's totally fine. One thing I hope we can agree on is that we should try and make this an awesome website by being good to each other.

    Thanks for reading.

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  • Text Post
    3 years ago
    +4 4 0

    Studying Communications

    Howdy,

    I'm a student majoring in Communications, so I've taken a few classes in speech, interpersonal communication, and argumentation. I can provide additional input for those who need help with speeches, debates, and interpersonal communication.

  • Text Post
    3 years ago
    +6 6 0

    Will flair eventually be implemented?

  • Text Post
    3 years ago
    +6 6 0

    Tribal Council #1: Welcome!

    Howdy everybody,

    So first off I'd like to welcome anybody and everybody who's interested in this tribe. I know most of you (including myself) came from Reddit for a variety of reasons. For many of those reasons I'd like to go over the intention of the pen-and-paper tribe, and how I think we can contribute to a positive community that promotes good will.

    My goals are the following: 1. Set up an environment in which new settings, games, and ideas for pen-and-paper games are thrown around for those with a creative spirit. 2. Create communal interactions such as organizing and coordinating groups to play either over Google Hangouts or Roll20. 3. Discuss current or past games and the stories of great (or terrible) pen-and-paper gaming.

    Really, what I what from this is to be a fun environment for people.

    So, in conclusion, what I want to hear from you is, what do you want? What can I do to help make this the most awesome, epically geared, mythic leveled tribe?

    Thank you guys so much!

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  • Text Post
    3 years ago
    +1 1 0

    Like some good old fashioned pen-and-paper roleplaying? Join /t/penandpaper.

  • Text Post
    3 years ago
    +2 2 0

    Hello world!

    My name is RoastedRareByte, and Snapzu looks like a great alternative to Reddit! I'm particularly excited to be part of what appears to be such a friendly community!