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Thread for TTRPG discussion and organization.
# What is a TTRPG?
TTRPG, sometimes TRPG, stands for TableTop Role-Playing Game. It includes big names, like D&D, and much less heard of ones, like Song of Swords. The rule systems run from extremely thorough, with rules for things like how many Thai chilli peppers you can eat before getting ill, to so broad as to be nearly nonexistent, with only basic guidelines on how to play. In almost all systems, the key component that sets it apart from video game RPGs is the presence of the Dungeon Master, Game Master, Referee, etc. They help to adjudicate edge cases not covered by rules and create exceptions to the rules in favour of fun, meaning a TRPG has much more freedom of action than a normal RPG.
# Where do I play?
Generally, TTRPGs, especially niche ones without large player bases, are played in-person, but there are also sites and apps that allow you to play over the internet and find groups. The biggest one right now is probably roll20; signing up is free, and as a player, you never need to pay for anything. Other applications include FoundryVTT (paid for by a GM), Maptools (free), AstralVTT (free), and Fantasy Grounds (expensive, but very nice). Some groups even play on Tabletop Simulator, which has the added bonus of letting you play poker or Life before a session starts or if someone flakes.
There's also the potential to show up at a gaming store; if you live in the US, Canada, or Europe, there's plenty of those around too. Gaming stores are in-person, obviously, but they also often boast long-time, highly experienced and confident game masters who are knowledgable at how to best cater to newbies trying to enter the hobby. There are many websites online to help you find game stores near you.
# Where do you get the rulebooks?
You can buy them from places like drivethrurpg, or you can pirate them from https://thetrove.net/
. As a new player, you often don't need very many books; both Shadowrun and Pathfinder have relatively complete wikis online with all the setting-agnostic information you need, and Pathfinder even has a setting wiki so there's no reason to buy the books for their content.
OK, no problem. I can work around that easily. Thanks for the heads up.
Considering we're decent to go on New Years, we'll have a game then, Enjoy your Christmas everyone.
Is the game today? I'm stuck with family.
Fine then we can't do anything with two people missing I guess
I'll just run longer sessions until birdboi needs to go to make up for it I suppose
Good thing I actually checked the thread
Birdboi, what exactly is your animal companion? I need to add it as a separate PC for you to create.
Got it, should've checked there first probably.>>1231
Assuming nobody bails, yeah.
Internet's being slow but I'll load in eventually just wait a bit if you're early
Rest in peace
I can still deal with that since we did get far enough, though. Tell me a week or two in advance when you get back and I'll work you in. Also for the rest of you, prepare to go to level 2.
There was but nobody showed up for half an hour so I left. Dunno why, only the birdboi said he wasn't coming. Guess people got bored or something.
Isn't the start time at 16:00 GMT? We all showed up at that time. When >>1253
was posted we were in the server.
I was there the whole time. Nobody there and nobody posting?
I don't know what happened, but we were connected and posting in the chat, I'm sure the messages are still in the log. Just some technical difficulty I guess, but we didn't bail on you.
I might be late tomorrow
I'm loading in right now but it's taking a while so yeah
uhh Fernanda where is your sheet
It's apparently nonexistent on Mythweavers? What happened?
I still run them on a table for other groups, but it's a bit hard to run RPGs on a table when people are oceans apart.
In any case it's a different experience. I wouldn't say better or worse but you run the game differently in both forms.
No because my friends IRL don't have an interest in it ;_;
My stay at the game tomorrow will be short lived.
I'm coming, it's just being slow as usual
I will be out of town on DnD day ;_;
buy your items >:(
Here's the item guide I promised.
There's other guides for 3.5 out there but this should be good enough for most purposes.
Seems like there's unscheduled server maintenance this week?
Oh. I was wondering why I couldn't connect…
Yeah I couldn't start the server either, it'd just boot me back to the main page.
Vivi player here, I can't make it to D&D tomorrow, sorry.
Crud I didn't see that until just now
Ok, a bit unfortunate. Also Vivi, send me your sheet again, either I have the wrong sheet or you haven't updated yours in ages. I'm trying to migrate the content on the sheets onto Foundry so you guys don't need to keep track of five things at once. And remember to buy items, if you haven't yet.
Vivi, you can summon Deep Ones, but not Grioths; the stacking psychic damage on Grioths is only really balanced for NPCs.
Remember DST was yesterday. The game's time doesn't respect DST, please keep that in mind.
This time surely I will not forget>>1350
While I'm asking questions, I don't understand Deific Obedience, I can't find the entries for what it actually does for anything except very few gods. Does this mean I can't use the Exalted/Sentinel/Evangelist prestige classes?
Obedience is a trap, it's flavorful as hell but it's total garbage and also the GOOs don't have any Obediences because it was introduced in a splatbook and was immediately forgotten about.
Oh, that's a shame. I was looking at Evangelist because it's pretty much all upside since it advances your normal class features along with the prestige stuff. I'll probably take Selective Channel or Channel Smite then just to help out with our DPS problems.
Will be late tomorrow
5 hours from this post for people who don't know how DST works>>1364
How late are you going to be? Last time I gave up after 1.5 hours, if it's going to be 2 hours again it'll be ded game again today.
Should be around 1.15 hour late
ok then I'll start the server an hour later than usual
Today's a long weekend here so there's no game
I'm not even actually home
For some reason I was sure I posted this last week but then I com to make sure it's been acknowledged and it's not here
Ghost in the machine?
Good because i forgot about DnD and stayed up late
I am dying AND i have work tomorrow
Can you not make it?