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Fletch
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The Official ==Play Outside Your Comfort Zone Challenge==

Maybe it's the fact that insomnia struck again, but I had an idea this morning.

What if...

Someone ran a game with the premise of throwing players outside their respective character picking comfort zone?

This would involve

1) Choosing a neutral system (I'd vote Pathfinder or 2e, but that's just me. Maybe something more rules-lite?)
2) Randomizing who gets what type of character
3) Having a crazy blast

In my idea, the PCs are thrown into a world that doesn't take itself too seriously. No mass of masterminds or hordes of hobgoblins. NO! The plot would be fast and loose with self-referential humor, genre tropes a-plenty, and generally fun and mayhem ensue hand in hand.

But I dunno, just a thought. Anyone tried something like this before? Thoughts in general?


Posted on 2011-02-11 at 15:21:22.
Edited on 2011-02-12 at 04:23:12 by Fletch

Admiral
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well

I've played a few games where the players (I GMed in two cases) had no idea even of the rules of the system. They basically gave a character description and appearance, and were handed everything else.

It was quite the blast.


Posted on 2011-02-11 at 16:47:49.

Shield Wolf
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Interesting

I once tried to run a game where the controlling Deities were Fate and Destiny. Each PC had a "destiny" they had to stick to or suffer penalties for going against the will of the cosmos. This was accomplished by me rolling on a table of 100 Random PrCs, the character had to take a level in that PrC by level 10 if possible, this of course forced players into general roles they may not have normally chosen themselves.


Posted on 2011-02-11 at 19:02:48.

Fletch
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So here's the dealio

Those actually sound like a blast! I'd love to give those a try sometime.

This idea though, is simpler. Basing the random thingies on races, classes, and a background, you'd pretty much make three dice rolls and have a basic character. Here's what I came up with:

a d4 roll for background, a d6 for race, and a d8 for class. The class and race are pretty self-explanatory, but the background gives you a starting point for your character as well as determining the amount of starting gold.

I'm basing most of the other crunchies off AD&D 2e, though I'm thinking of streamlining it. It comes down to making it accessible for newbies and a challege for vets. I'm kicking around some other things, but that's the gist of what I came up with.



Posted on 2011-02-12 at 04:22:29.

Celeste
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random goodness

If you have access to it, the 3.5 D&D Dungeon Master's Guide has those random tables: race, class, and alignment -- but no background tables. Although it does have "100 personality traits" %d table too.


Posted on 2011-02-12 at 04:26:17.
Edited on 2011-02-13 at 14:42:18 by Celeste

Fletch
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Wooooah

Hey thanks! I managed to snag one fairly recently, but haven't had the time to look over it. I'll give it a look-see.


Posted on 2011-02-13 at 09:41:55.

Mysterion
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Sounds interesting.

This sounds good and it looks like it would make character generation simple and take that aspect out of my hands.

If you start this up and would be willing to give me another try then I would give it a go. I think it would be challenging to play like this.


Posted on 2011-02-13 at 14:27:12.

Fletch
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Of course!

You'd be more than welcome.

I'm probably going to use either 2e or the (gosh, I love free stuff!) Microlite 20 rules. Got most of it worked out, so I can probably get an adventure worked up. Keep at me about it, I tend to forget things.


Posted on 2011-02-14 at 15:17:00.

The_Haruspex
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Interested

I am Definitely interested Keep me updated!!


Posted on 2011-02-14 at 16:10:41.

Mysterion
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Reminding.

So got that adventure worked up?

So when do we make the rolls to make our characters? Do we do that in the Dragon Chat? I think I seen a die roller in there. Just a thought.

Can we at least request that we play the sex or our choice? I don't think I be much good playing a female character. I don't have any practice in that area and like most men I just cant figure them out!


Posted on 2011-02-14 at 17:04:26.

Fletch
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Key change!

Alright, i've got the bare bones of an adventure worked up, but i kinda want to officially gauge interest while i flesh it out a bit.

Who's interested? We'd be using Microlite20 (free, and basically stripped down old school d&d), and 4 random parts to character generation - race, class, your background, and a quirk are randomized.

The setting...well in theory it's sort of a parody of traditional D&D, but i can take it in a more traditional direction if that's the consensus.


Posted on 2011-02-16 at 02:50:38.

Mysterion
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Interested

I think I made it clear above that I am still interested but for the record. Count me in!

I will see what I can dig up about this Microlite20.

Is the character generation still going to be done by die roll? I think it a challenge to play a character much like real life has been thrust upon you and you just have to deal with it. Just my thoughts!

Cant wait!

Jack


Posted on 2011-02-16 at 11:55:23.

Fletch
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Die Roll

Microlite uses 4d6, drop lowest, but I was thinking 2d6+6 to make it a little more even.


Posted on 2011-02-16 at 14:14:07.

The_Haruspex
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Count me in!

I'm interested.


Posted on 2011-02-16 at 16:29:32.

Mysterion
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ok

How many people do you want in this adventure? So far I only see two of us that have committed to it.

Come on people we need more volunteers



Posted on 2011-02-17 at 12:36:25.

   
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