Castlevania-themed PBP RPG - signup thread

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Castlevania-themed PBP RPG - signup thread

Postby Bongo Bill » Tue Jan 21, 2014 12:42 am

So. Right now I'm thinking I'd like to run a tabletop campaign and run it for you guys. I have been interested in Apocalypse World-derived systems for some time, so I will hack Simple World into something appropriate, and sort of try to figure things out as I go along. I'll have more details between now and the start of the game.

You won't need anything to play except a commitment to not flaking out. I'll make sure you have everything you need; start with the rulebook I linked above, and if that seems a bit mystifying to you, read about Apocalypse World or Dungeon World. Games in that family are reputed to be very straightforward to play once you understand how its rules describe how to collaboratively tell a genre story, so please don't let any unfamiliarity dissuade you.

The main idea is that this adventure will be themed very like a Castlevania game: you will play as one of several cool guys who come together in a quest to approach a spooky castle, vanquish the many monsters therein, and give Dracula what-for. You'll note that the Simple World rulebook indicates that the master of ceremonies (me) will give you a handful of archetypes, analogous to classes, to use as the basis for your characters, and coming up with those is my first job. Your first job is to post in this thread if you're interested in playing!

Post in this thread if you're interested in playing!!
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Postby MarsDragon » Tue Jan 21, 2014 12:43 am

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Postby Brentai » Tue Jan 21, 2014 12:46 am

How resistant is this system to extremely flaky newbie roleplayers?

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Postby Newbie » Tue Jan 21, 2014 1:37 am

Simple World seems pretty interesting. I presume MC moves will happen... what, if a certain amount of time elapses without a post?

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Postby Bongo Bill » Tue Jan 21, 2014 12:49 pm

The thing about *World games is that anybody can make a move at any time, if it would make sense in the story. The game is a conversation rather than a simulation.

More specifically, "hard" moves are things the MC does in response to players rolling 6 or less, whereas any other MC move happens when the players need the MC's input in order to know what happens next.
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Postby Bongo Bill » Thu Jan 23, 2014 3:22 pm

Whoops I spoiled the ending:

When you vanquish Dracula with the Vampire Killer, roll +(TBD).
On 10+, choose two; on 7-9, choose one:
  • Dracula won't return under his own power.
  • The miasma of evil surrounding the castle will soon vanish.
  • You and all your descendants until the end of time will not suffer Dracula's curse and be bound to his fate.
  • He isn't about to turn into a huge rampaging demon in his "death" throes.
On 6-, you only thought he was vanquished, and instead you just made him mad.
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Postby Newbie » Thu Jan 23, 2014 7:34 pm

Man, that's a fucking choice.
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Postby Bongo Bill » Thu Jan 23, 2014 10:37 pm

Don't worry; if you pick the third one, we can have a sequel campaign where you resurrect him so you can kill him again properly.
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Postby Healy » Fri Jan 24, 2014 5:11 pm

I'm down, as I've never played a * World game that went anywhere, but keep in mind I have like zero PbP experience, so if there's an excess of players somehow I should probably be the first to be dropped.
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Postby Bongo Bill » Fri Jan 24, 2014 5:51 pm

There will not be a surplus of players. Neophytes are welcome, or else I'd have to kick myself out.
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Postby Healy » Fri Jan 24, 2014 7:03 pm

Well alright then!

While I'm here, what playbooks do you plan on making?
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Postby Bongo Bill » Fri Jan 24, 2014 7:08 pm

I'm leaning towards one for each of five stats. Examples should be fairly self-explanatory if you're familiar with the source material, but I haven't settled on final names yet: Bold, Clever, Magical, Holy, and Cursed.
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Postby Newbie » Fri Jan 24, 2014 8:08 pm

'Playbooks' is not terminology I recognize from the linked PDF; does this correspond to character seeds, player moves, or something else entirely?
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Postby Bongo Bill » Fri Jan 24, 2014 8:16 pm

"Playbook" is a *World-ism. In D&D terms, it's basically your class, but also your character sheet.
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Postby Bongo Bill » Mon Jan 27, 2014 8:11 pm

I intend to start this game after Vampires vs Werewolves XI ends. I apologize that it's not sooner.
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Postby Newbie » Mon Jan 27, 2014 10:11 pm

ohhhhh shiiiiiiit

...that's fine. That Castle isn't going anywhere.
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Postby MarsDragon » Tue Apr 29, 2014 5:39 pm

...so, is this ever happening?

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