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... and my table has completed the game for this round of the initiative!

Yay! Awesome players, all.

Which leaves me inspired...
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My group finished up last week! One death at the climax of the adventure which works just fine for old-school D&D

Super fun - my players were awesome!
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My group finished up last week! One death at the climax of the adventure which works just fine for old-school D&D

Super fun - my players were awesome!

I had 2 deaths (out of 5 PCs).

Oops... modest
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We're nearing completion, with the players trying to solve the last puzzle (in the middle of a hard combat encounter!), and then on to the final encounter where they just have to make a very important decision...

I think we've had three of the eight players drop. One made a rather confusing post in character sounding like he was dropping out of the game, and hasn't posted since or responded to geekmails. Another player hasn't posted in two months and hasn't responded to geekmails. A third I've heard (second hand from one of the other players who knows them in real life) is experiencing some stuff offline and hasn't responded to geekmails, but maybe will come back?

Anyway, the five other players are continuing and I'm botting a couple of the other players for now; the one who posted oddly was away from everyone else anyway, so I'm just tracking things behind the scenes with that one and we'll see what happens.

But getting close and still having a lot of fun!
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Also, should we start prepping for the early 2019 initiative?
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Also, should we start prepping for the early 2019 initiative?

We definitely should.

I just teased my 3 tables from this year's 2 initiatives to get an indication of interest towards my plan to run Hoard of the Dragon Queen on 1 Jan 2019.

I totally forgot about the 2019 initiative in my inspired frame of mind. laugh
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I am going to run all six mini-adventures from In Volo's Wake. We are currently nearing the end of the fifth adventure. One player had to drop out for work-related issues, but I replaced him with two new players. I think we will finish by January. So it is going pretty well.

For a next event, I think I want to run a more free-form adventure rather than the railroads of Adventure League modules. Or maybe find at least one AL adventure which is a bit more open. I don't know if the players notice this, but story-wise In Volo's Wake more or less spells out what should happen.
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I completed my primary goals, which were:

Introduce the players to 4th Edition D&D.
Introduce the players to gridless D&D combat.
Introduce the players to collaborative, on-the-fly setting creation.
Have a dragon in the game. They decided not to deal with it, though they still might.

I don't have a stopping point in mind for the game. It's still going strong, and the players seem to want to keep going. Remarkably, we haven't lost any of the original five participants. We'll have an interruption or two over the holidays, which can be murder on PBF games, so we'll see what the new year brings. Even if this game crumbles, though, I think some of the players might be interested in starting a new one.
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Also, should we start prepping for the early 2019 initiative?

We definitely should.

I just teased my 3 tables from this year's 2 initiatives to get an indication of interest towards my plan to run Hoard of the Dragon Queen on 1 Jan 2019.

I totally forgot about the 2019 initiative in my inspired frame of mind. laugh


Maybe that Co-DM idea you had would be good for the next initiative? whistle
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Dragging my group across the finish line
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zjensen3 wrote:
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downeymb wrote:
Also, should we start prepping for the early 2019 initiative?

We definitely should.

I just teased my 3 tables from this year's 2 initiatives to get an indication of interest towards my plan to run Hoard of the Dragon Queen on 1 Jan 2019.

I totally forgot about the 2019 initiative in my inspired frame of mind. laugh


Maybe that Co-DM idea you had would be good for the next initiative? whistle

What do you have in mind?
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taen wrote:
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taen wrote:
downeymb wrote:
Also, should we start prepping for the early 2019 initiative?

We definitely should.

I just teased my 3 tables from this year's 2 initiatives to get an indication of interest towards my plan to run Hoard of the Dragon Queen on 1 Jan 2019.

I totally forgot about the 2019 initiative in my inspired frame of mind. laugh


Maybe that Co-DM idea you had would be good for the next initiative? whistle

What do you have in mind?



If you plan to run a game your own, there are even DMs (including me) who would be willing to help out whenever you need. Call it co-DMing or whatever, but I think these are possible scenarios:

1. DM1 (less experienced) runs the game mainly, DM2 (more experienced) only advises where necessary/requested. This would be more like an 80% DM1 20% DM2 commitment, since DM1 would do most of the work and keeping gameplay going.

2. DM1 and DM2 handles different scenarios / parts of the adventure (e.g., DM1 handles non-combat scenarios, DM2 handles combat), both taking an equal responsibility to keep the game going for players. This would be about a 50-50 arrangement.

3. DM1 and DM2 handles whatever the players throw at them, and any of the DMs can partake in any part of the gameplay. Whichever DM posts first, can continue the game for the players. I think if the 2 DMs are properly coordinated, this could give players the best and most responsive gameplay. Plus, let's say it's you and me in different timezones, and we are online more often than we should be, our players can have a near real-time (although short of a) F2F experience, if we can make many posts in a day. This would also be about a 50-50 arrangement.


Any of these would be sweet!


EDIT: This is from a GM from you from a while ago
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Co-GMing is a great idea, and gets more PBFers interested in GMing and therefore more games and therefore YES.
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Zac and I will work this out offline, so that we don't spam everyone.

Let's see if we have a first co-DM table for the next initiative.

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We did do a previous initiative for new PBF GMs that had a newbie PBF GM and a mentor PBF GM to help with the process, but that was mostly behind the scenes and not true co-GMing.
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I would join that.
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I'm getting ready to call time of death for mine. It wasn't a failed experiment only in that I did learn from it.
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Yeah, you are needing a LONG time for this pretty straightforward adventure. It should be doable in a month or so...
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I would join that.


My game will be wrapping up soon, and I have some players who definitely want to continue in a follow on game. I'm not sure I'll be able to support multiple PBFs at the same time, so we'll see if I commit to running a game. If I do, it will have to be something lighter than my current scenario.
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...aaaaand scene.
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...aaaaand scene.


Way to go!
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Congrats everyone who completed their games!
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Congrats everyone who completed their games!

And congrats to everyone whose games have kept going because the players are enjoying themselves!
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I've been incredibly lax with mine. It's barely started. I hope my players stick by me - I'm trying to pick up my pace!
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Congrats everyone who completed their games!

We are in the sixth (and last) mini-adventure of the series. And the players are already hinting that I should continue GM'ing another one for them...
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