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Index of PbP Games Past [Staff Pick]

thirdkingdom

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PbP PEANUT GALLERY THREAD - Link/discuss awesome PbP games here

The Wyzard posted a link to his long-running OD&D campaign a short while ago in a (now closed) thread over in the d20 forum and it got me thinking. That game was, although I did not play in it, a seminal influence in how I view gaming in general and pbp in particular. I don't know if there is any other interest, but how about a stickied thread with links, and maybe a plot synopsis, of long running and/or awesome games that have been run here. Kind of like a Tangency Cliffs Note thread, but for the PbP forum. Any thoughts?

Mod Edit: See Post #32. -Wyz

Every once in a while I think how nice it would be to have a single place where everyone who participates in pbp games here could reference games that have been run in the past. Since the Gaming subforum only goes back a month or more, in terms of post times, and people have a tendency to clear links to older games out of their .sigs, it would be nice to have everything consolidated in one thread.

I've gone ahead and set up a wiki page here that can serve as an editable index. Obviously, as names get added it would be cool to try and keep everything in alphabetical order. Posts can also be made here, in this thread, linking to past games, but since there is a time limit on editing threads it might not be that simple to use this thread as an index. Input on this idea would be awesome.
 
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Kai Tave

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In fact, it's such a good idea I'm going to hijack this thread to do exactly that, along with a rename (I hope you don't mind).

On the Something Awful forums they have a PbP forum of their own in which they have what they call the Peanut Gallery Thread, where posters are encouraged to link to and discuss various play-by-post games (generally ongoing, but this doesn't have to be a hard-and-fast rule) without necessarily intruding upon the games' threads themselves. And so with a little mod magic, that's exactly what this thread is going to become.

So how does this work? Simple! All you need to do is link to a play-by-post game here on these very forums and tell us why you like it and why other people should check it out. There aren't going to be any hard-set rules for this, but if you're going to link to a game then be descriptive. Don't just say "I like [GAME], it's neat." Tell us why you think it's neat, what it does that you especially enjoy or what lessons and neat tricks it taught you. Tell us about your favorite players and their characters, about awesome houserules or ways of running a game you'd never considered or just great lines and turns of phrase that made you laugh.

And with that, have at it. Oh, and it goes without saying that everyone needs to play nice...no edition wars, no rulings-versus-rules arguments or other similar shenanigans.
 

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Re: Sticky-ing Awesome Adventures?

I'll go first.

I play a fair bit of php here and I'm currently loving the Old School Keep on the Borderlands run by rstites.

Why?

The gm keeps it moving at a great pace, the players post regularly and seem to be all having fun. It's original D&D which I haven't played since the early 1980's and it has recaptured some of the fun I remember. The OOC is alive and well, which to me is the sign of a game lasting.

It ticks the box on what I feel is essential in running and playing a good php game..... keep it moving, at all costs. Kick players up the arse who are unresponsive. Be pro active and polite. And Oil solves everything....

It's interesting to me that a good few of the long running games here are the dungeon crawl/hex games that we all started with.
 

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Re: PbP PEANUT GALLERY THREAD - Link/discuss awesome PbP games here

I can't link the most awesome game I played in because it was pulled for being too awesome (and over 5000 posts, which is a problem I suspect many of the earlier games will face when it comes to this thread). It was an Exalted: Dragonblooded game set in the Heptagram; we made it through two years in-game and four years real time before petering out, a switch in GMs, and one player's permabanning, with lots of Harry Potter-esque melodrama.

The thread I can link is not a game I actually played in, but reading it is what caused me to try my hand at this whole play-by-post thing. (I hope the participants don't mind me linking it!)

http://forum.rpg.net/showthread.php?140986-Paranoia-(The-RED-clearance-Blues)

The action was hilarious, and everyone seemed to be having a good time. It was what inspired me to join the PBP community here in the first place.
 

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Re: PbP PEANUT GALLERY THREAD - Link/discuss awesome PbP games here

As I mentioned in the OP, the Wyzard's OD&D campaign was a seminal read for me, even though I did not play in the game. The DMing was top notch, the players are great and truly immersed in the game, many of them for the entire run of the three threads. The two most memorable characters, for me, were Gworg the Unwise, played by Julius Sleazer, and Corvus the disfigured swordswoman, played by Kacie. For me, it became the gold standard and what I one day hope the games I run are like. The link to the links of the threads are here. I strongly recommend reading it for anyone interested in learning about how to run a more sandboxy type of game.

Waiwode has a pretty good ACKS game going on, here , that is working on its second thread. There is one of the greatest posts I have ever read in it, where Ulladarr the elf seeks to comfort Grelda, a half-ogre, after both have been level-drained by the undead:

Ulladarr nods as he sees Cyric and turns to Grelda before the man is in earshot. "There are rites of my people to help those who suffer such as you an I regain our vigor. I had thought to ask if you would join me in these, but seeing how he looks at you, perhaps he may already serve." His brow furrows and he gets a far away look in his eye. "We are Aeignsidhe now you and I, tainted. Their hunger may bleed into us from time to time until life replaces what death has stolen. You may feel the hunger for life, for joy and passion come upon you, when you are with him. Tread gently, lest you take more than is offered."
 

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Re: PbP PEANUT GALLERY THREAD - Link/discuss awesome PbP games here

Any thread mentioning amazing PbP games should definitely have a link to the Morgrave High D&D game run by OldKentuckyShark. I stumbled on it a while back and it's more than worth the read; none of the D&D novels I've read have as characters half as interesting and believable as those in Morgrave High.
 

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Any thread mentioning amazing PbP games should definitely have a link to the Morgrave High D&D game run by OldKentuckyShark. I stumbled on it a while back and it's more than worth the read; none of the D&D novels I've read have as characters half as interesting and believable as those in Morgrave High.
I'd pay good money for a comic where Xali meets Drizzt.
 

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ChalkLine's historical CoC game 1439: Dark Corners of the Past was set during the Hundred-Years War in the 15th century. I played in it and learned a lot about how a genuine historian specialising in the period runs historical games. The players also did a great job of posting like characters that persuaded me I wasn't watching just PCs in a historical game, but actual characters.

It's actually how I ended up picking RuneQuest as a system of preference:D!
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Besides, we got to kill Bluebeard!

So yeah, I'd say it's worth reading;)!
 
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Re: PbP PEANUT GALLERY THREAD - Link/discuss awesome PbP games here

Discussion in the Blacklist thread reminded me of this.

I just wanted to point any superhero fans at Shawn Hagen's DC Manga Imprint, a game riffing off the DCU Online MMO setting, where a bunch of ordinary people are given superpowers in order to fight off an invasion by Brainiac. But set in a Japanese high school, with the PCs as students.

It's not alway literature, but it was a lot of fun and the character interplay was great. And notably, it ran for three threads and a year-and-a-half with the same players the whole time and reached a satisfying conclusion.

Superheroes! Giant robots! Ancient spirits! Lesbians! Batman! Evil power rangers! Emo teens! Rock music! Mangled Engrish! Kitsune tricksters! Ghosts! Yakuza! Shopping trips! Explosions!

http://forum.rpg.net/showthread.php?593589-DCA-MM3ed-Manga-Imprint
http://forum.rpg.net/showthread.php?615467-DCA-MM3ed-Manga-Imprint-The-Foxes-Wedding
http://forum.rpg.net/showthread.php?658612-IC-DCA-MM3ed-Manga-Imprint-Battle-on-the-Shoulders-of-Orion
 
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