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Offline Chulanowa

Re: Small group, cooperative Pathfinder: starter thread
« Reply #50 on: January 13, 2015, 11:24:17 PM »
Aaaand I finally beat photoshop into submission! I present to you... the Island / Lost continent of Krakken


Warning; its actual size is 2000 x 2000 pixels... it won't display fully on a forum message, so "view image" is your friend!

I've intentionally left it blank as for political boundaries, settlements, etc., assuming such exist. I also set it so that it's in the world's southern hemisphere, maybe just south of the equator so we can have that nice little arid zone in the southeast.

Offline kckolbe

Re: Small group, cooperative Pathfinder: starter thread
« Reply #51 on: January 14, 2015, 03:01:36 AM »
So, was thinking about lizardfolk earlier, and thought maybe each of us should pick one "group" currently on the island and develop that community.  Obviously I would want lizardfolk, since I expressed interest in wanting to see them.  Currently thinking of one "boss" as a lizardfolk dragon disciple.

Offline Mantis Shrimp Prime

Re: Small group, cooperative Pathfinder: starter thread
« Reply #52 on: January 14, 2015, 03:15:13 AM »
Ooh! I want Umber Hulks! (though I'd have to convert them to Pathfinder)


edit: So for character ideas, I was perusing the various gear and stuff.  Ultimate equipment lists costs for purchasing various animals as pets. You can buy an elephant for 1000 gold. Which I think is a worthy purchase.



My character: Kat'rin d'Lyrion. Drow Alchemist//something.
Future Plans: Buying her own tavern/shop, and going into Master Chymist.
Quick Cheap Sketch:


I dunno what i was thinking with that top.
« Last Edit: January 14, 2015, 09:42:58 AM by Mantis Shrimp Prime »

Offline IxyTopic starter

Re: Small group, cooperative Pathfinder: starter thread
« Reply #53 on: January 14, 2015, 12:49:14 PM »
I think we know what we think you were thinking .  I think.

I'm getting really excited about this-- love the map, love the fort. 

As for species; I'm working on a way to bring in something unusual, or at least common but in an unusual way.  I'm thinking goblins of some kind.  I might try to keep some things behind as a surprise. :)

I am getting excited about this.  I don't mean to rush anyone, though, so take your time.  I imagine everybody's played together before, so we're clear on most preferences and content varieties, and we're able to focus just on building the story at this point.

Offline Chulanowa

Re: Small group, cooperative Pathfinder: starter thread
« Reply #54 on: January 14, 2015, 02:12:43 PM »
Plot twist; That's not a top, it was her pet fruit bat all along!

I would suggest cannibal halflings, but Dark sun already did them. Maybe a rising kingdom of kender, just to scare the living hell out of everyone.  ;D I'll see what I can do

Offline Mantis Shrimp Prime

Re: Small group, cooperative Pathfinder: starter thread
« Reply #55 on: January 14, 2015, 03:59:30 PM »
I think we know what we think you were thinking .  I think.

What I mean is, the bit in the middle look like she spilled oil down her top or anything. Shoulda just done a regular low-cut top. >.>

As for species; I'm working on a way to bring in something unusual, or at least common but in an unusual way.  I'm thinking goblins of some kind.  I might try to keep some things behind as a surprise. :)

One reason Umber Hulks appeal to me is, they look like these big lumbering monsters, much in the vein of Ogres, Trolls, or Minotaurs. However, their Int scores are 10, meaning unlike these guys they have human intelligence. Which makes it odd to me they never seem to be presented as having culture or society or stuff like magic or technology, in the vein of any other race of that level of intelligence.




Maybe I shall be able to introduce my woodland variant of the monster, the dreaded LUMBER Hulk!
« Last Edit: January 14, 2015, 09:47:59 PM by Mantis Shrimp Prime »

Offline kckolbe

Re: Small group, cooperative Pathfinder: starter thread
« Reply #56 on: January 15, 2015, 06:34:10 AM »
I had some suspicions as well, but am completely okay with them.  I like your ideas on Umber Hulks as well.  My only guess is that with such high strength and stamina, they simply haven't needed to make significant use of intelligence. 

Offline Mantis Shrimp Prime

Re: Small group, cooperative Pathfinder: starter thread
« Reply #57 on: January 15, 2015, 08:51:54 AM »
2nd edition suggest there might have been hidden cities of them somewhere.
Naturally, they wouldn't have such inclinations, but there's at least the possibility you could train them in such things as advanced technology or arcane magic.
So perhaps they have a boss of another race.

Offline IxyTopic starter

Re: Small group, cooperative Pathfinder: starter thread
« Reply #58 on: January 15, 2015, 12:06:47 PM »
Here's an idea for a second game with less structure and planning involved, just to test out the new method of alternating control.

Reclaiming, Inc.:
Faro is a great nation of people.  It is ruled by an Emperess, whose power is balanced with the Council of Lords, and on a third side by the Council of Faiths.  The nation has its issues-- foreign wars generate refugees, trade routes are threatened by piracy, barbarian uprisings in its remote reaches must occasionally be put down, and there is disparity between the wealthy few and the broader poor-- but overall, the nation is stable. 
This was not always the case.
Once, the nation was the pinnacle of tyrrany.  Much of the regency had achieved untouchable wealth and power by bartering with extra-planar powers, an arrangement that brought the former reign the power to amass great wealth and influence at the price of enslavement of the people, acts of depravity, and draconian rule that lasted  This nation has always known that it is built on the ruins of that civilization, which ruled for hundreds of years-- its architecture, monoliths, and infrastructure remain today, grim reminders of what gathered the fuel upon which the current empire feeds.
Much remains below the surface- literally, and figuratively.  Some opportunistic parties still petition for the right to study the tomes guarded by the Council of Faiths, mages and sorcerers still practice under license by the empire, and occasionally rumors emerge that remnants of the former empire are still being discovered deep underground or in the remote wilderness of the empire's reach.
You are among those brave souls who has made a career from these discoveries.  Whether as a long-term retainer of an existing power or a freelancer, you are experienced with the strange, mad mechanations of the old empire-- massive complexes for defense, storage, and torture... vaults of hoarded goods and wealth... mining tunnels repurposed with mad vision... vainglorious tombs, galleries, and collections of unusual relics. And traps... lots of traps, which were an obsession of the old lords, who often staffed and tested their defenses in sadistic competition.
Many resources have been raided-- Faro's armies maintains a corps of delvers and engineers whose mission was to capture these resources, and who sealed off and protected ruins to prevent them being overrun by the deep-dwelling creatures that were drawn to them out of their geographic features or some remnants of evil power.  The corps now is dedicated to preserving places of archeological interest and patrolling for the sake of security.  It's a cushy job, but it involves long weeks away from home and long hours underground.
New discoveries are rare-- more elusive year-by-year.  Officially, delving into old-world ruins is considered a criminal offense, punishable by jail-time and hefty fines.  However, special licenses are granted based on expertise and political favors.  They require approval by the Imperator and both councils, an insurance deposit, a hefty license fee, and actual expedition funding.  Upon receipt of said license, all parties must sign a contract.  In doing so, they agree to accept full liability of any damage they cause to public property (such as a subterranean collapse that breaks an aqueduct above-ground), forfeit all property to the city in event of their demise, release all liability in the event of injury or death, and relinquish 60% of their monetary profits-- 20% to each branch of government.
Despite these expenses, a new expedition sparks up almost every year.  In fact, five years ago in a quest called the Hive Crawl of Mintevol, a company returned a derth of amazing artifacts and wealth... of six partners invested, four survived, as well as nine of the fifteen contracted workers.  Each worker's stipend was enough to buy a home outright.  Three partners retired to the south coast, set for life, while one reinvested her fortune into her own Reclaiming company.
What are your odds?  Three of ten expeditions turn a major profit.  Usually one in ten makes a bloody fortune.  If you're caught gaming the system-- trying to escape with your wealth-- your sentence of twenty-year imprisonment includes forfeit of all possessions.  Most contracts include a clause that, if anyone survives, the estate of each who died gets a cut of the profits.  This discourages anyone getting shivved and left in the deep.
You have a map of an entry point.  It's an old well in a new-growth forest that, at one point, must have been a field on an estate.  The land once belonged to a countess' estate, the ruins of which were reclaimed repeatedly over the centuries.  It is promising... in applying for the license, you managed to downplay the potential, which is based on a combination of folklore and written history.  The Countess was a reputed libertine with a penchant for powerful lovers, amassing fortunes in taxes and trade, but bored with simple power.  Her downfall reportedly was her intemperance-- she serviced the mad emperor, Draxis III, a Tiefling Sorcerer who personally led his cadre of mages to eradicate her palace, family, and grounds 1,300 years ago.  Layers of ash ten feet thick compressed to a brittle, pyroclastic sheet so toxic with corrupt magic that none would set foot on the grounds for a hundred years.
Little has been reclaimed since then, but the ground is like a living thing and coughs up relics from time to time.   Livestock is occasionally found missing from the surrounding farmland, and there is evidence of crude hunting technology.  Civilized artifacts are increasingly common on the grounds (cut stone, metal buttons beads and arrowheads, preserved bones, remnants of clay and the like).  This well may lead to something so deep it has been undiscovered.  Most assuredly, however, there are resuorces for an entire ecosystem in such depths, and something may yet dwell there that will be unwelcoming.

3-4 PCs partners, each with one or more of the following:
Knowledge (languages, history, religion, arcana, local knowledge)
Rogue Skills (climbing,trap building/disarming, magic item identification/utilization)
Combat (close-quarters)
Engineering (mining, construction/stability assessment)
Professional reputation

I'd like to keep NPC involvement to a minimum... sure, it makes sense to have a crew of mercs go down there to help you out, but that gets messy for mechanics.  Let's suspend disbelief and have just the PCs do any fighting, trapfinding, and the like, but NPCs do boring tasks like maintaining supply routes, mining found resources, or clearing blocked tunnels.

Thoughts?

Offline PhantomPistoleer

Re: Small group, cooperative Pathfinder: starter thread
« Reply #59 on: January 15, 2015, 10:16:24 PM »
So, wait, we would be playing multiple games at the same time? o_O

Offline IxyTopic starter

Re: Small group, cooperative Pathfinder: starter thread
« Reply #60 on: January 16, 2015, 12:18:23 AM »
'we' is whoever wants to, in this case.  I'm not trying to drag anybody into anything they don't want to try out :)

Offline Mantis Shrimp Prime

Re: Small group, cooperative Pathfinder: starter thread
« Reply #61 on: January 16, 2015, 05:02:19 AM »
What we really need to do is a Spelljammer game...

 :P

Offline Chulanowa

Re: Small group, cooperative Pathfinder: starter thread
« Reply #62 on: January 16, 2015, 05:05:02 AM »
...I thought the aim was an outpost on a tropical island thing? What?  ???

Offline Mantis Shrimp Prime

Re: Small group, cooperative Pathfinder: starter thread
« Reply #63 on: January 16, 2015, 05:16:47 AM »
...I thought the aim was an outpost on a tropical island thing? What?  ???


Hahahahahahahahaha.

Offline Chulanowa

Re: Small group, cooperative Pathfinder: starter thread
« Reply #64 on: January 16, 2015, 07:36:00 PM »
What? Did I miss something?

Offline Mantis Shrimp Prime

Re: Small group, cooperative Pathfinder: starter thread
« Reply #65 on: January 16, 2015, 08:51:19 PM »
Honestly, I don't even have a clue.
If you see me measure Spelljammer, I'm probably all caff'd up and won't remember what I was talking about.


Anyway. Had another neat character concept.
I was thinking about the Alchemist class, and subsequently the Master Chymist prestige class that gives you a Mr. Hyde-ish alter ego with a different alignment.
Thought it'd be interesting in a gestalt game to have an LG Alchemist/Paladin, who, when they mutate into their alternate form, turns CE and has their abilities flipped to an Antipaladin.
« Last Edit: January 16, 2015, 10:35:12 PM by Mantis Shrimp Prime »

Offline PhantomPistoleer

Re: Small group, cooperative Pathfinder: starter thread
« Reply #66 on: January 17, 2015, 10:26:56 AM »
Do the games inhabit the same world, though?  I am all for it.  Hm.

Offline yesiroleplay

Re: Small group, cooperative Pathfinder: starter thread
« Reply #67 on: January 17, 2015, 10:43:25 AM »
I just read the opening post and skimmed the rest, but I have to say... 
Brilliant Ixy, simply brilliant.

Love the cooperative concept.  I see much potential for hi-jinx as players set each other up.


Offline IxyTopic starter

Re: Small group, cooperative Pathfinder: starter thread
« Reply #68 on: January 17, 2015, 11:08:30 AM »
Thanks for the encouragement, all!

Mantis and Chulanowa:  Sorry for the confusion.  I am just cranking out ideas for a cooperative PF game.  We have some awesome stuff cooking for venue 1: the Thundering Shores.  However, I started throwing out an idea for venue 2: Reclaiming, Inc.

I should have clarified, sorry.

Anyway... I'm going to update post #1 in this thread to clarify the difference. I'm not giving up any idea... I'm trying to start several.

I don't think that they have to be in the same world at all, Phantom.  I was thinking that a delver-game might have a different appeal

Offline IxyTopic starter

Re: Small group, cooperative Pathfinder: starter thread
« Reply #69 on: January 17, 2015, 11:11:49 AM »
Paladins would be very interesting.  I wounder if a paladin and anti-paladin would be TOO different, though... but maybe the absolute moral rigidity of the two personalities could be 'tuned down' a bit so that, you know, the anti-paladin wouldn't be forced to turn on the party immediately if he/she took over... however, I do like the idea of a character where there is that RISK and uncertainty...can we really trust them?  And is it ok to be evil sometimes if you're working for the right side?  That, I like.

Offline Mantis Shrimp Prime

Re: Small group, cooperative Pathfinder: starter thread
« Reply #70 on: January 17, 2015, 12:47:15 PM »
Well, the idea is the two personalities share goals, but have different methods.
The "anti-paladin" side would still fight the same enemies and support the same group, but would be more willing to kill people.
Fighting evil using VERY evil methods.
Would cast "detect good"  and if they don't ping as good, maybe rough them up a bit.

That said, prooooobably not what I'll go for in the end. It's just one of many many many character ideas I have.

Offline kckolbe

Re: Small group, cooperative Pathfinder: starter thread
« Reply #71 on: January 17, 2015, 01:04:07 PM »
Maybe, and this is just a thought, take 1 level of barbarian?  I think it would fit with the occasional takeover of personality.  There are probably other ways you could show that.  Additionally, you needn't even be an alchemist.  Perhaps your char was the subject of the experiment but not the chemist.

Offline Chulanowa

Re: Small group, cooperative Pathfinder: starter thread
« Reply #72 on: January 17, 2015, 04:44:59 PM »
Ah well... Maybe one at a time, 'cause knowing what we're gonna be doing makes it much easier to come up with characters?  ???

Offline IxyTopic starter

Re: Small group, cooperative Pathfinder: starter thread
« Reply #73 on: January 17, 2015, 05:17:27 PM »
Of course-- again, just testing the waters

Offline Mantis Shrimp Prime

Re: Small group, cooperative Pathfinder: starter thread
« Reply #74 on: January 17, 2015, 05:39:05 PM »
Ah well... Maybe one at a time, 'cause knowing what we're gonna be doing makes it much easier to come up with characters?  ???

Maybe I'll just dip into 8 different classes and wait until after we start playing to pick two to go with...