I've had a number of people ask me to run a game. so, in the hopes of getting my feet wet and seeing how easy it will be to run a game in this venue, I offered to take Apple of Eris' 13th Warrior style game and run it for her.
This game will be run in a freeform style. I will post for it every 2 days, more or less, but will tolerate posting every few days by my players, with a minimum of once a week.
The game will be semi-historically based; 'magic' per se will not exist as the fantastic powers that people are used to, but it will exist in the form of shamanism, visions, and half-mad mystics who know some medicine and herbalism. It will be gritty and dark, for the most part, but there will be moments of bright hope and beauty in it, if the players look for and find them.
I run my freeform games slightly differently than most. I go for dramatic effect more than anything else, and I will dictate physical situations in certain circumstances: specifically, your characters will get injured and hurt in combat. It will only happen as dramatically appropriate, and the characters will never be maimed or injured....unless the player and I have discussed it at length. This semi-power play would only apply to physical things such as climbing cliffs, fighting monsters and people, and other purely physical scenarios, not how your characters themselves acts or what they do or feel or think.
Another oddity is how I deal with NPCs. Every single person your characters meet is a flesh out, fully developed character in her/her/its own right. It is entirely possible to develop rapports and relationships with one or more of them...and to have them die in terrible manners or develop drama with them.
The story would center on rumors and incidents of vicious man beasts occurring in villages near to the one the players are near or come from. It would be roughly a Viking or Native American or similarly low tech, tightly knit community, with a few barbarian loners thrown in. I will accept no more than two mystically minded players, who should suffer a bit of stigma for being touched by the gods or their witchcrafty ways. I will accept also no more than two outsiders from the village, be they barbarian or lone hunters or warriors.
Anyone interested in trying?
-The Golden Touch
-Apple of Eris
I have enough people I'll start on the background work for you all.