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Interest Check: DnD 3.5, Small Group, Classic Boxed Sets
« on: April 22, 2010, 01:01:22 PM »
Gauging Interest for a potential game using DnD 3.5 Rules, and one of three Classic Boxed Sets. Up front, I would say that at most, I'd probably want a small group of no more than 3 players, as each of these sets also has several NPCs that would round things off, and I've come to the conclusion that a large group can be a bit much to manage online. My RL Gaming Group has 8 Players and that's stretching it some nights.

I have The Night Below, Return to the Tomb of Horrors and The Rod of Seven Parts, all of which I've played, but never gotten a game to get through. They are large campaigns, that run from start to finish, and are all in the classic, old-school TSR style, which of course would be supplemented with Role Playing, General Sexiness and some added-plots. I haven't decided if I'd run any of them yet, but I am gauging interest.

I would be using 3.5 Rules, and the Night Below and Rod of Seven Parts would be set in Greyhawk, the Night Below in the Forgotten Realms.

If interested, let me know. After that, it would be a matter of deciding what to work with, and what Players to take.

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Re: Interest Check: DnD 3.5, Small Group, Classic Boxed Sets
« Reply #1 on: April 22, 2010, 01:17:24 PM »
I would be interested in joining the campaign! I have a lot of experience playing, and want just a little more DnD in addition to my weekly group that I run with.

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Re: Interest Check: DnD 3.5, Small Group, Classic Boxed Sets
« Reply #2 on: April 22, 2010, 01:17:33 PM »
I am going to mark my enthusiasm for this!

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« Reply #3 on: April 22, 2010, 05:18:06 PM »
Did you say that the Night Below would be set in Greyhawk ...or Greyhawk?  :-)

I'm very much wanting to play Night Below.  It's my favorite of the classic box sets.

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Re: Interest Check: DnD 3.5, Small Group, Classic Boxed Sets
« Reply #4 on: April 22, 2010, 05:34:17 PM »
Did you say that the Night Below would be set in Greyhawk ...or Greyhawk?  :-)

I'm very much wanting to play Night Below.  It's my favorite of the classic box sets.

Heh, it fit's perfectly in the Realms, there is even a section of the Realms that has the same forest and river in it, which I suspect, was done on purpose.

Still, I could make the Night Below work in Greyhawk, probably in the Sheldomar Valley.

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Re: Interest Check: DnD 3.5, Small Group, Classic Boxed Sets
« Reply #5 on: April 22, 2010, 10:03:38 PM »
I am interested in this.   Thinking of a elven ranger (archer path).   

At what level are we going to start at 1st or ?   Regardless of level, how are you doing character creation, standard or higher point buy or dice?   As far as feats and such, is there any books not going to allow.       

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Re: Interest Check: DnD 3.5, Small Group, Classic Boxed Sets
« Reply #6 on: April 23, 2010, 08:00:21 AM »
The levels vary.

Night Below would be first level, the Return to the Tomb would be somewhere around twelfth, and the Rod of Seven Parts would be around fifth.

I am more inclined to do the Night Below, as I like starting at the lower levels and building up.

Since it's Greyhawk, I'd be pretty wide open for source material, save that which is specifically designed for other settings (Eberron, Forgotten Realms, etc) simply because Greyhawk has a flavor that is less wondrous than some of the others.

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« Reply #7 on: April 23, 2010, 08:39:22 AM »
im interested but it sounds like you have too many players already would 5 be too mcuh?

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« Reply #8 on: April 23, 2010, 08:53:25 AM »
Five probably would be, although I haven't decided anything yet. I'll make a decision in a few days.

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Re: Interest Check: DnD 3.5, Small Group, Classic Boxed Sets
« Reply #9 on: April 23, 2010, 12:01:39 PM »
The levels vary.

Night Below would be first level, the Return to the Tomb would be somewhere around twelfth, and the Rod of Seven Parts would be around fifth.

I am more inclined to do the Night Below, as I like starting at the lower levels and building up.

Since it's Greyhawk, I'd be pretty wide open for source material, save that which is specifically designed for other settings (Eberron, Forgotten Realms, etc) simply because Greyhawk has a flavor that is less wondrous than some of the others.

1st level then, what about the point buy or dice?

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Re: Interest Check: DnD 3.5, Small Group, Classic Boxed Sets
« Reply #10 on: April 24, 2010, 08:32:48 AM »
Most likely point-buy, to ensure decent stats. The campaigns are pretty rough. 32 points.

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Re: Interest Check: DnD 3.5, Small Group, Classic Boxed Sets
« Reply #11 on: April 24, 2010, 09:10:13 AM »
I'm still interested in this, but I'm curious as to what the character creation guidelines will be.

We've established point buy, but what of hit points, gold, available sources, etc.?  I'm leaning on a wizard right now, but I'll probably change my mind if sources open up.

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Re: Interest Check: DnD 3.5, Small Group, Classic Boxed Sets
« Reply #12 on: April 24, 2010, 09:42:36 AM »
Well, the Night Below seems to have the most interest so far, so guidelines would be pretty basic as the Night Below starts at first level. I will be reading over parts of the campaign this weekend, and will tentatively get set to start sometime next week.

32 Point Buy
Max Hit Points, thereafter you could roll, or take 1/2 die +1 +1 con bonus per level\
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No LA Races, No Evil
Set in Greyhawk, Starting in the Small town of Kendra.
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Re: Interest Check: DnD 3.5, Small Group, Classic Boxed Sets
« Reply #13 on: April 24, 2010, 11:02:21 AM »
Great, will get to working up a character today.    Either going to go with first choice ranger or now thinking of a scout for the archer concept. 

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Re: Interest Check: DnD 3.5, Small Group, Classic Boxed Sets
« Reply #14 on: April 24, 2010, 10:52:41 PM »
When are you thinking of starting up?
I had several character possibilities floating around in my mind, and i want to try something new... Meaning I would like to round off the group for the PC's!! =D
I have usually played (most experience with) a Ranger - archer path, though it wasn't a Wizards of the Coast version. And right now I am getting my experience in being the Paladin of the group, so I'm looking to try something new... Perhaps cleric, sorcerer, rogue or druid??

Any advice or ideas?? I'm experienced for sure... Just not sure which to go with!

Any thoughts would be kick ass!!

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« Reply #15 on: April 25, 2010, 12:31:19 AM »
is there any other here willing to co-dm ... there is enough players for 2 groups

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Re: Interest Check: DnD 3.5, Small Group, Classic Boxed Sets
« Reply #16 on: April 25, 2010, 02:48:59 AM »
Will have character up tomorrow, had to fetch my complete adventurers book from friends today.     

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« Reply #17 on: April 25, 2010, 07:39:50 AM »
Venom, Acrobat hasn't selected the three or so people who will be going into the dungeons yet.

Maybe after he's given it some thought and selected his three people, those three people can discuss class proclivities.

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« Reply #18 on: April 25, 2010, 07:43:35 AM »
I'll be making decisions by the middle of the week. It's been a busy weekend, and I haven't had a chance to read up as much as I'd like. I'll let you guys know by Wednesday at the latest. More than likely I'll take four, but be warned, Night Below is pretty deadly, even with some tweaks, there is a chance of PC Death. I was a player in the campaign with my group when it came out years ago, and the group had 28 fatalities. I myself had 4 different characters by the end of the campaign.

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« Reply #19 on: May 02, 2010, 02:01:45 AM »
Assuming I've got one of the spots?

I've got three possible concepts, would like to bounce them off the rest of the group to see what works.

1) Bard, back-up fighter as well as the knowledge and diplomacy resource.
2) Warlock, eventually based around flying, deeper darkness, and blasting.
3) Wee-Jas Cleric, evolving into a Ruby Knight concept.  Lots of negative energy and maybe some devotions and relic capability.

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« Reply #20 on: May 02, 2010, 08:21:52 AM »
I haven't forgotten about this, but I was sick a couple days this week, and had some other RL issues come up. I'll be PMing you guys once the week gets under way so we can discuss some of this. It will probably be Tuesday before I do that.

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« Reply #21 on: May 03, 2010, 06:38:56 AM »
gosh it would be good if there was a co-storyteller.

There seems to be alot of quality role players interested in this

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« Reply #22 on: May 05, 2010, 12:55:17 AM »
gosh it would be good if there was a co-storyteller.

There seems to be alot of quality role players interested in this

I might be interested if there's room. Even though there's prolly not, I thought I'd reply here, in part so that if any other would be DM is cruising these threads to get an idea of whether there would be interested players for another campaign, he/she will be more likely to go for it.

Also - even if I were in the 'first group of three', I admit I'd be hesitant to actually join such a 'tight' group - campaigns always seem to have some player attrition, so if you start with 3 people, you can't really withstanding losing any. (For example, in the campaign I am in, the DM was targeting 4-6 and let in 8, and sure enough it went down to 5 before the first fight.)


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« Reply #23 on: May 05, 2010, 02:47:07 AM »
National?  Perhaps we should consider accepting an alternates list?  The mention of fast drop-outs does often happen, and it might be nice to give first crack at people who stated early interest rather than just reopening the game to the public?  What are your thoughts?

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« Reply #24 on: May 05, 2010, 10:08:53 AM »
I'll keep a running list of those who show interest, but aren't currently involved in prep for the game. It's one of the reasons I like a small group. Generally it moves fast and steady enough to avoid having people drop out, holding everyone's interest.