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User Info: Lightning Bolt

Lightning Bolt
1 month ago#231
"Nirvanic Battle Trance"
That's definitely nirvana.

Or nibbana in another translation if you don't wanna sound like the band. But at that point you can pretty much go with anything "Asian sounding" and people will get it.
One day dude, I'm just gonna get off the bus, and I'm gonna run in the woods and never come back, and when I come back I'm gonna be the knife master!
-The Rev
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Mario_VS_DK
1 month ago#232
Yellow posted...
I don't have any nerd friends to play DnD with and I've always wanted to play. Does anyone want to play PotD DnD?

Having never played I can't be the master


You're going to be hard pressed to join a DnD game on PotD. Try just checking the Roll20 listings every now and then to find one. It'll take a while, but you should be able to get into a game eventually.

https://app.roll20.net/lfg/search/
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User Info: Lightning Bolt

Lightning Bolt
1 month ago#233
Yellow posted...
I don't have any nerd friends to play DnD with and I've always wanted to play. Does anyone want to play PotD DnD?

Having never played I can't be the master

I tried to make shadow run a PotD game last Christmas and no one signed up. It does not work.
One day dude, I'm just gonna get off the bus, and I'm gonna run in the woods and never come back, and when I come back I'm gonna be the knife master!
-The Rev

User Info: shadowsword87

shadowsword87
1 month ago#234
The problem is the instant that a schedule is implied everyone runs to the hills.
Lightning Bolt posted...
"Nirvanic Battle Trance"
That's definitely nirvana.

Or nibbana in another translation if you don't wanna sound like the band. But at that point you can pretty much go with anything "Asian sounding" and people will get it.

I'm not really looking for a name for it, per se. I'm just trying to think of any real-world examples of something similar.



shadowsword87 posted...
The problem is the instant that a schedule is implied everyone runs to the hills.

The real problem is that there are people on this site from both sides of the US as well as the UK, so the first problem is finding a time when everybody can be online at the same time. A "convenient" time (let's say, 7-10pm or so) for the East Coast winds up being too early for West Coasters who may not be home from work/school by 4pm, and too late for people in the UK (who would have to start around midnight). Conversely, starting at a time that's good for West Coasters (say, 7pm again) still winds up hurting the East Coast a bit (10pm isn't super-late to start, but finishing after midnight can be a problem for people with jobs or early classes), and would be the absolute worst option for UK players (who would be starting at like 3am). On the other hand, a convenient time for UP players (again, let's say 7pm) basically winds up being afternoon for the US East Coast (2pm) and morning for the West Coast (11am).

So for the first step, you basically have to thrash that out, AND find a day of the week that works for everyone (which is also hard, because some people may have certain days off but not others, some people may have activities on certain days, and so on), AND make sure there are enough people who are happy with the compromise (rather than having everyone be equally miserable by splitting the difference) that you have confidence in the time you've set for play.

But then because it's an online game rather than a face-to-face, it's a lot easier to dismiss out of hand whenever you feel like blowing it off (especially if your players aren't all that serious about playing in the first place), either because you wind up making plans for that night, or because you just feel tired or sick, or have other things you need to do, etc. And the odds of being willing to blow it off only increases for people who are already sacrificing a bit to play (ie, I'm way more likely to blow off a game starting at 1am than I am one starting at 8pm).

Then you have to factor in technical issues (where people who would otherwise show up can't because one thing or another isn't working quite right).


The other major problem is that when someone says "Hey, we should play D&D" tons of people will pipe up to go "Yeah, I'd love to play!", but a fair number of those people have absolutely no experience with the game (or only know older editions and aren't familiar with newer rules, or are familiar with the rules but have never played online before, etc), which usually results in them being more awkward while playing (in theory only until they get used to things, but potentially being a long-term problem), as well as being more likely to drop out whenever something else comes up or they just don't feel like playing.

Enthusiasm for RP is sort of like enthusiasm for going back for seconds (or thirds, or...) while eating. Sometimes your eyes are too big for your stomach, as the old saying goes.

"Wall of Text'D!" --- oldskoolplayr76
"POwned again." --- blight family
And while writing all that, I reminded myself of another related problem:

ParanoidObsessive posted...
or only know older editions and aren't familiar with newer rules

Basically, the more experienced players are all going to go into the game with pre-existing biases towards which system they like best. For every person totally content with using 5e as the default system because it's the current one, there's going to be someone who still has nostalgia for 4e, someone who thinks the game peaked with 3e/3.5, and someone else who's going to bring up and push for Pathfinder instead. And then me (or someone like me) will come along and jokingly suggest BECMI.

But once whoever is DMing (which is another issue that needs to be resolved in advance, because most people want to play but only a few people want to/feel comfortable enough to DM) puts their foot down and declares an official system, there's going to be people who are soured on the game because they don't like that system. And a player who is like "Well, I hate 4e but I'll play anyway because it's the system you're using and I want to play D&D" is going to be less enthusiastic about the game on the whole (and may spend half their time grumbling about how 4e sucks and pushing to switch the game to a different system after the first few sessions).

Ultimately, most of our inability to get a stable D&D group together is sort of rooted in the fact that PotDers in general tend to have wildly disparate personalities and live scattered across half the world. It wouldn't be as huge a problem if we were all in one room and playing together, but online play only tends to exacerbate those sorts of issues.

"Wall of Text'D!" --- oldskoolplayr76
"POwned again." --- blight family

User Info: Lightning Bolt

Lightning Bolt
1 month ago#237
ParanoidObsessive posted...
I'm not really looking for a name for it, per se. I'm just trying to think of any real-world examples of something similar.

Ohhh gotcha. Okay, if it's not mushin then I give up on everything.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mushin_(mental_state)#
One day dude, I'm just gonna get off the bus, and I'm gonna run in the woods and never come back, and when I come back I'm gonna be the knife master!
-The Rev
HEY SHADOW!

Which D&D podcasts did you say you like/listen to again? I forget, and I've been considering the issue lately (because I'm up to like 12 hours a week worth of D&D podcasts at this point and it's starting to worry me).

"Wall of Text'D!" --- oldskoolplayr76
"POwned again." --- blight family

User Info: shadowsword87

shadowsword87
1 month ago#239
I need to separate them because, like most people, a lot of the podcasts play more than just DnD.

DnD Main podcasts:
Critical Hit
The Adventure Zone
Temple of the Lava Bears

Non-DnD podcasts (that may still have DnD):
Campaign
Fear the Boot*
RPPR Actual Play
RPPR Tabletop Tales
Rag-NERD-rok Podcast
The Mixed Six (technically)

RPG Adjacent:
GM Word of the Week*
Lookout Radio
Ken and Robin Talk About Stuff
RPPR

The *'s are where I give a heavy recommendation

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shadowsword87
1 month ago#240
Wait a second, is this just a way for you to feel better about listening to just 12 hours of podcasts?
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