OOC: Discussions, absence announcements, etc.

On the lunar calendar, it is the twelfth of July, 1920; in three days' time, the good people of China will celebrate 中元節, the festival of the dead. The great festival is an ancient tradition shrouded in dark rumours and whispered tales. Now, this festival will be celebrated publicly in Peking city, open to the gazes and inquiries of foreigners. During this month, the 阴气, the aura of death, is at its strongest; it will be during this month that the dead may influence the living realm with an eldritch plot of horror and madness...

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OOC: Discussions, absence announcements, etc.

Postby HelplessBystander » Fri Sep 15, 2017 8:09 am

Here's the obligatory OOC Topic. Post Absence Announcements, random stuff that doesn't belong in the game, and other such nonsense. There's no such thing s a stupid question; ask me or Leestriter if you have enquiries. :D
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Re: OOC: Discussions, absence announcements, etc.

Postby leestriter » Fri Sep 15, 2017 5:47 pm

I'll be checking over and handling character sheets.
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Re: OOC: Discussions, absence announcements, etc.

Postby HelplessBystander » Fri Sep 15, 2017 11:03 pm

Great. :)
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Re: OOC: Discussions, absence announcements, etc.

Postby Mr. Handy » Sun Sep 17, 2017 4:51 am

Character creation rolls:
STR, CON, POW, DEX, APP:
Mr. Handy rolled 3d6:
6, 2, 2

Mr. Handy rolled 3d6:
4, 5, 6

Mr. Handy rolled 3d6:
1, 3, 6

Mr. Handy rolled 3d6:
4, 2, 3

Mr. Handy rolled 3d6:
6, 4, 1

SIZ, INT:
Mr. Handy rolled 2d6+6 and got a total of 11:
3, 2

Mr. Handy rolled 2d6+6 and got a total of 15:
6, 3

EDU:
Mr. Handy rolled 3d6+3 and got a total of 8:
2, 1, 2

Personal Wealth:
Mr. Handy rolled 1d10:
9

I won't have time tonight to finish creating my character, but I should tomorrow. Am I allowed to rearrange my rolls between different stats rolled on the same dice, or do they need to be taken in order? I like most of them where they are anyway, so I probably won't swap more than a couple.
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Re: OOC: Discussions, absence announcements, etc.

Postby HelplessBystander » Sun Sep 17, 2017 5:21 am

Feel free to swap them around! I trust that you won't fudge the stats. Take as much time as you want! We aren't running a tight schedule here since there's not a lot of players yet. Take your time and try and create the best character possible. :)
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Re: OOC: Discussions, absence announcements, etc.

Postby leestriter » Thu Sep 28, 2017 11:09 pm

Great to have the first sheet submitted, and it looks good.
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Re: OOC: Discussions, absence announcements, etc.

Postby Mr. Handy » Fri Sep 29, 2017 4:44 am

My character sheet is partway done, but I haven't had time (or sleep) lately. I have something that I absolutely have to get done first this weekend, but if I have time left after that I'll finish it then.
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Re: OOC: Discussions, absence announcements, etc.

Postby HelplessBystander » Fri Sep 29, 2017 6:12 am

Mr. Handy wrote:My character sheet is partway done, but I haven't had time (or sleep) lately. I have something that I absolutely have to get done first this weekend, but if I have time left after that I'll finish it then.

No worries!
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Re: OOC: Discussions, absence announcements, etc.

Postby crawlingchaosfan » Fri Sep 29, 2017 3:40 pm

HelplessBystander wrote:Feel free to swap them around! I trust that you won't fudge the stats. Take as much time as you want! We aren't running a tight schedule here since there's not a lot of players yet. Take your time and try and create the best character possible. :)


Hey this is a Call of Cthulhu game! Do you really think stats are going to be much use to us against the unimaginable horrors out there?
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Re: OOC: Discussions, absence announcements, etc.

Postby HelplessBystander » Sat Sep 30, 2017 1:33 am

crawlingchaosfan wrote:
HelplessBystander wrote:Feel free to swap them around! I trust that you won't fudge the stats. Take as much time as you want! We aren't running a tight schedule here since there's not a lot of players yet. Take your time and try and create the best character possible. :)


Hey this is a Call of Cthulhu game! Do you really think stats are going to be much use to us against the unimaginable horrors out there?


Again, it's not. But stats encourage role-playing, such as an APP of 4 would make your Character the human equivalent of a Deep One and an APP of 3 might make NPCs lose SAN...
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Re: OOC: Discussions, absence announcements, etc.

Postby Mr. Handy » Sat Sep 30, 2017 5:16 am

Exactly. I've only swapped two stats, STR and DEX, which is just a shift of one point for each, but it fits my character a little better. Everything else is fine where it is.

A Deep One would have an APP of 0. A Deep One Hybrid that's fairly far gone might have an APP of 3 or 4.
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Re: OOC: Discussions, absence announcements, etc.

Postby HelplessBystander » Sat Sep 30, 2017 5:47 am

Depends on te context for APP. Is it scaled with a human's aesthetic tastes or an impartial ranking of unpleasant attributes to the vast majority. Because the way I see it, ranking it like this would imply Dagon have an APP Attribute of -2. Which doesn't make sense. An app of 0 is just a gelatinous blob of execretory slime. APP of 1 should be either Nyarlathotep's unappealing howler or bloody tongue avatar whilst Cthulhu would be a 3. I imagine Azathoth have no APP attribute.
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Re: OOC: Discussions, absence announcements, etc.

Postby Mr. Handy » Sun Oct 01, 2017 2:35 am

The rulebook does scale it to a human perspective, I think. Very few monsters even have an APP stat. Nyarlathotep's human avatars are an exception to this, and their APP is extremely high. 3-18 is the normal human range, though humans who get disfigured can end up with an APP below 3. Deep One Hybrids do have an APP stat, which is rolled on 2D6-1. The most attractive among them will have an 11, whereas they can go as low as 1 for the mostly fishy ones. for which I increase the Sanity penalties. A "normal" Deep One Hybrid has a Sanity loss of 0/1D4, but this can be higher. I've had one with an APP of 1 cause 1/1D6 Sanity loss, which is a little worse than a full Deep One's Sanity loss of 0/1D6. I chalk this up to the "uncanny valley" effect from realizing that the monster is partly human.
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Postby HelplessBystander » Sun Oct 01, 2017 3:39 am

Mr. Handy wrote:The rulebook does scale it to a human perspective, I think. Very few monsters even have an APP stat. Nyarlathotep's human avatars are an exception to this, and their APP is extremely high. 3-18 is the normal human range, though humans who get disfigured can end up with an APP below 3. Deep One Hybrids do have an APP stat, which is rolled on 2D6-1. The most attractive among them will have an 11, whereas they can go as low as 1 for the mostly fishy ones. for which I increase the Sanity penalties. A "normal" Deep One Hybrid has a Sanity loss of 0/1D4, but this can be higher. I've had one with an APP of 1 cause 1/1D6 Sanity loss, which is a little worse than a full Deep One's Sanity loss of 0/1D6. I chalk this up to the "uncanny valley" effect from realizing that the monster is partly human.


I see...interesting proposition.
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Re: OOC: Discussions, absence announcements, etc.

Postby crawlingchaosfan » Mon Oct 02, 2017 6:54 am

Beauty is a subjective thing.

I happen to know there are a few people in Innsmouth who find deep ones quite sexy ;-)
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Re: OOC: Discussions, absence announcements, etc.

Postby HelplessBystander » Mon Oct 02, 2017 7:14 am

Oh yes, oh yesyesyesyesyes. *Pants and breathes heavily*
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Re: OOC: Discussions, absence announcements, etc.

Postby leestriter » Tue Oct 10, 2017 8:44 pm

For anyone who doesn't know, I will be giving a helping hand on this game, sort of co-gm.
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Re: OOC: Discussions, absence announcements, etc.

Postby HelplessBystander » Tue Oct 10, 2017 10:48 pm

Yep. Rounds of applause for lee.
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Re: OOC: Discussions, absence announcements, etc.

Postby Mr. Handy » Wed Oct 11, 2017 5:26 am

Yes, thank you.

I'm sorry I haven't had time yet to finish creating my character. I'm hoping I can get it done this coming weekend.
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Postby HelplessBystander » Wed Oct 11, 2017 6:54 am

No worries. Spend a second much time as you want. We still want to get as many people onboard as possible.
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