To quote a fellow traveller, “The day you choose to wear full plate and strap a shield to your off hand is the day you announce to the world you are expendable.” This may sound harsh, but the bottom line is, when you are a group’s walking (shield) wall, that means by definition your role is to absorb hits and prevent the more vulnerable from getting injured. And yes, depending on the situation, that might include staying behind or blocking a door or hallway in a last stand to allow the rest of the group to escape. It does not mean being deliberately suicidal, however.
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Paid work has been eating most of my energy, but I got a little bit of work done. Still making progress, still don’t have things anywhere I can actually run them, but all my test cases compile and pass. I’ll take it.
“In 4651 ar, a Chelish scholar named Imivus became fascinated by the history of Ancient Osirion, a fascination that swiftly grew to an obsession after Osirion’s government denied him permission to mount an expedition into the desert sands. Frustrated and with wounded pride, Imivus organized several secret, illegal expeditions, but he vanished in 4657 ar during his 11th such journey—an expedition that sought the Veinstone Pyramid of the Four Pharaohs of Ascension. Imivus hoped that discovering the rumored pyramid would establish a firm connection between Ancient Osirion and influence from an alien presence from the Dark Tapestry beyond the stars. In particular, Imivus was chasing the legend of a long-lost book called The Last Theorem—a book that he believed would answer all of his questions.”
There probably will be discussion of this thing in the Portal Discord; I can but encourage people to drop in and check that out.
Interested parties should definitely look at the full writeup for all the necessary information; and talk to Sylverthorne if there are questions.
If you give a dragon a cookie….
Do not take shared background information for granted. Not every character may have learned a specific set of hand signals in the past, or be familiar with how a certain school of swordsmanship does things, or any number of things that might be taken for granted because individually, they are as natural as breathing to one character. That said, such information might be valuable to share with the rest of the party…
Pathfinder playtest started; Thorne has assorted channels and forum posts to organize, if anyone is interested. My impression so far is mixed – the changes look interesting, but they are going to take a LOT of getting used to.
In site news, I have been making good progress on the code and am almost ready to put a test page for the authentication and account management system up. Might not make “Summer” as intended, but I am making progress.
Do not be taken in. If things appear too easy, or too convenient, they probably are and there is a catch. Try to think about not only what information you have – but also, who gave it to you, and what they might be trying to accomplish.
Sanity week. Noodled around a bit. No serious coding work, not even bugfixes. Thorne posted a few photos from our daytrip to Staircase Rapids on Discord. I highly recommend both GMs and players to occasionally take the time to go out there, to whatever natural wonders are nearby. Lots and lots of inspiration.
A strange evil comes with the fog, so it’s said. Doors are closed, windows are shuttered and no one goes outside when even the faintest haze is visible…