Against the Giants 5e PBP (Full)


Against the Giants PBP

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Game Proposal: So, I'm probably insane, but I've recently managed to get my already-in-progress PBP games running smoothly after a rough winter. So! I have a hankering to run more! Who wants to join me in an old-school assault on the Steading of the Hill Giant Chief?

Build Rules: It'll be level 9 (might as well make it tough). Free feat at level one for all characters (seems to be the trend these days) Two +1 magic items or equivalent (we can discuss) and 500gp in mundane equipment (and healing potions). Please no well-known broken combos, otherwise anything reasonable goes (from official sources). Point-buy or Array, Average HP.

Requests: If you've played the adventure recently, maybe skip it. I've run it before, but it was long enough ago that I remember almost nothing. If you're in one of my games, you're welcome to join, but I wouldn't mind some new blood. Also, if you're in the habit of holding games up, give it a miss. I want to keep my momentum going. (A couple of posts a week will do).

Edit: Looks like it's going to be TWO groups, due to popular demand!:

The Players:

@JustinCase playing Duvrael Oolo, Yuan-Ti Diviner Wizard
@Tonguez playing Kahru Karavetra, Human Druid Barbarian
@TerraDave playing Tenibor, High Elf Wizard
@Snarf Zagyg playing Doc Vileweir, Reborn Warlock/Rogue Gunslinger
@Blue playing Eoghan, Firbolg Glamour Bard
@Shadowedeyes playing Valda the Runeblade Human Rune Knight Fighter
@Kobold Stew playing The Colonel, Air Genasi Tempest Cleric Soldier
@Lidgar playing Jack "the Knife" Blake, Human Rogue Thief
@VLAD the Destroyer playing Quinn, Human Circle of Stars Druid
@Hriston playing Reeve Bible, Human Champion Fighter Sailor
@Maxperson playing Kaligan Wainwright, Human Psi-Warrior Fighter
@Steve Gorak playing a Tortle Sorcerer?
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the magical equivalent to the number zero
Yes please! :D

As I am not really familiar with the campaign, is there any bond (or aversion) to a locale, person or race I can create a character around?


Yes please! :D

As I am not really familiar with the campaign, is there any bond (or aversion) to a locale, person or race I can create a character around?
I am thinking of making the setting up as we go along. A bleak place called "No-World" in desperate need of heroes. All the standard races' kingdoms are in decline. Elves have mostly gone to the Misty Shores; Dwarves are rare and mostly forgotten. (You can absolutely still play either). The human kingdom (where this takes place) is the Fallen Kingdom of Illeck, ruled by a Steward with corrupt courtiers.

All details can be made up, either by you or by me (all the above was off the top of my head). Do what you like under the theme "past its better days" and I will try to say "Yes, and..." as much as possible.


Hmmm, I’ve never played that high in 5e, but could be interesting.
I've barely run anything this high (and I run a LOT of D&D). I don't tend to prefer higher levels. Still, this ought to be fun. I am as far as can be from a "killer DM"... but I don't plan to pull punches here. Survival should not be guaranteed.

It's an old adventure, so it's low on over-arching plot, but big on on-the-ground, think-it-through story (if that makes sense). You are faced with an impossible task. But you can't back out. Will you rise to the challenge, or perish like so many before you?


Ravenous Bugblatter Beast of Traal
If you'll have me I'd like to join. This will be my first public (as opposed to among friends) PbP - I've been reading and want to get into one. I'm on ENWorld daily to post.

Disclaimer: I read Steading back in the 90s for AD&D (or was it AD&D 2nd?), don't really remember anything about it.

I can play anything to fill in the gaps in the party. I tend more towards a cleric, bard, or maybe something like a bladesinger wizard, but am flexible.


This may be insane of me, but I'm so happy with the response, that I don't want to turn anyone away. I've already done much of the prep-work, so I don't think that it would be too much work if I simply....

RUN TWO GROUPS (of five).

This will be two different realities (as opposed to, say, running groups that hit the place from the front and back, as I did years ago in Vault of the Dracolich). So we'll have to form two fully-functioning parties. We'll make characters, and then see who fits best in what group.

I don't have much more notes for you on PC-building rules, other than to say, "Please don't make characters that have a lot of fiddly tracking bits, complicated spells, OP combos, or other things that will grind the game down." (As to what those might be, I'll leave it up to your judgement. Just remember that PBP can be slow, and a lot of work for the DM, so try not to make it slower/more work. THANKS!)

Oh, and an in-story note: I imagine the kingdom to be mostly human. While I'm technically allowing you to play ANY race-class combo you'd like, I'd probably rather that the parties don't wind up too much a bunch of weirdos or mutant animals. (A few are fine! In fact, I want a few! It would just be weird if it was the whole party!)

Also, feel free to go hogwild with re-skinning. Mechanically, keep it simple (no houserules or weird corner-cases), but if you want to play a Minotaur Barbarian with the Charger feat, and make up a Rhinoceros-headed person to explain it's story, you do that.

The setting will evolve (though not revolve) around your characters.

Oh! One more thing: Ninth level is pretty high, and I imagine this to be a relatively low-success-rate setting (life is hard, no one is getting ahead). So, you're pretty special people. Like, probably pretty well known.

Also: You don't have to come up with long back-stories (unless you love to do so, then you do you). You'll probably die anway. Just make a fun character with some broad-stroke ideas as to who you are and why you're helping out, and you can figure out the rest as we go along. I'm pretty happy with making some stuff up as we go. (Also, I'm fine with leaving stuff that doesn't matter... not mattering.)

Thanks for the great response! Let's get some character ideas flowing!


That's awesome Fitz, thanks for accommodating. I can (and have) run pretty much anything - whatever either party needs the most.

In terms of background personality, I'll probably go with a human that is highly superstitious, finding omens in pretty much everything, and obsessed with finding good luck charms and other trinkets. Giants are a very, very bad omen...


Seems fair.

As for character, I usually end up playing "martial characters", like fighters, rogues and barbarians, but I can play pretty much anything as well. I often just play something that fits with what other people are doing when I get a chance to play.


If anyone wants to know if we are using Tasha's "floating ASIs" (Or Monsters of the Multiverse if you have it) the answer is yes. However, if you want to make, for example, a Dwarf that has her +2 in Dex, then I would be happy if you made up an excuse - Call her a "Plains Dwarf" that grew up in a nomadic horse-breeding dwarf clan that roamed the hills on pony-back. She was trained to stay in the saddle from babehood.

Again, doesn't have to be much, just let's have fun with it.

Snarf Zagyg

Notorious Liquefactionist
At this point, I am probably going to go with an expansion of a concept I was working on in an earlier auction thread- a Reborn (from Van Richten ...) who uses firearms. If that's okay with you, @FitzTheRuke (especially the firearms bit).

Mostly because I have a concept, and because I'm noodling around with the Tasha's gunner feat and the DMG firearm table. Let me know if that's okay or if you need to kibosh on it before I start messing with the build.

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