Recruitment- PLANESCAPE: Intrigue. Reopened

Nordom

Explorer
Any interest in a Planescape play-by post Campaign? I've been cooking one up in my head for a long, long time. I posted a thread in Gamers seeking Gamers, but I think this is actually the appropriate thread to post this in.

Here's what I have in mind, please let me know if anyone's interested:

Atmosphere and Themes: Mystery, Drama, Dark Humor, Planar Exploration, Character development.

Playing Style: Role-Play and Creative Problem-Solving. As adventurers of Low-Mid level (commencing at level 5 and progressing to level 13), you won't necessarily be the central figures in the grand tapestry of the multiverse. Instead, you'll be pawns in a larger, more intricate game, surrounded by powerful forces manipulating events around you.

- Show, Don't Tell:
Telling Example: Jade is a Tiefling rogue. She has red skin, horns on her forehead, and a long, pointy tail. She has mastered the art of stealth and is skilled in picking locks and disarming traps. She's always on the lookout for her next heist and loves collecting shiny trinkets. She's a loner by nature and doesn't trust easily.

Showing Example:
In the dimly lit tavern, a figure slips out of the shadows and gracefully moves between the tables. With crimson skin glinting in the faint candlelight, Jade's tiefling heritage is unmistakable. Her dark eyes, filled with a mix of mischief and intelligence, study the room as her curved horns subtly catch the gleam of light.

Every movement she makes is fluid and calculated, her tail coiling and uncoiling like a viper behind her. As she leans against the wall, her fingers instinctively trace the edges of a lockpick set, concealed beneath her dark cloak. Jade exudes an air of confidence, the kind that comes from countless successful heists. Despite her isolated nature, her ears perk up when she overhears rumors of valuable artifacts or well-guarded vaults. The thrill of the next daring escapade sparks a faint glint of excitement in her eyes, and her fingers unconsciously drum on the pommel of a concealed dagger.

-A lot of the campaign and plot arcs involve mystery. The goal is to explore and avoid basing your entire investigation on a roll: Instead of "I roll an Insight check to make sure she isn't lying" try "
"I closely examine her body language as she mentions his whereabouts, keeping an eye on her facial expressions and the minute twitches in her hands. Does she seem nervous, fidgety, or does she meet my gaze directly with confidence?"

By taking this approach, you elevate the storytelling and character development. You can then use the gathered observations to guide your decisions and shape the narrative. This method of investigation rewards players for their creativity and engagement. I am going to try hard to promotes thoughtful interactions with NPCs, encouraging you to interact with them as fully realized and memorable characters rather than mere quest-givers. As the campaign unfolds, the characters will find themselves drawn into elaborate murder mysteries, political intrigues, and enigmatic puzzles. In each scenario, they must exercise their observational skills and analytical minds to piece together the clues.

Another example, during a murder mystery investigation:

Instead of: "I roll a perception check to note anything out of order with the murder scene and those present," try: "I examine the crime scene with keen eyes, searching for any hidden details. I take note of the placement of the victim's body, the angles of the wounds, and whether there are any signs of a struggle. I speak with witnesses, watching for any inconsistencies in their testimonies and attempting to gauge their reactions to my questions."

CONSEQUENCES: I have general plot arcs in my head that I want to put into writing and create WITH you, not despite you. I do not have the end in mind, and I'm not married to any outcome. I want to set the stage and collaborate on the outcome. Did you figure out who the murderer was, and decide to go kill her instead of turning her into the authorities? Be prepared to be hunted for vigilantism. Did you not quite figure out who the murderer was but decided to frame someone else? Don't be so shocked when their allies start hunting you. There will be surprises and plot twists, but I want you to create some of your own!

Player Character Requirements and Restrictions: I am looking for 4 players to play in an ongoing campaign. Any source material race and class that is readily available online for reference. Alignment must NOT be 'Good.' No need to worry about party balance ( yes, you can have 5 mages in the party). The part of your character I'd like you to spend the most time during creation is the backstory. The backstory must have the following components -

1) A deep, dark secret. Examples include framing someone for murder, or actually murdering someone. Stole an ancient family heirloom from a family of bloodthirsty aristocrats in the Lady's Ward. Is a Wererat, and a member of the Undersigil collective. Has a second personality which is that of a serial killer. Avoid the mild things like: beats up beggars and steals their jink.
2) The presence of a special item (no modifier bonus) that has a story unique to the character
3) Motives/ambitions of the character, as well as personal strengths/weaknesses
4) Brief information about 1 good friend and 1 enemy that the character has made through their travels.
5) What faction the character is in and why.

A note about evil characters - they are not stupid. A Chaotic Evil character in this campaign should not be the Chaotic Evil that rages at everything in sight. Instead, a more insidious type of evil and chaos is preferred - the slow flames burn best.

Combat: Usually optional, can be avoided via creativity. Additionally, will reward outside the box thinking during combat. Instead of fighting some githyanki in one area, then going further in at the area to fight more githyanki, will present numerous options and would also love characters to come up with their own. For example, reanimating the corpse of a fallen githyanki, putting a delayed blast fireball focused on his head, and walking him into the next area, kidnapping an NPC to use as a bargaining chip to get the gith to leave you alone, using one of the player characters as bait to infiltrate the gith cell, and communicate inside information, etc.

Locales: Most of the time will be spent in Sigil. Some time in Gatetowns and/or Outer Planes. A small amount of time on a Spelljammer and Prime world. Focus is to go deep, and not necessarily wide. When visiting different planes, I will encourage the 'mood' of the plane be reflected in your character both mechanistically and non-mechanistically. For example if the party were to visit the Grey Wastes, a feeling of gloom and depression would permeate through the recesses of everyone's minds, and a -2 modifier to Intelligence and Wisdom saving throws is applied as long as the group is in that Plane.

Required books?: None, you can use Frontpage - DND 5th Edition Players Handbook would be wonderful, if you have it.

Post rate: 1 post every 2 days minimum- barring unusual circumstances. I find that slower posting rates fizzle out quickly, and I'm very serious about making this last and enjoyable.
 
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Aran

Explorer
I'm interested. Not sure what I would play just yet.

I am only somewhat familiar with Sigil and the factions, where should I go to get the characters level of knowledge you would expect?
 

Nordom

Explorer
Thanks for your response,

I'm actually totally okay with having characters that are "Clueless" Primes, and as the character learns about the city, so can you as the player.

If you'd rather start as a Planar, there are sourcebooks which I'm not sure are available anymore, but even before that there are some free online resources. A couple of websites that give decent overviews:



Will keep an eye out for other resources as well.

Hope this helps!
 

DammitVictor

Trust the Fungus
Supporter
Color me interested, but I'd have to put some thought into coming up with deep dark secrets; I'm accustomed to playing Evil, but I'm the Token Evil Teammate and Refuge in Audacity type.

General ideas: lizardfolk Actor assassin/bard; some sort of thri-kreen (xixchil) assassin/healer; Warforged EK/Evoker; a good-leaning Githyanki (or Githzerai) githvyrik patriot.

edit: Well, obviously, the last one is their deep dark secret.
 

Necropolitan

Adventurer
Player's Handbook for race and class, but are Backgrounds and subclasses from outside of the Player's Handbook acceptable? And what's your stance on Variant Humans?

Personally I'll probably go for the classic Infernal Pact Warlock, but it's good to know what the options are.

Also would "Lawful Good Celestial who thinks your character can be redeemed but believes the only way to start them on that path is to see them brought to justice for their deeds and so works to put them behind bars by the book" work for a character's enemy?
 

Nordom

Explorer
Color me interested, but I'd have to put some thought into coming up with deep dark secrets; I'm accustomed to playing Evil, but I'm the Token Evil Teammate and Refuge in Audacity type.

General ideas: lizardfolk Actor assassin/bard; some sort of thri-kreen (xixchil) assassin/healer; Warforged EK/Evoker; a good-leaning Githyanki (or Githzerai) githvyrik patriot.

edit: Well, obviously, the last one is their deep dark secret.
Really any type of evil that isn't too cliched or kills everything in sight would be lovely for this.

General ideas I'm open to- but are they base races? If not, I'm not too strict about them and we can make it a variant, as long as the character's identity doesn't heavily lean into the race.

Also, regarding deep dark secrets, feel free to have more than one, and just to keep things interesting, I'd prefer the 5 critical parts of background are private from the other players OOCly - and your characters can share them or not as they see fit. I plan on incorporating the backgrounds given to me - especially the deep, dark secrets - into plot hooks.
 

Nordom

Explorer
Player's Handbook for race and class, but are Backgrounds and subclasses from outside of the Player's Handbook acceptable? And what's your stance on Variant Humans?

Personally I'll probably go for the classic Infernal Pact Warlock, but it's good to know what the options are.

Also would "Lawful Good Celestial who thinks your character can be redeemed but believes the only way to start them on that path is to see them brought to justice for their deeds and so works to put them behind bars by the book" work for a character's enemy?
Not strict, just don't want to have to have my players purchase products to play. If you'd like to go outside the box with existing materials, I'm okay with it.

Your enemy is great and just the type of plot hook that can impact a campaign.

Would prefer if you kept your background secret from the other players OOCly and PM me instead, just to keep things extra interesting.
 

Nordom

Explorer
I'm thinking about incorporating up to 1 non-combatant NPC "Companion" into the party at a time, controlled by me - for added creative avenues and plot hooks. You'll probably recognize them when you encounter them.
 

DammitVictor

Trust the Fungus
Supporter
General ideas I'm open to- but are they base races? If not, I'm not too strict about them and we can make it a variant, as long as the character's identity doesn't heavily lean into the race.
Xixchil would just be a thri-kreen with a weird class combo, if I can avoid -INT or -CHA. Gith can be either Y or Z as long as he's got a convincing means of faking the other's "psionics" spell-like abilities. Lizardfolk and Warforged are out of the box.
 

Nordom

Explorer
Xixchil would just be a thri-kreen with a weird class combo, if I can avoid -INT or -CHA. Gith can be either Y or Z as long as he's got a convincing means of faking the other's "psionics" spell-like abilities. Lizardfolk and Warforged are out of the box.
Up to you, whatever you truly would feel inspired to play is what I'd prefer.
 

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