Story Hours Index (Authors, add your own):

the Jester

Legend
Title: Tales of Cydra
Author: the Jester
Number of Threads: 10 (see links below)

Type: D&D, running from 2nd edition to 3.5 and (eventually) beyond!
System: D&D, various editions, with occasional crossovers
Setting: Homebrew: Cydra. Cydra is a water world that takes place on the inside surface of a gargantuan air bubble some 780,000 miles in diameter.

Started: 25 July 2002 (first thread)
Status: Ongoing. Several threads are completed, but the story goes on.
Average Installment Length: Medium (approx. 1500 words).
Average Frequency of Installments: Weekly in each thread; often more frequent, occasionally less frequent.

Available for Download? No
Style: 3rd person narrative prose, with occasional winks to the underlying mechanics. There is a good amount of humor mixed with serious fantasy, horror, etc.
Overview: Much of the campaign world's focus is Law vs. Chaos, instead of the more typical Good vs. Evil. The various threads trace the evolution of the campaign since its inception (about 1994?), including many of the tales of both heroes and villains.

Reader Comment: "This is one of the better storyhours I've read. You have a very natural flow in your writing, it's easy and enjoyable to read and it also has a relatively original and entertaining flavour. I've never come across the concept of extradimentional colons and orca penis rings before." - Serpenteye

Special: The Cydra Yahoo group
The Cydra wikipedia

LINKS TO THE THREADS, IN ROUGH CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER WITHIN THE CAMPAIGN'S TIMELINE:

Cydra: the Early Years
Delilah's Story
The Jester's Old Story Hour*
The Politics of Tirchond
Of Sound Mind the Halfling Way
Three Kingdoms and Empire
The Year 271 Campaign

The Epic Cycle
(These threads are the only ones that are directly sequential.)
Agents of Chaos*
To War Against Felenga*
Great Conflicts*

*Completed thread. Please note that most of the threads that are not technically complete are not being updated actively; the ones in my sig are the active ones. Also, please note that a new thread will be starting in the epic cycle before too long.
 

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Traycor

Explorer
Title: Title
Author: Traycor
Number of Threads: 1

Type: Fantasy - Short Story
System: D&D 3.5e
Setting: A Dark and Stormy Knight - module

Started: 15 December 2007
Status: Ongoing
Average Installment Length: Short
Average Frequency of Installments: Weekly

Available for Download? No
Style: 3rd person narrative prose, with occasional winks to the underlying mechanics

Overview: This is a short story adaptation of the module "A Dark and Stormy Knight" by Owen C.K. STephens

Reader Comment:
 

Nathan P. Mahney

First Post
Title: Tales of the Darkened Land
Author: Nathan P. Mahney
Number of Threads: 1

Type: Fantasy
System: D&D 3.0/3.5 hybrid
Setting: The Darkened Land (a homebrew)

Started: 21 December 2007
Status: Ongoing
Average Installment Length: Long
Average Frequency of Installments: Monthly

Available for Download? No
Style: Narrated by a storyteller

Overview: In a world where the forces of evil have won and the land is in eternal night, a group of adventurers try their best to beat back the darkness.
 
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Cerulean_Wings

First Post
Title: Unforgiving Lands
Author: Cerulean Wings
Number of Threads: 1

Type: Fantasy
System: D&D 3.5e
Setting: The North

Started: 28 December 2007
Status: Ongoing
Average Installment Length: Medium
Average Frequency of Installments: Bi-Weekly

Available for Download? No
Style: 3rd person narrative prose

Overview: The Eight Noble Houses have always been the main driving force in the world, and things went well until two Houses began to fight amongst each other. If they start a war, it could mean the beginning of a dark and bloody age...

Reader Comment: few, but very encouraging :)
 
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Abciximab

Explorer
Title: Barrow of the Forgotten Story Hour
Author: Abciximab
Number of Threads: # 1

Type: Fantasy
System: D&D 3.5e
Setting: Homebrew

Started: 01 January 2008
Status: Complete. 14 August 2008
Average Installment Length: Medium
Average Frequency of Installments: Bi-weekly

Available for Download? No
Style: 3rd person narrative prose, with occasional winks to the underlying mechanics

Overview: Story of our thursday night adventures through the Barrow of the Forgotten King trilogy.
 
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arnon

Explorer
Title: Meleyn's Journal
Author: Arnon
Number of Threads: # 1

Type: Fantasy
System: D&D 3.5e
Setting: Ptolus

Started: 04 January 2008
Status: Ongoing
Average Installment Length: Medium
Average Frequency of Installments: Weekly

Available for Download? No
Style: 1st person, IC

Overview: A Ptolus campaign as told by Melelyn Lothven, Bard.

Special: Campaign Wiki
 

Nebulous

Legend
The Complete Masks of Nyarlathotep d20

Title: The Complete Masks of Nyarlathotep d20
Author: Nebulous
Number of Threads: 1

Type: Horror
System: d20 / Modern
Setting: Earth 1925

Started: 10/05/05
Status: Ongoing (but nearly completed)
Average Installment Length: Medium
Average Frequency of Installments: Bi-monthly. Sometimes weekly

Available for Download? No
Style: 3rd person narrative prose, with extensive asides to the underlying mechanics

Overview: Story version of Chaosium's famous campaign, adapted to d20

Reader Comment: Always welcome!
 
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Nebulous

Legend
Project Pi -- Modern d20 Cthulhu

Title: PROJECT PI
Author: Nebulous
Number of Threads: 1

Type: Horror
System: d20 Cthulhu + extras
Setting: Earth 2001

Started: August 2006
Status: Completed
Average Installment Length: Short

Available for Download? No
Style: 3rd person narrative prose, with occasional winks to the underlying mechanics

Overview: Courtesy from Worlds of Cthulhu Issue #1
 
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Ralts Bloodthorne

First Post
Manifest Destiny

Title: Manifest Destiny
Author: Tim "Warlord Ralts" Willard
Number of Threads: 1

Type: Fantasy/Horror/Exploration.
System: D&D 3.5e
Setting: The New World

Started: 6 Jan 2009
Status: Ongoing
Average Installment Length: Varies
Average Frequency of Installments: Weekly

Available for Download? No
Style: 3rd person narrative prose, with occasional winks to the underlying mechanics

Overview: Four companions, throw together by fate and lottery numbers, discovering that the New World may not be so new, and the things are not always what they seem.

Reader Comment: None yet

Special: None Yet
 

Leopold

NKL4LYFE
Title: Pirates! Tales of the Burning <censored>
Author: Leopold
Number of Threads: 1

Type: Adult themed pirate low magic fantasy
System: D&D 3.5e
Setting: Home Brew

Started: 14/2/2008
Status: Ongoing
Average Installment Length: Medium
Average Frequency of Installments: Bi-Monthly

Available for Download? No
Style: Journal format with blend of 3rd/1st person prose coming from 2 different perspectives.

Overview: Tales of Mocker, an insane spirit shaman ,and his Monk/Were-bear guardian Uquilli as they roam the open waters aboard the pirate vessel Flaming <censored>

Special: None requested yet
 
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MightyBob

First Post
Title: Fate and Glory on the High Seas...
Author: MightyBob
Number of Threads: 1

Type: Fantasy
System: D&D 3.5e
Setting: Custom, but standard D&D fair

Started: 03/07/2008
Status: Ongoing
Average Installment Length: Medium
Average Frequency of Installments: Weekly

Available for Download? No
Style: 3rd person narrative

Overview: A motly group that's currently trapped running errands for a silver dragon vampire. Meanwhile, the summer has lasted about 3 months too long and the stars are all out of wack, which is an issue when sailing. Of course, that's got nothing to do with us... no sir...
 

Trench

First Post
Ptolus- The Tenth Precinct
Author: Trench
Number of Threads: 1

Type: Fantasy/Police Procedural/Noir
System: D&D 3.5
Setting: Ptolus

Started: March, 2007
Status: Ongoing
Average Installment Length: About 1000 words each, although it may vary
Average Frequency of Installments: Bi-Weekly.

Available for Download: No
Style: Third person prose, with asides about mechanics and behind the scenes motivations and plots.
Overview: This is a police procedural campaign set in the Monte Cook setting of Ptolus. It features a special task force dedicated to investigating those mysteries that the regular City Watch simply doesn't have time for. There's corruption, murder, mad plots, and shadowy villains who still haven't been revealed to the PC's.

The campaign has been a PbP game for almost a year now, hence it's very dialouge driven but with more than enough action to satisfy most.
 
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Lothred

First Post
Title: Dark Heresy - Agents of the Inquisition
Author: Anthony Allison
Number of Threads: 1

Type: Sci-Fi
System: Warhammer 40,000 Dark Heresy
Setting: Warhammer 40,000; Planet Scintilla

Started: 22 March 2008
Status: Ongoing
Average Installment Length: Long/Verbose
Average Frequency of Installments: Weekly

Available for Download? No
Style: 3rd person narrative prose, with occasional winks to the underlying mechanics/Journal/Whatever.

Overview: Our group's misadventures in the new Dark Heresy game system
 
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Brimshack

First Post
Title: "Healing Moments" with Alyra Kyne
Author: Dan Wall AKA "Brimshack"
Number of Threads: 1

Type: Fantasy
System: Experimental ETC-RPG (Crunch-Waffle)
Setting: Think Lord of the Rings in the Twilight Zone (much ad libbing going on)

Started: Initially in July of 2007, with 3 groups run prior to this. The segment narrated here began in March, 2008
Status: Ongoing
Average Installment Length: Varies
Average Frequency of Installments: Variable, but I am trying for at least 1 a week

Available for Download? No
Style: 1st person narrative

Overview: Soft Hearted Girl tries to make sense of a hard hearted world.
 
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Iron Sky

Procedurally Generated
Title: The Rise of Felskein
Author: Iron Sky
Number of Threads: 1

Type: Fantasy
System: D&D 3.5e
Setting: Homebrew

Started: Thread started 7 April 2008. Campaign started early-mid 2007.
Status: Complete
Average Installment Length: Moderate
Average Frequency of Installments: None

Available for Download: No
Style: 3rd person narrative prose.

Overview: The adventures of four companions on the continent of Felskein. Roughly fits into three "chapters": 1) Prelude - fighting the Iron Tribe hobgoblins, with glimpses of greater, darker things happening in the larger world. 2) Journey - the group's thousand-mile journey to the Crystal Towers. 3) Quest - The party seeks artifacts to reactivate the defense network that an extinct race built to protect the whole of Felskein.

Reader Comment: "I'm enjoying it very much. Keep it up. :)" -Ed Gentry
 
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talien

Community Supporter
Title: The Beginning of the End
Author: Michael Tresca
Number of Threads: 1

Type: Modern
System: D20 Modern
Setting: Call of Cthulhu, Delta Green, GURPS Black Ops, Conspiracy X
Started: December 10, 2007
Status: Ongoing
Average Installment Length: Short
Average Frequency of Installments: Daily!

Available for Download? No
Style: 3rd person narrative prose, with occasional winks to the underlying mechanics.

Overview: Delta Green, an secret agency dedicated to fighting paranormal threats to the world, has been absorbed into Majestic-12, which is in itself a secret division of the Counter-Intelligence Field Agency (CIFA). The agents' mission: determine the full extent of the alien threat and stop a nation-wide cultist conspiracy. Will Jim-Bean ever control his psychic powers? Will Guppy ever find out if he was really abducted by aliens? All will be answered...if the world doesn't end first.

Nebulous said:
Blech. The end there made me SQUIRM.
Special: Blacknet Wiki
 


PwrMnky

First Post
Death Puppets: a journal

Title: Death Puppets: a journal
Author: pwrmnky
Number of Threads: 1

Type: Horror
System: D&D 3.5e
Setting: Ravenloft

Started: June, 2008
Status: Ongoing
Average Installment Length: Short
Average Frequency of Installments: Once a month
Available for Download? No
Style: 1st person journal

Overview: Puppets take over a small town.

Special: This thread may contain spoilers for anyone running a Malingo campaign out of Ravenloft.
 

Mathew_Freeman

First Post
Title: Tallarn's Keep On The Shadowfell
Author: Tallarn
Number of threads: 1

Type: Fantasy
System: D&D 4e
Setting: Implied setting - just going with what's in the PHB, DMG and MM, together with other WotC published material.

Started: September 2008
Status: Ongoing
Average Installment length: Short
Average Frequency of Installments: 1/week
Available to download: No
Style: 3rd person story

Overview: Running a group of gamers through each published module in the H, P and E series, hopefully taking characters from 1st to 30th level. We play every other week, but I've got a backlog of stuff to catch up with so I hope to be able to muster a post at least every week.
Special: Spoilers for Keep on the Shadowfell, Thunderspire Labyrinth, etc.
 

Mathew_Freeman

First Post
Title: The Swordlands
Author: Tallarn (& other members of the group, as noted in each post)
Number of threads: 1

Type: Fantasy
System: D&D 4e
Setting: Homebrew Norse-flavoured setting

Started: September 2008
Status: Ongoing
Average Installment length: Short
Average Frequency of Installments: 1/week
Available to download: No
Style: 3rd person story, moving to 1st person after a few posts.

Overview: A small group of adventurers, surviving a shipwreck, explore the Swordlands, a frozen and harsh land.
 

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