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Guest stars?
« on: August 13, 2008, 08:38:07 PM »
Just pointing this out - in a PbP game, the DM doesn't have to play all the NPCs and monsters himself. You could easily get another member of the forums to play a BBEG.

Does anyone think they would ever do this in their games?
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Re: Guest stars?
« Reply #1 on: August 13, 2008, 08:46:28 PM »
I've done this a few times. 

I'll give the guest a general set of guidelines on how to behave, when to back off, priorities and goals.. and let em at it with whatever personailty they choose. 

Sometimes I provide the stats for the encounter, other times I just say, "I need a ___ ~CR __ is fine." and let em make up whatever they want, revise it a bit for relavence, and let em go for it.


If it's a real important encounter, I'll retain control, but a guest as a minor or random encounter spices things up quite a bit.

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Re: Guest stars?
« Reply #2 on: August 14, 2008, 02:32:23 AM »
That's actually a fun sounding idea. I may have to try this sometime. We do have the advertisement thread, which can easily be used to grab someone who just wants a quick battle or something. :D
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Re: Guest stars?
« Reply #3 on: August 14, 2008, 02:37:34 AM »
There are no quick battles in PbP!  :D

But it could be cool.  I'll probably never do it - though I might need to ask the Char Op board for help later on.  And it would be interesting to run a campaign where there were different groups working against each other, each played by different teams that couldn't see what each other was doing unless the DM cross-posted it.

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Re: Guest stars?
« Reply #4 on: August 14, 2008, 06:41:30 PM »
Maybe we should see if this thread could get stickied for soliciting interest (since it's more specific)?  Something along the lines of:

DMs Seeking Guests
RandomBob - minor recurring villain
TPKMan - one-shot dragon encounter

Current Guest Volunteers
RandomJoe - prefers playing monstrous humanoids
Rambo - prefers melee types

DMs can cherry-pick volunteers, or post specific want ads, and vice-versa.

Not sure I'd have the time to maintain a listing myself, though.

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Re: Guest stars?
« Reply #5 on: August 14, 2008, 06:54:58 PM »
There are no quick battles in PbP!  :D
Hahaha. Quick is relative ;) Compared to the campaign itself, one battle isn't a huge commitment. It might also be an interesting way to introduce new people to PbP games. :D

@PFH: I'm not against giving it a stickied thread if it's going to be used, but we already have an Open Game Advertisement thread that can be used for this purpose.  If it turns out that this kind of thing ends up being more popular, I have no problem making a separate thread for it, but let's wait and see if that's actually needed.
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