Heya, fellas. I'd like to run at least one - possibly two - campaigns over this winter and spring. A ridiculous undertaking, especially considering the workload lining up for me as a master's degree student and teaching a class this semester, but hey, maybe I can do it!
If I do two, I plan to alternate important DM posts between weeks. One weekend will be a beastman post, the next will be a human post, or however it ends up working, depending on which campaigns I do. This should hopefully make the RPs fun and manageable for everybody, including me. I might even skip some weeks for character interaction, or only do smallish updates, depending on how things go.
The ship group is still going, yes, but I do plan to possibly wrap that one up very soon and let people still use their characters, if they want. Part of me would like to disavow it as too high fantasy, but I suppose there's no going down that road now that I tried it. Maybe I'll just have you all wake up and it was a dream, lololol (no actually I seriously considered that, I actually have a pretty good contrivance in my head for it...).
Anyway, these one (or possibly two) new campaigns that I make based on this poll won't be starting for a while yet, in any case. I plan to get everything in order before I try to jump into making them, and I also want some ideas of what people would like to play.
That, and these campaigns would hopefully put more emphasis on creating characters you'd like to continue using for a long time, to explore the world and earn some fun achievements and things. New and old players are welcome.
So, moving on...
First off, I'd really like to do a beastfolk campaign. The details will be determined by this poll, but my original idea - to be honest - was one in Rognosst Swamp, a sort of mystery/adventure. I could easily do something else, though.
I feel like beastfolk are kind of misunderstood by a lot of people around here, and I'd like to set up just how their culture and stuff works to clarify things a little more. Plus, I think it'd be fun, and it'd provide some variety from the usual human thing. And, by the way, this campaign would not focus on the idea of beastfolk vs. humans. Beastfolk are their own race and they have a very wide variety of cultures. They don't always have to be fighting humans or thinking about humans (in fact they often aren't, and many beastfolk go their entire lives without seeing humans, and vice versa).
I would, however, restrict the different types of beastfolk people can sign up as, at least a little. It's fairly rare for so many different kinds of beastfolk to mingle so heavily, and having so many different types in one place can be slightly awkward. That said, this can also depend on where the campaign would start out, but more details on that next, and I'd try to keep the restrictions at least fairly loose. So if you really have to sign up as something that wouldn't normally be there, I wouldn't say no, but it'd be better if you didn't.
That said, there are two choices of location:
Rognosst Swamp is a place that would largely restrict players to reptilian and amphibian beastfolk (basically saurians, naga, amphibian beastfolk, and khelonians would be the primary races, with a few pixies and possibly very few others, such as rat-men, and maybe the occasional more awkward kind of beastman who somehow ended up there, depending on what people want to play as). It is, however, a region fairly heavily developed lore-wise, as it was something I wrote about very frequently in my older stories. It'd be a darker and more foreboding region in general than the Southwest, although even the swamp isn't without its unique beauty... or unique dangers.
The Southwestern Wilds are a very beastfolk-centric region in general, with generally wider variety than Rognosst Swamp. The primary playable races include minotaurs, centaurs, and satyrs, as well as certain felesians (namely lion-folk), possibly avians and arachnians and saurians and pixies, etc. The primary focus would be the first three (minotaurs, centaurs, and satyrs), but there's a lot of variety in the region. It's an area with lots of different factions and cultures, including some elves and Amazons/humans, which would probably also be available for playing as. It's a more "civilized" region than Rognosst Swamp, especially in terms of the minotaurs living there, but it's still called the Wilds for many reasons.
Another thing I'd really like to explore is a much more faction-based RP. My original idea was for a horror RP, but I might not use that, after all. Depends on how the poll goes and whether or not I end up writing it as a short story with Scorp.
At any rate, I would really like to do a faction-based RP if not just to explore the factions some more on the forums and give more of an idea of what they're like. Plus, it'd encourage people to interact with the faction(s) more, which opens up more possibility for achievements and the like, and finding lots of lore and intrigue in the factions themselves. Anyway, I just think it'd be fun. I have plenty of ideas I could use for a RP based more around the three primary Imperial orders (Knights Templar, the Inquisition, and the Venatori). That would limit the sign-ups a fair amount, but it would be rather low-magic, anyway, as it's taking place in human society.
However, as much as I'd like to do it, it doesn't necessarily have to be faction-based. Basing it around factions might make it less awkward/contrived, but that doesn't really matter, depending on what kind of RP it is. If it is a non-faction RP, it allows for more variety of races (namely elves and dwarves, although a few of those are also in the Venatori). While I personally would prefer faction-based, if people don't like that idea, I can certainly do something else, especially after I figure out which genre people would like to play.
I'd have fun doing pretty much any of these genres for either campaign, so just let me know which one(s) you'd be the most interested in playing. It'd be best if you could pick two, especially if you're interested in possibly participating in both campaigns.
Thanks for the feedback! A post detailing your choices and discussing your preferences would be greatly appreciated, too. And if anyone has questions, don't hesitate to ask. I'm doing this poll because I want to know what people would like to see, as I'd like to make some RP(s) people will get invested in and enjoy.