From the Orignial post:
This will be a roleplaying game, not a play to win or rule exploit game. I am not going to blow up if you suggest something and I am happy to discuss 'Houserule' variants, for example a barbarian scout with the odd rogue talent instead of the odd rage ability. But if I say no I don't expect to be lamberblasted with links to rulebooks. Additionally I expect rules debates to be kept to a minimum during sessions, as I have more important things to be doing during the session such as running the game.
The game will be held in IRC, possibly with a voice chat for out of character disussion.
Characters will start at an Effective character level of 5 (HP dice + level adjustment)
Character races require approval if they are not Human, dwarf, elf, half elf, gnome, halfling, or half orc; Races not on this list will most likely have their effective level adjusted for balance. In some cases this will mean that it may not be used due to the restrictions of the party level, Though I would be willing to work to modify another character race to fit the character concept.
3rd party pathfinder supplement character options and WotC D&D 3.0/3.5 Character options may only be used with my permission if requested prior to submitting a final character sheet. Any such materials showing up on a final character sheet without preapproval will be denied for use. (I do reserve the right to reject characters using pre approved content when the character is submitted) (I suggest only requesting individual items out of such sources, as I am far more likely to allow their use in that case.)
Non-Core rulebook 1st party Pathfinder content must have a link to the relevant rules featured somewhere in the character sheet, as I do not want to have to scour the reference documents for every single character option.
Roughly 600 years ago for reasons unknown the level of the oceans began to increase at an alarming rate before finally tapering off after several years. While the large majority of people managed to survive, their nations did not, with many becoming nothing more than a collection of islands. Over the years the inhabitants of the new island nations have come to cope with the new realities of the world, though many still wish to return things to the way things were during the Pre-flood 'Golden' period, however all attempts up to this point have ended in disaster. In order to help promote the efforts to fix the flood, for the past 500 years the nation of Loar has held the Grand Arcana Festival on the Pentannual anniversary of the loss of the Grand College of the Arcane Arts to the Flood in order to bring the brightest minds in magic together to share ideas. In an unprecedented move the current overseer of this magnificent spectacle, Prince Jarlot Brenat of Loar, Has sent word far and wide announcing that the Grand Arcana Festival will be held this year, barely more than 2 years after the previous Festival. Despite being so soon after its last occurance the attendance seems as though it will atleast match, if not beat the records set in decades past, largely due to the mystery behind its timing.
Campaign Special Rules
Navigation and Navigational Charts
The Oceans of this world are far from a safe place, and as a result most sane Sailors will not even consider taking you to areas where they do not have Navigational charts to guide them.
You may not travel to areas where you do not have navigational charts to (mostly as I will not be designing the entire world prior to beginning the game, I will have to prepare the game world as we go)
Players may not lose, steal, or destroy navigational charts, There is always another copy laying around somewhere for use. (As the GM I may remove navigational charts for story purposes, but players are restricted from doing so to avoid purposeful strandings of the vessel during arguements.)
More details coming upon introduction.
Grand Mage Arconis- One of the most famous figures to walk the land, he is a Wizard of the highest degree who has, if the stories are true, been involved in almost every major event for the Past 200 years
Argost The Seafarer - An old Elf who has spent the past 200 years living upon the seas getting to know its secrets better than anyone. A fellow Explorer of the Arcane College.
Adam Wand - The eldest brother of the Wand family, who practices the arts of the Fighter. A fellow Explorer of the Arcane College.
Joshua Wand- The middle brother of the Wand Family, a devoted cleric of Torag. A fellow Explorer of the Arcane College.
Timothy Wand- The youngest brother of the Wand Family, a former pickpocket and cat burglar who decided to join his brothers in business as a small mercenary company after a few too many close calls. A fellow Explorer of the Arcane College.
Lizzy Wand - The wife of Timothy Wand, An arcane researcher who additionally works with her husband and his brothers in order to keep them out of trouble and to make money to fund her research.
Zeinith - A fellow Explorer of the Arcane Congress, a foreign noble who has apparently been tasked with doing so by her mother much to her chagrin.
The Rumor board
The Ghost Ship - For the Past several months there has been a series of sightings of a vessel with tattered sails, captained by a mysterious figure of an unknown race, crewed by spectral beings Sailing in remote, rarely navigated areas of the Northern Seas. However in the Past several weeks, sightings of the vessel have been increasing dramatically, as it has been crossing major shipping channels heading in what seems like the most direct path to Loar.
Update- Rumors have it that just a day prior to the festival, the ghost ship was seen by fishermen to be approaching the Port of Loar at a rate that would have had it docking before sundown.
More in depth information will come as I finish it, though feel free to ask questions about the game and setting.
Sessions will be held at 1PM Central Time (US) on irc.tip.it in the #ocean channel. To join this channel enter:
/join #oceanAs I have registered the channel you may join the channel prior to me announcing that I will be on IRC for the session.