Saturday, January 7, 2017

Errored

I'm removing the content from this post because, rather than act upon it, the result was to address difficulties in the campaign and sort out the participants.  This was meant to be part of the first combat round for a sparring combat, but it did not work out that way.

I'm leaving the comment thread untouched.

29 comments:

Ibrahim Bin Yusuf said...

I spend the first of 4 AP to load and aim my sling.

(That's how this kind of missile weapon works, yes? 4 AP to load and aim in one round, 2 AP to fire the next round?)

Enrico Guerriero said...

(Sorry, I'll get this right eventually.)

Enrico waddles to 1011.

Alexis Smolensk said...

That's correct, Ibrahim. But as I keep pointing out (and I assume this is a 3e/4e/5e problem, possibly), the other side are so close to you at this point, and you have no "blocker," that Yuliya could easily sack you long before you got the sling loaded, much less fired. Yuliya is only three hexes away and has 4 AP left. She has every reason to see you pull your sling and think, "Hey, there's an unarmed person!"

It seems that every combat with a noobie HAS to have someone think that missile fire can be employed a few feet from the enemy, who can cover the distance in seconds. Then there is the inevitable moment when I have to explain, NO, you can't use your sling, you're in melee right now, it is difficult to get momentum when you're busy dodging being hit and rather aware of the sword flashing inches from your nose.

Is that how it is going to be here, Ibrahim?

Yuliya Romanyuk said...

I'd like to draw my club (1 AP) and move to 0812 (3 AP) to give Ibrahim a scare.

Yuliya Romanyuk said...

Just saw the drawing a weapon while moving rules, so may I suppose I can draw the club while moving and in that case have an extra AP once I get to 0812?

Alexis Smolensk said...

*bangs head on table*

Yuliya, can you please explain why you can't read instructions?

Ibrahim Bin Yusuf said...

I was indeed afraid of that, but seeing the monks step back and everyone else get ready to throw weapons at me I thought I might get in a shot. If she's rushing me, clearly I will not!

In which case I'll definitely have wasted a round.

(Yuliya, I think we're still going an AP at a time.)

Alexis Smolensk said...

Just change your mind in real time Ibrahim and do something else.

Ibrahim Bin Yusuf said...

Yeah, that's what I will be doing since Yuliya's intention is clear. I presume that the action point I've already spent is gone and I'll have to change tacks at my next opportunity?

Thank you for your patience with us.

Kismet said...

Kismet throws the axe (haft) at Ibrahim.

d20: 14

Yuliya Romanyuk said...

Oh shoot, my bad. Thanks for your patience.

I step into 0611 drawing my club.

Alexis Smolensk said...

Just now, I'm feeling anything but patient.

Forgive me. I've stepped off for about 6 hours to go think about things and decide what to do.

It has now been almost two days since Nine-toes posted. It is obvious he isn't checking the blog or at least following up on comments, nor reading what other people are doing. He did not seem to even understand the idea of "sparring" and doesn't seem able to understand the first thing that he is being told.

Yuliya has a habit of jumping on, writing something, then not noticing or not responding to anything that is said back to him, until many hours have passed. This is death in a combat. It is pretty bad the rest of the time, it means that some people are just coasting, not taking part in the game; and others are then picking up the slack for these people.

This is the biggest issue. It is one thing to disappear for six or seven hours at a time, or even a day, but to turn up and then make a statement that clearly indicates one is not carefully reading through the comments, to learn what is going on, that is unacceptable.

So I am sorry, Nine-toes and Yuliya. You're both out of the campaign. I'd like to be patient, I'd like to give additional chances, but no. This combat was set up for many days before we got it off the ground, in part because getting a consensus was more difficult than it should have been.

Alexis Smolensk said...

In game,

Yuliya and Nine-toes decide that actual combat is too frightening for them and they walk off. This leaves Enrico, Kismet, Sofia and Ibrahim.

Would you like to try another combat with different teams?

Yuliya Romanyuk said...

All right, Alexis, I respect your decision.

Thank you nonetheless for your time and patience thus far. I'm sorry to you and to the others for not valuing my commitment to this campaign further, and I will keep this in mind for the future. This has been a great lesson in the importance of communication, especially as far as online, text-based communication goes, and I appreciate that mine was very disappointing.

Best of luck to you all; I'll be back to watching from the sidelines. Happy new year! :)

Kismet said...

I'm game to switch. Sorry for the delay. Sick day so lots of sleeping.

Ibrahim Bin Yusuf said...

Ibrahim wishes Ninetoes and Yuliya farewell.

I'm happy to try again, with the same teams or different ones (as both sides are down one) but I'd be just as happy to revisit the town and plan our next steps, having already taken two lessons away from this brief attempt.

Sofia Viktorova Koleva said...

Can't I just throw my dagger at Ibrahim and then we stop combat? ;-)

Sorry it didn't work out, folks. It's a tough format to get to work and Alexis must get credit for seeing that it does, even if it seems harsh at times.


New teams: Enrico & Sofia vs. Ibrahim & Kismet. Or switch the fighters, just keep them apart. ;-)

Enrico Guerriero said...

Sorry to see you guys go. :(

Are we opening up the campaign to new players?

Kismet said...

I think Alexis planned on attrition only based on the sheer number of players already.

Alexis Smolensk said...

Four seems an ideal number for online. It is apparently very hard to get everyone to agree if there are more people. I wasn't trying to get rid of anyone, but I kept stumbling over the lack of comments, the failure to keep up to date and the neglect in looking over every comment.

With the last, everyone does it. There's a lot to read. I'm missing things all the time. But I'm also here as much as possible, I'm checking the campaigns seconds before I leave for work and again as soon as I'm back in the door. I'd check them on my phone but it isn't practical in the kitchen, and besides I wouldn't be able to properly answer.

When I'm home, I check all the time, at the most every hour or two.

There's no reason whatsoever for anyone to disappear for more than 12 hours. What logically happens is that people get tired of checking, seeing no particular advancement, so they stop checking and thus fail to pick up that things have changed. I can't help noticing how long it takes some people to notice that I have put up a new post and how long it takes others.

Kismet said...

I believe there are probably plenty of moths to shake out in combat.
If we do I'm all for Sofia and Kismet vs Ibrahim and Enrico.

I mean I did already throw the axe haft, gotta complete at least one throw!

As for our next steps, I think looking for adventure towards where the journal points might be the best bet.

Enrico Guerriero said...

Sofia and Kismet vs Enrico and Ibrahim makes sense. It's just a scrimmage to get us (re-)familiar with the rules, let's not overthink it.

Alexis Smolensk said...

Okay, that sounds like a vote for another scrimmage. I'll set it up tomorrow. To cut through the details, let me get a d6 roll from Kismet and from Enrico. We can at least sort out the initiative. I hope it won't end up being another simultaneous ~ but if it is, it is.

Alexis Smolensk said...

[I think I'll run it differently if it happens again, however]

Kismet said...

D6: 1
Sorry Sofia.

Sofia Viktorova Koleva said...

No worries.

Enrico Guerriero said...

1D6: 4

Ibrahim Bin Yusuf said...

Nice roll, Enrico!

Alexis Smolensk said...

Good, thank you. The next post is up.