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Aristotle – “To avoid criticism say nothing, do nothing, and be nothing.”
Aristotle – “To avoid criticism say nothing, do nothing, and be nothing.”

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Hey folks, I launched a new website with gaming resources, all free. https://d20.pub + My Ptolus website (v3p.org/ptolus) will eventually be merged into this site as well. If there is anything (module, maps, etc) you would like to have to help your gaming, let me know and I will see what I can do. Comments are appreciated on the site! :D

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Yet another guy making his living (75% he said) from running d&d games.

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TLRD: Should I build a Text Based RPG based on D&D with a Google Maps style map showing from the entire continent, or zoom down to a single town then building within that town?

Hey all, I would really like some input on an idea I have. I recently began running a Play by Post D&D Campaign and it got me thinking, I would love to build a Browser Based, Mobile Friendly, Text RPG which revolves around a Google Map Style system. 

Start with a full view of the continent, then zoom in to see individual towns, roads, zoom inside of buildings. Basically a "battle map" the size of a continent that's zoomable. 

Picture the Faerun Map, then imagine you could zoom  into a specific Tavern and see a Token for the Inn Keeper there. You could then interact (as a Text Based RPG) with the Inn Keeper, or anyone else inside that Inn. Or walk outside and interact with people in the town.

I guess it would feel like old school Zelda with better "graphics" and without the live action component (you would not see combat).

The biggest component: The entire world would be interactive and changeable. If you kill said innkeeper above, he's dead and that's the end of it. If a group of PCs were searching for his Daughter and needed more information from him, they would come back and see him gone. No more reward. But maybe they decide to hunt down his killer...

Ideally each NPC could be "played" by a real person, but until the community grew they would have to have "prescribed scripts."

I figured this would be an awesome system for groups to play together without a DM, on their phones, when they could, text based RPG.

Traveling along the road? Random encounters could be traveling gypsies you could talk to, share a meal with and maybe never see again. Or maybe you encounter them again. 

As you leave the game your character is "dormant" but you could set "dormant activities" like whittling scrimshaw, practicing sword formes. Brewing potions.

Is there an open space of land? Maybe you could build a castle there when you've saved up. Don't picture Minecraft style building, but you hire NPCs, submit drawings and floorplans of the structure, and people could visit (or be prohibited from visiting).

Thoughts?
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Howdy. I just joined after finding the group website when searching for information about Professional Dungeon Mastering. I've been playing since AD&D. I became obsessed with D&D after being disenfranchised with the limitations of video games. I've stuck with Pathfinder and 3.0/3.5 and haven't continued with newer versions. I'm really interested in finding some motivated players who would make a monetary investment for a custom and exciting campaign. I haven't gotten to play much at all in recent years, so I really miss the world building, story development and just the random turn of the die. :-)

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Video Response with Scripture about Phil Robertson's Suspension from Duck Dynasty. Christians, you need to watch this.
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