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Yesterday Carl from Tabletop Connect posted this to the Google Plus Community in response to a question about when the software would be "ready".
"By the end of September to middle of October, I expect Tabletop Connect to be "competitive" with other VTTs. That is to say, I will feel comfortable recommending the use of TTC for on-going play versus other VTTs available.
The feature set is continuing to evolve with some unplanned features being added, like the silhouette miniatures. Fortunately, with an continuing updates, backers will get the full-use of TTC and benefit from new features.
Completing the full initial asset list will be the longest part of the process. Backers, however, won't be required to choose which assets fulfill their pledges until at least a critical mass of assets are available."
So we do have that to look forward to in the mid-future.
8-26 Just wanted to post that I'm ready for the housekeeping session between eras. :) The party pack is updated so we can have Ilero do some appraising and Branwyn some scroll reading when we get back.
I went through all the spell books and only one spell is jumping out at me as a must have. So Indigo will rest and Branwyn will try to learn Shocking Grasp. A nice little 1st level spell, but at Branwyn's level it could mean instant death at a touch for some low hp unfortunates when it delivers 11-18 pts of damage. Very fun, very Branwyn. So my part will be fast and easy.
I had planed on Qui being away for awhile. After the airship training, he is looking for someone to have the same deal of training for his thief skill. I had no plans to click off time. After having last Friday night away from the game, I have decided to take a couple more off. I am sorry, but I think it is for the best.
I do think we can see what events warrant taking how many months off then work out the details of those later.
Shur having a baby would be interesting. A nice way to bring that bit in without having to deal with her adventuring while 8th months pregnant.
There is no doubt that some time will click off for training and such but it does not need to be a full year either. If Qui is off training and Shur decides not to have a baby you could click off only the 6 or so months instead of the full year and Qui will return to the group at the right time.
That is if Qui still wants to do the airship training in the first place.
I've updated the Training Plans for my 3 characters. Ilero has his Scout Guild thing coming up at 9th. To be honest, I'd never even considered marriage between Ilero and Shurkural. I'll have to ask them what they think of the idea. Marisu hasn't had a chance to really develop her personality yet, but that will come. Until then, we'll just go with the basic ideas, more spells, more combat ability, so she's not stuck hiding at the back of the pack every time there's a fight.
I am good either way on how much time we click off. Depends on what John's final plans for Qui are so I can't really answer that. Though if we do click off a whole year, I would expect some changes in our characters. For instance, Ilero and Shur would be married, maybe expecting a little ranger/thief? I mean Ilero wouldn't just leave Shur hanging all that time, would he? :)
Branwyn and Indigo won't be leveling so there is no training for them. What I would like to do with whatever time we have is to continue transferring spells from my third into my main 2 spellbooks and I will do some checking and see if there are one or two spells I'd like to add. I like where Branwyn is spellwise with her character and don't want to go on a big spell shopping spree or anything like that without good reason. No to magic item creation for me as well.
8-16 Just to let everyone know what the current planing is.
We have four more sessions before the BOB's Birthday Game this year. 8/22, 8/29, 9/12, 9/19
I think we will be wrapping up The Enemy of My Enemy in one or two more sessions and also one or two more sessions for Long Live the King. Then we will have our normal cleaning up XP & Training issues.
If all goes as it seems now we will be starting the new Dragonslayer Era during the Birthday Game.
Things that we will need answers for: Do you want to click off the year of time for Qui to get his Airship training? If not a full year how much time do you want to click off? What training etc does everyone want to do? What spell research or magic item creation does anyone want to do? Are there are things that you want to do that involve minimal roleplaying?
Once we are done with the two story arcs I will updated everyone's XP to include the 10% bonus and be all tidied up through the end of this Era.
The new Era will involve many different story arcs; some of them all jumbled together. It will be fun, new and interesting.
Without giving anything away I can say that everything starts with an audience with the Queen.
I will not be in Friday due to a school function.
One thing that was tickling at the back of my mind about Qui and his Omen Reading I did double check today.
Performing the ceremony of reading an omen requires an hour or more. Special tools or supplies, such as runesticks, may be necessary depending on the character’s favored form of omen reading. Some superstitious or primitive cultures may place a great deal of weight on omen reading, and a skilled diviner may be held in high regard by these people.
So we need to be careful on those checks, that ticks off a whole hour at least. Much like checking for secret doors is an easy thing to say but that takes a full turn per ten by ten area of wall.
Planning on being on Friday. I'm going to be late. Not sure what time. I have a birthday party for my niece to attend. I'll be on as soon as possible.
I'm home again now, and don't anticipate missing any more nights any time soon. - TMO
That sucks Eric. TMO will not be in either, nor Mike. Lisa and John will have to carry on.
I won't be on this Friday. Sorry everyone... Summers are INSANE for me. I'm really really hoping for next Friday.
I emailed everyone some images of potential character sheets to use with Tabletop Connect.
Please comment there or here about what you think of them.
I'm planning on being on Friday. I have to work the next morning but that's what coffee is for!
Not sure this is an update, but I might be working Saturday so I might not be traveling and be in my normal time. I guess you will see me when you see me.
Correct Bob. I will be on Mackinac Island Friday. I won't be back until after the 4th.
I was really close to Not traveling tonight, but the kids badgered Laura into leaving tonight. I will be late, but I expect to be in.
Eric to clarify, will you also miss the game on Jun 27? We will have that next week then take a week off.
I have to go get drunk at another beer fest tomorrow night. It's tough being popular... Sorry everyone. See you after the Fourth of July.
So today the is the first day to purchase anything for Tabletop Connect if you were not a backer of the Kickstarter. For those of us that were there was a chance to change our orders, add things, etc.
So that everyone knows what will will have available later this year.
I have the GM license with unlimited player log ins. I have 7 different terrain packs. I think that will cover just about anything that we will use to get started with this. I have 72 different miniatures in my bundle.
I am suggesting that no one else purchase anything unless you intend to run your own game with this program. Later on there will be plenty of opportunities to purchase your own miniature if you want to be able to bring it into the game with you when you log in, etc. There will be much to explore with this before we shift over to such a different VTT platform.
On a side note, if anyone has any character sheet they would like to see me implement with this program please send me the image of it. I intend to start exploring my options for that portion of the customization here in June and July.
I emailed all our regulars a link to the dropbox download for the most recent version of Tabletop Connect. This is part of the every two week update download.
We are still in beta testing so do not expect an easy go through it BUT I wanted everyone a chance to poke around and see how things are developing.
He (Carl Pinder the programer) still is anticipating a final product release in September.
I am not 100% committed yet to this, but it is very close to that. I am not going to go to TC until we can do all the current things in Klooge in TC.
Dammit! Marisu would have LOVED that XP award for defeating the Fire Elemental! *headdesk* Congrats on that, guys! - TMO
I won't be available on the 4th. We'll be watching fireworks. I'll be on tonight.
Speaking of the 4th, I will be out then, as we'll be driving to Kansas City. I'll have my laptop with me, but absolutely no idea if I'll be able to log in or not. Safest to say not. Looking like 2-3 weeks in July I might be scarce due to vacation. - TMO
It's all good TMO. As it turns out the kids do not plan on going to the beach this weekend so I should be in and as I should be off July 4th, all traveling should be done before game time. but who knows, only the shadow
TMO will not be in this next Friday most likely.
Yep, sorry folks. My parents are in town. Originally they were leaving on Thursday, but plans changed and they're headed out Saturday now. - TMO
I am looking ahead and saw that July 4th is on a Friday this year.
Who will actually be playing that night? I am guessing John, TMO, Eric with kids will not be around?
Thinking of calling off the game that night because of that.
Here is the link to the Tabletop Connect discussion section over on Google Plus.
There was an update today that said the village update will come out on June 15th so I will be able to do some real testing later on this month.
As always I will pay for the licenses for Players to log into my game.
I may have said this before, but I do not want an adventure specifically for any of my characters. No matter what happens, I do not plan on running more than two characters at a time. Plus, with the summer and not knowing when I will be playing or missing, I do not want to have too much responsibility/
We have done well the last two sessions to bring both story arcs to a dramatic denouement.
For Long Live the King you have found several artifacts, you have the shield and need to decide how to get out of the temple/cave and what to so with the expected encounter with Red Cloak.
For The Enemy of My Enemy you have the climatic battle in front of you. Greek, Suomi and Kayugan priests all fighting on the same side against an out of control Fire Elemental that has already killed two of your scouting group and an unknown number of Greek priests. Branwyn and Tristan have protection from fire cast upon them by Aunt Jenevive and combat is joined. You are standing in the large pool of water in the expectation that it will provide some protection.
Depending on developments here on the threads and who can be in when will decide which story arc to run first. Then we can flip over to the other one if everyone wishes right away.
I am sorry for the disaster that Klooge connections have been lately. I will try some things with removing large chunks of the adventures to see if that helps with the staying in sync issues. Also I will try to remember to change the 'sync sounds' function in my GM settings to see if that affects it as well. I did testing with Lisa and we could not duplicate the problems.
I am also very hopeful that the new program TableTop Connect will be our replacement program later on this year. I invested in the Kickstarter and have full access to all the beta testing.
The next Era is full blown in my mind now and I am working away on the details. I have 3 to 5 story arcs already in the planning stages. More details to follow after we finish these two current story arcs and see who is still standing.
Still hoping to be on tonight. I'm definitely going to be late. I totally agree Bob that my boy gets a birthday every year but my wife LOVEDS to go all out so...well... I guess I get to do more work! It all depends on how far along I can get tonight with cleaning and setting up. Hoping for around 9:30 if I can get on. Hope to see you all!
3/21: Unrelated note: I am setting up to run some board games by email, posting the boards here on this website, by the grace of Bob. Right now the only game I have set up is Betrayal at the House on the Hill, but I'm hoping to do more. If anyone is interested, let me know and I can add your email to my contact list. I'm starting up a game (or games, depending on how many players I get) this weekend. Knowing the rules in advance isn't necessary. I'm happy to teach people how to play.
Oh come on, he had a birthday last year! How many of these are you going to be sucked into!
You will be missed, it will be an interesting evening.
5/21 Sigh.... I have to work Friday :(. I wouldn't count on me being there... Sucks!! Sorry everyone. Next Friday I should be on but it may be late. My son's birthday is next Saturday so I have a lot to do the night before.
Well that sucks for us, John. You shall be missed on both adventures. But may you have safe travels and a good time at the end of your journeys.
While Friday was not the best game, it had some great moments. It may not be called a dungeon, but I am glad we are inside. Other comments I think I will keep in character. We did not leave in the best of situations but to make it worse, it did not occur to me that I will miss the next two session as I will be traveling. It is possible I will be able to log in at the very end of the night, but I can not be sure. I want to allow any new players to use my characters and maybe even cast a few spells on line but we will have to see what is allowed.
I'll be in late tonight. Son's Kindergarten graduation is tonight. It starts at 6:30pm (about when we normally do) so I'd expect to be in about 60-90 minutes later. - TMO
Be glad to have them TMO.
Lisa: They moved and are looking for a local game? Your game is local for everyone on the planet BOB: grins We are the Planets Game
There is Wapit and someone for them to play.
Just as an FYI, I extended an invite to my wife's cousin and her husband. They just moved to a new area and posted on FB looking for any local games. Don't know if they'll come or not.
I know that this is very early in the process but this is what I am looking at for a possible Klooge replacement.
Just a sample video to show how the maps would change in this new program.
So the next session 05 16 14 will feature the Long Live the King story arc.
I suggest that everyone have their sound on before joining the game so that you will be ready for the clues that will automatically appear as you are going along. Also you might want to review the previous audio clues on the pages there in the story arc.
We will start the night in the rough hewn passage that you found and explored down to the worked area that indicated the start of the temple area.
Over on the Out of Character pages I will give some basic answers to questions anyone has.
One thing to note (head over there for more details) you will start in Combat Mode to keep accurate track of how much time is passing.
Sorry you won't be in but it is a much better reason to miss
Hey everyone. I just realized I will be going to the world beer expo this Friday so I won't be on. See you all the following weekend
That's a bummer! You'll be missed!
Totally forgot that I've got an event I'm going to this evening, and so won't be able to show tonight. Sorry for the late notice.
Thanks everyone for the comments. She's doing a lot better. She will be released this week and will stay at an assisted living center for a month before coming home. Her heart isn't as strong but they are confident she will be able to function independently. I'm planning on being on Friday. See you all then.
Sorry everyone for my absence last Friday. My wife's grandmother went into the hospital Friday late in the afternoon. She was in pretty bad shape. Very confused. She kept saying it was 1954 and asking where her dead husband was. So I was in the ICU all night where we couldn't have cell phone on. She's stabilized but still a little touchy. The doctors think she has some kind if blood disease that has weakened her heart. I'm still hoping for next Friday. I will post when I know if I'm working or not.
That's awful, Eric. I'm so sorry. I'll be sending good thoughts out to you and your family. Lisa
Our family Hopes for the best for you and your family - John
Hard enough to deal on your own, plus the kids. Family first, you knwo we will be here. - BOB
That new program looks like a video game maker. So cool.
Beyond the connectivity issue that does not seem to be just me, I should not have rolled, I should have known better. I still think the charm was more effective than waking Shur, but I am open for discussion.
Funny you say that. Watching 20 mosquitoes get zapped by the light never seems to stop that 21st.
4-23 That's not entirely true Bob. We aren't dead, we are under a spell. And I cannot see the other characters getting themselves zapped after watching 4 people get hit. They will carry on. It is just a matter of whether they will give up on the frozen characters and move on without them or if they will save them. It's in their hands. Who knows? Maybe the other characters will say 'forget them, we have a temple to find' and go on their merry way. The person who originally set the trap will eventually come back and release us and take us in for questioning. The previously frozen characters will move over to the dark side and hunt down the characters who left us to rot in the wilderness. Could be very exciting. But far from over. The possibilities are endless.
And that is very good news Eric! :)
I'll do my best to catch up so I'm not totally lost. Sounds like quite the situation I'm stepping in to!! I should be on next week as well. I'm thinking my weekends should be open more often for gaming so I should be back soon to a full player. Not a part timer...
We will play Long Live the King first with Mike and Eric in because they are the only ones that can save the group (with the help of Tonya and Felicity we hope).
If they save the group then we can pause it there and go back to The Enemy of My Enemy for the second part of the night.
If they do not save the group then we can go back to The Enemy of My Enemy permanently because everyone else will be dead.
With a week to plan on-line I would like to start that story arc off first to see what happens.
I thought if Eric was in we would play EOME? The other adventure is just standing arround.
I say it is up to Eric
That is excellent news Eric.
The very quick summary.
You are on a path, you come across two tents and a broken down wagon. Indigo investigates and is "paralyzed". Then Qui, then Miranda, then Foto. Lisa and John will be in and have commented on the Out of Character thread.
Shur is still not paralyzed - but TMO will not be in.
Imari is not paralyzed and is flying above all on her hippogriff - Mike should be in.
Leatherus should have help from the new two players who are auditioning as well.
More summary beyond that is dependent on surviving this encounter.
Extremely good chance I will be on Friday. I'm going to give it a 96% chance. Unless the D&D gods hate me, count me in. I'm super behind on what's happening in the LLK arc. I'm buried at work but I'll try and catch up. If anyone has time to post a quick and dirty summary that would be appreciated.
This will be an interesting week.
We ended the session on Apr 18 14 with 4 of the 6 characters paralyzed from some unknown effect as you were dealing with an empty campsite.
Mike has Imari and TMO has Shur still available. Then there will be who ever else shows up to help save the day.
This will be fun,
Good to hear you will be in. I want a waterproof mic in the shower just for that reason.
And yes it is not too late to still have a word or two with the horse. We will do that at the beginning of the night.
should be in tonight. hooray. also, thought of something in the shower, where all our best thinking gets done. Don't know if it is too late, but i'd like imari to ask the talking horse for some of his hair. i gots me a plan to do something fun.
Sorry to hear. Hope the best for you. I will be looking forward to your return
My work has decide that I am in need of a weekend of work. It was very generous of them. I have to go to the lovely land of Ohio this weekend to review the status of a project we are starting. I don't think I will be able to make it Friday. I was really hoping to. I will be trying to post online this week and next as much as possible. If anything should change I will post and let everyone know....
Doesn't matter to me. It seems like we are much closer to finishing Tristan's adventure than Indigo's. I fully expect the EME crew to be sitting around doing nothing while we wait for Indigo's group to return. We are steps away from Greekness in the caverns while Indigo is talking to a pony over a week's journey away from home and he still has no clue where the temple even is, much less where the shield is.
Whatever people want to do is fine. Tristan's adventure is a faster pace one and so I understand and find myself also having the eagerness to continue, while Indigo's is more of a slow trudge. Not to mention the whole competing religion, which priest is going to kill which priest holy war amusement that goes with the world of Tristan. Last count I believe is four competing sects all about to say their hello's. I can hardly wait. If everyone is good with having one finish earlier than the other, I'm good with it too. Branwyn can always find things to do at home to get herself into trouble. Or, if she suddenly becomes psychic or something, there is a lady dwarf that wouldn't mind having a chat with her in Primsen.
I will take that into consideration John. I do fully expect that the only time the two group are going to be synced up again is when both story arcs are over.
There is a nice chance for RP on both story arcs right now also.
I think we should keep on EME as long as Eric is in. We are behind in the time line, have more characters in LLK and more to discuss on line to keep the story fresh. Not to mention, if we don't get caught up, we may get stuck only playing the older one untill we catch up
So unfortunately I have social obligations that I can't get out of with any grace or chance to sleep in my own bed tonight. Sadly, I will be out tonight. Hopefully nothing gets in my way next week.
I heard from Eric today. He will be in tonight (Apr 11 14) and next week as well. So tonight we will run Enemy of My Enemy and then next week go back to Long Live the King.
So all I missed is one of my henchmen getting robbed by a member of the party and contemplating eating a talking horse. Oh the talking horse knows of a local tourist attraction.
I will not make your return. Please have fun without me.
I will be there tonight. This is my game on week. Next week I will be working most likely. See you around 10. Shoot me a text if you get on earlier Bob!
Just a reminder about tonight (Apr 04 14) that we will start very late.
I hope to be home by 10 so we will have time to continue the roleplaying from the threads on the site. We will see who is actually in for those last two hours to determine which story arc we pick up.
I believe Mike and Lisa will be in tonight, beyond that I do not know.
For next week it will depend on if Eric is available to go with which story arc. I think we will be getting back into the every other week if Eric's schedule is back to normal. Who will be available?
hey guys, sorry for the lack of attendance right after I came back. It was Ren Fair season down here and we get pretty hectic with that and guests coming in most Friday nights. Then the last two weeks were broken computer weeks. But now I have my computer back, no more fairs to go to and I'm all ready to go. at ten, apparently.
I won't be on this Friday... Yea work! Have fun for me.
I'm sorry we won't be seeing you for a while. :(
But I am very happy you are back to work and getting hours.
All the best to you and Karen and hope to see you soon. We will miss you!
That stinks Guy, but at least I hope you are making the extra money. There will be a spot for you.
Once a Dragonslayer Always a Dragonslayer
well unless another