Hello ladies and gents! Lizards and halflings! This is yet another search thread! Yup yup there is about a thousand of these gosh darn things but yet here you are reading another one! This is one is for applications of.. You guessed it duet campaigns. I enjoy this sorta set up for a variety of reasons. A player can feel more like the main character while custom tailoring the story around you're character or characters!
So let me start with saying roleplaying and story will be heavily important, nothing with people love combat only campaigns. Though there will be plenty of combats too of course! I like to balance it around. I'll try my best to get straight to the point here. I will write a set of rules below and a standard application below along with a brief description. So right off the bat allow me to say this isn't first come first serve. I'll probably only start 1-3 campaigns so no hard feelings if I don't scoop you up. You did nothing wrong I'm just selecting people who are most compatible with my style. So don't feel it's a contest of "Who's the best." Or anything like that. Also if I'm feeling spicy and two people seem to be great I may grab two people for a campaign instead of one. Now below will be a set of rules ^^ (Aren't rules fun?)
1: I want a sample post if you would please, I don't expect every post in our story to be a long winded response. Sometimes short and sweet is okay but I want to know you can do longer descriptive story telling when the situation arises for it. The sample post doesn't have to be the character you'll use and can even come from a post in another campaign just something that lets me see you're flavor of writing ^^
2: I've plenty of homebrew worlds and plot ideas but if you wish we can collaborate on an idea/plot/world together. Though I'll be honest the settings I most prefer are.. Medieval/Modern meets Medieval/Or a world with varying cultures of kingdoms/countries. Course if you want to discuss a compromise I can't promise anything but we can at least see where the discussion goes I won't bite ^^
3: Will mostly be going RAW not a huge homebrew kinda person, but small little homebrew changes and stuff I'm willing to hear out. Again the worst I can do is gently say no.
4: You may have to make two characters if we don't grab another person ^^ just to round out the party more.
5: This is the big deal breaker for most and I totally understand that but here I go anyway. This goes a bit with rule 4 as well. I'll probably have one or two DMPC's. Now I will set a few ground rules for myself for you to know with these DMPC's. Because I know they have a really bad reputation and I understand why that is so honestly. I'm lucky I've only ever seen fun DMPC's in my parties but many stories have shown me that isn't always the case.
One: The DMPC will always stay on you're characters level they won't be some OP god. In fact will be doing EXP share for the whole party so everythings allows balanced ^^
Two: The DMPC's will have to make many more rolls just to make certain choices like INT checks and such. (Since I know the world it's a needed limitation.) But they'll be more followers than leaders. So I do ask that one of you're two characters is more so a leader. Any advice a DMPC may have on lore/strategy will be based on ability checks. INT/WIS and such so don't be mad if they actually give bad advice sometimes. They won't know everything.
Three: They won't start PvP, I mean they'll defend themselves like NPC's would but they won't start PvP. On that note if they do die I'll roll new characters no hard feelings xD. This gives you the freedom to act as you would.
6: I don't mind romance between NPC's/PC's but of course keep it PG13 and fade to black and the such ^^
7: Now I feel silly having to say this but I can have challenging combat encounters, nothing that breaks the DMG or even Kobold fight club recommended encounters but even among the CR code one can build tough encounters. You're character can die that isn't the goal but it's possible as can my DMPC's of course. If anything I generally make healer/tank DMPC's that would try to put themselves at risk first though. (Though if you wanna make a cleric or paladin I don't mind playing another class to keep up variety.) When you make a new character they will be on the parties level or close but will catch up. ^^. So nothing as cruel as starting at LV 1 when you died say LV 10. Now I may follow Kobold and DMG but say you're characters find a dragon at LV 2. I won't force a combat but if they start one I can't promise the dragon will be a "fair" fight at LV 2. So gotta be careful with what choices they make like say trying to fight all the guards at LV 1 etc etc.
8: Either Standard Array or Point Buy please.
9: As the worlds are homebrew the race's lore will differ from DnD lore. Just had to mention that cause I know DnD lore can mean a lot to people.
10: EXP system over milestone.
11: I allow the help action for combat but not the flanking advantage. Not for the PC's or for the enemies. I have a few tweaks like this. Such as if you shake someone with brute force I'll allow you to use you're strength modifier over you're charisma for intimidation. There is probably too much to put here so if you have any questions just PM me what a deal breaker is for you
12: So this is a silly one but I'll say it anyway, Digital or Anime art please. I like a certain aesthetic to characters visually and perhaps it's what I'm more used to where I am from. Probably my weirdest one but I'm a bit picky on the pictures though I haven't been in my other groups I will be a little more so for this one here.
13: More a warning than a rule but I do have heavy themes, I don't get graphic or anything but there are bad people as well as good. Slavery and Murder happen and if any themes like that make you uncomfortable this is a warning. A noble that steals women and is a scumbag can happen, now I'm not going to write in detail what he does but for some people it simply existing is too much a trigger and I understand. That being said not everyone you meet is going to be a real piece of shit. Kinda like real life haha
14: Murderhoboing, Anyone in my world can be murdered I will not lie. Just expect consequences equal to the crime. Kill a farmer living alone, is it cruel? Yes, if anyone learns of it will they be hostile? Probably but more likely to get away with. Don't do this randomly though please allow it to match you're characters attitude and story. Kill a king however? Well expect any time in that kingdom to be difficult and constant threat and pressure.
15: Many NPC's will be able to fight and even handle some problems, some may even be more powerful than the party at first. I feel odd to say this but many people feel that unless the PC's are the strongest and the world counts on them right out the gate they are not important. Now they will be counted on for sure as they grow throughout the journey not just as fighters but as people and perhaps as strategist too. Again one of those things that's more a warning than a rule.
16: No matter the setting I must say one more thing, my NPC's will most likely not talk in traditional medieval western fantasy. Thee's and thou's, it'll be closer to Vox Machina the series or Final Fantasy 15 as examples. More down to earth with dialogue, you may meet an old fashioned elf who talks in such a way but don't expect that to be the norm.
Sorry that felt like a one sided session zero didn't it? It's just to help establish boundaries and expectations and even than you're sure to have questions when it comes to boundaries and expectations. Still I wanted to do my best to let people know what they are diving into even if it isn't possible to touch base on everything. Thank you for being patient enough to read these.
Character Concept: Character concept you always wanted to try!
Setting: A setting or story theme you always wanted to be in!
Preference: Would you rather solo duet? Or have one other player along for the ride?
Power Fantasy: What is something you want you're character (s) to be known for? For being smart? Strong? Funny? A great defender? Power fantasy can be such a stigmatized term. Yet deep down we want to play some sort of power fantasy if only a little or maybe a lot who knows!
Romance: Is you're character okay with romance? Or is this a trigger for you?
Three Pillars: Of the three pillars of DnD exploration,combat,social encounters. Which do you like best? Or if two of them tie which two do you enjoy? Or maybe you enjoy all 3 equally? Let me know here.
At the end of you're application please write the word "Duet" so I know that you read everything. Thank you and sorry this was a slog full of rules I hope we can get started very soon! Excited to start a few campaigns and thank you for reading everything if you made it this far ^^
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If you're already in one of my campaigns don't worry you're free to apply as well ^^