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  1. Hi everyone! We've got a lot of new players, so I thought it would be a good time to refresh you on some of KoN's harassment and touching policies. Please take the time to read through this. KoN has been around for a bunch of years, and I say that because fairly recently we've grown so much that we realized we needed a harassment policy (1). So a few short years ago we put one together, and I'm going to put some more words here about it, and then link to it below. KoN's harassment policy hinges on communication. If someone is doing something you don't like, say so. You will not get in trouble, and there is no stigma at our game about "oh so-and-so isn't cool because they said no to this RP this one time." We're a game, it's supposed to be fun. If you're uncomfortable, say something (it's okay to break character to do this, and we recommend it!). If the other situation isn't solved by that, feel free to walk away. There's a few more topics so please bear with me... Our rules say: "Other than weapon contact in combat situations, physical contact is permitted only when both players consent. Any rule that involves two players interacting where physical contact might get involved can be summarized by that last sentence." (2) In short, don't touch people unless they communicate that it's okay. Think about our searching rules, our "physical search" only works if both players consent to the idea, and at any time can be stopped and changed to a detailed search. This gets a little fuzzy with touch range spells, but generally people touch gently on the arm and if you don't want to be touched please say something. Your character can't stop the caster from casting the spell on you, but you the player can be vocal and say "please don't touch me" and some literal hand-waving can happen to indicate the spellcast. Along the same lines as the harassment policy, if a player "out of game" tells you not to touch them, don't touch them. An important thing to note: This is an 18+ game. Adult situations and themes will occur. In the same way you stop to ask out of game "physical or detailed?" you should stop and ask out of game "Is it okay if I sit on your lap?" for example. Be explicit and direct with your intentions to avoid any confusion. Out of game calls happen all the time, so don't ever be afraid to ask out of game questions especially about adult situations and themes. The third topic is actually the first: the harassment policy. If a verbal "no" doesn't solve the problem, or if this is a recurring problem, report the situation to any of the KoN marshals, or ask a KoN staff member to find a marshal for you. You don't need to talk about the situation with any random logistics/makeup/whatever volunteer, but it's important to find someone you're comfortable with. At some point the situation is going to get reviewed by at least two marshals, usually the 1st and 2nd marshal. That's a little scary, but it's part of our real life jobs to keep confidences and not change our behavior. On that topic, I will let you behind the curtain just a little bit: We take every report seriously. We involve as few people as we can in the discussion, but due dilligence is always taken. Not every report results in action, but every report is collected, filed, and investigated. For the purposes of the harassment policy, we don't care if you're a newbie who thinks they're at a ren faire or gary fucking gygax(3): Every report is investigated in a manner as fair and unbiased as humanly possible. Thanks for your patience. This part of the job is hard but we're doing our best to keep everyone safe and comfortable at the game we love :) Respectfully yours, -Dan 2nd Marshal Rules Marshal volunteer dude doing his best Also Respectfully Yours, -Dave 1st Marshal Operations Marshal pretty soon we're gonna burn it all down Sources: (1) Harassment Policy http://www.kingdomsofnovitas.net/forums/index.php?/topic/11067-mvgc-inc-and-kingdoms-of-novitas-code-of-conduct/ (2) Physical Contact http://www.kingdomsofnovitas.net/wiki/pmwiki.php?n=Rules.Safety (3) Gary Gygax https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gary_Gygax
  2. Who's got two thumbs and is terrible at timeliness? This guy! Here's what we went over at the Junebilee in July 2018. KoN_rules_2018_update.pdf
  3. Foam Smithing - Is this tutorial acceptable?

    Hi there! I'm Dan, the Rules Marshal. We've got another department for looks (Props & Atmosphere), and Dustan or his team can chime in looks-wise. 1. This looks similar to a lot of other foamsmithing videos I've seen, and arguably goes into greater detail than many. I think it would make a legal weapon for hitting people in KoN. 2. The rule you quoted is about punch-daggers and flails. Sorry for the confusion. Rapiers, spears, etc are all fine, assuming they are built well. Thanks for asking!
  4. 2018 Junebilee FF Auction Items

    Rapier: Yes you gotta go Bracers: also yes say Panacea Good instincts!
  5. 2018 Junebilee FF Auction Items

    These items will be auctioned in AN order, not necessarily this order. I can't say until it's auction time
  6. 2018 Junebilee FF Auction Items

    Ryan: 1. Spells of the Well Some kind of refillable journal, refillable every junebilee 2. Piscean Extradition Step 1: owner puts the big item in a place, and carries the small item Step 2: Owner throws a spacket for "BANISH SPECIAL" Step 3: normal protections work Step 4: if success, caster explains to the target where to go Step 5: target goes to the other item and boops back into existence next to an unmoveable feb feast item Step 6: ??? Step 7: Profit 3. Peacekeeper's Fetters The effect is always on if you are wearing the shackles Likewise, when you take the shackles off the effects turn off 4. Alchemist's Phial Dump a bottle of potion/alchemy in at Sign-in, it refills every convergence No you can not pour it into another bottle The original thing is gone forever 6. Scepter of Spellblast If you hold the stick, you can throw like spellburst. Period 10. Gambler's Blade You roll a die, look up on the table. get a benefit You roll a second die, look that up on the table, get a benefit If you roll the same bonus twice, you only get one benefit, stop all dice rolls All benefits from this will stack, so you could get 2 immunities, but you could also have a magic/elvenSteel sword that doesn't do much of anything but let you downcall 11. Moldable Mace Are you just trying to be difficult? 1 spellstore on the weapon means you can use it to store 1 spell at a time, but after you cast the stored spell, you can store another spell. One spell at a time, you can't stack spellstores. Think sequential not parallel 13. Pendent of Independence Stacks means you can have two immunities. Banish is movement impairing, but leylines/dissipate are not, and someone else's Sanctuary is also not movement impairing 15. Necklace of the Six Reap Spirit is necromancy Only magic has schools, so creeping rot/ruin *damage* are not necromancy Dissipate is a nature spell Dispel is an enchantment spell This effect is non-dispellable but expires at convergence. 16. Reckless Necklace Spell effects don't end just because your character dies. If you're wearing this and get final rested, you're still not lootable. (But you're kinda screwed anyway) If you loan this to another character and they don't give it back to you by the end of the event, it is as though it was stolen. (See above RE: Reaping) If you aren't wearing the necklace, you are lootable If you loan this out and they aren't wearing it, it can be stolen 17. Wraithlord's Rapier There are no exceptions, only ever 1 pierce. 18. Boots of the Minotaur Even if the damage call is something otherwise impossible like "4 magic pierce slay strike disease curse minivan" you can wave your horns at that and take 1 point of normal body damage instead 19. Ring of Luck Literally anything short of a GM punishment 20. Book of Rituals Book is a single "item". Rituals are non-removable and repeatable with some limits 21. Unity All three items have the Feb Feast quality, but there is a single "Owner" All buffs means all buffs, including Magic, Alchemy, Rituals, etc. 23. Ring of Wizardy Choose a school at Traditional Feb Feast reset time. (This Auction)
  7. 2018 Junebilee in July aka NNY Feb Feast Auction 2018 It's not the last minute yet! Behold the items we'll be auctioning off at the Junebilee! If you aren't familiar here's some history and info: These items are subject to change. There's often some hiccups/clarifications that need to get ironed out. ...Without further ado... 1. Spells of the Well Case a spell into the book, it's spellstored for up to 1 year. Write the incant, spell, and date on the page and tear it out when you use it. 2. Piscean Extradition Two objects, one small and one large. 1/gd you can throw a spacket for Teleport: Target is Banished, and then leylines to the other you emplaced earlier. 3. Peacekeeper's Fetters Shackles of Grounding but the wearer is silenced too 4. Alchemist's Phial Put one potion in, it refills every convergence 5. Master's Wand 50 power, pick a single spell and it refills every Junebilele 6. Rod of Spellblast While the owner is holding the rod, they have Spellburst 7. Certificate of $200 to (shop of choice, Props Marshal will assist) and 40 craft points 8. Private Picnic 1/gd casts an Undispellable Sanctuary, everyone inside gains Antimagic Aura while inside, lasts until Convergence or the owner leaves/turns it off 9. Ritual Dagger When used as part of a ritual, can replace 1 of the the coin/candle/gem requirements 5/gd: use the Ritual Dagger to cut an ephemeral ritual component from a living thing (or a monster). This ritual component counts as any type, disappears at convergence, and is obviously temporary 10. Gambler's Blade At Convergence, Roll 1d6. If you roll a 6, roll again and add, If you roll another 6, roll again and add. Then repeat this process so you end up with TWO benefits. (This item may not make it to the auction, as it's a gamble {ha-ha!} on our part since it's not policeable) * 1 - Magic Damage * 2 - Silver Damage * 3 - Goblin Iron * 4 - Nature Damage * 5 - Elven Steel * 6 - Roll Again * 7 - Casts Synchronize * 8 - Casts Mind Blank on you * 9 - Casts Primal Form on you * 10 - Casts Poison Immunity on you * 11 - Casts Aura of Reflection on you * 12 - Roll Again * 13 - Casts Second Breath on you * 14 - +2 Natural Armor * 15 - +4 Power (Breaks Cap) * 16 - You can cast Leylines 2/gd (Go set your location in the next 10 minutes) * 17 - +2 Monstrous Natural Armor * 18 - +4 Body (Breaks Cap) 11. Moldable Mace Martial, Magic, Mageblade, acts as Wand of Banish (10 charges) Effects placed upon this weapon last the duration of the event 12. Blue Bag 13. Pendent of Independence Wearer is Mindblanked (stacks) Immune to movement impairing effects (stun, pin, fear, dominate, pit traps, nonmagical bonds, move full speed when diseased 14. Gloves of the Hollow Ogre (We'll buy gloves for the winner) Wearer gets all the benefits of Monstrous EXCEPT the damage reduction: Immune to Pin and Pit Traps Immune to nonmagical restraints Can swing for full damage when dual wielding (including shields) 15. Necklace of the Six 1/gd Choose a school of magic, wearer is immune to that school of magic for the game day 16. Reckless Necklace Doesn't take up a neck slot Wearer is not lootable 17. Wraithlord's Rapier This weapon ONLY EVER hits for 1 pierce Bearer can not enter "Sanctified" structures Bearer does not answer "Detect Life" calls 18. Boots of the Minotaur $200 gift certificate for fancy boots 4/gd when hit with a weapon, spacket, or stopped by a spell, the wearer can instead take 1 point of body damage and ignore that effect (Call is "No Effect" though you still take the 1 body damage) 19. Ring of Luck (We'll buy a ring prop for the winner) 1/gd you may ignore any one effect 20. Book of Rituals Book packed full of neat rituals with varying repeatabilities Includes RITUAL OF CURE LYCANTHROPY 21. Unity (We'll buy 3 rings for the winner) 3 rings: All buffs placed on one wearer are replicated to the other two if they are touching when the spell is cast 22. Clockwork Bracers Casts Panacea on wearer every 10 minutes (12:00, 12:10, 12:20, 12:30, 12:40, 12:50, 1:00...) 23. Ring of Wizardy (We'll buy a ring for the winner) Counts as a master's staff, stacks with another master's staff
  8. Poof you’re gone

    I like this
  9. Puzzle Boxes

    Hi there, I'm Dan, the KoN Rules Marshal. We don't currently have a rule expressly forbidding them, but since they basically break the game's rules right now, I would suggest you not bring one in. Our "locks" are either fairly easy to lockpick "luggage locks", or a spell called "magic lock". The idea of a box you can't get into, and also can't steal, since it's not worth anything to game (no item number, no coin value, not currency, not consumable) sounds like it's breaking the spirit of the game. If there's enough interest, we can totally include rules about puzzle boxes, but it's not going to be an easy way to protect your things. respectfully, -Dan
  10. Feb Feast 2018 Chinese Auction Items! This year we're doing a "small" fundraiser auction in February, and the big honkin "holy hell how much are they paying for that magic sword?" one at the 2018 JUNEBILEE If you're not familiar with a chinese auction: We sell you a ticket You put the ticket in the designated bag for the item you're after We draw a ticket, somebody is a winner! If you're not familiar with Feb Feast: We operate the game most of the time on a shoestring budget. We have a fundraiser every year to help allay any fears we have. We sell magic items for dollars and make them super cool: http://www.kingdomsofnovitas.net/wiki/pmwiki.php?n=Rules.Novitasnewyear If you don't know what we mean by "20 points", here's some info about our crafting system! http://www.kingdomsofnovitas.net/wiki/pmwiki.php?n=Rules.Craftingpointstat For this one, we're selling TWO TIERS OF TICKETS. The "normal" price ones: $1 each $10 for "an arm's length" (number varies, but is a better deal than individually) and the "5 dollar tickets" $5 each no discount for buying in bulk $1 ticket items: Leather Belt - Casts 1x 5th level spell 1/gd Gift Certificate to Suzie for a 24 point Item of your choice! Wand - you pick a spell and it'll have between 10 and 50 charges depending on the level: recharges every "Feb Feast" Ring - Automatically casts Heal Body on you 1/gd if you hit 0 body from damage. Mantle - Casts Antimagic Aura 1/gd Hat - Mind Blank 1/gd Necklace - Command Nature 1/gd Necklace - No Inchant Charm 1/gd Necklace - Immune to Lycanthropy, casts Silvershine 1/gd Loot Box - Magic Lockbox casts Magic Lock on itself 10/gd Scroll - Turn any magic item into a Feb Feast Item Amalgamate Scroll - Take any two magic items of the same type (martial sword, hat, etc) - combine into one item with all the powers of both plus the Feb Feast abilities! Blue Trim - Any item this trim is added to gains 20 points of Ornamenting Lantern - Casts Sanctuary 3/gd Sept Necklace - Permanent Garlic Paste Mystery bag - Full of Consumables! $5 ticket items: Wildrunner's Tackle - (Bow, 12 Arrows, Quiver) - The bow shoots for +1 damage, breaks cap, is a Mageblade, and casts Dispel 1/gd The Transcendent Tomes (2 Inscribed metal books) - These translate to and from anything written in the Immortal language (That's the language of High Fae and [REDACTED]!) Scarlet Messenger's Regalia (brooch) - +2 armor for anything it's pinned to, breaks cap Enchanter's Intrigue (Scroll of Transmute) - Change any single weapon to another single material type HACK THE PLANET (Scroll of 50 point item) - Make your own awesome! Great Reverberate Plates (Encampment item) - Casts Aura of Reflection on you and up to 5 people 1/gd each Items will be on display in Logistics, Tickets will be sold all weekend Tickets will be drawn towards the end of the In Character Feast! So that's 4th shift this weekend!
  11. Hi folks! Every year we have a fundraising auction that involves special magic items going out to you players. Some of those items "recharge every february" or "every NNY" or whatever: Yearly. This year we're moving the big auction from winter to the June event: Junebilee. So, because one of our standing rules is "don't screw the players if you can help it", in 2018 anyone with an item like that will get a standard recharge at the February game, and another one at the June event. From then on resets/recharges/whatever will happen in June. Thank you! -Rules Marshal
  12. Hi KoN Players! I'm going to tell you a story, and then I'm going to give you homework. <3 Once upon a time, there were a dozen of us playing this game. Everyone took turns writing plots, playing the one ogre we had horns for, and PCing. As the game grew larger, it became possible to specialize a bit. Some of us focused on rules or plot and didn't have to put in so much effort to the other jobs. We started calling these divisions of labor "Working Groups" Plot, Rules, Operations, Logistics, etc were born! On the forums this was easy, because permissions. Some things we had to tell to everyone in a working group, so we created a "Staff" forum as the sum of all working groups. Fast forward to today, we've grown to nearly ten times our original numbers, but at some point there became this idea of "US vs THEM" as "Players vs Staff". I don't know when it happened, but it's apparent and it's not something we should keep on with. Every one of us comes to game, plays our two NPC shifts and two PC shifts. The game runs because we all make it run for each other. And so, I propose that everyone who's been at game more than a year should join a working group. We're all in this game together, they all need help, they all need new blood, and you have a good enough idea of how the game works to make a good contribution! Come get a look behind the curtain, because the curtain only needs to be there during your PC shift. Working groups have someone leading them, called a Marshal. They're the final say in their little domain. Under them are people who are learning to be a marshal one day, we call them Seconds. Anybody can be in those positions, you've just gotta be competent, trustworthy, and around long enough to get the ambition (and pain) of wanting to manage your friends. Once or twice a year the Marshals, Seconds, and one or two wildcards get together for something called a "Staff Retreat" where they talk about what worked, what didn't worked, and where they're going to steer their working group in the year ahead. Here's a list of the working groups, the person heading up those working groups, and how you can get involved. Plot & Continuity Marshal: Justin C. http://www.kingdomsofnovitas.net/forums/index.php?/profile/54-thunderstave Writing plots, checking backstories VS the world, running the NPCs of each shift, responding to lore requests, reading your PELs, and more. Props & Atmosphere Marshal: Dustan W. http://www.kingdomsofnovitas.net/forums/index.php?/profile/643-dustan/ Caring for our existing Props, ensuring that every player/monster/prop fits with the aesthetic we want at KoN, acquiring new props, painting all you nerds, and more. Rules & Balancing Marshal: Dan M. http://www.kingdomsofnovitas.net/forums/index.php?/profile/37-kender/ Making sure the rules are as simple as possible, making rules available to players & GMs who need them, carefully balancing rules while making changes as seldom as possible, and more. Logistics Marshal: Ryan S. http://www.kingdomsofnovitas.net/forums/index.php?/profile/597-ryan-staring/ Character sheets, Running Sign-in, Magical Loot, Paperwork, Numbers, Assisting the GM during the shift with loot, and more. Operations Marshal: Dave H. http://www.kingdomsofnovitas.net/forums/index.php?/profile/2-hivemind/ Care and feeding of the Ranger, Care and upkeep of the site, taxes, corporate business, finances, and more. Marketing & Player Outreach Marshal: Zach W. http://www.kingdomsofnovitas.net/forums/index.php?/profile/181-octavius/ Recruiting new players, discreetly handling OOG conflict between players, player retention, and more. In addition, there are two super-marshals: These two can (and have) stepped into any of the other Marshal positions, can do any job at KoN, and often do things that are outside the scope of what's reasonable to expect from volunteers. Dan M (Me) is the "Second Marshal", I'm your huckleberry Dave H. is "First Marshal", he's given so much of his time, blood, sweat, and life to this game that if KoN belonged to anyone it would be HIS game. But it doesn't, it belongs to you, so join a working group. :D PM any of the marshals above for how to get involved!
  13. NEW RULES WIKI

    http://www.kingdomsofnovitas.net/wiki/ Thanks to several hundred hours of work by Ryan Green and some of the other KoN staff, all the KoN rules are now in an updated wiki and hosted on our own site! Take a look, browse around. These are 98% accurate and since it's a wiki we'll be making fixes as we run into things! Yaaaaaaaay! -Rules Team
  14. Huge CK Work Day Thank You!

    It was good to meet you Rob! I'm glad we could help, I think we could probably manage that a couple times a year. -Dan
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