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Guest Solgryn Varlux

Nice to meet you, I'm Sol.

Actually, we may have already met by now. Hard to say. I do prefer to stay in the background until the moment is right. The shadows make a good place for an oracle and fortune-teller like myself to sit.

I'm hoping to attend the October meet. Going to prepare and lurk around until then. Probably ask a few questions. Happy to answer them, too.

((I've done a lot of RP but this will be my first larp. Really excited to get a taste of the setting.))

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Welcome to the forums, Maggie will be along shortly to welcome you and give good recommendations for you to check out, usually including our world book as well as our rule book.

 

I am the Minion of Marketing and Player Outreach, so welcome aboard!

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Hi, my name is Maggie. I'm the Marketing and Player Outreach Second Marshal, good to see we made an impression at the con (Scare-a-con? Robercon? We do a lot of cons).

October is going to be a really fun event, hope to see you there! If you want to get a feel for the setting, I recommend reading the Worldbook. It's our guide to the world of Novitas. You can find that here http://kingdomsofnovitas.net/players-corner/rules-and-errata/.  Also on that page I recommend checking out the rules to get an idea of how it all works. It'll seem a bit overwhelming, but I promise that it's not.

I'm definitely always available to answer questions if some come up. If, not, we'll see you in October!

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4 minutes ago, Solgryn Varlux said:

Thanks guys, appreciate the welcome. It was Robercon, by the way, heh. Gonna peruse those links.

If it was Robercon, I probably did meet you. I was the ginger with the warpaint. Definitely go through the playable races and figure out what applies best to what you'd like. I can answer questions about those. I'm guessing you'll either like Snow Goblins or Drakes. Those both can have horns.

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8 minutes ago, Maggie / Baevynn said:

If it was Robercon, I probably did meet you. I was the ginger with the warpaint. Definitely go through the playable races and figure out what applies best to what you'd like. I can answer questions about those. I'm guessing you'll either like Snow Goblins or Drakes. Those both can have horns.

Oh nice, yeah, we met. Reading about the races now. Are half breeds allowed? You're right, I do like the Drakes. I think a diluted red Drake would be right up my alley to land at orange, and more humanoid, but I'm not looking to make any hard rules bend for my sake. What do you think?

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2 minutes ago, Solgryn Varlux said:

Oh nice, yeah, we met. Reading about the races now. Are half breeds allowed? You're right, I do like the Drakes. I think a diluted red Drake would be right up my alley to land at orange, and more humanoid, but I'm not looking to make any hard rules bend for my sake. What do you think?

Unfortunately we do not do half races in Novitas

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Honestly I'm looking at faekin now, since I was already going to wear some crazy hair color and contacts anyway. They sound like a good mesh with my character. Are there any explicit tips you would give an aspiring fae kin wanderer? The guide was a little more vague with that race than the others.

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2 minutes ago, Solgryn Varlux said:

Honestly I'm looking at faekin now, since I was already going to wear some crazy hair color and contacts anyway. They sound like a good mesh with my character. Are there any explicit tips you would give an aspiring fae kin wanderer? The guide was a little more vague with that race than the others.

Faekin are definitely more open than the other races because there is no explicit culture for them. My first tip is to figure out which country you want your faekin to be from. Some countries are more open than others to the faetouched. For example, Vlean would rather see them all dead, but the Great Forest is rather appreciative. The other thing you'll want to figure out is what base race you want. Would you like a human faekin, Earthkin faekin, or elf faekin (wood elf, high elf, or neither)?

 

I'd like to add that you're under no obligation to PC your first event. If you decide not to (or even if you decide to), I can introduce you to some of the current faekin and you can chat with them about what they've done. I have a recurring pink human Faekin NPC, but I've only been playing her for about a year whereas Tammy (Raven here on the forums) has been playing her purple wood elf Faekin for almost eight years.

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Aw, that is actually really helpful. Thanks double. I'll be happy to get whatever info I can from you guys. Still really tempted to try PC right off the bat, but maybe it is better to hold back a little. I'm glad to hear you can make multiple characters. Might be a different person the first time to get used to things.

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15 minutes ago, Solgryn Varlux said:

Aw, that is actually really helpful. Thanks double. I'll be happy to get whatever info I can from you guys. Still really tempted to try PC right off the bat, but maybe it is better to hold back a little. I'm glad to hear you can make multiple characters. Might be a different person the first time to get used to things.

https://sites.google.com/site/kon0unofficial0rules0wiki/home/rules/3--character-creation/35--character-amnesty

You're also allowed a character amnesty which you can read about here

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2 minutes ago, Solgryn Varlux said:

Nice, thanks.

Is there a character form to fill out somewhere? Still looking for that

You'll fill out a character sheet on site when you decide to start playing your character. You can peruse it here: http://kingdomsofnovitas.net/players-corner/rules-and-errata/

Is that what you mean?

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2 minutes ago, Solgryn Varlux said:

Perfect. Thanks again for your time.

You're very welcome. I'm always around

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Hello and welcome! I'm Kate, Marketing and Player Outreach Handmaiden.

I like your enthusiasm; I think you'll find you fit in well here.

 

A friend introduced me to KoN, which I thought I'd try "just one time", over a year later I'm still here and this community feels like family.

 

I PCed my first event (because I thought I might never do this again and wanted to get the full experience for my "just once"); my player character was a simple, naive human I figured I could walk around as, just being friendly and introducing myself and asking questions and then I could change her with character amnesty afterwards if I needed to. 

If I had known I'd enjoy this hobby and this community so much and I had had plans to do a more involved character (garb and backstory wise), like a Faekin, I'd have probably waited and done one event all NPCing (using it to watch and ask questions in and out of character about other Faekin backstory and garb) and brought the character in after that. 

If you do come in as a PC on your first event, you'll only have xp for a very few, low level skills (I took first aid so I could identify what was wrong with the injured and a point or two of body so I wouldn't die after one hit) this was fine for my naive human girl, but I couldn't have walked in on day one saying, I'm a great and talented fighter/magic user/druid/medium, etc, because I wouldn't have had the character skills to back that up. The more events you NPC, the more xp you'll build up, which helps in case you want to come in with a more skilled character.

 

I look forward to seeing you at the October event! 

 

My character just married an Inquisitor in Vlean who hunts down Faekin, so you may not want to make friends with me in character, but out of character, find me any time and I'll be happy to help! I have a waist length brown braid and I'm getting more and more pregnant by the day, so I should be easy to spot.

 

PS. After the world book and rules, make an account and check out the blogs (under browse on this site) to get an idea of the types of characters in Maplewood and their "voices". I enjoy the blogs immensely. 

Kiba the snow goblin (Shane/Warblade on the forums) has a great blog (The Apostate's Journal), his most recent stories are crossover rp with Caitlin's character from her blog The Journey Home. You can read their last few blogs back and forth to get the fuller story.

A Joy to Behold (written by Katlyn/Provolonely on the forums) is one of my favorite blogs. Joy is a fortune teller and Draconus Worshiper and her story is gripping!

Mercy is a citizen of Maplewood and her blog (My Dearest Sam) gives you an idea of the different tone of kind, lawful, pastoral Maplewood citizens versus the wild and rough Pinedale adventurers who relocated to Maplewood last year.

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Awesome, lots of new stuff to read. Happy to see a suggestion to NPC first as well, I honestly think an NPC role would suit me overall and it sounds exciting... and I did read that you need NPC garb as well so now I can put together a second costume. Nice.

Being weak doesn't bother me though. This character is reasonably developed on paper but hasn't seen much play and certainly isn't a master. I'm actually looking forward to how they grow (or die?) while I'm being them in game. (They were conceptualized as a dnd/pathfinder character.) I'm likely going to write up their mindset, skill choices and rp plans tonight. Really stoked about it!

Will post more in a bit. Thanks again.

 

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Great!

And don't worry, it won't be just one NPC role for you! There are four shifts (Friday 8pm-1am, Saturday 10am-3pm, 3pm-8pm, 8pm-1am) and within every shift you'll be sent out repeatedly as different NPCs.

 

 

NPCing is fun and is like being backstage in theater, changing garb, going out as a minor character with a mission or quest for the players (or being a monster or creature or just adding local color) and then coming back to the logistics building and changing garb again and going out as something else! 

 

When you have a good handle on the world of Novitas and are ready, PCing is a more immersive experience in plots and you build relationships with other characters over time as you improv act your way through scenes and encounters; it's so cool. 

 

I love both NPCing and PCing. If you've done RP before, I bet you will too!

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I'm interested to give it a shot. Still reading all the lore. There's a lot of it.

Gotta figure out how to get a cloak or two done by next week too.

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So I'm back- missed October's event, but it really couldn't be helped. Sounds like it was a great time.

I have a few questions now that I'm finishing up my garb and such for next weekend, but some things are better kept secret so if anyone wants to listen to my nonsense, hit me up in private messages.

An open question though; do I get to choose where and when I go NPC? I'm more than happy to do lots of NPC work, but I want to make sure I come prepared appropriately for it. If possible I'd like to volunteer for a zone in advance (although frankly I'll do whatever's needed).

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There are four shifts (I listed the times above), for your first event you'll NPC either shifts 1 and 2 or 1-4, up to you. We want you to get a feel for the world and the game before your player character strolls into town. Many people NPC all four shifts their first game. I did first two npc and then two PC shifts my first game to try both out.

On a NPC shift, in the logistics building there's a GM at the table with a whiteboard full of plots acting as a director. He or she will say, "I need five orcs, who volunteers?" And you can raise your hand and go stand by the GM's table. If there's a role you're not comfortable with (like prostitute), you don't have to volunteer. Or if the GM says, "I need three villagers," and you volunteer and they say, "okay, you two are a married farm couple and you're his mistress, you're going to go to the tavern and start arguing," and you are not comfortable with that role, please speak up. GMs will swap you out if there is something you're not comfortable playing. Please don't force yourself to play something you feel really weird about and then only mention it after.

On your first NPC encounters (which will most likely be monsters at first so you learn how to NPC in our game before you have a more role play heavy role, and because first shift is Friday night and there are generally more monster plots at night), you'll always have a lead NPC with you. They'll be a veteran player who will tell you what the plan is, how many hit points you have, what your attacks are, and what to do when you die (respawn after ten minutes, respawn on command, or wait a little ways off with your weapon held above your head in the "out of game" sign until your whole party is dead or successful so you can walk back to the logistics building together).

So Friday, you won't get a zone so much as be part of a group of one type of monster, and then after that encounter ends, you'll go back to logistics and go out as another type of monster, and then maybe go out in a group of elves or ghosts.

 

On your NPC shifts, it's best to be eager to volunteer and patient. There may be some down time in logistics for you while other plots are getting directions, feel free to meet people (who are also waiting on their NPC shifts) and ask questions during this time, but watch the GM and be ready to volunteer when they make a call for the next plot.

 

And have fun!

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As to "but I want to make sure I come prepared appropriately for it." Just wear the Npc garb listed on the main website (very simple, neutral colors with no modern pockets or zippers showing, like boots and a plain tunic and khakis or black pants, nothing too fancy) and then all the additional garb and masks and weapons and makeup you'll need for any NPC plot will be provided in logistics.

Bring black gloves if you have them. Many monsters need to have covered hands and logistics has black gloves, but it's always helpful if you have your own.

Wear contacts instead of glasses if you need glasses, some masks don't fit well over glasses and modern glasses slightly break immersion, so contact wearing is encouraged for those of us who need them (like me).

If you have your own pouch that looks fairly plain (not highly decorated) you could wear that on your belt as an NPC. They have a tote full of bags and pouches, but it's nice to have your own NPC pouch if you want to. As a monster you'll be given coins and items that the PCs can loot off you when you die and you'll need somewhere to put all that. Though the PCs should do a search of your dead body, so if you want to literally hide a coin in your boot, and make them say, "I check your boots," then you can pull out the coin and give it to them.

No obviously modern pieces or logos showing, but please be warm! It gets cold at night, even in the summer, but especially in fall and winter, please layer your clothes. I often have a black turtleneck or under armor under my tunic and hide the collar with a scarf. I bring hot hands hand warmer packs and always have one or two in my pouch just in case. I'll put them inside my gloves (and my boots) if I need them. They really help.

I usually either don't wear earrings or wear small posts when I'm NPCing, so I can more easily wear masks.

Make sure to have your mug and feast kit handy with you. If you get sent to the inn as an NPC and want to buy a drink or food, you need your own mug/fork minimum. Having your own bowl helps, though sometimes bowls can be rented for a meal at the inn for in game coin -based on availability of extras.

 

So, Friday night just try to get to game before 8pm  (no makeup or special garb needed beyond what the website says and my general recommendations), so you can sign in and hear the newbie speech with the group of any new players before you volunteer and go out on your first NPC plot! Good luck!

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