Why are you running this game?
I've had a bunch of games fall apart this year, so I figured that the best way to avoid this would be to run my own. I know everyone has things come up in life that push playing internet games off the priority list. I promise to do my best to not let that happen, and I hope all you applying will make it, too.
Question #2, from IronChef33
Would you allow the Seeker class?
Oooh, showing off your DDI subscription? Actually, I'm going to say "no" to this, only because it means that players without DDI can't see your character traits and options, so it makes it harder to discuss planning. And I realize that when I started planning the game, I was going to require use of the Character Builder, and now I'm ruling out exclusive DDI content, which is a complete 180-degree shift. But in my RL game, we have started to discuss how if we take power X next level, it means if someone else takes feat Y, it can work well together, and that teamwork is cool.
**UPDATE** see answer to #6, below
Question #3, from FieryGriffin
How much gold do we start with?
Whatever standard starting gold is for a 5th level character... which I think is whatever a 4th level item costs. Even if that's not correct, let's go with it.
Question #4, sort of, from TheHumanDynamo
I will finish my application tomorrow if that is ok with you.
Certainly. I think I may have sounded like a jerk before, so let me re-phrase: as long as you're posting something resembling an application (or questions) and not just "Interested! Will write up character next week!", that's what I'm looking for.
Question #5, not actually asked, but alluded to once or twice in messages
What about Primal characters (Warden, Barbarian, etc.)?
Since Primal Power is due out in a couple of days, that is legal, as are any excerpts from it you find on the WotC D&D website.
Question #6, from a private message
Would you accept material from the Abyssal Genasi article [in Dragon 'Magazine']?
I've got to admit, I'm torn on this one. On the one hand, citing #2 above, that means that players without access may not be able to work as well since they won't know your character. On the other, you've paid a sub fee for that information, and it's a shame that you can't use it. Wow, I didn't know DM'ing would be so hard! I'm willing to allow this since it just gives a few options for the race, as opposed to, say, the Seeker class (see #2, above), where this is a whole new class with. I think in general, articles from Dragon/Dungeon are going to be OK. I get that it's not 100% consistent, but there you have it.
Question #7, from Cronje
Would you accept character options from third-party publishers, such as Mongoose Publishing's The Quintessential Wizard?
No; WotC only. I often tried to sneak Mongoose stuff past my DM in 3.5, and back then it was overpowered. I've not seen their 4e stuff yet, but I presume the same. In fact, now that I check it out, I don't see that Mongoose has published anything for 4e, so one of us is really confused.
Question #8, from the brilliant Abelard
What are your feelings about those youíve played with before, or veterans vs. players new to 4e?
I enjoy the lone game that I am currently in because the players are great. And it wasnít so long ago that I couldnít buy my way into a game because I didnít have history on Myth-Weavers. Anyone Iím currently playing with is welcome to submit an application, but I wonít be giving them any special preference. However, I do intend to give a little extra weight to either newish 4e players or those new to this site. Iím not saying that anyone will definitely get a spot, but I am willing to be a little more accepting. That being said, if anyone doesn't want to play with noobs Ė and Iím not saying that anyone who has already applied is like that, only that those people do exist Ė please PM me and I will skip over your application when I make my selections. No judging (well, maybe a little).
Question #9a, from TheHumanDynamo
Since we are about half-way through, would you offer feedback to those of us that ask for it, so we have time to tweak stuff if needed?
Question #9b, from bloodrever
Did I include everything needed in my application?
I didn't mean to set everyone's insecurities to red alert with my post about some incomplete applications. I think the ones that are incomplete are obviously incomplete, and I hope the posters come back to finish them. However, if you PM me, I will let you know if it is complete, or if anything is not correct. Note that I'm not looking over them too carefully until the deadline so I don't get the early ones stuck in my head.