Catherine Cook's grand return to DMing!


MY GOD it's been a long time. When even was the last time I DMed a game on this forum? Perhaps not even that long ago, but it sure feels like an eternity: exams, accumulating work for two jobs, depression, car accidents, you name it, I've been through it. But at long last, I've finally managed to put everything behind me: my life is fixed, and so now I'm finally ready to return to my favorite site on a full time basis... And if I'm gonna do that, then I wanna do it in my favorite role: the DM. After all, for me telling stories is more than a fun hobby, it's a necessity to feel alive, and after all this time, I really can't wait to do it once again.

And so I asked myself: what would be the best way of celebrating my return to DMing? I went through a few ideas, and then it hit me: my favorite system. My favorite JRPG. A mix waiting to happen.

Thus, this campaign saw the light: sharing the setting, the plot premise and most characters with The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel, this game nonetheless adapts those to a more Pathfinder-friendly environment, introducing elements like different races (and the role they play in the political turmoil of the setting), which the original game did not have. Also, the plot will at first flow very similarly to the game, but it will then develop with a series of twists and turns that are 100% original, leading to a finale that will be completely different from the game's own, and that will also be significantly affected by your choices as you play.
All in all, people who are familiar with the game will find an interesting alternate take on its plot and general premise, and people who are not familiar with the game will find a setting unlike any other they've seen so far in Pathfinder games: hopefully, the end result should be a fresh, entertaining, enjoyable experience for both groups.

FAQ

How long will the application process last?

I would like to be as lenient as possible since it's summer, and plenty of people are away on vacation or otherwise reducing their presence here. Ideally recruitment would last for at least a month, but since I'm looking for a very limited number of players, I might decide to go for an early closure/selection if I get enough app early on.

How many people are you looking for?

Two, this campaign is specifically designed for two players. Needless to say, being able to get along and cooperate, as well as guaranteeing a constant presence without sudden disappearances that would utterly kill the game, is going to be mandatory given the circumstances. At least one of the two characters should be male to take Rean's place in the story, since Rean won't exist in our version of the plot. I MIGHT be persuaded to accept 3 people if there are some particularly great apps, but it' a very remote possibility.

Any preferences when selecting characters?

None outside of what I said above in regards to getting along and guaranteeing a constant presence. Ideally I would look to have on board one noble and one commoner, but that's not a rigid prerequisite as long as the characters are diverse enough in terms of background and outlook on the social and political situation of the setting. Don't worry about party roles because recruiting major NPCs to join your party is going to be a key mechanic of the game, so yeah, all the required roles to face an adventure will easily be covered.

But wait, does that mean you will be using DMPCs?

Absolutely not. There will be plenty of NPCs for you to interact with, the most important of which you will be able to forge relationships with in a manner somewhat similar to Social Links in Persona, if you're familiar with that. Getting such characters to join your party will be possible and indeed necessary, but when you do, these characters will be under your control. At no point will I attempt to be a player, my role is being a DM.

Where can I find more info about the setting?

Here.

Where can I find more info about creation rules?

Here.

I'm not familiar with the videogame at all, can I still join?

Absolutely! In many ways, not knowing about the game will make this a more compelling experience, as everything you'll be involved in will feel 100% new.

I AM familiar with the videogame, can I still join?

Definitely! Many details about the setting have been modified to give it a more "Pathfinder-friendly" feeling, and the plot is going to develop through entirely different twists and reveals, leading to an entirely different finale. In many ways, you can see this as an "alternate universe" or a "reimagining", compared to the game.

I'm new to Pathfinder, can I still join?

I take pride in having the patience, the passion and the skills required to help newbies of the system become good players, so if you're looking for a relaxed game where the DM will actively help you improve, you're in the right place.

Have you heard of the tragedy of Darth Plagueis the Wise?

Not from a Jedi.