The Village of Hillsdale

Old May 11 '10, 4:56am
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The Village of Hillsdale

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I am looking for a maximum of five players and will probably cap at four unless I get some truly outstanding concepts. Edit: I will be holding applications open until Next Wednesday.

Also because the setting information is going to be updated continuously the best thing to do is check this link every so often.

Here is the character template


Concept(Warriror, rouge, healer, etc.)
Weapon Skills(What weapons does your character know how to use well)
Other skills(What kind of things does your character know how to do? Feel free to choose quite a few but don't get silly)





Game Description:
The village of Hillsdale was settled some twenty years ago by a group of retiring adventurers who had grown tired of risking their lives and wanted to settle down. In choosing to settle down each of the brave group dreamed of having families, and living out the rest of their years as peacefully as possible. At first the adventurers found anything but peace as they had to fight off several bands of monsters, ruin the plot of an insane power mad lich and of course, help a nearby dragon relocate. However after these adventures were concluded they embarked on the grandest adventure of all, raising children. While many times each of these brave and powerful adventurers felt that their strength had reached its limit, they somehow managed to help their children reach the age of adulthood (well teenagers anyway, close enough right?) and now look forward to the upcoming summer festival where they will bid their offspring a good journey as they release them upon the unsuspecting world....

The village of Hillsdale is a freeform rpg where the players will take on the role of the children of the adventurers. This game will focus heavily on character development, character to character interaction, character to NPC interaction, and of course some good deal of adventure as well. If you are into hack and slash games, this is NOT, and I repeat NOT the game for you. However, if you like taking part and helping develop a wonderful story, then this game is for you.

The Basic Rules:

You don't have to be the worlds greatest writer. All I am looking for is decent (not perfect) grammar and spelling and an ability to get your point across with the written word. This is a game, not a writing class but I do want to see some effort put into posting.

This is a freeform game and thus will not have many rules. However, I will absolutely not accept over powered character concepts. Remember your character is a teenager and while they may eventually grow to be very powerful, they do not start this way.

Because this is a freeform game you will occasionally help develop the world. Please be willing to give me suggestions on ideas you have. If I like them I may ask you to flesh them out a bit. For instance if you have an unusual magic ability that you think would be fun, let me know. The worst that will happen is I will simply say "not right now".

Keep in mind that this is a collaborative story effort. If you are the kind of player that likes to throw monkey wrenches into a game you probably won't last long.

You will be playing the part of a teenager who is from the village of Hillsdale or its surrounding area. It is a peaceful place that has not seen any real trouble in the last couple of decades. The main reason for this peace is the fact that the retired adventurers moved anything dangerous out of the area when they first arrived and since that time have managed to keep everything else pretty quiet. Try to keep this in mind whiling considering your character concept.

If you would like to be considered for acceptance please do the following:

Provide me with a character concept that gives me a detailed background of not only the character but some information about their parents. Please be willing to adjust the concept as needed in order to fit into the game. Please do not be afraid to ask me any questions either in the game invite thread or through PM. I want to make sure that everyone has a character they like while still remaining true to the feel of the story.

things you need to consider about character background.

Most likely you will be a human or another common fantasy race such as Dwarf, Elf, Halfling, etc. I am willing to consider unusual racial concepts but they will have to be well justified to make the cut. Please do not let this stop you from submitting a character but be warned I may ask for changes, but I could also incorporate your idea into the game world.

Please try and avoid overly crude concepts. While I don't see this happening I figure I should make a warning about it all the same.

Your character will be between the ages of 16-19. If you really want to play a younger character, approach me with the reason and concept. The same goes for a character who is older, however, I will be honest anything over 19 is most likely going to not work our for me.

Who am I?

I am the game master and I played on these boards forever ago but have been through a lot of email account changes sense then so had to start a new handle. I have a lot of experience running table top games as well as play by post and play by email. If you have any other questions feel free to ask.

Last edited by EpiclevelRic; May 12 '10 at 6:48pm..
Tentative interest.... Is there more information about the world/setting/possible plots to be had?

The basics: Mid magic high adventure fantasy. Part of what I am hoping will happen is that the world will develop as the characters develop. I have only the barest sketch of where I am going to go with this but don't worry, I have had quite a bit of success with this process in the past. Honestly, a lot of the plots will depend on what you choose to do as a character.

If you have specific questions, feel free to ask and I will answer them to the best of my ability. I also will be putting down information about the village and surrounding area in the game forum itself over the next couple of days. Please feel free to drop by there and give it a look see.

Interesting, interesting. Well, I'll be waiting for said information, and mulling over concepts on my head in the meantime. It's hard to do a free-form game right, and alas it is the best system (or lack of), in my opinion. You might want to try advertising your game in the Free-Form Player Listing, in the General Discussion forum. I'm too tired at the moment to give you a link, sorry.

Either way, how many players are you going for? I find that it gets harder and harder to make a good game the more players you have, so I'd be wary of applying if you want more than four or five. Still, it's worth a shot, I think.

I think I am going to have a cap at four and will consider five if I have a lot of great concepts. I will edit the description so people know that. Thanks for bringing that up.

I also agree free forms are hard to do right. That is why I intend to be a little on the picky side and also plan to do some discussion before gaming actually starts. to let you know I do have a lot of freeform experience and have generally been successful...

I've been in at least 10 EpicLevelRic games and the way he free forms works very well both for the player adaptability and player freedom. Plus as the characters develop he can use that really well. *we have played together for 7 years now.

This sounds interesting, but I don't know if I have time to make a character concept. If I do, I'll apply. If not, I'll probably join as a reader.

I am expressing interest in this. I have never done a free form game before but have been wanting to give it a shot. I have a few concepts running around in my head and will get one of them to you as soon as i can flesh it out a bit

How do you plan on handling the disparity of ages between human teenagers and dwarven or elven teenagers, which could easily take twice as many years or more to reach the same relative maturity?


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