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Catherine Cook's grand return to DMing!

Old Jul 8 '18, 4:10pm
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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.


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?


Where can I find more info about creation rules?


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.

Game Description:

A campaign that borrows setting and general plot premise from acclaimed videogame The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel, and the grand return of Catherine Cook as a DM on this forum.

Last edited by Tears of Tomorrow; Jul 8 '18 at 4:12pm..
I'll try and write something up today for you to look through. Thinking maybe a Commoner Kineticist from Nordia who's family was forced to move to Weissland. Primarily swordsman who uses the Kineticist moves as support/area control.

Let's see where this takes us.

Welcome back. I don't think I have the time to be as present as the game needs, but nontheless I wish you and the players a great time.

@Lord_Koth that's the idea, yes. A part of me feels that the extra conflict derived from having different races is probably unnecessary, but on the other hand, I really didn't want to force people to stick only to humans, as I figured that could prove a major turn-off for some. What I'm trying to do is to make this game more "Pathfinder-esque" in its general feeling, while still retaining the basic premise of the game.

@The_Spade I saw you already started a creation topic, we shall discuss all the details over there

@Drome thanks, this means a lot to me. I sure wish you'd try your hand at this, but oh well, so it goes.

I'm usually not into anime or jrpg-inspired tabletop games, but damn you had to find one of three jrpgs I like! Bring on the waifus! /kidding

EDIT: Only two players... uhh nevermind then.

Originally Posted by ChaosCowboy View Post
Bring on the waifus!
The Legend of Waifus: Trails of Cold Steel.

Look, I know two spots isn't much, but why not giving it a shot anyway? Just focus on making a good a character as possible, and the rest will follow

I find myself in Cowboy's boat. Only 2 player's means an even greater chance of not getting accepted after putting a lot of work into it, and also a greater chance of thing's falling apart if one of the player's goes AWOL. Personally I wouldn't run a game with less than at least 3 players so you always have a my experience 4 is optimal

that being said I seem to be addicted to weird character builds, and I've been watching way to much anime lately which keeps throwing strange ideas in my head, lol

Weeeelp, considering I was just playing the translation of Ao no Kiseki, I'm definitely interested. Gotta find time to get something together at some point.

I honestly don't see why you can't just have a group of 5 player characters and drop some of the extraneous characters from the story. I mean they're all designed to form a party anyway, let the player characters make up the a-team or what have you.


And about party dimensions... I have my reasons. I knew going in that this wouldn't be a popular decision, but 2 is what works with what I have in mind. Sorry, but this is the one aspect I'm not willing to negotiate :/


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