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High school students are the most qualified people to save the world

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This game won't be afraid to tackle such complex philosophical concepts.

When @hoverfrog asked me to host a level 11+ game for him, as part of a game exchange we have going on, I vowed to myself that this time I would stick to a classic concept, without going for elements/themes/ideas taken from anime, JRPGs or visual novels. That vow lasted all of 30 minutes, so yeah, welcome to yet another game by Catherine Cook that borrows elements/themes/ideas from anime, JRPGs and visual novels!

The basic concept of the campaign will be as follows: you, the players (we're going for a standard party of 4, including hoverfrog himself), are ordinary high-school students who live in present day Tokyo, Japan. You're long-time friends with one another, and you all have two things in common: you all go to the same school, and you all love a popular MMO named Xblaze Online: in fact, you're all pretty pro at the game, so much so that, despite how infamously difficult it is to level up in it, you've all managed to climb up to level 11 out of 20 which, while not superlative, is still quite the feat. This MMO is very popular among kids your age, and even comes with an app that lets you check your character's status from your smartphone.
Recently, a special event has been going on in the game: "Retrieve all of the 54 cards that form the Legendary Harrow Deck, and receive a one-of-a-kind prize!". It's essentially a treasure hunt for what are essentially the rarest items in the game, which you have to carry out across all servers. While this is happening, however, tragedy strikes: Hinata Homura, your class rep at school, attempts suicide and is brought to the hospital in desperate conditions. When you go visit her, you soon learn that, when she was found, she was holding a weird object in her hand... And lo and behold, it's the first of the 54 legendary harrow cards: how she could have a physical card in the real world, when the legendary harrow deck only exists as an event in a videogame, you have no idea.
Just as you're pondering this, the hospital is suddenly enveloped by a weird mist, monsters appear out of nowhere and start attacking people, and... Well, do I really need to tell you what happens next? You learn that, as long as you have on your person a smartphone with your character's stats, you can BECOME your character while in the weird mist, and fight off the monsters. This will lead to you having to deal with all manners of dangers, including but not limited to...



... Food porn!



... Eccentric mentors!



... Snarky remarks!



... Villains!

Collect the harrow cards, solve the mystery behind Hinata's tragic circumstances, protect your city from all manners of freaky beings, and save the world!

If the idea of doing these and many other things while being high-level Pathfinder characters in the real world appeals to you, please pay us a visit! Applications will remain open for at least 3 weeks, so you have plenty of time to ask your questions, come up with ideas, and craft something unique. My hope is that this game will offer all of you the opportunity to enjoy a classic Pathfinder adventure, but in a setting and within the boundaries of circumstances which are as far from "classic" as they could be: different interpretation, different setting, different premise, same game.
We hope you'll check us out!

Game Description:

It is common knowledge that high school students who spend most of their time playing a fantasy MMO are the most qualified people to save the world from impending doom.

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Originally Posted by fitzgerald20 View Post
As far as the application goes, do I just private message my character to the GM?
I'm reasonably sure I sent you a link to the help documentation of this website, which has answers to any question you would ever want to ask. Also, actually visiting the forum of the game and taking a look at what everyone else is doing in order to apply could prove a good idea.

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Originally Posted by fitzgerald20 View Post
As far as the application goes, do I just private message my character to the GM?
Check out the other applications. Find a format that you like and click the quote button. Copy and paste that into your own application and put in your own details. If you're anything like me you actually stick it in Notepad++ and play about with it there.

Do not post the quote in someone else's thread.

Come up with a solid concept first. What's your character like? Are you a gruff dwarf with a heart of gold who secretly loves cats or an immature and giggly elven bard who is afraid of spiders? A concept then leads you to start building a background once you have a rough background you can build up traits and ability scores and select feats. Then you've just got to add equipment and spells and you're done.

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Originally Posted by Catherine Cook View Post
That would be Xblaze Code: Embryo, from which I'm borrowing quite a few things
*googles Xblaze Code* OF COURSE!! I thought I recognized the name! And that explains why ES is in one of the images!

And I thought I was the only weeb around who actually like Blazblue...

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Originally Posted by Yamazaki View Post
*googles Xblaze Code* OF COURSE!! I thought I recognized the name! And that explains why ES is in one of the images!

And I thought I was the only weeb around who actually like Blazblue...
It is in fact one of my favorite games... But I must stress, this is NOT the BB universe. Our campaign will in no way relate to BB or its timeline, I'm just borrowing its visual style and some plot elements.

I am extremely interested, though the concept i have might require some gm leeway. I will post in the char creation q/a with more details...

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Originally Posted by Catherine Cook View Post
It is in fact one of my favorite games... But I must stress, this is NOT the BB universe. Our campaign will in no way relate to BB or its timeline, I'm just borrowing its visual style and some plot elements.
Oh I'm quite aware of that, otherwise you would've said so in the setting descriptions LOL. Plus, it's for the best: as much as I loved Blazblue, it's a setting and plot that's a total mess without a great deal of extra reading. Doesn't help that there's, what, three spin off series to it? I may have to see about getting my grubby hands on XBlaze - I'm a sucker for a good Visual Novel, and it's been a while since I last read one.

Although I now almost want to make a Kokonoe-inspired character, but she's pretty hard to convert into Pathfinder without significant 3rd party stuff. Maybe as an NPC? LOL


Still good to re-iterate that for anyone else poking their heads in here.







 

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