No shadow, I guess. Joran, you don't happen to want to admin this one this time around, do you :P
Anyways, lets hash out the final bits of the rules tonight and tomorrow and get stuff started.
I'm still looking for ways to advertise our game beyond the WotC forum. Unfortunately most of what I've been finding are things for entire RPG forums to advertise with one another, which... well, we can't do, as we can't exactly get these boards to advertise for other people :D Ideas are still welcome.
Gods use Action Points (AP) to influence the world. Every week of real time, each player gains a number of AP proportionate to his god's power and level of influence; gods with many great works and armies of worshippers will gain AP faster, as will those who conduct great roleplaying and help influence the world. Your weekly AP starts at 4, and-if you've been playing well-can be as high as 9. AP is assigned by the game's admins.
You can spend AP to conduct various actions. Some example divine actions, and their corresponding AP costs, are as follows:
Command - Command is used to issue divine orders. This can be as simple as ordering a hill to form to the creation of a volcanic mountain range. Or it could be used to order your worshippers to war against another faction or to teach people how to perform special actions. The exact potencty of ther action is determined by the amount of AP that is spend. Examples are shown below. Command Land (1 AP): Glykllivar smote her spear into the ocean floor, causing a volcano to erupt from the spot. The lava flowed and the hardened, creating an island. Command Populace (1 AP): The Sage appeared to the elven shamans in their dreams, teaching them the making of certain artifacts. When they awoke, they began scribing their magic on parchment, to make spellbooks and scrolls; the first Wizards had appeared. Command Land (2 AP): Kur-ah strode along the center of the world, magma dripping from his body. Where it hardened, mountains formed, creating a new chain of hills and cliffs going across the continent. Command Populace (2 AP): Morintu sent his exarch to preach to the primitive humans. Soon, these people were worshippers of Morintu, and sent armies to the nearby elven lands to conquer them in his name. Command Land (3 AP): Kyrinian stole a handful of fire from Kur-ah's volcano, throwing it into the sky to create the sun.
Populate/Depopulate - Populate is used to create life of all kinds in the world. Populate Birds (1AP): Mariana lifted a handful of sand and threw it into the air. From the cascade, birds of many hues and types flew forth into thhe world. Populate Pegasus (2 AP): From her divine realm, Artheyan looked down upon the wild horses that dwelt in her green fields. She raised her hand skyward, and several of the horses darted upward, using their new, feathery wings to fly. Populate Populace (3 AP): When Britmara bathed herself in the cool lake, her power and wisdom took form amid the water. When she left the pool, so too did a newborn race; the werewolves.
Depopulate is an action that is rarely appropriate, and represents the complete genocide of a species, and is often not possible until all nourishes and other benefits have been stripped from that group. Please confer with the admins if you wish to use this action.
Nourish/Harm - Used to help/hurt things. Nourish Land (1 AP): Wherever Artheyan's tears of grief fell upon the land, grasses and shrubs sprang up, bringing new life to this formerly barren land. Nourish Populace (1 AP): The prayers of the villagers were answered that year; their newly planted fields flourished beyond measure. Their population and wealth began to increase, allowing them to expand northward and colonize new lands. Harm Land (1 AP): Pollux cried out, and the forest withered and burned under his fiery gaze Harm Populace (1 AP): The rampaging armies of lizardmen torched the fields of the halflings, and famine fell upon them.
Create/Destroy Create Artifact (1AP): Tzu handed the warrior a silver spear, a relic that would be passed down for generations. Create Plane (2 AP): Ooulzoth took one of his aberrant beasts and made it grow to a colossal size. The creature was now big enough to house entire armies within its body, and Ooulzoth built his palace within its stomach. Create Domain (3 AP): Lexius drew a complex diagram across the map, using preexisting landmarks like islands and rivers as part of his immense sigil. As he completed the diagram, power pulsed through the bones of the world, and arcane magic was unleashed freely for anyone to use. Create Exarch (3 AP): Morintu took the mortal Icoscol into the sky, and allowed him to overlook the mortal world from above. "This can all be yours, someday." Create Artifact (3 AP): Kakavindus sat down in his dark palace, and began creating an ebony mask. He poured all of his cunning, malice, and lust for power into the artifact, imbuing it with terrible powers. This artifact could be used by gods and mortals alike to achieve awful things. Create Plane (4 AP): Elyndra left this world into the void beyond, tapping into the basest part of her essence to create a realm for those who shared her ways, the Feywild Create Avatar (4 AP): There was a flash of eldritch lightning, and a silvery, iridescent figure walked the mortal world.
Destroy costs are typically the same as create costs, but may require additional actions in preparation. For instance, destroying an untended artifact is simple, but destroying an artifact which is currently in the posession of another God may require additional actions, either RP or via AP (such as defeating or tricking that God). Destroying planes and avatars will always require additional thought and preparation. Feel free to confer with the admins regarding your plans and they will give you advice on how to proceed.
Claim Domain - Allows Gods to increase their portfolio of domains (see below for examples)
Ascend God (2 AP) - A 2 AP action which brings a new player into the game (See below)
Whenever you spend AP, you must be very specific about what you are doing. Artifacts must have their powers listed, races must have an origin point, etc. Also, you can't hoard AP; every week, you lose any leftover APs you have and start anew. Also, keep in mind that you can share AP with another god for a big, joint project; creating a plane is much easier when each god only spends 2 AP, as long as the two are willing to share their creation.
Sometimes, gods will fight. This is okay and not discouraged, but it should be something that is discussed with the god you plan to attack, and if possible deciding the outcome ahead of time in the OOC or by other means. Attacking another god costs1 AP. Note that you may NOT kill another player's god unless that player gives you his or her permission OOC beforehand. If you defeat a god whose player isn't willing to give him up, than that god is subdued without being killed. In the case where both gods have committed to fighting but neither side is willing to lose, consult the admins and the victor will be determined by the power of the gods involved, any combat related artifacts they might possess, and other circumstances involved (such as a 'home base' advantage.)
Starting Gods begin with 7 AP their first week, which drops to the usual 4 AP/week at the first reset. Starting Gods are also given 3 AP before their creation to choose their starting domains (the spheres of influence your God is patron of) with. You may choose one greater domain, one moderate and one lesser domain, or three lesser domains.
Example Greater domains: Life, Knowledge, Time Example Moderate domains: Nature, Language, Seasons Example Lesser domains: Dryads, Education, Springtime
A larger (but by no means exaustive) list of domains may be found here: Domains
To express interest in the game, please fill out and post the following in the OOC thread. An admin will contact you and let you know if everything checks out, at which point you will be ready to play once you have been ascended (or, in some cases, allowed to self-ascend).
make sure that what you make makes sense, not only to you, but also to others that will interact with you.
make it fun! remember: You are a god! take it and run! Not only that, but also, you will be playing this god for some time. Make sure it is some thing that you are going to want to play just like any other character.
don't get discouraged if some one messes with something you did. this is an interactive game where we are trying to build something. instead get creative!
conflict is not only great, but makes for great rp! open hostility is not great though. We are all adults here (mostly) lets try to act like it. I highly encourage conflict, it makes for some fun times, I don't encourage actively arguing/flaming/singling some one out though. it brings down the whole game for everyone and makes for bad gaming.
Build! Anything! Everything! Whatever! you get AP every week! use it! have fun with it! AP represents your power: the more you use it the stronger you become!
As I said before: Get creative! this is a game where the sky is not only not the limit, but the stars, the moon(s), and everything you can think of including the sun can be messed with!
Fluff has more power in this game than AP does and is free. The more of it the better the outcomes.
Write lots! Write little. But just write. A god that doesn't write just sits there. Don't just sit there! You have a world to build!
Interact with others. If no one is interacting with you, go interact with them. If they ignore you, then do something small. If they persist to ignore you then do some thing grand! You will get someone's attention!
On a final note, please post as often as possible or as makes sense. If you are waiting on someone to reply, try sending them a note or posting in the OOC, but if they dont reply after a period of reasonable time, then move on. Keep on posting and have fun with out them!
And if it all possible, if you enjoy the game let people know, and if you know some one that might, bring them on by and try to recruit them in! There is No limit to how many players we can have. The more the better!
Questions: Do we have an OOC yet? And would cake and/or tea be considered moderate or lesser domains?
and I forgot some thing in that last post:
People if you have any questions, dont forget to ask! we can't answer your question if you dont ask it. And if we need to get admin level approval for something really off the wall, well then ask an admin.