[pnpgm] Stuff to consider..

pnpgm pnpgm at comcast.net
Sat Feb 28 04:35:49 CET 2015

     A couple things to talk about...this is not update related so
     can handle as time permits.

     1) Formatting -

        When I first started PBEMs in the early 1980s we used methods
     called posts (why its stuck as a term).  We'd post in simple
     message databases and then extract and send those posts/replies
     via the old 300 baud modems.  Back in those days we used BBS
     (Bulleting Board Systems which were places folks could hang
     out before websites).  I ran my own BBS for 15 or so years.
     Did many PBEMs including my infamous Gamma World adventures
     which were a hit with 17 ACTIVE players (those were the days).
     Because of this format was CGA/EGA.  So screens were 25x80.
     So I'd format posts and such with 80 columns.

        Well today obviously we have screens that can read hundreds
      of characters wide easy not 80.  Email, websites are just plain
      bigger now.  This is why you may have noticed the 80 small updates
      (why is he still so small text? that idiot).  This is why.

        But with the recent estate map it was shown to go wider and
      it worked.  So I need some input from you guys.

        A) What is your methods of viewing the updates:
           Website, email, ipad, phone, etc.
        B) Can you handle large width "stuff" posts.  Some phones you
           see small stuff but websites like mine can be large yet
           emails mess up tabs and so "large" blocks get all weird
           and screwed up.  The biggest issue with emails are those
           tabs and characters messing up things like the maps.
        C) Would you like a larger format? 200 wide lines not 80.  This
           would be a shift for me as I still use a old text editor
           since its frankly FAR faster than windows.  But as I faze
           out this old computer and move my pnp files to the new
           one I'll have to use the modern editors.

       I will try to change the format if consensus wants it for
     the next update.

     2) IBT Time -

          From this update we can see that IBT is a bit more elusive.
        So I want to remind folks I do allow partial points.  Generally
        my rule of thumb is:

          A) Full point for a full 8-12 hour session.  Actual time will
        vary.  A person can't do sword for 12 hours but maybe just 8.
        But a scribe translating books could for 12 hours with some breaks.
          B) Tutors help with another point.  Actual tutorship stuff not
        just hearing some lecture a block away from the guy yelling
        on the street corner about how to bash people with shields. :)
          C) If not able to do the full 8-12 hours then time and points
        will be relative.  A person who uses horsemanship should at
        least ride 10.5-12 hours (with eating and stopping) to earn
        the full points.  But if a person can only ride 5 hours then
        I can agree to award 0.5 points.  If only 2 hours then maybe
        I could allow 0.33.  Though any fractions would be rounded up
        at the end of the preset IBT and any excess lost.
          D) Common sense- If you are riding a horse working on
        delicate jewels might be a extreme difficult task and earning
        points would be useless.  BUT someone reading a journal to
        learn a language or speaking to a person could glance down
        at the journal or speak to earn language points.  Doing
        climbing points while your on a horse will NOT be common sense.

          So if your riding for days and want to work on some new
        armor that could be a problem.  One you'd need tools and
        a shop at best.  At worst you might have what 4-6 hours
        at camp to work on it out of the 12 hours.  So At best
        you might only earn a fraction of a point.

          Some things like horsemanship or language I do award
        automatically based on time.  If you spend a month in
        Katai then I have given say 8-10 points free in Katai.
        I've done this in past.

          So keep this in mind while you select your IBT.

     3) Future game
        I've opened the Future Adventure voting.  I've done this
        for 15 years now.  I can never really tire of pnp though.
        I've done it for what 30 years and still have not visited
        and adventure in every Land.  This is why I expanded to
        Katai and such.  But I'm always open if you guys want me
        to run ANOTHER system.  I've run 26 or so systems.  I thought
        I had a file on this ancient computer on that but can't find it.
        Must be on CD.  So here are some from memory.

          * Star Wars                 Expert - Countless games run
          * Star Trek                 Expert - Countless games run
          * Gamma World               Expert - Countless games run
          * Year of the Phoenix       Good - Few games
          * Traveller/Mega Traveller  Normal - Few games
          * Elric                     Good - Many games
          * Stormbringer              Good - Many games
          * Hawkmoon                  Expert - Many games
          * James Bond                Normal - Easy and many games
          * Cyberpunk                 Normal - Many games
          * Top Secret                Good - Many games
          * Fringeworthy              Expert - Countless games
          * Ghostbusters              Normal - Few games
          * Indiana Jones             Good - Many fun games
          * Ringworld                 Poor - Few games
          * Timeship                  Normal - Few games
          * Tin Star/Owl Hoot         Normal - Few games
          * Few others like Paranoia, Toon, etc.

         Year of Phoenix - Folks in Space station around earth see
           Nukes go off WWIII.  Survive and Live - Think of The 100
           TV shows many factors like that and fun game.
         Cyberpunk - Yep before Shadowrun and such but I think I prefer
            CP old school myself.
         Fringeworthy - one of my favs named my BBS after it Fringe BBS.
           Think of sliders and Stargate SG1 with portals and many
           places to explore and bad monsters.  Most realistic game
           mechanics ever.
         Ghostbusters - Ok.  Don't laugh it was big in 80s.  Its
           coming back too!  One of the fastest games to learn like only
           4 stats that fit on a index card and you can play.  Even
           ran this at a convention one time.
         Ringworld is not as good as Fringeworthy but I have the LEAST
           amount of experience.  I just wish I had more time to
           play/run that world.
         Timeship - Time travel game that uses YOU are the characters.
           So if your good in computers then your good in computers.
           If you fire weapons nice then same thing.  Always liked
           time travel stuff.  Thing of 80s show Voyagers.
         Tin Star - My only western game.  Cowboys...indians...gun
           fights fun times.

         I only give these things as a suggestion. There are many
         like D&D, Gurps, Fantasy Hero that I tend to play more
         than run.  Some like Paranoia and Toon can NOT really
         be played well in pbem.  Call of Cthulu same thing.  Hard
         to do Horror in pbems.

         I will still run pnp but I figure if you guys get tired
         of the same stuff then I'm open for other stuff.  Who
         knows maybe someone like Alex or David can GM some pnp? :)
         Let me know what you think of this idea.  Some like
         Bond, Indy jones might be hard for a party but NOT impossible.

	Keep in mind can only do 1 game at a time one is bad enough time 
wise.  Though somehting like scifi is easier since not as mechanic 

     Back to regular scheduled adventure...

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