Oddly enough (!), playing more has cut into 'blog-time'...
The pace of online gaming is still a little rough for me but I'm getting used to it.I'm playing in a Warhammer FRP PBP and a couple of the players are in Israel, so there's next to no chance that we'll be online at the same times...so I don't have expectations of 'instant-action' or something...
This mode of gaming lends itself well to 'parlour-games', more abstract gimcrackery, woodshedding, strategy games. Thinking about the Play-by-Mail model - which I admittedly have never done, just read about it...I think it would be really interesting to run a sandbox game where every player<->GM channel had its own thread - or an approach that considered threads calving and merging a trivial thing.
I've been thinking about ways to deal with the absence of players. My inclination is to post up a table like this and let the players know that I'll run them as NPCs if I need to to progress the game. What player would want that? The DM is not to be trusted!
Cue Random Tables! It's just like AI!
Based on what kind of situation the characters are in, the actions of a character-sans-player are 'determined' by a die roll...
|1||Stumbles and falls down (momentarily helpless)|
|2||Decides to change weapons then changes mind (no action)|
|3||Moves to defend ally|
|4||Attacks nearest opponent/Casts sub-optimal spell|
|5||Attacks random opponent in reach or moves to nearest opponent/Casts optimal spell|
|1||Says something really insulting and wont retract it|
|2||Tangential mouth-mush leaves people confused and suspicious|
|3||Mumbles and grunts at some appropriate places|
|4||Doesn't say much|
|5||Lends good support to own or party's goal/agenda|
|6||Steals the show, very convincing arguments for own goal/agenda - may try to cast an 'appropriate' spell toward this end|
|*||"own goal" meaning maybe the GM's interpretation...|
|1||Gripped my 2 minute choking and coughing fit (very noisy, takes no actions)|
|2||Lazy (-1 search or stealth or whatever negative modification os appropriate)|
|5||Is double-checking already explored areas/normally stealthy|
|6||Is searching (and finds 10 gp!)/sneaking at +1 (or whatever)|
ha ha! wouldn't that be cute!