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Lightbulb [Interest Check] "To the Berezina River" game

"To the Berezina River" game

I am looking at running a short Napoleonic based Role Playing style game where each player controls a soldier of the
Grand Armée and am soliciting players for the game. To keep the game moving to a successful conclusion, there will be a set end point. Essentially, you need to reach, and cross, the Berezina before you freeze, starve or are captured or killed.

GAME PREMISE: It's November 20, 1812 and you are a lower ranking soldier of the once might Grand
Armée. The Battle of Krasnoi ended a little over a day ago over and the French have resumed their retreat out of Russia. While heading for the safety of the Berezina River you have become separated from your unit and you stagger through the thick, snow covered forest, headed west. You are cold, hungry and seemingly alone. Refusing to give up as it would mean certain death by freezing, you continue on through the dark night. Sometime after midnight you stumble upon a small, partially collapsed outbuilding. As you approach the building you hear the faint sound of French voices and you can smell the scent of burning wood. Throwing caution to the wind in your bid to survive, even it it means capture, you approach and enter through a makeshift door. To your relief, you find other survivors of the once mighty Grand Armée who have also become separated from their units.They are haggard bunch and while there is no food, there is plenty of drink . . . and warmth. You move to a secluded corner of the building and slump to the ground, completely exhausted, quickly passing into a deep sleep.

If you are to survive, you need to work together as a group. Stragglers and loners will tend to be picked off by roaming Cossacks, or worse!

CHARACTER CREATION (more details will follow if enough interest)
  • You are a soldier of the Grande Armée on the retreat from Russia.
  • Your character will have 5 Stats and 8 primary skills/talents making each of them unique (these details will be presented if enough interest, at least 3+ players).
  • You can choose any of the military occupations found at: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Types_...apoleonic_Wars (this includes support/logistics types).
  • You can play a character of any Nationality involved in the Russian Invasion as long as you can justify their presence in the immediate area. You can check the following link as reference of possibilities; https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Order_...sion_of_Russia
  • END GAME: Your goal, cross the Berezina River before you are captured, killed or starve/freeze to death.
IMPORTANT NOTE: This is a not meant to be a historically accurate recreation of the retreat, just a game to have some fun in this particular slice of time. There MAY be a chance for supernatural events to occur (think Call of Cthulhu/Lovecraft) so if historical accuracy is that important to you, this game may not be for you.

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Just wanted to add, that people would only be expected to post 1, maybe 2 times per week. Also, when posting you will not need to go into great detail, a general overview of your character's actions, conversations, etc, will be all that is needed. The aim is to keep the game simple, light and moving along.
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If we get one more player, I'll post the character creation stuff and we can go from there. The way this is set up, others will be able to join in and will be added into the story/game as other stragglers, seeking the same goal.
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I'll happily sign on - no disastrous retreat without at least one Belgian involved after all

It's just that this game overlaps with the Viking/Buccaneer one, and a few on-going others..

from experience I know it's unlikely they'll all continue
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from experience I know it's unlikely they'll all continue
Sad but true. I've been playing with some guys on a site that all they do is online games like this, roleplaying, and even there, probably 98% of them die out early. We found almost all games start out with a simple concept but then expand into grand schemes with no definitive end point or people get bogged down in too many intricate details that kills the game off. But then, that's how most pen and paper RPG games are designed to be played out, open ended. You can't really apply that to forum/play-by-post games due the different format and I think that's where we go wrong. That and walls of in-character text are great for reading through but in end they actually seem to put other players off.
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So perhaps best to agree on one game concept and keep other ideas in reserve for a while ?

Not that it matters much for me, holidays are over, and winter is coming ..

I have some time to spend
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One problem we often hit is that all of us like to game, so the gm tends to also be playing about 4 games as well.
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So perhaps best to agree on one game concept and keep other ideas in reserve for a while ?

Not that it matters much for me, holidays are over, and winter is coming ..

I have some time to spend
That's mainly why I am trying to keep it to 1-2 posts per week. Some people are able to post every day, multiple times and I think that tends to drown out others and they lose interest.

I also now have access to multiple tools to help me manage these things so I am not overwhelmed with information, I can keep notes, track status and players skills and make dice rolls from that information that generates text for me to use for building the story text.
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I'll happily sign on - no disastrous retreat without at least one Belgian involved after all
So, are you in then? If so I'll post the character creation stuff.
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Ok then, I'll finish writing up the creation stuff and post shortly.
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We have 3 players now with 2 more "pending" creation. I may post some more fluff details over the weekend to set the opening seen, otherwise we can look forward to starting early this coming week.
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