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Title: Casting Call - PBEM Rifts game named "Stormriders"
Post by: Desert Fox on July 16, 2018, 08:19:06 AM
I have been running a Rifts Earth game called "Stormriders" for the better part of a year - It is on Rifts Earth.  Want to keep the game running and don't want it to die.

Had four players and one is leaving because he thinks he was being treated unfairly. I don't think I was being unfair. The other three players are not posting as much as I would like. As such, looking for a couple of new players who would like to play and willing to post regularly, at least  a few times a week.

Just finishing up a fight (I think) so players should be joining after the fight - took longer than I would like but that was partially due to the fact that players were not posting their actions.

It is run through Yahoo Groups although Yahoo groups sometimes goes dark for days to a couple of weeks so have a backup mailing list I created from my website.

This really is a game for what I would call "Normal Joes." Looking for characters third level but if you have someone slightly higher level that you want to play from a game that died, wiling to look. Most interested in "Man at Arms" and "Adventurer" types but psychics would likely be alright. We have the mage avenue sewn up pretty well although maybe a techno-wizard would be alright.

In eastern US on Rifts Earth in Pennsylvania area. Do have some house rules, probably nothing too extreme. Probably the one most important is that I don't have -10 to dodge energy blasts. Instead you get to add prowess bonuses into you "To hit" when using ranged attacks.

Prefer if you PM me if interested and post here any questions. I will need an email address eventually for players.
Title: Re: Casting Call - PBEM Rifts game named "Stormriders"
Post by: brilligtove on July 16, 2018, 02:18:43 PM
So this is a text-only game? I'm interested.
Title: Re: Casting Call - PBEM Rifts game named "Stormriders"
Post by: Desert Fox on July 16, 2018, 03:01:00 PM
So this is a text-only game? I'm interested.

If you beg, I may draw a map but generally text only yes.
Have you ever played Palladium and/or Rifts?
Title: Re: Casting Call - PBEM Rifts game named "Stormriders"
Post by: Billzbub on July 16, 2018, 03:10:25 PM
I have never played such a game.  Do players need to buy a source rule book?  Could a new player create a new 3rd level character and hop right in, or is there some reason it needs to be a character from another game?  Do you run it as more of a tactical game (mostly combat) or a mix of fighting and role playing/story?
Title: Re: Casting Call - PBEM Rifts game named "Stormriders"
Post by: Desert Fox on July 16, 2018, 03:29:03 PM
I prefer a more story based than combat - if nothing else because fights take so long.
I can find pdf copies of the books but a fair amount to jump in.
The game has skills unlike D&D which makes character creation a bit harder
Title: Re: Casting Call - PBEM Rifts game named "Stormriders"
Post by: Billzbub on July 16, 2018, 04:27:04 PM
Now I remember why this all sounds so familiar.  I played in a Heroes Unlimited campaign for a year about a dozen years ago.  It was great fun.
Title: Re: Casting Call - PBEM Rifts game named "Stormriders"
Post by: Captain Video on July 16, 2018, 06:16:20 PM
So its like a "play by email game" or do you actually meet at a designated date and time online?

I'm somewhat familiar with Rifts and the setting but have not played since the early 90s
Title: Re: Casting Call - PBEM Rifts game named "Stormriders"
Post by: Desert Fox on July 16, 2018, 06:53:29 PM
Now I remember why this all sounds so familiar.  I played in a Heroes Unlimited campaign for a year about a dozen years ago.  It was great fun.

Game system similar is similar enough to figure it out easily enough
Title: Re: Casting Call - PBEM Rifts game named "Stormriders"
Post by: Desert Fox on July 16, 2018, 06:54:17 PM
So its like a "play by email game" or do you actually meet at a designated date and time online?

I'm somewhat familiar with Rifts and the setting but have not played since the early 90s

Play by email.

Edit: I was going to add that if you have any old characters that you would like to dust off, might very well work.
Title: Re: Casting Call - PBEM Rifts game named "Stormriders"
Post by: Captain Video on July 16, 2018, 07:43:12 PM
So its like a "play by email game" or do you actually meet at a designated date and time online?

I'm somewhat familiar with Rifts and the setting but have not played since the early 90s

Play by email.

Edit: I was going to add that if you have any old characters that you would like to dust off, might very well work.

I only played it at a convention with pre-designed characters. I read the first version of the rules as one of my old roommates owned the game but I couldn't tell you a thing about it other than knowing the premise which I like. I'm a sucker for mixing genres.

Play by mail/text is intriguing and something I would have time for. As Billz asked is there some way to create a 3rd level character to keep up with the others?  X number of points/skills to hand out or similar? Perhaps start with a 1st level build and some goals then you can decide how to progress the character to third. Also knowing what the "party" needs would be helpful. Bricks are great unless all you have are bricks.

I played HU a few times too, if you send me the rules to look over I'll see what I can come up with, Ill send my email to you through PM.  If I decide to join (assuming you will have me) I will purchase the game for myself. I already found a few character generator programs online to help.
Title: Re: Casting Call - PBEM Rifts game named "Stormriders"
Post by: Desert Fox on July 16, 2018, 08:00:34 PM
In honesty, a first level character would be able to survive just fine. It is just that if people had higher level characters that they had not been able to play, I wanted to leave that open.

Still that would be the basic means, write up a first level character, and progress to third.

Give me a few hours to be able to get you a link to at least the first book. At worst I will make sure I send you a link by tomorrow morning.
Title: Re: Casting Call - PBEM Rifts game named "Stormriders"
Post by: arthwollipot on July 16, 2018, 08:08:23 PM
I'd be interested, but I am terrible at email. I haven't even checked mine in weeks.
Title: Re: Casting Call - PBEM Rifts game named "Stormriders"
Post by: brilligtove on July 16, 2018, 09:04:11 PM
I have never played such a game.  Do players need to buy a source rule book?  Could a new player create a new 3rd level character and hop right in, or is there some reason it needs to be a character from another game?  Do you run it as more of a tactical game (mostly combat) or a mix of fighting and role playing/story?

I ran a Rifts campaign for about 4 years in the mid-2000s. We played a bunch of Heroes and Heroes Unlimited too. I homebrewed some changes to SDC / MDC back then to even things out a bit.  I set that particular game up to happen when the Rifts were opened - the players were playing themselves in 2013 or so (10 years in our future at the time) on our way to one of the guy's cottages for an epic reunion. We crossed over the escarpment near Orangeville so the nukes that took out Toronto and surrounds didin't irradiate the characters. Then the Rifts opened and shit got surreal.

...Dammit, you caught me monloging! :)

I still have my original sourcebooks up in the attic, but I presume there are newer versions in the last 15 years?
Title: Re: Casting Call - PBEM Rifts game named "Stormriders"
Post by: brilligtove on July 16, 2018, 09:24:06 PM
This really is a game for what I would call "Normal Joes." Looking for characters third level but if you have someone slightly higher level that you want to play from a game that died, wiling to look. Most interested in "Man at Arms" and "Adventurer" types but psychics would likely be alright. We have the mage avenue sewn up pretty well although maybe a techno-wizard would be alright.

I thought I'd look online for some Rifts information on Character Classes and hooboi,http://rifts.wikia.com/wiki/O.C.C.s is insane. Before I crawl around the attic, where should prospective players look for allowed Man at Arms, Adventurer, and maybe Psychic classes?
Title: Re: Casting Call - PBEM Rifts game named "Stormriders"
Post by: Desert Fox on July 16, 2018, 09:31:43 PM
Sent some stuff your way
Title: Re: Casting Call - PBEM Rifts game named "Stormriders"
Post by: brilligtove on July 16, 2018, 11:44:17 PM
Jeez, I forgot how overpowered Dragons are. I'm thinking Crazy will be the way I'd like to go. I love the whimsy of a Dog Boy who is a rejected experiment based on a Pomeranian or Chihuahua, but the point is not to disrupt the game. ;) If psychic is on the table though, Mind Melter is my fav.

Are we in Coalition territory?
Title: Re: Casting Call - PBEM Rifts game named "Stormriders"
Post by: Desert Fox on July 17, 2018, 12:00:09 AM
The group is in a small town that was just attacked by bandits. Pennsylvania is outside of CS controlled territory. 
There are families of runaway dog boys  so could be a child of one of them.
Psychic are on the table as well.
Title: Re: Casting Call - PBEM Rifts game named "Stormriders"
Post by: brilligtove on July 17, 2018, 12:21:51 AM
I'm pretty sure I'd like to play a Crazy with Pain Frenzy - if that works.

...I just found my homebrew rules from maybe 2005?
(click to show/hide)
Title: Re: Casting Call - PBEM Rifts game named "Stormriders"
Post by: Desert Fox on July 17, 2018, 02:43:13 AM
Never ran a game with a crazy . . .I have to be honest, I am concerned at how well a crazy could work with the rest of the group. They tend to not be team players.
Title: Re: Casting Call - PBEM Rifts game named "Stormriders"
Post by: brilligtove on July 22, 2018, 10:17:50 PM
Having completed the character creation process with DF and had my character introduced to the other characters, I can attest that DF is a helpful and responsive GM.

Having started to read the logs of this game, I can tell you that it's going to be a lot of fun!
Title: Re: Casting Call - PBEM Rifts game named "Stormriders"
Post by: Desert Fox on July 27, 2018, 02:24:46 PM
Heard some intrested for a few other potential players but have not heard back.
Just wanted to check back just in case.
Title: Re: Casting Call - PBEM Rifts game named "Stormriders"
Post by: brilligtove on March 29, 2019, 06:00:22 PM
Gotta say, I'm having a ton of fun in this game. Playing a Crazy who really is crazy is crazy fun.
Title: Re: Casting Call - PBEM Rifts game named "Stormriders"
Post by: Desert Fox on April 03, 2019, 08:37:19 PM
Great, I am glad you like the game. I will say that transferring it to discord has made it much better. 
Title: Re: Casting Call - PBEM Rifts game named "Stormriders"
Post by: brilligtove on April 03, 2019, 08:47:31 PM
It's so much more reliable than the Yahoo groups and such, yeah.