At this point, Pulsar notices that the hippo is still in the same spot at the deep end of the waterhole but has now turned it's attention to the lions. However, you sense no signs of aggression. (Keep in mind, this means only Pulsar notices this. This is due to his wisdom which affects passive perception.)
This is the way it's done in D&D, however, it's a little more complicated. It usually involves dice rolls and numerical values, etc.
Also, somewhat related, abalancedbreakfast. In your post, Feroz notices the direction Pulsar is looking and then notices Kanai hiding. In D&D, your character, with his low wisdom modifier, most likely wouldn't notice Kanai because her high dexterity affects her ability to hide.
Now... do we want to get into things this deep? Obviously, we aren't using dice and numerical values and multipliers to determine things like this because we're trying to keep things simple, however, I think we should try to allow each person's character to play their strengths. In this case, Kanai's ability to stealth due to her dexterity. Later on, Feroz's strength may come in handy, but what fun is it if there's a boulder in the way but Pulsar is able to move it? Maybe Kainai could figure out a way around. Though, this could slow things down.
It would be nice if the character's abilities did actually play a part in the whole thing, rather like standard RPs where every character is pretty much an ace of spades. That being said it's a matter of how to utilise that in the RP, are effects from our chosen order of abilities determined by the GM or can we state to use such things ourselves? I could see observational things possibly related to the story as being something only the GM can inject, but things like strength etc could maybe be applied by the RPer themselves.
Of course that means we as RPers need to be considerate of the abilities of the other characters to help us when we are referring to other characters in our posts. Like the instance you stated about ABB's character noticing Leor's character.
I want to briefly talk about what I've done in this post just for the sake of clarity for anyone else who wants to DM in the future and also to get input on whether or not you guys think it's too complicated or if you like the inclusion of these statistics/modifiers. Also because it's the first time we've done combat so far.
So, first, Diwani has been trying to gauge you guys for your trustworthiness. Pulsar is pretty charismatic so he was pretty convincing. Kanai, I wasn't so sure on so I rolled a D20 and got a 19. Diwani seems to like her innocence. Feroz wasn't too convincing. He has pretty low charisma and, well, he's huge. Time for Imara to work her magic.
Now, the roll for initiative. I rolled a 1 for Feroz and a 2 for Imara. However, Imara has a +2 initiative modifier because of her training with Adhama's knights, making it a 4. (This is a modifier that you yourselves could get if you joined Adhama's knights) Normally I wouldn't tell you guys this for the sake of preventing metagaming but given that this is an experimental RP, I want to be a little more open with my reasoning.
Now on to the combat. I gave your characters a +/- 2 for the top and bottom attributes of all characters. So when I roll a D20, I can add those modifiers. For example, here's Feroz's attributes and modifiers.
Feroz had a bit of bad luck here but was able to save himself a bit. I put the initiative roll into a context that makes sense. Feroz was definitely not prepared for combat at all which is reflected by the 1 he got in the roll for initiative.
Imara then went in for an attack which you add the strenght modifier to. In her case, she rolled a 9 and adds a +1 for her strength, making it a 10. Now this means, Feroz must roll a 10 or higher if he wants to dodge the attack. This is modified by his Dexterity. He rolled a 9 and since his Dex. is -1, that brings it down to an 8, meaning Imara's attack lands.
Since Feroz was unprepared, I decided this caused him to stumble so he needs to roll a dexterity saving throw to try to catch himself. I predetermined he needed to roll an 8 or higher to regain his balance and he rolled a 12, or 11 with his dexterity modifier.
Alright. So what do you guys think? I made this pretty dang complicated so that we can dial it down if we think this is too much. I personally don't mind doing things this way. As the DM, I'm doing all the work here but I think it's kinda fun. Plus, having the stats plain to see makes it less likely that I end up godmodding too much and makes for some interesting results with the dice throws.
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prismatic: Rper's that is..
Apr 8, 2020 2:25:24 GMT
abalancedbreakfast: Yeah, it was fun RPing on here back when it was active. I think it's just... not gonna happen anymore though.
Apr 8, 2020 2:30:37 GMT
cheezeegriff: I'm always keen to RP here. T'was sad when the last one died
Apr 8, 2020 2:34:54 GMT
prismatic: I've got a thread going with Cheezeegriff. Im hopefull and willing to take on several characters to RP with those who are willing
Apr 8, 2020 2:36:46 GMT
prismatic: the board seems to get alot of guest traffic, they prob just need to see a little activity to be willing to stick around
Apr 8, 2020 2:39:29 GMT
abalancedbreakfast: I do have an idea, it'd combine aspects of Lion RP and a geopolitical RP group I used to be a part of too, imagine playing Risk but with lion prides
Apr 8, 2020 2:44:50 GMT
prismatic: soo sort of like TLK RP with a game of throne-ish type plot line? sounds like it could be fun Of course there would prob always be a fair mix of those looking to take over others and those content just to hold onto their own lands.
Apr 8, 2020 2:53:58 GMT
prismatic: The RP I was a part of years ago had many diffrent lands with prides and tribes who had a mix of allies and enemies respectfully. There were always plots going on back and forth between them. It made for very interesting RP
Apr 8, 2020 3:09:23 GMT
prismatic: There was all that and individual plots between characters and it sort of all tied together. Wouldn't be hard to start something like that here if yu guys wanted to. all we'd need is a few of us willing to start a pride as a leader and also willing to RP
Apr 8, 2020 3:11:20 GMT
prismatic: a character or two in the other prides. Then guests that visit hoping to find an active board will see RP going on and hopefully jump in with characters of their own
Apr 8, 2020 3:12:22 GMT
prismatic: posted again Cheezeegriff! ok people, I'm off for the night. I'll check back in at some point tomarrow.
Apr 8, 2020 3:57:15 GMT
prismatic: just poking my head in to say I'm still around. can't reply tonight Cheezeegriff sorry, I'll try to get a reply in tomarrow have to crash a bit before work for now.
Apr 9, 2020 1:12:15 GMT
prismatic: just popping in for a min to let you know I won't be able to post till tomarrow, but I'm off tomarrow night so hopefully I'll have a little free time at some point to get on here for a bit.
Apr 11, 2020 1:09:36 GMT