A thought occurred to me this past week while thinking about the last session we had in our bi-weekly Pathfinder game.
Specifically, we’re playing the Kingmaker adventure and i have found myself liking the kingdom managing portion a lot more than i thought i would. And all this week i’ve been thinking about making a huge map, placing random kingdoms through out it, and running through the kingdom mechanics presented in Pathfinder to see how things would roll out.
Then i remembered one of the first forums that i actually jumped on was Strolen Citadel, and they had a huge play-by-post section, with their “introduction” game being a large blank map that forum users could claim and develop a kingdom for, with the PBP part being diplomatic discussion / event role play between the kingdoms, or key figures in your own kingdom. (Something Ala Microscope)
And so i thought I would throw the idea up here, for a few reasons.
The first being to gauge interest in that type of fun. Are their people on the BS forums that would want to participate in that kind of game?
Honestly the Role play has some issues, mainly if people dont want to do it and if people REALLY want to do it. Which stripping it down to a Civilization style game (roll dice, distribute points, advance kingdom, etc etc) could also work out fine.
The Second is would it be more entertaining to watch the kingdoms similar to how one watches a game or a fish tank??
Maybe no one here wants to actually play, but you guys want to watch how things expand, grow, and see what happens, to harvest for ideas or game hooks?
The last reason, is more of a creative excuse for myself.
I have a lot of interest, mostly creative hobbies, and because of how life is now, as an adult, I dont get to do them as much as i would like, nor do i have a great deal of access to those who like to play games in the same way as i do. ( i feel if i lived close to St. Louis or Northern Wisconsin, i would not have my same issues). That aside, I also tend to do more creative things when I have a responsibility / obligation to do them.
Either way, let me know some of your thoughts. If nothing else, maybe this will turn into a world building journal, if only a small one.