My First Session

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My First Session

So, I passed my ASH 1 test awhile ago, and I've been hoping to do my first session sometime soonish. I don't really know where to start, though...what sort of things are acceptable for a first session?

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Lots of stuff but the real

Lots of stuff but the real key to your success is in how you present it!

Ok, so if you've ever run a game in tabletop before then then biggest difference you're going to need to plan for here is pacing! Pacing on vaxia is really really really tight because it takes time to make a post and rule a post.

Rule of thumb: It will take about 30 minutes to process a round.

So that means in a 4 hour session, you and your players will post a grand total of eight times each. With that in mind you can plan for exactly how deep into the session you want to trigger an event - be it combat, awareness checks, or big baddie ambushing.

We get a lot done in that time but it means your planning for the session is going to be about things that can fit in that space. Think of this like a one-act play. Generally you'll want to plan for the lead-up, and one combat, maybe one combat and one minor conflict if it's that sort of session.

So start as close to the action as you can (post non-reactive lead-up to the session announcement) and be ready to drop anything you don't need. Exploring / investigation style sessions are better done as slow posts so you have more space to play in. Any long followups can be handled in between sessions if a player wants to follow up on the event of your session. These are all rule of thumbs of course, it's what works well 80% of the time so testing alternate approaches is fine.

As for the content of for your first session, anything that can fit in that single-scene idea will usually work well for you:

* There's the "first-responder" style session where a crime or crisis occurs: robbery, mugging, fire, Timmy down a well. Something bad randomly occurs in the area. Those are a classic and work well for good-guy characters.

* You could do a "dirty deeds done dirt cheap" session where the party gets hired to deal with or fix a problem. That usually lets you wrap more plot information into the setup so when the session starts the players already know a good chunk of information and can get started right away.

* You could do a "slice of life" session even, something where the players get pulled into a competition or the like. Those are a little trickier though so I wouldn't recommend it for a first session.

So I guess the question is: what're you in the mood for?

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Hmm

I think I can handle the pacing. The first responder situation seems simple enough to work with.

I have an idea for a session I think, but would it be acceptable to work with the new Letai lore? Or is that unimplemented?

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The species stuff is still in

The species stuff is still in the editing process (sooo much info XD), but their is a lot of info for and not entirely sure what you mean by acceptable to work with the new letai lore.

But in general we kind of encourage ASHs to try and not focus on stories centered on a specific species, but rather try and focus more on a more generic situation set up in order to build up narration and get use to setting diffs and reacting to player character actions.

What you may want to consider - especially since your mentor will also need this information on hand to help you out, is draft up your idea and then ask for feedback on it to see if it would fit since you already have the question about working with the letai lore (and it also gets you ahead of the game when it comes time to run it once the details are worked out.)

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We're going through the

We're going through the drafting stages of the letai right now, though probably a lot of the post on the forums will be in place one form or another. I can bump that draft up on the order and fill out some more details and get you an advance view on it and all - so we can sort of sync up the pieces early if that'll help?

It's worth noting that one of the key elements of a session is keeping the focus on your PCs - they're the main characters of this after all. So depending on how much letai stuff you're looking at pulling in it might not even really register for the players. Sort of depends on how it all fits together into your plot I guess?

Since for your first session you'll need a mentor to run your numbers, you'll be able to go into the details with that mentor too for when you get to the real meat of planning this too. :)

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Okay, neat.

I just wanted to have a Letai npc in there is all, a Bloodstalker to be specific. No inordinate focus on the species or anything, just a plot point.

I'll start drafting up my idea.
I guess I need to find a mentor?

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Yup!

In general, it's usually good to send a PM out to the SHs to see when folks are available. Then you can work out a time that works for you and for them. I'd also suggest setting up a time at least a week away from when you ask. This gives you time to go over the idea with your mentor (which can take a bit of back and forth), and gives ample time for players to sign up.