First, a quick apology for those that care. I know I said I'd do this yesterday and I put it off until today, but I was seriously burnt out and in no condition to run much of anything. Sorry about that.Previous thread archived here: http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive/27633790/-------------------------------The World. The most popular online game on the planet, boasting billions of players-- a number that's only grown after the end of the Second Network Crisis. This game, which offers unmatched adventure and camaraderie, has many mysteries. As a new player of The World, the man behind the controller of the Long Arm, Themopylae... what will you bring to The World? Happiness? Sorrow? Or, perhaps....------------------------------Well, the other day, things could have gone much better. You've spent a good deal of time since then familiarizing yourself with the controls of The World, and now feel confident enough to give things another go.Briefly, you consider how embarrassing it would be if the armored girl from the other day saw you online again. But, a game like The World has so many players... what are the chances that you'll meet again?First taking a quick look at your Inbox, you see that you have received no new E-mails. You put your HMD on and...>Log in to The World.>Check the forums
>>27682697>check the forumsLook for anything that could lead to newbie areas.
>>27682775You decide to check the forums for any information that might be useful. There are a variety of threads open, ranging from "How can I beat this monster?!" to "Join my party!" to "What the heck's a Grunty?!"In regards to areas a beginner might want to check out, one topic in particular sticks out. Aptly titled "Area for noobs?", it reads:>Poster: Dell >I'm new! What's a good area for newbies??>Replies:>Try Δ: Bursting Passed Over Meadow>-------------->I'll try that right away! Thank you!You have learned a new set of Area Words![Δ: Bursting Passed Over Meadow]>Check out one of the other topics (Please specify)>Leave the forums, and log in to The World.
>>27682995>check out one of the other topicsSee if there's anybody else new willing to party up with us. Could be worthwhile making connections right outta the gate!(Looks like it's just us.)
>>27683030(I don't mind. Hopefully, if I run this better than last time, we'll pick up more people as we go.)You decide to check out the topic titled "Join my party!". This topic has actually received no replies as of yet, and looks to have been posted very recently.>Poster: Hel'sGate>"I want to check out a place that I think is an event area! If there's anybody on Δ server who wants to come with me, leave a reply and wait for me by the Chaos Gate! I'll log in right away!">Reply to his post?
>>27682995Leave the forum and let's start playing
>>27683136Still to new, don't bother replying
>>27683136Rock and roll. I'll join. (Leave short character description, and name.)
For the moment, you decide to put any notion of an event area behind you. You've gotta get better at the game before you can even think about events, and that can only happen one way: by jumping head first into action and getting your feet wet!Leaving the forums, you log in to The World. After the brief loading screen, the familiar sight of Mac Anu greets your eyes. Turning to face behind you, the Chaos Gate hums quietly as it spins in place.Since you only have one set of area words right now...>Warp to Δ: Bursting Passed Over Meadow?
>>27683299Could we try 3 random keyword and see which area it will lead us to?I have a feeling the guy from the forum may have been trolling.
>>27683333>>27683354You decide to plug in the three area words you have first, and check the area's parameters. If it's no good, you could try some stock words that newbies start off with... but luckily, these appear legit. It's a level 2 area, perfect for a new player.Selecting warp, a series of golden rings of runes form around your character. As they pass upward, your character model fades, and you connect to the area...The field appears to be a rough-looking highland area, the sky bathed in a perpetual sunset, draping the fields and trees in a pleasant orange hue. After taking the visuals in for a moment, you begin surveying your surroundings. Aside from some nearby portals which may contain monsters, you notice a bird circling something up to the north, though from this distance you can't quite make out what.
>>27683552Approach carefuly to see what is the bird circling. We could grind a level along the way to familiarize ourselves with combat.
>>27683552Head north, like >>27683575 suggested.
>>27683552Let's figure out how combat works and do some monster hunting
>>27683575>>27683608>>27683621>>27683655You decide to head north, keeping an eye out for magic portals along the way. Hopefully, you can get some combat in... and those hopes are quickly repaid when you discover one such portal lying between you and your destination. From the distance you've covered so far, you can make out that the bird appears to be circling some sort of stone structure, low to the ground.First, however, you need to deal with whatever lies in this portal. Already of a mind for combat, you ready your spear and...>Charge in, taking the monster off guard!>Approach it slowly and cautiously.>1d20 for either.
Rolled 8>>27683728>Charge in, taking the monster off guard!Lets roll Longarm style.It's not like encounters in a level 2 area could pose a threat to anything anyway.
Rolled 19>>27683728>Charge in, taking the monster off guard!Get in there and get some EXP, Lancer!
Rolled 18>>27683728>Charge in, taking the monster off guard!Start out strong!
Rolled 18>>27683728>Be cautious and shit
>>27683808You decide to rush in strong and fast, and begin dashing forward as the portal bursts open, revealing a single goblin. It goes to ready its sword, but you're far too quick for it- it barely has time to prepare itself before you thrust forward, gouging the beast with your spear. The goblin, caught off-guard by your strike, is staggered by the blow- one more strike should finish it!>1d20
Rolled 10>>27683971Pierce the heavens!>soon
Rolled 6>>27683971Turn him into a skewer of dubious meat quality.
Rolled 5>>27683971Rollin to lance the fool
>>27684185You rush in again, thrusting the shaft of your spear deep into the goblin. It lets out a low moan before fading away, its remains scattered like light on the breeze.An easy victory, though it drops no items upon death. It looks like this really is a good field for a new player...Continuing north, you reach your destination. A staircase leading down a large, rectangular pit of stone that descends downwards into the ground, its earthen steps descending into the darkness. It appears you've found the entrance to this area's dungeon.>Proceed?
>>27684201Yeah go down and open the minimap if we didn't already.
Rolled 20>>27684201Yes also >>27684221 because mini map is best map.
>>27684221>>27684260You descend down into the darkness, opening your minimap. It should be fairly easy to track your position now.Luckily enough, there's a regular treasure chest just sitting in the first room of the area. There are a few others too, but these appear to already have been opened. Since regular and trapped boxes appear differently, this one should be safe to open.
>>27684412Open the treasure chest asap. After, check the surrounding area and the exits.
Rolled 10>>27684412Open Chest>rolling for treasure awesomeness?
>>27684412I guess we open it then. Might have good ol' healing items
>>27684438Probably considering my shamefur dispray. >>27684430
Rolled 68>>27684412Come on bunny girl outfit.
>>27684430>>27684426>>27684438>>27684489You open the chest, and obtain one Sprite Ocarina from the box. This can be used to escape the dungeon, but is a one-time-use item. Useful, as you cannot leave a field while still within a dungeon-- and, this is the only one you have so far. Recalling the instruction manual, items such as the Sprite Ocarina and other useful things may be sold in town.As for now though, you tuck it safely in your inventory, and look around. Just as indicated on the minimap, to the south is the stairs up. Since you're on the first floor of the dungeon, that would take you back to the field. There is one entrance to another room to the north, as designated by the protrusion from the room on the map.
>>27684580Then north we shall go
>>27684412Dungeon crawl like this is going to take a while.
>>27684580Continue to the north while looking at the minimap often.
>>27684580Onward, to VICTORY!
>>27684609Would you prefer ditching the dungeon crawl in the future? I plan on finishing at least this area this way. Part of the fun of the original .hack games was dungeon crawling, and I figured /tg/'d be all over that kind of shit. Maybe after this thread I'll ask again about it.>>27684609>>27684614>>27684643You head north, to a large T shaped hallway. There are no monsters in this room, and doors to the east and west.
Rolled 1>>276846981 - East2 - West (EAST? I thought you said WEEST!)
>>27684698New player, saw this at the archives yesterday.Just one question, is this quest still using that rolls for everything you do system?
>>27684715Thankfully I have divined that your path is right.
>>27684736No. I've ditched that in favor of no rolls for mundane actions, and rolls when in combat or a similarly tense situation.I'm on the fence about rolls when exploring a dungeon. If we decide to keep doing dungeons like this after this thread, I might use a system where the most popular action decides where we go, and the highest roll of five or crits decide what's in the room itself.
>>27684791I'm just rolling for lols on which way to go. Don't mind me.
>>27684791Thank God, I was facepalming as I saw that we somehow critfailed walking of all things.I'll be around then.
>>27684791You may want to consider a slightly faster updating rate if we do dungeon crawling. Or maybe skip empty rooms.
>>27684835I rolled a d2, like flipping a coin.
>>27684853Unfortunately, I'm a bit of a slow typer, and also manually updating the map in paint as we go along. I'll try my best.To that end...>RightYou decide to take the right entrance, leading to a long, L-shaped hallway. There are no monsters in this room either... curious.The next and only room linked to that is the stairs downward.
>>27684935I say we go back to the t-shaped room and go to the west.
>>27684613>>27684698I just prefer it when decision points come at choices that actually matter, left or right, talk first or attack, while asking if we should open a non trapped chest seems like an unnessecary choice when there is still so little I know about this World and the part we'll play in it. I'm new though so if others don't mind don't change on my account.
>>27684935Go back west. We leave no potential loot behind!
>>27684981>>27684951These men know how to crawl! Thirding back and West!
>>27684935Dungeon is surprisingly barren. Well might as well head downwards
>>27684972To be honest, I'm new too. I don't usually run quests, and I'm sure there's a lot to learn to make things more fun for you all. (For example, like not allowing you to critfail on walking towards somebody...) I'm willing to work around you guys and change how its done if it makes it more fun for the group as a whole.>>27684993>>27684981>>27684951You backtrack to the other corridor that you have not yet explored, and enter the room.With a loud thud, the door to the room closes shut behind you! A magic portal, spinning in the center of the room, opens. Within is another goblin, and unlike the one on the field, it has ample time to ready itself and begin running towards you!>How will you attack?>Roll 1d20
Rolled 9>>27685059Give it the Lance
Rolled 12>>27685059Brace ourselves with our spear to intercept his charge.You don't charge someone with a longer pointier stick.
Rolled 9>>27685059>>27685090Seconding brace.
>>27685090You decide to take this one defensively, bracing yourself as the goblin charges you. Luckily, it appears low level goblins aren't the smartest of enemies- it just charges straight forward at you. Planting your feet and thrusting forward, you catch it in the middle of its charge, dealing a good chunk of damage to it.It reels backwards from your spear and seems to recover its composure, and is now a few steps out of your current range- an issue that shouldn't be too hard to solve with the agility of a Long Arm.>Counterattack!>Wait to see what it does next.>1d20
Rolled 16>>27685190>Counterattack!Come critfail.
Rolled 11>>27685190>Counterattack!Sweeping attack aimed at this feet. We can easily finish it once its prone.
>>27685190Smack him with the blunt side and knock him out
Rolled 18>>27685190Yeah, counterattack.>>27685262Non-lethal damage doesn't exist in this.
Rolled 10>>27685277Considering he's a NPC, even if we knocked him unconscious, we wouln't be able to do anything with him.
(Sorry for the wait, I had to do some pest control.)>>27685277You step in quick, making good use of both your agility and the reach of your spear, and quickly skewer the goblin. It fades to nothing, and drops a single treasure chest. Within is an attack scroll of Green Gale.Attack scrolls, as you recall, function as a one-time-use item to quickly cast the spell inscribed without using SP. As it's filed in your inventory, you hear the shifting of stone from the entrance of the room: the door has slid out of the way, allowing you once again to leave the room.
Rolled 9>>27685515Go down then.Rolling for weird random encounter, because I am too lazy to erase it from the email field.
>>27685515Down we go!
Rolled 12>>27685515Rolling for Boss Fight
>>27685515Btw Apeiron, I wonder if we should expect some weird mystical stuff and secret government conspiration in this quest.
Heading back again and down to the next floor, you come to a two-way intersection. Again, no monsters are in this room... but, from the door to the east, you can hear the sounds of combat. It appears another player is in this dungeon. To the north, nothing seems out of the ordinary.>Ignore the combat. To the north!>Let's see what's going on. To the east!
>>27685619It wouldn't be .hack if it didn't have a lot of confusing metaphysical concepts and conspiracies.
>>27685620>>Let's see what's going on. To the east!ONWARD TO VICTORY!Well, victory and spear dipping, if you know what I mean. I mean a lot of thrusting, of the non consensual kind. Err... I mean stabbing stuff with our spear non sexually.
Rolled 18>>27685620>Let's see what's going on. To the east!Captcha: advance ogremanwhat.
>>27685653It would be fun if there was a character sheet for our player and one for our character. Considering its .hack, shouldn't we have to do stuff outside The World occasionally?
>>27685620Are you kidding? EAST EAST EAST
>>27685620To the east!
>>27685683An interesting question. Just who are you, and just what do you do outside of this game?Perhaps, in time, you'll be able to answer this. As for the character sheet, I'll whip a basic sheet up and throw it on pastebin or something.>To the east!You enter the room to the east and find a player, overwhelmed by three goblins. Two are in melee range, and a third in the back appears to be a spellcaster, occasionally conjuring small boulders from the sky at her. The girl, on the other hand, is also a Long Arm- and she's pretty skilled, by how she's dodging just about everything that comes her way. It's obvious that she's at a disadvantage, however. When one of the goblins does manage to land a hit on her, it looks like it hits fairly hard. She can't be much more than your level....Wait a minute... Now that you look closely, she looks awfully familiar. Isn't she the armored girl from the other day? ...Well, now that you're also stuck in here, should you help her?>Jump in and help her out!>Keep your distance and let her handle it alone.>Other?
>>27685683I agree. If OP has the time, some stats would go a long way towards immersion.
>>27685831CHARGE THE SPELLCASTER
>>27685831An interesting question. Just who are you, and just what do you do outside of this game?This is our chance to be the little girl. Maybe our stats outside the game could have en effect inside the game. >Jump in and help her out!Charge at the spellcaster to disrupt his spellcasting.
>>27685872No way. We are Hiro, noblebright shonen boy who values his friendsru and famiru over all else!
Rolled 20>>27685831>Jump in and help her out!>also a Long ArmCould it be? Have we have found a fellow E-Rank Luck brethren?
>>27685912Or we could be an autistic little girl that will become the new consciousness that controls The World.
>>27685945>Big Damn Heroes moment1-Hit KO those Goblins
You decide to charge in and help out, readying your spear and working to quickly close the distance between the door and the spellcaster in the rear. As you rush past her, the girl seems to recognize you."...What're YOU doing here?!"...Sounds like she's either surprised, or not at all happy that you're here. In any event, you dart past her, quickly closing in on the spellcaster as she fends off the other two goblins on her own.However, as you close in, the goblin wizard draws back with surprising celerity. Looks like it avoids close combat, but with your speed you might be able to give chase. ...Looking back at the girl, it appears that at least distracting the caster has taken a lot of worry off of her. She's handily evading the attacks of both of the goblins, and counterattacking when she can. >Chase down the goblin wizard>Support the girl while the other goblins have their backs turned to you>Other?>1d20
Rolled 14>>27686031>Hit the goblin with that Gale scroll, then help the girl
Rolled 13>>27686014Or we could Pierrot Barallai, owner of a tabletop gaming store and amateur author.He likes doing quest thread on 4chainz and playing the world. Generally a cheery fellow.>>27686031>Chase down the goblin wizardWe are charging that motherfucker. If we get in range, we can do a sweeping attack to trip him with our long spear.
>>27686031Kill the SPELLCASTER.Save the cheerleader. Save the world.
>>27686073I give up. Someone tell me how to roll a god damn dice.
Rolled 14>>27686031>Chase down the goblin wizard
Rolled 16>>27686092writedice+1d20 in your email field.
Rolled 18>>27686092>Chase down the goblin wizard
Rolled 4>>27686031>C̶h̶a̶s̶e̶ ̶d̶o̶w̶n̶ ̶t̶h̶e̶ ̶g̶o̶b̶l̶i̶n̶ ̶w̶i̶z̶a̶r̶d̶ Throw SpearIt always works
Rolled 13>>27686144You HAD to go and waste a 20 on a test. Oh well, welcome to the fold.Oh, well. Chase the wizard, casters from afar are deadly.
Rolled 17>>27686173>>C̶h̶a̶s̶e̶ ̶d̶o̶w̶n̶ ̶t̶h̶e̶ ̶g̶o̶b̶l̶i̶n̶ ̶w̶i̶z̶a̶r̶d̶ Throw SpearOnly if it is a spear designed for throwing.
Rolled 12>>27686173I vote for this
Rolled 15>>27686173Ermagerd throw spear
>>27686130You decide to chase the wizard down instead of using your scroll, saving it for some later encounter. On approach, the wizard begins running away again, however, in a few seconds, you manage to keep stride with it. Luckily for you, wizards are not the sturdiest of monsters. While they're good at assault from a distance, their physical defense is lacking-- one hit from your spear deftly fells the creature.Looking back now, the girl's managed to take down one of the goblins already, and as you close back in to help out, she sweeps with her own spear, striking the last goblin square in the side.She heals herself with an item, and takes a deep breath. The door to the room slides open with a low rumble, and you decide to...>Show off a little. If there's any time to be a badass, it's now.>...Rather than gloat, shouldn't we ask if she's alright?>Leave as mysteriously as we came, like a fickle spring breeze.
Rolled 12Leave. Tall, dark, and mysterious.
Rolled 13>>27686247>S̶h̶o̶w̶ ̶o̶f̶f̶ ̶a̶ ̶l̶i̶t̶t̶l̶e̶.̶ ̶I̶f̶ ̶t̶h̶e̶r̶e̶'̶s̶ ̶a̶n̶y̶ ̶t̶i̶m̶e̶ ̶t̶o̶ ̶b̶e̶ ̶a̶ ̶b̶a̶d̶a̶s̶s̶,̶ ̶i̶t̶'̶s̶ ̶n̶o̶w̶.̶ Ha no thanks knowing our luck will roll a 1>...Rather than gloat, shouldn't we ask if she's alright?
Rolled 13>>27686247Ask her if she wants to group with us.In parallel to that, open the game manual at the group commands.
Rolled 19>>27686247>...Rather than gloat, shouldn't we ask if she's alright?plotplotplotplotplotplotplotplotplot. Join party
Rolled 1attakx here
Rolled 5>>27686247>Leave as mysteriously as we came, like a fickle spring breeze.If we choose this option we are using the Sprite Ocarina right?
Rolled 3>>27686352looks like we gonna trip again while trying to introduce ourself
Rolled 19>>27686386This is going to be a running gag.Sorry I got disconnected, my cat was on fire.
Rolled 14>>27686416Wait what? How does your cat affect your connection?
Rolled 7>>27686436It was sitting on the router.While on fire.
>>27686416Or rather why was it on fire.
>>27686416I'm sorry that your pussy was on fire
I get off work and come home to find more of this. Awesome. Who else is ready for more of dat E-Rank Luck?http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZiXr1AgiTFU>>27686247>Show off a little. If there's any time to be a badass, it's now.Considering who we modeled our appearance on, we pretty much have to be a sucker for a pretty face.
>>27686404I'm glad somebody caught on. I told you I'd reward that 20 somehow. >>27686352I'm uh, not even sure what you want me to do here. So, moving on..>>27686324You walk over casually to the girl. "So, uh... you alright?"She shoots you an irritated look. "I... I had that under control! Totally, absolutely, completely under control!"You can't help but chuckle a little at this. "You think? Looked like you had about as much control as me trying to figure out the controller last time."At this, she looks like she's trying to come up with a rebuttal. Eventually, she seems to think of something, and once again she breaks into that wide grin of hers."Did I really look that bad?">Worse, actually.>Shut up! That was...>Clam up in shame.
Rolled 12>>27686511Well her you go. E-Rank Luck>>27686352
Rolled 9>>27686544>Worse, actually. HaHaHaHABoth start laughing. Join Party
>>27686544>Worse, actually.Time to be a charming devil (but the kind of devil you like).
Rolled 2>>27686544>>Worse, actually.If she wants to play the bitch game/tg/ is shitting itself.
Rolled 19>>27686544>Worse, actually. hahahahaBoth start laughing. Become Friends. Join Party>Captcha. The Solution
Rolled 20>>27686544>"You didn't look great, but that's what friends are for. So... You up for a party?"in my pants.....
>>27686621>in my pants.....welp
I figured Bread was going to be an NPC. I was wondering if the girl from last thread was her.
Rolled 4>>27686638Someone explain the significance of Bread?
>>27686710As far as I know, it's the name of the GM of Firebender Quest.
I can post again !
>>27687031What caused the problem anyway?
>>276870544chan occasionally just shits the bed like that. It's frustrating as fuck when it happens.>>27686621>>27686632Hold your horses, gents. Remember who we based our appearance on. Remember that his death was brought about by his Chronic Bitch Dependency.Oh yeah, laugh it up. But Bitch Dependency is no laughing matter. Addiction to the bitches can fuck with your friends, your health, and scary enough, even your money. It's a disease, anon.
Looks like the OP gone. Well night
Oh hey, we're back. I spent something like an hour and a half waiting for the site to come back, got tired, and here we are now.Give me a minute, since the shenanigans last night made me lose what I was typing.
>>27686607>>27686621"Worse, actually. You were all 'Oh no, not falling rocks! Anything but that!'"She's taken aback by this. "I... I did not!" You can tell you've got her on the ropes now."You were pretty outmatched, so I decided to jump in and help. After all, it's not like we're total strangers, right?""Oh, so you think I couldn-" She stops dead mid-sentence, processing what you just said. "I, uh... I guess?" Looks like you've got her off guard again. "Well... thanks.""Don't mention it," you say, and this time you're the one who's got a bigass grin. "It's dangerous to play solo, right? So... how about it?"It takes a second for her to follow what you're getting at. She considers for a moment, then replies. "...Oh, what the hell. Why not?"[You received Bread's member address.]Member addresses, as you recall from the manual, allow you to keep in touch with other players. If you have somebody's address, you can invite them to your party, as well as send them messages while in-game and e-mails when not logged in. Since you accepted, she now has your address as well."...Bread?" you ask.She replies with one of her wide-ass smiles. "Yup!"
And, that's where I was planning on stopping last night. First we critfail before I end a session, then the boards poop themselves the next time I'm about to close for the night.It's almost enough to make me believe in this bad luck thing.Anyway, since I just got up, I'm going to take a break from writing this. In the meantime, are there any questions about the quest or suggestions? I'm also curious how you all felt about the dungeon crawl. Enjoyable? Should I make it less crawl and more... cinematic I guess, the next time we're in a dungeon?>>27686710Check the first thread in the archive. Basically, some people rolled up the name through a 20, but I had like half a second after that was posted changed to a best-of-five system for rolls. I didn't want to slight anybody out of their 20, so instead, I applied it elsewhere.