Diaspora: Into the Slipstream

Character Generation

Casual character creation day today. Our usual system is Pathfinder or GURPs, so it was a novelty to make characters using FATE.
Previously we generated the Cluster, each player rolling up two systems each. The creativity and fun of that session carried over to today’s meeting.
However one thing I want to encourage more is suggestions and feedback from other players, and not just me. I feel that the dynamics of the group work best when it’s an open platform and we bounce ideas around, rather than listening to a GM or referee. FATE really harnesses that conversational dynamic and it is integral to it’s success as a gaming system. In previous games we would be distracted by other players going on tangents, in this system, we would rely on it because a better story gets told when someone else suggests something that sounds cool and you agree. The story takes primacy, not an individual’s progression up levels or acquisition of treasure.
It’s hard to break that mindset having played old school rpgs for so long. But ultimately it is more rewarding.
The players have already started adding content, looking forward to seeing their characters on the portal.

Welcome to your campaign!
A blog for your campaign

Wondering how to get started? Here are a few tips:

1. Invite your players

Invite them with either their email address or their Obsidian Portal username.

2. Edit your home page

Make a few changes to the home page and give people an idea of what your campaign is about. That will let people know you’re serious and not just playing with the system.

3. Choose a theme

If you want to set a specific mood for your campaign, we have several backgrounds to choose from. Accentuate it by creating a top banner image.

4. Create some NPCs

Characters form the core of every campaign, so take a few minutes to list out the major NPCs in your campaign.

A quick tip: The “+” icon in the top right of every section is how to add a new item, whether it’s a new character or adventure log post, or anything else.

5. Write your first Adventure Log post

The adventure log is where you list the sessions and adventures your party has been on, but for now, we suggest doing a very light “story so far” post. Just give a brief overview of what the party has done up to this point. After each future session, create a new post detailing that night’s adventures.

One final tip: Don’t stress about making your Obsidian Portal campaign look perfect. Instead, just make it work for you and your group. If everyone is having fun, then you’re using Obsidian Portal exactly as it was designed, even if your adventure log isn’t always up to date or your characters don’t all have portrait pictures.

That’s it! The rest is up to your and your players.


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