Persistent World - DM Guide
Everything you need to know about running events that use our persistent world system.
Version 1.1 - Release Notes
To start with, please note that most of the features of this system are optional for DMs. If you just want to run some one-shots that have no connection to anything at all, cool. This persistent world system is intended to be flexible so you can run the type of games you want. The only things we ask are that:
- You abide by our standard policies and guidelines. We are an inclusive group and strive to provide fun, stress free and (where possible) newbie friendly experiences.
- You stick to the limits on handing out gold and loot. Otherwise the world economy will go off the rails.
If you haven't already, please review the player guide in detail so you know how your players interact with the system.
The persistent world map is an interactive tool that players can explore and DMs can edit. As a DM you can name regions, build settlements, create npcs and more.
Signing Up For Games
If you would like to run a game you will need to be a registered user of the site. Once you are registered you can find a complete list of all our games on our DM Schedule page. Just click on any of the open spots (listed in red) and your spot will be confirmed automatically.
Signing up to run a game only commits you to the session you choose and all spots are first come first serve. We have DM guides available for all the events we run, please review the appropriate guide prior to signing up for a session.
Balancing Your Table
Most of our tables will allow for a range of player levels (usually 3 levels). If you are concerned about your lower level players dying a bit too easily you can optionally allow them to roll hit dice up to the highest level player to temporarily increase their HP maximum.
For example, if you have a party of three L1 players, two L2 and a single L3 you could allow the L1 players to each roll two hit dice and the L2 players to roll one. You could also allow them to increase the number of hit dice they have to match the higest level.
This process will give your players a fairly equal spread of health but will not affect their damage output or abilities otherwise. At the end of the session the PCs max HP and Hit Dice reverts back to normal. Note that these rules are optional, but are also an easy way to keep your game a bit more balanced.
In order to make sure that the game economy stays somewhat balanced we have fixed rewards per session. Players will earn 4 treasure points and the amount of gold indicated in the table here. Any equipment or magic items that the players receive in-game is lost at the end of the session. Players can spend their gold and treasure points in between adventures.
|Character Level||GP per Player (per session)|
Players receive 4 treasure points per game and can never have more than 12. When they receive these points they have a couple options:
1) Purchase a magic item: Players can use their points to buy items from this chart. All purchases must be signed off on by a DM, when doing so please look up the item to be sure they got the category correct and make sure they have hit the level requirement to purchase the item.
2) Save Points: Players can save their treasure points to buy whatever they want provided they meet the level requirements and have enough points. Note that the max amount of points that they can save is 12. Any additional points they earn are lost if they are at 12 already. Any items purchased with saved points need to be signed off on by a DM as above.
|Magic Item Category||PC Level Required||Treasure Point Cost|
|Minor, Very Rare||6+||8|
|Major, Very Rare||12+||10|
Homebrew & Overpowered Items
In general, honebrew or overpowered items are NOT ALLOWED in the persistent world. Anything that is not on our list of magic items must not be in the player's posession at the end of the session. This rule exists in order to keep the playing field level, not because we are fun-hating lizard people. Not that there's anything wrong with that of course...
If you really want to give your players a homebrew item or something that is above the level they could purchase you can absolutely do so, but you should let the players know at the outset that they will not be able to keep it at the end of the session. If they get to have a giant airship with a loyal army of warriors at their beck and call for the adventure, by all means. Just make sure that at the end of the adventure the airship and the army fly away on their own.
If you would like to add an actual homebrew item to the list of available magic items you will need to submit it to us for review first. If we have concerns we will work with you to balance the item and then we can add it to the list of available items for the world.
One of the optional features of the persistent world is the ability to affect a shared world that DMs can run adventures in. The main interface for making changes to the world is the world map. Our shared world is made of a few types of distinct components:
- Worlds - Worlds are the highest level objec and can contain multiple linked maps. To start with we will only have one world available and it's basic properties are not changeable.
- Maps - To start with we will just be using one map, but in the future we can add maps to the North, East, South or West of the current one.
- Hexes - These are what make up the map. DMs can click on any hex in the map and then select the name of the hex to edit it's properties or add places to it.
- Places - These are settlements and natural features found in a specific hex.
- Establishments - These are businesses and locations found in a "Place". Hotels, taverns, docks, the local well, a sacred tree etc.
- NPCs - NPCs are currently tied to a specific "Place".
For an overview of how the map tool works you can check out this tutorial video.
Levelling Up a PC as DM
Each time you run a session at one of our events you receive the session XP, treasure points and gold you would have received if you had been playing in a session yourself. You may apply this benefit to any character you have in the persistent world. The benefit is relative to the PC it is being applied to not the session. So if you run a level 15 session and apply the benefit to a level 1 character they only get 100 gold, not 650. You can log these sessions the same way as if you played in the game by picking one of your characters from My Characters
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