Baldur's Gate 3 is in early access now and reading about the game reawakened my inner child. Growing up, I watched my mother play the first one and Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance II defined much of my free time. Same with Neverwinter Nights and its sequel. Similarly, I devoured many of the novels set in Faerun too. Though I've never played Dungeons and Dragons, the lore of the Forgotten Realms played a key role in creating my image of medieval magic (fantasy) as a genre. I never considered it before now, but I've realized I'd really like to write in that setting.
I am building a roleplay set in Faerun to scratch this itch. There are a few things I will implement that I will not budge on, so I'll go ahead and provide a list of these and why I'm adamant on setting it up that way.
- Original characters. This isn't an AU roleplay, and characters from the Forgotten Realms games or books cannot be played. That means no one will be writing Drizzt Do'Urden.
- Start small. I'd prefer to begin with Baldur's Gate and its surrounding areas, then expand from there. Initially, the site will feature six species common in this area, and any associated subspecies, will be available as an option for users to play. More can be added later.
- 18+ roleplay with a rating of 3/3/3. Users uncomfortable with mature content can disable it, and any threads considered mature will not be visible.
- No dice needed. This isn't a 5e campaign.
- No character limits. I don't like them.
- No application. I don't care for apps, and I have no desire to force players to fill one out.
- No word count. I don't like them.
- No activity check. Life happens and roleplay should never interfere with that. Members should be able to come and go as they please. Instead, users will be marked inactive.
- The site will use Vesta. It has all the features the site will need. I don't mind teaching roleplayers that have never used it.
For staffing, I need to fill the following positions:
- Moderators (2) Mods assist admin with maintaining the site, ensuring mature content is appropriately marked and threads are properly tagged.
- Historian (1) Historians assist admin with developing new lore, keeping track of newly created characters, and ensuring that their biographies are lore compliant. They also help answer lore related questions.
- Graphic Designer (1) The graphic designer is responsible for creating banners.
- Advertiser (1) Advertisers help spread the word about the site.
I have not included admin as a staff position because I feel that that level of control should not be given freely. Instead, I'll always select administrators from current staff and will re-open whatever position is vacated by the promotion. As the site grows, we can re-evaluate how many members of each staff position we keep on hand.