Okay, how about a different approach.
It'll be IRC. That way there's no problems with port forwarding and router massaging.
(Router strangling, more like it)
It'll be a wilderness / ruined civilization sandbox setting. Range of climates. Not a complete joke, but D&D shouldn't be so serious
First level characters. Simple D&D style game system. I will either post the rules to the forum or distribute in a .txt (does anyone know the character count maximum per post on here?)
Old school gaming. Expect interesting environments and situations, zero railroading. It'll be competetive, in that when one group goes out and does something and explores parts of the map, later groups will come by and find tombs already plundered by them. There will be a shared map, which means your discoveries are public at the end of the game session.
What I need from you people:
You will schedule the games.
If you want to play, you need to gather a few other players either in PM/thread here, or in your dorm or your little brother or mom or homeless people at the library or whatever. You need to PM me with 24 hours minimum notice and the target time has to be free.
This may require haggling among you to decide where you want to go or when you'll play.
If you don't have a character or the rules I'll expect you to spend half an hour during that time looking them over. Rolling up a character will take 5 or 10 minutes each so that's not a problem. If you die a lot and you get good at it you can probably roll a new one up in 2-3 minutes. And you don't need to know how to play, it's very simple.
I'm available to run a game Mo, Tu, Th, or Fr between 1:00 PM and 5:00 PM. That's the largest time span - you probably wouldn't get me the whole 4 hours unless everyone was able to play the entire time.
Can't do Wednesdays until December, or Saturday or Sunday, or later in the weekday, because honestly guys I'm not going to compromise my ability to get tail for online D&D. This may change in the future if demand is high.
If I'm scheduled for a game on one day then that day is booked. You'll know my schedule ahead because I'll stick it in my signature (sacrificing my various other references for you people) and I'll update the scheduling thread first post every time.
I want to be clear about this: you cannot be passive. You are an adventurer and you can't sit around waiting for an old man in the tavern to tell you you're the chosen one and stuff a treasure map in your pocket.
Still working on the map and various things. I'll post an update here and turn this into the scheduling thread when I post the campaign thread. Anyone who posts or PMs me asking for a personal PM when I'm ready will get one.