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Revenants OOC Chat

Postby CS High Command » Thu Mar 04, 2010 7:51 pm

Conduct your OOC chat here.

This thread is subject to pruning.
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Re: Nightstalkers OOC Chat

Postby CS High Command » Thu Jan 17, 2013 5:50 pm

New year, Newly returned to the game after a much needed break (both for work and family), so I figured I'd condense some of the previous posts I'd been keeping in the OOC chatter box here into a single post.




To describe my GM style is very simple. I am the narrator, not the author. We, collectively, are the author, and every aspect of your character's past, present and future matters to the story. I enjoy combat as much as the next guy, but I am not going to draw out combats, especially if your planning and execution leads to an easy victory. That doesn't mean your combat posts don't mean anything - quite the contrary. But it does mean that I am not going to draw out combats until you eliminate every last MDC of an opponent. It does mean you will be dealing with enemies who surrender, and the moral quandaries thereof. I will enforce alignments to the degree that it matters. And you're much more likely to get an insanity than you are a full on alignment change. Alignment changes are not subtle things, and they are not something that just happens. I am, however, out to destroy your stuff and grind you into the dirt. Not kill you (though it can happen). just grind you up and make you wish you were dead. If you have to regularly replace your gear, I have done my job. You are a small squad. That will work against you as much as it works for you. You also have one advantage no one else does - the wealth of the CS at your back. Hoorah! That counts for something.




One thing I've discovered is that the CS actually has to have a world class set of psychological counselors who can help soldiers through everything from doubt about their purpose, dealing with the inhuman and unnatural, dealing with psychic powers, dealing with the dehumanizing aspects of cybernetic implants, etc. That doesn't mean you get a free ride on insanities, it just means that you can, eventually, get over them. As such regular trips to psychs with security clearance higher than any of your character's aspirations would be mandated.

Rather than play it out, I'd like to see you use it as a narrative tool. An after action report or a diary (written or verbal) also works, as does simply talking about it to someone. You don't have to go all the way back (though I will hand out rewards for folks who do), but adding your own perceptions of the last mission would be a really good way of remembering it and immortalizing what you thought was the coolest part. It can be a few sentences or a few pages. In the future I'd like to see it for my own adventures - both so I can see what you got out of it, and so I can see what you REALLY like. Think of it as in character feedback. :)

It's things like this that help keep continuity, and allow me to let you advance in experience just a bit faster without being Santa GM. After all, you'll earn every single XP I reward you with.




If you want a good idea of the feel I'm personally going for, then you should watch Generation Kill, and then remove the uniforms and give them undercover IDs. Part of the reality of military units is once you take out the command personnel, they have only existing orders to go on and discipline often breaks down. They are, after all, working towards one goal in a rather single-minded way. That's actually why I like the para-military or military type game as a GM. I can put a goal in front of you, and then be relatively assured that you'll work towards that goal, instead of whatever willy-nilly comes your way ("screw that, I like this idea better, let's go that way!"). For instance, in this case, absent the reason to go to Arizona, the group could turn and escort the approaching civilians to safety, protecting them from the Apaches whose territory they are traveling through. But that would really put a damper on the story as a whole, and ruin the momentum (I know it doesn't seem like it, but I am moving you guys towards your goal - there are just road-blocks along the way). But because you have overriding orders, the group will move forward, probably after settling the present situation (and no, meeting our two new players isn't the situation, as you'll see soon enough).

Killing other PCs should only be used in extreme cases. And while yes, Ford did blow up another PC, the overwhelming feeling I got from that was that he was far from the only one who had plans in that direction. A case of a problem player character taking care of itself. PAS had a similar problem character that managed to get himself banished to another dimension. Don't mess with a dragon, especially a dragon from Lazlo. :)

I don't mind a bit of interparty disunity, as long as it goes towards an overall enjoyable story for everyone. At some point there should be a point where at least mutual respect brings the vitriol down to a dull roar (or muttered comments), but that won't happen quickly or easily.
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House Rules

Postby CS High Command » Thu Mar 27, 2014 10:08 am

I need everyone to make sure that if you don't have Military Etiquette on your sheet that it's put on there now please. If you have the skill, then you use that percentage. if you don't have the skill, fear not. All soldiers have the Military Etiquette skill at 30% (as per the skill description). If you're requesting things, you're rolling that skill. How badly you fail or how well you succeed determines what you get and when.

Also, as a bit of a house rule, the Military Etiquette skill allows you to navigate menus on standard CS electronics. THink of it as being able to read the menus on an Xbox or PS3. you know basic words, but beyond that, you're hopeless. Part of the thing I completely reject from the books is that a modern force can function without SOME measure of literacy. That said, I think many soldiers are functionally illiterate. They can get through menus, especially with accompanying visual and audio cues, and they can read names and the like, at least the simpler ones, and they recognize ranks, common signs (Mess, Gym, etc), but would have trouble reading a Curious George book. Basically if you are illiterate and need to understand somethign within the purview of your job (the video manual for cleaning your gun, for instance), then you can roll Military Etiquette for that as well. Don't expect that from any other GM, but I personally can't stand the concept that soldiers can't read "front towards enemy" on a claymore. It's actually worse in the Navy than the Army, and far worse for spec ops groups like yours.




in general you can ALWAYS say "I'm at Coordinates x,y,z, mark (0-9,A-F) and be fine. Also include landmarks (("i'm xx minutes out of the ruins of (city), approaching from the northwest.")) If you care you can always look locations up on google maps, triple your time to get to a distance and then round up to the nearest 5 minute, and you've got a good idea of where you are.

In case it wasn't clear the two groups are about to run up on one another.

The CS has access to all old maps for the USA, including those going back to the 1700s - the start of their power was the Library of Chi-Town after all. They use the ruins of towns and cities as landmarks, unless a new settlement has popped up there, in which case they use the new name instead (or in parenthesis; aka Merctown (Paduca)).
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Re: Nightstalkers OOC Chat

Postby CS High Command » Fri Jun 12, 2015 12:00 pm

You probably noted the After Action Reports thread. I (and our AGM) will be adding to it as we have time, based on the old adventure archives. Want some extra XP? I could really use some military style reports on what has happened. Post them as replies to the After Action Report Thread. I'm working on a form for it. Possible subjects are listed in each of the main threads there. I will add them in those threads later on. Be brief. It's an after action report, not a full debrief. This is the sort of thing that makes officers in debrief ask questions, asking you to clarify what has happened.

Every one you do is worth 50 XP. And you are welcome to dig back through the adventure archives and work on some of those too. We'll award the XP every quadrimester, based on which ones were added to the AAR thread by myself or our AGM. Whoever posts the most in a quadrimester (approved topics only, one per topic) will get a fat shiny EP from me.

In character, only Officers would have access to these, but I want to create a lasting sense of "what has come before" with this that every player can appreciate.
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Re: Nightstalkers OOC Chat

Postby CS High Command » Sat Feb 11, 2017 10:37 pm

You can do the skill advances, combat bonus advances, and hit points, but hold off on choosing skills.

Rules to Obtain Advanced Training for Existing Characters (Page 80-81 of Heroes of Humanity)

1 . The character must be 3rd level or higher. Only characters who have already proven themselves are considered worthy of AT. Most armies do not waste the time and expense for AT on a green recruit (a first or second level character). The exceptions being first level characters who are commissioned officers (have gone through military school and officer's training, and start with a rank of Lieutenant) and special forces operatives (CS Military Specialist, Commando, Ranger, Black Talon/SAMAS, Death Knight/Demon Hunter, Fly Boy Ace, and Nautical Commando), all of whom can receive Advanced Trai ning (AT) at any level, starting at level one.

2. The character must possess the necessary attribute requirements for the AT, or come close to them. If the character meets the attribute requirements, he can upgrade by selecting one of the AT options available under an Advanced Training program. provided he satisfies the other possible conditions.
    Cheating Attribute Requirements: If a character has attributes that are only one or two points off (e.g. needs a P.E. of 12 but has a 10), he can still take the Advanced Training and learn the new skill set. Determination and heart can make up for a lot. However, there are some modifiers for failing to meet all the attribute requirements, even when only one attribute falls short.
    Penalties for falling short of one or more attribute requirements: Soldiers who fall just shy of any attribute requiremems - whether it be only one attribute or several - see ALL bonuses from that Advanced Training (AT) reduced by ha/f (round up). This includes skill bonuses, S.D.C. bonus, attribute bonuses, Perception bonuses, combat bonuses (to strike, parry, save vs Horror Factor), etc.; round up except for bonuses of one. Remember, the attribute requirement can only be short by as much as two points per each attribute required. If the deficit is greater, the character cannot select that category of AT. Sorry.
3. Trading the future for now. The character must have at least FOUR O.C.C. Related Skills available to trade from future level increases. These four Related O.C.C. Related Skills are forfeited in favor of ONE Advanced Training skill set now! As many as TWO AT packages can be selected, each costing four future O.C.C. Related Skills (sec #5 for details).
Another way! Characters who do not have four O.C.C. Related Skills available in the future may choose to sacrifice FIVE currently existing skills (any skills; including current Secondary Skills) for one new, AT MOS skill set.
The old skills sacrificed (probably ones the character seldom uses) are, in effect, forgotten. In a pinch, however, these "rusty" old skills can be attempted at the Base Skill proficiency listed for it, WITHOUT benefit of any bonuses the character may have acquired before his AT replaced them; not bonuses for level advancement/experience, not O.C.C. bonuses, nothing, except a bonus for a high I.Q. attribute can be applied to old skills.
    GM Note: We will not be using the sacrifice method, instead you may purchase 2 OCC related and 3 secondary skills via EP, or use them in combination with future sacrifices to reach those numbers)
4. A new skill set and/or abilities. When Advanced Training (AT) is completed, the character possesses one (or two) new, specialized AT set of skills and any bonuses and special AT abilities that may come with it. New AT skills start at Level One proficiency plus any applicable bonuses, regardless of the character's previous experience.
They improve with experience as normal, starting with the next level achieved. This may mean the new skills advance more slowly, but most start with a higher bonus. Duplicate skills from Advanced Training: If Advanced Training provides one or more skills the character already knows, or which are included in another AT, the Advanced Training gives the character a deeper understanding and expanded range of information, and earns him the additional skill bonus provided by the AT. Note: When a character has to trade away skilis to get Advanced Training. he cannot trade away any skill he knows is going to be duplicated. It must be kept and he gets the skill bonus from AT as an extra bonus. This bonus is in addition to all other applicable bonuses, which can be considerable.
Special training. special missions: The AT skills may be very different than those possessed by other characters with the same O.C.C. As a result, characters with AT are more likely to be assigned to special operations and missions.
5. Two AT now, or one now and one later? An established character may only receive two AT choices, maximum, in his lifetime. Generally, an established character takes only one Advanced Training Program now, and saves one for the future. However. if the player so desires, and the G.M. allows it, he can choose two AT options at the same ti rne, each adding to the length of training. This also means an additional FIVE current skills- 10 total - must be sacrificed now, in order to take two AT now. Additional Advanced Training in the future is no longer an option.
6. Rank (when applicable). Advanced Training often, but not always. raises the rank of non-commissioned soldiers to the next level. A Private becomes a Corporal. a Corporal becomes a Sergeant. a Sergeant becomes a Staff Sergeant, a Staff Sergeant becomes a Sergeant 1st Class. then Master Sergeant, and so on, stopping at Warrant Officer. Any higher rank for non-coms in the Coalition Army are field commissions and seldom go beyond Sergeant Major.
It is a different story for commissioned officers, who come out of Officers' School with the rank of 2nd Lieutenant (the lowest commissioned rank) or 1st Lieutenant whether they have had specialized Advanced Training or not.

List of Advanced Training Programs
    Black Talon (SAMAS & Fliers) - 12 weeks
      Elite Pilot
      Top Gun Ace
    Close Quarters Combat - 12 weeks
    Demon Hunter - 32 weeks/16 week crash course
    Field Counter-Intelligence - 42 weeks/16 week crash course
    Field Intelligence - 42 weeks/16 week crash course
    Marksmanship - 12 weeks
    Martial Expert - 20 weeks
    Nonhuman Studies (D-Bee Hunter) - 32 weeks/16 week crash course
    Officer - 42 weeks/16 week crash course
    Ordnance - 16 weeks
    Rescue - 12 weeks
    Salvage Expert - 8 weeks
    Spycraft - 36 weeks/16 week crash course
    Stalking - 16 weeks
    Stealth - 16 weeks
    Steel Armor (Robot & Power Armor) - 12 weeks
    Survival - 12 weeks
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Re: Nightstalkers OOC Chat

Postby CS High Command » Mon Feb 13, 2017 11:27 pm

Also keep in mind there will be a post mission cleanout of all assigned and group gear. All that will be left on your sheets will be any gear you own yourself. Same for the catchall and such. The only exception will be the Nighthawk - largely because no one will have a clue what to do with it.

So make sure anything on your sheets that you own is clearly marked. If in doubt, we will ask first.
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Re: Nightstalkers OOC Chat

Postby Merchant of Death » Wed May 31, 2017 5:48 am

Last time to get your posts in. I close the window at midnight pacific time.

I've tallied up to early may and we have 2 people definitely leveling, possibly a third (looks at (Karl)
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Re: Nightstalkers OOC Chat

Postby Merchant of Death » Thu Jun 01, 2017 6:26 pm

I have tallied the XP. XP has been awarded to the character sheets. For those of you who want to know: Karl, Egan, and James have all leveled this quad. I recommend that you guys level up your characters quickly. When you do so, please reply here so I know it has been done.

I have cleaned up the OOC chatter thread (as you can see). I have also moved Pvt Johnson back into inactive status. There is a GM rating thread... time for you guys to do your bit now!
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Re: Nightstalkers OOC Chat

Postby James Howlett » Fri Jun 02, 2017 8:56 am

Leveled Up

+3 HP and 1 secondary skill
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HP 30/30 SDC 51/51
M.D.C. by Location: Hands (2): 50 each, Forearms (2): 50 each, Upper Arms (2): 70 each, “Concealed” Forearm Weapon: 40, Legs (2): 90 each., Modular Secondary Arms (2): 60 each.
Constant effects: Amplified Hearing, Sound filtration system, Targeting Sight, Motion Detector, Gyro-Compass, Clock/Calendar
Current Conditions: None.
Armor & Weapons/Ammo
LI-B2 Light Infantry Armor
M.D.C. by Location: Helmet: 15/15, Left Arm: 20/20, Right Arm: 20/20, Left Leg: 35/35, Right Leg: 35/35, Main Body: 150/150
WI-LP3 Pepperbox Laser • Payload: 4/4 • Extra Ammo: 4 4-round "Speed Loaders".
Bandito BigBore BB-2 "Holdout" Derringer • Payload: 2/2 • Extra Ammo: 8 rounds.
Bandito BigBore "Big Boss" Magnum Revolver • Payload: 4/4 • Extra Ammo: 8 rounds.
C-20 Laser Pistol • Payload: 30/30 • Extra Ammo: 2 Long E-Clips (Pistol).
Remington 870 Police Magnum • Payload: 4/4
Plasma Grenades • Payload: 2/2
Smoke Grenades • Payload: 2/2
CS Stun/Flash Grenades • Payload: 2/2
Vibro-Knife
NG Grenade Vibro-Knife • Payload: 2/2
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Re: Nightstalkers OOC Chat

Postby Karl » Fri Jun 02, 2017 10:55 pm

Leveled up except the two secondary skills I still have to select at some point.
Karl Madox reporting for duty!
H.P.: 26
S.D.C.: 29
ISP: 66
PPE: 11

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Bonnie Tyler - Holding out for a Hero
Madius (Sound the Alarm) - All I need
MDFMK - Missing Time
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Re: Nightstalkers OOC Chat

Postby Egan Grey » Tue Jun 27, 2017 4:09 pm

Level up mostly complete, waiting on confirmation about one skill and the normal level up will be done.

Then I will add in all the EP stuff when it gets approved.

+3 ISP, +1 Hit Point - One OCC skill (Pending), 2 secondary (cook to Professional / General repair & Maintenance)

Level up Complete!
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Stats
Hp - 54/54
SDC - 66/66
ISP - 84/74
Constant Effects: Multi-Optic Eye, Sixth Sense (-2 ISP / use; +6 init, +2 parry, +3 dodge - can't be surprised)
Current Penalties:

Model Type: NG-UELX45 Stealth Power Armor
Head – 50/50
Arms (2) – 40/40 each
Legs (2) – 70/70 each
UEL Cables (2; forearm) – 6/6 each
Main Body – 175/175

NG Stalker Suit
M.D.C. Protection: 12/12

JA-12 - 30/21 -- 30/30 -- 4/4
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Re: Revenants OOC Chat

Postby Mane » Tue Mar 06, 2018 4:10 pm

LEVEL UP NOTES

+HP: 1d6 = 5

+ISP: 2d6 = 12

Skills: Level 9 OCC & Related skills going towards payment of Advanced Training: Close Quarters Battle using option to acquire with 2 OCC skills & 3 Related skills. Remaining balance paid for with EP-acquired skills for this very purpose.

Additional Skill: Boxing (bought with EPs)
SDC Bonus: 3d6 = 9

New CQC Abilities & Skills:
  • Commando HtH Retraining
  • +5 to Friend or Foe Perception Rolls (+25% by new board rules)
  • Bonus Skills:
    • Climbing/Rappelling (+I0%)
    • Detect Ambush (+15% bonus to existing skill)
    • W.P. Ancient: Spear
    • W.P. Modern: Energy Rifle
  • SDC: 2d6 = 3
  • +2 Initiative (on offense only)
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Quick Stats:
ISP: 14/64
HP: 118/118
SDC: 100/110
Armor: CA-6EX
MDC by Location:
  • Main Body: 200/200
  • Head/Helmet: 100/100
  • Legs: (R) 120/120, (L) 120/120
  • Arms: (R) 100/100, (L) 100/100
Weapons:
Wilk's 237 "Backup":
  • Damage: 3D6 MD single / 6D6 MD double blast; Range: 500'
  • Payload: 16/16 double blasts per long e-clip
Q1-02 "Stopper" Ion Pistol:
  • Damage:4D6+4 MD; Range: 200'
  • Payload: 24/24 blasts per long e-clip
Bandit 5050 "Papa Bear" Enhanced BigBore Medium Rail Gun:
  • Damage: 2D4 M.D./single, 4D4 M.D./burst of three, 5D6 M.D./burst of six, plus Knockdown Effect; Range: 2,000'
  • Payload: 240/240 Big Bore shotgun shells
Munition Reserve:
  • Long E-Clips: 6/6
  • Big Bore shotgun shells: not carried on person
Conditions:
  • None at this time
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Re: Revenants OOC Chat

Postby CS High Command » Mon Apr 23, 2018 8:34 pm

Regarding Patron Items: All items will either be captured gear or reskinned into Experimental CS Gear.

The NEMA items will simply be gear the 110th found in Arizona. GAW Gear can be captured or given through official channels. The psynetic device is from PRP and Psi-Bat. Armor will be Pre-rifts gear recently unearthed, or given a cosmetic upgrade into experimental CS Gear. Don't choose Magic gear. Just don't, please.
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Re: Revenants OOC Chat

Postby Drummond Leighton » Fri Jul 20, 2018 7:29 am

Hey if you haven't been paying attention, there is a discussion on changing how XP is awarded. Augur has put out a call for proposals to vote upon. The voting will begin on August 1. There will still be the option of keeping it as is, but you'd need to vote to make it happen. Please take the time to read and comment if you haven't already. If you don't like what you see, you can propose something!

XP System Change Discussion
http://www.explorersunlimited.com/eu/viewtopic.php?f=962&t=17001

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http://www.explorersunlimited.com/eu/viewtopic.php?f=962&t=17017
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Re: Revenants OOC Chat

Postby CS High Command » Sun Jul 22, 2018 6:01 pm

There's one up there from you're truly, but it really builds on one of Pete's Options.
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GM Requested Feedback

Postby CS High Command » Fri Apr 05, 2019 4:25 pm

Hey guys, as I get back into the swing of things, I would like to know a few things from you.

What do YOU want to do? I will list options below, but they are suggestions, I would like each of you to add (at least) one more to the list.
* Fight Demons in open battle
* Go after rogue elements of the CS
* Work on supporting Psi-Bat/PRP Operations in places outside the CS
* Go after High Value Demon, Psychic and/or Magic Enemy Targets
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Re: Revenants OOC Chat

Postby Casper Wilpepper » Sun Apr 07, 2019 6:03 pm

I like option 2 but any are fine with me.
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Re: Revenants OOC Chat

Postby Drummond Leighton » Sun Apr 07, 2019 7:16 pm

#2 is okay with me too.

An additional option is to be tossed into a rift lost in the mega verse. We have to become mercenaries for real and deal with the fact that humans are a minority when compared to whole galaxies.
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Re: Revenants OOC Chat

Postby James Howlett » Mon Apr 08, 2019 7:37 am

2 or 3 seem fun, and are the kind of missions James likes
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HP 30/30 SDC 51/51
M.D.C. by Location: Hands (2): 50 each, Forearms (2): 50 each, Upper Arms (2): 70 each, “Concealed” Forearm Weapon: 40, Legs (2): 90 each., Modular Secondary Arms (2): 60 each.
Constant effects: Amplified Hearing, Sound filtration system, Targeting Sight, Motion Detector, Gyro-Compass, Clock/Calendar
Current Conditions: None.
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LI-B2 Light Infantry Armor
M.D.C. by Location: Helmet: 15/15, Left Arm: 20/20, Right Arm: 20/20, Left Leg: 35/35, Right Leg: 35/35, Main Body: 150/150
WI-LP3 Pepperbox Laser • Payload: 4/4 • Extra Ammo: 4 4-round "Speed Loaders".
Bandito BigBore BB-2 "Holdout" Derringer • Payload: 2/2 • Extra Ammo: 8 rounds.
Bandito BigBore "Big Boss" Magnum Revolver • Payload: 4/4 • Extra Ammo: 8 rounds.
C-20 Laser Pistol • Payload: 30/30 • Extra Ammo: 2 Long E-Clips (Pistol).
Remington 870 Police Magnum • Payload: 4/4
Plasma Grenades • Payload: 2/2
Smoke Grenades • Payload: 2/2
CS Stun/Flash Grenades • Payload: 2/2
Vibro-Knife
NG Grenade Vibro-Knife • Payload: 2/2
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Re: Revenants OOC Chat

Postby CS High Command » Fri Apr 12, 2019 7:51 pm

Well at least one of you added one to the conversation :P

So I've decided that Tuesdays will be my GM posting days from now on. That way you have all weekend to get stuff in and I have Monday to parse it all. Next GM post will be Tuesday 4/16/19. I'd like more options of what you guys want.

Also, we've got new blood making a character.
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Re: Revenants OOC Chat

Postby Mane » Fri Apr 12, 2019 8:28 pm

I'd be most partial to #3, working with Psi-Bat operations. It feels best suited for role-playing and could take us in interesting directions.

My second pick would be #4, going after high-value targets for similar reasons, plus it could be a more natural direction after this covert op.

Going after rogue elements of the CS doesn't work well for me because it still means Humans killing Humans. M'eh... Not my pro-human flavor.

Fighting demons in open battle is well suited for Mane, BUT not combat in text-based games take a loooooooong time, and a campaign based on that would have a significant drag factor.
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Quick Stats:
ISP: 14/64
HP: 118/118
SDC: 100/110
Armor: CA-6EX
MDC by Location:
  • Main Body: 200/200
  • Head/Helmet: 100/100
  • Legs: (R) 120/120, (L) 120/120
  • Arms: (R) 100/100, (L) 100/100
Weapons:
Wilk's 237 "Backup":
  • Damage: 3D6 MD single / 6D6 MD double blast; Range: 500'
  • Payload: 16/16 double blasts per long e-clip
Q1-02 "Stopper" Ion Pistol:
  • Damage:4D6+4 MD; Range: 200'
  • Payload: 24/24 blasts per long e-clip
Bandit 5050 "Papa Bear" Enhanced BigBore Medium Rail Gun:
  • Damage: 2D4 M.D./single, 4D4 M.D./burst of three, 5D6 M.D./burst of six, plus Knockdown Effect; Range: 2,000'
  • Payload: 240/240 Big Bore shotgun shells
Munition Reserve:
  • Long E-Clips: 6/6
  • Big Bore shotgun shells: not carried on person
Conditions:
  • None at this time
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Re: Revenants OOC Chat

Postby Karl » Sat Apr 13, 2019 8:52 pm

I'm aaalllliiiiiive
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Re: Revenants OOC Chat

Postby Major James Smith » Mon May 20, 2019 1:07 pm

Karl wrote:I'm aaalllliiiiiive


Not for looooooooooooooong.... :twisted:

J/K :lol:
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Re: Revenants Experience

Postby Major James Smith » Tue Jun 04, 2019 5:59 am

CS 40-4th Posting Debrief

This is borrowed from Rogue Trader, and heavily (with some modifications) - but is applicable here. All credit goes to Lee for the excellent work and thought that went into this post.




I have noticed some player's posting styles this quad have not been ideal per EU standards. In an effort to help everyone improve, I've collected my thoughts here.

CAVEAT LECTOR
This is intended to improve everyone's experience, and I'll do so in as diplomatic a manner as I can - I'm not trying to cast aspersions on anyone's posting style or lay blame for poor XP or post-rates or EP awards. If you feel called out by anything here, stop being a diaper baby. ;)


How to Earn more XP and EP in CS 40-4th

We have a new XP system in place this quad, and that affects everything, going forward. In light of that, Here's a guide that I hope you'll find useful as you craft your posts.

XP

Posts must sill meet site standards, as set out here.

The first post following a GM post must have Perception and Just in Case rolls. Subsequent posts should not have them - just indicate that rolls are being carried forward.

XP is now awarded by meeting (or failing to meet) criteria listed by CS High Command found at the top of this thread.

CS High Command wrote:I would like my AGM to evaluate players holistically. Ultimately my hope is for the XP awards each quad to reflect an overall appraisal of effort.
How to meet expectations:
Include the following in each post (as appropriate):
The character's internal monologue/thoughts
The character's dialogue with other PCs/NPCs
Description of the character's intended actions
Proper mechanics (JIC, Perception, skill rolls & their purpose)


The minimum a post should have is the perception, JIC rolls, dialogue (when possible - when you're standing on a street corner alone, or under water, etc... obviously I won't expect external dialogue, so act accordingly), internal monologue (i.e., thoughts), and a description of what you're doing.

In brief:

    Perc roll
    JIC rolls (d20, d100)
    "Dialogue"
    Thoughts
    Actions

Skills must have some description of the intended effect/purpose, and must be used in furtherance of some goal. Note that although XP is no longer awarded per skill use, you can get XP for creative problem solving.

Dialogue should be in "Bold text with quotation marks".

Thoughts are in italics.

If you're putting your thoughts in unitalicized narrative (some of you do this) you are making me, the AGM, interpret which thoughts are yours and which thoughts are your character's. I'd rather not do this. Please don't make me do this. I may get it wrong, and it won't be me who pays the price.

To quote another player, you place quote tags around what they said (with bold and quotation marks where necessary)
Me wrote:"Like So"


Personally, when I quote, I tend to wipe out anything that wasn't spoken - that's the point of a quote. However, while being a "best practice", it's not a requirement to do so. It's acceptable to trim out narrative, but not to change what was said.

Maximizing your XP

So - you've met all the minimum criteria. What's next?

CS High Command wrote:How to exceed expectations:
All of the above plus...
  • Clever ideas and plans
  • Adding to the lore and story in ways beyond simple color: Creating and maintaining links to canon and game established characters; Using the books and created content to create interesting backstory and conversation points ("Man this reminds me of an episode of Into the Flames!"); etc...
  • Evoking an emotional response from the GM other than anger
  • Roleplaying in-character under challenging circumstances
  • Being posted within the first 4 days of a major GM post


Note "all of the above" - this means that you must meet expectations to exceed them.

There have been several examples of posts that I reviewed that had elements of exceeding expectations on them, but were lacking one or more elements (usually just one!) of meeting expectations. Therefore, I had to give these posts ZERO XP rather than what amounts to a sizeable award. In some cases, it was the required rolls. In others, it was lack of internal monologue/thoughts that killed it.

Again, this is YOUR XP being tossed away! Proof read your posts after you make them. Enlist other players to help! Have a post buddy- you check their posts, and they check yours.

Posts that are mere one or two line RP responses to other players, while sometimes necessary, won't count as "qualifying posts" for determining EP, and won't net you a lot of XP either. For that to happen, you have to exceed the minimum criteria.

Clever ideas count - so, in planning sessions, spitballing clever ideas to solve problems - even if it's not the solution that works, could net you XP, if it's clever.

Stay in Character - most of you do this - though some of you write narrative from a third-person point of view. As you write, try to think as your character would in that situation. Instead of "Jeff doesn't like to bother with long explanations for his choices", try some inner monologue: Guh... Long explanations are so BORING. Let's get on with it!, or some dialogue "Yeah... exposition isn't my thing. Sorry.", and throw in some action: "Jeff sighs and shrugs as Marlon asks his rationale for burning down the village". There's an old rule in storytelling that'll help you stay in character: Show, don't tell.

And, as always, post early, post often. You're literally throwing XP away by waiting longer than 4 days after a major GM post!

Increasing your EP

How do you increase your EP?

EP is awarded by post rate, which is determined by "qualified posts". What's a qualified post?

A Qualified Post is any post that exceeds the GM's minimum criteria.

Post rate is determined by dividing the qualified posts by the standard of 14 GM posts (which is adjusted if necessary). SO - post often, and exceed minimum criteria as much as possible. Shoot for 14 or more high quality posts per quad, and the EP will come.

As with anything else, you are going to get more out of the game the more you put into it.

Final note

If you have questions about how to do something in a post, mechanically (like quoting or rolling dice a particular way), Ask.

If you have questions about what you can see or do where your character is, Ask.

If you have questions about how to better meet criteria, Ask.
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Re: Revenants OOC Chat

Postby CS High Command » Thu Aug 08, 2019 7:35 pm

If someone can clean this up in the style of the armory I'd appreciate it. You can submit it if you'd like.

Legion 50/50 Arctic Hovercycle
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Crew: One; a passenger can squeeze on, but may slide off during quick maneuvers.
Capacity: One human-sized passenger and 500 pounds (225 kg); suitable for Headhunters and light cyborgs, but heavy full conversion cyborgs may be too large and/or heavy to use this vehicle. If the weight allowance is exceeded by more than 50 pounds (22.6 kg) there is a -10% piloting skill penalty and speed is also reduced by 10%.
Cargo: Minimal; space for a rifle, survival kit, backpack, and a couple of small items or packages. An additional 200 pounds (90 kg) can be strapped to the outside of the Hoverbike and it can pull up to an additional 300 pounds (136 kg).
Height: 4 feet (1.2 m) body; landing gear is three retractable skis, two in the rear on the sides of the vehicle, and one centered under the front section.
Width: 3.6 feet (1.1 m); tapers to a foot (0.3 m) toward the front.
Length: 8 feet (2.4 m).
Weight: 1,200 pounds (540 kg).
Power Source: Internal combustion engine (alcohol and/or gasoline mix) or nuclear.
Range: Liquid fuel: 300 miles (480 km); nuclear: unlimited.
Speed: Hover stationary to 100 mph (160 km), but cruising speed is typically around 40-50 mph (64-80 km).
Leaps: Capable of thruster assisted leaps 25 feet (7.6 m) high and 80 feet (24.4 m) across.
M.D.C.by Location:
* Small Hoverjets (5; undercarriage) — 18 each
Main Jet Thrusters (2; rear) — 30 each
* Landing Skis (3) — 15 each
* Headlight (1; large) —8
* Forward Laser (1) — 35
Reinforced Windshield — 10
** Mam Body—120
* Locations marked with a single asterisk are small and/or difficult targets to hit. Thus, they can only be hit when a character makes a called shot and even then, the attacker is -3 to strike.
** Depleting the M.D.C. of the entire main body will destroy the vehicle.
Cost: Not sold by the Tundra Rangers, but the Novyet version (slightly faster and more powerful) sells for 90,000 to 120,000 credits (cost is higher in remote regions of Siberia) for the standard alcohol or gasoline
mixed, internal combustion engine with a range of 300 miles (480 km); good availability. 1.1 million credits for the nuclear powered bike with a 10 year life and effectively unlimited range; poor availability. This Russian model does not come with a built-in weapon, and such a feature is 50,000-100,000 extra.
Weapon System: Foward Laser. A long-range, medium laser controlled by the driver. It can swivel side to side in a 180 degree arc and up and down 30 degrees.
Primary Purpose: Defense
Mega-Damage: 4D6 M.D. per blast.
Rate of Fire: Equal to the number of hand to hand attacks of the pilot (usually 4-6).
Maximum Effective Range: 1,600 feet (487 m).
Payload: 60 shots; unlimited if tied to a nuclear power system.
Features:
  • Heat Circulation and Air-Cycling System: This special system keeps the engine and hover jets of the hovercycle from freezing. Heated locks keep them from freezing and an excellent defrost system keeps the glass of the windshield and rear view mirrors from freezing. The 50/50 can perform in sub-zero conditions up to 130 degrees Fahrenheit below zero (-90 C), and has performed with minimal stalling and freezing problems at temperatures down to 200 degrees below zero (-129 C).
  • Soft Flow Hover Jet System: This system causes minimal noise and disturbance of the snow to help prevent avalanches and similar snow and ice slides.
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Re: Revenants OOC Chat

Postby Jericho Jackson » Fri Aug 09, 2019 6:15 am

Legion 50/50 Arctic Hovercycle
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M.D.C. by Location:
  • Small Hoverjets* (5; undercarriage) — 18 each
  • Main Jet Thrusters (2; rear) — 30 each
  • Landing Skis* (3) — 15 each
  • Headlight* (1; large) — 8
  • Forward Laser* (1) — 35
  • Reinforced Windshield — 10
  • Main Body** — 120
* Requires a called shot at -3 Strike to hit
** Depleting the M.D.C. of the entire main body will destroy the vehicle
Statistical Data:
Range: Liquid fuel: 300 miles; nuclear: unlimited
Flying: Hover (0 mph) to 100 mph max; cruising speed is 40 - 50 mph
Leaps: 25' high/80' across (thruster-assisted)
Crew: One; plus one passenger
Class: Hovercycle
Dimensions: 4' high; 3'7" wide; 8' long; 1,200 lbs.
Cargo: Minimal; space for a rifle, survival kit, backpack, and a couple of small items or packages. An additional 200 lbs (strapped to the outside of the Hoverbike) and an additional 300 pounds (pulled behind vehicle)
Power System: Internal combustion engine (alcohol and/or gasoline mix) or nuclear (10 years)
Weapon Systems:
Forward Laser
  • Range: 1,600'
  • Damage: 4D6 M.D. per blast
  • Rate of Fire: One blast
  • Payload: 60 shots; unlimited if powered by nuclear power system
  • Notes: can swivel side to side in a 180 degree arc and up and down 30 degrees
Features of Note:
  • Heat Circulation and Air-Cycling System: This special system keeps the engine and hover jets of the hovercycle from freezing. Heated locks keep them from freezing and an excellent defrost system keeps the glass of the windshield and rear view mirrors from freezing. The 50/50 can perform in sub-zero conditions up to 130 degrees Fahrenheit below zero (-90 C), and has performed with minimal stalling and freezing problems at temperatures down to 200 degrees below zero (-129 C).
  • Soft Flow Hover Jet System: This system causes minimal noise and disturbance of the snow to help prevent avalanches and similar snow and ice slides.
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Cost: Not sold by the Tundra Rangers, but the Novyet version (slightly faster and more powerful) sells for 90,000 to 120,000 credits (cost is higher in remote regions of Siberia) for the standard alcohol or gasoline internal combustion engine (good availability; 1.1 million credits for the nuclear engine (poor availability)
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