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Re: Radio Free Merctown

Postby Augur » Sun Apr 23, 2017 12:53 pm

RFM #18
Run-time: about an hour
Crew:
  • Lloyd (Aka: Augur, Jezebel)
  • Eric (Aka: Townsend, etc.)
  • R.C. (Aka: Virtus, etc.)
Topic Possibilities:
--Questions to answer
--Entering a new group with an existing character: how-to's and do's and don't's
--Discussion of specific dimension/source/world books
--Writing & Character building tips tips
--What do GMs look for when awarding XP?
--(Large panel desired) Discussion of certain books, retired characters, general (and EU-specific) gaming tropes, etc.
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7pm CST, 23 April


Questions to answer:
Captain Marks wrote:I very much liked the use of the Radio Broadcast #17 to touch upon the EPIC.

A Top 10 things to know would be swell. Below are some primers I spent some time thinking up to help lubricate the gerbils wheel.

:How long is the Epic slated to last? Absolutely ONE quad or additional quads based on pacing? As well, If a group is able to sustain a faster post rate than other groups will their GM be allowed to accelerate with the members rate in turn if desired and able to reciprocate the players enthusiasm? (Of course usual standards apply and nobody is required to post more than site minimums dictate.)

: Do we get to keep our character's normal gear? This is a big deal to gear reliant folks who've earned their growth potential in this manner. Do they come with all or are they to select their personal load out of weapons, armor, items, transport that they can utilize? IE: Transport might be a robot jocky's raison d'etre, or for Silhouette my character she earned a PPE/ISP battery just recently as a bracelet, which is her most valuable asset boosting her OOC's inefficient magecraft potential to just that of a proper Wizard of her level. Likewise mundane warriors, sneaks, and utilitarians like the robo-jock will be firmly attached to their favorite sword, rifle, ride or toolbox with all the strategies incumbent on using those possessions. (A thought; taking their existing gear greatly reduces the itemization required of the Gm's to populate equipment for the new arrivals on the Epic scene, freeing up a great deal of time to instead focus on the adventure crafting, leaving itemization of any kind to only be required for supplemental gear found in the field.)

:Is there potential for characters in the Epic to come away with gear (That character's home dimension influencing the gear) upon completion? As in there being an existentially awaking back in their dimension with memory intact and a token of concrete evidence and appreciation in hand from whatever entity summoned them?

:Do characters get EP for post rate per each game (epic & dimension) at each quad in addition to the individual XP? Or is the EP reward for the quad implied to be the 10 EP reward for completing the Epic?

:If a character dies in the Epic, but is not vaporized might there be potential for the Hero to be resurrected? Front line fighters take all the risk after all. Or is it implied; support better keep their fighter alive lest they be served up to the enemy next?

:Any words of wisdom for the players? What made the players successful in the last Epic? Standard stuff like don't split up? Don't go alone? Eat your vegetables,drink your ovaltine, and use marmite sparingly on your toast?
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Re: Radio Free Merctown

Postby Augur » Sun Apr 30, 2017 4:48 pm

RFM #18
Run-time: 32 mins
Crew:
  • Lloyd (Aka: Augur, Jezebel)
  • Eric (Aka: Townsend, etc.)
  • R.C. (Aka: Virtus, etc.)
Topics:
    --Questions to answer
    --Entering a new group with an existing character: how-to's and do's and don't's
    --Discussion of specific dimension/source/world books
    --Writing & Character building tips tips
    --What do GMs look for when awarding XP?
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Re: Radio Free Merctown

Postby Augur » Tue May 30, 2017 7:10 pm

RFM #19
Run-time: ?
Crew:
  • Lloyd (Aka: Augur, Jezebel)
  • Justin (Aka: Maniacal Laugh, etc.)
  • John (Aka: Consumer, etc.
  • Patrick (Aka: CSHC, etc.)

Topic ideas:
  • Discussion of the Arzno world book (Aka: "MercTown West")
  • The Fun Quiz About RPG Players and what the numbers mean
  • Discussion of Savage Rifts
  • Last-minute hype & reveals about the Epic
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Re: Radio Free Merctown

Postby Augur » Sat Jul 01, 2017 11:12 am

Radio Free Merctown #20
Run-time: 60 mins.
Crew:
  • Lloyd (Aka: Augur, Jezebel)
  • Special Guest: Todd Yoho
  • Eric Allen (Aka: Townsend, etc.)
Topics:
  • Long Overdue New patron shout-outs!
  • The next Patreon Milestone & 1st Annual Contest Winner
  • Amazon banner reminder and Roll20 recap
  • Overview of Rifts Worldbooks: Dinosaur Swamp and Adventures in Dinosaur Swamp
  • Challenge Coins as a reward? (Tiree's fault)
  • Epic beginnings?
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Re: Radio Free Merctown

Postby Virtus » Wed Jul 19, 2017 8:06 am

I would like to hear a group spotlight that would be a simple current events for a particular group and the current members. I mentioned a stand alone segment for it but I think it would be interesting. If one group is covered each week, by the time the first group highlighted rolls around again (about a year) there should be a lot to share.

Additionally, I think it would be more interesting to hear it from outsider perspectives.

So an outline something like this:

Group Name
Group Theme (if there is one)
Group Members (just names and OCC/RCC) and open slots in the group.
Current Mission
•Location
•Challenges in the current adventure thread
•Successes in the current adventure thread
•Current goal
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Re: Radio Free Merctown

Postby Augur » Sun Aug 27, 2017 12:39 pm

Radio Free Merctown #22

Run-time: about an hour

Crew:
  • Lloyd (Aka: Augur, Jezebel)
  • Eric (Aka: Townsend, etc.)
    Ben (Aka: Shane, etc.)

Topics:
  • Overview of Rifts World Book 10: Juicer Uprising
  • Mundane vs Augmented - FNG rolls are great. Is there anything else that unaugmented/baseline characters need?
  • How to increase RFM's listeners and guest appearances
  • Review of character concept approval process
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Re: Radio Free Merctown

Postby Augur » Sat Sep 30, 2017 3:23 pm

Radio Free Merctown #23

Run-time: about an hour

Crew:
  • Lloyd (Aka: Augur, Jezebel)
  • Tiree (Aka: Tiree, Beckett, Gilina)

Topics:
  • Tech-Talk with Tiree
  • Overview of Robotech 2nd Edition content
  • Introducing new people to Rifts: How do you do it?
  • What are a few pieces of media 'similar' to Rifts that inspire you to play it or jazz you up for it every time?
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Re: Radio Free Merctown

Postby CS High Command » Sun Nov 12, 2017 11:35 pm

Reminders for future EP Contest - Redo the Deathblow to make it usable (will include modifying HTH Combat entries on a limited basic
    Example: Replace Level Hand to Hand: Assassin Level 12 Benefit with: Level 12: +2 to pull punch and [url=link]death blow using house rules[/url].
    Replace Level Hand to Hand: Martial Arts Level 15 Benefit with: Level 15: [url=link]Death blow using house rules[/url].

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EP Bounty Suggestion: Create Generic/Mook bad guys by OCC/Race - equipment neutral (just skills, cybernetics, and powers) - 1 EP per [4 mooks*].
*Requirement mutable, but I suggest over 1 EP to one NPC, but not 1 EP per 10 mooks. Will require a list of requested mooks, including different levels (I suggest 1, 4, 7, and 10). Note there's no reason the same person has to do all four levels. It'd be interesting to have four variations, not leveled versions of the same character. Again, disposition and personality neutral, but not every gladiator should focus on net; some might use javelins and spears.

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Revised Epic Idea - concerted attack on one or more Xiticix Hives. And by concerted I mean every group that signs on will be dealing with it as a single shared story - handled individually by each GM, and adjudicated by Augur and two other GMs on a meta-level. Big thing this will do is require all groups to get back to MercTown and start from a single time point, with a short prep time. Note - it will also raise prices as every major merc group moves to fulfill the contract. This will also be running at the same time as the current Phaseworld Epic, for the purposes of keeping prices high even for those who have access to Center. GMs will be given a choice of "objectives" to fulfill.

Major Objective
    Step 1
    Step 2
    Step 3

There will be full success (+2), partial success (+1), and failure (-1) marks for each Step, and those will be added together and compared to a chart
    0 or less: You have failed in your task, the overall effort is made harder.
    1-3: You have done your part.
    4+: You have done well, and the overall effort is made easier.


The overall effort is rated by adding all the objectives together: full success (+2), partial success (+1), and failure (-1)
    0 or less: The Hive(s) are undamaged and the Xiticix have won the day
    1 to [number of groups+2]: The Hive(s) are damaged and the efforts of the group here are set back 2d6x10 months.
    [Number of groups +3] and higher: The Hive(s) and Queen(s) are destroyed. The local forces are in disarray.

Issues: Any GMs that opt in will have to have their groups back by a deadline and that deadline cannot be telegraphed to the players. GMs who have PCs in other groups will just have to not metagame. :P This is to prevent folks getting around the mad rush to arm up. Of course a prudent character is always prepared for anything. :D

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I will get with you on Sunday afternoon (by 5 Eastern) if I can join. I hope to be able to.
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Re: Radio Free Merctown

Postby Augur » Thu Nov 30, 2017 10:09 pm

Radio Free Merctown #24!

Run-time: 49 minutes

Crew:
  • Lloyd (Aka: Augur, Jezebel)
  • Justin (Aka: Maniacal Laugh, etc.)
  • Pat (Aka: CSHC, etc.)
  • Ben (Aka: Thought, etc.)
  • Nathaniel (Aka: Sgt86Delta, etc.)

Topics:
  • New patron shout-outs! (since September)
    • Jason Evans, Mike, Shawn Allen, Todd Venters, Ben E, J. E. Flint, Justin Bow, Michael Husband
  • How do Death Blows work? I've read the RUE text and it seems clear as mud and self contradictory.
  • NPC and setting creation: How to best use NPCs?
  • Hot Topic: Patron Items
  • Late 2018 EPIC brainstorming session
    • Dealing with the Xiticix threat
    • Other possible ideas
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Re: Radio Free Merctown

Postby Augur » Sat Dec 09, 2017 7:03 am

Radio Free Merctown #25: The 2nd Annual EU Office Christmas Party! :santa:

Run-time: about an hour

Crew:
  • Lloyd (Aka: Augur, Jezebel)
  • Anyone who wants to join!

Topics:
  • New patron shout-outs for December.
    • Dan Frederick, Alexander Peyton
  • Game: Cards Against Humanity Christmas Edition (Game site link.)
  • Open discussion.

Recording Live on Saturday the 16th at 8PM CST.

Post reply with topic suggestions if you have any, and if you want to join us!
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Re: Radio Free Merctown

Postby Augur » Sat Jan 27, 2018 12:40 pm

Radio Free Merctown #26

Run-time: about an hour

Crew:
  • Lloyd (Aka: Augur, Jezebel)
  • Janice (Aka: Rose Dandy-Ba)

Topics:
  • New patron shout-outs!
    • (New Patrons from November & December) Dan Frederick, Alexander Peyton, Dave Watkins, Alyssa Brownrigg, Matt Olfson
  • Character creation walk-through: the hows and whys of the character creation process.
    • Standard characters
    • Conversion characters
  • The roleplaying value of insanities
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Re: Radio Free Merctown

Postby Augur » Sat Feb 03, 2018 2:51 pm

Radio Free Merctown #27

Run-time: about an hour

Crew:
  • Lloyd (Aka: Augur, Jezebel)
  • Ben
  • Patrick

Topics:
  • New patron shout-outs!
    • (New Patrons from January: )
  • Educating Savages--Rifts Lore: Colorado Baronies
  • Can a player abuse the EP system? Can a reward system by definition be abused? Can a player use too much EP? What would be considered an abuse? When? Why?
  • Topic:

Recording Time: 7pm CST, Friday, February 16th
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