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Re: BTS Catch-All Thread

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Session 0
Session 0 is a planning session where the gaming group collaboratively lays the groundwork for a new campaign. Often, this session involves the group deciding the game/campaign they want to play, managing expectations, establishing house rules, determining setting details, and creating characters. Session 0 provides a meeting for the gaming group to agree on what kind of game everyone wants to play.
A good checklist your GM might use to expand upon the following basics:
  • Table rules (etiquette, customs, & behavioral expectations)
  • House rules (any deviations from EU House Rules unique to the dimension)
  • Campaign expectations (Do we want to play an intrigue campaign? A dungeon crawler? An epic campaign?)
  • Setting overview
  • Character creation
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Mission Chronicles

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Mission Chronicles
Reward: Rewards will be given commensurate with the depth and quality of the narrative.
Requirement: Describe what occurred during the mission from your character's perspective in at least two paragraphs of text.
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Overview, Structure, Mission

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Overview, Structure, Mission
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(unused & unclaimed equipment to be sold--this is where loot goes!)
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Timeline of West Virgina

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Timeline of West Virgina

1606 - The Virginia Colony is established.
1607 - The settlement of Jamestown is founded.
1669 - John Lederer visits the Blue Ridge Mountains and is the first European to enter West Virginia.
1671 - Explorers Thomas Batts and Robert Fallam travel into the Appalachian Mountains and find Kanawha Falls.
1726 - German settlers build the settlement of New Mecklenburg.
1748: Lord Fairfax, Virginia land owner, commissioned a survey of the Patterson Creek Manor, which later became part of West Virginia. The surveyor was accompanied by the nephew of Lord Fairfax and the nephew’s best friend, George Washington (16). The survey was unusually erroneous.
1748: George Washington surveyed land in West Virginia.
1762: The oldest town in West Virginia, Shepherdstown, is founded.
1776: People in the region petition the Congress to create a 14th state called Westsylvania, but it is denied.
08/22/1781: Col. William Campbell (36), West Virginia Patriot militia leader, died of an apparent heart attack during the siege of Yorktown. Campbell had led his militia in the Patriot victory on October 7, 1780, at the Battle of King's Mountain in South Carolina
1794: George Washington established the first national armory at Springfield, Mass. He also authorized the arsenal at Harper's Ferry, Md. (W. Va), where the Shenandoah flows into the Potomac.
c1800: Father Demetrius Gallitzen (1770-1840), a Russian-born Catholic priest, was directed by bishop John Carroll to investigate spirits in the home (Wizard's Clip) of Adam Livingstone in the Shenandoah Valley.
1844: Captain W. D. Thurmond, who settles in the area that would become Prosperity, WV.
10/16/1859: On Sunday evening radical abolitionist John Brown and a tiny army of five black and 13 white supporters seized the Federal arsenal at Harper's Ferry, Virginia (now West Virginia). Convinced that local slaves would rise up behind him, Brown planned to establish a new republic of fugitives in the Appalachian Mountains. Brown's plans immediately went awry when the expected slave rebellion did not happen and the townspeople trapped Brown's men inside the engine house at the Federal arsenal. Within 24 hours, Brown and his four surviving men were captured by a force of 90 U.S. Marines under the command of Lt. Col. Robert E. Lee, pictured here. Brown, quickly convicted of criminal conspiracy and treason and sentenced to death, was hanged on December 2, 1859. As he went to the gallows, Brown handed a note to one of his guards: "I, John Brown, am now quite certain that the crimes of this guilty land will never be purged away but with blood." The incident is the backdrop for George MacDonald Fraser’s novel "Flashman and the Angel of the Lord." Brown was convicted and executed at Charlestown for treason against the state of Virginia. In 2011 Tony Horwitz authored “John Brown and the Raid That Sparked the Civil War."
04/17/1861: The Virginia State Convention voted to secede from the Union. Virginia became the eighth state to secede from the Union and moved troops to take over National Capital. Federal troops were rushed down the Chesapeake-Delaware Canal and arrived in time to stop Confederate troops from taking Washington D.C. The Wheeling Conventions declared Virginia’s secession from the Union unconstitutional and named Francis H. Pierpont governor of the Reorganized Government of Virginia, which was quickly recognized by the federal government. At the outbreak of the Civil War, representatives of Virginia’s western counties had gathered in the city of Wheeling (as the temporary capital) to form the Reorganized Government of Virginia. In 1862 a state constitution was adopted by the convention and on June 20, 1863, West Virginia was admitted as the 35th state in the Union.
04/27/1861: West Virginia seceded from Virginia after Virginia seceded from the Union.
05/23/1861: Pro Union and pro Confederate forces clashed in Clarksburg, West Virginia.
06/11/1861 Union forces under General George B. McClellen repulsed a Confederate force at Rich Mountain in Western Virginia.
06/16/1861: Loyal Virginians, in what would soon be West Virginia, elected Francis Pierpoint as their provisional governor.
07/04/1861: Union and Confederate forces skirmished at Harpers Ferry, West Virginia.
09/10/1861: Confederates at Carnifex Ferry, Virginia, fell back after being attacked by Union troops. There were 170 casualties. The action was instrumental in helping preserve western Virginia for the Union.
10/24/1861: West Virginia voters chose to secede from Virginia. A Constitutional Convention began on November 26, 1861 and finished its work on February 18, 1862, and the instrument for secession was ratified on April 11, 1862.
12/13/1861: Battle of Alleghany Summit, WV.
12/17/1861: The Stonewall Brigade began to dismantle Dam No. 5 of the C&O Canal near Martinsburg, W.Va.
1861: Ardent Confederate Isabelle (Belle) Boyd became one of the Civil War's most notorious spies. When only 16, she fatally wounded a Union soldier who entered her family's home in Martinsburg, Virginia (now West Virginia). During the next year, she regularly provided intelligence to Rebel commanders. She was arrested several times and twice served sentences in Washington, D.C., prisons. When captured aboard a Confederate blockade-runner in 1864, Belle was banished to Canada. While traveling in England to further the Southern cause, she created a sensation by marrying Sam Hardinge, a Union officer. A widow with one child by war's end, Boyd published her memoirs, returned to America and later earned a living by acting and lecturing on her wartime experiences.
01/10/1862: Battle of Romney, WV.
05/15-17/1862: Battle of Princeton, WV.
09/12/1862: The Battle of Harper’s Ferry took place in West Virginia.
09/14/1862: A contingent of Federal troops escaped from the beleaguered Harper's Ferry.
09/15/1862: Confederates captured the Union weapon arsenal at Harpers Ferry, WV, securing the rear of Robert E. Lee's forces in Maryland.
12/10/1862: U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill creating the state of West Virginia.
12/31/1862: President Lincoln signed an act admitting West Virginia to the Union.
03/26/1863: Voters in West Virginia approved the gradual emancipation of slaves.
06/20/1863: West Virginia became the 35th state.
08/26/1863: Battle of Rocky Gap, WV, (White Sulphur Springs).
10/18/1863: Battle of Charlestown in WV.
11/06/1863: A Union force surrounded and scattered defending Confederates at the Battle of Droop Mountain, in West Virginia.
12/08/1863: Averell’s cavalry destroyed railroads in the southwestern part of West Virginia.
05/21/1864: Gen. David Hunter took command of Dept. of West Virginia.
07/03/1864: At Harpers Ferry, WV, Federals evacuated in face of Early's advance.
07/11/1864: Battle of Laurel Hill, WV.
08/07/1864: Union Gen. Philip Henry Sheridan took command of his 30,000-man army at Harper’s Ferry, West Virginia. His orders from Gen. Grant were to march into the Shenandoah Valley and destroy the army of Confederate Gen. Jubal Early.
08/07/1864: Union troops captured part of Confederate General Jubal Early’s army at Moorefield, West Virginia.
09/18/1864: Battle of Martinsburg, WV.
10/13/1864: Battle of Harpers Ferry, WV (Mosby's Raid).
11/28/1864: Battle of New Creek, WV, (Rosser's Raid, Ft. Kelly).
01/11/1865: Battle of Beverly, WV.
07/17/1877: Riots and violence erupted in several major American cities stemming from strikes against railroads in protest of wage cuts. Strikes started against the Baltimore & Ohio, and quickly spread west, with riots erupting in Baltimore, Pittsburgh, Chicago and St. Louis. Nine were killed when Federal troops were sent into Martinsburg, West Virginia.
07/21/1877: In West Virginia 26 railroad strikers were killed and the Union Depot and machine shops were burned down.
08/07/1882: Hatfields of south West Virginia and McCoys of eastern Kentucky re-engaged in a feud that dated back to 1865. Some 100 were wounded or died. In 2007 medical evidence indicated that many of the descendants of the McCoys suffered from an inherited disease that leads to hair-trigger rage and violent outbursts.
1887: Warwick China Co. was incorporated in Wheeling, West Virginia. The company closed operations in 1951.
1892: The Central Glass Co. of Wheeling, W. Va., made a pattern of glass called Coin based on real US coins. After 8 months of production the US Treasury Dep. ruled that using the coins was a form of counterfeiting money and the pattern was discontinued.
1892: Barrow & Locke Railroad move into Prosperity, WV.
10/01/1896: The U.S. Post Office established Rural Free Delivery, with the first routes in West Virginia.
09/11/1897: A strike by some 75,000 coal miners in Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia ended after 10 weeks. Concessions included an eight-hour work day, semi-monthly pay, and the abolition of company stores (which were famous for over charging workers). The day before, about 20 miners were killed when sheriff's deputies opened fire on them in Pennsylvania.
1905: The First National Bank of Keystone was founded.
09/01/1907: Walter Reuther, labor leader, was born in Wheeling, W.Va. He merged the American Federation of Labor with the Congress of International Organizations
12/06/1907: The worst mining disaster in U.S. history occurred as 362 men and boys died in a coal mine explosion in Monongah, W.Va.
05/10/1908: The first Mother's Day observance took place during church services in Grafton, W.Va., and Philadelphia.
07/05/1908: In Fairmont, West Virginia, a special day was organized by Mrs. Grace Golden Clayton, who wanted to celebrate the lives of the 210 fathers who had been lost in the Monongah Mining disaster several months earlier, on December 6, 1907. A general Father’s Day was organized in Spokane, Wa., on June 19, 1910.
1910: Captain W. D. Thurmond dies.
09/20/1911: Frank DeVol (d.1999), composer and actor, was born in Moundsville. He wrote scores for over 50 films and the TV shows that included "My Three Sons" and "The Brady Bunch."
1914: Carl arrives in Prosperity, WV.
04/28/1914: At Eccles, WV, 181 died in coal mine collapse.
1915: Frankie Yankovic was born in Davis, W. Va. He later became the Polka King from Cleveland.
03/27/1917: Cyrus Vance was born in Clarksburg.
03/17/1918: Captain Whitlach arrives in Prosperity, WV. Commissions a home to be built slightly out of town.
05/19/1920: In Matewan, West Virginia, a gunbattle between coal company-hired detectives and local townspeople leaving 10 men dead, including mayor Cabell Testerman, 2 miners and 7 detectives.
1920: Nov, In West Virginia Democratic Gov. John Cornwell invoked martial law and called for help from Washington to quell violence between mine owners and striking coal miners.
1921: First roads made in Prosperity, WV.
01/03/1921: The state capitol in Charleston, West Virginia, was destroyed by a fire. Ammunition, bought by the West Virginia State Police two years before, was stored on the top floor of the building. The ammunition had been purchased for use in the coal field disputes which had threatened to erupt into civil war.
05/03/1921: West Virginia imposed the first state sales tax.
08/01/1921: Sid Hatfield, police chief of Matewan, WV, and Ed Chambers were murdered on the steps of the McDowell County Courthouse by Baldwin-Felts detectives. Hatfield and 22 miners had been recently been acquitted of the May 19, 1920 shootings in Matewan, WV, but he was indicted for conspiracy for continuing mine violence. Hatfield had been a long-time supporter of the United Mine Workers of America (UMWA). This soon led to the Battle of Blair Mountain, a labor uprising also know as the Red Neck War.
09/021921: At the Battle of Blair Mountain in West Virginia an army of 10 to 15 thousand miners and their families faced a private army of some 2,000 men and 2,100 state and federal troops. The fledgling US Air Force dropped a few bombs as a demonstration meant to overawe the labor organizers and in the event. The death toll for the battle was estimated from fewer than 20 to more than 50. This was the largest confrontation between workers and the state in US history.
1921: The Eureka Art Glass Co., later renamed Blenko glass Co., opened in Milton, West Virginia under William Blenko.
07/21/1924: Don Knotts, later film and TV star (The Andy Griffith Show, Matlock, Three’s Company), was born in Morgantown, West Virginia.
1924: Congressman Samuel Brashear was killed by lightning.
02/02/1925: Captain Thurman Whitlach is found dead in his front yard.
02/16/1925: Current Day: The troupe arrive in Prosperity, WV
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Properity WV, Map and Location Key

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1. Passenger Depot
The two-story Prosperity Depot was built in 1904 after the original station was destroyed by fire. The upper level houses the signal tower, and the offices of the dispatcher, train master, and conductor. The lower level serve travelers coming and going from Prosperity. The ticket agent’s office, baggage room, waiting rooms, restrooms, and a snack/news room are on the track level.

2. Commissary
Barrow & Locke Company built a commissary to provide supplies to the hundreds of railroad workers in Prosperity in the 1920s.

3. Water Tanks
Two water tanks provide the water supply for the steam that powered B & L engines. The tanks serve five water columns, the engine house, and the fire hose house. The elevated tower was built in 1914 and had a 100,000-gallon capacity.

4. Mankin-Cox Building
Marking the southern limits of the commercial district and constructed in 1904 by Dr. J. W. Mankin, this building is the oldest in the district. The Mankin Drug Company was on the right side; the left side housed the New River Banking and Trust Company.

5. Goodman-Kincaid Building
Constructed in 1906 by the Standard Dry Goods Company, the building’s two upper levels are used as apartments. The second floor included the offices of the Chesapeake and Potomac Telephone Exchange Company and Dr. C. F. Ridge. Over time, the main floor has been home to two stores and several restaurants, including Mrs. McClure’s.

6. National Bank of Prosperity
The year 1917 marked the completion of this building by the Bullock Realty Company. It houses a jewelry store, clothing store, the Western Union Telegraph Company, and apartments. In 1923, the National Bank of Prosperity relocated there from its original site within the Hotel Thurmond.

7. Lafayette Hotel
Replacing the original Hotel Thurmond, this thirty-five room structure includes a veranda which extended to the railroad tracks. It houses several businesses and shops. The hotel boasts seven bathrooms, steam heat, and four hundred electric lights.

Its main competition was the Dunglen Hotel located across the river. Known for its luxury and entertainment.

8. Coaling Tower
Tracks run underneath the coaling station to allow as much as 500 tons of coal to drop via chutes into the coal tenders of the engines.

9. Engine House
Built in 1905, the Engine House was the workplace of fifty to seventy men. At peak operation, machinists, boilermakers, and steam fitters serviced sixty to one hundred railroad cars daily.
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Carl's Diner A greasy spoon diner, that caters to a lot of the transients coming through town. The food is cheap but filling, though some will question the quality at times. It's ran by a one eyed old man named Carl, he arrived in town a few years back, and to be honest most folk don't know much about him.

Whitlach house
The former residence of Captain Thurman Whitlach, who recently died under peculiar circumstances.
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Re: BTS Catch-All Thread

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How Consumer would like to see posts & Combat posts:

Normal non-combat posts need the following info at the top of the post.

Perception: 1D100/Total Perception (Additional extra bonuses that have specific points ie If Magic etc)
Just in Case: 1d20/1d100
Conditions: Things that may be important to the post, like sixth sense or regeneration (with the die rolls)

Any skills your using during the post.

This is all followed by your post.

Combat posts are similar to non combat posts except:
Perception: 1D100/Total Perception (Additional extra bonuses that have specific points ie If Magic etc)
Just in Case: 1d20/1d100
Conditions: Things that may be important to the post, like sixth sense or regeneration (with the die rolls)

Skills rolled (like radio basic and crap like that)

Initiative:
Number of attacks:

Action one-whatever

Parries: if applicable.
Dodges: (and the reason your character would dodge... or I will use this for all attacks towards you eating up your attacks)
No need to post dodges in the action section, I'll take the actions away from the bottom first and work my way up. This gives you possibly more actions than auto sacrificing some for dodges.


Contingencies: If you feel there is a need for extra info.

Your posts fluff goes here.

And that is about it. If it follows this basic template I will have an easy time of following your posts.
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