Live Play (MercCo)

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TerlObar
November 4, 2009 - 3:53pm
Okay, here is the inital campaign background for the game this Friday.  I'll post the exact scenario background later tonight (I just need to work out a couple of details).

The PCs are a mercenary squad for MercCo. They form a "peer" squad, no official leader (external or internal) assigned but rather have a self organized command structure. I’m building this as the beginning of a full campaign. Given the goals of this format, I’ll try to shoot for a series of small encounters that can be played out in one or two sessions and if a player can’t be there, their character will just sit that one out.

Everyone should generate a beginning AD character. Pick a PSA and two skills and 250+1d100 credits to buy equipment. You will also receive equipment based on your missions. Character’s pay will be based on skills (basically the amount listed in the AD rules minus “cost of living” expenses deducted by MercCo since they provide room and board, transportation to mission and supplies).

Let me know if you are going to play so I can scale encounters appropriately  (right now I know of Ascent, w00t, Omgha and umungus).  Also, let me know if you have Skype and your Skype name (mine is dagorym).  If everyone has it we'll give it a try.  I'll post the OpenRPG character sheet later tonight as well.  When we start, I'll have everyone send me a copy of their character.
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TerlObar
November 4, 2009 - 8:38pm
Episode 1

Your squad has been contracted out to perform escort duty for a mid-level manager of Trident Inc., a local mining and manufacturing company on Lossend. He is performing an on-site inspection and checkout of the facility and apparently the travel route from the corporate warehouses out to the mining and processing facility has been plagued by raiders over the last few months. You’ve been assigned to escort the manager and some additional staff out to the facility and the manager and a cargo shipment back. 

It should be a simple assignment, ride shotgun on the trip out, hang out at the facility for a couple of days while the inspection occurs and then ride shotgun for the cargo delivery on the way back. 

For this assignment you can draw (if needed) from MercCo supplies:
  • a rifle
  • a pistol
  • 100 rounds or SEUs (clips) for each weapon
  • one clip for a powered melee weapon if possessed by the PC
  • a defensive suit (Albedo or skein)
  • screen and beltpack for the screen
Non-expendables (weapons, screen and beltpack) as well as unused ammo are to be returned at the end of the mission.
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Georgie
November 5, 2009 - 8:50pm
I'm in.
Skype Georgie_52302

Character: Jack Ovel-Drades, Human
Background: Jack is fresh out of trade school where he studied Life Support Systems Design (PSA Biosocial - Environmental, with secondary Tech skills). Unfortunately, no one was hiring green horn LS techs, so he signed on with MercCo. He expects the job to be basic security, you know, wear the uniform, sit at the front desk and have visitors sign the book. He's still young and naive enough to not realize that Mega-Corps don't give a hang what its employees expect.
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TerlObar
November 6, 2009 - 6:32pm
We'll be on the Roleplay Refugees server in the Str Frontiers room.  I'll also be on chat here until we get started.
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Georgie
November 6, 2009 - 7:56pm
deleted. Terl beat me to the punch.
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w00t
November 6, 2009 - 8:56pm
Refer to:

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SDon7x
November 7, 2009 - 9:23am
I might be interested in this.  Can you tell me when your next session might be, and, importantly, how frequently you plan to host live sessions?

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w00t
November 7, 2009 - 1:09pm
The overall goal is to have a GM available every Friday at 9pm EST and make pre-made adventure so their easy to run online.

I'll try to keep the front page of the site update. /me thinks we'll need a Calendar!

@Tom, I realized last night this might present a problem if a Player needs to GM the session that he is playing in.






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w00t
November 7, 2009 - 1:53pm

Jack the human, Tang the vrusk and Grok the yazirian were hired by MercCo to escort some sniggity-wigs through the mountains. On the way we spotted very very large land herbivores and some burned out vehicles. We then drove through a forest and finally to the destination - a mining base cut from the mountain side.

Highlight of the trip - Tang, "At least I got to scare a rabbit alien thingy."

No yazirian's were harmed during the filming of this episode.
Foot in mouth



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Georgie
November 7, 2009 - 2:57pm
I'd like to emphasize most of us were learning how to use the software... well, at least I was learning the software, so we didn't get as far in roughly three hours of play as we might have at table-top play. Overall, it was extremely enjoyable and I plan to attend as often as I am able. Heck, I might even Ref a game if Terl can't continue or needs play time. Cool
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Oghma
November 8, 2009 - 4:37pm
Sorry I missed you guys.  I completely forgot that you were getting started on Friday.

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Ascent
November 8, 2009 - 11:14pm
This sounds like a great story. I really do want to be a part of it this Friday. I'll try to stay on Twitter for the reminder.
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w00t
November 8, 2009 - 11:31pm
Ascent wrote:
This sounds like a great story. I really do want to be a part of it this Friday. I'll try to stay on Twitter for the reminder.


I think one of the items I'll put on the "Frontier Master List" is for the GM to send email on wed/thur as a reminder. That is the only source I know everyone is using.

We want to draw a crowd outside sf.us.

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Lubidius
November 12, 2009 - 11:39am
Do you all use openrpg for a desktop? or do you just do straight up Skype voice comms and just use another method to get information posted to the player group?

I'd be interested in lurking at least for a couple sessions; just to see how it all works.

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w00t
November 12, 2009 - 1:56pm
Download openRPG software that runs on your desktop. This interface is used to connect and play.

http://www.rpgobjects.com/index.php?c=orpg&m=getorpg

Skype is used to speed up the game (most can talk faster than type).

Hope to see you there!

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Georgie
November 13, 2009 - 7:04pm
Jack Ovel-Drades

Basic Information

Race:
Human
Gender:
Male
Age:
21years
Handedness:
Right
Height:
1.8m
Weight:
81.6kg

Ability Scores

STR/STA:
50/50
DEX/RS:
45/50
INT/LOG:
60/60
PER/LDR:
40/40
Initiative Modifier:
+5
Punching Score:
+3
Ranged Weapons:
23%
Melee Weapons:
25%

Movement

Walking: 10 m/turn
Running: 30 m/turn
Hourly: 5 kph

Racial Abilities

none

Skills

Primary Skill Area:
Biosocial
Environmental:
Level 2
Medical:
Level 1
Technician:
Level 1

Background

Jack is fresh out of his trade school where he studied Life Support Systems Design and Maintenance. He has no significant past and is simply looking for a pay check. His interests are varied and he is likely to try nearly anything as well as spread his XP among many skills.

Equipment

Envirokit (free), Med-Kit, Tech Kit, Civilian Skeinsuit, Electric Sword, 4 Powerclips, Autopistol, 10 pistol jetclips, chronocom, gas mask, 20 cr. cash
The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.    * Attributed to Mahatma Gandhi

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w00t
November 13, 2009 - 10:43pm
Sorry guys, had to work tonight.
:-(

Someone email me how it went plz.



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Georgie
November 14, 2009 - 6:43pm
How's about I just tells ya here. I was the only one there. Umungus attempted to join, but could not connect to the server (couldn't ping it either, which is weird since his connectivity to everything else was fine). So he and I had a nice Skype chat and badmouthed the rest of ya! Tongue out

Ok, just kidding about the "badmouthing" part. ... Maybe. Tongue out
The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.    * Attributed to Mahatma Gandhi

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umungus
November 14, 2009 - 10:25pm
Yeh! What Georgie said. It was cool to give Skype a try.

I am disturbed that OpenRPG would'nt hook up.
I am willing to run a game too. But I gotta get the log in issue hashed out.

At least I got to scare an alien rabbit thingy......


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umungus
November 14, 2009 - 10:33pm
Well I was able to log on to the roleplay refugees server, but now I cant see the SF game in the rooms. Am I missing something?

At least I got to scare an alien rabbit thingy......


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umungus
November 14, 2009 - 10:33pm
Well I was able to log on to the roleplay refugees server, but now I cant see the SF game in the rooms. Am I missing something?

At least I got to scare an alien rabbit thingy......


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Georgie
November 15, 2009 - 8:28pm
The room isn't permanent. Typically the Ref for the night should create it. You will see a 'Create Room' bottom and text box to enter the room's name below the list of current rooms.
The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.    * Attributed to Mahatma Gandhi

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Lubidius
November 16, 2009 - 9:59am
I understand most of the above connection methods, but what is the "Roleplay Refugees" server. Hopefully I can "lurk" this Friday if you all partake again.

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umungus
November 16, 2009 - 1:33pm
So, I should be good to go when the room is back up?

At least I got to scare an alien rabbit thingy......


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Georgie
November 16, 2009 - 4:49pm
umungus wrote:
So, I should be good to go when the room is back up?
I won't guarantee nuthin', but you should be. ;)

Lubidius wrote:
I understand most of the above connection methods, but what is the "Roleplay Refugees" server.
It's one of the dozen or so servers you'll see when you select "browse servers" from the menu. Each server hosts a Lobby and several game rooms.
The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.    * Attributed to Mahatma Gandhi

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umungus
November 16, 2009 - 7:44pm
Thanks Gorgie!! You da man...

At least I got to scare an alien rabbit thingy......


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umungus
November 20, 2009 - 4:02pm
So, is a game happening tonight?

At least I got to scare an alien rabbit thingy......


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Georgie
November 20, 2009 - 6:59pm
Judging from who is currently online at 7:58 CT, I would guess 'no'. :/
The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.    * Attributed to Mahatma Gandhi

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TerlObar
November 20, 2009 - 7:45pm
sorry guys, I was on a plane. Now I'm sitting in the airport waiting for my ride.
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umungus
December 3, 2009 - 4:57pm

Is anyone up for a game Friday night?

At least I got to scare an alien rabbit thingy......


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TerlObar
December 9, 2009 - 6:18pm
I could be.  I've been completly off-line for a few weeks including a trip to Germany but I'm back and getting settled in somewhat again.  I'm in Cali this Friday so no family commitments and could play for a few hours.
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