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Topic: Star Trek: the Edge of Duty Recruitment
Subject: awesome


You had a junior officer in Discovery, right? I don't know how viable it will be to re-leaunch Discovery right now, as two thirds of our central staff in that game are played by folks who are currently not active.

But if you're up for a new sim... well, that has us to two of the necessary six or so players. Start thinking about the type of character you'd like to play.

Posted on 2016-02-23 at 00:58:41.

Topic: Grugg
Subject: update


I've texted him a couple of times today (sent him a duckface photo to scar him/make his day), and he seems in good spirits. He's had a little setback or two, but overall, he seems to be on a very positive recovery arc.

He's holding me to my promise to start the next chapter of Zombies in Chicago when he gets better, and I'm happy to keep it.

Posted on 2016-02-23 at 00:53:01.

Topic: Bug Report: Chat
Subject: yep


Really really. I have a working prototype that I'm working on integrating. We're talking sooner rather than later.

Posted on 2016-02-23 at 00:48:54.

Topic: Star Trek: the Edge of Duty Recruitment
Subject: Any interest in Trek?


So, I figure that if I'm going to try to take part in this revival of the Inn, I need to get involved in gaming again. Nothing seems to get me harder than Trek... though it is a complicated thing, and we've had a couple of fizzles.

I'd love to just bring back the U.S.S. Discovery, but we'd be missing some key people. So, I'm considering starting an entirely new storyline; at the moment, I'm seriously considering a game aboard a Saber Class scout vessel. It would be a much cozier sim - whereas the Discovery carried a full thousand personnel, a Saber carries only sixty.

This would be a typical Trek Inn game; I would provide the plot framework, but the game itself it a moderated freeform. Do what you want, as long as you don't try to control someone else's character. for more information on how the game works, please refer to the official Q&A thread for this game.

Writing skill is paramount for this sort of game. For a Trek game to be fun, we have to read about your character's thoughts, emotions, motivations.

I'm figuring one, maybe two posts per week.

So... is anyone game for this sort of insanity? I figure that we need around a half dozen players to make it work, though Trek will accommodate more.

*****************************************

Edit:

So, this is apparently a thing. We now have an official name - Star Trek: the Edge of Duty.

I'm going to post a list of needed character roles, plus some optional ones, with accepted players denoted. Please PM character concepts to me.

Captain: myself
Executive Officer: due to the small crew size, the XO will almost certainly hold one of the titles below.

Chief Tactical/Security Officer: Tann Talas
Chief Science Officer: Dox
Chief Medical Officer: SilentOne
Chief Operations Officer: Ayrn
Chief Engineer: Duncan74
Chief Flight Control Office (aka Helmsman): Eol Fefalas

Astrid is joining us as a more junior engineer.
Impulse is joining us as a more junior security officer.

That actually makes seven "lead" roles. One or two of these can be NPCs, but we need the majority filled in order to have a successful game. Note again that in a small ship like this, some roles are combined or omitted. For example, I don't foresee us carrying a ship's counselor with a compliment of sixty souls.


***********************************

Added this information for those looking to develop their service records. These are typical times spent in each given officer rank.

Ensign - Commissioned cadet rank - duration 1 - 4 years
Lieutenant Junior Grade (j.g.) - duration 2 - 4 years. usually referred to as "Lieutenant"
Lieutenant - duration 3 - 6 years
Lieutenant Commander - duration 4 - 8 years (can be permanent)
Commander - duration indefinite
Captain - duration indefinite
Fleet Captain - usually only a temporary rank
Commodore - duration indefinite
Rear Admiral - duration indefinite
Vice Admiral - duration indefinite
Admiral - duration indefinite
Fleet Admiral - duration indefinite
Commander in Chief, Starfleet - Usually 4 year posting


Posted on 2016-02-23 at 00:48:04.
Edited on 2016-02-25 at 12:49:41 by t_catt11

Topic: Bug Report: Chat
Subject: if you ever get that....


If you ever get that error, do the chat logout link.

I am finally working again on the new, improved chat - it's fully AJAX drive, no more flicker refreshes, no popup window.

Posted on 2016-02-22 at 23:06:37.

Topic: New member sign up issue
Subject: here is an update...


I have found and fixed a bug that was improperly setting new user passwords. If you have registered for the Inn, and cannot log in, please shoot me an email at olansuddeth@gmail.com from the email address associated with the account. Please provide username and the password that you wish to use, and I will fix this for you.

Sorry for the inconvenience!



Posted on 2016-02-22 at 17:11:36.

Topic: The Death of the Inn?
Subject: well


Again, I'm not looking for cash. The Inn costs me little to maintain, now that I have it sharing a server with my development platform.

I'll admit, it's nice to see some positive feedback. Maybe there is more hope than I thought.

I'm still not optimistic... but maybe there is a spark. Maybe that's enough.

Posted on 2016-02-17 at 23:16:58.

Topic: The Death of the Inn?
Subject: well


Again, I'm not interested in pulling the plug. Sure, let's talk. I'm not optimistic, but if we made some improvements, a few games got going... who knows?

Posted on 2016-02-17 at 13:49:08.

Topic: The Death of the Inn?
Subject: yes


The site is functionally dead in terms of gaming. I'm sad about this, and I have sincere doubts that this will ever change - certainly that it will ever change to the point where we might experience another "golden age" where this place is a vibrant center of gaming.

I am not saying that it is dead in that I'm pulling the plug.

For those asking what they can do?

We don't need staff right now. There was a time that we needed staff for moderating threads, for keeping an eye on chat. Right now, adding staff would be like appointing lifeguards around the onboard swimming pool of the Titanic.

What people can do, I'd say, is post. Start games, join games, etc. Using the forums, period is good - share poems, talk about the news, make silly posting games, whatever - but what's killing the community, IMO, is lack of actual gaming taking place here.

Posted on 2016-02-17 at 13:13:19.
Edited on 2016-02-17 at 13:17:06 by t_catt11

Topic: The Death of the Inn?
Subject: some thoughts


I have no intention of shutting the Inn down completely. I don't want to kill Trilogy. Even though the message boards are all but empty, we still get a couple thousand page loads every day, as people use the various generators and utilities on an ongoing basis.

Don't worry about costs. I have the Inn sharing a server that I use as a development platform for my sideline business; the only real expense these days is the yearly domain fee.

As for promoting the Inn? Please feel free. Facebook, reddit, whatever. I would love to see people actually coming here to game, to be a community again. But I'm afraid that the idea of an RPG website just doesn't hold the appeal that it once did.

Once again, so much of this is my fault. When I go dark, the Inn seems to struggle. I've never understood it; I'm just one guy... but apparently, the Inn's health is linked to my activity in some sort of silly Arthur/Britain parallel.

If I updated some things (forums, chat, look of the site), maybe it would help. Maybe. There are some broken areas that I haven't fixed; I'll fully admit that the hack a few months ago took a lot of the wind out of my sails.

But the thing is, I worry that people just don't care for forum games anymore. Maybe I'm wrong. Maybe I should get off my ass and actually run one of the games I've been talking about, maybe actually be present and such.

Maybe I'm just kidding myself.

Understand, I do NOT want the Inn to die. I'm simply acknowledging that, for all intents and purposes, it seems to already be there.

Posted on 2016-02-17 at 09:38:06.

Topic: The Death of the Inn?
Subject: agreed


The interest has indeed waned. I cannot point fingers without again pointing out my own shortcomings. If I was here more. If I improved the site more. If I promoted the site more.

I've had good intentions - I have long promised a sequel to Zombies in Chicago. I have tried - and failed - to start a couple of D&D games. Star Trek and Star Wars both call to me to run.

But who will play in these games? Can I be counted on to follow through? Who would want to play is such games?

I fear it has almost become a chicken and egg situation - we can't have good games without active players, but we can't have active players without good games.

I truly wish that it were not so, but it certainly feels as if the Inn is dead. Would a better message board interface, a new chat interface fix that?

I doubt it. The games and gamers are what is missing, and I just don't know how to fix that, especially since - again - so much fault lies with me.


Posted on 2016-02-17 at 00:53:21.

Topic: The Death of the Inn?
Subject: The Death of the Inn?


If I remember correctly, the Red Dragon Inn was founded in the year 2000, first as an Angelfire page with a hosted message board. I started the site as a way to indulge my D&D hobby, as I was working, going to night school, and had two kids at home... in short, I really didn't have time for tabletop gaming any more. Eventually, we obtained a domain name, and things took off from there.

I was so incredibly fortunate to attract a truly superb core group of amazing, creative gamers. These titans of fantasy helped to take my few pages of notebook scratchings to a real D&D campaign setting. We got together and told amazing stories of heroism and villainy, of joy and sadness, of seriousness and silliness and insanity of all stripes.

The names are nigh legend these days; Alacrity, Yanamari, Vanadia, Bromern Sal, Admiral, Raven, Ayrn, Mithrandir.

The site grew so quickly for a time, and this core group became our staff. Over the years, we grew and grew and grew. There was a time when every one of our forums - and most of the categories - saw at least a little activity every day. Chat was a huge deal; at any given time, you could count on there being at least a couple of rooms going. For a time, I truly believed that we would even elevate Audalis to having an actual published campaign setting book.

Then came the various crashes; we lost games and data, we lost members. I basically had to rewrite the entire site, and for some time, things were up and down. Eventually, though, we moved to some excellent hosting, and after a time, a new golden age of the Inn arose.

Posting reached an all time high. The chatrooms were busy again. New faces came, new pillars of our community arose. Names like Eol Fefalas, Tann Talas, Almerin, Grugg, Merideth.

Ah, the stories we have told over the years! Some of the ones I have personally been involved in that stick out in my mind include Meanwhile, A Separate Thread, Continuing Where we Last Left Off, Zombies in Chicago, Star Trek: Discovery, A Frozen Grave, Star Wars: the Tides of Fate.

I have been challenged as a Game Master, player, and writer. I have been privileged to participate in some superb games, and to tell some great stories... and better yet, I have met some wonderful people (beyond those pillars I have already mentioned). Ginafae, Ye Olde, Hammer, Gertie, George Worthington, Reralae, Scarab, Tiamat, Odyson, Pit F(r)iend, Lyshkala, Skari-dono, Jozan1, Gloern, Hansjorg, Celeste, Keeper of Dragons, and so many more (please forgive me for the many omissions I have obviously made). We forged a true community, we felt a kinship, we had something truly special here.

But it is far past time to face reality. The Inn is not what it once was. Most of those pillars of our community have long since passed on from being such. Life has pulled us all in different directions, and sadly, has seemingly pulled us all away from our shared home away from home.

I am chief among the offenders. I can blame legitimate causes such the birth of more children (and being involved in their various activities), various financial stresses and sideline employment, and some ongoing battles with depression. But I would be dishonest if I didn't admit that I have also simply sucked at time management and organization, and have allowed other interests to leach time that I would have once devoted to the Inn. I've had so many plans to add to and to improve on the website... but I have seldom followed through. I can no longer be counted on to even post regularly to a game, and that is just pitiful.

Indeed, it would seem that the curtain has fallen on the stage of the Inn, and there is little to do but admit that fact. One of the few active threads for the past few months has been Tann's weekly NFL pick 'em game, and that had it's last post some nine days ago... yet is still third in the list of recently updated topics. We have one truly active game left on the Inn. Even Alacrity - long the heart and soul that has kept the place running in my absence - has admitted that his life has changed, and that he is near the end of his own time as an online Game Master.

I would be lying if I didn't say that this makes me terribly sad. I truly love this site, this community. But now, we have a only nigh silent monument to what once was, and apparently will never be again.

I suppose that, for the foreseeable future, I will keep the website up as an archive, but it makes me sad to know that there really is no gaming going on anymore. I wish the best to all of you, and hope that you never truly abandon that sense of adventure, that creative spark... even if the Inn is no longer the place to share it.

Thank you to all of you who have contributed to the Inn for the fifteen plus years it has existed. For those I have gamed with, for those I have not, for those who post in other areas, for those who have lurked - thank you, one and all.



Posted on 2016-02-17 at 00:19:18.
Edited on 2016-02-17 at 17:31:13 by t_catt11

Topic: Tann’s NFL U Pick em Game 2016-17
Subject: That's fair


I say, Carolina 34-17.

Posted on 2016-02-01 at 15:49:44.

Topic: Tann’s NFL U Pick em Game 2016-17
Subject: hah


As bad as I was in the regular season, I had a good run in the playoffs. I missed one pick total, right?

Anyway, there is only one pick to make - has to be the Panthers. This is probably going to be one of those one sided Super Bowls.

Guess that means we'll end in a tie?


Thanks for setting up the game, Tann!

Posted on 2016-01-27 at 09:33:09.

Topic: Tann’s NFL U Pick em Game 2016-17
Subject: well


Let's go Denver and Carolina.

Posted on 2016-01-22 at 16:05:36.

Topic: Tann’s NFL U Pick em Game 2016-17
Subject: how about that?


I had a decent week. Woo!

My picks for the Divisional round:

Kansas City
Arizona
Carolina
Denver

Posted on 2016-01-13 at 06:55:27.

Topic: Tann’s NFL U Pick em Game 2016-17
Subject: yep


Congrats on the regular season win!

Kansas City at Houston
Pittsburgh at Cincinnati

Seattle at Minnesota
Green Bay at Washington

Posted on 2016-01-09 at 11:58:29.

Topic: Grugg
Subject: dude


Good to hear some good results.

Posted on 2016-01-09 at 11:56:47.

Topic: Tann’s NFL U Pick em Game 2016-17
Subject: last picks


Here goes nothin. At least I have climbed back to respectability.

Saints at Falcons, 1:00 p.m.
Jets at Bills, 1:00 p.m.
Buccaneers at Panthers, 1:00 p.m.
Lions at Bears, 1 p.m.
Ravens at Bengals, 1 p.m.
Steelers at Browns, 1 p.m.
Redskins at Cowboys, 1 p.m.
Vikings at Packers, 1 p.m.
Jaguars at Texans, 1 p.m.
Titans at Colts, 1 p.m.
Raiders at Chiefs, 1 p.m.
Patriots at Dolphins, 1 p.m.
Eagles at Giants, 1 p.m.
Seahawks at Cardinals, 4:25 p.m.
Chargers at Broncos, 4:25 p.m.
Rams at 49ers, 4:25 p.m.


Posted on 2016-01-02 at 03:54:40.

Topic: Happy New RDinn Year...
Subject: woo!


Happy new year, all!

Posted on 2016-01-02 at 03:50:19.

Topic: Tann’s NFL U Pick em Game 2016-17
Subject: ...


New England at NY Jets
Houston at Tennessee
Cleveland at Kansas City
Indianapolis at Miami
San Francisco at Detroit
Dallas at Buffalo
Chicago at Tampa Bay
Carolina at Atlanta
Pittsburgh at Baltimore
Jacksonville at New Orleans
St. Louis at Seattle
Green Bay at Arizona
NY Giants at Minnesota
Cincinnati at Denver


Posted on 2015-12-27 at 11:51:48.

Topic: Tann’s NFL U Pick em Game 2016-17
Subject: Early games


Oakland
Washington

Posted on 2015-12-24 at 18:07:35.

Topic: Tann’s NFL U Pick em Game 2016-17
Subject: bleh


Kansas City Chiefs at Baltimore Ravens
Houston Texans at Indianapolis Colts
Atlanta Falcons at Jacksonville Jaguars
Chicago Bears at Minnesota Vikings
Tennessee Titans at New England Patriots
Carolina Panthers at New York Giants
Arizona Cardinals at Philadelphia Eagles
Buffalo Bills at Washington Redskins
Green Bay Packers at Oakland Raiders
Cleveland Browns at Seattle Seahawks
Denver Broncos at Pittsburgh Steelers
Miami Dolphins at San Diego Chargers
Cincinnati Bengals at San Francisco 49ers
Detroit Lions at New Orleans Saints


Posted on 2015-12-20 at 11:33:43.

Topic: Grugg
Subject: thanks


Thanks for the update. He's been heavy on my mind.

Posted on 2015-12-19 at 12:22:53.

Topic: Tann’s NFL U Pick em Game 2016-17
Subject: fly high


Jets for Saturday.

Posted on 2015-12-19 at 12:22:31.

 
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