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Topic: Voyages of the Rocinante - Firefly RPG QnA
Subject: Better than hanging


And there ain't no woman to blame this time!

I am waiting on Cathy to post as her mission is a major part of this place. If I can wrangle some time today I will move Andrew forward just for you YeOlde.

Posted on 2009-05-06 at 12:14:39.

Topic: It's coming!
Subject: no


No Sneak peeks for you!

Posted on 2009-04-29 at 15:10:19.

Topic: Voyages of the Rocinante - Firefly RPG QnA
Subject: They keep coming


Good post Tann.

Since you are not doing the service of ship and just a fill-up, PA will take care of that while you are away (Part of your docking fees).

Dollhouse is Whedon's latest series. I'm not getting into it myself but Cathy likes it. I still dream he will redo firefly with a different ship and crew (Rocinante for instance?).

Posted on 2009-04-29 at 12:24:16.
Edited on 2009-04-29 at 12:32:08 by Alacrity

Topic: Voyages of the Rocinante - Firefly RPG QnA
Subject: Rocinante


While you are on Beylix - Do you want Wolf to do more Maintenance (which could slow down your departure but put you up to par on your scheduled servicing) or just get a fill up, clean the windows and check the oil? Fuel on Beylix is much cheaper than Regina (600 to fill the tank completely). You will have to fuel the tank actually, you won't make it from B to R to L back to R again without more fuel.

Posted on 2009-04-28 at 15:21:11.

Topic: Voyages of the Rocinante - Firefly RPG QnA
Subject: we too


Cathy and I love Castle too. Unfortunately, we seem to be in a minority. Both it and Dollhouse are on the edge of the rating bubble and may be dropped.

Posted on 2009-04-28 at 15:12:54.

Topic: Voyages of the Rocinante - Firefly RPG QnA
Subject: Whoa ....Good Post


Great Post Bromern. I could really get a sense of what Wyatt was feling from it. Well done. I will have to make sure I give Cathy some time to post a reply soon.



Posted on 2009-04-28 at 14:08:07.

Topic: Happy Birthday Veronica
Subject: Happy Birthday Veronica


Today is my daughter’s 13th birthday. To celebrate this auspicious occasion (and the loss of my sanity for the next 7 years or so) please join me in wishing her a very Happy Birthday.

Happy Birthday Veronica!

Posted on 2009-04-28 at 13:56:27.

Topic: Star Trek: The Guardian Saga
Subject: Dammit! I'm a doctor, not a tactical commander


“There’s an energy signature there,” Curzon Shral pointed with his right hand. “It’s not very strong, but it is enough power to take notice, and it is constant.”

“Alright,” Drake replied. “I’ll check it out.”

“Ummm, why don’t we all go? Then we can keep track of each other and we can support each other.” Zachery asked.

“No.” Pierce said quickly and dismissively, “ If we keep traipsing around as a group, we increase our chases of discovery. One person has a better chance to scout. Meanwhile. We should be considering what we should do once we get there. How are we going to get in? A straight attack is folly. We’re going to need a diversion – something to draw them away from the outpost.”

Posted on 2009-04-27 at 19:23:41.

Topic: Voyages of Rocinante - Serenity/Firefly RPG
Subject: Situation getting worse


Emmett’s Bar, Beylix, Newhouse – 12:15 am

"Howdy Sheriff!" Andrew said as he gestured to the dead man on the floor, "This man came in here with a gun and attempted to shoot someone here and regretfully I shot him dead. As for me, my name is Andrew Bowman, I came in on a freighter today and I'm just looking for work."

“Really now? You know, I would have to say that you are going about it in the wrong way. In fact, shooting a man who has no gun in his hand, is most likely the exact opposite of looking for work – unless you are an assassin. You aren’t an assassin are you? No matter, I’m sure that you wouldn’t tell me if you were – secret code of the not so very stealthy assassin and all that.”

“He got a gun in his pocket, Sheriff.” Bobbie adds helpfully.

“He? To which ‘He’ are you referring?”

“Umm… The dead guy.”

“Ahh. Well, I guess that didn’t help him did it? Ahich is why I carry mine in a holster. In your pocket and you are likely to shoot the family jewels. Did you go through his pockets before he hit the ground or before?”

“I didn’t Sheriff. You can see the bulge…”

“That’s as far into that conversation as I wish to go. Fine. You, you and you,” He says waving his Colt at the three workers nonchalantly, “You stay here and I will take statements. You,” He points to Andrew while playing with clicking the hammer back and forth, “Will go with Deputy Weaver here, who will take you over to the jail. Now I do not like trouble. That is why the people in this town gave me the badge, I simply detest trouble and have little tolerance for it. Go nicely, and I will take it as a kindness for future considerations. Give me trouble and I will end you. See what I mean – simple. Any questions?”

Posted on 2009-04-26 at 20:57:11.
Edited on 2009-04-26 at 20:58:56 by Alacrity

Topic: Voyages of the Rocinante - Firefly RPG QnA
Subject: Posted


Finally!

Don't worried yeolde - I'll post for Andrew but you are three days behind them now. I wanted to keep the stories separate.

Posted on 2009-04-26 at 00:51:52.

Topic: Voyages of Rocinante - Serenity/Firefly RPG
Subject: Major


Note – this is very brief in places. If you have something you want to add anywhere along the line, feel free. I just wanted to get you off planet and on Beylix.

Blake’s Town hall, above the bank, Regina, Frisco – 11:00 am

The meeting was over now, people were milling around, chatting to each other about issues that were important to them. Charles was busy finishing off any of the sandwiches left on the table. Sherm, CC and Derek Chow move to speak to Willow about the offered goods while Brigit looks on. Chad and Bailey begin a discussion on the when and where for a miners meeting on short notice, and they both leave first and in a hurry. John and Cora have a whispered discussion, mostly Cora whispering to John with rather stern and pointed gestures. James Blake’s attempts to talk with Brigit but she waves him off complaining of a headache and would JW take her home.

Wyatt speaks to his PR man who just volunteered for a world of hurt. “You aim t' sit by planetside and make sure these folk you just met don't get a raw deal, is that it Kid?" Wyatt asked, "Think it'll be easy? You might have to deal with Alliance, explain them that are recently made dead by our hands, maybe even hold off some before we're back to pick you up. You up for that, Asher? Truly?"

“I’ve handled worse Captain”, the young man lied, “Besides, it ain’t gonna be long. Two weeks tops. I can handle the troubles they got here until then – anything is better than what they got. As for Alliance, I can play stupid with the best of them, Captain. I’ll wave you every day so you can keep tabs on me – and I’ll let you know what’s gonna on here. I got’s the feeling there are many hands being played here.”

Willow came over after making promises to visit the merchants later. She leaned over to take Asher’s hand, squeezing it hard, and nearly lost her composure when he turned that sweetly open and honest face to hers. “Oh Asher, honey, you don’t have to set everything right in the world all at once, you do know that? Promise me you’ll be careful!”

“Of course I will Miss Willow. Don’t I always? You’ll tell Ma for me? I don’t think I could and stay behind.”

Wyatt and Willow exchanged looks of doubt but the two of them knew that there was more here than Asher was saying. He came from a farm and had to fight off thieves and criminal elements from taking over his world since he was way too young. The situation in town was too close to home for him to turn his back.

Rocinante, Regina Spaceport – 2:00 pm

Once he finished fixing the mule so that it purred like a kitten again, Wolf managed to find some parts at Port Authority depot. They were willing to let some stuff go at a better price to the big mechanic, seeing he was like a local, but some things just weren’t cheap. Fenris inspected the engines of Rocinante. with approval and admiration. Kora had done a good job of looking after her, no doubt there. He even chuckled good-naturedly on the hand knit blanket that was used to conserve heat on the bypass valves.

He stored his belongings in the room closest to the engine room, the one that Kora had vacated for him. Wolf didn’t have much. Mostly tools and things but he made himself at home. At one point he came into the room and found a wool sweater folded neatly on his bunk – a gift from Trish to say welcome to the family.

The captain wanted to leave as soon as the getting was good. But he also said he wanted the septic sweep done and there was no way to rush that – it would be evening before the ship could leave. Good thing he did give the go ahead too, them septic valves were getting mighty green in a bad way.

Fenris continued to do maintenance work, minor repairs and tweaks. Some things he changed to the way he liked things and others he left as they were, but it wasn’t long before he found himself thinking of the ship as his home.

When the Captain and Sam returned to the ship, Trish did not take the bad news well. In fact, Sam had to pry the pink shotgun out of her hands before she ran out to rescue Asher from his own naivety. Then they had to break the second piece of bad news which was that they were gonna have passengers. Trish was shy at the best of times, and strangers on board were never a good thing in her books. Trish took the news as well as she could and retreated into her room, locking the door – the sound of busy knitting needles clicking being the only sound from within.

Wolf and Sam do a quick run to the stores to stock up on foodstuffs and provisions for the trip. Nothing fancy of course, mostly protein paste in all colours of the rainbow. Willow arrives later in the day, after negotiating an excellent price for the chocolate and the rum. When she hears about Trish’s state, Willow immediately delegates the rum and chocolate delivery to the Captain as she attends to the distressed mother of the ship. Wyatt is left in the cargo hold with bottles and packages muttering something about – “…but I’m the captain. I thought I was the captain. Say so on my …”

Rocinante, Regina Spaceport – 8:00 pm

The septic flush is finally finished. JW and Bailey arrive early to see you off. The passengers arrive with time to spare. John Blake, A.E. Sherman and CC Fiddler all arrive with assorted luggage; all seem to prefer to travel light. Mr. Blake pays the fees for the travel up front. James arrives shortly afterward with more luggage than the three men together. He initially starts to suggest he pays half now and half later when JW comes over and cuffs him on the back of the head and tells him to “Pay up and shut up Jimmy. No one wants to hear it.” Jimmy pays the full amount and heads in muttering about how someone should really help him with his bags.

Chad shows up after that with an over the shoulder duffel bag and a strong box that he’s holding like his life depends upon it. He walks onboard very wide eyed and staring – you have to remind him about the fees before he pays you, but he does so willingly, all the time not letting the strong box go. When he does pay, he’s given you twice the amount without realizing it.

Rooms are established with moderate ease and everyone is onboard. Sam starts the initial fire up sequence to leave Atmo. JW and Bailey shake Wyatt’s hand and wish you all a safe journey before retreating to a safe distance. Soon you are leaving Regina and heading back into the Black, the sounds of a horse galloping across the ship echoes familiarly as you go to hard burn.

Note: Willow occupies two of the passenger dorms (one is her room, the other she converted into a closet – a walk in closet). Now I am gonna assume that you ain’t about to shift around lodgings. There is the area around the infirmary, Asher’s room is free, and the kitchen can take hammocks. It isn’t an issue and I am not gonna make it one.

John Blake and the two merchants don’t seem to have much problems adjusting to life on a transport. They mostly keep to themselves, don’t stray too far around the ships and avoid all the areas they are told to avoid. James is like a kid …on his first space flight. He wants to be up in the cockpit, he wants to hold the controls, he wants to see the engines. Chad gets even twitchier as the ship leaves Atmo and you sail into the Black. He takes his strongbox of ballots to his room and shakily says hat he really just wants to go to bed – in has been a rough day.

By dinner time, Willow has coaxed Trish out again and makes quiet introductions to her to the passengers so there isn’t too much fuss. James freaks out at the site of Trish which causes Sam to take James aside forcefully to the engine room where he and Wolf have a quick conversation about behaving on the boat and where they will shove their collective boot if he doesn’t.

Dinner passes well after that. Trish does her usual magic in the kitchen and all the passengers are vocal in their appreciation, especially James. Chad does not join you for dinner.

Late that night as Sam is setting the auto-pilot before heading to bed, a wave comes in from Asher. He is settling in well, people are nice to him. Some hooligan problems but nothing he couldn’t handle.

Asher does go on to explain something that happened to him during the day. Seems he was getting to know the town, walking about when Chad Sloat approached him. Chad asked him to come into the Lawrence Saloon to help him out. Well in he goes and the place is packed with miners – very drunk miners. They push him up front to the bar and tell he gonna run the election. Asher is confused and Chad explains that he needs a neutral party to take the ballots and put them into a strong box so there can’t be any tampering.

Well the miners are more interested in drinking than they are voting. Chad is trying to tell them mining guild stuff but they can’t hear him over the ruckus and the singing and the laughing. No one else volunteers to run for the guild rep position and the miners all just do their ballets quickly so they can get on to drinking. The ballots were all gathered and Chad took the box with him, but boy, did he look scared!

JW McClarrin House, Frisco Regina – 11:00 pm

“But Miss Brigitt. what about JW?”

“Oh Asher, he’s not into that. But when Sam gets back – We’ll talk about it.”

*rip, tear, fling*

Day One, The Black

Time is extremely relative on a ship in the black. Routine decides when morning is, when lunch is served and when you call it quits. John, Sherm and CC all politely ask if there is anything they can do to help around the ship. They do as they are told to or they find ways to entertain themselves. CC and Sherm play cards frequently while John Blake reads a novel of long ago days when Knights and thieves and clerics adventured against evil into dungeons. Willow notices that his bookmark is a picture of his wife – taken probably a few years back, as she is wearing a showgirl’s outfit, like in a cabaret or upscale burlesque show.

Chad comes out for breakfast but he doesn’t talk much and is even jitterier than before. Anytime someone heads in the vicinity of his room, he jumps up to intercept them. He never confronts them, just watches. After the meal he quickly returns to his room again.

James spends his time alternating between trying to get Willow alone to suggest ways they can break the boredom of space travel and hovering around the doorway of the cockpit or engine room, attempting to make nice with Sam and Wolf.

Dinner is good but quiet. Chad joins you but he eats so fast and returns to his room that it leaves everyone feeling uneasy. After the meal John Blake goes to talk with Chad and is in with him for most of the night.

Asher sends a wave that things are going well. He seems relieved that Wyatt gets his wave this evening. The Ladies in town threw him a little party and Cora Blake had invited him over for dinner.

Day One, Frisco, Regina

“Umm… Miss Blake. I don’t know if we should…”

“Oh be quiet Silly! John fulfills many of my needs but right now, I need you and I need you badly.”

*rip, tear, fling*

Day Two, The Black

Morning comes and Chad joins you all for breakfast. He seems more relaxed now, although still a bit edgy. At least he eats and joins into the conversation although both he and John keep the topic off the guild election.

Midday, the ship begins to lose power- a faulty couplet on the drive shaft is quickly found by Wolf and is repaired without incident or lose of time to the schedule.

James continues his hunt for pleasant pastime with Willow with no success.

Asher sends a wave at night. He looks tired. Very strangely asks how John Blake is doing. He seems to have the riffraff scared, things have settled down a bit. No sign of the Alliance. Tonight he’s investigating some problem at the Lawrence.

Day Two, Frisco, Regina

“But ladies. There are three of you and only one of me.”

“That’s okay Mr. Sheriff.”

“Yeah. We like it that way.”

“But don’t tell our daddy,”

*rip, tear, fling*

Day Three, Newhouse, Beylix, 10:00 am

By late morning you see the planet Beylix, a speck getting bigger and bigger as you approach. The junkyard, garbage dump of the Verse, Beylix is where all the space trash is dropped from Reclamation. There are many farming communities on the planet but most of the workers and industry is melting down scrap and re-processing it.

No Alliance blockade here, and with so many junk dealers passing through, getting pass the port authority is nothing beyond a good morning and here’s where we are heading – kinda nice but boring in its own way too.

Rocinante . lands on landing pad 17a, of Newhouse Port Authority. Time is now 10:00 am Beylix Standard time.

Your passengers are packed and ready to go. John Blake asks the captain if they could have an escort to and from the Sheriff’s office. Since they do not know this man and they are coming to hire him away from this sheriff, he feel safer if he had some people around him who … were used to trouble.

James is off like ..a kid off home planet for the first time. Chad is also quick to take his lockbox and head over to the Mining Guild house – most likely be glad to hand over his burden.

Posted on 2009-04-26 at 00:45:21.
Edited on 2009-04-26 at 00:49:55 by Alacrity

Topic: Voyages of the Rocinante - Firefly RPG QnA
Subject: see


If I say I'm DMing, would Olan make the drive up?

Posted on 2009-04-24 at 16:03:38.

Topic: Voyages of the Rocinante - Firefly RPG QnA
Subject: don;t tempt me


I am mighty tempted to use them there staples rob. trust me on that.

oh - BTW - the first every RDI D&D tabletop game will be held at Rob's cottage sometime in July. We are working on the details.

Posted on 2009-04-24 at 15:37:19.

Topic: Voyages of the Rocinante - Firefly RPG QnA
Subject: Sunday


If I haven't posted by end of day Sunday, I will have Cathy spank me soundly.


Posted on 2009-04-24 at 12:26:09.

Topic: This was hell
Subject: getting weird....er


“Where did you go? Herman asked Cat, while they moved. “And more importantly: where will WE go?”

“I…” Cathedral paused, not knowing how to explain. “I went back, I think, for a moment. Hospital somewhere. I was doing something – a procedure and it went wrong. The patient died…” It all sounded too weird to him Then why am I here? Not her?

He plodded on, saying words that came to him although they didn’t seem to make sense as he said them. “We aren’t in the dreamscape. If we can get to the dreamscape, I can create a portal and get us back .” or me at least. I never had passengers before.

But how? Cathedral didn’t know. “Listen. Let’s see if this place is eidetically protoplasmic. Everyone think that over this hill is a grassy plain. Just picture a grassy plain and concentrate hard upon the image. What am I doing? Dreamscape? Protoplasmic?

Posted on 2009-04-23 at 14:46:47.

Topic: Star Trek: The Guardian Saga Q&A
Subject: Sorry dude


I've been swamped at work for the last two weeks. Programs galore. Should settle down now until months end when it will be inventory.

Posted on 2009-04-23 at 12:09:31.

Topic: Voyages of the Rocinante - Firefly RPG QnA
Subject: Boom


I see a possible jail break in your future. But maybe Wyatt and Willow can talk the sheriff into letting you go.


BTW - Sudden busy-ness at work has slowed down my posting. Hopefully today if I can scratch out some time.

Posted on 2009-04-23 at 12:06:58.
Edited on 2009-04-23 at 12:08:11 by Alacrity

Topic: The Return of Yana
Subject: a what in a what


I'm still stuck in the salad on a roller coaster metaphor.

Nice to see you again Yana. Always a pleasure to see your artwork.

Posted on 2009-04-21 at 20:14:35.

Topic: WotC E-books
Subject: really


Because forcing people to play by their lousy rules has worked for them so often in the past. TSR was. and WotC is the Microsoft of the RPG world.

We should rebel and all switch back to 2e! Who's with me? Books? We don't need no stinking books!

Clothing optional, Dice mandatory! To battle!

Posted on 2009-04-21 at 20:12:56.
Edited on 2009-04-21 at 20:13:16 by Alacrity

Topic: Voyages of the Rocinante - Firefly RPG QnA
Subject: The GL


Okay here’s how the books look

You received 1000 credits for the Ice
You received 500 credits for saving the banks
Willow did some fine bartering work and got you 170 credits for the rum and chocolate
You will get 800 for the passengers there and back
Income: 2470 credits

You paid 480 for repairs to Ship/Boat
Fixing the Mule didn’t cost you
50 for port fees
50 for the septic flush and fresh water
3 for new hat
50 for new ballistic vest
Basic kitchen reload (think: passengers) 200
Ammo restock - 17

Expenses: 850

Future Income - 3000 credits for Ice
Future Expense - Fuel refill for Roc - 600
Proper Maintenance - 480 ( more for new parts)

Now I will do a huge "woof" post soon (honestly) and you will be on Beylix. Is there anything you wish to do before takeoff (which I will assume will be in the evening of the same day you are in)? Otherwise I will assume you go about your day and head out. I hope that Robert will post again soon. Blammm is out until I hear otherwise. YeOlde has expressed desire to continue as The Professor.




Posted on 2009-04-20 at 21:44:03.
Edited on 2009-04-20 at 21:49:17 by Alacrity

Topic: WotC E-books
Subject: However


it is illegal to make a copy of your D&D books and give it to your friend. Carries a 5 digit fine to the copier alone in Canada.



Posted on 2009-04-20 at 18:34:31.

Topic: WotC E-books
Subject: I agree


I fully agree with Bromern about the issue of copyright and materials written. We should not be party to any illegal distribution of W0TC stuff.

I just wish they would release the old stuff that you can't find copies easily.

Posted on 2009-04-20 at 16:45:41.

Topic: Last one to post wins - Part II
Subject: It's Grugg's fault


It's all Grugg's fault. Everything is Grugg's fault. Volcanoes, common cold, Pamela Anderson - all Grugg's fault.

Posted on 2009-04-15 at 19:54:33.

Topic: Last one to post wins - Part II
Subject: Last one to post wins - Part II


Finally Grugg hits 5000 posts! Woohoo! Congrats to Grugg and also to Fletch who was the last one to post. So let's start over ....

This is a very simple concept. If you have the last post in this topic, you win.

So post!


Posted on 2009-04-15 at 19:06:09.

Topic: Resurrection of YeOlde
Subject: Wlecome back dude


Good to see you again. Despite what it looks like, Rocinante is still going.

Posted on 2009-04-14 at 16:13:07.

 


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