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Topic: Weird War II
Subject: Let me explain, No take too long, let me sum up.

Captain Luke signaled to his men to stop and take up defensive positions within the room. Things were getting out of hand rapidly and he needed to get his bearings, but more importantly, they needed to know what they were up against.

"There is a secret passage in the crypts of the castle - they lead out though caverns. That is are only way out now." Great said.

“Well if that’s the case I think we need to start grabbing any and all weapons we find, grenades and heavy explosives being a priority. Not to sound crazy Captain but I have the feeling the creature we just fought won’t be the last Sci-fi horror we encounter. Whatever the krauts were working on, they sure as hell F-’d with the wrong s**t.” The Sarge responded.

“I think you are right Sarge.” Luke said mulling the situation over in his mind, “It seems that all the Intel we received about this place and mission is wrong. “ The Captain turned to Greta, “Mrs. Hofsetter? You seem to be the only person here not surprised by a monster on a bridge and detailed knowledge of the layout of this castle. There are 25 men who have already died for this mission and I don’t know why yet. Something out of one of the Sarge’s science fiction stories just destroyed our only way out. I don’t think this is the time for secrets anymore. Tell me what you know so we can deal with this and get out.”

Greta looked at the faces of the men who now looked at her expectantly. The Captain had a good point although he was wrong about her not being surprised. All the studies she did on the occult did not prepare her for this evening. She had just schooled herself in not reacting over the last few years.

“I work for the British Security Coordination under a man whose codename is Intrepid. My husband and I have been working against the Nazis since they came into power. That is to say, we had been, he was killed a year ago. “Greta takes a breath to steady herself. “I have smuggled code, intercepted transmissions and helped coordinate other listeners and even sabotaged Nazi operations.

“As you might know, Hitler is passionately seeking out any and all occult and legendary artifacts in an attempt to harness supernatural powers in his drive to control the world. Castle Rautenberg has a long history of strange occurrences. - dating back to the 1600's. The castle is built on a convergence of 4 ley lines. I don’t suppose you know about ley lines?” Great asked rhetorically, “Ley lines are the theoretical channels of mystic energy that surround the earth. Think of them as invisible power cords, if you can find them, you supposedly can tap into them. Baron Karl Rautenberg had the castle build on the specific point and spend a vast fortune to have it done. The Baron died before it was completed and his son, Rudolf was left with half a castle and a bankrupt legacy. To finish his father's work, he organized a small army of men and pillaged the areas around his land, robbing many Churches, cathedrals and abbeys. Rudolf was cursed by many a priests before they were slain and he was excommunicated by Pope Clement X. Rudolf in return swore an oath that he'd serve the devil before he'd bow before the church again.

“Having rebuilt his fortune and then some, Rudolf had a vast crypt build in the lowest level of the castle itself. He then interned his father there and completed the castle to his father's specification. Although he never married, Rudolf had seven sons and 6 daughters from a series of women he ravaged during his conquests and gathered them all to the castle when they came of age. He lived to the age of 86, and in the last years of his life became obsessed with some the books in his father's library and would spend days reading there. He would wander the lower levels of the castle muttering about "old ones". Eventually he was found dead in the crypts themselves, having died while attempting some sort of mystic ritual. After Rudolf's death, there was discord among the siblings for a few years which lead to the death of 5 of the brothers at the hands of the others. The eventual patriarch of the family was the youngest sibling, a strong and ruthless warrior.

“The castle's history continues with the same reoccurrence of the head of the family having many sons, then becoming "eccentric" and "obsessed" with either the library or the crypts. Many of them are found dead in the crypts and then a multitude of sons mysteriously "die" leaving only one or two siblings left.

“In 1910, the last of the Rautenberg family perishes at sea and the castle fell into disrepair until the Nazis seize power and it is claimed by the military as a research faculty. Captain Metzger has been assigned to the castle to study examine some claims found in journals within the library that the castle holds great power and is a key to an unknown occult mystery. Apparently, he figured out how to tap into ley lines and if what we saw out there is any proof, may have opened a portal to another dimension - a place where monsters that predate mankind were banished long ago.” She looks around at the blank stares of the soldiers trying to comprehend what she just told them. Somewhere above you in the castle there is the sound of automatic gun fire and a scream followed by a tearing sound.

“Why are you here and how do we kill these things?” Luke asked.

“Intrepid assigned me to find out what this occult power is and if it is a danger, find a way to shut it down. I had planned on using the young major to get into the castle and work from there, but as you saw, he had other plans. Without your intervention, I would be dead or worse. Behind these doors, there be monsters but we need to stop them before all hell breaks loose. There is a book called the Necronomicon which I believe was in the library – it must be destroyed. There is also a small green-grey stone called the”Elder Sign” in the shape of a five pointed star. I would imagine that Captain Metzger has that or the head scientist. It also must be destroyed. Without those two items, Hitler cannot replicate this experiment. What we saw out there was a Great Old One and they are vulnerable to fire and cold iron. Most old ones are, but some are …more powerful.”

“How do we deal with those ones?”

“Pray. And run as fast as you can.” Greta says sadly.

OOC: There is some discrepancy with equipment and it is my fault for not changing your character descriptions as we went along. You have (had) a grenade each plus four from the dead GI’s at the start of the game. So I will comb through the equipment found and redo all the characters so you know what you have. Just let it be known you have more ammo and grenades than previously thought.

Sorry this took so long but as you can see, there was a lot of info to pass along.

Almerin is on vacation until August so I will NPC his character until then.

Posted on 2011-07-12 at 17:56:48.

Topic: Weird War II Q n A
Subject: posting

We have a busy weekend of socialization so I might not get to posting this weekend but I will set a goal of have all games done by Wed.

Posted on 2011-07-09 at 12:00:51.

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

We have a busy weekend of socialization so I might not get to posting this weekend but I will set a goal of have all games done by Wed.

Posted on 2011-07-09 at 11:59:59.

Topic: Loaded Dice #71 - That Hollow Feeling
Subject: Tim's line

I have had the same conversation with players when I give them healing at the start of a game.

The more I read this one the more I wonder if Jing does commissions.

Posted on 2011-07-09 at 11:58:20.

Topic: Destiny Flight - QnA
Subject: waves

This is the way it is ....

My thoughts on the "wave" messages at the time and today is based on radio wave as I understand them and concept on how "waves" could work in Serenity.

Waves are long range messages through space that use tachyon pulse to make person to person possible over vast ranges of space. They need a pulse beacon and a powerful transmitter. You only have one pulse beacon in a ship with multiple stations.

Grace basically took the communication tech from the ship when it was being stripped and refitted. So if you send a secure message to someone, you are still going through the same system. Grace is too....cautious to have left a back door open.

So in short, you can send a secure message from the bridge. There would be a comm station on the bridge, in the infirmary and in Grace's room. Plus one in the shuttle that would be simplistic and have only the most basic security.

The encryption software and black boxes are for Grace to hack the cortex, which is different from sending waves.

NOW - if someone believes this is wrong and has a different opinion then sound off please. Communication is a very grey area in the TV series vs the Movie so I am open to different theories.

I hope I get the details on the new doctor soon because your "new" captain is gonna develop an embarassing and highly itch rash soon if he doesn't stop stealing my jokes!

Posted on 2011-07-09 at 11:49:57.
Edited on 2011-07-09 at 11:52:59 by Alacrity

Topic: Loaded Dice #71 - That Hollow Feeling
Subject: Very well done

I especially like the more goth Amy and the Chibis.

Goth Amy ....mmmmmm.

Posted on 2011-07-08 at 17:36:54.

Topic: Destiny Flight - QnA
Subject: ODY!

People with "things don't go smoothly" as a complication should not piss off the GM.

Posted on 2011-07-06 at 18:12:06.

Topic: Destiny Flight - QnA
Subject: Don't steal the GM jokes!

Ody!!!! I was working that joke in slowly for somewhere later in the game. No Plot Points for you! Steal my joke...

Glad that we can keep the game rolling. I am very busy at work right now too so if we can get the new players and characters ready to roll, I consider it a victory.

Posted on 2011-07-06 at 11:57:36.

Topic: Loaded Dice #70 - Chapter Two Cover
Subject: Very Nice

Looking forward to more.

Posted on 2011-07-05 at 18:07:02.

Topic: Destiny Flight - QnA
Subject: Sex change for doc

We have someone interested in the doctor role but wants to have their own character so this is how it is.

Odyson will take over Jon so welcome him to the game.

The doctor will (most likely) become a different person played by ForeScythe. There has been little interaction with "Brian" that I am just going to have the new doc come in as if she was always there. It is called a "woof" moment as in WOOF okay this has changed, let's move on. We can adjust any character to character backgrounds in this forum if necessary. I really don't want to reboot the whole game at this point.

Posted on 2011-07-05 at 11:59:24.
Edited on 2011-07-05 at 12:00:20 by Alacrity

Topic: Serenity RPG needs a player
Subject: Captain

Odyson has agreed to take on the role of Captain Jon and I have a possible player for a doctor.

Posted on 2011-07-04 at 19:49:58.

Topic: Serenity RPG needs a player
Subject: bumpity bump

I am running a game using the Serenity RPG based on the Firefly TV series. I have lost two players and would like to find someone to take over the roles or come abroad with a new character.

The players in question are Jon the Captain and Brian the Doctor. Niether have posted enough to establish a personality in the story so we can tweak existing or switch over to a new character.

If you are interested let me know. I can walk you through the rules so don't worry about not knowing the system. It is a very "role-player" based game, so backgrounds and personality matter.

Posted on 2011-07-04 at 12:19:17.

Topic: Destiny Flight - QnA
Subject: Okay....This is how it goes

Grugg has also told me he doesn't have time to play and doesn't know when it will change. So out of six, we have lost three. The way I see it we have three options:

1) Dig up two players to take the roles or swap in new ones.

2) Drop the Doc and get a new captain and go with five

3) End the game and put it down as another rpg ruined by RL.

I know where MMV stands so I need to hear from Celeste, Phalan and YeOlde.

Posted on 2011-07-04 at 12:15:18.

Topic: Serenity RPG needs a player
Subject: bump

Getting thread exposure. Need a player.

Posted on 2011-07-03 at 19:57:26.

Topic: Destiny Flight - QnA
Subject: Darren

Darren has asked to to leave the game as he realizes that he prefers DMing to player, which I fully undertstand. I hope to find a replacement player or I may write Brian out.

Posted on 2011-07-02 at 22:31:56.

Topic: Serenity RPG needs a player
Subject: And again

I am now looking for another player to take on the role of the Doctor, either the one on board or a different character with first aid experience. I am open to idea and as I said above, I can walk you through character development.

Posted on 2011-07-02 at 22:19:31.

Topic: Destiny Flight - QnA
Subject: communication

There is a complete comm link unit on the bridge for visual waves, messages and the like.

Worrisome how well my daughter plays the paranoid. Wonder where she gets that from?

Posted on 2011-06-28 at 16:52:29.

Topic: Loaded Dice #68 - Closure for the Adventure
Subject: very nice

good to see it back although I enjoyed the Guardian arc.

Posted on 2011-06-28 at 16:44:41.

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

I was joking. She will not be on the stairs though when you get there - she will have moved to the second floor.

BTW - I screwed up and forgot that Andrew's gun had silencers so the shots that Wolf heard would have been the deputy firing in reflex as he died.

Posted on 2011-06-27 at 12:08:33.
Edited on 2011-06-27 at 12:37:38 by Alacrity

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

Winnie isn't there as she is running up the stairs and counting to ten to avoid being in the grenade blast.

The one she left at the bottom of the stairs.

Posted on 2011-06-27 at 03:02:13.

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

Befoere you ask, Winnie rolled a good dodge on your shots Ash where her brother did not. Sorry but looks like you got's yourself a gunfight.

Posted on 2011-06-25 at 19:05:42.

Topic: Voyages of Rocinante - Serenity/Firefly RPG
Subject: Many bothans died for this post

Frisco, Day Nine 11:05 pm Planet Time

"No! It can be you! Your Dead! I killed you myself."

Ash was a young man, with good reflexes and enough experience in death dealing situations that when the realization of a booby-trap first triggered in his brain, he was ducking a and rolling expecting the worst. Luckily, it wasn't the worst that he could have come up with and the flash bang didn't hit the full of his face. but there was initial disorientation and he let himself be compromised for it. Luck was with him as this young lady with a rifle choose to stare in disbelief instead of shooting, which saved the Kid's life. he drew out his python and fired off three fast rounds at her. She threw herself down on the stairs as he fired and scrambled upwards, but Ash heard her cry out in pain - he had wounded her. As he move to get up, she opened up with the rifle through the floorboards. Splinters and dust filled the air but she missed Ash completely.

(Going up the stairs or returning fire though the floor?)

"You are going to take me to my Jimmy! You are going to bring him back home or I will end you right here!"

Wolf turned slowly to look at the woman pointing a gun at him. She wasn't even holding the gun right and would probably hurt herself if she shot him, but that wouldn't really help him after the fact. Nora was hurting and had every right to be but Wolf wasn't about to let himself be killed for her grief. Nor was he keen on the idea of hitting a lady. "Nora. Now let's be calm about this. You know I ain't no pilot."

"I don't care! I want my Jimmy back safe and sound!"

"I understand that."

"Now!!!" she cried.

"Be reasonable Nora!"

"I'm not feeling reasonable! I want my Jimmy. Do something or I'll kill you."

"If you want to kill me, " Wolf said plainly, "Better take the safety off."

Nora looked down at the firing mechanism and that was all that Wolf needed, he snatched the shotgun by the barrel and pulled it out of Nora's hand. "I'll help you more if you don't point a gun at me."

Nora Blake looks dumbfounded at the mechanic as if she has no idea how he did what he did. Then, any semblance of control is lost and she crumbles to the ground, crying like a baby. As Wolf moves to comfort her, he hears the sounds of gunfire from outside.

(Comfort the damsel or go to your friend?)

“Curfew?”… well to tell the truth I am new here abouts… I have been out in the brush for weeks and just now came into town… didn’t know there was a curfew… no trouble I hope… but see I just came into town looking for a hot meal and something to drink” Andrew said nodding to the saloon door.

"Oh. In that case..." The man answered, "Move along and stay off the streets." and as he waves towards the salloon, the comm unit on his belt squelches and a woman's voice comes across loudly, " Come here quickly! I got one at the jail!"

The deputy starts to turn to Andrew and he sees the drawn pistol too late. he goes for his guns as Andrew fires twice at the man. he staggers back, blood seeping rapidly into his shirt as he draws his pistol. Bowman fires a third time which puts the man down on the ground.
(Check if he is dead or run to save Ash?)

Hornsilver Mine, Regina, Frisco, Day Nine 11.:05 pm Planet Time

"Any readin’s on what each level contained, Mr. Cullen? Barrin’ that, what’s the history of this here mine? When were the shafts dug, and what reasoning pointed the miners to this here spot?” Wyatt asked.

"Well, this mine was considered played out before the war, that was the old shaft I was telling you about. But JW won the mine in a hand of cards and decided to check it out once the war had ended. There had been some scrimishes here, and the area had seen some bombing by the looks of things, so we sunk another shaft, this one here and tried going under the old mine - and hit paydirt. But that's why we avoid the first level because it is very unstable. Bombing shook it loose like someone drove a cruiser right through it.

"As to reading, I can't help you much. If that sheriff is down there, well I'd be much obliged if you left him there if you catch my meaning. As to Brigit, she is crafty but I think JW would like to see her brought to justice and bound by law for all she's done wrong to these here people. Besides, JW would like to get some answers out of her for all that was made up and what was real."

Posted on 2011-06-25 at 19:04:26.

Topic: Destiny Flight - QnA
Subject: posted

Gave you some more to work with. Ask if you need more details.

for those not familiar with my games, a Silver Screen is a narrative that is happening outside the realm of the player's view but is important for plot and story. You can not act upon it, but it builds tension within the story and it helps the players understand why some things are happening even if the characters do not.

Posted on 2011-06-25 at 17:51:20.

Topic: Destiny's Flight - A Serenity RPG
Subject: more to go on.

“Hello. I’m Sanders. Federal Marshal.” He says producing an official badge from his pocket, “You brought a companion, one Priscilla Barnes, in yesterday on a D5753 dash 432. I have been asked to check on her status and yours as this is a restricted area. Mind If I ask a few questions?”

"We did? I didn't look at the paperwork, I jut signed it", Jon looks up at the Fed noncommittally and gestures a 'go ahead' with his hand.

“How is Ms. Barnes? Will she be ready to leave soon?”

According to my doctor, she will recover by she'll need a few weeks to be up and companioning again."

“That long! Oh. Do you intend to wait for her or move out?”

"No sir." Jon says with a smile, "Too gorram expensive to stay here. We will be leaving tonight. Gonna enjoy the sunshine while it is free, and then fuel up and head out"

"I understand. Did you find a cargo here? I see you posted on the boards."

"Nothing here." the captain lied, "Like i said, too expensive to stay here. Is there a problem Officer?"

Sanders rapidly typed into his PADD and nodded. "No Captain. That is fine. The LEO station asked me to check, that's all. Enjoy the weather." He smiled as he put away his device and looked knowing at Ken standing there looking bored. The Marshall had already lost interest in them, you could tell by his body language. He returns to his men and his table where he tells someone named Hudson to give him back his beers.

Grace continued on to Destiny without speaking to the Marshall. She eyed the ASREV as she walked pass it, remembering a time when she stole one of those during the war. If the feds followed procedures, and they always do, they would have a link already connected to port authority. She smiled as she made her way to her room. Any door out is a door in too

When she got to her personal com station, there was a message light flashing, from Yukiko. She quickly secured the message, ran it through a decryptor, scanned it with two different bug sniffers and then funnelled the message through a trace sieve. Since it was from a known contact, she went ahead and played the message without further precautions.

"Kaida. You may be on to something. Magistrate Higgins just paid for that Priscilla to fly to Ariel not more than a two months ago. I couldn't go deep into med recs, you know how tight they are, but it was an elective procedure. I also can tell you that someone using Higgin's personal cortex has been scanning news and obituaries since you left Higgin's moon. Could be checking for lost uncles with cash, but seems timely. Anyway, it looks like you are in the middle or someone else's business so stay out and stay clear."

Silver Screen - Meanwhile, on Higgin's Moon

Magistrate Higgins was sitting down to his breakfast when his personal assistant came in. Higgin's looked up at him, "You look Grim Jeeves. Did someone die?"

"Umm. no sir." Jeeves said quietly, looking around to make sure none of the serving staff were around, "I'm afraid not."

"Higgins stood up, "What do you mean?!" he asked harshly.

"Seems that the ship she left on, managed to get her to a hospital in time Magistrate."


"Greenleaf sir."

"GREENLEAF!!!!!!!" Higgins shouted and then lowered his voice, "Greenleaf. Might as well be gorram Niska's Skyplex! I thought that stuff you got couldn't be traced."

"In an autopsy sir! Unfortunately someone on the tramp freighter had an inkling of medical training and saved her."

"Oh this is bad Jeeves. Very bad. When I pay to have someone killed, I expect it to happen! Get someone there! Don't care how and I don't want excuses."

"I'm afraid there is more bad news sir." Jeeves swallowed hard, "Seems that the procedure you paid for with Ms. Barnes? It wasn't the procedures you thought." and the assistant handed Higgins a report labelled "Ariel Hospital".

The magistrate read it and his face turned pale, "No! No no no. how could she!?"

"I know sir. Hard to buy loyalty. Good thing you planned on having her killed."

"Do you know what this means?"

"Yes sir. Congratulations?"

"What! No! I am not happy! I'll tell you what I do like though: a killer, a dyed-in-the-wool killer. Cold blooded, clean, methodical and thorough. Get me one or two and now!!!!!!!!"

Posted on 2011-06-25 at 17:48:27.

Topic: Destiny Flight - QnA
Subject: okay

Wow. One post by new guy. Sigh. Maybe I didn't give enough to go on.

Posted on 2011-06-24 at 18:34:49.

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