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Topic: Looking for Interest in New Online RPG
Subject: Looking for Interest in New Online RPG

I would like to start a new game that is not D&D based. It will be quasi free-form, with an emphasis on role playing more than anything else. The game will be need 4 to 5 players, and it will run from a beginning to end, not run a continuous story. I’m hoping for a short adventure, but we all know that once you get posting, nothing is short in reality

My dilemma is this: I have a number of ideas that I like, and I can’t decide which is best. So here are four of my ideas, and I would like you to tell me which one you like, and if you would be interested in joining. I have summarized each one to give you a feel for the concept, but there is much more to each game.

Castle Rautenberg

It is February 1944 and deep within Nazi occupied Europe, a valuable double agent for the Allies has been discovered and captured. Codenamed Sparrow, this agent has worked for years deep within the Axis command and passing information to the Allies. Sparrow has been taken to Castle Rautenberg, an SS headquarters in Southern Bavaria. The location is very remote and intelligence has discovered that a special interrogator is being sent from Berlin to question Sparrow.

The Allies command can not allow the Germans to find out what Sparrow knows, so they have to move fast. A small group of soldiers are to be selected by Intrepid and the OSS. The team is to be assembled and airdropped deep into enemy territory tonight. There you will have to destroy a bridge to delay the SS officer. Make contact with a contact man within the nearby town and secure his assistance, and then you must move into Castle Rautenberg and rescue Sparrow. If it is not possible to rescue him, then ….

Please note – this is a WWII games based on Hollywood movies like Where Eagles Dare, Guns of Navarone, etc and games like Castle Wolfenstein. If you are a history buff, please understand I have no desire to keep to “official” history.

The Lost and Profound

It is 2790 AD.The world is 100 kilometers in diameter (a disc), flat and the sky is made of metal.The sun and Moon are hexagonal in shape. The stars all twinkle at regularly timed intervals. “Earth” is a myth. An ancient fable told to little children. It never really existed. The world has always been like this. (Like Atlantis to us now)

You live in a farming community governed by the Elders. The Elders answer to the creator who speaks to his people from temple’s bell tower. The Creator tells you who you will marry, what you will do as a vocation and all other important decisions in your life. Everything else is decided by the elders. Refusal to obey is a sin, punishable by stoning. Inside the temple, deep within its subfloor, is the creator’s machine – where all that dies is placed so the Creator can accept you back into his arms. The Creator’s device is operated by the Elders using a round metal control with six coloured buttons and a slot in it.

To this world, the players have been born. Basically an Amish based society in a metal bubble. The characters will be 4-5 people from this society. All of you are orphans, due to a fire where all your parents were killed when you were quite young. Raised by “Auntie Edna” a kindly blind woman who took you in after the fire, you lacked the stringent upbringing that most kids got causing you to become what the elders refer to as “troublemakers”. You ask questions, you demand answers and you are not very obedient. You don’t believe in the rules or the notion that everyone must be obedient to the elders. You don’t like your lives being structured the same way, day after day.

Your behaviour has reached the point where the elders are calling for stoning all of you. You flee to the forest to hide and while you are hiding, one of you trips over a round metal control with six coloured buttons and a slot in it. You manage to activate it somehow and the ground opens up at your feet. All of you fall through the iris opening into a metal tunnel with blue lights, and as you do, the door closes above you….

Five Seconds to Save the World

Imagine a world, much like our own, but there are individuals with powers hidden amongst our midst. They hide for government operatives, corporate agents and criminal bosses who would exploit their powers for their own purposes.

They are called Espers.

With the power of the mind unchained, Espers have untapped powers. They are categorized as follows:

Energy Manipulators (Spark) – These Espers control a single element force at their command. Some can hurl fire, others use electricity, air, water and some even use pure force itself.

Reality Controllers (Bender) – People who can slip themselves a few seconds into the future – appearing to move super fast. A few can create illusions that seem so real that no one knows what is real. Some can walk through walls. Others can control plants or animals. A few have been said to create undead servants or animate inanimate objects.

Mind Settlers (Psyche) – The standard one expects from an Esper, and about 70 percent of all Espers are in this category. Reading minds, controlling thoughts, forced domination, predicting the future and telekinesis are all the powers of the psyches.

Computer Melders (Surfer) – Those people who can leave their bodies behind and channel themselves through the world of computers. Some can harness the power of computers, others can surf the net for hidden data and a few can use their brains a storage for vast amounts of data.

You are a group of of 4 to 5 Espers living in hiding from those who would seek to exploit you. You were brought together and your secrecy maintained by Gabreille – a dead woman. Gabrielle was a Surfer who could merge her mind with computers. Her father and herself were killed a number of years ago by assassins when Gabrielle refused to join a mega-corporation to serve as an industrial spy. Before she died, she transferred her conscious into the computer.

Now, she surfs the computers of the world finding out what the agencies and corporations are doing so she can fight them. She can only do so much without a body so you are her “seconds”. In exchange for a safe haven, security and protection, you go on missions to help rescue other Espers targeted for “hire”. Sometimes you are sent to eliminate those Espers that are using their powers for evil actions. Either way, it’s a living and you get to use your powers as you see fit.


The world ended in six seconds. The people of the past build great machines, beautiful artwork, wondrous medicines and they threw it all away in a flash of nuclear fire. No one has seen the sun in their lifetime, only grey clouds that light poorly filters through. It is always cold now.

You are part of a tribe struggling for survival in a post-apocalyptic world. Your tribe has a compound built from the wreckage of the past. Survival is hard with all the monsters and creatures that hunt anything that moves, but you manage as best you can. Then there are other tribes wanting to take what you have for themselves. If that wasn’t enough there was the mutations developing in every child born. Some mutations were of benefit, but many were – vile.

Some devices from the past still work, if you can find Pcells for them, but they are few and far between. What Pcells you have are used for the security fence and the water purification. You have a solar powered recharge unit for Pcells, but there isn’t enough solar energy getting though the clouds to recharge a single Pcell in less than a month time. There is a legend of a big Pcell, one that would power a huge city back in the civilized days, but few believe it.

Two days ago, a regular patrol was doing a long range sweep from the compound – making sure no one was sneaking around, when one of the men fell into a hole in the ground. When they went in to rescue him, they discovered a set of ancient stairs leading downwards. They followed then down as far as they could go but turned back when they found a metal gateway blocking their way and a sign above in the old language “SUBWAY”. Far in the distance, they could see a glow, like from lights similar to the ones used on the security fence.

The elders decide to organize a team for 4 to 5 members to investigate the glow and this “subway”. Players may choose to be pure blood or they may have mutations that will aid them or hinder them in the mission. Where there is light, there is Pcells….

Please note - this is not in recruitment because I want to see the interest level first. So mods, please do not move this thread for now.

Posted on 2008-06-19 at 23:44:10.
Edited on 2008-06-19 at 23:45:15 by Alacrity

Topic: Star Wars Trivia...Useless and Otherwise
Subject: junkie

Elan Sel'Sabagno was the death stick dealer. He got an action figure for that!

Yes it was a german mauser. I wasn't looking fir the serial number ....

What was the name of the dancer killed by the Rancor in Return of the Jedi?

Posted on 2008-06-19 at 18:25:07.

Topic: Star Wars Trivia...Useless and Otherwise
Subject: Aha

Their last Master was Captain Antilles (Captain Raymus Antilles to be specific), who was not related to Wedge Antilles who appears in all of the original movies.

What actual handgun was Han Solo's blaster based on?

Posted on 2008-06-19 at 02:41:49.

Topic: Madness? THIS IS GRUGG!
Subject: I've seen this before

He's like a virus... spreading.

Posted on 2008-06-18 at 19:57:23.

Topic: Blatantly Obvious Lies
Subject: wrong

You will get 28 lives and ownership of a garage in buffalo.


Why do birds suddenly appear, everytime you are near?

Posted on 2008-06-18 at 17:41:20.

Topic: What Should You Be Doing Right Now?
Subject: Sleeping

I should be sleeping because my son is asleep, but instead I am holding him and typing one handed just because he is so nice to hold and cuddle.

Posted on 2008-06-18 at 17:38:47.

Topic: An Idea for Webdesign At the Inn
Subject: Paid work?

You've never let paid work interfere with Inn coding before! When did you grow up and become responsible?

Posted on 2008-06-18 at 14:49:44.

Topic: Post Your RDI Shirt Pictures
Subject: Post Your RDI Shirt Pictures

Thought I would create a thread for posting pictures of the RDI Shirts. Here is the first one of my son's.

RDI Shirts

Posted on 2008-06-18 at 12:55:46.
Edited on 2008-06-18 at 12:56:24 by Alacrity

Topic: Continuing Where We Last Left Off Q&A
Subject: Baby time

With Cathy in Chicago for the next three days, I have moved from Dad at home to Single Dad (and I have an exam today in class). I wouldn't expect a post from me until Thursday.

So take your time.

Posted on 2008-06-17 at 16:30:10.

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

Ernest didn't have the future Miss JW as a meat shield. Complicates matters to no end I'd reckon. Although you have Asher, who is really very accurate when he shoots a gun.

There is always the call shot option, but wait for my post, hoepfully late today. I had a busy father's day weekend. I haven't rolled for Brigit yet, and she has all manner of tricks up her sleeve.

Posted on 2008-06-16 at 11:16:43.

Topic: Continuing Where We Last Left Off Q&A
Subject: CWWLLO the movie

Well, there are 3 reasons people go to a movie. They want to see people:

1) Defying authority
2) Destroy Property
3) Take off their clothes

So we are 2 for three so far. But who to cast for Arien? Christian Bale? Tom Cruise? Matthew Mcconaughey as Char?

Posted on 2008-06-16 at 11:13:08.

Topic: yet another movie thread...
Subject: Kung Fu Panda

I saw Kung Fu Panda last weekend with Veronica. I wasn't expecting much, thinking that I had already seen the best parts in the trailers.

I was very surprised that it was really a very good movie. Very funny to watch, had a good message but wasn't preachy and the humour was well rounded for adults and kids. All round great movie that I will certainly buy when it comes out on DVD.

Posted on 2008-06-15 at 02:28:48.

Topic: Addy's Horror Stories on Friday the 13th
Subject: Many happy returns

Happy birthday Bob.

William says"Aaaggaaa!" Which is "baby" for have a great day.

Posted on 2008-06-13 at 14:58:34.

Topic: RDI T-shirts
Subject: Post them if you got em.

If you have bought a shirt from RDI, please take of picture of you wearing it so we can put it up on the Inn. I know Jinx does this and it is a very popular section of the site.

Posted on 2008-06-13 at 10:56:32.

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

You are so close than you can see the free parking spot outside of the bank that some nice fellow must have kept safe for you.

I will do a small post today to let you know what you see as you pull up so you can make decisions on actions.(I was rushing last night to post your actions and didn't cover everything) Basically, you will see Ethan and the two brothers, attempting to leave the bank with Brigit as a hostage. There is no sign of Sam Dash.

In my post I update Willow and the Doc, the Blakes and the Stage mule, JW riding and your arrival at the bank - unless Bromern tells me otherwise, I will assume you are gonna pull up and not pass by the bank.

Eol - Sam will be able to revive himself next round. You won't feel up to a prize fight, but you can move and possibly shoot something (ain't promising anything on accuracy)

Posted on 2008-06-13 at 10:25:44.
Edited on 2008-06-13 at 10:29:55 by Alacrity

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

Sam is unconscious now. However, he gets a Endurance roll every round to see he can "wake up"

Posted on 2008-06-13 at 03:32:36.

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

You have roughly 16 hit points, and you have lost 7. As mentioned before, the combat can be quite lethal.

However, no one is shooting at you at this time.

Posted on 2008-06-13 at 01:45:25.

Topic: Voyages of Rocinante - Serenity/Firefly RPG
Subject: Never play wth jet fuel

I know you are all anxious for the outcome. I will post to Willow once she has time to post.

Time 1:26 pm

Outside The Bank

Grant Mustard’s life story was a long list of men he had killed, women he had ravaged and machines he had “fixed up”. In Grant’s mind, the men all were deserving of death, the woman all asked for it and the machines, well the machines just needed a little love to be the best they could be.

So it meant little to the big man to sight the driver in the upcoming mule and fire off a few rounds. The Chwen deserved it for messing with his business.

Down the Main Street

As Wolf took the wheel from Asher, there was a brief wobble as he over-steered and then corrected quickly. The slight movement saved his life as a bullet hole was torn into the head rest where Fenris’ head was a second ago. The pain lanced through the mechanics left arm as he caught a bullet in the meaty part of the bicep, and another round burned passed his left shoulder blade. Wolf didn’t let the pain or injuries distract him from the task at hand, but grit his teeth and held the course for the crew.

Asher swore and opened up. The assault rifle became like a part of his arm, he didn’t truly aim as much as he felt where to shoot. With the gun set to full auto, he fired of a quick salvo that forced the shooter to duck below the dash. Bullets tore through the front plate of the mule as if the metal was paper, and in the back of Asher’s mind dawned the fact that the plating was stripped off this mule.

Grant threw himself down from the hail of gunfire and heard every “plunk” of lead tearing through his baby. “Stop shooting at my Girl!” He screamed and grabbed the single shot grenade launcher from the passenger seat. They would burn for this, he fumed in rage, and they would burn in hell. He flipped the safety with his thumb and leaped up, pointed at fired.


The getaway mule outside of the bank didn’t so much explode as take flight. The hydrogen fuel cell that was punctured several times by Asher’s gunfire was leaking profusely. The friction of the bullets didn’t set off the gas, but the grenade launcher did.
The hover mule shot like a rocket into the air, and then exploded into a fireball about a hundred feet above the bank. Pieces of mule were scattered in all direction, but luckily none so big as to do anything beyond bounce off the shingles of the nearby building.

Inside the Bank

Ethan dives for cover behind the big chairs as Sam opened up with both weapons. The Derringer missed completely but the colt drew blood from the big man as he rolled behind the chair.

The two men working on the safe had drawn guns as opened up on Sam as he moved to grab the body of Jones to use as a shield. The brothers open fire, one using two pistols and the other a sawed off shotgun. But the bullets are stopped by the teller’s wall, even the glass spiderwebs but stops the slugs. One of the brothers stops and runs to the doorway, the other runs forward to climb over the reinforced wall.

The Banker bought bullet proofing! Sam realizes his luck and quickly draws the other colt from his shield’s holster.

Ethan opens with the Python and the wallop from the round sends San back a step and almost causes him to drop his shield. Taking three rounds into the shield is making the protection weaker and weaker.

Seizing the opportunity, Ethan grabs Brigit by the hair and hauls her up in front of him. “Hey, You Cheong Bao Ho Tze Chwen! Drop them or she’s next!” He yells.


The windows all shatter into millions of pieces and fly inwards. The doorway is blow clear off its hinges and across the room. The bandit clearing the wall has to duck and leap out of the way to prevent being clobbered by the door. The sheer force is too much for Sam, being so close to the window and he is knocked to the ground and does not get up. The wind blows dirt and dust into the room blinding everyone for a few seconds.

Recovering quickly, Ethan runs full tilt to the open doorway with the two brothers closely behind, pulling Brigit by the hair along as a shield between him and Sam.

OOC: Wolf has taken 4 stun and 7 wounds. (Tann, which is a serious wound - 50% of life). Sam takes an additional 3 points of stun damage and is now unconscious.

Posted on 2008-06-13 at 00:26:35.
Edited on 2008-06-13 at 00:29:15 by Alacrity

Topic: Continuing Where We Last Left Off Q&A
Subject: falling

This, coming from the mage who may join the Mile High Club in the next round? forcibly I may add but still....

I am waiting on robert's death scene post before posting but if he doesn't by the weekend, I will move/end the combat on the weekend.

Posted on 2008-06-12 at 22:55:39.

Topic: Continuing Where We Last Left Off Q&A
Subject: Watching Mages fall

Vanadia brought up a good point that probably Maximus and Dapple would not have seen Jal fall. However, since it is near the end and it is a moot point at best, I'd leave the posts as they are.

Posted on 2008-06-12 at 03:33:51.

Topic: Voyages of the Rocinante - Firefly RPG QnA
Subject: to boom or not to boom

You'll have to wait for my post....tomorrow

Thnak you Bromern for the rules. They did help a great deal as did the old version of the Star Wars rule.

Posted on 2008-06-12 at 03:30:44.

Topic: Voyages of Rocinante - Serenity/Firefly RPG
Subject: Addendum - Willow and the Doc

Willow said,” I’m the ship’s medic; I’ll have a look at these brave musicians. C’mere boys, lets have a look at any boo boos!”

The band members, whose faces were lower than a snakes belly before, brighten at the prospect of Willow examining them. They practically clamoured over each other to describe their injuries.

While they did so, the people at the landing pad seemed to break into groups. Willow quickly could see the groupings and how the factions of the town were held together by JW, but when he was gone, they divided up again into Townies, Miners, Owners/Merchants, and the Tong.

A man came over towards Willow on his horse, stopping a short distance away and sliding slowly out of the saddle. He was a elderly man, at least 70 years, dressed is a fine suit of black and tweed that was probably about 30 years old and looking a bit worn in places. He had gray hair, when kept and a clean shaven face (picture Burt Lancaster in “A Field of Dreams”).

Her trained eye took in the man as he reached into his saddlebags and pulled out a old style doctor’s bag – very beaten and fixed in places with black electrical tape. He had a dignity to him as he walked towards her, his stride told her that he was a proud man, probably a stern one when needed. There was a sense of sadness to him, deep in the eyes that spoke to Willow’s empathic nature – a pain still felt in the heart from long ago.

“Good Afternoon Ma’am.” He stopped and gave Willow a respectful bow that touched her heart, “Did I hear you say you were a medic? I am Doc McQuire, and if it is not too bold of me to say, you are the prettiest medic I have seen in many a years. Perhaps we can look at these fine gentlemen together.” It was a statement, not a question, as if there would be no arguing his suggestion.

Posted on 2008-06-11 at 23:06:43.

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

I was rushing my last post and failed to add a section for Willow meeting the town Doc. Instead of editing my post, i will just do a small additional post to fill the gap.

On Mules - Ordinarily, there is nothing on a hover mule that will go boom. It is an electrical vehicle with a g-screen to stay aloft and a basic turbine fans for movement. So you wouldn't expect te hovermule to explode


Some people rig hovermules for racing. To get greater speed, they add a hydrogen fuel cell, same as in the ship, and set up a home made system to "turbo boost" the engine. This is not a wise thing to do, it can be quite hazardous - similar to putting a NOX system into a car today.

Posted on 2008-06-11 at 22:45:50.

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

I have this image of everyone standing around at the bank. Ethan looks at his watch, "When we gonna kill each other?"

Sam: "I'm thinking"

Ethan: "Nuthin to think about. You shoot first and miss, then I kill you dead"

Sam: "That be the part I'm thinking about!"

Posted on 2008-06-09 at 15:06:15.

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

Robert? You planning a post soon?

Posted on 2008-06-09 at 14:55:44.

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