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


Great posts all around. I believe we are just waiting on John and Wolf but since they are in a different building, I can update this weekend either way.



Posted on 2013-05-09 at 13:00:57.

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


One thing I need to work out is how much it will cost you to fix the drive pod properly when you are done. that could cost some serious coinage in the end.

Posted on 2013-05-06 at 15:31:43.

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


Loki asked me a series of questions that were very good so I am posting them and my answers here for everyone to see.


1a) Is it within John's abilities to build a long-range transmitter, one powerful enough to reach Sihnon? (Also, would that be a Create/Alter Technical Device check?)

It would be an INCREDIBLE complex action with each roll representing 1 hour dedicated. The transmitter is there in the building, you would need to boost the signal, change the frequency to modulate over commonly used bands and you’d need to build an amplifier. You would also have to activate the fusion reaction.

1b) Could the gang of nerds that were previously checking out the Roc's engine room be encouraged to aid in the construction of such a transmitted?

Sure but only one of them has practical knowledge. The others are all theoretical physicists and frankly, they do not work well together.

1c) Would John be able to salvage or use the equipment within the atmospheric processor to build and power a long range transmitter?

Yes. The Fusion reactor here can pump out a lot of power. The transmitter is here, it is just the matter of “fixing it” to be off the cortex and use frequencies to which someone might be listening.

2a) Is the room at the base of the processor large enough to house the Roc's passengers and crew?

Definitely. You could get everyone in here with comfort. If you explore a bit, there are “barrack” type rooms above you.

2b) Is the room at the base of the processor a defendable enough position should the crew or passengers attract any unwelcome attention?

Depends on the definition of defensible. Yes, you could get everyone in here, close the doors and limit the access that bad guys would have to you. But the walls are not armour plated, you have a fusion reactor in the middle of your building and the atmo processor is a large unmoving target to any ship with a targeting system.

3a) I know you've said the parts we need are in the upper shafts of the processor, but could we get a list of the parts and where they may be located?

You basically need to steal a turbine that you can fit in the drive pod of Rocinante the fit doesn’t have to be perfect, just be able to spin long enough to get you off planet. Then you need to steal some hydraulics and steel to jury rig a door system for the drive pod to shut it off when you are in space.

3b) Are there any obvious or apparent ways to access the shafts near the top of the building?

There are stairs and catwalks. I have not posted a fully description because you just got in the door

4) Does John know if Atmospheric Processors keep spare parts around somewhere?

Usually anything worth money is taken with the terraformers when they leave. It is possible that something is left behind.

5) Where could something be found/what could be used to patch the crack in the Roc's reactor core?

The reactor is surrounded by special plates and one is cracked. Wolf has spare plates but has to wait for the core to cool before he can do so (see my post on page 46 of game)


Posted on 2013-05-06 at 12:48:53.
Edited on 2013-05-06 at 12:49:50 by Alacrity

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


The lie about being a courier is complicated by the fact that couriers usually are hired not to be noticed and to move as fast as they can. You are doing neither. If I were to make a suggestion, I'd work on the lie to explain why you lied so you don't get caught with the lie.

Posted on 2013-05-02 at 12:07:10.

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


As you can see, I have posted.

Now Vanadia can, if she chooses, have Willow walk in just As Asher is putting the blankets on the two passengers. So don't assume that Wyatt and Ash will be alone for long before the doctor enters. Also, something will be happening in around 7:45 so don't too far in your actions.

Both shuttles would have an emergency first aid kit that Willow would have "stocked" well for the possibility of doing "field" surgery. Willow strikes me as a be prepared type and that would include a hypo-spray, dermal menders, adrenaline, and a general anesthetic.

Posted on 2013-05-01 at 18:18:09.
Edited on 2013-05-01 at 18:27:58 by Alacrity

Topic: Voyages of Rocinante - Serenity/Firefly RPG
Subject: And here we go


LV-426 Outside of Rocinante’s Cargo Bay 7:00 am PT

"Now what's the matter here? What did you say," Willow addressed the young man," that could possibly deserve a slapping?"

“He made a grossly indecent proposition to me involving my daughter and her friends!” The lady said indignantly.

“I did not!” The tall thin young man protested, “I merely suggested that if we were stuck here for the rest of our lives, that her charges are young and no doubt fertile so they should engage propagation with my friends here.” He gestured to the three other boys who were looking on but trying not to be noticed. “If we are going to populate the planet, they are relatively smart and willing – eager even.”

“Are we stuck here?!” one of the very similar girls whined.

“No we are not.” Said Beatrice firmly. “Now Heathers, just stay calm!”

“We can’t be stuck here, we have the prom in a month!” another cried.

“I don’t want to be a mom yet!” the other girl sobbed hysterically.

(Assuming Willow says something about not being stuck, stop panicking the passengers and the logistics of populating the planet)

“Ma’am. I have an IQ quite a bit higher than everyone here and I can assure you that ship is going nowhere without a drive pod. It is essential we must ensure the survival of the people.” The young man declared self-importantly, “Besides, this lady is obvious well past her child bearing years.”

*SLAP*

“OW! She hit me again! I will be forced to defend myself woman! Lenard! Come here and save me from her!”

The three young men come running over with the shorter one heading directly to Willow’s side while the one wearing glasses steps cautiously between his friend and Beatrice. “Yeah. Listen. I’m sorry for whatever my friend here suggested.” He says while adjusting his glasses, and then whispers, “He is really quite crazy.”

“No I’m not! My mother had me tested!”

The shorter man smiles in a poor attempt to be seductive and says to Willow, “Vous êtes si chaud et délicieux que je veux pour courir ma langue partout dans vous.” He looks smug and says, “I’m sorry, have you never been told that you are beautiful before in Earth that Was French?”

(I will let Willow take it from here. At 7:23 she gets the call from Ash - “Miss Willow... we’re gonna a med kit with tranquilizers.. and maybe antidotes in the port shuttle. We got a couple high on some sort of love drug and if we don’t slow um down this old guy is gonna hurt himself.”



LV-426, Inside of Rocinante Cargo Bay and Port Shuttle 7:15 am PT

“Do you think I might speak to your Captain when he has a minute?” the young lady asked at last, sounding frightened and alone. Tess looked her over quickly and smiled gently. She did not buy the courier story, it was unlikely for someone to pay the price for a luxury liner when you could find an Arrowhead service at a quarter the price and five times as fast. But one think was for sure, whatever the story was, the young lady was scared. These men looked like goons - hired goons. At first guess Tess thought that Beatrix here had gotten herself into a mess she couldn't handle. Plenty of times that Tess had done that during the war and a few times someone helped her out without too many a question.

"I am sure we can arrange that in time." Tess said and at that moment she saw Captain Wyatt enter the Cargo bay. He walked towards with a hunch in his shoulder like all the world rested upon it.

“Everything’ shiny here, Tess?” Wyatt asked.

"Yes sir Captain. This here is Kiddo, Beatrix Kiddo. Licensed to Courier. She's got some attention from those big boys hanging on the gate and their master in the white duds."

(Assuming Jessie steps forward to introduce herself and give a bit of the story. She will only get a few sentences out before being interrupted by ...)

”"Wolf, we're taking the other shuttle. Ash, get to the starboard shuttle with Willow or the Captain. There's a situation you guys need to deal with." John’s voice came over the comm drawing Wyatt’s attention from the story that Beatrix was telling.

Wolf called, "Captain I'm with Ash right now we'll check it out"

“Ta Mah Duh!” Sung adjusted his hat so that the brim rode low and started up toward the catwalk in a hurry without so much as a goodbye. He met up with both Wolf and Ash at the top “I got it,” he called to them. “Ash, stick around an’ keep an eye on things fer me. Wolf, you an’ John git on ‘bout fixin’ Roc. Don La Ma?”

Wolf didn't like leaving the scene but he wasn't about to disobey an order from the Captain now so he turned and headed off to the other shuttle with the guns and toolkit in hand.

Stepping quickly up the stairs, Wyatt turned down the hall and strode through the shuttle door where he immediately had to admit he wasn’t prepared for what he saw. “What is this Tian Fuhn Di Fu?”

When the couple engaged in the shuttle didn’t respond, Wyatt was a little taken aback. Cocking his head to the side he frowned. That ain’t usual, he thought. Captain Sung stepped forward and grabbed the girl by the arm, attempting to haul her from the older man’s grip and put some space between them.

“I said,” he grunted with the exertion. “What is this pandamonium? This here’s my shuttle not some whorehouse.”

The man fell backwards as the young lady disengaged from him. His breathing was rapid and his body was covered with sweat. He looked unfocused upwards and his body began to shudder violently. As the captain looked at him with surprise, he felt something in his arm, like the smallest of pin pricks and he turned to face the lady. In an instant, pleasure and ecstasy flooded through the Captain like something he had not felt in many years. He tried to shake his head and clear his mind but the sheer magnitude of the pleasure tearing through his body was completely overwhelming. Like a bottle of whiskey to take away his pain, lust filled the captain and he was completely impassioned by this young lady beside him, so willing to share his needs and desire.

Asher watched in amazement as the older man fell to the floor and started to shake. He quickly called Willow on the comm, '“Miss Willow... we’re gonna a med kit with tranquilizers.. and maybe antidotes in the port shuttle. We got a couple high on some sort of love drug and if we don’t slow um down this old guy is gonna hurt himself.”

As he did though, suddenly the captain did something ... unexpected.

Wyatt pulled the young Amber into an embrace and the two were kissing passionately like ... well like her and the other guy were just a few minutes ago. Amber tore open Wyatt’s shirt as he struggle to get his arms under his suspenders and undo his gunbelt.

As Ash stared in disbelief he saw a small amount of blood on the sleeve of the captain where the girl was holding him. There was something on her finger digging into his arm and he was sure that was the cause of all this ... fruitfulness and multiplying.

It didn't take a gorram genius to see that captain was in trouble and that girl had just inflicted some kind injection on his arm. Moving quickly Ash used one of the moves he'd learned from Miss Willow with a bit of improvise. Raising a leg as if side kick he placed boot on Wyatt's hip as he grabbed the girl's forearm. A quick push, pull and twist. Ash shoved Wyatt away as he spun pulling the girl away, twisting her arm out around and backing it up behind her back. Keeping a tight grip on her wrist he grabbed her free arm and pull back behind too. "Miss, don't struggle, I don't mean to hurt you but you've just hurt the wrong man." As he succeeded in making the move, the device on her finger fell off and landed on the floor of the shuttle, rolling in a circle toward Wyatt who was standing there for a few seconds in shock of what just happened. He rubbed the arm that had been pricked by the device but gave Asher a quick nod to show that he was still in control of faculties – or at least was once again in control.

Amber fell to the floor crying, “No! Give that to me! I have to have it! You ... don’t know what it is like to ... Please.” She looked up from a kneeling position to Asher, “I’ll do anything just give it back.” She crumpled to the ground in a fetus position crying while shaking. There was blood on her fingertip as well, just like the needle hole in Wyatt’s arm. Asher had seen someone in the grips of drug dependency once act like this before but this was something beyond anything the young gunfighter had ever witness in his short lifetime.

Ash watched Wyatt as he started to recover but he knew should get the girl out there. It seemed the kid's face was a bit redder and not from the exertion to separate the girl from Wyatt. He quickly stepped over to a storage bin and pulled out two emergency blankets (The silver lined thermal ones) to toss one over Cameron and wrap the other around Amber.

"Miss you need to get to Miss Willow. I sure hope she heard me and is on her way."


LV-426, The Atmo Processors 7:30 am PT

John and Wolf have a short ride to the AP in the shuttle. Together they had gathered to toolkits from the ship, as well as the welding equipments they would most likely have to remove anything from its moorings. They were more interested in finding a suitable match right now, if they needed something from the ship, it could be here in minutes.

The doorway into the huge building was locked with a large padlock only. Not the highest of security but then again, then terra-formers worried about security for the most expensive of parts only. Who was gonna steal an atmo processor? Wolf took the lock off with a pair of bolt cutters easily and opened the door. It was very dark inside and the echoing of the doorway suggested it was mostly empty inside. John found the breakers close by and flipped on a series of lights. Florescent bulbs on wired racks lit up to reveal inside was a huge circular room that would have normal housed equipment and vehicles needed for initial terra-forming, but of course, it was empty now. In the centre of the build was a domed chamber with shafts leading up and all over the upper reaches. The main processor would be in there and that would be highly secured. But what the two crew members wanted wasn’t inside the dome, it was up the shafts near the top of the building.


Posted on 2013-05-01 at 18:03:20.
Edited on 2013-05-01 at 18:05:04 by Alacrity

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


Thanks. I can finish off the encounter now.

Posted on 2013-05-01 at 02:04:49.

Topic: Voyages of the Rocinante - Firefly RPG QnA
Subject: it is in the works


I reached a point last night where I really need to get Odyson's reaction to events as they just unfolded so I am sending him a PM.

Posted on 2013-04-30 at 16:28:37.

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


Was a busy weekend with daughter's birthday. V is 17 now... Not sure where the time went.

I hope to post tonight and then everyone including Yanamari can jump in.

Posted on 2013-04-29 at 13:17:30.

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


Yanamari has agreed to take over Tess for the near future and then we will see about a possible new one after this adventure.

Posted on 2013-04-25 at 18:32:07.

Topic: Looking for Browncasts
Subject: done


the game is here, Rocinante Tess came into the game around pg 38, Current adventures starts around 43, but the last four pages should be enough to get the idea depending on how much you wish to read.

Posted on 2013-04-25 at 17:49:57.

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


All times by the planet time. I have started from when the ship landed. I hope this helps. Due to some backposting, there was some confusion on what happened when.

6:00 am – Rocinante lands on LV-426. Wolf powers down engine. Sifi is asking for the Captain.

6:10 am – Sifu tells Willow and Wyatt that there is someone on board the ship that wants something so bad, they will kill for it. Tess begins a sensor sweep and attempts to break the cortex block unsuccessfully.

6:15 am - Willow tells Tess and Trish about inside man, Wyatt informs Wolf, John and Ash.

6:30 am – Wolf and John begin to inspect ship and assess damage. Wyatt and Ash leave on the Hovermule to do a fast recon of the area. Passengers begin to leave ship and wander around outside.

6:45 am – Willow and Sifu leave ship to look around passengers. Trish asks Sifu for permission to take some food supplies and begins making soup. Jessie (Beatrix) takes refuge in cargo bay.

7:00 am – Willow and Sifu begin to talk to band members. A scuffle starts between two passengers. Tess leaves cockpit and sits down to talk with Jessie (Beatrix)

7:15 am – Wolf reports to Wyatt about damages and asks for permission to take Ash and John to scavenge for parts on the atmo processor. Wyatt okays job but wants to keep Ash by ship so not to separate all the heavy fighters from the ship. Wolf and Ash go to retrieve guns, John goes to first shuttle. Then, Wyatt goes to talk to Willow and Sifu about events happened and the prospect of setting up a camp.

(assuming fight between passenger is resolved at this point by Willow or at least calmed)

7:20 am – John having witnessed a couple in the shuttle making out, retreats to other shuttle and calls Ash to help out. Wyatt runs off to ship to see what is the matter, passing Tess and Jessie on the way. Ash and Wolf go to investigate after locking gun cabinets.

7:22 am – Wolf and Ash heading to shuttle in question, meet Wyatt on the catwalk.* Wyatt orders Wolf to other shuttle because repairs are more important. Wolf obeys, Wyatt and Ash enter the shuttle and see the two going at it.

7:23 am – Ash calls to Willow via comm., “Miss Willow... we’re gonna a med kit with tranquilizers.. and maybe antidotes in the port shuttle. We got a couple high on some sort of love drug and if we don’t slow um down this old guy is gonna hurt himself.” Wyatt attempts to break to couple up physically. Willow is just about to talk to musician again when the call comes.

7:24 am – Shuttle leaves with John and Wolf to head for Atmo processor.

7:25 am - Hijinks ensue.

*will be covered in my post

So, when I begin my post, Wyatt and Ash are in shuttle along with Amber and Cameron. John and Wolf are in other shuttle on their way to Atmo processor. Tess and Jessie are in the cargo bay. Willow will be outside ship presumably on her way to the shuttle. Sifu will be with passengers outside, thinking about the caves and what will be required to move passengers. Trish is in the kitchen making soup. i know that Willow/Vanadia plans to handle the fight between passengers and try to talk to musician before she gets call from Ash.


Posted on 2013-04-25 at 16:34:00.

Topic: Looking for Browncasts
Subject: Not evil, just very naughty


The game updates on a slow curve. We might average once every two weeks. Lots of RL busy people playing.

Posted on 2013-04-25 at 15:55:06.

Topic: Looking for Browncasts
Subject: yoohoo


Fun game. Really. Please take a look.

Posted on 2013-04-25 at 14:20:45.

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


First and foremost, I am not looking for any players to walk away or leave the game. I want everyone to stay here with the characters they have, so please lets not have any of that.

I'm sorry. I was trying to set up a comical moment in the game before the revelation of something very dark. The comic moment is still there but now the mood has been dampened. Now I regret putting the scene in. I should have stayed deep within the PG rating instead of skirting the edges.

Any group of gamers worth their salt will run into conflicts over actions. Having done this for a long time, I have seen many an arguments or conflicts over actions taken in the heat of the game. Especially in online games where actions may or may not actually happen. We can easily offend or hurt another online because it is a cold medium, but we are all friends here so lets work past it, because this is a really good game and I really love playing it.

Albert acted on knowledge that his character did not have and I told him so, but I told him not to bother to change his post because it gets confusing when people go back and make changes. So the actions that he posted will not happen, instead his character obeys Wyatt's order and goes to the other shuttle. I will post a timeline later today but in short, John leaves shuttle and "coms" Ash. Ash and Wolf head to shuttle. Wyatt meets them on route and orders Wolf to concentrate on fixing ship. Wolf heads to other shuttle, Wyatt and Ash enter shuttle. See Couple. Wyatt moves to separate the two. Ash calls for Willow, who is at that point trying to get the musician to talk to her.

Vanadia made a really good point that in RL there are a lot of bad things happening lately. Really bad. We don't have a transport ship to fly away from the bad and stick to the border planets. But this games gives me an hour or two a week to do just that. Like the crew of Serenity or Rocinante, let's stick together and keep her flying.



Posted on 2013-04-24 at 12:23:56.

Topic: Looking for Browncasts
Subject: Looking for Browncasts


Hello,

I am looking for someone to take over the role of Tess in the Serenity based game Voyages of the Rocinante. Tess is the ship pilot and if you are more interested in playing your own character, then we can just get Tess to the end of the current adventure and work something out. Celeste ran into some real life issues and I do not see her coming back any time soon.

I would prefer a woman to play Tess, and one that understands the Firefly/Serenity verse a bit. However, I'm relatively open.

Posted on 2013-04-23 at 20:00:35.
Edited on 2013-04-23 at 20:01:33 by Alacrity

Topic: Oblivion
Subject: Damnit!


Now I don't know if I should see this or not! I was all prepared to let it go as Tom Cruise bad. I have heard friends say they wanted their money back when they saw it.

Ergh!

Posted on 2013-04-22 at 19:21:54.

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


Define Interesting .....

I will attempt to get the timeline down tonight. It will be a point form list mostly.

We have some conflict in posts right now. There is a lot going on in the game at the moment and conflicting posts will happen - no way to avoid them. Do not feel you have to go back and correct them. It will only make things more confusing if you do. You post what you think will happen and I will tell you what really happens.

All I need to know right now is whether Wolf will obey the Captain and go to other shuttle instead. (Timing wise, Wolf would get the order before he entered the shuttle) If he does then action will go one way. If he does not and stands with his course of action, it will go another. Neither is better or worse but it is a pinnacle moment. No one should post beyond that.


Posted on 2013-04-22 at 18:50:36.

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


Okay. Please, please stop referencing old earth movies and TV shows. I seriously doubt they would have keep Spartacus as a treasured memory over two hundred years. Please! I cringe every time I read them.

Asher has seen this before? Really? What kinda places is Asher hanging out when not in the game?


Posted on 2013-04-21 at 15:08:58.

Topic: D&D Next
Subject: D&D


I have been a die-hard 2e fan for most my life but lately I found it lacking and I lost interest in playing D&D completely. I have been looking around for something different that would aid in role playing but would not be hard to throw together for a game.



Posted on 2013-04-21 at 02:21:58.

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


Would it help if i posted a point form outline of what has gone on so far in what order? Easy to lose track in a forum.

Loki - We are just kidding around, no offense was intended. I poke a lot of fun at Ash/Ody and Tann/Wolf too. Just trying to keep the conversation going with a bit of levity. I am sorry if any of it upset you.

Posted on 2013-04-21 at 02:17:55.

Topic: D&D Next
Subject: next next


I read the first offering they put out and was generally impressed with what they were offering but I have not had the leisure to go back and download more. What i was seeing was similar to your assessment, more of a minimalistic approach with some good ideas thrown in.

Another system I learned about from Tabletop (Youtube) is the Dragon Age RPG. Not so much into the world but the system is straight forward game,easy to learn and has lots to work with as well.

Posted on 2013-04-19 at 19:45:40.

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


John went to shuttle, walked in, stared for a few seconds and ran out. So Ash and Wolf would have got the message while locking up the cabinet. I could see the two of you checking it out together though. Maybe reach out to Ody and coordinate your "efforts"?

Posted on 2013-04-19 at 14:19:39.

Topic: Voyages of the Rocinante - Firefly RPG QnA
Subject: Hold on a sec


Albert - The device that Amber is using and the blood are very small so John had to roll a perception check to see it. Wolf does not succeed on a perception roll so you can't react on that knowledge. As well, you would have got the message from John before you reached the shuttle. None of this has to change your reaction if you choose, but the timing is important.



Posted on 2013-04-19 at 14:00:59.
Edited on 2013-04-19 at 14:05:23 by Alacrity

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


I think Loki just invented a new complication

Weasel (Minor/Major) - When confronted with a tough situation, you will attempt to weasel out of it and dump responsibility on whoever you can.

Posted on 2013-04-18 at 19:11:20.

 


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