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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.

Topic: What would you say about a Loaded Dice return?
Subject: loaded myth broken Floyd


Unfortunately Lance became too overloaded with real life to continue the Myth Breaker comic. As that comic was about "us", I could never ask anyone else to take it over.

The Adventurers of Floyd Hobart - Professional Dm, I have quite a few scripts written. Brittney moved on but I wouldn't mind getting that one running again.

Olan has 12 scripts of mine from a series using the players and characters of Loaded Dice, that has been lying around for some time.





Posted on 2013-04-18 at 18:32:11.

Topic: What would you say about a Loaded Dice return?
Subject: Makes me happy


Glad to see you on border with Loaded Dice. Maybe it will kick my ass into gear on a few of my projects.


Posted on 2013-04-18 at 12:47:40.

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


You have two shuttles, unless Someone sold one when I was not looking.


Nice handoff there Loki! I would not want to be John when he gets back though.

Posted on 2013-04-17 at 21:34:00.
Edited on 2013-04-17 at 21:38:02 by Alacrity

Topic: What would you say about a Loaded Dice return?
Subject: Excellent


Love to see the return of Loaded Dice.

Posted on 2013-04-16 at 15:16:51.

Topic: Flickerchat, flickerchat, go away!
Subject: Call the Hot tub movers!


Of course we care! Any improvement to the chat would be great.

Posted on 2013-04-16 at 15:16:17.

Topic: Yanamari's Emporium
Subject: woohoo


Good to see you here again Yanamari!

Posted on 2013-04-15 at 18:39:17.

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


Thanks to Loki, I know have that song stuck in my head.!

Posted on 2013-04-15 at 17:41:29.

Topic: Voyages of the Rocinante - Firefly RPG QnA
Subject: let's get biblical


I think it has to do with it being something you did once you were bound together by the bible. I do not know.

PG 13 is intact. Mal walked in on Kayley and Besser in the series. It all depends on camera angles.

Posted on 2013-04-15 at 16:48:45.

Topic: Voyages of the Rocinante - Firefly RPG QnA
Subject: This is why it is called Role Playing


I think you need to channel your inner John. Yelling would be acceptable. Trying to "break them up" might work or even "Umm ... Captain ... I have a ... situation!" on the comm. You might call the guys to help. Calling Willow is possible but you know she is all the way outside and not prone to carrying a comm.

Or there is always the Porn film solution. Walk in, act surprised, join in.

Getting to know each other in a biblical fashion is a another way of saying having sex.

Posted on 2013-04-15 at 16:39:59.
Edited on 2013-04-15 at 16:40:45 by Alacrity

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


Posted at last.

Posted on 2013-04-15 at 16:07:06.

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


LV-426,Outside of Rocinante 7:00 am PT

Willow looked around at the passengers of the cruise liner. They all seemed so lost and out of place on this undeveloped planet in their now dirty finery and outfits. Captain Havlock and Lord Hood were moving around to each grouping of people, speaking to them and trying to keep them calm. The young ladies that all looked the same and dressed the same were clustered around the lady who was there guardian. Willow did not know her from the society circles but she had been out of touch for awhile. The girls were not related, that much was sure, although one was most likely the Lady’s daughter.

Portia Amber was trailing Lord Hood, chatting him up and smiling broadly. No doubt the Lord was a good catch as a wealthy single man. Meanwhile Amber Sunshine Amber was nowhere to be seen. She also did not see the young lady who asked about Fu Sheng nor Cameron Bridges, although some passengers had stayed in the cargo bay.

The band members clustered together and the small man with the case was pacing back and forth as the others attempted to calm him down. Willow turned to the monk on her arm and muttered in a low voice that wouldn't carry. "I'd start with that fellow."

Sifu nodded and the two of them walked towards the group. Fu Sheung whispered back, “I am not at my best right now, I have to admit. I can not ... feel what I would normally. I think it maybe is the injury is hampering my gift. However I can see he is clearly agitated.”

As they approach the small man immediately backs away behind the others and a tall, rather stout gentleman steps forward to greet Willow and Sifu. “Hello. I am Roland of the Star’s orchestra. Please allow me to thank you for your timely rescue and efforts. No doubt we’d not be here without them.” He says and smiles a smile that is sincere but his eyes flash concern for his fellow band member. Both Willow and Sifu can see that his shoulders tense as if fearing a fight but hoping for not.

(assuming some greeting back. Asking how they are doing)

“We are well. Hoping that we will be able to go home soon. Have you managed to get a signal out?”

(some positive affirmation that they are doing their best. Why is your friend so jittery?)

“Ahh... Well. He has something on his mind. He will be fine once the rescue team comes. “The big man replies and looks back at the other man, “Justin? Perhaps if you talk to these people you’d feel better?”

“You know I can’t Roland!” He calls back, hugging the briefcase protectively.

“Justin! This seems to be a special situation. I do not think a monk and a Doctor are trying to steal it?”

Justin shakes his head but then the others start to reassure him that it is okay. He seems to mull it over and then begins to step forward with the case still held tightly in his grip.

*SLAP*

“Ow! Why did you hit me?”

“You sir are no gentleman!”

“Of course not. I’m a physicist!”

Just as the musician was coming forward, a fight breaks out between two passengers. The commotion is between the lady with the young girls and the tall young man who fainted before in the engine room. The tall man is holding his face gingerly and the lady looks mad enough to kill.

“Why are you mad at me? I wasn’t suggesting a sexual relationship with you.”

*SLAP*

“Ow! Help Me! This lady is assaulting my face! Someone protect my face!”

With all eyes sudd3enly on the spat developing the musician slinks away behind the others again.


LV-426,Inside of Rocinante Cockpit 7:05 am PT

Tess had done as much as she could at this point. They would be needing her outside with the passengers or helping with repairs. She powered down her station and put the proximity alert on to her comm. Link channel so it would signal her if anything was coming nearby.

As Tess step through the kitchen, she smelled the pleasant scent of Ma’s cooking and saw the older lady working away, adding ingredients to her largest stock pot. A nice hearty soup would go a long way.

Tess continued down into the cargo bay. Most passengers had moved out but there was a young lady with a silver case still there. Tess then noticed the two men standing on the plankway, obviously watching the other lady. Tess didn’t like this for a second so she turned on her heels and watched over the girl. “Hey there. I’m Tess, pilot of Rocinante. You okay? Them fellas seem to have an interest in you.”

LV-426, Outside of Rocinante Cargo Bay 7:15 am PT

Wyatt and Ash returns and had a quick discussion with Wolf about the state of the ship. Wyatt was not keen on splitting up the crew right now but the situation demanded they watch the flock and fix the ship. No telling when help would arrive. Wolf and John would take a shuttle, leaving the mule here by the ship, just in case. The turbine would be heavy and need lifting anyway, possibly from a upper air shaft. But the captain did not want all his strong arms away from the ship so he told Wolf that Ash was to stay here unless he was truly needed and to keep the comm. lines open. So Wolf and Asher when off to gather up the weapons, ammo and the tools that would be needed, while John would warm up the shuttle and meet them in the engine room to gather equipment. Wyatt looked over to see Willow and Sifu seem to be dealing with a scuffle with a couple of passengers while Tess was talking to another passenger. The smell of soup cooking filled his nostrils and that was the highlight of the day so far.

John decided to take the shuttle over the damaged pod as it would have to be moved to do repairs anyway. Upon entering the doorway though he was greeted by a sight he was not expecting. A pair of passengers were in the shuttle and ....well getting very friendly with each other in a biblical fashion. John stood there for a second or two, more out of shock than any desire to watch what was going on. The girl was the one who had propositioned him early, Amber Sunshine he vaguely remembered. The man was older by far and John thought he had seen him talking to Willow before like they knew each other. John cleared his throat loudly and banged his fist on the doorway. Surprisingly, even though they both clear looked over and saw him, neither stopped what they were doing. It was like they were in some sort of sexual frenzy.

Posted on 2013-04-15 at 16:05:58.

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


Been a tough week with Will's sleep patterns getting erratic again. Hopefully I can get some sleep tonight and write coherently tomorrow.

Posted on 2013-04-15 at 01:53:37.

Topic: Olan's broke the record!!!!!
Subject: yep yep yep


And we are still #7 on the 100 best RPG sites. Kinda sad really


Maybe we need to stage and intervention on Olan. Steal his beer making equipment and his wife.

Seriously though - I blame Facebook. We need RDI meme.





Posted on 2013-04-10 at 19:11:35.

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


Well now, I have a lot of missing players. In fact, other than Teller, all my "new" players seem to have vanished on me. Now I understand busy, I really do and I think I play this game as laid back as a GM can be, but I expect an email or message once in awhile to let me know what is going on. I am running too many NPCs now and I want this game to move. Some have not posted since Nov and I have to beg for them to send me an email.

So I will be moving the game forward again tonight or tomorrow. John will go with Wolf, Tess will go with Willow to help outside and Sifu will "feel" a need to fine Jessie.

If I do not get a post from Loki, Celeste or Eol by the end of the month, I will consider them gone for good. I will manage the characters to the end or offer them to other players.



Posted on 2013-04-08 at 15:40:28.

Topic: Ramblings for a Superhero's Father
Subject: Top ten


Ten things that my Son has taught me while I was teaching him:

1. People that judge do not think. They reach for judgement, hatred and fear instead of thinking and I do not have time to waste on people who do not think.
2. All behaviour is communication. Think about that for a moment because it took me awhile to understand what that means. My son has sensory perception issues, not a behavioural problem. His behaviour communicates the sensory issues.
3. Love is not a clean house, a well set table or a Rockwell painting. Love is accepting, honouring, hoping and being there to play Thomas yet again – without a “because”.
4. Sleep Deprivation can be dealt with a sense of humour, a strong will and a bit of whimsy.
5. I am much more patient than I have ever been in my life, either that or I have a thicker skin now. I would like to believe I am more open to new concepts and compassion. Unless you are getting in the way of my son’s progress – then all bets are off.
6. Trust my instincts. Doctors only have opinions, teachers work on a “typical” child approach and no one spends more time with my son than my wife and I. Never accept what the heart tells you is wrong.
7. Doing something is better than nothing. There are many ways that autism is treated and the disorder changes from person to person affected. What we are doing may not work for another, and so on. So I cannot tell someone that my way is the best way and no one can tell me that their way is the only method.
8. Giving up is not an option. My son will not give up. I will not give up. My family will never give up.
9. Being different can be beautiful. Normal is a setting on a washing machine.
10. Obi-Wan was right. Many of the truths we cling to depend greatly on our point of view. My point of view has been permanently changed by my son, and that is not a bad thing at all.


Posted on 2013-04-02 at 12:56:16.
Edited on 2013-04-02 at 12:56:31 by Alacrity

Topic: Ramblings for a Superhero's Father
Subject: Ramblings for a Superhero's Father


This is Autism Awareness month and I wanted to write a series of articles to increase awareness and to be informative. I live in Ontario, Canada and all references to wait times, money, etc are based on that experiences here. There are places in the world that are better and there are places that are worse.

I have often said that raising a child with autism is a lot like raising a child with super powers. They don't see things as we do, they don't hear, smell or taste as we do. They often have little control over their motor skills, but if you can somehow teach them control, they just might save the world. Take Ma and Pa Kent, raising a young super Clark who must have found his hearing and vision overwhelming. I would be sure that they, on occasion, likely often said in any autism household, wondering aloud, "How did he get that on the ceiling?" or “he did what with what? Is that even possible?”

Autism is a neurological disorder that causes sensory perception to be wildly different from that of a neurotypical child (that means normal but to say your child is not normal is not ... well, normal). They can have senses that are much more sensitive than usual or have problems getting their senses to work at all. What would you do if suddenly you could not feel your hands? You might flap them around? Hand flapping is a common symptom of autism. What would you do if every sound came to you as loud as if your Ipod was on full blast? Cover your ears? If that didn't work you might bang your head in frustration or shout out in anguish. But no one else hears it like you do so you are just having a tantrum in a public place for no reason. Would that be hard to deal with? Now imagine it every day, every minute of your life. Not sure I could deal with it, how about you? That child in the store wailing away as if the world is ending - might just actually feel like it is and he cannot turn it off or shut it off or make it stop.

Autism is a Spectrum disorder (ASD mean Autism Spectrum Disorder). As a spectrum disorder it means that there are so many variations of symptoms and manifestations that doctors have to and rule out before delivering a diagnosis. There is no blood test, no early screening before birth – and they have no real idea what causes it or why. There is a saying in the ASD community that if you have met one child with autism, then you have met just one. No two children are alike or exhibit the exact same symptoms. The characteristics of symptoms are categorized under Socialization, Behavioural and Communication (I will not list the symptoms here, but for examples see www.autism-society.org/about-autism/symptoms). The severity of the disorder can range anywhere from mild to severe. Conditions like Epilepsy and low Serotonin levels are often hand in hand with autism.

The last I heard, autism was now occurring in 1 out of 88 children. A recent report suggested to it is now 1 in 50 but I am not too confident of the data collection of that model. It really doesn't matter what the number is - it is getting worse every year. Getting help for your child with autism is not easy. We have waited a year just to get him into his first therapy program. It would have taken us two years to get the assessment done so we could be on the waiting list for programs. We didn't wait the two years of course, we ended up paying to have an assessment done, but that isn't an option for everyone. The cost of a private assessment is $2500-$5000 on average. I have heard of some people cashing out twice that amount too. If you want to skip the line and go privately for therapy, they you are looking at an estimated $60-$70k per year. Yes, there are a lot of people making a lot of money off autism. Oh, by the way, the Ontario government funding to help you with that is no longer available but there is a waiting list you can join if you want to see if it gets renewed one day.

There are many types of therapies and programs for Autism but the only one that the Ontario government will fund is called ABA (Applied Behavioural Application). It is an operant conditioning method based on training ASD kids to respond through a series of rewards. It has a 50% success rate as not every child responds to it. There is also speech therapy (More than Words) to help increase verbal responses and occupational therapy to help with gross/fine motor skills. Some combine all disciplines and teach it to the parents because we are with them the most (IMPACT). There are some that work on a change in diet (gluten/casein-free), some that work on massage and pressure points and even hug therapy. I am not going to say which is best and which isn’t because – all children with autism are different. If something works for someone else, who am I to say they are wrong? There are success stories of children learning to deal with their autism and so much so that they appear to be neurotypical to most. Some claim cured but that is not true, at this point no one is cured, but they can learn to cope, and learn to embrace their differences.

My son, Incrediboy as we call him here, is autistic and is on the mild end of the spectrum. We have taken the IMPACT and the More than Words programs to help him cope and I am happy to say that every year we have more progress with him. He begins Social Skills 1 today at Surrey Place just as he is beginning to ask to have friends over or play with other children. He is verbal now, starting to socialize and is dealing with his autism. He is only five so we have a long way to go, but we have come a long way already.

I started this article with the intentions of writing a series of informative notes on various topics that would help raise awareness and express some of my thoughts on the challenges. But I came to realize that I do not have enough time to do so and that given the choice between time spent with my family and writing, I will take family every time. This is one of the reasons I do not attempt to blog about my autism journey. There will be plenty of information and awareness posted today by others, and I encourage you to read an article or three. If you have a question, feel free to ask, if you are on a similar journey, feel free to reach out.


Posted on 2013-04-02 at 12:55:22.

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


This week and next I will be attempting to write some articles for Autism Awareness. So I will not be posting an update to the game loop until after Easter. Please feel free to post or ask me questions but I have a series of 6 or so articles I wish to write and I will need the time to do so.



Posted on 2013-03-20 at 18:30:09.

Topic: Voyages of the Rocinante - Firefly RPG QnA
Subject: Not dead yet


Yeah I am here. Just the usual busy.


Posted on 2013-03-20 at 12:02:25.

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


Ody - You make me laugh.



Posted on 2013-03-14 at 11:46:30.

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


Only the most evil of villians who shoot the Blond Gunfighters first and asks questions later.

Posted on 2013-03-13 at 21:16:21.

Topic: Voyages of Rocinante - Serenity/Firefly RPG
Subject: Silver Screen moment


Out in the Black, Somewhere, Sometime

“WHAT DO YOU MEAN WE LOST IT????”

“It’s gone Captain! Some gorram idiot must have jammed it from the source.” The blond lady at the pilot seat worked on boasting the signal.

“Do they know where we are?”

“Unlikely. Probably a twitchy tramp Freighter whose instincts are jam everything.”

Captain Black swore a blue streak in several languages. He couldn’t afford any more screwups on this. Not even with this much money on the line. “So are we humped?”

The pilot smiled mischievously, “No. The message said they were damaged. Only one place to go around these parts.” She pointed to the screen, “LV-426. Terraformed stage 2 moon.”

“We’ll have to search the moon?”

“Would you prefer to search the black? Captain. Besides, all them rich folk have personal signal devices. I can home in once we are in atmo.”

Bart grinned back, “Yeah. Nancy, that gives me an idea. I have a cunning plan.”


Posted on 2013-03-13 at 19:07:35.
Edited on 2013-03-13 at 19:19:08 by Alacrity

Topic: Voyages of the Rocinante - Firefly RPG QnA
Subject: No Haitus


Rocinante sometimes is a bit slow as I have a family with a special needs child, Albert has serious injuries that are still healing, Ody is looking for a job, Vanadia travels every week for work, Loki has school, Robert's work is hectic and Bromern has a blended family of ...100 kids? 200? I lost track.

Either way we go through slow periods when things get busy and we work around it. But Rocinante is still flying. Ain't much but its enough.

Posted on 2013-03-13 at 18:44:22.
Edited on 2013-03-13 at 18:47:15 by Alacrity

 
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