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Topic: Voyages of the Rocinante - Firefly RPG QnA
Subject: at long last

I have posted.

Sorry if I pushed the second lever forawrd so fast but really I wated to get past the lid and to the decision part. You can backpost and just assume Brigit moves too quickly for you to stop her.

Posted on 2012-05-07 at 00:12:07.

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

Hornsilver Mine - Secret Room, Regina, Frisco, Day Nine 12:20 am Planet Time

Wyatt and Sam lifted the lid up and moved it to the side. The lid is heavy, very heavy and it takes some effort for the boys to lift it up and put it down without letting it drop and crash. Once it is done, all four of you look at what awaits you inside.

There is a second layer inside the sarcophagi, and it appears to be made of lead. The lid within is smooth with no handhold except a single latch on the one side with a pull lever. Theis lever would normally be used to hold a vacuum seal within, thus but pulling you break the seal and let air in to lift the lid. The lever has been welded shut. Embossed on the lid are the images of hundreds of skulls and an inscription "Rung Tse Fwo Tzoo Bao Yo Wuo Muhu" (Merciful Buddah protect us).

"That looks pretty gorram airtight to me...." Sam says with a whistle and steps back from the coffin. "Don't know about all you but I'm not feeling to keen on this here treasure anymore."

Brigit laughed, "don't worry lover, I got this one covered." and she hikes up her skirt to pull a 6 inch long strip of tape from her thigh clip. Without waiting for approval, she puts the tape across the sealed lever and pulls off the backing. "Shield your eyes Sugarbears!" She calls as she turns her head from the casket. The tape glows brightly for a second and then flared up with a incandescent flash. Where there was a lever before there is now a melted hole in the lid. There is a sound, of a mechanism release and the lid lifts up on its own.

Beneath the lead lid is huge pile of platinum bars, coins and ingots. They are stacked neatly in the bottom of the sarcophagi, waiting to be had. Except that there is a third lid of glass covering the loot. The melted lead has pooled and started to hardened on the glass but did not melt through. Etched in the glass is "Tze Sh'unTze Mieh" (Leave one to his own fate).

Willow spots something tucked with the wall of the glass lid and the lead box. She sees it is a data disk, marked with independence markings.

Brigit curses like a freighter driver on a Kessel run. "Another lid? Just wasting our time! Sam! Shoot the glass and it will shatter. Or we can take that first lid you boys lifted off and drop it on the glass. Look at the platinum! We are rich! What are you waiting for?"

Hornsilver Mine - Old Shaft, Regina, Frisco, Day Nine 12:20 am Planet Time

Ash and Wolf continue down the shaft as quietly as they could but every groan of the rebar ladder, every step on the ladders and every breath they took seemed like a brass band playing "I'm here" as loud as can be. They reached the edge of the old shaft and waited a second. Below them, there seemed to be a circular metal plate in the floor, cleaner than anything in a mine should be unless someone or something just wiped it clean. Doesn't take a genius for both of them to realize it is a doorway down to something and it has been opened recently.

"Winnie! You there! Come on girl! Answer me" A voice whispers in the shaft below along with the keying of a mike. "Darryl? Douglas? You boys there?" *Click**Click**Click**Click* "Stupid gorram thing is broken."

The last Mustard brother waits in the dark, and if either Wolf or Ash were in the position the bet, they be betting he is watching the door below them, waiting for it to open - which was incidentally where they would land too. Just as they start to think about plan or diversion though, the heard the sounds of gunfire. Hard to say where from the echoes in the mind, but far enough away.

"Sheriff! Sheriff! You okay! You need Backup!?" The brother says loudly into his comm set and you hear him getting up and moving. This could be your best and only chance....

Posted on 2012-05-07 at 00:10:24.

Topic: The Avengers.... What did you think
Subject: Mon

I will be seeing avengers on monday

Posted on 2012-05-01 at 18:00:01.

Topic: Looking for advice
Subject: Wow

Welcome to an opportunity. I am very very very (throw a few more very's in there) happy to hear that your friends are interested.

Olan is right, use the rules you are most comfortable with and start with a module. I will definitely help you if you want. But remember that being the DM is not for everyone.

We can talk when I get home tonight. I have edition 2 and 3 upstair on my shelf. But sounds great.

Posted on 2012-04-26 at 21:24:31.
Edited on 2012-04-26 at 21:25:30 by Alacrity

Topic: A Question of Game Mechanics
Subject: I limit stacking

I limit the stacking of protection items to two. So you could have magic armour and a ring of protection, but no cloak. Bracers of AC 4 and a cloak of protection, but no magical armour. Etc etc etc

Posted on 2012-04-25 at 12:36:54.

Topic: Life Lessons, pass them on
Subject: ok

Never pet a porcupine

If it doesn't kill you, it will make you stronger. If it does kill you then it will make you a zombie.

Posted on 2012-04-24 at 20:51:58.

Topic: Ya know what we need?
Subject: Good idea

I will put an ad on Craiglist, Millionaire Hobbist Wanted. Must enjoy RPGs, D&D, cosplay and spending money on gadgets. No freaks please"

Posted on 2012-04-18 at 13:50:06.

Topic: Guest Strip Floyd
Subject: Guest Strip Floyd

This week Almerin has stepped in to give up a Floyd comic. I love his interpretation of the characters.

Supernatural ???

Please be sure to let Almerin and I know what you think! We love comments.

Posted on 2012-04-18 at 12:42:04.

Topic: Gender Roles (an unorganized possible feminist rant)
Subject: Elf? We don;t need no stinking elves

Go Dwarf. You know what they say, once you try Dwarf you never go back....

Gold, Gold, Gold, Gold ....

Posted on 2012-04-17 at 16:20:33.

Topic: Smuggler's Moon Q&A
Subject: You know

I feel I need a translation app to read Smuggler's Moon. What are they saying? Sounds like common but I ain't getting it!

Posted on 2012-04-16 at 20:10:43.

Topic: Voyages of the Rocinante - Firefly RPG QnA
Subject: Timelords have come

I was thinking of moving backwards actually as a change in pace. Back through time....

Sorry but Cat and I are still trying to keep up with appts and stuff. I will try to get a post up soon.

Posted on 2012-04-16 at 20:09:24.

Topic: Gender Roles (an unorganized possible feminist rant)
Subject: well

I had the honour of DMing a group for a number of years, that was four females and one male. The one male was the thief. The women were Barbarian, Ranger, Cleric and Archer/mage.

Gender roles are out there but you can easily buck the trend within your own party.

Posted on 2012-04-16 at 19:30:48.

Topic: 1985 D&D Report
Subject: 1985 D&D Report

60 Minutes on the dangers of D&D

I came across this link (not very good quality) that shows what it was like back in the 80's when D&D first came out. People actually believed that it was linked to death, satanism and suicide. I started gaming in 1982-3 so I heard a lot from the nay-sayers and BADD (Bothered about D&D).

Posted on 2012-04-12 at 17:21:57.

Topic: Floyd Hiatus
Subject: ok

I may take you up on that Almerin. You still using hotmail for email?

Posted on 2012-04-11 at 15:11:12.

Topic: Pic's From The Con
Subject: Nice dice

Love the dice shot and the guy with the black vest playing CM has a nice hat. I need to go to Texas to get a hat someday.

Looks like a lot of fun.

Posted on 2012-04-11 at 12:22:32.

Topic: Floyd Hiatus
Subject: way ahead

Actually Bob - I am on script #31 already. As with RPG MB, (5 ahead) as I am a writer it is easy for me to get ahead. It is the artists that do all the work so they have the timelines to meet. I'd draw if I could but even my stick figures look fat.

Posted on 2012-04-10 at 14:35:03.

Topic: Floyd Hiatus
Subject: Floyd Hiatus

Hello all,

Brittany (Jing) is going to school and has a rough schedule so she will be going on a comic haitus for a few months (July). I fully support the need to go to school and pay attention to classes.

So what to do? I can take the haitus. I could start another temp comic called Corny (about a completely mad elven ranger and the party that follows him) or I could look for someone to fill the gap until Jing is ready. Not sure about the last one because by the time I found someone it could be July anyway.

Anyway, please give your support and love to Jing and feel free to give any feedback to me on my options.


Posted on 2012-04-10 at 13:53:19.

Topic: Tabletop
Subject: Tabletop

I recently discovered Will Wheaton's Youtube series called "Tabletop". It is a half hour show that basically picks a board game and then has Will and friends (some celebrities and quasi celebs) play the game while explaining the mechanics.

I really enjoyed the show, found the format keep the show interesting and made me want to go out and play the game.

Please give it a look. Love to hear what other people think of it. if you do like it, please share with friends and other gamers.

Will Wheaton's Tabletop

Posted on 2012-04-04 at 19:24:42.
Edited on 2012-04-04 at 19:27:44 by Alacrity

Topic: Paranoia: Adventures in Clonesitting Q&A
Subject: remember

there is a certain futility in hesitation, and treason as well. - Friend Computer

Posted on 2012-04-04 at 16:11:58.

Topic: RDINN is moving to facebook!
Subject: Speaking of FB

There is an opinion poll on the Friends of RDI and the Loaded Dice groups. Please sound off.

Posted on 2012-04-04 at 13:11:29.

Topic: Floyd #17 is up
Subject: Floyd #17 is up

This week continues the adventure of Floyd Hobart and the Reunion of the High School. this week, Floyd meets an old ... friend.

High School Reunion Part II

Please be sure to let Jing and I know what you think! We love comments.

Posted on 2012-04-04 at 12:33:44.

Topic: Ode to Alacrity
Subject: V for Vendetta

Yuor first guess was correct.

Titanic! Where's my Banhammer!

Posted on 2012-04-03 at 16:17:59.

Topic: Paranoia: Adventures in Clonesitting Q&A
Subject: Mmmmm Mood Altering Drugs

Send a Happiness officer my way when you can.

Posted on 2012-04-03 at 15:03:49.

Topic: Ode to Alacrity
Subject: What the heck is all this?

Well thank you all for the kind words. I have to say that patience is not a word often used to describe me. Short tempered and grim is more likely.

I appreciate everything that has been said of me here. Raising Will takes a lot of energy and time so it is hard for me to take any time for myself. I sometimes feel like I am walking a tight-rope, while juggling melons and people are throwing daggers at me. Let me tell you, I have no ranks in dodge or juggling.

I really hope that one day I can introduce William to the Inn like I did with my daughter (MMV). Time will tell but he does have a Red Dragon Stuffy on his bed at nights (named Dragon sensibly).

I leave you with my favourite quote for my favourite movie

But what I hope most of all is that you understand what I mean when I tell you that, even though I do not know you, and even though I may never meet you, laugh with you, cry with you, or kiss you, I love you. With all my heart, I love you.

Posted on 2012-04-03 at 14:43:02.
Edited on 2012-04-03 at 14:43:31 by Alacrity

Topic: Ending Games
Subject: Ending Games

Hello my friends, colleagues and fellow members.

As many of you know, I have a four year old son, William who was recently diagnosed with ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder). It is called a spectrum disorder because such a large range of symptoms and issues that it cannot be nailed down. If you meet one child with ASD then you have met one child. They will not be the same as another, just a few common features of the disorder. In general, you have a lack of social skills and interaction, a loss or deficit in speech and Behavioural problems that are anti-social and disruptive. It is a neurological disorder but they have no idea why or how it starts, where the disease comes from but it now effects 1 in 88 children in North America.

We have spent the last four years of our lives in a constant struggle. At first it was to understand what was wrong, then to get someone to examine him and give us some guidance and after that, going through doctor after doctor telling us "he'll be fine, he'll catch up" when we knew that wasn't true. We signed up for programs, waited months upon months to get into programs. 15 moths waiting list for a assessment on his development and the doctors dropped us off the list after 8 months due to a jurisdiction issue. We finally paid for our own assessment , which we got on Dec 11, 2011.

So now we are going through the process of getting him into programs to help him, because if you start soon enough, you can do something - you can lead him to a possible normal life. There is a lot of education of us as well as William and the programs are lengthy and we have to learn to become expert therapists in speech and behaviour as well. After all, we will be around him the most. There is no lead physician or coordinator to help you though. You are thrown into the water and basically you need to learn the system or else. This is part of why I was having trouble keeping up with my games over the last year or so.

Which brings me to the point of this long winded letter. I am going to end most of my games on the inn. Not out of any dislike for the games or anything any of the players did or did not do, but because i don't have the time. Being a DM is not a simple task, or at least not for me, I put a lot of work into my games and I can spend hours a week on the game - but not anymore. Destiny's Flight, Escape from Castle Rautenberg and Audalis Dreaming are effectively over. I am sorry to all the players but given the choice between family and games ... well you get the picture. I will continue to play out the Voyages of Rocinante, because I hope I can handle one game and I love that game so. Cathy agrees with me and will attempt to post for Willow soon. Bromern and I will continue to produce RPG Mythbreakers on a sorta-monthly basis. I will also keep Floyd Hobart going as long as Brittany wishes to draw it.

I had suggested to Olan that I would walk away completely from the inn. He was very supportive of any decision I made but he couldn't see the inn existing without me. In fact, he was quite horrified of the prospect. I think he overestimates my importance and I appreciate the flattery. I have been friends with Olan for over ten years now, even traveled all the way to Alabama to meet him in person once. Whether I am the "backbone" of the inn or not, this website is my site too and I can't leave it completely.

William is a wonderful boy who teaches me about myself every day. In October 2010, he didn't say anything beyond his letters and numbers 1-10. He didn't us mom or dad. He didn't even say yes or no. Tantrums of the fiercest nature were 3-4 times daily and he wouldn't make eye contact with anyone. Now he speaks in 3-4 word sentences, he calls us mom and dad and even calls his sister by name (Veronica). He is starting to spell his words and has a lengthy vocabulary that is growing. He smiles and will meet your eye. He is developing a sense of humour and has friends in school.

My father used to say, "Never give up on life until ten minutes after you draw your last breath." William is named after him and if he has half the spirit and determination that my father did, then he'll be okay. I may be 1 in 88 to the world, but he is 1 in a million to me.

So my sincere apologies to my friends for abandoning the games, but I hope you will understand.

Roger (Alacrity) Briant

Posted on 2012-04-02 at 02:33:26.
Edited on 2012-04-02 at 02:33:48 by Alacrity

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